You learn something new every day. I tell my kids that all the time, that to live is to learn and that there is a whole wide world of knowledge out there that they should remain open to, because no one knows everything, and intellectual curiosity will only serve you well as you navigate the world. No matter your age. After all, knowing is half the battle.
Of course, there are some things no one needs to know. Like the two things I learned today.
The first thing I didn’t need to know is that there is a Facebook page called “Rate My Plate” via which users share the meals they’re making and/or eating and invite compliments and, far more likely, this being Facebook and all, criticism. The second thing I didn’t need to know, which is a direct result of having learned about the first thing I didn’t need to know, is that some people put gravy on their pasta.
Let me be clear: I don’t mean that some people refer to tomato sauce as gravy, which is a phenomenon we don’t need to get into right now. What I mean is that some people put actual gravy on their pasta. Like Kristi D., who went on Rate My Plate to share this information, and promptly got, shall we say, PWNED! And also not PWNED! It seems Facebook is divided on this issue.
“I love pasta and gravy have it all the time,” one commenter said. Many pointed to the traditional Swiss and German cuisine “spatzle” in which adding gravy is popular regional variation.
Some suggested it was an easy meal to make on a budget: “Nothing wrong with a bit of pasta & gravy lol this is a students/poor mans meal though haha I’ve had this when there’s nothing else in the cupboards.”
One commented conceded the Spatzle point but still disputed Kristi D.’s version: “Spatzle (type of noodle; homemade of course) with rouladen and gravy is very very good. Always needs a good helping of braised red cabbage on the side. As for the above fusilli and gravy; that looks totally disgusting!”
Others were less forgiving: “In the whole wide world there’s only two words that should never be in the same sentence and that’s pasta and gravy Kristi D,must be a southern thing.”
And then there were the people who launched an all-out assault on Kristi D’s plate, comparing the image to diarrhea, with one person even suggesting that Kristi D. has a history of sharing such abominations on the Rate My Plate page: “That’s definitely a classic Kristi. A classic example of shit on a plate.”
I can’t say that I’ve had pasta and gravy, nor have I dined in Kristi D.’s kitchen, so I hesitate to enter the fray. But I can say with almost 100% certainty that no matter how unappetizing the image of that meal may look to you, it’s not “classic,” and it’s definitely tastier than “shit on a plate.”
No further questions at this time.