Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Week in Seven Words #114

The meal reminds me in some ways of a medieval feast. There are story-tellers, singers, a court jester, knights clashing from time to time in a joust. A dog wakes up from its long nap beneath the table to lap up flakes of matzah from the chairs and floor.

chef de cuisine
All day she's in the kitchen cooking, and here and there we jump in and help her, though for the most part she wants it to be a solo operation. She takes pride in her ability to single-handedly cater multiple feasts. There's chicken, lamb, beef with yams, and turkey, potatoes with prunes, matzah ball soup, glazed carrots, broccoli, beets, and Brussels sprouts. Charoset too (apples, bananas, nuts, wine, cinnamon, and a little honey mixed together in a blender). Am I leaving anything out? Salads, can't forget those. Anything else? Probably.

Many streets in downtown Philly have become gardens. The narrower ones have a roof of pink blossoms. Daffodils grow from windowboxes, and cherry trees spread their branches over brick courtyards. By the side of an unpaved parking lot tulips have sprung up.

kneydlekh (קניידלעך)
Matzah balls made from scratch with a family recipe are addictive, full of fluffy doughy goodness.

A dog noses through fallen magnolia blossoms.

In a battle of Lego figurines, my knees are a part of the terrain. Opposing forces stand on them and lob incendiary Lego weapons at each other.

They're real flowers, but in their surroundings they seem fake. Planted next to racks of designer purses and sunglasses and aisles that smell of perfume and new shoes, their tropical colors have the luster of plastic.


bermudaonion said...

Sounds like a good week for the most part. It's been years since I've been to Philly but I'd love to see those streets that have become gardens.

naida said...

You are making me hungry with chef de cuisine and I can easily envision undervalue :)

John Hayes said...

Much inflorescence in Portland too. & I love the Lego warriors on kneecaps! Tho I do come from the era of the more simple red & white Lego bricks, without all the current elaborateness : )

Hope you have had a wonderful time during the Passover.

HKatz said...

@ bermudaonion: They're lovely. It's a side of Philly most people don't think of.

@ Naida: The descriptions make me hungry too.

@ John: I saw the recent photo on your blog of the magnolia blossoms. Beautiful! Yes, Lego toys have become more elaborate with many characters (and T.V. shows and video games). And thanks, I had a good holiday.

Nan said...

I love the notion of a whole street being a garden. I'd love to see a picture or two.
And maybe you could post a matzah ball recipe???

HKatz said...

Nan, I've put up a picture or two :)