Believe it or not I’ve been thinking of nothing else but food these past few days. Actually I think about food most of the time because I am the chief menu planner and cook in my household. Now most of you do the same thing but why am I so different? Well that’s because we have 5 different palates with different dietary requirements on a daily basis to cater to. Add to this 2 grandsons every other day and you will understand why I have to think extra hard about what each one would like . And these past few days have been even more busy with me thinking up menus for three events lined up this month.
What is really driving me bananas is the search for a Banoffee Pie which I have to serve this weekend .
I don’t particularly like bananas as a pudding having grown up on a steady diet of “shikran poli” . Now those who recognise this childhood treat will immediately conjure up an image of a warm, ghee laden Chapati scooping up a generous amount of mashed banana and milk.
But for those of you who don’t this is what it is : mashed banana and milk with some added sugar to soften the tartness eaten. This is eaten with whole wheat flat bread or chapati.
What’s in a name ?
So you see , naming a dish is very important. Shikran-poli sounds so quotidian! Doesn’t wholewheat flat bread sound better than chapati? Therefore, when we went to aunty Vimal’s house for lunch my brother and I were warned NOT to make a fuss and eat up EVERYTHING served on our plates.
Aunty Vimal, I think was in cahoots with my mum because when aunty asked us if we’d like some fried Aubergine along with the regular daal-chawal, we eagerly said yes. Being unworldly and terribly unwise at age 10 and 8 respectively, we looked forward to savouring this exotic sounding dish. We could barely contain our disappointment when 2 slices of crisply fried ‘Baingan’ were served in the plate ! My mom couldn’t contain her glee when she saw us quietly eat the vegetable we had staunchly desisted from tasting for ever .
So when aunty offered us Banana and Cream for dessert we looked forward to sliced banana topped with whipped cream and perhaps drizzled with chocolate shavings or crushed nuts . Imagine our horror when we got Shikran without the poli!
Incidentally please do send me a recipe for Banoffee pie.
Have you ever been conned into eating something that sounded more exotic and exciting than what it really was?
Do you have any memories, sweet and sour, revolving around food? If yes, then do share them with me and Shilpa, using the hashtag #FlavoursomeTuesdays, and have fun!
In the meanwhile do enjoy the contributions from our guests at this week’s table :
And hope to see you at our table next week!