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
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*