Massive Food Orgy
Yesterday we made so much food that I feel really guilty for our gluttony. From our end we had a 27 lb. turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, a bottomless pit of artichoke/spinach dip with cut vegetables, parsnip soup, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, these fried rice/cheese balls that our friend Michael helped fry, and the baked fennel. Thankfully I didn't have time to do the orange tart or mixed crostini, because it was already way too much. Our guests brought lots of sweet potatoes, apple strudel, pumpkin, pecan and sweet potato pies!
It made me think of this fable about a king (I think?) for whom the clouds were all food, and he reached up into the sky and pulled down a gigantic drumstick -- more than he or his entire kingdom could hope to finish. He was punished in some way for his gluttony, but I can't remember -- maybe he had a terrible bellyache or worse.
In order to avoid punishment, we'll have to make sure to eat turkey and other Thanksgiving leftovers for every meal for the next several months or pack it as meals for the homeless.
La Gran Manzana
This past weekend we visited La Gran Manzana, the city of my heart and the place I consider home.
After buying a sage plant and bay bush at the Union Square green market, we stopped in The Strand
, and guess who happened to be there? Fellow Seattlite and fabulous Italian chef, Mario Batali
. He happened to be there, signing his new cookbook, Molto Italiano
. When we had cable, I used to love to watch his show and try making some of his dishes. We got his cookbook, which he signed "Spaghetti is Truth." Just in time for Thanksgiving, we're going to try several of his recipes on our dinner guests tomorrow night -- Mixed Crostini, Fennel Gratin and Orange Tart. I'll let you know how they go!
I wanted to tell you more about my trip, but Thanksgiving duties beckon.
Bread and Puppet Theater: The National Circus and Passion of the Correct Moment
Last night our friends brought us to a fantastic, thought-provoking play entitled "The National Circus and Passion of the Correct Moment" by the Bread and Puppet Theater, headed by Peter Schumann, showing at the Cambridge YMCA. Click here
for more information. The performance featured larger-than-life paper mache masks and puppets in surreal "passion plays" providing commentary on ancient and recent history with beautiful, sometimes painful imagery.
I recommend that you go see it should it come your way. After the end of its run in Cambridge, MA on November 20th, the show will be heading to New York