Fiction - short story - Bon Appetit - Part III

@JudyEv (119170)
Bunbury, Australia
March 20, 2017 5:01am CST
Here is Part III of a comic short story which I'm entering for a competition. Click on any of the green boxes at the top of the post and you'll get taken to the other parts. Bon Appetit Then I tried Duck Rillettes. There was a bottle of Pinot Blanc at the back of the picture so I thought that would really please Quentin. It needed pork belly and duck eggs and served four so I halved everything. I thought this would make it less expensive too. However I forgot to halve the spices and we couldn’t eat it. We had fish fingers that night. I had another disaster with eggs - quail eggs this time. I drove 50 kms to pick them up from a farm. Then I couldn’t remember how many I needed so I bought four dozen. As it turned out, I only needed a dozen. So there I was with three dozen extra quail eggs. If you ever end up with an excess of quail eggs, I haven’t really got any suggestions. But I wouldn’t try to separate them to make an omelette. I gradually worked my way through some of the main courses but it was a bit disappointing really. I mean – how was I supposed to find four live crayfish? And even if I found them, how was I supposed to make them four dead crayfish? Then I needed eight lamb kidneys but when I looked out the window there were my four pet sheep waiting for their oats. They had two kidneys each and four little sheep just like them had given their lives so someone could make ‘kidneys turbigo’. Who needs it? I decided it was time to move on to the sweets section and my enthusiasm returned. ‘Pithiviers’ – now there is a name for you and I don’t even lisp. ‘Pithiviers’. Unsalted butter, caster sugar, eggs, rum, orange zest, ground almonds – what a dish. Quentin couldn’t eat any of it so he had a slice of bread and diabetic jam.
Here is Part II of a condensed comic short story I'm entering in a competition. Bon Appetit - Part II I didn’t think I did too badly as a basic cook –...
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• United States
20 Mar 17
Yes, the picture of the strawberry cake(?) looks a lot better than the meal you were trying to cook...Of course I am a dessert person, can't wait to see if you tried your hand at that.
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@JudyEv (119170)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar 17
I LOVE desserts. If we go out for a meal, I always read the dessert menu first because that determines what I have for my mains.
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• United States
20 Mar 17
@JudyEv Hahaha, I love it, I never considered looking at desserts first to determine what I am ordering for my meal..Good idea!!!
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@JudyEv (119170)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar 17
@Carmelanirel2 If the dessert looks really good I might just have an entree instead of a mains. I don't know how many times I've been too full to have dessert.
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@xFiacre (4289)
• Ireland
20 Mar 17
@pgntwo I wish I'd thought of "Turd in the hole"!
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@JudyEv (119170)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar 17
Haha! You need to be creative in the writing business.
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@pgntwo (21554)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
20 Mar 17
Of course, I went back up this discussion thread to the preceding posts... It's weird when your sides hurt so much from laughing that you can't breathe any more. Well, at least until the sparkly lights go away, and the roaring in your ears has settled down...
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@JudyEv (119170)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar 17
@pgntwo I'm REALLY chuffed that you thought it that funny. Comedy is a bit tricky. Not everyone is on the same wave-length when it comes to humour.
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@bagarad (11481)
• Paso Robles, California
22 Mar 17
I'm afraid none of those dishes tempts me. I'm not much for organ meats.
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@JudyEv (119170)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Mar 17
I just went through the book trying to find recipes I could make jokes about. I haven't really cooked too many of those.
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@bagarad (11481)
• Paso Robles, California
22 Mar 17
@JudyEv I have a cookbook I bought because it had two international recipes my husband really likes. Now we can't eat either of them. I don't think I made either more than once or twice.
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@JudyEv (119170)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Mar 17
@bagarad Sounds like my cookbooks. One year a company put out a coffee-table type recipe book with the most marvellous array of photos of Australia. Just about everyone I know got one for Christmas. The photos in it are just stunning.
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@Morleyhunt (19539)
• Canada
20 Mar 17
Poor Quentin...those efforts sound an awful lot like some of my first forays into cooking for two.,.i grew up as one of 8 children...I only knew how to prepare food for a crowd. When hubby wanted pancakes...he didn't want to have them for the next week.....
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@JudyEv (119170)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar 17
That is funny too. Vince never makes enough. Sometimes I make the batter for him and put it in the fridge. When that happens there is always enough for a couple of meals.
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@Morleyhunt (19539)
• Canada
22 Mar 17
@JudyEv some recipies don't halve well. Now I just make two lasagna sand freeze one.
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@JudyEv (119170)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Mar 17
@Morleyhunt That's a good idea.
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@moffittjc (41295)
• Gainesville, Florida
21 Mar 17
You wouldn't believe how many meal recipes I've ruined over the years because I never measure out the ingredients properly, especially when trying to adjust the serving size! I, too, always forget about the amount of spices, and many of my meals end up being too spicy or flavorful to enjoy!
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@JudyEv (119170)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Mar 17
I have trouble remember to halve everything if I'm halving stuff so I know what you're saying.
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@Gillygirl (17278)
• Sutton, England
21 Mar 17
I had a vision of poor Herc running away in case he fell foul to the cookery book. Poor Quentin seems to be suffering from a decent meal here lol. Now on to part 1V.
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@JudyEv (119170)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Mar 17
Herc is safe. And Quentin is doing fine now - oh, of course - it's fiction, isn't it?
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@Gillygirl (17278)
• Sutton, England
21 Mar 17
@JudyEv Naturally, nothing to do with you or Vince
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@Jessicalynnt (47790)
• Centralia, Missouri
20 Mar 17
bwahahaha, loving this
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@JudyEv (119170)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar 17
That's good.
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@silvermist (19921)
• India
20 Mar 17
@JudyEv Amidst the humor,a little sadness . Poor lambs and their kidneys. So much planning and Quentin ends up eating bread and jam.
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@JudyEv (119170)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar 17
Well, poor old Suzette meant well, didn't she?
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@Fleura (7113)
• United Kingdom
20 Mar 17
Quails eggs are great, you can use them just like chickens' eggs. I used to keep quails and I used their eggs for everything - boiled, fried, in cakes etc.
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@JudyEv (119170)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar 17
You would need a lot surely. My sister has quails. How many to a chook (chicken) egg?
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@Fleura (7113)
• United Kingdom
20 Mar 17
@JudyEv I can't remember now, maybe two? Whatever I did it seemed to work OK!
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@JudyEv (119170)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar 17
@Fleura I would think it would have to be more than two. Did you ever separate them for an omelette?
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@ptrikha_2 (7459)
• India
28 Mar 17
Oh quite a horrible experience- and what happened of those eggs- refrigerated? I am laughing after reading 3 Parts.
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@JudyEv (119170)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Mar 17
I am glad you are enjoying it.
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@ptrikha_2 (7459)
• India
28 Mar 17
@JudyEv Yes indeed. I too write story series sometimes. One of my current series(Its a spy thriller and has lots of action)on another site has seen me publishing Ten parts so far. So I like such literary work.
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@ptrikha_2 (7459)
• India
29 Mar 17
@JudyEv Well that story series of mine is kind of a "Mini-Novel". It is not getting too many responses but has got some retweets and also I am very much passionate about that story.
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@BelleStarr (37119)
• Portland, Connecticut
28 Mar 17
lol I am liking this more and more. Yes no lamb kidneys for me either,
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@JudyEv (119170)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Mar 17
Vince calls offal 'spare parts' - not that this is about Vince and I of course.
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@BelleStarr (37119)
• Portland, Connecticut
28 Mar 17
@JudyEv lol of course not!!!!
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@RubyHawk (21899)
• Atlanta, Georgia
23 Mar 17
That cake looks good. I might attempt making it.
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@JudyEv (119170)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Mar 17
Doesn't it look great? Sometimes it's all in the decoration. :)
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