Nigella Lawson is one of my favourite chefs. I like her style, her determination in surviving when her husband was sick and most definitely, I like her recipes.
What I don't like about her, though, is the fact that by the end of her shows, she'll be wearing a black robe and then she'll go to the fridge to eat leftovers. Even though it appeared sexy, it appeared lazy too. At least for me. Things got so well in her show except for that part.
One day, Nigella put some whipped cream in her recipe and said,
"If you're feeling piggish, you can always add more cream..."
I was dumb-struck with the choice of words. Like a typical Malay, I made a direct translation:
"Membabi? Kebabian? Terbabi?" I thought.
But what is "kebabian"? My mind was dragged to the film Babe. Uuuuuurgghhh...no.
The country is now hit by the ever famous H1N1. I didn't dare to think about pigs. Oh no...
I tried to find the meaning in wikipedia - no answer.
I lost sight of my dictionary.
My last option would be Microsoft Word.
So I typed:
Right click - Synonyms.
greedy, glutinous, selfish, self-centered, avaracious, acquisitive, gluttonous.
Clearly, this is not a positive word:)
Ibu cooked sambal tumis ikan bilis with petai and I felt like taking most of the petai into my plate. Raya was time that I ate more meat and less vegetables. I have missed petai for two weeks now. I need lots of it in my system.
But wait...does that mean that I'm greedy for this parkia speciosa? (it sounds like wingardim laviosa!)
GREEDY = PIGGISH = KEBABIAN
That's the reason why it's good that the pig is haram.
That's the reason why you can't be greedy.
If I'm still feeling piggish over petai, then:
"Petai has earned its nickname 'stink bean' because its strong smell is very pervasive. It lingers in the mouth and body. Like asparagus, it contains certain amino acids that give a strong smell to one's urine, an effect that can be noticed up to two days after consumption. Like other beans, their complex carbohydrates can also cause strong-smelling flatulence."
The flatulence will certainly go wingardium laviosa in the air.
Then I'll have a new nickname:
And that's the reason why when someone is angry, he/she will say this:
YOU'RE A PIG!
It's not rabbitish, chickenish, or duckish. It's piggish.
Either it's in English or Malay, it's not good.
Wear your mask.
Not only for your face, for your heart too:)