Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

I can’t remember the last time I had a Bloody Mary. Few things are better than a rainy Sunday with a Bloody Mary in hand, good reading and good company. It’s not raining today so I have a mug of coffee by my side instead. But I’m missing out on the healthy chemical complexity a Bloody Mary provides, according to chemist Neil Da Costa. Since there’s no vodka in the house, Bloody Geisha, anyone? Sounds like a Kill Bill scene but it’s a Bloody made with sake.

I love books about food that take you on a journey back in time or into another culture. Here’s another one for the wish list: Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love and War, a food memoir with battle scenes” by Annia Ciezadlo, a foreign correspondent based in Iraq and Lebanon since 2003.

Heads up DC folks! It’s Bo time! You can now enjoy a Bojangles egg, country ham and cheese biscuit, my favorite road trip breakfast, at the new Bojangles in Union Station. Oh yeah, their fried chicken is pretty darn good too, if that’s more your thing.

OMG! The Oxford English Dictionary added a slew of food words to its pages: bánh mì, taquito, kleftiko, California roll, Eton mess, rugelach, sammich, roulade, doughnut hole, nom nom, gremolata, muffin top and cream-crackered. It also added several abbreviations: LOL, TMI, FYI, BFF and, OMG, OMG!

We’ve had some frosty nights lately. The NC Strawberry Association advised growers to “put on your crop’s evening dress”. It’s time for me to keep an eye on the Facebook page of the strawberry farm about five miles down the road. I’d be so sad if I missed out on their harvest; it goes so quickly.

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Photo by Sharon Mollerus

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