Fiction - short story - Bon Appetit - Part VI

@JudyEv (78463)
Bunbury, Australia
March 20, 2017 9:02am CST
Here is Part VI, the final instalment 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 We did have one rather unfortunate incident. Quentin made a cassoulet in my lovely locally-hand-made pottery dish. It was a large dish and not one I could usually afford to buy. However the potter was closing his business and I was able to buy this beautiful dish for a very reasonable sum. However after being in the oven for a while, the gas ran out so Quentin thought he'd finish it off in the gas barbecue not realising that sitting the dish on the red-hot bars of the grill wasn't going to be a good idea. My lovely bowl cracked across the bottom and I was quite devastated. Quentin had to clean up after himself that night. We had to buy a few new pots and a new frying pan. Getting Quentin past a kitchenware shop involved a great deal of cunning. A buxom beauty on the other side of the street was handy on such occasions but they weren't always available. Quentin is a dab hand now and we have some lovely dinner parties. I was supposed to start a data base of who we invited when and what we gave them but there are some things even I draw the line at. I didn't retire just to manipulate Excel spreadsheets after every dinner party we have. I still cook from time to time. He loves my Chow Mein Mince but I’m always careful to get rid of the ‘Casserole Base’ packet before he spots it. Then I can say, off-handedly, “Oh, it’s just my secret ingredient”. So the French cookbook eventually led to a highly satisfactory outcome. I rarely cook a meal now although I enjoy some wonderful dishes. And we’re both living happily ever after. © Judy Evans
Here is Part V 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...
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@DianneN (39189)
• United States
20 Mar
So sorry I haven't read your previous series. Time is of the issue for me this month. Best of luck in the contest.
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@JudyEv (78463)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
Thanks. I know you're flat out having fun at the moment so that's good. It's nice you could read one.
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@DianneN (39189)
• United States
21 Mar
@JudyEv I shall return asap! Thanks for understanding.
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@ChesneyM (6828)
21 Mar
Oh dear, now I will have to search for the rest to read... (but I have a suspicion I know what was in the beginning).
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@Fleura (4696)
• United Kingdom
20 Mar
Sounds like a great outcome for all concerned! The spreadsheet might be a bit much although I can certainly see the advantages!
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@JudyEv (78463)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
It's a bit late for us to start a spreadsheet now but Anna (@LadyDuck) uses a spreadsheet for her dinner parties.
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@LadyDuck (86419)
• Switzerland
20 Mar
@JudyEv My secret is now known. My husband asked to make the spreadsheet, but I always prepare a printed menu when I make dinner parties. I have plenty of those decorated menus, they are nicer than the spreadsheet.
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@Fleura (4696)
• United Kingdom
20 Mar
@LadyDuck Do you mean to give to your guests/put on the table? Gosh how organised!
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@sueznewz2 (7482)
• Alicante, Spain
21 Mar
I'm glad they are still happy ever after... after such domestic adventures ... I hope you get on well in the competition...
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@JudyEv (78463)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Mar
Thanks. I'm now working on a 500 word one on 'grief' but that will be a serious one.
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@sueznewz2 (7482)
• Alicante, Spain
21 Mar
@JudyEv good luck with that one too.... a very heavy subject.
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@JudyEv (78463)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Mar
@sueznewz2 I had an old one I've tweaked. I like the 500 worders or thereabouts.
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@RubyHawk (9884)
• Atlanta, Georgia
20 Mar
I'm so sorry you lost your pottery dish. I took one of my favorites to a dinner a dinner and didn't find it. I suppose someone accidentally carried it home not knowing who it belonged to.
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@JudyEv (78463)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Mar
When Vince takes 'a plate' to his Men's Shed meetings I often send either a paper plate or one I can afford to lose. It's a shame you lost your favourite.
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@RubyHawk (9884)
• Atlanta, Georgia
22 Mar
@JudyEv i hated it but it's gone forever.
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@JudyEv (78463)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Mar
@RubyHawk Same with this dish. I'll never have another.
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@Gillygirl (12313)
• Sutton, England
21 Mar
I thoroughly enjoyed this series Judy and had a great laugh. I would have liked to have seen how Adam and Eve left the plot. Quentin obviously didn't need them anymore apart from clearing up properly. I hope you win the competition as you have a wonderful talent for story telling.
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@JudyEv (78463)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Mar
Thanks very much. Isn't it strange how everyone wants to know what happened to Adam and Eve? I never gave them a thought once the classes were over. :)
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@Gillygirl (12313)
• Sutton, England
21 Mar
@JudyEv I guess it's because it was the turning point where Quentin did the cooking. I really hope you do well in the competition. The series made an excellent read.
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@JudyEv (78463)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Mar
@Gillygirl Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)
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@Gina145 (3882)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
21 Mar
I read the whole story and loved it. Too bad I don't have a husband, so I guess one of these days I'll need to learn to cook for myself.
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@JudyEv (78463)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Mar
I'm pleased you liked the story. It would be awful if people didn't find it funny. So do you go out for a lot of meals?
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@Gina145 (3882)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
22 Mar
@JudyEv We eat out quite a lot but we also buy prepared meals that only need heating. My Mom can cook, but she doesn't like to so she doesn't cook from scratch very often.
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@JudyEv (78463)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Mar
@Gina145 There are plenty of healthy options now if you're not keen on cooking.
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@silvermist (17853)
• India
20 Mar
@JudyEv Glad that the story has a happy ending.So when will the results of the competition be announced?
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@JudyEv (78463)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
I have to send it in by the end of May and I think the results are in August. I can't remember now.
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@silvermist (17853)
• India
20 Mar
@JudyEv So,there is time if you want to add or revise it.
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@JudyEv (78463)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
@silvermist Yes, that's true. In the end, before putting it up here, I cut out a few introductory-type paragraphs. I don't want it to be a whole lot shorter than 2500 which is the limit but I don't want to just pad it out either.
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@Morleyhunt (13749)
• Canada
20 Mar
Awesome ending. If I don't feel like cooking, I make sure there is something for my husband to barbecue,
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@JudyEv (78463)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
Here, the men always do the cooking at a barbecue. Is it the same there?
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@Morleyhunt (13749)
• Canada
21 Mar
@JudyEv most of the time hubby does the barbecuing.
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@BelleStarr (25866)
• Portland, Connecticut
28 Mar
lol I wish I could get my husband to cook almost every meal lol. Loved your story.
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@JudyEv (78463)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Mar
Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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@moffittjc (26065)
• Gainesville, Florida
21 Mar
Bravo! Bravo! What a great story, and quite hilarious! Thank you for sharing Judy! You've got quite the talent for writing!
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@JudyEv (78463)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Mar
Thanks very much. I'm really pleased you found it funny. Everyone's idea of comedy is a bit different.
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@Jessicalynnt (47646)
• Centralia, Missouri
20 Mar
bwahahaa, I guess I need to find my own French cookbook
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@JudyEv (78463)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
Mine has some strange recipes for sure.
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@snowy22315 (22279)
• United States
20 Mar
cute story...do you substitute Vince for Quinton? hehe
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@JudyEv (78463)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
Well, some of the ideas are based on fact but then highly exaggerated.
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@FayeHazel (5645)
• United States
20 Mar
Oh dear, I read the last first, I will check out the rest now :-)
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@JudyEv (78463)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
You're forgiven!
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@amadeo (34415)
• United States
20 Mar
sounds interesting there.Thank you for sharing
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@JudyEv (78463)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
You're welcome.
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@Kandae11 (11856)
20 Mar
Nice conclusion. And it is great that hubby knows how to cook.
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@JudyEv (78463)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
Yes it is - particularly as I don't like cooking.
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• United States
20 Mar
Love the ending, but so sorry about your pottery.
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@JudyEv (78463)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
Thanks. It was such a lovely dish. I really was sad about it.
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@ptrikha_2 (3655)
• India
11 Apr
End of a wonderful great story series!
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@JudyEv (78463)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Apr
Thanks. I'm really pleased you've enjoyed them so much.
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@ptrikha_2 (3655)
• India
12 Apr
@JudyEv Yes and are you planning any other series also?
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@ptrikha_2 (3655)
• India
28 Mar
Wonderful ending! And yes maintaining an excel sheet everyday can be cumbersome for those who are not so used to it.