What was/is the fuss all about? I kept wondering! Everytime there was/is a menu being planned or when someone mentions eating out or taking away, there was/is a hoo haaa at home!! Instantly there were/are 2 hands that go up saying “nothing for us thank you” and it was much later that i figured out the reason behind this reaction… My grandparents dont eat Onions or garlic… I dint understand why !!
Since i lived most part of my life in different cities, away from maternal grandparents it dint make too much of a difference to me on their taste preferences… only since 2000, when i’ve started living with them, did it nag me wee bit… I have no issues cooking here, and i do so quite often.. and 99.99% of the time it is without Onions and garlic, infact it makes no difference to me, cos its almost like i cook on auto pilot…
Onions and garlic stay away from my mind and ergo, the kitchen as well..I have had friends gape when i mention this… I am surprised at their reaction…
“OMG, you cook without Onions and garlic……………. how?”
I chuckle and tell them “yep, and food tastes just as good, if not better”….
They walk away shaking their head in disbelief… 😀
We go out to eat, make sure there are some dishes ordered without Onions and garlic, we do take away, same deal…. when we go out for weddings etc, me and mom/uncle are always on lookout for such dishes so grandparents can eat something!!
The nag in my mind was only because i hadn’t found a satisfactory answer to “Why they dont eat Onion or garlic”………. I have NO issues with following this rule, just want to know WHY!! 🙂
Response 1 when i was about 10– Gramma says its because after a certain point in life, one needs to stop eating them….
I dont buy it…
Response 2 when i was 12– Gramma says its cos they grow underground
ya right…i dont buy it….
Response 3 when i was 20 – Gramma says its cos they grow underground and are forbidden … cos it was followed by her parents and in laws
Dang… i still dont buy it…
I start reading, digging on the net and in books around to try and find a solution that i know they know but arent telling…. .
Voila… found it… Check out this website… Why no onions and garlic?
Onions and garlic are known to be aphrodesiacs and so avoided by many, especially those who wish to move on to the next phase of life, become more religious, closer to God… and so on!!
Garlic is good for our blood… why then would it be avoided? Am baffled… anyone got any other answers to this, pls do share……
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