Weekend Eats post a week and a half ago, I showed a picture of Sir Kensington's Gourmet Scooping Ketchup, a condiment I'd picked up last weekend due in no small part to the cuteness of the name and logo. (We're all suckers to a certain degree, and my weakness is for ridiculously-named condiments.) A few people emailed me and asked where I got it; the answer is Whole Foods.
It turns out, the stuff is really good. I stopped being a huge fan of ketchup many years ago. I much prefer mustard and mayo. (The last ketchup I loved was something called Formula 9 Gourmet Ketchup, offered in four flavors, my favorite of which was ginger. But that company went out of business more than a decade ago.)
Still, after more than a week of eating Sir Kensington's, I'm tempted to say I love the stuff. It is full of flavor, whereas most ketchups - especially Heinz - taste only of sweetness to me. In fact, on the official website of Sir Kensington's, they offer a chart to show why their ketchup is better: instead of high fructose corn syrup, Sir Kensington's is sweetened with agave nectar, honey and brown sugar. In place of Heinz's "salt and onion powder" seasonings, this ketchup utilizes coriander, lime juice, allspice and whole onions.
It's offered in two varieties: "Classic" and "Spiced." I'm sure you can guess that I purchased the latter. Here are a few of the things I've been using it on:
But with Sir Kensington's, nothing is required to supplement the flavors of the ketchup: I added a couple of tablespoons to some Potatoes O'Brien I made the other day. I didn't even feel the need to add any hot sauce, which is quite rare for me at breakfast time.
"Oh my God," Elizabeth said.
I think she was trying to express that I'm a dork. Whatever. The ketchup went nicely with the battered fries and, though it wasn't as good on the chicken as the correct dipping sauce (blackened ranch) would have been, it was still better than any of the sauces that Popeyes was offering me that day.
Still, as you've probably figured out by now, I don't view this brand of ketchup as just any old ketchup, so it was worth a shot. I added some horseradish and a squirt of lemon juice. It was a great sauce but I'm not sure if it was a good cocktail sauce; it was so complex and delicious that it made the fried piece of fish (a Trader Joe's beer-battered fish) pale in comparison. The tail was wagging the dog. The fish was the condiment for the sauce.
I wanted to write about more things... but I ran out of Sir Kensington's. And it was my second bottle I've finished in less than twelve days. I gotta go get more tomorrow.