Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Turkeys and so forth

by J J Cohen

I'm not a big fan of the stench of cooking birds. I also don't love pumpkin pie. You will think I'm being a fundamentalist when I tell you that vegetables do not belong in desserts. Zucchini bread and carrot cakes are listed among the abominations in Leviticus for a good reason: placed within something sweet as a repast's final course, they become matter out of place. To eat them renders one unclean. And don't even get me started on beets, the only vegetable that, because it oozes blood, is actually a meat.

Happy thanksgiving!

8 comments:

Sarah Rees Jones said...

i just think that eating christmas dinner in November is a classic example of postcolonial queer temporality.

boom, boom!

Jeffrey J. Cohen said...

Considering how much of the English Christmas dinner arrived from the New World, I am going to have to agree!

afarber said...

This is why I spend my Thanksgivings alone, watching TV and eating pasta. It's not a vegetarian-friendly holiday (and don't get me started on that fake meat nonsense). I have to disagree on the dessert part, though. I'd take zucchini bread and pumpkin pie over chocolate cake any day.

Sarah Rees Jones said...

ha ha!

maybe -given my historicism to your queer pocoism - that's why we have reverted to roast beef and Yorkshire pudding (for Xmas).

Happy Thanksgiving, anyway - is it tomorrow? I will be travelling to Bruxelles - eating Belgian - and generally isthmussing.

Chris said...

Pumpkins have seeds, and are therefore fruits.

Now that I've pointed this out to you, you will find them very tasty indeed!

Jeffrey J. Cohen said...

Thank you Chris for throwing my world into turmoil.

tenthmedieval said...

Of course, so by that reasoning are tomatoes (on the Internet no-one knows how you pronounce that) and butternut squash. Whereas rhubarb is a vegetable. True but not necessarily helpful!

Jeffrey J. Cohen said...

Science is supposed to assist us humanists to greater clarity, but here it is only enabling us to bake our tomatoes into sweet cakes and eat squash pudding for dessert.