In the spirit of full disclosure, I must confess that not all of my kitchen endeavors are successes. Just last night, I had one of those flops that I'll remember (and steer clear of) for years to come. Ham hock terrine. Just the name of it makes me want to retch a little (as eating it wanted to make do last night).
A terrine, is basically a fancy, cold loaf of veggies or meat that is suspended in gelatin. Explaining it now again gives me pause about why in the world I wanted to try this in the first place, but it is absolutely a beautiful thing to behold. My pictures do not give justice to how pretty a dish this actually is, however strange it may taste. Separately, the components all taste good, cabbage leaves, parsley, ham hock, but to suspend them in gelatin, that is what my taste buds just did not understand nor agree with.
My purpose for this post is definitely not to share a recipe (if you're really interested I'm sure you can find your own) but to hopefully open a dialogue with other foodies about what the deal is with terrines. Is it just my uncultured American taste buds that terrines disagree with? Is it that I found a horrid recipe for them? Does anyone actually LIKE them? I had my husband do the dishes last night because I couldn't stand to look at it any more (My husband thought I was completely over-reacting and didn't find it bad at all) it was that unappetizing to me.