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Do Peaches Dance?

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Do peaches
dance?  Clear the table,
dare the bowl
to contain
juice under velvet cover.
Celebrate with paint.

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I ate a lot of peaches at the beach, and I drew them too.  For the last day of May, a thanks to Charlie for a delicious Doodlewash month of food.

The poem contains the words supplied this week by the secret keeper:
(5) Words: | PAINT | CLEAR | DARE | COVER | DANCE |

Eat Up! It’s National Vegetarian Week!

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“Eat up, eat up,” their mother said.
She told them to eat up.
The children studied hard the plate;
the viands, patient, lay in wait.
She told them to eat up.
They tried distraction with their words–
“Remember the time we saw those birds?”
–they kept on talking–“Then we followed
home a sparrow and a swallow!”
She told them to eat up.
They moved their forks, they moved their spoons;
they played at drinking from their cup;
they sighed and asked to be excused–
she told them to eat up.

(with apologies to Edward Lear)

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 My mother almost never served fresh vegetables when I was growing up, except in summer when we got tomatoes and corn from the local farm stand, or when we had guests.  The rest of the time it was out of cans, boiled in water (remember those square carrots in the mixed vegetables?).  I think if she had served us a plate of what I drew above from my refrigerator, she would never have had to negotiate with us to eat all our food.

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I’ve been in a bit of a creative funk lately, but when I saw the cover of the Village Voice this week, I knew I needed to do my own food mandala.  Another contribution to Charlie’s doodlewash dinners.

The words from the secret keeper’s challenge this week
and Edward Lear provided inspiration for my memories of childhood dinners.

I’m not a vegetarian, but it’s a good week for everybody to remember to eat plenty of vegetables!

Fruit Bowl

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I promised Charlie (hosting a month of delicious food at Doodlewash) that I would join in at least once.  This is not exactly a meal, but I love fruit, and always have some around, often in this beautiful bowl made for me by a friend.  It’s always a good time for an apple or a pear!

My Lunch with Chef Eric Ripert

Kidding! But he was at another table at Del Posto, NYC where I enjoyed a birthday lunch with my husband. 

Del Posto is a high end joint for sure. I didn’t get any shots of the interior; let’s just say it is very special. Here is my sneaky shot of Chef Ripert.  

I usually have a slice of Ezekial bread with canned salmon for lunch. This was a three course affair. The slender baguette or ficelle came with a crazy spread made of butter, creme fraiche and some other stuff. It was probably my favorite item.  

All in all it was a beautiful day in New York with my favorite person (besides Kerfe). I’ll leave you with a parting shot of a lobster Caesar salad. The lobster is hiding underneath the grilled romaine.