Which qat? This was the first question I was confronted with. According to Wikipedia Qat can refer to a deity worshiped in Oceana or Melanesia or it can refer to a tropical evergreen, the leaves of which are sometimes used as a stimulant. It appears that the speedy plant is sometimes spelled khat. Watching the news today, about hurricane Sandy pounding the east coast, I found myself thinking that perhaps Miss Sandy has been given a bit too much khat.
Watching Sandy was not anywhere near so incredulous to me, as watching Katrina was a few years back. I remember being just horrified and couldn’t look away from the images of New Orleans under water. New York and New Jersey simply didn’t carry near so much emotional weight with me. Also, for all the ferociousness of this storm it did not appear to me to do anywhere near the degree of devastation we saw with Katrina. More than half of Manhattan it seems still has the lights on and it is clearly only a question of time until New York City gets back to normal. Seven years later, New Orleans it seems is still trying to heal and probably will never be the city it was before the levees broke.
To be perfectly honest, I’ve never really cared for tapioca. Once when I lived in Boston, I did attempt to make an Indian pudding, which is what is shown in today’s illustration. The pictured version actually uses a bit of tapioca in the recipe (which is how it came up in my image search for today’s words) but the one I made was based on corn meal and molasses. As I recall, I didn’t much like it, which was a bit of a bummer given all of the time and effort I put into making it. Though honestly, I can’t imagine that adding a few spoonfuls of tapioca would have made it any more palatable. Perhaps it is one of those New England things. Natives love it and outsiders can’t bear it. My thanks today to my New England friend Bill at Bewitched In Salem who suggested today’s words.