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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Animal, vegetable or mineral? From way back when.....

“What is dat?” he asks breathlessly.

“It is a sweet potato,” I explain, worryied whether it is indeed a sweet potato or whether I am unwittingly providing him with false ammunition to beat me with later.
There seems to be a great deal of confusion between what is a yam and what is a sweet potato? I have never sought to clarify this deficit, despite having been a resident for more than a decade and a citizen for a few years, because they are both loathsome. As a vegetable they are vile because they are sweet, but to put them in a pie is equally as reprehensible. Who ever heard of carrot pie? [Translate = a transvestite of a flan]

“No, it is a humungeous lemon!” he announces. That probably means that it is a yam and not a sweet potato? What on earth have I purchased, and why did I listen to the advice of the checker. [translation = probity of checker dubious due to the fact that she was unfamiliar with Swedes. {sub translation = rutabagas]

“It is a potato lemon?” he blurts, raising his eye brow, hoping for a hit.
I prod it, to see if the skin will come off yet.
“May be,” I add dubiously.
“It is disgusting anyways, any road up!” [Aside = gosh he automatically translated himself!] Soon junior son will be five.

For the first three and a half years of his little life he ate almost an exclusive diet of sweet potatoes, as only orange food was acceptable by that time. As he reached his fourth birthday, pureed carrots were out and he had an orange aura about his person. [translation = carrotine poisoning?] He would surely have perished without the intake of the humble sweet potato in such vast and exclusive quantities. I can’t say that I view little orange gold fish crackers as a nutritional advance, orange or not.


neil said...

Was it wrong of me to allow a checker to price some limes I was buying as lemons, which were way cheaper? I think you're right about the crackers.

KC's Mommy said...

He's a cutie pie!

K.C. eats about three foods and that's it! The same ol' no nutritional value foods, lol.

Kristina Chew said...

Charlie has a thing for cauliflower. Turns up his nose at the yam/sweet potatoes/whate'er you call em tubers.

Ashley loves Leo said...

Orange, aye? Leo had a thing for white only. I must confess I know the answer to your retorical question about yams vs. sweet potatoes...

Yams are indeed sweet potatoes. But a yam is only a yam when it's grown in Louisiana. They began calling them yams for a reason I lack knowing.

More specifically, yams, a wilder version of sweet potatoes come from South America and grow as long as a man's arm. Now I'd like to see one of those puppies on my table drizzled in butter!

Your son is so adorable with all the play food around him!

mommyguilt said...

SmallBoy is fickle about his food, but not so much in he won't eat this kind, or that kind is touching this on the plate, or this is just totally gross. He changes his mind each time. There are things he definitely likes, but then there are things - like pesto, for example - that will be used on his tortellini time and time again. One time he eats it all up and the next, wont' touch his meal because it's "GROOOOOOSS, MOM!"

Sweet Potatoes - lord, he'll never touch them - which is fine. More for me.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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