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Important political histories vs salty licorice - no contest really - Tactical Ninja

Apr. 2nd, 2014

09:33 am - Important political histories vs salty licorice - no contest really

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So when I say 'salty licorice' what country do you think of?

The first time I tried it, it was Dutch, brought home from the Netherlands by Dr Wheel (who is of Dutch descent and was rapt to find a whole shelf of the stuff in Dutch supermarkets where in NZ it's in one tiny corner of the 'foreign foods' section and you have to hunt for it). What Dr Wheel couldn't have predicted was the monster he created by giving me this stuff.

I immediately decided that it wasn't salty enough and went on the hunt for the real stuff. And before long, I found salmiakki.


If you put salmiakki into google translate, it comes up with 'chloride'. And that's exactly what it is - licorice with added ammonium chloride to make it salty. I don't know why they use ammonium chloride instead of sodium chloride, but my ears* are probably thanking me for it.

Anyway, I quickly located someone who sells salmiakki in New Zealand, and hunted through their packets trying to find an example. I came up with this:



This one contains four different flavours of salmiakki, conveniently shaped and patterned so you can tell them apart. This is a good thing, because while the saltier the better in my opinion, there is one flavour in there that contains menthol and it's kind of unpalatable. Think super-strong cough drops with aniseed and salt on top. I have been carefully putting them aside because ew. If anyone actually likes that flavour, you are welcome to them. Otherwise they will be going to the dump.

Anyway, the rest of them are NOM and I don't understand why all licorice isn't like this. We have a licorice lady that comes round work and sells the usual kind, and I'm afraid I'm totally ruined for it. I never used to understand licorice, couldn't work out why you'd flavour a sweet with aniseed. Now I get it - it's not supposed to be sweet, it's supposed to be salty. I'll never buy the kiwi stuff again.

The site that sells salmiakki also sells this, by the way:



I am less sure I want to try this, but at the same time I like mustard, I like fish... um.. nope. Still not sure.

Meanwhile, Dr Wheel, you should note that they also sell Dutch licorice. Not that I'm being an enabler or anything...


There's a partner acro convention happening in Australia at the end of June. It'd cost over $1000 to go and I'd have to take a week off work, and right now that feels like stretching my capacity somewhat, but fuck I want to go.

Please talk me into or out of it as you see fit. Bearing in mind that yesterday I bought tickets to go see Evan at the beginning of May, and I'll be at the KB Summit over Queen's Birthday weekend, that we have the Gadgit/Tami wedding to attend and I'd also like to go to Seed this year. That's a lot of travel.

But... partner acro convention! *fidgets*

* Sodium is considered one of the culprits in Meniere's disease, and the lady who tried to diagnose my unexplained hearing loss suggested I avoid sodium if I can. Boo. Salt is awesome.

Random addition: Ukraine's dolphin army has fallen into Russian hands. Best quote: "In March last year three dolphins reportedly "deserted" to look for mates." *boggles*

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From:fbhjr
Date:April 1st, 2014 10:12 pm (UTC)
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I've never had herring in mustard. I've had it pickled, and liked that. Based on that I might give the mustard a try. (As long as you don't have to buy it by the ton or something...)
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From:tatjna
Date:April 1st, 2014 10:14 pm (UTC)
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I think you can buy it by the jar from that shop. But it might be easier to get it from Sweden instead of it going via New Zealand.

I am tempted. I'm not all that keen on brine-fish (like sardines and such) so pickled or mustardy might alleviate some of the blandness. Or make me swear of preserved fish forever, one of the two...
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From:anna_en_route
Date:April 2nd, 2014 12:47 am (UTC)
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Is there any way you could leave making a firm commitment to attend the convention until quite close to it?

That way if you're worn down or over-stressed you can flag it and if you're raring to go...you can go.

It might mean paying a little more but you would pay an awful lot in cancellation fees and so forth.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 2nd, 2014 01:00 am (UTC)
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That's probably the best approach. I'm a little afraid of plane ticket prices skyrocketing, but I've found that's also a gamble.

And right now my acro partner's a bit broken anyway. I should at least wait till he can acro again before deciding, eh? ;-)
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From:anna_en_route
Date:April 2nd, 2014 06:44 am (UTC)
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P.s. I once accidently tried dutch salty licorice at a Spanish candy store...I was not expecting and it did not go well.
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From:tedwords
Date:April 2nd, 2014 03:08 am (UTC)
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I have never in my life tried 'salty licorice'...the licorice part I am not sure I'd like, and the salt would be the only thing that would get me through the experience, I fear...
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From:tatjna
Date:April 2nd, 2014 04:05 am (UTC)
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It's quite different from other kinds of lollies, and in my opinion it's definitely worth a try.

But I would say that. ;-)
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From:meathiel
Date:April 2nd, 2014 05:28 am (UTC)
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I like liquorice ... but not most salmiaki ... it's ... too salty! ;-)

I've never tried the Abba herring but you can buy herring in mustard sauce in Germany as well and it's actually yum!
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From:tatjna
Date:April 2nd, 2014 11:00 pm (UTC)
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I am tempted to give it a go, that's two people now who've said they like it. Although, I love the salmiakki so...
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From:tatjna
Date:April 2nd, 2014 11:01 pm (UTC)
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She thought it was a possibility because I have severe unexplained hearing loss in one ear only, and because I get dizzy sometimes.

However, reducing sodium did nothing for my hearing and I have never been seasick in my life, never mind on dry land. So I don't think I have it.
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From:danjite
Date:April 2nd, 2014 10:00 am (UTC)
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1) I love all bottled herring.
2) The Dutch shop in Petone has like 60 kinds of licorice.
Haven't tried them all.... yet. ;)
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From:tatjna
Date:April 2nd, 2014 11:03 pm (UTC)
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An admirable goal!

I definitely need to go explore this shop.
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From:mr_orgue
Date:April 2nd, 2014 10:21 am (UTC)
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loooove salty licorice
also love soft sweet kiwi/aussie licorice

i'm just good to go on anything in the general licorice territory i guess
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From:tatjna
Date:April 2nd, 2014 11:04 pm (UTC)
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Random factoid: worming paste for horses used to be flavoured with aniseed, because apparently it's a flavour that lots of animals like too.

(didn't help much with my horse but it was a nice thought)
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:April 2nd, 2014 10:40 pm (UTC)
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I think of the Netherlands when I think salty licorice.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 2nd, 2014 11:04 pm (UTC)
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So does Dr Wheel! ;-)
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