Man Soup

“Soup of the evening, beautiful soup!”

I do wonder why it is always the male of the species who ends up in the stewpot (apparently, in this example, adding a bit of extra gas to the seasoning) of the ‘savages’.

More on soup:

Peas (Like Atoms) Split

Not Only Slow, But Delightfully Lazy, Split Pea Soup

On Not Being a Princess in a World of Pea Soups

Romancing the Pea in any Given Soup

Or the Golden Bowl be Broken – And Soup

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Oranges and Lemons, The Bells of St. Clements

Oranges and Lemons

“Various theories have been advanced to account for the rhyme, including: that it deals with child sacrifice; that it describes public executions; that it describes Henry VIII‘s marital difficulties.”

Oranges and lemons,
Say the bells of St. Clement’s.

You owe me five farthings,
Say the bells of St. Martin’s.

When will you pay me?
Say the bells of Old Bailey.

When I grow rich,
Say the bells of Shoreditch.

When will that be?
Say the bells of Stepney.

I do not know,
Says the great bell of Bow.

Here comes a candle to light you to bed,
And here comes a chopper to chop off your head!

Not sure if I’m still hungry for that pie . . .

Summer Time is Picnic Time

I have a friend who’s quite an amazing woman – she blogs about food – and food history, in posts chock-filled with fun and facts. And not only that! Each summer Louise has a picnic. A huge picnic! We each have to choose a letter from the alphabet then bring some food matching the letter. My letter this year, is V. V for Valentine? Oh! No, that’s in February. V, for our picnic! ~ for the foods I’ll carry to our picnic tables and the blankets tossed on the flat ground near the imaginary lake, will be Vegetable Things of Spring Salad . . . Veal Shank with Risotto . . . and Viennese Chocolate-Cherry Torte. I hope you’ll enjoy them.

Olive oil, bacon fat (oh yes), prosciutto, Spring onions and dandelion greens rough-cut . . . all tossed over medium high heat in a skillet with the sugar snap peas then salted and peppered and doused with apple cider vinegar, to keep it real. This is my Vegetable Things of Spring Salad.

I’ll put up the recipe for the veal shank at the end of the post!

Here is the Viennese torte recipe. It’s a bit messy – I’ve had it around since forever ~

If you’re visiting me for the first time here, you’ll notice that most of my posts don’t have food photos or recipes. That’s because I do that sort of thing on the facebook page linked to this blog. If you’re still hungry after the picnic, the door is always open to visit there!

Now here are my co-conspirators in this picnic thing. It looks like we’re going to really party . . . uh . . . hearty????!!! Um hmm.

A- Almond Joy Pie

http://moderndayozzieandharriet.blogspot.com/2010/06/almond-joy-pie-for-picnic.html

B- Baked Beans

http://grubandstuff.blogspot.com/2010/06/picnic-worthy-baked-beans.html

C-Chocolate Picnic Cake

http://dyingforchocolate.blogspot.com/2010/06/chocolate-picnic-cake.html

D-Dutch Funnel Cake

http://sporadiccook.blogspot.com/2010/06/dutch-funnel-cake.html

E-Easy Blender Chicken Pie

http://simplerecipes.me/?p=2166

F-Five Bean Salad

http://moveablefeastscookbook.blogspot.com/2010/06/culinary-history-101-five-bean-salad.html

G-Granola Bars

http://baskersfunfoods.blogspot.com/2010/06/picnic-game.html

H-Herb and Cheese Pasta Salad

http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/2010/06/herb-and-cheese-pasta-salad-for-picnic.html

I-Incredibly Fruity Raspberry Cakes

http://raspberryandchipotle.blogspot.com/2010/06/international-picnic-day.html

J-Jeweled Picnic Bars

http://rochellesvintagerecipes.blogspot.com/2010/06/jeweled-picnic-bars.html

K-Kaltschale

http://petrafoede.de/blog/2010/06/29/aus-omas-kueche-kaltschale/

L-Long Island Lemonade Cocktail

http://culinarytypes.blogspot.com/2010/06/long-island-lemonade-cocktail.html

M-Mushroom Tart

http://gherkinstomatoes.com/2010/06/27/anatomy-lesson-rustic-mushroom-tart/

N-Nut Roast

http://gggiraffe.blogspot.com/2010/06/going-on-picnic-with-nutroast.html

O-Olive Nut Bread

http://comfycook.wordpress.com/2010/06/28/olive-nut-bread-and-time-to-play/

P-Pomegranate Mousse Cake (absolutely worth the wait, as I’m sure yours is:)

Q-Quiche

http://sweetsav.blogspot.com/2010/06/q-is-for-quiche-lets-play-game.html

R-Raspberry Chocolate Macarons

http://annesfood.blogspot.com/2010/06/raspberry-chocolate-macarons.html

S-Spicy Glazed Shrimp and Veggie Kabobs

http://hisperfectpromises.blogspot.com/2010/06/its-time-for-picnic-game.html

T-Turkey and Pear wraps w/ Curried Aioli!!

http://girlichef.blogspot.com/2010/06/im-going-on-picnic-and-im-bringing.html

Well, I’m off to the picnic . . . must visit everyone to see their stuff close-up and personal! And thanks once again, Louise – it’s always a pleasure to visit with both you as you, and you as Picnic Mistress at Dainty Delights from Diverse Directions @ Months of Edible Celebrations.

http://monthsofediblecelebrations.blogspot.com

xoxo

Oops! Almost forgot – here is the always-worthy Elizabeth David’s recipe for Veal Shanks . . .

P.S. Last minute additions! They look lovely.

P-Pomegranate Mousse Cake (Chef Dennis) @ More Than a Mouthful

http://morethanamountfull.blogspot.com/2010/06/caponata-international-picnic-day.html

U-“Unoriginal Whole Foods Salad Bar” (Mae) @ Mae’s Food Blog (Mae “threw” this post together just this morning, sweet heart that she is.)

http://maefood.blogspot.com/2010/06/unoriginal-whole-foods-salad.html

Sometimes Nothing Will Do But Food. And Information. And Pictures.

Here’s the compilation of food posts this week from the facebook page linked to this blog ~

More on bottle houses

How to make a bottle wall (It starts with just one sip . . .)

Here’s a video of a rather pretty bottle house. It is prettier with the sound turned down, or at least I think so  – the mermaid-like girl does not have a mermaid-like voice, sadly

In order to inspire the hopeful bottle-house-builder on their way, there is Robert Louis Stevenson’s notes on what is inside the bottle

Wine is bottled poetry. – Robert Louis Stevenson

And I found a way to use some wine, in order to empty those needed bottles.

The man is directing me to the parsley which is needed for the recipe

Lemon zest will also be used

along with the wine used to deglaze the pan for osso bucci with always-delightful gremolata and risotto.

Moving on to backyard urban chickens, there is a fact divulged by the author of Charlotte’s Web

‘I don’t know which is more discouraging, literature or chickens.’ (in a Letter to James Thurber from E.B. White)

E.B. White wrote more on chickens . . . real chickens . . . here is a link to ‘One Man’s Meat’ at Culinate, if you’d like to read more.

For my own chicken, I made a yogurt-based marinade

The weather did not allow outdoor grilling, but the oven broiler was kind and did the job well

The kebob ended its short life on top of a butter-griddled sesame-seed tossed pita with green sauce and cucumbers. It was happy, so was I! ~

Now the melons. Ben Franklin of all people had something to say about melons

‘Men and melons are hard to know.’ – Benjamin Franklin

In order to learn the melon, we can go to historic sources

Hot or cold, dangerous or helpful – foods used to be specifically noted as such.
‘Indus or Palestinian Melons (Melones Indi Idest Palestini)
Nature: Cold and humid in the second degree. Optimum: Those that are
sweet and watery. Usefulness: Good in illnesses. Dangers: Bad for the
digestion. Neutralization of the Dangers: …With barley-sugar.’ The Tacuinum of Rouen

If you want to learn more than melons, here is the text of the Tacuinum Sanitatis online. Rather glorious!

Then, of course, there are potatoes and allotments!

‘The Dig for Victory! campaign was
instigated in Britain as soon as World War II started. The government
realised that the population would go hungry if the war was to last
longer than a few months. The result was that formal gardens, lawns and
even sports pitches were transformed into allotments, large and
…small, and everybody on the home front was encouraged to become a
vegetable gardener.’

This was the past of allotments – the full story can be read here at BBC –
Dig For Victory
and for current information and news and everything you could want to know on allotments, here is the Allotment Growing site.

Eva suggested the idea of pogacsa as a use for potatoes – and what a beautiful one!

At the end of it all, we are left with the worthy thought

Pray for peace and grace and spiritual food, For wisdom and guidance, for all these are good, But don’t forget the potatoes. – John Tyler Petee, Prayer and Potatoes

Definitely.

Sunday in the Kitchen with Postcards

As Lewis Carroll noted ~

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot– And whether pigs have wings.”

The week started with peas, and so we shall talk of them first.

‘In the vegetable world, there is nothing so innocent, so confiding in its expression, as the small green face of the freshly shelled green pea. Asparagus is pushing and bossy, lettuce is loud and blowsy, radishes are gay and playful but the little green pea is so helpless and friendly that it makes really sensitive stomachs suffer to see how he is treated in the average home. Fling him into the water and let him boil – and that’s that.’ – William Wallace Irwin

There are some things to eat which can be made from peas – for my Spring Things Salad I chose dandelion greens, scallions, and sugar snap peas

Here is the finished dish – a warm salad tossed together with prosciutto and dressed for dining al fresco

After following the peas where they led we found Elsie, and along with Elsie came the idea of salesmanship and branding, of which one must learn

Don’t sell the steak; sell the sizzle. It is the sizzle that sells the steak and not the cow, although the cow is, of course, mighty important. – Elmer Wheeler, Principle Number 1 of Salesmanship (1936)

But there is more to Elsie than an idea as this story from Borden relates but after reading so much I got hungry. This led straight to the idea of a grilled cheese sandwich but that was a little bit worrisome. I’ve been around foodies a lot, and foodies have certain rules that are espoused about what we should and should not eat – so I had to ask the question

Should
Americans be ashamed of our traditional meal – the grilled cheese
sandwich made from white bread, processed cheese slices and butter sided
by potato chips from a bag and (usually) cream of tomato soup from a
can?

but while I waited for advice the tension was palpable. My stomach was growling. I did not care anymore!!! I decided that

I am not ashamed. I know this taste as something fed to me as a child with love. I would not want it replaced with artisan bread, fine cheese, or hand-cut chips. This, is the taste of my childhood. It deserves honor.

And so, it happened.

( . . . and it was Good!)

I did try to find some May wine. It was a bit of a debacle. Finally I gave up and resorted to the strawberries which were meant for the May wine bowl and pretended I was having a lovely walk in the woods, with just the merest bite to eat!

Strawberries with mascarpone rolled round in brown sugar and buttoned with edible flowers . . . blackberries alongside, which when served on a plate ended up being a dainty little dish!

What is in the little cup? Why, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, of course.

If you haven’t joined us at the facebook page, do consider it! There is plenty of room at the table. x K