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Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Of God, Rain and Corn on the Cob

"...ooh now i wish it would rain
now, down on me....
- Phil Collins & Eric Clapton

Every morning, as soon as I open my eyes, whether sluggishly or smartly, the first seven words I utter are "Thank You Jesus for one more day"

I am happy to mention that this is the only habit/ritual/undertaking that has been consistent in my life. I'm afraid I dont have a track record for consistency ...lol.
I read at QOMC that she does this as well, it's what spurred me to put this up. I recommend this for all of u peeps, it's a good way to start the day.
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It's rainy season again!

I like it when it rains at night and i wake up to that serenity and cool that only an overnight rain can bring. That feeling that the whole earth has been washed clean while I slept, but that's not my favorite part...

I love that heady scent that fills the air when the clouds are heavy, full and darkly hued causing the earth to send out its pheromones thirstily in lusty anticipation. That wonderful natural fragrance that infiltrates the air as the first few drops of rain are greedily soaked up...

It's my aspiration to capture and bottle this fragrance, name it L'eau d'earth (or something...lol) because I have yet to encounter a perfume that's even marginally close to this heavily intoxicating, cleansing yet seductive smell.

I inhale deeply once i catch the slightest whiff of it, hoping to get enough of it in my system before it fades...

The other product of this wet season that excites me is CORN! Yes, Corn on the Cob.

I had my first corn this season three days after my birthday, memorable experience. You see, the selection and eating of corn is a ritual for me. Let me describe it the best I can (might be long)...

...the smell of ready-to-eat Corn cooking on the fire invades my room from the Kitchen and I stand up (usually from my supine postion on my bed) as though in a trance and head straight for the pot in the kitchen. Standing in front of the cooker, I open the pot ever so carefully and stare at the array of corn like an antique lover at a yard sale, I stare until i find IT!

IT is the perfect corn. IT has to be the right length, the right size and the perfect arrangement. IT has to be white or whatever the lightest shade of corn is and preferably slim. There's a saying where I come from that describes perfect teeth as looking like well-cooked corn...lol, I find it very true.

IT should have several straight rows on its cob, not a grain missing, discoloured or crooked. The rows must taper in reducing sizes to the both ends of the cob. When I find this perfect work of nature, I carefully lift it out and look around again, just in case there's more, then i place IT/them in a bowl half-filled with cool, salted water for a few seconds (as i dont particularly like hot food). Once it's cool enough, I arrange IT/them on a plate,slather with butter, return to my room, lie down on my flat belly with a novel or a movie and proceed to devour IT.

That's not all, once there is no longer any grain left on the cob, I suck the cob till there's almost no juice left in it, then chew the soft part of the cob till it's dry, spit out the whatchumacallits, only then will i be satisfied.

P.S.

I will eat roasted corn only when it is sweet corn covered in BBQ sauce and slightly barbequed or roasted.

phew! there is the update i've been too lazy to put up.


I still cant highlight, italicize, or change colours on my blog! somebody help me!

60 comments:

naijalines said...

Ah... an update. How're you sweetie. I love corn too, but prefer roasted. I'll have agbado yiyan with agbon (coconut) or epa (peanuts). When I'm in Lagos, always make sure I get a taste of it. I'm very traditional with my naija snacks, that's why I prefer agbon or peanuts to butter.

Kinda 'sensual' post... aroma(-tic) earthy, heady, yummy... real.

bumight said...

It's my aspiration to capture and bottle this fragrance, name it L'eau d'earth

that's a good business plan!

ok, this ur enthusiasm over corn, e get as e be!

Freaksho said...

corn? the PERFECT corn? right size, length?
is that what we're calling it now?

Smaragd said...

NAIJALINES, i'm fine egbon. i lost my first shaky tooth to roasted corn when i was little, so the experience hasnt left me o. once bitten...lol

sensual eh? that's my new trademark.

BUMIGHT, dont steal the business plan o...lol. Corn on the cob...yummy!

FREAK, imagine if i did all those things i wrote to ur "idea of corn", dont u think the "corn" will be useless afterwards? think about it babe.

Queen of My Castle said...

I am sooooo with you in regards to loving the scent of the air just before a rain. The atmosphere is unusually calming and relaxing just before a storm. I like to stand outside and let the gusts of wind seduce and surround me as they will. Pure bliss.

Yeah, not a huge fan of corn, but your vivid description had me hungry for some. LOL

Freaksho said...

point.

Supergirl said...

I love boiled corn too. Roasted corn doesnt really make it for me sha but soft boiled corn has nothing like it mehn. I love the fragrance of rain drops and dew too.

Smaragd said...

QOMC, u'll prolly be my business partner in the perfume venture. lol.
Corn is yummy! have some the way i described it, let's see if i can make a believer of u *wink*

FREAK, i thought as much.

SG, oh i forgot to mention that my corn has to be soft too. it's tres necessaire! i dont eat hard corn.
U see that us being may babies is no mistake yea? mwah!

LG said...

i start my day by saying "THANK YOU FATHER",tho at times, its" Thank You Father, but U didnt wake me up on time, lol!!!!

*me tooo, i luv sweet, soft , creamy-white boiled corn on cobs with boiled pear... chei give it to me on a rainy afternoon n u ll c american wonder, lol!!!!

*how u?

Sha said...

roasted corn in bbq sauce? lol dats mad oh!

ibiluv said...

i love soft home cooked corn too
i dont do the whole length,size fetish u do but i CANT have only one piece or half a piece-its gotta be two or three..........lol

sucking the juice/chewing i no longer seem to have the patience for......

roast corn- i aiint crazy about

love the smell in the air after it has rained.......

OluwaDee said...

I love roasted sweet corn.

D pix were only up for an hour, I put a notice up last week.

Afrobabe said...

Dannnng I also do the stare till you find the perfect corn thingy…weird…
The rows are straight, the corn is yellow with no additional colours…sometimes I get a shocker when its tasteless…but at other times…………….PERFECT!!

darkelcee said...

this description is somin else.u even eat up cob? wonderful

Unfortunately i dont dig corn. sorry babes

Smaragd said...

LG, good girl!
u feel me on the corn then!
i dey o, u nko?

SHA, tres mad! try it out.

IBILUV, u see why u are my twinny now? u are three much babe. mwah!

OLUWADEE, try it with bbq sauce babe, u'll love it! no probs.

AFRO, now u are a "kolo" girl after my own heart! i'm sure these blogville peeps will call us quirky, they dont understand it's an art.

DARKLC, try eating corn and the cob, i'll be good for the boil...lol!

Jaycee said...

Your descriptions of the heady scent of rain, which hasn't yet been found in any perfume, almost made me stick my head out of the window to smell the after-torrents (it rained cats and dogs yesterday where I'm at).

Your description of corn on a COB made me really hungry...lollll. I love the way u write. Hmmm...I'm getting addicted...

You can do an excellent description of a scenario in a novel (e.g of rain, summer, spring, fall, or the atmosphere in general...and of food...lolll). :)

ps: I cannot even underestimate giving praise to God after rising up to the morning rays! We don't own our lives...He gives us renewed bouts of oxygen each morning...:)

NigerianDramaQueen said...

~Im gonna need for you to get to cracking on this perfume-because Im loving it already. The way you described the scent made me ready to just pull out my debit card sharply! Ill keep my eyes open-and you can name it SMARGED! Hehehehe

Charizard said...

kai omo yii i've missed ur blog o...this ur corn recipe I've not seen or heard of b4...I will definitely try it...

Afrobabe said...

just saw ur comment to me on 14th....share kuh...

Aphrodite said...

I haven’t tasted corn with butter or BBQ sauce but I love my corn with pear or coconut.
Used to chew the cob too when I was a kid, don’t do it any longer.
Two other things I love during rainy season is boiled groundnuts and mangoes.
I updated!

Smaragd said...

JC, thank u very much Sweets, i'm blushing here! considering that ur description of God and his Beauty awes me every time!

NDQ, awww... thanks darling! positive people like u might just make me get to it... i wonder what those perfumiers have been doing that they havent thought of that unique fragrance!

CHARIBOBO, i noticed ur absence, naughty boy! *with a stern voice* "thou shall always report to Smaragd's blog daily!" - 11th commandment...lol

try out the Corn recipe, i assure u u will thank me!

AFRO, come on babe, sharing heals... seriously, although my curiosity def plays a part here...lol

Smaragd said...

APHRODITE, Corn with pear and coconut's not bad at all, BUT this recipe i just gave is a culinary delight! i like boiled gnut as well, mangoes arent my fave though.

tobenna said...

I hate to wake up to the sound rain and that lovely smell you describe when I have to get to WORK!

Your corn lust is something I totally share. It is fantastic.
However, corn with BBQ sauce is what I find strange. Never tried it. Doesn't even sound nice. Am I wrong?

Mz. Dee said...

I love the rain too!!
Itz so peaceful and calm...I even love the stormz..
Wonderful post bbz.. i'm with u on the perfume!

Andy said...

That habit to me is "consistent" enough. Keep it up!

Tairebabs said...

Rain and Corn.

Let me start with rain. I hate it! rain drives me nuts. did a post on how i feel about the rains earlier in the year. I don't like anything about the rainy season except maybe the change of clothes.

Corn. ah well much better. I am not like a big fan but depending on my mood I could have some. I prefer the boiled to the roasted.

I enjoyed reading the description of how they both make you feel though...L'eau d'earth..that's cool

uNWrItten* said...

hey babe....this kin ode to the corn..lol
i love corn too sha..infact i think im bout to go eat some now sef...how far with u now?...

Parakeet said...

I hate when it rains in London. Nothing works and they've said June is set to be a very rainy month. Not nice. I love corn on the cobs too, my favorite fruit after mango. Abi na vegetable? Who knows.

Nine said...

Lady,you just can't eat corn right without african pear otherwise known as ube.Oh,and good roast corn beats good boiled corn anyday.Thing is,roast corn is easier to eff up....Hold up,we are talking about corn right?Right?

Enjoy the smell of the rain sha.Soon enough you'll have to wade through the floods.Lol.

Smaragd said...

TOBENNA, that's why i said i love it when it's rained during the night.

as per the corn, it has to be SWEET corn (u can get it at shoprite) with BBQ sauce. when u've tried it out, u're free to come back and either scold me or thank me...

MZ DEE, thanx babe. i'll hurry the perfume plan so u can buy one too...lol

ANDY, thanx.

TAIREBABS, thanx.
Rainy season gets annoying when it's persistent and nasty, i excluded the part of my post that was about that. BUT the beginning of the season is still always beautiful.

UNWRITTEN, dear, hope u enjoyed the corn sha. i'm fine o, and u?

PARAKEET, lol! i guess it's a vegetable or is it? i've heard all about London rains, pele... Corn on the cob is just fab! am not crazy about mangoes though.

NINE, i've tried boiled corn with "ube" and coconut, verrry nice!
it'll always be boiled corn over roasted corn for me EVERYTIME! i hope not to wade by God's grace oooo....

soupasexy said...

wow. that's a sexy way to describe corn and rain...two things i dont particularly care abt...lol
i cant go out of my way to eat corn, i kinda hate it.
i also dont like that smell of rain and goodluck finding a perfume like that..lol

my darlyn, it's been a min and i'm sorry, but u see how them torment me.hope u r doing great.*kisses*

Sherri said...

i love rain and the after scent too but i wud not be caught wearing the scent tho.

corn with bbq sauce? ewwww!

fantasy queen said...

you've captured the feeling i get when it rains, except this days, i wonder as i wake up to the sound of a drizzle after a heavy shower how flooded the roads would be, whats the trafick like getting out of lekki?
oh God please dont let me be late for work...*sigh*
trust lagos to turn a beautiful thing to something else.

about the corn, now thats one hell of a ritual, to think you'd devour the poor corn after all the seductive process.lol
come to think of it, i havent had corn this year, why?

TinTin said...

oww boy...this reminds me of my childhood!!

corn and the rains!!

phew!

Charizard said...

oi sma-babes...what say you...let's have a blogger's summer reunion of sorts

anonymous gal said...

i love corn roasted,boiled im sure if i try the raw one i would love it.

Smaragd said...

SOUPA, dont mind that anonymous person, whoever it is is just playerhating, so ignore.

i'm not looking for a perfume like that, i plan to make it!

SHERRI, sweet corn baby, sweet corn with bbq! u'll like the scent when it's out dont worry...lol

FQ, i feel u on that babe, i was in Lekki over the weekend (will blog about that), and the flods were horrendous!

lol@ Lag turning a beatiful into sth else.

*gasps* u havent had corn this year! i'll send corn to u via cyberex today dear...*wink*

TINTIN, "somewhere in ur childhood,u must have done something good" ...lol

CHARIBOBO, errr, after that Afro's dream? lol, okay, will think about it. who's organising?

ANONGAL, raw corn ke? no, i've tasted it once and it was "ew"! no wonder corn needs so much time to cook!

ejura said...

Thi girl you too mush! I like the way you described the eating of corn. It's a fine art i tell you.

lol @ l'eau d'earth or l'eau de terre if we're going french all the way.

There's this woman that sells roasted corn near my house, kai! O boy ye! Corn can be sweet.

Aphrodite said...

I updated, how you dey love?

Standtall said...

Thank you God for yet another meaningful day.

Rain rain go away....

Go to layout on your blog: there is where font and color plus other stuff are.

Queen of My Castle said...

Um, sweet-ums, I do believe it's time for an update. LOL.

soupasexy said...

Thanks for the love sweetie, you guys make feel good and i really appreciate it.
my email addy is soupasexy@yahoo.com
i'll send u an email when i get back from school.

guerreiranigeriana said...

...awww...*exhaling*...i could use some rain right now...geeesss...the way you describe the smell was so spot on!!...and damn sensual...you are a taurus though so i am not surprised...absolutely beautiful!!!...

...as for the corn lust, um, you're on your own o!!!;)...

Zephi Fahrenheit said...

nna na wah oh..
all this one for corn ehn
thats so true about perfect teeth likened to corn..
now you make me want to eat corn
and you just use style tell us say you get flat tummy..go ahead with your bad self..lol

but really though some of your descrptions of corn can be likened an organ on the male specie..lol..oh well

Smaragd said...

EJU,thanx dear, a very fine art at that!lol.
why do i get the feeling that the corn woman wont be moving away from ur area anytime soon...*wink*

APHRODITE, i dey o. i've read ur update, u naughty girl u!

STANDTALL, good girl!*wink* thanx for noticing my blogger issues, the problem isnt that i dont know about the layout and things, it's that the icons (for bold, colours etc) dont even show!

QUEEN, err... i'll get my lazy ass to it soon ma'am *wink*

SOUPA, u are welcome Sweets, i await ur mail patiently...

GN, muchas gracias amiga, i'm blushing beet err... brown?lol
so u dont like corn eh?

ZEPHI, dont mind me jare, Soupa already said i'm vain...lol.
u this naughty girl, what do corn and phallus have in common now ehn? *eyes rolling* lmao!

Standtall said...

Okay mi-lady. Guess I can't help you out there

Standtall said...

Okay mi-lady. Guess i cant help you out there

Carlang said...

Corn?
Corn??
Okay...
lol.

WHat's this about not being able to set italics.
What browser do you use?
Explorer or Mozilla?

princesa said...

One more person who totally loves corn!
Ate one yesterday too.

Minky said...

Abi o, in this world that we are we in, I cant imagine my life without Jesus.He is my everything!

I love the smell of rain aswell, if a perfume like L'eau d'earth ever came out I would definitely buy it!

Your love for corn...lol! Kentro level kinda love mehn.

Smaragd said...

STANDTALL, thanx anyway.

CARLANG, yes, corn. i use explorer, and it's not just italics, cant change colour and other "effizis".

PRINCESSA, atta girl!

MINKY, which one be "Kentro level" again?
u'll be one of my first customers dear, the perfume will be delivered specially to u.

Allied said...

A corn gets a nice literary piece? I want to see you write about the love of your life - that should be very interesting to read

Desy said...

damn smar- there were moments when i wondered if you were really talking about rain...very...ummm... sensuous post...lol


and whatchu know about corn on the cob... requires the toothpick game post consumption...lol

Black Berry said...

i dont have time to comment properly..just dropped by to say hey!! luvin the blog!!

Queen of My Castle said...

Tag...You're it!

NigerianDramaQueen said...

Biko Update na!

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

lmao... and people call me crazy for loving cranberry so much ... this babe u don craze pass me.. lol

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

freaksho.. ur funny as fuck!!!

Smaragd said...

ALLIED, lol! even i wonder how i'll write about him... let him find me first...

DESY, it was def all about rain babe, lol, i wish it was about sum'n else as well. the toothpicking is the only part that mars my ritual!

BLACKBERRY, thanx. come back to comment properly 'kay?

QOMC, tagged?! again?

NDQ, working on it ma'am

ONB, cranberry eh? heard it's really good... maybe i should start on that as well...

Keyanna said...

Great work.