Written for the 30-day creative writing challenge hosted by Nicky and Mike of We Work For Cheese. Today's prompt is The Awkwardness of the common banana. This is day 17 of this never-endng challenge. Check out the Linky at WWFC for some delightfully fruitful stories.
|Banana Candle Salad|
What would you think about a banana stuffed into a pineapple ring, smeared with mayo and topped with a cherry? Let's just say it was not all that appealing, and left us feeling rather awkward.
The setting was Christmas back some 20 or so years ago. We were visiting my in-laws over the holidays, and my mother-in-law, bless her heart, decided to make a special treat for us. She found the recipe in a magazine or old cookbook (we didn't have the internet then) and proceeded to assemble her creation. When she brought them out, we stared in disbelief at the somewhat suggestive looking item being placed before us. Being the tactful people that we were, we tried to hide our...uh...amusement. As you can see it's a rather risque looking dish.
We were holding back our laughter pretty well while we tried to figure out how to tell her just what it looked like. That is until my brother-in-law exclaimed "that's a nasty chancre on that thing". At that point we all burst out laughing, and had to explain what was so funny.
Interestingly, the banana candle recipe was originally published in several 1950s cookbooks for children. More recently I saw this recipe and picture in a popular spice catalog. Apparently it was more common than we thought.
So tell me what you think - Yum or Yuck?