you are granted a magical wish
To have a meal of anything at all you wish
Didnt wanna start a " last meal " thread..it seems..idk..creepy
But the food fairy says anything at all to drink..eat
From your mamas chicken soup to a bag of beef jerky
gallons of wine...a perfect steak
What do you choose?
For extra fun you may include any guests..dead or alive..any setting..music
its your magic wish!
Seven course meal, Italian style, from all over my memory's place.
First: Caprese salad, with tomatoes and basil from my mom's garden in the backyard of the house I grew up in, mozzarella from Claudio in Philly, and new extra virgin olive oil
Second: Italian wedding soup, made by my grandma before holiday dinners were moved to my aunt's house, and tasting just as good as I remember . . . tons of spinach, and those little meatballs were completely from scratch, and it showed
Third: Homemade raviolis with my mom's thick red tomato gravy and the parmigiano reggiano my great uncle used to (illegally) ship to us in entire half wheels from Italy
Fourth: Blood orange sorbet. I would love to say "homemade" here too, but why bother when there is Ciao Bella?
Fifth: Amazing seafood dish that I got from this quaint little Italian place in Seattle (I cannot, and will never, remember the name) -- enormous prawns wrapped in pancetta and broiled, with lots of garlic. And a fresh roll from Serpe's in Elsmere, DE
Sixth: Simple predictable salad -- spring mix, pear, gorgonzola, walnuts, lemon poppyseed dressing
Seventh: The peanut butter cookies a student baked for me at Christmas in my first year of teaching. Soft, a little crumbly, big chunks of peanuts: divine.
Dining with me: My parents, but from ten years ago, with my mom much less stressed and my dad completely healthy. My mom's dad, the most mourned of my relatives. And a few old friends and former students whom I dearly miss.
Aw, these posts are so sentimental and sweet. If I could plan a fantasy meal it would include my grown kids, spouses and grands, but with my mom, restored to her right mind, and my dad, back from heaven. We'd eat the stuff we couldn't eat before and every one would get a choice: my mom would fix potato salad because she loved to and because one of my children loved it; my dad would eat sugar for once, and I remember he loved Hummingbird cake; Mr. Sueatmo loves pecan pie and so he would have that; I would opt for cheesecake, NY style, because I never eat it in real life; one child would fix grilled salmon for us; another would fix Paella; I would fix a roast chicken. Someone would grill asparagus and one of my kids would make Hollandaise for it.
Mr. Sueatmo would clean up, with the help of one of my kids who always helps and later would join my dad in front of a football or baseball game. The females would talk into the wee hours, and the guys would watch every sports game they could together.
Much later we'd send out for pizza.
Four loosely scrambled eggs with whole wheat toast
with small servings of the following
corn beef hash
Huge turkey pot pie that has dark and white meat and mushrooms in it and lots of peas
Sauteed Swiss chard....lots of it
A nice baby greens, spinach, mushroom, tomato salad with onion. Dressing is malt vinegar and olive oil
BBQ wild salmon with a miso-honey sauce on the side
Guinness on draft
unlimited raw oysters -----
on the side to dress them as you please is horseradish, lemon, sriracha sauce, soy sauce
assorted cold beer
DINNER AT EIGHT
High quality hot pastrami sandwich with pickled tomatoes on the side and Cel-Ray soda
Pizza right out of the oven
Prime rib (bone in of course) with mashed potatoes with best quality gravy on the side. Jewish style horseradish on the side
Schweppes ginger ale plus some vodka to dose it to make an alcoholic ginger ale. Dittos with some top shelf root beer
Some excellent Merlot andcabernet sauvignon
chocolate dessert of some kind
Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood playing plus they could eat with me along with some other select invitees
A swimming pool with wet bar.... to cool off in and work off some of the food. Plus a life guard to monitor those who drank too much
First, I think i'd go a different route than what everyone else has mentioned. id want to be the one at the stove/cutting board/mixer for all this. cooking it for close friends and family.
breakfast: Pecan sticky buns; a good cheesy, garden of an omelette, and banana granola chocolate chip pancakes smothered in almond butter
lunch: pizza party!! roasted veggie pizza, bbq chicken pizza, and a cheesy,, gooey chicken and artichoke calzone
dinner: homemade pasta with a super long cooking ragu. preferably short rib, lamb, or rabbit. with lots of good crusty garlic bread
dessert: (in my wish, these last all day) homemade dark chocolate resees, at least four flavors of ice cream, giant, gooey, underbaked warm chocolate chip cookies, and plenty of fresh fruit
oh and i WOULD allow mom to make her chicken and dumplings. because it rocks.
note: if im going to restaurants, this changes drastically. starts with the fried banana sandwich at the breslin, the ouva modernese at locanda verde, then for lunch is the fried chicken biscuits at yardbird in miami, with a side of their cheesy grits, and for dinner, chicago style deep dish at Ginos east. between meals we'd stop at levain bakery for some cookies, Jeni's splendid for some ice cream, and 11th st annex in fort lauderdale for their banana cake! also, momofuku pork buns would have to make it in there somewhere... and there would have to be an endless supply of thick cut, crispy bacon...
Also assuming I wake up in the middle of the night, my post-midnight snack would be two large fried corn bread squares, one slathered with butter, creamed honey, and jalapeno jelly, the other submerged in a tall glass of buttermilk and eaten with a spoon.
PS - I'm only 5'5 and weigh ~130 lbs. so this is all assuming that I could eat all day and not gain an ounce.
plain greek yogurt mixed with crunchy almond butter and blueberries
spinach mushroom red pepper chevre avocado chive omelette
home fries with plenty o' tabasco, sour cream and oregano
lightly toasted whole wheat with butter and apricot-raspberry jam
cornmeal lemon ricotta pancakes with a liberal amount of apple cinnamon curd spread over
oranges slices, kiwi and cantaloupe
medium rare fatty burger built from bottom up in this order: bottom bun (toasted), best foods mayo, beefsteak tomato, iceberg lettuce, patty (shaped with plenty o' S&P and chopped white onion and parsley), caramelized vidalia onion, chopped jalapenos, aged white cheddar (making sure to add the vidalia and jalapenos on top of the patty when it's cooking so that when I add the cheese, it melts over those two ingredients), runny fried egg, dijon mustard mixed with a lil' more mayo, top bun (toasted). THAT is my perfect burger...
potato salad with tons of paprika
onion rings with a selection of different dips, namely, ranch, mustard, bbq sauce, and malt vinegar
chocolate peanut butter banana malt shake
Late afternoon snack would be a bowl of cereal that is now discontinued; Newman's Own cranberry macadamia nut crunch cereal with almond milk.
Super burrito with everything except the beans...so wheat tortilla, spanish rice, CHILE VERDE PORK, sour cream, guacamole, onion, cheese, tomato, cilantro, and lots of salsa.
shrimp cocktail with louie sauce
corn on the cob with butter, salt, pepper and garlic powder
chips and HOT salsa
Mexican beer with Lime
A couple hours later / about an hour before bed:
boston cream pie
Ben & Jerry's Oatmeal Cookie Chunk ice cream
cinnamon apple sauce
everything in the company of friends, except the 2nd meal/Breakfast, which would only be reserved for mom and me; and as music, Skinny Puppy playing in the background.
6 strips extra crispy bacon
Capn crunch ceral
Toast..toasted well ..buttered
Grandmas strawberry jam and corn cob jelly
pitchers of mimosas...
Bloody mary at the end
My mothers cheese straws
Her sausage balls
Extra dry extra dirty martinis
Grilled cheese sandwich..white bread..orange cheese
Daddys catfish stew
Coke ice cold to drink
Snack same snack as after breakfast
Lobster w melted butter....
Steak grilled by my father
Chocolate ice cream for dessert
To nosh on all day
Cheese and crackers
Herrs brand jalapeno poppers
Ice cold coke
Extra dry extra dirty martinis
hot n spicy chex mix..all but cereal squares removed
Music...bluegrass, phish, grateful dead, rolling stones mix
Father in law
sister in law
mother in law
Movies in background
Alice in wonderland
O brother where art thou
Eat drink man woman
Wild wonderful whites of WV
To start - asparagus, hollandaise
Fish course - potted shrimps
Main course - traditional roast lamb dinner - lamb shoulder, peas, carrots, roast potatoes, gravy, mint sauce
Dessert - "fruits of the forest" ice cream (as made by that little place in Bardolino)
And, finally, strong espresso, large glass of Calvados, two Rothmans
breakfast w/my father (RIP) ~~ hash browns well done, eggs over medium, small ham steak, butter, peanut butter, jelly with whole wheat toast and a cup or 5 of good black coffee.
Lunch w/my mother (RIP) ~~ her stuffed pork chops and scalloped potatoes
Dinner ~~ w/my grandparents (RIP) ~~ my grandmother's pot roast with all the fixings at their kitchen table. Me using ketchup/my grandfather using horseradish and my grandmother complaining that we are ruining her food. :~|
I have answered the last meal question and even written a blog about it, but I'm going to go with the fantasy of the meals, as you instructed and not go with decadent meals necessarily.
Breakfast (Brunch - I'm sleeping in if it's a fantasy). With my Mom (RIP), Dad & Brother
Hot French Roast/Mexican blended coffee from Sahadi's in Brooklyn
Sesame Bagel hot from Scarsdale Bagels with beefsteak tomato, onion cream cheese and lox
Lunch with good friends sitting in Maine or New Hampshire
Buckets of steamers and ice cold beer
Snack - with my mother's parents in their kitchen, I'm six years old
Strawberries dipped in powdered sugar
Dinner - With my family (mom cooking)
To start - sashimi and escargot
Anything she perfected better than any restaurant could have made
Paella, moussaka, coq au vin, sauerbraten, jambalaya, and pretty much anything else
Dessert - with my family
Fine wines and port with an assortment of wonderful cheeses
Camembert, assorted soft goat cheeses and a nice English Stilton to finish with the port
If I had unending gustatory capacity and could get this all down in one meal:
Grandma Mimi's Matzo ball soup
Grandma Mimi's blintzes, strawberry jam
Grandma Mimi's Brisket. OMG.
Grandma Ida's Heavenly Hash Chocolate Candy. Nope, she was no renegade. She used "hash" in the old-fashioned sense; a mixture. It was like rocky road and was magnificent and I can't find a recipe.
Chicken Toscana, made by Chuck Hunsaker, side of plain penne with hand-grated parmesan
Pastrami sandwich/glass beer from Mac's.
CFS and gravy, by Norm Carver
Peanut butter cookies by me
Ma Po Tofu, from the Bowl
My dad's ribs
Lori's oven-baked parmesan potato wedges
Who with? Everyone I've ever loved who's not "of the world" anymore. And Hunter Thompson, and Eleanor Roosevelt. And Gilda Radner.
I want to have one more Christmas with my family again. I want all of my aunts and uncles and my grandparents and Ma and Daddy to be there. We would have rye bread, kielbasa, antipasto, chicken wings, a fruit and cheese tray and all the hodge podge of stuff we used to have when I was a kid.
Wow, Pinehurst, that's an awesome sentiment, I'd be Christmas Eve and the menu would be my Grandmom's 7 fishes, Aunt Carmella's cannoli's, figs, nuts in the shell, grandpop peeling the orange in one long strip w/ his pocket knife, off to mass and then grandpop's home made sausages and pasta at midnight and then some Italian Rum cake
lots of home made red wine (i'm an adult now, right I can have more than a juice glass) and espresso w/ a side of limoncello or Strega at the very end
Just to be clear...did this food fairy previously reside in Judgement City ("Defending Your Life")? If so, and I can eat as much as I want and never feel full or gain weight, I'd like the *entire* tuna casserole, please. Nothing more than a pepper grinder and a fork needed as accompaniements. And, we're talking old school TC...Kraft Mac & Cheese, canned tuna, canned peas and a gelatinous glop of Cream of Mushroom soup.
I know I may get my 'hound privileges revoked, but that's my wish. Maybe throw in a nice bottle of French Chablis and some guilty pleasure on the tube. Ahhhh, heaven.
mizzdee, actually, a last meal thread already exists...and it was fascinating to read.
dinner with Keith Richards, lunch with Marge Piercy and breakfast at a diner with Charles Bukowski...meals,
dinner: beautifully cooked t bone steak, loads of red wine
lunch: peaches and spinach salad, rum runners and chocolate covered berries
the diner: black coffee, hashbrowns, runny eggs and rice pudding
a girl can dream
eta: this sandwich with any of my guests