Food and Fiction

Over ten years ago, in the early days of the interweb, I started up a cooking website called Cookings.  It was a recipe and cookbook review site that was fun at the time, but now looks pretty clunky – especially as I haven’t updated it in over five years. Now it would be a blog, I guess.

Back in those days, I seemed to spend more time cooking and having dinner parties than I can imagine having time to do now.  There’s one main difference – now with three children in the family, we’re just to busy.

One of the stories in Cracks in the Ceiling is The Dinner Party.  It follows four couples in their mid-fifties, who have known each other all their adult lives, as they prepare for and then get together for a dinner party.

What can we bring?” is a question that always gets asked in these situations, and each of the couples deals with this in a different way.  Their choices about what they cook, and how they make their choices, reflect the state of their lives and relationships.

I couldn’t resist inserting some of my own favourite dishes into the story, and one of the couples offers to provide the starter, and chooses to make “Arugula Salad with Pistachios and Chocolate”.

It’s by Molly Wizenberg, and you can find it in her book A Handmade Life.  It’s a delicious dish, with the bitterness of the arugula (or rocket) balanced beautifully by the chocolate.  

Molly is a well known blogger at Orangette,  but as far as I can tell, the recipe isn’t on her website, so here is a link to a page from the book, at Google books.

More recipes from The Dinner Party in a later post.

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