Kool-Aid Pickles, a Kwanakah Treat
A Delta delicacy -- the Kool-Aid Pickle! My little girl J-- gave me two of them this morning. Having been raised with at least one foodie parent, I am pretty good about trying food with an open mind. And I've had Kool-Aid Pickle before, at a "Welcome to TFA in the Delta" meeting. It's a strange combination -- "Jamaica" Kool-Aid (red and fruity) and dill pickles. So this morning I ate one and told J-- I'd eat the other one at lunch. (Really I waited to eat it until after I took the picture.)
It's a sweet-and-sour combination. To make a Kool-Aid pickle, dump out half of the brine in the pickle jar and refill it with your favorite flavor of Kool-Aid (preferably Jamaica, because it makes them nice and red.) Wait a few days. Enjoy. I did.
We were talking about seasons. I asked, "What holidays are in winter?" They easily listed Christmas and (with some prompting) Hanukah. "Super!" I said, writing them in a bubble connected to Winter. "Let's add to our list. I can think of another one that comes at around the same time. It's a celebration of African-American family, community, and culture. It starts with /k/." There were no guesses except a tentative "Christmas?" I tried again. "It starts with /kw/." I watched wheels turn. Two hands shot in the air, and before I could call on either one, J-- yelled out, "KWANAKAH!" at the same time as M-- shouted, "KWISTMAS!" The other students quickly got in on the action. "It's Kwanakah." D-- said firmly, as though she had celebrated it her whole life. "KWANAKAH! Yeah, Kwanakah!" shouted the class, looking at my marker hand expectantly.
But I was laughing too hard to write anything.