Cycle 12 – Item 169
23 (Wed) June 2021
Some Frankfurters, Cut Up and Mixed with Sour Cream, and Little Chunks of Cheese
-Changgok, Sujeong, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-
with DJ and IZ
Newbery 100 Medals, 100 Meals (52) (see 100 NEWBERY M&Ms)
While reading the 100 books that have been awarded the annual Newbery Medal since 1922, I will also attempt to create one dish for every book, a dish that is directly referenced in or indirectly inspired by the events of the book. Food plays a strong role in many of the stories; not surprising as the characters in most of the books are faced with adversity of some sort, including poverty, so they’re often very hungry and thus grateful whenever they get a bite to eat – as we all should be at every meal (i.e., give us this day our daily bread). The dishes will be featured as posts on Give Me This Day.
Shiloh (1992) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Set in the small town of Shiloh, West Virginia, the book is about 11-year-old Marty Preston, who finds an abused dog, names him Shiloh, and keeps him hidden from the abusive owner.
I liked it. As a Bildungsroman, Marty struggles with the burden of lying to his parents, and the owner, in order to prevent further abuse on Shiloh, suggesting that real-life ethical dilemmas are not always so black and white in their resolution. A classic Newbery morality tale. IZ likes to use the book as precedent whenever he gets busted for fibbing.
Between 2 references to food in the book, chicken salad sandwiches would’ve been pretty good, but I went with the frankfurters because they’re made for the dog and thus seemed more meaningful. However, the idea of “some frankfurters, cut up and mixed with sour cream, and little chunks of cheese” didn’t seem very appealing, so I’d been procrastinating.
[paraphrased in part]
Next two days go by smooth as buttermilk. Shiloh gets biscuits or toast and a couple bites of ham for breakfast, and then in the evening, I fix him up some frankfurters, cut up and mixed with sour cream, and little chunks of cheese. He don’t much like the cheese. It sticks to his teeth and he turns his head sideways when he chews, trying to get it off. Licks his chops afterwards, though.
The recent series of cilantro-related dishes (see generally 12.161 783 Grams of Cilantro) inspired me to make nachos, based on a black bean bake that I’ve been practicing lately (see 12.084 Cheesy, Spicy Black Bean Bake), while incorporating frankfurters and sour cream and cheese as components.
It ended up something of a mess, mainly because I hadn’t sufficiently thought out which parts needed to be cooked in what order, and I didn’t have enough real cheese so I poured on some “nacho cheese” at the end, but it tasted okay, even though we needed forks.
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)