The Code of the Woosters, Ch. 5, Part I
Hello, yes, I am slow, but I never give up! Alas writing, like eating, has become a bit fraught for me lately and the appetites for both come and go more than they used to. This chapter’s easy, though! And I’ve actually cooked ahead a bit, so there should be a few more posts up and running soon.
Brandy is such a comforting thing, isn’t it? It’s what cartoon St. Bernards carry around to relieve cartoon avalanche victims, and it’s what I can remember my grandmother rubbing on a cranky teething baby’s gums a million years ago. Parents and grandparents today probably don’t do that any more, do they?
Since I rarely sleep well and go through long stretches of being unable to make it through the night without waking, I’ve instituted a series of nighttime rituals to ease the transition to slumberland. Booze lately just zonks me asleep (an interaction with one of my medications, I think) so I take advantage of that pretty often with a very, very diluted tiny drink before bed, and it seems to help. Sometimes it’s scotch and soda (like 95% soda), but in honor of Bertie & Gussie, I had brandy and soda (with similar proportions). Soda or water or seltzer is lovely with strong liquor — it opens the flavor up and gives each part of the flavor room to maneuver. Very calming and enjoyable.
Did you know that the word brandy comes from the Dutch word brandewijn, which means burnt wine? Now you do! Not a very flattering name, but it’s a soothing drink. I finished off the last nip brandy I had, so I’ll have to pick up a bottle as it sent me off on one of the better night’s sleep I’ve had in ages. A+! Would try again!
Bertie proffers a “brimming beaker” to Gussie in chapter five to soften the blow of some very bad news, despite the fact that teetotalling Gussie retorts that he does not drink brandy. Bertie only seems to get as far as handing the glass over, though, since klutzy Gussie spills the brandy before drinking it. Alas! It might have done him good.
Onward and upward to the more culinarily exciting Chapter 6! Oh and by the way, I spotted some sole, and made sole meunière properly, and it was a bit better, though really any firm, thin fish would do.