Friday, December 18, 2015

On the Road: An Elemental Thanksgiving

His life was gentle, and the elements
So mixed in him that
Nature might stand up
And say to all the world,
"This was a man!"

- Mark Antony, eulogizing Brutus in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

Humblest apologies for not reporting on our marvelous Thanksgiving holiday sooner.  We spent the holiday in Worcester, Massachusetts with our dear friends, English Prof and The Playwright.  Our hostess, drawing inspiration from the poem "Four Elements" by Anne Bradstreet, proposed a multi-course meal celebrating fire, water, earth and air.  While she and my wife worked their usual magic in the kitchen, the purple penguin supplied artwork, The Playwright and I the soundtrack.  The highlights...

Roasted pumpkin soup with roasted poblanos


Lobster with hollandaise, cucumber and Asian pear


Root vegetable gratin with sauteed oyster and hen of the woods mushrooms




Our amazing meal ended with the perfect synthesis of all elements:

Pumpkin, pecan and apple


  1. Love the way you have set up the dinner. Art by daughter, food and music. Perfect.
    Thank You for posting this.

    cheers, parsnip

  2. So you're saying pie is the fifth element?

    1. There were two schools of thought on that. Some might say yes but I prefer to think of pie as the synthesis of the four. Regardless, they're yummy.

  3. Looks like you had a fabulous Thanksgiving. Loved the pictures and the music. :) Now I am hungry!

  4. How wonderful! I love the elemental theme, especially the goose representing "Air". Thanks for sharing!