Slat my dood met 'n nat vis.
Literally, Beat me to death with a wet fish. A Cape expression of incredulity.
I've been Googling. My caterpillar bitterness persists in my mouth this morning. Hypochondria in the offing.
And then I found the Chinese pine nut links. Bitterness in the mouth up to ten days after eating Chinese pine nuts. Or these pine nuts.
Three days ago I made a quantity of pesto with terrace basil and Chinese pine nuts from Sahadi's. The shopman actually persuaded us to buy the Chinese over the Spanish and indeed, they tasted better: crisper, crunchier, fattier.
We ate the pesto two days in a row, and yesterday, when the caterpillar squirted me, its terpenes and the pine terpenes made a big mushroom cloud?
Obviously, not everyone is affected, as the Frenchie is just fine. So to test the theory for yourself:
1/2 a cup EV olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1/2 of a cup Chinese pine nuts
1 1/2 cups freshly grated parmesan
2 cups lightly packed basil leaves
3 tbsp butter
salt to taste
Whir up in blender or food processor. If you are a purist, pound by hand in mortar. Eat, enjoy, and wait for a while to see what happens!
More info here