We’re coming up on the party round, and I have to decide what to take. Christmas Day is easy–we promised to bring the turkey. Being all about tradition, we’ve gone back to the days of Dickens and beyond and had a cookshop do our work for us. Yes, back in the day, people didn’t have much–if any–cooking equipment or room or safety in the home and they took their food to cookshops and had it done. We’re having a turkey smoked by L & S Catering, as we have been doing for a year or so. Good stuff.
I’m thinking about multi-grain bread and a couple of spreads. Mark Bittman had a recipe for a white bean spread the other day that looked really good. I’m going to one party that might have vegetarians present and another one that’s hosted by a vegan, and I think this and a couple others might fit the bill if I leave out the butter or use Blue Bonnet Light, which is loaded with chemical crap but has no animal products, so my vegan friend will eat it. I, personally, would rather spring for a pound of certified humanely acquired real butter, but that’s me.
I used to read folk tales when I was little in which people would be like, “I beg your pardon, Mrs. Cow, but could I trouble you for a cup of milk to feed this starving cat?” And the cow was like, “Why certainly, kind sir, if you will bring me a mouthful of the clover that grows just beyond the hedge.” So cooperative farming is nothing new to me.
Anyway, that’s my plan–bread and spreads. I’ll let you know how that goes.
Who am I kidding? I’ll probably forget all about it, once it’s eaten. But maybe not. Remind me, after Christmas.
WRITING PROMPT: Should I stop posting these writing prompts? Are they useful at all? On the off chance that they are, write a paragraph in which a character who has a dish he/she plans to cook is told an honored guest can’t eat it because of food allergies or principles or something.