Sunday, January 8, 2012

Mushrooms Divine

'You rendered us a very important service this morning, sir,' said he (Mr. Pickwick), 'will you allow us to offer a slight mark of our gratitude by begging the favour of your company at dinner?'

'Great pleasure--not presume to dictate, but broiled fowl and mushrooms--capital thing! What time?

Charles Dickens, English novelist (1812-1870), in his first novel The Pickwick Papers

Months ago I wrote of the divine trinity of butter, sugar and vanilla; this evening I discerned another divine food trinity: mushrooms, onion and garlic. I'm quite sure that the Greek gods would have considered their combined aroma bubbling on the skillet as ambrosia; it certainly had my mouth watering. Whether served with broiled chicken as Mr. Pickwick's guest, or combined with rice and pork tenderloin as we enjoyed tonight, mushrooms are divine.

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