There is a loving innocence when a daddy baby talks. There is a touching purity when a child talks like an adult!
Today’s mutton stew (or is it?) is a combination of baby talk and adult talk. Enjoy.
This is all you need – mutton, potatoes, carrots, onions, Sarawak black pepper, cooking wine, garlic, ginger and ..
Belly Buttons! No, it’s not, it’s button mushrooms.
Many years ago, I was dining in a small restaurant. Seated at the next table was a couple with their 2-year-old son. The man is a church friend. Arthur married late. So, he was quite an “old father” to a 2-year-old. We greeted. Arthur was trying to get his son to eat. Then, it caught my attention when I heard, “Do you want to eat belly buttons (in Foochow)?”
It was the nature in me to clear the doubts. So, I walked over to find out what was served on the table. Was it really belly buttons? It could not be! Arthur said, “I call that belly buttons in my son’s language.”
From that day on, my button mushrooms have to be halved so that I do not think of belly buttons when I take them! But, the loving innocence of an “old dad” remains in my mind.
Now, here is the mutton stew. I have done lamb chop before, this is the first time that I tried mutton stew. I would have called it lamb stew if I have not done a search in the net about “lamb”.
Lamb is a sheep less than a year. Over a year, it is referred as yearling. And over two years, lamb is called mutton. Lamb or mutton are fairly fatty. I have them well trimmed. Lamb is an universally accepted meat. Hindus are forbidden to eat beef. Muslims and Jews eschew pork. There is no religion or culture that outlaw lamb. Probably, most of us are turned off by the smell of lamb that it’s less consumed.
It was also the first time that Chris (my 12-year-old son) took mutton. He took a large portion of it. I was caught by surprise that he could take the smell. I probed. And he said,
“I don’t quite take the smell of it. It’s because it’s cooked by you that I like it. Just like you make the world best chicken pie and pizza, the lamb is also heavenly.”
That’s the touching purity that touches my soul. And I know it’s going to linger in my mind for a long, long time.