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Compatibility – Uncured Ham & Watercress

We have many chances to meet people with different values through jobs. The only way to get works done smoothly with such people is respecting each other. If we can’t accept that, we have no choices but to let a relationship go. On the other day, I had a situation like that. That’s why I stopped by a grocery store to buy an uncured ham and watercress to cheer me up.

I like uncured hams and often eat at home. As you may know, some of those have strong saltiness. In case saltiness is too strong even with red wines, I put those on baguettes or sometimes add potato salad between uncured hams and baguettes so that the saltiness becomes less thanks to the fillings.

If I don’t have big appetite to eat with baguettes, I’d rather eat uncured hams as a side dish with alcohol. However, the saltiness is surely strong to me. I tried lettuce and chicory instead of watercress, but my best combination with uncured hams is watercress since I ate that at Yamariki in Morishita known for one of the best three simmered giblets restaurant in Tokyo.

Watercress is a perennial plant native to Europe and belonging to Brassicaceae. As watercress has sharp taste and strong flavor, many of you might dislike. I like refreshing taste by eating several watercress and an uncured ham. Especially I like crisp texture of watercress mixes with moist texture of uncured ham in my mouth after enjoying moist texture first. Pinot Noir would be my recommendation.

As I prefer stalks than leaves, eating only leaves is hard after finishing stalks. To prevent it, balancing stalks and leaves first, then wrapping them with uncured ham. It would be the best way for me to eat watercress with a person who prefers leaves. The same thing happens to Asparagus, and I of course prefer stalks.

Watercress lessening saltiness of uncured hams by its fresh sharp taste might be the same as hajikami, ginger bud pickled in vinegar in Japanese food culture.

Ginger bud is used as a garnish with grilled fishes like Teriyaki fish to refresh mouth. As I like it very much, I often eat other’s if they leave it. Ginger bud lover seems to be watercress lover.

Awareness of watercress as super food containing fundamental nutrition has been increasing. According to “Preventing Chronic Disease issued on June 5th, 2014” published by CDC, watercress won the best prize among top forty one vegetables and fruits with high nutrition based on how many nutrition it contains among seventeen kinds of fundamental nutrition.

When I visited Yamariki last time, staff told me the unavailability of watercress. I’m wondering if this happens because of its increasing popularity… Anyway, I was disappointed with the combination of uncured hams with leaves like lettuce instead of watercress.

Surely, compatibility exists between others as well as foods. No matter how hard I try to get along with incompatible someone and something, it’s very difficult to bring good result. Difficult situation like that on business somehow reminds me of the combination with uncured ham and watercress.

中村祐介 • 2015/12/19


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