Thursday, 14 March 2013

Little Red Birthday-hood.

In honour of my 23rd Birthday I am treating you to a very special re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood - my favourite tale! This re-write takes the form of a recipe and I think it is just wonderful.



Journeybread Recipe

  1. In a tupperware wood, mix child and hood. Stir slowly. Add wolf.
  2. Turn out onto a lightly floured path, and begin the walk home from school.
  3. Sweeten the journey with candied petals: velvet tongues of violet, a posy of roses. Soon you will crave more.
  4. Knead the flowers through the dough as wolf and child converse, tasting of each other's flesh, a mingling of scents.
  5. Now crack the wolf and separate the whites - the large eyes, the long teeth - from the yolks.
  6. Fold in the yeasty souls, fermented while none were watching. You are too young to hang out in bars.
  7. Cover, and, warm and moist, let the bloated belly rise nine months.
  8. Shape into a pudgy child, a dough boy, lumpy but sweet. Bake half an hour.
  9. Just before the time is up - the end in sight, the water broken - split the top with a hunting knife, bone-handled and sharp.
  10. Serve swaddled in a wolfskin throw, cradled in a basket and left on grandmothers doorstep.
  11. Go to your room. You have homework to be done. You are too young to be in the kitchen, cooking.

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