Ever since I started my 43 New-to-Me project, friends have been sending me suggestions of interesting foods to add to my list. My friend Izzy, who lives in North Carolina, has been especially determined to find a Southern delicacy for me to try. The first dozen things she mentioned I'd already eaten. I've traveled to the South a handful of times, plus I've had many friends over the years with a Southern background who have fed me random stuff. Then, of course, there was the time I tried making fried green tomatoes without ever having seen or eaten them.
Izzy was undaunted. Every once in a while, I get a message: "Hush puppies?" Then, "Tomato pie? Corn pudding?" Later, "Hummingbird cake? Divinity? Beignets? Moon pie?" And on and on. I'd had them all. And then, she hit on one I'd never had. I'd never even heard of it...
Peanuts in Coke.
Apparently, it is very common in the South to open a glass bottle of Coke, take a swig, and then pour a packet of salted peanuts into the bottle. Check out this link from Coca-Cola itself, as well as this link from Serious Eats. And here's a fun link from Sprinkle Bakes.
Izzy went on to suggest that I try an entire menu of Coke. How fun! I'm always up for a cooking challenge. When my friend Sheena's family came over for dinner, I pulled out the peanuts and the Coke bottles and was surprised when Sheena knew all about it. She'd never had peanuts in Coke, but it was something her mom used to do.
Once the drinks were served, I plated up chicken, rice and broccoli with a Coke-pineapple sauce and an amazing Coke Cranberry Chutney.
For dessert, I used this recipe for Chocolate Coke Cake.
The cake and the chutney each deserve a 10 out of 10.... although I should have either served the chutney with a slotted spoon or added some thickener to it. But it was delicious with the chicken, rice and broccoli, so the extra juiciness was fine.
As for the actual 43 New-to-Me item of peanuts in Coke, it was fine. I drank it all and tapped the bottle to eat the peanuts at the end as instructed. I didn't think either the Coke nor the peanuts were improved by being mixed together, but they weren't made worse either. I gave this combination a 7. Steve rated it an 8, while Trevor, Sheena and Ken each gave it a 6.
It's been just over 3 months since I started my challenge and I'm at the halfway mark, not only with trying foods but with scrapping them too! It's been so much fun and I absolutely love the album. It's going to be great fun to look back on years from now.
That is sooooooo cool! I have never heard of peanuts in Coke! I love peanuts ... but mine would have to be a Diet Coke! LOL!! Loving your page!! So fun!!!!!!!ReplyDelete
Wow!! Good for you trying new things!!! Coke cake is so yummy too!!! Love the layout!!ReplyDelete
You didn't mention how the coke pineapple sauce on the broccoli was. I have never heard of a sauce like that? Can you expound on it a bit? Was it good? Did you put it over the top of the broc or did you cook it with the broc? Sounds interesting.ReplyDelete
It was ok, but nothing special. I sort of followed this recipe (http://mayflaum.com/2012/04/10/coca-cola-pork/) but added the pineapple tidbits with the juice instead of juice alone. I cooked it separately on the stove and served it on the side. Most people put it on their chicken and rice, but I liked it on the broccoli too.Delete
Those coke dishes sound amazing. I've never tried peanuts in Coke. But I'm not a fan of fizzy drinks.ReplyDelete
I love this challenge and reading about it on your blog! Way to go, Izzy, on finding a combo that you hadn't tried yet! Peanuts in a coke I have never heard of either and I am going to the link you provided to read more about it!ReplyDelete
And I forgot to mention, Cindy, that I love the scrapbook page you made, too!ReplyDelete
Oh, yay! You tried it and you liked it! Your whole menu sounds tasty. I do love coca cola cake. Your layout is so cute. Love that you found a coke bottle that says you're sharing it with friends. And double love the traditional glass bottles for the peanuts. That's how it's done!ReplyDelete