Sunday, November 6, 2011

Dinner With A Cyclops

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Here's another meal suggestion that (one hopes) nobody ever took Del Monte up on. Salmon loaf with strange white biscuit strata, studded with a central green olive eye. The dinner that stares at you. And its eye is pleading for help. Because it is being strangled, surrounded and besieged by an army of canned peas. This is probably what the Cyclops named Polyphemus served when Ulysses and his men dropped by in the Odyssey. Or he should have, anyway. That would have defeated Ulysses immediately.

You can tell Del Monte didn't really know what to say about this. ""So pretty! So unusual!" That's what you say at the local art show. Or when your neighbor shows you her new hat, the one that looks like a bird taking a nap on two leftover pancakes.

And the peas? They are powerful not only because there is strength in numbers, but because they "have flavor range." Is their flavor good, though? Do we want to ear many many peas with our Linear B Loaf? Well - their flavor ranges. From canned to petrified.

Just put the dish by the kitchen door so that poor miserable salmon loaf can escape. It has that help-me look in its sad olive eye. And then when it's gone - taking all its little canned friends with it  - we can just order a pizza.

10 comments:

BrSpiritus said...

The Peas of Liliput were known, once yearly, to conduct the hunt for the fabled Cyclops Salmon Loaf. Swarming their prey they would overpower it with a white sauce until they could slice it. With enough food to feed the Liliputian Peas for months the real prize was the Cyclops Salmon Loaf Eye. Used by the Pea Mystics it was an Oculous Malefaecarum used to forsee the future.

Doug Kueffler said...

How you doing with NaNo 2011? I am at 8000 words, but taking weekends off in order to maintain peace in the house. Good luck to you.

Kath Lockett said...

Crikey! I'm still laughing at the Cyclops reference and the 'flavor range' of, well, peas. Actually the loaf thingy looks, at first glance, like raw marbled beef steak, so my appetite has strangely disappeared....

Tori Lennox said...

"Pretty" is not the word I would use in describing whatever the heck that is in the picture. "Pukey" might be more accurate.

~~louise~~ said...

Those canners sure did know how to get to the heart of the matter! Now I know why peas get such a bad rap!

Thanks for sharing...

P.S. Your teeny "prize" was mailed Friday. Thanks for joining the Cookbook Party, Laura. It really means a lot:)

Rose said...

I wouldn't use the word "pretty" either. Odd at best...more like scary, though. I agree about the olive eye.

Mike said...

This looks as if the savory foods drew up an alliance and launched a mass assault on a loaf of Grandma's prize-winning pumpkin bread.

That's no salmon loaf, it is a loaf of heartache and despair.

vanilla said...

What's not to like? Just about everything; but the presentation is just wrong.

Joeann said...

it might taste good, though I agree with you a bit strange presentation. It's still interesting to me:)

Residential Brokerage Manager Philippines said...

hey looks yummy to me,maybe i should try this one.