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FIRE-CHARRED POTATO

Some of the black crust falls away and Stan sees theres a beautiful white inside, and now theres steam mixed with the smoke and it smells delicious. A potato! he whispers. Correct, says the bloke. Its a spud. Stan lifts it to his mouth and nibbles, and he tastes the soft creamy smokiness of it. He looks at the faces around the fireHe eats again. Its the loveliest thing hes ever tasted (76-77).

FIG ROLLS! WOW! I like to nibble the top of the biscuit off first, then chew away the lovely figgy stuff (its lovely slooched around inside the mouth with chocolate milk), then eat the bottom bit ( ).

CHINESE TAKEOUT 27 & 53 WITH BROWN ALE


Aspirin, *Michael+ said, And number 27 and 53. Spring rolls and pork char sui (28). Food of the gods, *Skellig+ said. I squeezed through the tea chests to his side, held the tray for him, and he hooked the food out with his finger. He slurped and licked and chewed (53). Brown ale. Sweetest of the nectars (55).

SAVELOY DIP
with everything

David Almond often casts a small spotlight on a characters favorite food. The food is never four-star cuisine, but always a humble, local staple. Rather than to romanticize food, the overarching motif serves to spark thinking about and further certain themes in his work: 1) Appreciation of the little things. In Skellig, the winged man departs, Thank you for 27 and 53. Thank you for giving me my life again (168). He lumps the delivery of Chinese food leftovers with Michael and Minas life-saving interventions aspirin for his arthritis; relocation to a safer shelter suggesting that small acts of kindness are underestimated. The characters get excited about their favorite foods and savor them, reminding us that eating them is a privilege, reminding us to appreciate them.

2) The idea of heaven on Earth. In Slogs Dad, the father exclaims heavin is a particular kind of sandwich, which naturally leads one to reflect on the fact that man often envisions heaven as an abundance of earthy things. So by extension if heaven is here on earth already, in forms such as favorite foods, is it really so implausible to think that heaven could be found on earth in other (bigger) ways like say the earthly visitation of an angelic father?

Now its your turn! Write your favorite food on a piece of paper provided. Fold it up and drop it into the purple bucket. You do not need to include your name. Next time you order or cook your favorite food, perhaps pause just for a moment and appreciate your ability to do so.
Our Examples:

JACKIE: Burnt Popcorn

Popular Culture Examples:

Our Examples:

Ezra Pound in Pretty Little Liars: Boysenberry Pie and Beer

FIRE-CHARRED POTATO
Some of the black crust falls away and Stan sees theres a beautiful white inside, and now theres steam mixed with the smoke and it smells delicious. A potato! he whispers. Correct, says the bloke. Its a spud. Stan lifts it to his mouth and nibbles, and he tastes the soft creamy smokiness of it. He looks at the faces around the fireHe eats again. Its the loveliest thing hes ever tasted (76-77).

FIG ROLLS! WOW! I like to nibble the top of the biscuit off first, then chew away the lovely figgy stuff (its lovely slooched around inside the mouth with chocolate milk), then eat the bottom bit ( ).

Chinese 27 & 53 with Brown Ale


Asprin, [Michael] said, And number 27 and 53. Spring rolls and pork char sui (28). Food of the gods, [Skellig] said. I squeezed through the tea chests to his side, held the tray for him, and he hooked the food out with his finger. He slurped and licked and chewed (53). Brown ale. Sweetest of the nectars (55).

Saveloy Dip
with everything