For the first challenge of the 2013/14 year I read the classic novel Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. For those of you who have read the novel you know that Anne is a wild character who often finds herself in amusing situations.
Upon looking through the novel I noticed that many of her predicaments were related to food. For this reason, and also because Anne seemed to have a particular love of tea ("'I can just imagine myself sitting down at the head of the table and pouring the tea,' said Anne, shutting her eyes ecstatically." pg. 122) I chose to have a tea party and make a couple of Anne's dishes. To begin I brought up the can of "cherry preserves", as Anne would say, from the day Diana was invited to tea. "But you can open the little yellow crock of cherry preserves." pg. 121. From this day, also, I decided to included a bottle of currant wine as it what sends Diana home drunk. "'That's awful nice raspberry cordial, Anne," she said. "I didn't know raspberry cordial was so nice." pg. 124 and "Anne you certainly have a genius for getting into trouble. You went and gave Diana currant wine instead of raspberry cordial. Didn't you know the difference yourself?" pg. 128.
The second item of food I added to the tea party was pudding sauce. "Diana, fancy if you can my extreme horror at finding a mouse drowned in the pudding sauce!" pg. 125. Final at my mini tea party I decided to make homemade ice cream because of Anne's sheer delight of the it. "And Mrs. Superintendent Bell and Mrs. Rachel Lynde are going to make ice cream -- think of it Marilla -- ice cream!" pg. 90 and "And we had the ice cream. Words fail me to describe that ice cream. Marilla, I assure it was sublime." pg. 104.
For those of you who have yet to read Anne's tale I would highly recommend this classic.