the boy at the checkout asks me.
"Oh, my Mum doesn't cook those. Actually she doesn't cook much at all."
He has to hunt for the price code. Weighs it and adds it to my cauliflower and the tomatoes.
I am silent trying to work out the idea of cooking the mango.
I had intended it for salad.
The people who work in our local supermarket are often young students. It is store policy to employ them. On the whole it works well. Around exam time there no doubt needs to be some juggling of the rosters and the older staff or the few non-students take over. There is one grossly overweight and unattractive looking member of staff who usually puts in more hours. It's an effort for her. She has difficulty spending too long on her feet. She can't help her weight. It's an endocrinal condition I think. I know it's medical. I met her in the chemist waiting for a prescription on one occasion and she told me about it. She is often frowning. It puts people off. They avoid her. It's sad because she is actually very competent and knowledgeable. She was the first to commit to memory the new layout of the expanded store. She is the one who can say promptly something like, "Aisle 8, on the left hand side about half way up on the bottom shelf." Most of the staff can give you an aisle number but leave it at that.
She heard the remark about the mango and said to me later, "I hope you stewed it well."
We smiled at each other but I did wonder about anyone believing you needed to cook a mango. His mother "doesn't cook much at all"? I wonder what they eat? He looks healthy enough but how would I know?
I try to give the Senior Cat a balanced diet in a way which will allow him to enjoy his meals. He's not a big eater. He never has been. These days he eats even less. I don't do desserts as such but I will cut up fruit. I have been known to stew plums and add custard. I don't make pudding, not even for Christmas. The Senior Cat doesn't care for such things and I care even less.
I don't eat chutney of any sort and the Senior Cat isn't keen on such things either so mango chutney is not part of our diet. Out of curiosity I may investigate recipes which include mangoes.
But - I don't think I will be stewing a mango.