Turkish Delight and Other Enchanted Foods
I was delighted that Sam brought home from Turkey some Turkish Delight. Ever since reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, I have wanted to taste the food that Edmund was willing to betray his siblings for. Granted, what he ate was enchanted, but still, it must have been something awesome for him to have requested it when asked what he wanted most to eat.
Having now eaten Turkish Delight, I can say without hesitation I would not choose Turkish Delight. It wouldn’t even make it to a top ten list. Quite frankly, it wouldn’t even make top one hundred.
If I were a stranger in a strange land, cold, sitting at the feet of an impressive queen/witch, and she asked me what I would like most to eat, what would I say?
I know what my mother would say. Marmalade. I often wonder if she gets marmalade at The Manor. Surprisingly, my sister reported that my father asked on several occasions for marmalade sandwiches while she was visiting. What is it with marmalade? I really wonder if there are some anti-Alzheimer’s qualities to it that scientists need to study.
But what would I want to eat? Okay, so we’ve ruled out Turkish Delight.
I know what Helen would say. Anything from Red Lobster. Bud took her there for her birthday, and then last night she went again with her brother, Karl, and his friend, Michael. Before leaving, she told me several times how Red Lobster is the best place ever and how much she loves Red Lobster. Maybe they enchanted her food the first time she ate there.
What would I want? Hmmm…. that’s such a hard question. I’ll just go with some possibilities.
- Orange Ice Dessert — although I would not ask for this in an eternal winter situation, if it were an incredibly hot day and I was asked the question, there is nothing more refreshing than my mother’s Orange Ice Dessert.
- Cinnamon Roll from Schneider’s Bakery in Cooperstown — pretty much the best cinnamon rolls ever. When you eat it, you have to slowly uncoil the sticky bread and savor it. I can safely say that while I’ve already eaten too many of these, I could still go on eating them.
- Brooks Chicken — I really do think I could eat this once a week for the rest of my life and never get tired of it. If you’re ever visiting upstate New York, it’s one of those fantastic inexpensive places to eat.
- Whipped Cream — yes, whipped cream — either heavy cream whipped at home and sweetened, or the pressurized can. It just has to be real. Can you imagine the arterial clogs, though, if I just ate whipped cream?
- Anything served by Evie Coates in the basement of the Church of the Redeemer in Nashville. Those of you who attended Hutchmoot know what I’m talking about. The food was definitely enchanted. But Evie is definitely not the White Witch.
Now I’ll throw the question back to you. What would you want to eat?
Please don’t say Turkish Delight.