Last Meal? What Takes Forever to Cook

For a bit of fun, another post from the MFRWauthor 52-week challenge.

Saw the topic of last meal and a line from the television series, Air America, just leaped from the pen, “Peking Duck.” Now that might seem to be a strange choice for a meat and potatoes kind of gal, so I’ll give you the background. After being captured by South American revolutionaries, Lorenzo Lamas, aka Rio Garnett, and his co-pilot/friend were offered a last meal before their execution by firing squad. The friend said, “Peking Duck.” After their captors went away, Lamas inquired why. The buddy explained it takes 3 days to make, I was trying to buy time.”

Besides lots of time for a meal to be prepared–and later, and even greater amount to eat it, here’s a few items for a last meal.

First, the appetizers: shrimp cocktail and stuffed mushrooms.

Then there are several entrees. Filet mignon with sweet potato, loaded with cinnamon brown sugar, and freshly churned butter. A heaping side plate of lobster tail with drawn butter, and fried scallops. Hot dinner rolls, fresh out of the oven, with lots of butter to help things go down.

Where’s the vegetables you asked? Not for this gal’s final forging.

The final course took a little more thought. Going with the delay approach, rice pudding. For those with a lactose intolerance, that would guarantee at least 3 hours in the bathroom. On second thought, the captors might think it funny to hold off the toilet run. Note to self, no pudding, no ice cream. Boston cream pie, chocolate eclair, (no make that 2 eclairs, properly chilled) and a slice of death by chocolate cake. Notice the theme? Chocolate – my favorite food group.

I almost forget the drinks, which unlike James Bond’s preference is not a shaken vodka martini or champagne.

Read the rest of the menu at http://helenhenderson-author.blogspot.com/2017/06/last-meal-what-takes-forever-to-cook.html.

 

Music on a Hot Summer Day

A reprise of the week 7 post for the 2017 Challenge.

Music can stir men into battle or trigger a lost memory. Here’s the top five tunes on the spindle that influenced both published books and those in progress.

 

  • “Ireland’s Call” by Celtic Thunder and “Desperado” by the Eagles are always on the spindle so they count as one.

 

 

  • Celtic flute — takes me to a fantasy land of imagination, and set sail upon the deep blue

 

 

  • “Lonely Man Theme” — a quest, hopelessness, and loneliness conveyed by the haunting¬†piano solo¬†played at the end of each episode of The Incredible Hulk

 

 

  • “Twelve O’Clock High” — a little haunting, a little thunder, battle fever is quickened by this theme from a television from years gone by

 

 

  • “Lullaby” — because all the works in progress feature a final farewell, usually between lovers on the eve of battle, a tune from my younger days

 

If the songs or the story they’ve inspired sound intriguing, click on the covers for excerpts of what the music helped create. Or visit these other posts on music and magic.

Soothe a soul, break a curse
New Book, New Playlist
Readers Want To Know

~till next time, Helen

PS – If you want to see what other authors use as inspiration, the list is at the bottom of the post here.

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