Friday, April 28, 2017

Y is for yummy

Y is for Yummy! Many memories get made around food. Food - the tastes, the smells, and the textures, maybe even the colors, can evoke many recollections from seemingly the depths of your brain. According to research, this is the hippocampus which is a part of the brain critical for memory and emotion. Olfactory memories have a strong connection to both the hippocampus and the amygdala - both serving important parts in making and maintaining memories!! While trying to find out more about this, I read one wonderful essay about food and memories here.

And this is definitely true, so many of my earliest memories revolve around food - of mom making snacks and sweets for Diwali while I helped her (just by giving her company!), of eagerly walking to the dairy in our colony to buy some khoa(milk thickened to even lesser moisture than ricotta, which is used in preparing many Indian sweets) and being sorely tempted by the smell of fresh,warm khoa to just eat one bit as I walked back home with it - but the thought that it would mean a few jamuns less prevented me from eating the khoa itself (though not always), of my packed school lunches, and so many more..
And now, with our trips to India, and cooking at home, we are building, hopefully a wonderful treasure-chest of memories for the kids..Here is a collage of foods to tempt your senses, perhaps to trigger memories, and to just enjoy!!


Q to the reader:  What food you ate recently triggered a memory from childhood or years ago?

Many of my posts for this challenge around this theme of favorite childhood memories to rebuild with my kids revolve around food (and more specifically, a huge sweet tooth..!!!) thus proving this point again - my food posts are below. The first few B through R links below are to satisfy my sweet tooth.
B for barfi 
D for Dharwad peda
E for Eclairs
F for Five Star
G for Gadbad 

J for Jamun 
M for mmmmMango,  
P for Parle-G biscuits  
R for some refreshing Roohafza

and for a change
something spicy - U is for Urga (pickles Indian style)

Signing off on Day 29 and the letter Y as I continue on the #AtoZChallenge  and #UltimateBloggingChallenge
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7 comments:

  1. Oh my the street foods, plucking fruits off the trees in summers and undressing to our undershirts to enjoy juicy mangoes on ahot summer after noon are some of my fondest food memories of childhood!! This was obvisouly done at Nani's house where we would all gather in the summer vacations!!! ;-)
    Lovely post Vidaya- reignited so many o fmy memories! Cheers

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  2. That's informative! I acknowledged a strong associating memories with smells... Now I know why!
    Also, this post reminds me of summer breaks. #nostalgic
    Thanks for sharing
    Yearnings
    Best wishes!

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  3. Memories are made of food. Recently I had a chicken roll that reminded me of the chicken roll we used to have in school . But the taste has changed or is it my taste buds that have ?

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  4. I had some tinned corn beef the other day. I hadn't eaten it since my childhood. Now I remember why - it was horrid!


    Another day in Amble Bay!




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  5. Food and music are capable of practically transporting me back in time! How strong the memories can be! I supposed the last strong memories a food triggered happened on Easter at the church dinner. A piece of buttermilk pie. So similar to Mama's. And then I thought of how I had made them for a friend of ours who loved them. Beautiful array of food above! Perspectives at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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  6. OMG I am hungry already.
    I might be going to Mumbai sometime to have the chaat.
    Cheers

    A Peice Of My Life

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  7. Special occasions are always associated with special dishes and when they are served with oodles of love...they carve a niche in the memory!
    Very yummy, mouth watering read!!!
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    Anagha From Team MocktailMommies
    Collage Of Life

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