3 April 2015

Friday's Literary Feast

Quotes from The Virago Book of Food:  The Joy of Eating

ALICE THOMAS ELLIS
1932 - 2005

Aunt Irene really inclined to that simplest of all views:  the one expressed so cogently in the book of Genesis, which explained everything with appealing clarity.  This was the only view that explained, for instance, mayonnaise.  It was patently absurd to suppose that mayonnaise had come about through random chance, that anyone could even have been silly or brilliant enough to predict what would happen if he slowly trickled oil on to egg yolks and then gone ahead and tried it.  An angel must have divulged that recipe and then explained what to do with the left-over whites.  Meringues - there was another instance of the exercise of superhuman intelligence.  To Aunt Irene the Ten Commandments seemed almost insignificant compared with the astonishing miracle of what you could do with an egg.  As the angel had left his fiery chariot he must have added, 'And don't forget omelettes, and cake and custard and soufflés and poaching and frying and boiling and baking.  Oh, and they're frightfully good with anchovies.  And you can use the shells to clarify soup - and don't forget to dig them in round the roots of your roses', the angelic tones fading into the ethereal distance.

The 27th Kingdom


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