Meemaw’s Potato Salad
If you are thinking ‘Meemaw’ is the name..hmmm..think again.
“Meemaw’ is the term grandkids in our family use for my mother-in-law.There is a popular saying in this part of Texas ,”Your first grandkid names you”.So nannie, gammie, memaw,mimi and whatever else new grandma agrees on,are some of the adorable terms to address just like gramps, poppie, papaw are some of the popular choices for grandpa.It varies from family to family.
Though it is not a standard term to address grandma/grandpa across US.My friend from North US tells me they stick with ‘grandma’ and ‘grandpa’ just as it is.Though it is also common to suffix with the name like Grandma/Grandmother Julie for example.Unlike India, where I knew in Hindi, ‘Nani’ always means ‘mom’s mom’ and ‘Nana’ is always ‘Mom’s dad’ whereas ‘Dadi’ always meant ‘Dad’s mom and ‘Dada’ is ‘Dad’s Dad’.Same gets translated in different language across India in ‘standard’ way.I find grandparents re-christening very amusing.
Whats I love about this Potato Salad?
I love potatoes.I love this starchy, not incredibly healthy goodness .I met this new incarnation of potato at BBQ here.’Potato Salad’ is common side dish served along with BBQ.I wasn’t taken aback by ‘sweet’, ‘chunky’, ‘mayonnaise-e’ cold potatoes salad at all.In general,unless it is a dessert,I am not a fan of food cooked and served cold and has underlying sweetness.Then I was introduced to my mother-in-law’s potatoes salad at my first Thanksgiving.It is most requested food at our family gathering and she happily obliges us :-)I tasted it first time with high anticipation and yes,loved it.It doesn’t fit in ‘stereotype’ traditional potato salad,I had tasted earlier.It was the texture which i liked first,then it is slightly tart with mustard and dill pickles.It is not chunky mayonnaise-ee piece of potato but rather has small red pieces of ‘pimentos’ peeking through it.I love it and make it often for my family here.My son leaves everything else in a plate and eat this alone.