Wednesday, September 30, 2020

“Say What?” Dept.

     The construction and layout of the Fortress – a long-line ranch – are such that to go from the kitchen to my little office requires that I pass the C.S.O.’s office setup, where her computer is situated. It’s almost impossible for me to not notice what she has on her screen. Sometimes I capture the image “in real time” and only actually process it a few seconds afterward.

     This morning was such an occasion:

     Well! I have heard all sorts of qualities ascribed to chicken soup – my wife is Jewish, you know – but uplifting? Let me check the dictionary:

uplifting adj: inspirational; offering or providing hope, encouragement, salvation, etc.: e.g., an uplifting sermon.

     If a chicken soup, however yummy – and I must admit, the picture looks inviting and the recipe sounds good – can be uplifting, are we soon to hear of contemplative antipasto, edifying beef stew, and restorative rice pudding? I suppose, given the culinary miracles Fountain routinely performs, I should keep an open mind!


JWM said...

I used to whip up batches of my End-of-the-World Holy Guacamole. It was apocalyptically tasty.


George True said...

My hobby is long distance canoe racing. In 2018 I completed the 444 mile Yukon River Quest. On day 2 of the race, I arrived at 2:00 AM at a remote place called Coffee Creek, after 20 hours of continuous paddling, the last 10 of which were in a rainstorm. There was a large tent canopy set up, in the middle of which was a large kettle of vegetable soup.

Never in my life have I tasted such delicious soup. I scarfed down several large bowls. Even in my half delirious state, I could tell that this soup was something special. It was not just because I was exhausted and famished that it tasted so good. There was just something amazing about it.

I learned later that the soup at the Coffee Creek checkpoint is legendary. Some paddlers even bring an empty thermos with them just so they can take some with them on the next leg of the race. It just seems to have restorative and rejuvenating properties. So yes, I can easily believe that a certain chicken soup recipe could have uplifting abilities.