Salt and peper are like part of the 'Cooking 101' class. It's a basic and essential part of cooking. So..if you pride yourself on being able to cook well and someone clearly 'disagrees' with that by adding that very basic thing that every cook should have done to their dish....
Not offensive to do so but it's pretty stupid to do it before you taste it. I agree with Edison:
“Thomas Edison is reported to have tested anyone he was thinking about hiring. He would invite them to have a bowl of soup with them. Anyone adding salt without first tasting the soup failed his test. He didn’t want anyone making decisions based upon unfounded assumptions.”
I think it's a habit for some people and they have become accustomed to doing it more than requiring it for taste. I'm never offended if they salt and pepper my cooking. I'd rather have them do that than trying to season it in a way I can't duplicate.
I like to rock n' roll all night and *part* of every day. I usually have errands... I can only rock from like 1-3.
I told him he wasn't a chef and I liked salt and pepper.
Originally Posted by gromit
I had a friend who would put tomato ketchup on EVERYTHING...
Oh, that brings back bad memories... there was a kid when I was growing up who would do the same thing. It was worse, as I consider ketchup absolutely disgusting, and wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot pole (yeah, it's some sort of phobia, I think). This kid would (apparently) put it on/in everything -- including hot chocolate and pancakes.
I just like salt and pepper. More than most people would think. I used to eat dinner with a large varied group with various tastes on a regular basis, so I tend to assume that most cooks minimize spices. I mean, it's a lot easier for spice-lovers to add some than it is for spice-haters to take some out, no?