Saturday, June 10, 2023

Weekend Cooking: It's a fair question

As I read books, I often highlight quotes about food, books, places and Christmas that I save to share at some point.

Today, I am sharing a quote from The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles. This isn't a book about food at all, but there were several quotes which caught my attention. There were several book related quotes too!

I remember reading it and thinking it's definitely a fair question! Enjoy!

Coriander! said Woolly to himself with enthusiasm

For while Duchess was showing Billy how to properly stir a sauce, Woolly had set about alphabetizing the spice rack. And it didn’t take long for him to discover just how many spices begin with the letter C. In the entire rack there was only one that started with the letter A: Allspice, whatever that was. And Allspice was followed by just two spices that began with the letter B: Basil and Bay Leaves. But once Woolly moved on to spices that began with the letter C, well, it seemed there was no end to them! So far, there had been Cardamom, Cayenne, Chili Powder, Chives, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cumin, and now, Coriander.

It certainly made one wonder.

Perhaps, thought Woolly, perhaps it was like the matter of the Ws at the beginning of questions. At some point in ancient times, the letter C must have seemed particularly suitable to the names of spices.

Or maybe it was at some place in ancient times. Some place where the leter C had more sway over the alphabet. All of a sudden Woolly seemed to remember from one of his history classes that many moons ago there had been something called the Spice Route – a long and arduous trail along which tradesmen traveled in order to bring the spices of the East to the kitchens of the West. He even remembered a map with an arrow that arced across the Gobi Desert and over the Himalayas until it touched down safely in Venice, or some such spot.

That the C spices originated on the other side of the globe struck Woolly as a clear possibility, since he didn’t even know what half of them tasted like. He knew Cinnamon, of course. In fact, it was one of his favorite flavors. Not only was it used in the making of apple and pumpkin pie, it was the sine qua non of the cinnamon bun. But Cardamom, Cumin, and Coriander? These mysterious words struck Woolly as having a distinctly oriental ring.

-Aha! Said Woolly, when he discovered the bottle of Curry hiding behind the Rosemary in the second-to-last row of the rack.

For Curry was most definitely a flavor from the East.

Maybe this caught my eye because I don't mind alphabetising herbs and spices. Or labelling the jars, although a lot of them come with the name on top now!

Weekly meals

Saturday -  Out for dinner
Sunday -  Pot Roast Chicken
Monday - Pork chops, mash, beans, gravy
Tuesday - 
Wednesday - Birthday dinner
Thursday - Mexican chicken and rice
Friday - Out for dinner

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  1. I didn't read this because I didn't think I'd enjoy it. After reading what you wrote I think I would, so thank for sharing about this book. I also label my spices etc.

  2. I haven't read this either, also thinking it wouldn't appeal to me. Now you have my interest piqued.
    My spices are in a drawer like that.



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