Eat Seasonal Food, Rhubarb, with Shakey-Shakey (What?)

May 25, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Rob Gardner

Eat seasonal food.  In season now, rhubarb.  Eat rhubarb.  The first fruit available at the markets.  Unfortunately, obviously, you cannot just gnaw on a rhubarb stalk.  Rhubarb needs mellowing.  Cooking mellows rhubarb.  Cooking mellows rhubarb only so much.  Rhubarb needs sweeteners.  Rhubarb needs shakey-shakey.  Rhubarb tastes good with shakey-shakey.

Every year about this time of year, I start riding my wife to serve me some rhubarb with shakey-shakey.  Rhubarb with shakey-shakey like I ate so often, so many years ago when spending graduate time in Cardiff, Wales.  During my Cardiff time, I had a relationship with a lovely Celtic girl.  Her family fed me often, lending extra specialness to our brief fling.  These days I think less of Sian and more of the shakey-shakey.  Welsh women may not be know for their fine fare, but the Welsh women in this family knew how to enhance a lot of things eaten.  Shakey-shakey.  It went on pie.  It rescued the incredibly awful coffee they served.  It went on rhubarb, which we seemed to have often.  Many a Sunday lunch ended with cooked rhubarb drenched in shakey-shakey.  That Sian, a lovely woman in many ways, had a some hip.  In fact, if you know the singer Adele, you’d know about the look of Sian.  A lot.  And I cannot say at all how Adele gets her womanly figure, but I could probably guess that Sian’s figure owed more than a some to her ample use of shakey-shakey.

Me, I’m on a bit of a fitness-yoga kick of late, hoping to reduce my girth.  Still, a bit of shakey-shakey can be handled.  Can’t it.  We have the rhubarb.  We have the shakey-shakey. Or do we.  See, oh so many years later. when memories of a Welsh gal merged into images of a popular young singer, I cannot quite remember what is shakey-shakey.

I know what it could be.  It could be evaporated milk.  Or it could be condensed milk.  They both come in a sealed can, traditionally opened with a pointed church key.  They are both shaken (I think).  They re both poured.  They are both sweet.  Yet, I cannot remember which is the shakey-shakey. I fear if I use the wrong one, it will be all wrong.  It will be like Adele singing a Journey song. 

I want to eat seasonal food.  I want to eat my seasonal rhubarb.  I want to eat my seasonal rhubarb with shakey-shakey.  I just don’t know what.

Help appreciated.  Especially help from anyone who knew me in Cardiff ca. 1986.