12.179 A Weiner Roast

Cycle 12 – Item 179

3 (Sat) July 2021

A Weiner Roast


by me

at the cabin

-Changchon, Seowon, Hoengseong, Gangwon, Republic of Korea-

with IZ, MtG + S

Newbery 100 Medals, 100 Meals (53) (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.

I realize that this photo looks photo-shopped, but it’s completely untouched.

Up a Road Slowly (1967) by Irene Hunt.  Despite what the cover of the Berkley 2005 paperback edition might suggest, it is not a teen romance novel.  The book is about Julie, who is sent to live with her Aunt Cordelia in the country, along with her brother and sister, when their mother dies (off-page, everyone apparently has agree that the widowed father isn’t up to the task of raising the kids).  The story follows Julie – the brother and sister eventually move off as they grow up – from age 7 to 17.

It was fine.  As an extended Bildungsroman – the title, presumably, referring to the protagonist’s journey through adolescence – Julie learns to deal with school, friends, boyfriend (a little romance), family lost, and family gained;  but above all, Julie comes to love and appreciate Aunt Cordelia – the end.

Among the millions of local sausage brands available at E-Mart, I went with the one by producer Dong Won that had the words “WIENER” on the packaging.

Wiener Würstchen is a German sausage.  Typically made of ground pork in a light casing, shaped long and thin, sometimes smoked.  The term or a derivation thereof – which means “Viennese (Wiener) sausage (Würstchen)” – is commonly used throughout western Europe, except in Vienna, where the same type of sausage is likely to be called “Frankfurter Würstl.”  In America, hotdogs are alternatively referred to as “wiener/weiner/frankfurter/frank,” while “Vienna sausage” refers specifically to the mushy stubby things in cans.

On a rainy evening, I broke out the grilled just to accomplish this arrangement.

Aunt Cordelia is the town’s schoolteacher.  Julie and her brother Chris, and their neighbor Danny Trevort, are students at Aunt Cordelia’s small white schoolhouse.

[paraphrased in part]

Twice a year, we got a half holiday during which time we helped Aunt Cordelia wash and polish the windows, scrub the floor, wash and wax the decks.  She never failed to thank us for our help, and now and then, as a special treat, Danny would be asked to spend the evening with us and there would be a weiner roast or a fried chicken dinner in payment for our janitorial services.

SPOILER: Julie and Danny end up together, hoping to be married someday.   (I could imagine a sequel covering the next 10 years, including college, job, marriage, children.)

On the second batch, I figured out a better way to skewer the sausages so that they stayed flat and cooked evenly.

The weiners turned out quite nicely.  Slow-roasted over coals, the skins got crispy and caramelized, with strong smoky flavor.  The insides were juicy and pleasantly salty, though otherwise kinda bland.  The kids loved them, both batches gone in seconds.

As anticipated, the garden was overrun, both with produce and weeds.
I can never have too much chicory.


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