Jan was running late for our brunch date, so I revisited the Exclusive Book sale. A tiny book caught my eye …
“An olla podrida? A smorgasbord? A hot pot? An ambigu? A salmagundi? An amphogouri? A cocktail? A bouquet garni? A rumfustian? A mirepoix? A kickshaw? A flummery?
Schott’ Food & Drink Miscellany is all of these and, perhaps, more.
Schott’ Food & Drink Miscellany is a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles. The book’s purpose is to sweep up the crumbs strewn carelessly across the conversational table-cloth.
Schott’ Food & Drink Miscellany makes very few claims to be exhaustive, authoritative, or even practical. In a kitchen the size of the Miscellany one could never attempt to prepare a full a la carte service – instead, the book hopes to whet the appetite with a gourmet tasting menu, or degustation.”
Naturally, I had to buy the book and make my way to the restaurant to meet my dear friend. Having proclaimed a frightful hangover earlier in the day, Jan looked disgustingly handsome and dapper. Brunch became a 6 hour delight of degustation, indeed; not only did we nibble constantly at various dishes, (the spicy Vietnamese pork under a potato pancake – we had it with a chilled Blanc de Noir – was sublime!) but we spoke and spoke and spoke … about anything and everything.
Eventually, regretfully, it was time for us to go to our respective homes; but first we thought to have a coffee and digestif to face the journey. We asked for espressos with Cointreau. A language barrier with the waitress ensued; they did not have concho on the menu …
With great hilarity we settled for Mandarin Cognac, to finish off what was a positively golden occasion.
Thank you, Jan.
With much love.