Friday, April 11, 2014

Green Beans - Use Your Words - April 2014

Here we are, that time again...and with so many request, YES Pearl and William are returning. How long will I be able to keep this up, I have no idea. But if the UYW fall correctly I'll keep going and if not, I may just keep the story moving on my own. Stay tuned!
Pearl and William part 1
part 2

My words are: 
impoverished ~ poached ~ bordelaise ~ garnish ~ blanch ~ zest
They were submitted by:

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

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At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.    

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:

Hearing the wagon made her heart leap. Stopping herself, Pearl took a deep breath and went about her work. It was some time before Abe and William came into the house and Cousin Sara had begun to look at her with great concern. Chiding herself for being so furhoodled, she continued to set about the days work trying desperately to avoid the window.

As the noon day approached and the meal was almost ready, Abe and William came in to the house. Turning to see William standing there, Pearl lost her breath. Ach but he was such a handsome man and she immediately saw the twinkle in his eye as he tipped his hat to her and Sara before removing it.

She was so glad she had found a hidden stash at Cousin Sara's, who would have known that before the babies came along she was a cook and had hidden cookbooks! Ach! if Mama knew she was reading cookbooks and fixing Englisch food she'd get such a talkin' too. But since arriving Pearl had learned to poach eggs, which Abe loved, and garnish the meals with zest and some flowers from the garden. Blanch she had learned was something they did often before putting vegetables up for the winter, but Mam always called it parboiled. There was one recipe that always caught her attention, even though she knew it was wrong and she prayed to God fer forgiveness...bordelaise. A gravy made with wine, how unchristian-like of her.

After the noon meal and cleaning up, she and Cousin Sara sat outside in rockers. The men had returned to barn, if that's what you wanted to call it. Oh if Papa could see the impoverished farm, he'd give Abe a talkin' too like he had never had. Shameful is what it was. Not wanting to dwell on the poor conditions of her cousins home and farm she looked down at her lap, full of clothes that needed mending, a never ending task and set about her work.

No sooner had she started when the men approached them. Cousin Abe spoke first, "Pearl, William hear would like to speak with ya and I think it is might fine" winking at Cousin Sara. She blushed and continued to be about her work. This was wonderful, because when Pearl first arrived Cousin Sara was in bed with such baby blues she thought surely she would die.

Putting aside her work, Pearl rose and walked with William. After they had walked for some time, he cleared his throat.

Pearl, please forgive me, I know ya might be thinking I'm a tease, please forgive my language, but ya see, I knew in order for things to be right, I needed to contact your Pa. Pearl stopped walking and caught her breath. William stopped to look at her, those eyes...

"I wrote to ya Pa and have talked with Abe. I must do right by ya Pearl and I have gotten ya Pa and Ma's blessing to court ya right. So if you'll have me, I'd like to be coming round to see ya on Sunday's they ain't no preaching. Oh there was that smile...

All she could do was nod her head like some dazed little school girl. William then went on, "Pearl, your Pa and my Pa done talked, and they be thinking that cause of our age and all, and the fact that both us done and joined church, we can go ahead and make our announcement without waiting the usual year, but I'd have to hear ya say you'd have me first." He smiled again and she melted, wait to hear me say it she thought, oh I'd scream it if it wasn't so unladylike, surely Mama would have her hide.

Looking up at him and those eyes, Pearl smiled and said "have ya? Oh William I'd be so honored to be your bride, if that's what yer asking."

William reached for her hand, squeezed it ever so gently and said "jah Pearl, my bride". 

If you're interested in a simple Pennsylvania Dutch recipe, try these green beans.

Green Beans
  • bacon slices, chopped
  • medium onion, chopped
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, cleaned, cut in half, and blanched (see Note)
  • large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook bacon and onion 6 to 8 minutes, or until bacon is crisp. Add the remaining ingredients and cook 8 to 10 minutes, or until beans are tender. Serve immediately.
    To blanch, cook the green beans in boiling water 3 to 5 minutes, drain, then plunge into cold water.

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