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