Granny food just taste better
MANY YEARS AGO, one of my work colleagues bring work some conkies and offer me one. When I taste it, I remarked on how good it taste and asked him where he got it from. He said his girlfriend made them.
However, the following day when he saw me, he said he thought his girlfriend had made them but it turned out that it was actually her grandmother who made them. I will get back to that.
Now if you walk in a typical everyday Bajan place that selling food, you liable to see a menu written on a board on the wall and reading something like this: Rice and peas, baked pork, chicken soup, fried fish. And I could bet that if you call for a rice and peas and baked pork it ain’t gine past $20 and you gine get nuff for your money too.
However, walk into any top-class restaurant
’bout here and sit down and order the same thing and you looking to pay ’bout $80. ’Cause first thing, even though it is the same kinda food, the menu ain’t gine read the same way; the language gine be different.
’Cause where the normal eatery got on their menu “rice and peas”, the top-class restaurant got “slow cooked basmati rice, with Caribbean pigeon peas”. And where the normal place just got “baked pork”, them heavy restaurants does got “savoury roasted pork tenderloins”.
You see, them people have to impress you with the language and make it sound exotic and worthy of the money them gine charge you.
So where the local place simply got “chicken soup”, them money places does got “warm Bajan chicken soup, with local ground provisions and dumplings”. And where you just see “fried fish” at your local one-door place, them other fellas does got “seasoned golden-brown, pan-seared catch of the day”. You see, it all boils down to the language.
But a term I see a lot of these fancy places using now to describe some of their food is “grandma’s”.
So I now seeing things like grandma’s peas and rice, delicious grandma’s fish cakes, grandma’s coconut sweet bread and grandma’s conkies.
Because from the time that you say grandma’s or granny’s, it takes us back to our younger days of eating grandma’s food, ’cause let me tell you . . . them old people coulda cook. So, in other words, grandma’s food is equal to good-tasting food.
You know full well that if you taste piece o’ sweetbread, you could tell straight away if a old person bake it. ’Cause once a old person deal with it, it does carry a different kinda flavour.
I ain’t lying. Bring a old woman and put a much younger person next to her and give them the same very ingredients and tell them bake a cake. The old woman’s cake gine come out tasting a lot better.
And the younger person gine be using measuring spoons, a scale and measuring cups. Them gine got food processor, electric egg beater, a blender and electric mixer, along with a recipe book. And all that old girl gine got is a cou-cou stick to lick up the butter, eggs and sugar.
She ain’t gine weigh nothing, she ain’t gine measure nothing, but when her cake baking you gine be able to stand in the next parish and smell it baking.
I ain’t know what them does do, but everything does come out tasting better. That is why nowadays when you go anywhere and them serving fishcakes them does serve them with a dip, cause the fishcakes ain’t got no taste. So you have to dip them in ketchup, mayonnaise and hot sauce for them to taste like something, ’cause if you eat them by themselves you would feel that you eating newspaper. But if grandma make them, it is a different story.
So that is why for Independence all of these fancy places that got Independence Day breakfasts and dinners now got grandma’s this or granny’s that on them menus. ’Cause they know from the time they say “grandma’s” that you gine feel it taste good. Check and see if you doubt me. See ya.