Lady B is running around like a chicken without a head, not that she appreciates that particular expression to describe HER. But it is a good introduction to what she’s working on today, which is the menu for the dinner before the big ball.
Lady B: We must have all of my favorite holiday foods. Apple pie, pecan tarts, pumpkin pie.
Sabrina: All of those sound very American to me.
Lady B: I must admit that after your American Thanksgiving, I insisted the cook learn to make American pies. As much as I adore mincemeat and trifle and all of our British standard fare, when it comes to culinary treats, I am an explorer. Well, indeed, I suppose in the very near future, I shall be exploring far beyond the realm of food. Did I show you the new luggage I bought for Lord B?
Sabrina: Yes. Quite handsome. I am also noticing that all the food items you have mentioned are desserts.
Lady B: They are. I have chosen to structure my dinner differently this year. I am going to do it in reverse, where we start with desserts and end with the first course.
<< squawk >> Lobster patties << squawk >>
Lady B: Yes, Albert. There will still be lobster patties.
Sabrina: This sounds very modern. Where did you get this idea from?
Lady B: I saw them in one of those monthly journals you authoresses are always leaving about. I believe this one is entitled Gourmet, or Food and Wine or Saveur. I can’t recall. In any event, I want to do something that will be remembered.
Sabrina: Everything you do is fabulous, Lady B.
Lady B: It is, isn’t it? Hmm, so odd, Miss Darby. I often think of you as aggravating but at the moment I cannot remember why. You are quite delightful.
It’s only taken me two years but I finally have Lady B’s approbation and it only took one well-placed compliment. I think this dinner is going to be divine, and will tax all my no refined sugar aspirations. What about all of you? What will you be having for the holidays? Any special traditions that you are keeping or breaking?