This one is for Prawns..
I have a new friend. This little post is for my new friend who I believe takes the occasional look at some of my posts.
“Prawns” is the name I know my friend as. Prawns calls me “Caramel”. Are we two foodies who have struck up a friendship whist sharing recipes? Not exactly! More a matter of sharing recipes for life than home-cooking tips. Right now Prawns is not 100%…and I found myself worrying. So this post is an attempt to cheer Prawns up.
There seems to be a lot we are in agreement over. At the same time there are differences in our thinking…as there are between any two people.
Now I am going to mention to you something I may have omitted in other posts. I stopped eating meat and fish at the age of six. I do remember eating fish-fingers. I remember chicken and sandwich meat. I even remember mum making liver and onions which was the weirdest thing I have ever eaten. But as I have not eaten meat or fish for so long.
You might be looking at the photos above and understand exactly why a six year old me decided she would be a vegetarian. Mum and Dad thought it was a phase. I just never grew out of it. I don’t have any strong views. I am fine with other people eating meat… just don’t ask me to. That’s fair enough isn’t it? I have some friends who don’t like me not eating meat… but just think of how many friends I have made by trading my chicken for their brussel sprouts at roast dinners.
My parents never gave us prawns when we were little ones. I have no idea what prawns taste like. And I have no desire to try one in all honesty.
What I am trying to say is this….Prawns and I….well I am aware that there is an element of the unknown, a curiosity because of the newness, the differences between us. There is a basis for our friendship and some common ground. Perhaps, like the ice-berg lettuce in the image of a prawn cocktail above. The ice-berg lettuce makes me feel an element of familiarity. Ice-berg lettuce is safe, risk-free, I know what to expect.
But the prawns side of the prawn cocktail – is the unknown. All I can do is imagine how prawns would taste. A bit zingy? Tangy? Maybe salty spicy? Or maybe they are a bit sweet? I don’t know. So it is with my new-ish friend. We do have common ground. But I also think there is a side to Prawns that I don’t really understand and have not tasted before. It is kind of fascinating. However, we will have to wait and see. Time will tell. Time is usually a telling factor in any friendship.
Have you ever been to a restaurant and after glancing over the menu, you opted for something quite new to your normal tastes? I did it only last week. I was with a friend at lunch and I saw a combination I have not tried before “Orange and Rosemary Treacle Tart”. Please don’t tell Goldfinch I gave into a yummy pudding…I really am trying so hard!
Well that combination of orange and rosemary was something I had never tried before. It was delicious. It delighted my taste-buds in a way I had never known. I keep thinking of that refreshing combination of flavours and hoping I will be able to try it again soon.
So it is when you make a new friend. You are getting to know them and you see some common ground, but there is a degree of new and different that you have not experienced before. I am pleased with my new friend. But only time will tell if these new flavours are going to continue to dance on my tongue or if there is a bitter aftertaste. And vice versa. Maybe Prawns will grow sick of Caramel.
Prawn cocktail… I am sure there are those who would tell me how delicious it is. Nope, I certainly am not planning on eating any prawns…but I will look forward to getting to know my new friend Prawns.
Take care Prawns…. have a real good rest… and make sure you don’t get yourself into another pickle. Promise me you will be alright.