What Are Your Five Best Meals?: Everyday Magic, Day 98

Walking with Kris downtown, we realized how cool it would be to time travel back to great meals of our lives. Here are five meals I would journey through the time-space vortex to experience again:

  1. On a small island off Mombassa after a morning of riding out on the boat (and throwing up over the side as Ken distracted everyone by pointing the other way and yelling, “Dolphin!”), Ken, his sister and brother-in-law and I walked down a path to a clearing where there were tables and people sitting there banging something hard. As we got closer, I saw huge platters of fresh (just picked) tropic fruit — mango, banana, oranges, papaya — and other platters piled high with freshly cooked king crab. Ah!!!
  2. At the old Paradise (how do I miss thee!) in downtown Lawrence, I was a fool for Champagne chicken with mashed potatoes, salad and chocolate late….or the chicken-fried chicken.
  3. Speaking of the gone-but-not-forgotten downtown, I miss St. Thomas enchiladas (all manner of seafood in a delicate and zingy white sauce) from Tin Pan Alley. Oh. My. God!
  4. After walking from my dad’s old store in the subway arcade at Nassau and Fulton Street in New York City uptown for three or four hours, Ken and I — long before we started pumping out those babies — found the most exquisite Greek restaurant on the planet where we shared a huge platter of outrageously phenomenal things from Mousaka to gryo to falafel to many things I can’t remember the names for anymore (but still crave in the middle of the night).
  5. Somewhere in Brooklyn, sometime in my childhood, the perfect eggcream (made with no eggs and no cream), and later on, the perfect Napoleon.

Now that I’m all beside myself and need a quick distraction, what are the five great meals of your life?

2 thoughts on “What Are Your Five Best Meals?: Everyday Magic, Day 98

  1. 1. An Arkansas supper for my birthday, repeated many times in my life, consisting of pork chops, black-eyed peas, fried okra, corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes, mashed potatoes, green onions, corn bread and butter, followed by strawberry shortcake (fresh biscuits made with cream and walnuts, fresh strawberries, and whipped cream).
    2. Fried eggs mashed up with a fork, salt and pepper, and buttered white toast which was my grandfather Muncy’s breakfast that he fed me when I was a toddler. He gave me a bite and was going to eat the rest, but my mother made him feed me and made him more breakfast. I always remember him when I eat eggs this way.
    3. Fresh biscuits with butter and apple jelly, which always make me think of my Uncle Mervyn.
    4. The Thanksgiving dinner I got completely carried away by pie baking and made 27 pies for 30 people: mincemeat, pumpkin custard, pumpkin chiffon, pecan, vinegar, honey apple tofu custard, apple, and black raspberry, that I can remember. All with turkey, ham, cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, green peas, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry relish, green beans, Rose Flora’s wheat rolls made from wheat she ground that morning, and many other delicious foods.
    5. My wedding feast: a whole salmon smoked by Rita, marinated mushrooms and other vegetables made by Dan and me, lemon poppy seed cake made by Sara (who also performed the ceremony) and cold Dr. Pepper provided by Sherry.

  2. Starting with the ground beef burgers on the square in Iowa at my grandparents soda fountain, moving to my mother’s meatloaf made for our family after a long day of soccer and hungry boys, our favorite family meal of barbequed just caught king salmon, a community moose rib party around the campfire and ending with our dinner in Paris on our honeymoon, Peach Melba!

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