Spread #20 – Comfort Words September 9, 2008Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.
It seems to me that sometimes words meaning certain foods have more power to provide comfort, familiarity, emotional security, and warmth, than the foods themselves, especially if spoken in your ancestors’ native languages. So, such words as Mamaliga (Romanian national food, Polenta), Kokoshay (Popcorn) and Friginelli (French Toast), have pleasant connotations for me, of being taken care for by someone loving. I am attached to these words, not as much to the foods—-though I wouldn’t mind a nice warm plate of mamaliga right now, melted butter, and branza (Fetta like cheese) or even Kashkaval (yellow sheep’s milk cheese). This savory dish tasted so much yummier creamier and smoother after you closely witnessed the labor of love it took your father, to, with a wooden rolling pin, large pot on the floor held tight between his tall legs, mix and turn the maize meal to the desired consistency, then sweatingly (I know it’s not a word) setting it on a wooden board, cutting wide slices with a string..plating it with Goulash (meat stew) or assorted cheeses. My father was a pro in making Mamaliga. So yeah..Mamaliga means a lot to me 😀 I’m going to cook now..