“?!?”, quoth I. “That can’t mean what it seems to mean. Brits don’t ever mean what they mean when they use common words. Hence, pickle must be something like Indian pickle, like a chutney.” I was, of course, correct. A quick online search revealed that not only does “cheese and pickle” involve something other than pickled cukes or other, it generally involves Branston’s Pickle (UK… well, it’s probably on every corner).
Another online search revealed that a nearby grocer had it in stock.
“!!!”, quoth I. “I must try this.”
Additional research suggested a hearty bread (check), sharp cheddar (check), a bit of butter (check – this is Wisconsin)
As far as the mechanics are concerned, I think you know the rest of the sandwich process. I would only add that, when you make a sandwich and need to spread something on the bread, always go to the edges. Yes, it makes a difference.
“But Father! But Father!” some of you are saying, what is that … glimpse of ‘CATH’ in the background. Does that stand for “Cathars”?!? We all know you HATE VATICAN II and therefore you must hate Cathars too! They were so mistreated and misunderstood by mean people like you. Who are we too judge? We should celebrate the Cathar centenary!”
You can read the UK’s best Catholic weekly online for a relatively small cost. You get far more than is in the online edition. I think it is a a good idea to keep current with what is going on the Anglophone Church. I guess that also means England. But I digress.
But wait, there’s more.
As you read on, perhaps listen to the theme from the show Endeavour, which reprises the haunting theme of Inspector Morse. Since the next bit involves “priest killing pasta”, this might be just the tune to use. Note the clever use of Morse Code. — — .-. … .
I am starting to experiment with menus for another Supper For The Promotion of Clericalism.
The next time, I think I might make strozzapreti alla puttanesca (some of you will get that, and some won’t).
Begin with anchovies.
The mise en place, or I suppose, “predisposizione” includes a couple kinds of pitted olives, minced garlic, rinsed anchovy fillets, the pasta (strozzapreti), capers, San Marzano tomatoes (thank you, readers!).
A splash of olio nuovo in the pan and start mashing the fishies. The next time I do this, I’ll dice them up first.
I might try with paste the next time.
Add garlic. I never let garlic get too brown. It becomes bitter. Give it some color, but never really dark.
In go the capers.
In go the olives.
WHAT ARE THOSE?
I added cayenne, because I didn’t have any peperoncini.
In goes the mostly cooked pasta. Salt the water sparingly if at all, since the anchovies and capers have salt content.
Give it some time, to finish in the sauce with the addition of a splash of the hot starchy water from the pasta pot. It’s a chemistry thing.
At this point you could add a bit of parsley, but I forgot.
With some ground pepper.
This was outstanding. Will other clerics think so? Good question.
The recipe goes quickly enough that I could make a second version substituting tuna or… not, in a third version.
So, I’m exploring options. My deep gratitude to the reader who sent the strozzapreti from my wish list. Come to think of it, it might have been from a liberal, if you get my drift. Nomen omen, right?
Back to the cheese and pickle sandwich. Would I do this again?
Yes. I am wondering how best to pair it. Tea? Beer? Either? Both?
Finally, some food for the soul, specifically the souls of young people who are being introduced to the traditional Mass. Or even if they know it already!
A reader from across the Pond (who sent the spiffing tea pot which I now use often – thanks), wrote the following:
I visited the Benedictine abbey of St Michael in Farnborough. The monks here are from St Peters Solesmes branch of the family.
They have a good printing press and bee hives. But I found this lovely missal printed in the good old US of A. I bought it for my nephews who serve the UA [TLM] regularly. The boys will love it. Perhaps your readers should be alerted to it.
It starts by saying.
This is the Mass. This is not a “religious service” or a scripture class. This is Heaven on earth: it is where our God comes to us.
As you can see its fabulously laid out. With an index at the back and so easy to appreciate the Mass for anyone trying to understand the Tridentine rite.
Yes, indeed, sir, I know this book well. I have written of it in the past. I know the author. I advertise St. Augustine Academy Press on my left side bar! It is indeed a beautiful book. I warmly recommend it.
Here are some snaps which my correspondent sent. TREASURE AND TRADITION!