This is a day of rememberance of those who fought for our freedom. Today, I was saddened to hear from Bob Oakes on NPR that one of every four homeless people in New England is a veteran. There are many ways to help the homeless year-round. This is a good time to get started and continue throughout the year. Some of the ways to help were mentioned earlier in Sweet Tooth.
I remember my grandfathers (grandpa: Sonny/Cyril and Zaida-Jack) constantly throughout my daily life. Sometimes it’s a piece of music, usually a violin solo or an aria that takes me back and I can hear my grandfather’s voice humming or singing along. Sometimes it’s a scent; someone walks by and leaves a floating scent of aftershave that reminds me of Zaida. Other times it’s a snack. My grandfather’s lived an ocean apart and were very different people, but they were both grand in their own way and lived a life so different from anything I will know or experience. They both fought in wars that sound like tales from “fantasy” lands ages away. I don’t think anyone can imagine what it is like no matter how much you read or see on the news. But I don’t remember them for their wars. They had my respect, love and awe for who they were more than what they did. It’s the moments sharing a meal together that I remember most. I remember feeling so important doing my “job” making fresh squeezed orange juice for breakfast. Whether I was five or sixteen it still felt as important and special. One thing that always reminds me of my Zaida is bananas on toast. I sometimes have it for breakfast, it’s a great snack, and on “just one of those days” it’s a perfect dinner.
Adding fruit to a savory snack is a simple way to brighten a meal. There is something so delicious about a warm buttered piece of toast with a cool, sweet banana on top. Now if you’re one of those banana-phobes then try something else. I just had a conversation with my daughter about why some people just don’t like bananas. It’s just a very distinct strong flavour. Then try a slice of apple with cheddar or add clementines to a salad. Strawberries are on sale at Market Basket this week they are great on cereal, in yoghurt, and even in salad with a little balsamic vinegar.
Enjoy this beautiful fall day. Reflect on those that you are remembering in whichever way feel right for you.
Bon appetit. ttyl your BFF (Boston Family Foodie)