This Galette Essene is a small loaf of sprouted cereals bread, which I found at my organic grocery store. I talked about a galette essénienne before, but this is a different animal : where my former galette was brittle and cracker-like, this one is a moist little thing.
The package, by calling it a “galette repas” proclaims it can be eaten as a whole meal. It came in different flavors, and I chose the white bean, tomato and basil. I brought it to work for lunch, along with some cherry tomatoes.
I was intrigued, I was curious, I was atiptoe, I was happy : it’s not everyday that you get to taste something entirely alien. I took a first bite. Interesting. The texture very cake-like, not too dense, and a sweet, earthy taste. I took a few more bites, thinking ha, isn’t this cool, I’m having cake for lunch, what a fine discovery.
And then the phone rings, or I get interrupted one way or the other and I stop eating. And then it hits me. A powerful, bitter aftertaste. Ack. Bleh. Double Ack and triple Bleh. I take another bite, thinking you really have to be sure about those things, give the galette a chance to redeem itself. The sweet cakey feeling returns, I swallow, hold my breath, all alertness, and sure enough in a matter of seconds, wham, the unpleasantness is back. Nasty. The bitterness was similar to the one I had detected in the former galette, but much much worse, taken to a whole new level.
I throw the rest of it out, and lunch on just cherry tomatoes. Well let me tell you, cherry tomatoes do not constitute a whole meal. But that’s okay, because the girl has cookies in her desk drawer too.