Along with a desperate addiction to Timmys, many Canadians have an extreme love of ketchup. It is not uncommon to see someone eating fries and gravy with you guessed it, ketchup. For many the table is not set until ketchup is sitting front and center.
Last week when I went to a donut shop (nope, not Timmys), I ordered a Jamaican Beef patty. They heated it on a plate and brought it to me with a knife and fork and you guessed it, ketchup. Okay, that is taking the love of Canadian gravy aka ketchup one step to far. Is it any wonder that Barenaked Ladies sang in If I Had A Million Dollars, that they would buy Dijon Ketchup?
Americans seem to use mustard in the way that we use ketchup. I’m starting to think that we have just learned to forgo the seasoning rack for the love of condiments. Why bother with sage, thyme, oregano, or basil, when we have ketchup and mustard? Do North Americans even have taste buds for anything that does not involve a condiment?
It is so bad, that when I was a kid, I would put ketchup on my spaghetti. I didn’t even know another tomato based sauce existed for pasta. Imagine my surprise when my unhusband turned his nose, when I reached for the ketchup at our first spaghetti dinner. Don’t get all sympathetic for him now that I have publicly admitted this…the man puts ketchup on french toast. Yes, you read that right, he puts ketchup on french toast. Can I get a group groan over that one? This of course runs a close second on the gross out meter to bologna and HP Sauce sandwiches. Yep, he loves those to. So, my ketchup and spaghetti isn’t looking so bad now is it?
Okay, I am sure you know what comes next….the Womanist Musings confessional. It is time for you to come out of the closet and admit the condiment that you overuse, as well as what kinds of food that you put it on. You know damn well, that no matter how much you love your condiments, some foods do not need ketchup, mayo, mustard etc., Fess the hell up everyone.