6. What food is delicious but a pain to eat?
This time of year, my late mother used to buy me pomegranates, because she knew that I loved them so much. But, let's face it, they are a chore. The pith and skin tastes absolutely revolting, so you just can't plunge in and wolf it down.No, it took a pin and a lot of patience. However, there is now another way to do it, which involves splitting them a certain way and just letting the pips fall out. Great, you think - however, there is always that annoying bit of pith that finds it's way into your mouth and that acrid backup of foul taste takes a while to dispel. Back to the drawing board and patience with a pin once more. My husband made some wine from over-ripe ones once and the colour was a golden rosy yellow and was very sweet.
Another pain is chestnuts, which are my favourite this time of year, but a sod to shell - especially if you want them red hot. Sceptics may say that you can just get them from a can, but no - I soldier on, picking away with a tiny cheeseboard knife. They are another food that if you get a one that is undetectably off, it fills your mouth with ash. The ones in the supermarket are usually a bit dry, so one year, I went to a fruit and veg wholesalers that had fresh, juicy ones. And that, ladies and gentlemen, was my downfall. I punctured them as per requirement and cooked. Red hot from the oven, I stuck the knife in one and it properly exploded, covering my face in chestnut cinders and filling my eyes. My god the pain - I couldn't open my eyes and starting to scream. The family came running and dabbed me down. I was lucky, some scorch marks to my face that diminished over time and no damage to my retina, but it has been some years before I am able to look at them again. I bought some this year, actually - but I have wondered (seeing how 2020 has been going) whether I should try again.