“Shouldn’t thet title say ‘Recipe Rustlin’’ Kid? Er did ya go an’ change the plan? Agin?”
“No, we’re good ta go. We put the word out fer summer recipes an’ some folks has sent us their receipts.”
“Receipts? Are we payin’ folks fer their recipes, or are they payin’ us? What’s the word Kid?”
“The word could be receipt or recipe. According ta Merriam-Webster
‘Both recipe and receipt derive from recipere, the Latin verb meaning “to receive or take,” with receipt adding a detour through Old North French and Middle English.’
“The dickens, you say!”
“Yep. Receipt’s jist the older version a recipe. In fact, still accordin’ ta Miriam-Webster,
‘The form recipe is the Latin imperative, and its original use, a couple hundred years after receipt, was not in cooking instructions but in prescriptions, where it was used to preface a list of medicines to be combined (as though to say, “take these”). Eventually that word got abbreviated to an R with a line though the leg, which we later would render in print as Rx. So on a doctor’s prescription pad, Rx originally indicated the command to take that which was listed after, and Rx (or the R with a line through the leg) eventually came to serve as the universal symbol for a pharmacy or pharmacist.’
“Well Some good summer recipes— receipts— might be good fer what ails us. Geoff LePard has an innerestin’ one here fer what he calls summer pudding that looks as easy as one, two, three. Says it’s a simple way to use up any surplus summer fruits—strawberries, raspberries, red and black currants, blue berries, etc.”
When needed turn out and eat with cream/ice cream/yoghurt. You can freeze it too.
“Oh, that’s seems yummy, Pal. But it looks like we put dessert first. Here’s a marinade fer some hearty barbecue an’ a substantial an’ tasty macaroni and shrimp concoction from ranch hand and columnist Sue Spitulnik. These two recipes are some a her family’s favorites.”
Bar-b-q Chicken Marinade
2 eggs – beaten well
2 cups brown cider vinegar
2 rounded tablespoons poultry seasoning
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup vegetable oil
Mix all ingredients together, pour over chicken (with skin) to cover
Marinate at least 24 hours
Cook chicken over charcoal fire turning and basting a few times.
Macaroni – Shrimp Salad
1 box macaroni rings – cooked
5 or 6 hard-boiled eggs – chopped
2 cans baby shrimp with liquid
4 green onions – cut in small rings
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons brown cider vinegar
1 teaspoon grated celery seed
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
“An’ all the way from South Africa is Robbie Cheadle’s mielie milk bread recipe, a staple a their braais.”
“Braai means barbecue, Pal.”
Mielie Milk Loaf
4 x 250 ml (4 x cups) self-raising flour (or use plain cake flour and add 2 teaspoons of baking powder)
10 ml white sugar
5 ml salt
1 x 400 gram tin creamy sweetcorn
300 ml low fat milk
15 ml oil
Preheat the oven to 190 C. Grease a loaf tin.
Sift the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.
Add sweetcorn and incorporate. Add the milk and oil and mix well.
Spoon into the loaf tin and bake for 1 hour or until a cake tester comes out clean.
In South Africa, cooking meat, and other things like corn on the cob, over an open fire is popular and traditional. Here it is called a braai as opposed to a barbecue and the meat that is cooked is usually steak, boerewors (a traditional Afrikaans sausage), chicken pieces, and chops.
The men braai and the women make the salads and other side dishes including mielie pap and tomato relish and this delicious mielie milk bread.
“Those recipes all sound real good Kid. Innerestin’ too. But what about our writer? Nuthin’ from her?”
“Shift, Pal, she don’t have too many tricks up her oven mitt. She was gonna share a couple a her father’s pickle recipes, but…
Yep, she was all proud a hersef, was preservin’ her brother’s plethora a picklin’ cukes along with preservin’ her father’s legacy fer fine pickles. Thought that was a fine thing ta do, what with him gittin’ on in years an’ all. Was gonna organize this treasure chest too. Reckon if she don’t find them pieces a lined paper he writ on she’s gonna have ta go back an’ ask fer the secrets all over agin.”
“Hmmf. Makes ya wunner what her receipts file looks like.”
“No. It don’t. Speakin’ a recipes an’/or receipts, here’s more from Merriam-Webster:
The sense of receipt that we know today—that of a statement documenting the receiving of money or goods—began in the 16th century, and by the 17th century, both words were referring to cooking instructions. While recipe is the preferred word for that meaning today, the memory of being handed down “a receipt for cookies” does get handed down—like a beloved recipe—from older generations:
I was after a recipe (or “receipt,” as my mother called them) for corn bread that came from the heart of the Old South.
— Theron Raines, Gourmet, May 1988
Her receipts, as she insists on calling them (rightly, too), are in the best tradition of New England cooking, often rich perhaps in eggs and cream, but not exotic…
— The New York Herald Tribune Books, 13 Dec. 1942
“Reckon when our writer does git aroun’ ta rootin’ through thet recipe box a hers she’s gonna stir up some memories a people an’ places from her past. I know she’s been purty selective ‘bout what she collects fer thet box. There’s stories in there.”
“Yep, our fav’rite foods come with stories, Pal, ‘sociations. Mebbe some a our Saloon patrons’ll leave a recipe or a family food story in the comments.”
“What d’ya say folks? D’ya call it recipe er receipt where ya come from? D’ya have a old family recipe been handed down over generations? D’ya have a favorite cookbook or one a these file card boxes?”
Brined in 99
The cucumbers are cut lengthways and set in a crock of brine. Like him, the crock and its contents are a presence. His grandkids love or hate his infamous sour pickles. They goad one other, laugh through watering eyes as their faces twist and pucker. Some claim to like them and go back for seconds.
The Old Man’s bent walk is more labored, the slicing and onion dicing more challenging for his swollen hands, yet each summer he pickles. His progeny find the crock in its place, solid and reliable, pickles sour yet surrounded by sweet memories. Like him.
If asked, Pal & Kid will deny that they spill from the pen of D. Avery. They claim to be free ranging characters who live and work at Carrot Ranch and now serve up something more or less fresh every Monday at the Saddle Up Saloon. If you or your characters are interested in saddling up to take the stage as a saloon guest, contact them via email@example.com.