Friday, 22 August 2008
Contrary to all appearances, this is NOT a post for
Why is it not a WTSIM… post?
- I didn’t make anything and just opened up packages. At least it’s not a bag of chips. (Actually, I did make something. I made vegetarian hamburgers*. But they can’t be easily transported. When you read about them, you’ll understand why.)
- It’s past the deadline.
- It’s WAY past the deadline; the roundup has already been posted.
But what I want to say as I’m racing up the path to the picnic site is:
Noooo!!! Is the picnic finished? Rats. Heey!!! …come baaaaack!!!
I have dessert… the ultimate dessert:
The best cheese in the world. Well, maybe not THE best. But it’s one of the best: Beemster Aged Gouda from the Netherlands. It has the most wonderful caramelized shards throughout.
But I see the tables are all empty, the fires have been put out, the ground swept of any debris. Even the birds are in the trees, having finished picking up any stray crumbs. I KNEW I shouldn’t have taken the time to brush my hair before jumping on my bike to get to the picnic!
That’s okay. I’ll just sit here forlornly (well, not too forlornly… I’ve got Beemster and grappa ).
And there were two different kinds of crackers. There was a bag of truly spectacular rosemary flatbread from ACE bakery as well. I foolishly did NOT write down what the other cheeses were. We loved them all, but the Beemster was the really outstanding one. In fact, we have returned to “The Thin Blue Line” just to replenish the Beemster.
* Stay tuned for the hamburger report. GREAT hamburgers! With homemade sesame buns!! Hamburgers so great that I bet the WTSIM… board of directors would have allowed them as a late entry to the picnic. Even though they don’t transport very well.
Johanna (The Passionate Cook) is hosting this summer’s WTSIM… and has announced that the theme is picnic fare. Here is what she wrote in her WTSIM… announcement:
[W]e’re looking for picnic recipes, anything that transports well, can be prepared in advance and doesn’t need (much) preparation on the spot – this could be a salad, a cake, a terrine, a stuffed bread, a bento box, even a drink… the possibilities are endless!
The deadline for WTSIM… picnic basket! is 18 August, 2008. If you would like to participate, too bad… you’re too late. Please read the following for more information: