Did it! / by Anne

the end Today marks the last day of NaBloWriMo, National Blog Writing Month.  I feel proud to say that I wrote 30 entries in a row (having learned about this only on November 2, I wrote two entries on the 2nd).  Somehow this doesn't sound like a big number as I write it, but it was definitely a bit of a brain marathon.

Though the challenge was merely to get out there and post each day, I did make an effort not to just dump out whatever was on my mind, like a fat purse, willy-nilly. I was thinking about you and other people who might stumble upon this site and wanted to offer some kind of entertainment, information, or food for thought.   

If you have been reading in the last month, I hope you have felt entertained, informed, or fed, at least once!  It's been a great challenge and learning experience, and if you keep a blog yourself, I hope you might consider doing it next year, too.  I'm going to do it again next November. 

I'd like to share another completely adorable tidbit from the book I mentioned last night, Food for the Hungry

This book has a chapter on "The Dinner Pail" (i.e., the lunchbox), and how to make lunches wonderful and exciting for your loved ones. Really, she's targeting "the stomach of a tired man whose appetite has been dulled by mechanical, in-door toil."  I wish I could share all of the fun and fanciful ideas she has for that lunchbox (is this woman a turn-of-the-century Martha Stewart, or did this stuff really happen???). 

However, I don't want to wear out my welcome in your brain, so here's just example of something fun from the chapter that  I actually plan to try, just to see how it turns out.  As you will see, it is right up any person's  alley whose subliminal desire it is to make truffles out of everything.

Deviled Eggs (Turn of the Century Style!)

Partially quoted and borrowed from Food for the Hungry

  1. Boil six eggs (hard).  Slice the eggs lengthwise and scoop out the yolks into a small bowl.  "Rub to a paste with a generous teaspoonful of butter.  Season with pepper, salt, and a suspicion of mustard."
  2. Mold the balls into spheres of their original size and fit the yolk back into a hollow half.  Line up the other half of the egg so that you have put the puzzle back together.  
  3. "Roll each egg up in tissue paper, as you would a (get this--) bon-bon, twisting the paper at the ends.  If you wish to make the entree ornamental (of course you do! Who wouldn't?), fringe the squares of paper before enveloping the eggs. 
  4. You can  also make the yolks "yet more savory" if you add giblets & gravy to the yolks to moisten the paste. 

Serves 6 dinner pails?