Saturday, 8 October 2016

Hospitality To Odysseus

We have not had any food for a while. When Odikweos/Odysseus visits Isketerol of Tartessos:

an Egyptian-made ebony table inlaid with ivory and faience;
tunny baked with goat-cheese;
squid fried with garlic and olive oil;
chickens on spits;
roast potatoes;
tomatoes;
avocadoes;
fresh bread;
wine;
chocolate cake;
scents of perfumed resin and jasmine;
cool evening air.

SM Stirling, On The Oceans Of Eternity (New York, 2000), Chapter Four, p. 70.

Addendum: Evidence of trans-Atlantic trade. See Comments.

6 comments:

  1. Kaor, Paul!

    And of course Isketerol learned about avocadoes, potatoes, tomatoes, and chocolate from the Nantucketers. Here we see a feast worthy of Nicholas van Rijn!

    Sean

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    1. Sean,
      Yes. I was about to add an Addendum to the effect that this menu results from trans-Atlantic trade.
      Paul.

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    2. Kaor, Paul!

      I should have thought of that expression as well. That these new foods were introduced to Europe by the new trans-Atlantic trade springing up after Nantucket "appeared."

      Sean

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  2. *Ahem* Curse you, Paul, for putting that picture of chocolate cake here! I'm ALREADY having trouble trying to diet!

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    1. David,
      I am wild about the roast potatoes as well.
      Paul.

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    2. Kaor, David!

      Ha! I sympathize! I've been trying to lose weight too! (Smiles)

      Sean

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