Thursday, September 17, 2009

planning a dinner party ...


The Ghost of Banquo, 1854, oil on wood, 54 x 64 cm, Reims,Musée des Beaux-Arts. One of Chassériau's many works inspired by Shakespeare.

what with 10 hour workdays ..
today a 12 hour workday i haven't felt much like cooking...
and i actually sort of kind of liked to cook.....
at one time a long time ago.

anyways .. i've been reading cookbooks to get me in the mood ....

i might try this recipe i found in one of my cookbooks:

fillet of a fenny snake,
in the caldron boil and bake;
eye of newt, and toe of frog,
wool of vat, and tongue of dog,
adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
lizard's leg, and howlet's wing,
for a charm of powerful trouble,
like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
witches' mummy, maw and gulf
of the ravined salt-sea shark,
root of hemlock digged i' th' dark,
liver of blaspheming jew,
gall of goat, and slips of yew
slivered in the moon's eclipse,
nose of turk, and tartar's lips,
finger of birth-strangled babe,
ditch-delivered by a drab,
make the gruel thick and slab.
add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
for th' ingredience of our cauldron.
(recipe by william shakespeare)

i think i'll invite my bosses over for dinner soon ..

ps: i wonder if finger of birth-strangled babe is sold in our local health food store ....
i'll call tomorrow.


SJ said...

Please let us know how the call to the health store goes.

dianne said...

Foamy dear that's a very 'dark' recipe... I hope you can find something else more palatable for your dinner guests...well the ones that you like anyway. ;-) ♥

Little Lamb said...

Oh dear! A dinner party. Well, I hope you have lots of good food.

K9 said...

lots of protein! looks like somebody is in a halloween state of mind. what? you dont love, love, love school administrators? grrrrrrhahahahahahaha! it never is about the actual teaching is it foamy? its the Other stuff that sucketh.

are you having a dinner party for real? i'll send you my recipe for a dessert pizza i made for V's birthday. big hit.

puerileuwaite said...

I suppose this explains all of those "pre-Hansel and Gretel" disappearances.

Anonymous said...


can have your
fenny fillets ready
as soon as i can get my
planes on a snake

looking forward!

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Anonymous said...

I was hungry, but not anymore...

Being a teacher is best in the summer months...

You must tell us about the outcome of the dinner. How many survived, how many puked,....???

foam said...

okay, will do ..
as soon as i call tomorrow .. :)

yeah, but if all the ingredients are fresh, it's probably chock full of vitamins and good for the digestion ..
and it would probably ward off this h1n1 flu thingie ..

little lamb,
hmmmmm ...
i wonder if this recipe would benefit from the addition of lamb eyes ...
something to consider. you know they are a delicacy in some places.

oh yeah, you got that right ... it's all the stuff that's around the actual teaching .. ugh ..
anyway, no, i'm not planning an actual dinner party. that would actually just stress me out right now .. :)
but, the recipe sounds lovely since i am .... on very rare occasions .. social and have folks over or need to take a dish.

pug ..
must you let the proverbial cat outta the bag .....
now i have to be even more careful when i harvest 'items' for my recipes...

okay! anxiously awaiting the arrival of planes on snakes of fennel fillet.. !!
...and if you have any spare lamb eyeballs, i might add some of those too ..

what? this recipe didn't make your mouth water .. tsk .. lol ..
yeah, summers are nice...
but there's so much crap to deal with at times that the joy of actually teaching children is taken away.
sooo, really, even the summer can't make it worthwhile anymore ..

Little Lamb said...

I'm outta here with my eyes !

Anonymous said...


here you go

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X. Dell said...

You're going to invite your bosses up for this concoction? Plan on kiling them in them in their sleep?

Foam doth murder sleep. Poor innocent sleep.

foam said...

little lamb,
but you have 2 eyes! don't be so stinchy .. ;/

foam said...

thank you!!!
planes on snakes indeed ...
that's just mother@(*#&$ing awesome!

foam said...,
nawwwwwwwww ..... i'll just continue to jump when told to jump, dot my t's and cross my i's ... (eh, something doesn't sound right .. ) ..
the only sleep i'm murdering is just mine. it's been hard to come by at times ...

Devin said...

Hahahaha:) Do let us know with both the health store and the dinner guests! this sounds like a perfect meal for bosses -I hope you have a beautiful weekend!!

Mariana Soffer said...

Intersting post.
To tell you the truth I did not understand at all the recipie which you said it was from
william shakespeare, is that real? anyway if you like that kind of recipies made by interlectual, and famous historical people I would strongly recomend you to check the following:
Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest inventors in history, but not many know his bright mind eventually helped us in the kitchen. He designed a convection roasting spit now enjoyed as the rotisserie. He also designed a cooling distiller for making liquors which led to the modern-day refrigerator. What foods would Leonardi da Vinci and his peers have eaten? We still eat the same basic foods and herbs today. Choose from the following foods to create your own modern-day da Vinci supper.
He created many plates, including:

Risotto With Wild Mushrooms

(4 servings)

2 tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 ounces mixed mushrooms (shiitake, cremini, portobello, morels,
chanterelles, etc.)
3 to 4 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 or more shallots
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
About 3/4 cup white wine
1 handful freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
White truffle oil (optional)

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Set aside.

In a medium pan, bring the chicken broth to a simmer.

In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle in the rice and stir to coat with the oil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the wine and stir gently and constantly. When the wine is completely evaporated, carefully add about 1 cup of the simmering broth and cook, stirring constantly, until it is absorbed. Repeat this process, using 1 cup broth at a time, until it is all incorporated. When the rice is just about ready, tender but firm to the bite, gently stir in the mushrooms and cheese.

If desired, drizzle with the white truffle oil. Serve immediately.

Enjoy my friend!

foam said...

mariana soffer ..
thanks for the wonderful recipe. i just might serve that instead .. lol ..
yes, i'm familiar with many of da vinci's inventions. he truly had a wonderful mind. he was way beyond his time. he's also purported to be a vegetarian for humanitarian reasons. supposedly he would go to the markets, buy birds and set then free.
but, i'm not a vegetarian, so i will gladly add the chicken broth.

but do know, that i am really kidding with the recipe i posted.
this recipe is from shakespeare's play called
Macbeth. it is the recipe brewed up by the 3 witches. i've only ever read snippets of macbeth, but have seen the play a few times ..... a long time ago. all kinds of people are murdered in the play. ... :)

I will let you know ... tomorrow sometime i'm planning on calling the health food store ... :)

boneman said...

I've heard some folks think the spiders holding the eyes is weird.

Aunty Belle said...

Foamy dear,

open Foamy's own one room school--a pox on them school administers.

Hahahaha to /t "planes on a snake"

Would ya believe I ain't never seen that paintin'--or if so, I disremember it. So went lookin to find Chasseuriau.

foam said...

spiders and eyes!! and a bite ...

in the stew they go to be boiled really, really, really, really hot .... (._.) .... foam is busy stirring ...

lol .. and if you ever need me to send a pox an editors way, let me know .. :)
yeah, i got a real kick out of /t.'s planes on snakes too ..
i found the painting on wikipedia when i googled macbeth to find appropriate images. i thought the image linked to the site if anybody was curious about the painting. i guess the link didn't take.

Mayden' s Voyage said...

I think we need to stick to Bloody Mary's :)

foam said...

mayden ..
bloody mary's?
but, of course ....
the perfect accompaniment to my meal ....
thank you ... ;)

chickory said...

dont tell her that mayden she might use actual blood!

foam said...

.... k9 ....

ummm ...
foam is actually a blood wuz ....
it makes me feel faint ..

dianne said...

Mariana's recipe for Risotto with Wild Mushrooms sounds delicious, yum, I think I will try that myself. :-) ♡

foam said...

it does sound yummy ..
i downloaded it.

Ruela said...

A dinner party, oh boy ;)

Ricardo said...

Only the freshest ingredients I see.

The Phosgene Kid said...

finger of birth-strangled babe, hmm. I hear you can only get powdered anymore.

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