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Saturday, June 13, 2009

and I don't need a single book to teach me how to read

Too late! I decided to do jam, because once I said "jam" I started thinking about All8's sour cherry jam and spiced peach jam (especially the sour cherry . . . drool) that she was nice enough to send me, and how I'm going to have to wait another month before I can make a batch of my own, and how that isn't right. So, since I can't be with the one I love, I'll love the one I'm with and dance with the one that brung me and so on. And it's not like I'm slumming, exactly. Rhubarb is one of my very favorite petioles! I do feel sad that now I have nothing to make a pie with, but maybe I can sneak to the store tonight and buy some more. I like my rhubarb straight up in a pie--none of that strawberry gumming up the works.

Will you guys think I'm a giant fibber if I end up making shepherd's pie tomorrow? I know I promised goat or chicken, but have you ever seen how much ground beef comes from a side of beef? Well, it's a lot, like Andre the Giant a lot. I've been meaning to revamp the customary shepherd's pie recipe, since I'm not really about mashed potatoes. John had a potato dish served to him the other night that from what he describes was probably pommes Anna. So I've been thinking that a shepherd's pie with a top layer of pommes Anna would probably be a lot more worthwhile. My English ancestors are far enough back that I don't feel as much loyalty to tradition as I probably should, and I guess I'm spitting on their graves, but heigh-ho. I have learned from the careful tutelage of my children that one needn't respect the beliefs and property of others, and much enjoyment can be derived from simply destroying everything in one's path.

4 comments:

Bamamoma said...

Can you really mix a fancy schmancy french potato dish with the pedestrian of all pedestrian casseroles? I don't know...

tipsybaker said...

I want to know more about that rhubarb jam. Is it sour in that good rhubarb way?

Layne said...

Oh. My. Gosh. The rhubarb jam is amazing. I just had some on my Bucherondine, and I had to close my eyes and make weird noises for a minute.

And Bamamoma, I'm about to find out if the high/low concept works. I think it will, except for the part where I don't own a mandoline, so I'm going to have to cheat and end up with thicker slices.

All8 said...

Sounds lovely! (Thanks for the shout out, but really the fruit did all the work.)