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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

A cultured dinner

There are dishes, the world over, with special cultural meaning. As an Englishman I neturally get misty-eyed at the idea of roast meat and boiled vegetables all mashed-up on a plate covered with gravy and maybe some silly paper hats. The particular variety of Macaroni Cheese made by my parents holds a special place in my heart. Baked Potatoes are for Bonfire night, and Bran is for Honesty.

There is another dish that has become special to me since last year. It suggests jovial poverty, cheerful nihilism, and cameraderie.

First off, you want to get some potatoes. British Desiree potatoes with a reddish hue are best, while floury white potatoes are less satisfying. Wash them off, cut out any sprouts, but don't peel them. Boil well and mash, with maybe a little butter but no milk. Use the water to make instant gravy (Beef flavour is best). Make it good and thick. Pour over and serve from a casserole dish ("trough") or, failing that, a plastic bowl.

Potatoes and Gravy. It's what you eat when you should really get a job.


At 8:28 pm, October 11, 2006, Anonymous United Fruit Company, Guatemala Division said...

Back in the United States, I am ashamed to say that I've lived something of the culinary high-life. I even eat meat on a near-daily basis, often matched with superior quality rice, diverse vegetables, and other bourgeois foods. Though this is merely a one-year hiatus from poverty - to be resumed next year - I am filled with nostalgia for the good old days, the days when the cupboards were bare, but the hearts were filled with mirth and the stomachs with beer. Also, thanks for the Beight. Bonnie Prince Billy also uses the moniker "Palace Music" and "Palace Songs." That should give you more material - let me know if you want any emailed.

At 3:43 pm, October 12, 2006, Blogger Laura said...

That post bought a tear to my ex-patrait eye, so it did. You can't get gravy in these here colonies. Terribly sad.

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