Mustard is heaven on earth.
It even says so in the New Testament Bible. Jesus likened the kingdom of heaven to the mustard seed. And wow, if that doesn't just set me straight for the prolonged renewal of my current religious persuasion, nothing will.
Matthew 13:31 and 32
31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:
32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be dimpossible unto you.
See?! Mustard is heaven on earth.
When it comes to mustard, I don't limit myself to classic yellow. Although classic yellow is best for bedecking a braut, it is not the only species of mustard found in our fridge. There's honey dijon, sweet hot, cilantro lime, simple dijon chardonnay, chunky-seeded stone ground, horseradish, and Yahoo #1's favorite: jalapeno.
As is customary in the 'Tah (Utah), we participate in food storage. That's where you store food. The idea is to rotate this stored food and keep a few months on hand, "just in case." Now, being as you should only store food that you eat, we consider it necessary to store mustard. A natural disaster without mustard would become a whole new natural disaster.
We were all at the grocery yesterday. And while trapsing through this isle and that, Yahoo #1 mentioned that we were almost out of his favorite jalapeno mustard. So we made our way to the mustard that just-so-happens to be housed between the pickles and the ketchup. (Don't get me started on ketchup. Ketchup is gross. Do yourself a favor and put a tomato on whatever it is you insist on putting ketchup on.)
While gawking and drooling over the many possible mustard combinations, I completed a mental inventory of the mustard stock pile in our basement. I realized we were almost out of everything and decided to add a mustard or two to the collection. Here's what the cart looked like:
Now doesn't that make your mouth water? On this particular mustard foray, we found a new species, one that shall be a keeper. It's cranberry. Don't knock it 'til you try it.)
And so it is, on this fine Tuesday, that I present you with the Mustard Playlist.
Mean Mr. Mustard - The Beatles
Vinegar and Salt - Hooverphonic
Mustard Gas - The Dear Hunter
Seed Of Wonder - Jesca Hoop
Mustard - Kilgore Trout (no youtube for this one)
Too Old to Cut the Mustard - Ernest Tubb and Red Foley
Mustard Seed - Damion Suomi
Mustard - The Red Tops (no youtube for this one)