"The Famous Friday Night at Bubbie & Zaidie's or The Night My Tongue Stuck to the Railing"
My favourite dish, however, was a little bit different. Bubbie made a version of garlic spareribs that was exceptional. She called it "Chinese" Spareribs, although she had never been to a Chinese restaurant and immigrated to Canada from Russia in 1907 - so how she knew...I'll never know, but just writing about it makes my mouth water. Being kosher, rather than pork, she'd use veal spare ribs that she had the butcher cut up. It was my all time favourite dish of hers and she didn’t always make it, so when she did I was in heaven!
For your trivia information… there is a lot of blood in the tip of your tongue. I didn’t realize what had happened until my sister started crying hysterically in my mother’s arms as she came down the stairs. Looking back on things, I give my mother credit for keeping calm considering she had to deal with one bleeding child and another screaming one. My mother did some quick first aid and we took the taxi to the doctor, briefly stopping at my grandparents to deposit my sister with the rest of the family. They got a short version of the story that grew exponentially by the time we returned from the doctor (who gave me some tablet to keep under my tongue to stop the bleeding and told me not to eat anything hot for a while).
Finally we got back to my grandparents. By now my tongue was throbbing and my mother, having realized the crisis was over, was lecturing me on my brilliant act. I was not very happy and to make matters worse all my cousins wanted me to stick my tongue out so they could see. The story of how much of my tongue was missing had been greatly exaggerated from the time my mother dropped my sister off and of course all my cousins had to make horrified faces and noises and all my aunts had to continue the lecturing. But the worst part of the ordeal… my grandmother had made my favourite spareribs and I couldn’t eat them. It still makes me sad to think about it. Guess I’ll just have to whip up a batch right now.