Yesterday was World Hunger Day. 1 billion people hungry! We decided to add two more in solidarity. Just for the day…. We joined the benevolent folk of FoodBankSA, paid our donations and dove into our twelve-hour fast.
It’s amazing how indignant the brain can become when it knows there’s no food coming in. On any normal day, missing a meal may go unnoticed. Call it a fast and your bellies bellowing out like a foghorn from the time you’ve swallowed your last mouthful. We groaned our way through the day and by sunset the rumble had stilled to a dull humming. So we decided to defy the desire and push through to the next morning. 24 hours of water.
Some of you may know Alexandre Dumas as the author of The Three Musketeers and the Count of Monte Cristo. He was also, unbeknownst to many today, a formidable gastronome and masterful cook. In his book, Dictionary of Cuisine, he masterfully describes the three sorts of appetite:
1. Appetite that comes from hunger. It makes no fuss over the food that satisfies it. If it is great enough, a piece of raw meat will appease it as easily as a roasted pheasant or woodcock.
2. Appetite aroused, hunger or no hunger, by a succulent dish appearing at the right moment, illustrating the proverb that hunger comes with eating.
The third type of appetite is that roused at the end of a meal when, after normal hunger has been satisfied by the main courses, and the guest is truly ready to rise without regret, a delicious dish holds him to the table with a final tempting of his sensuality.
By the end of our 24-hour fast, my mind was well and truly tricked. I was indeed ready to eat a roasted woodcock.
Fortunately for the woodcock, and my own vegetarianism, I managed to slip into appetite 2 with a succulent dish appearing just at the right moment. Spinach pie!
Here is the recipe my lovelies!
2 x red pepper
a handful of chopped fresh herbs. I used sage and thyme
320g chopped spinach
Some grated cheese. I used goats milk cheddar
Finely chop the red pepper. Flash fry with the fresh herbs in olive oil.
Toss into a casserole/pie dish.
Add the chopped spinach
Beat together the eggs and cream
Add some salt and pepper
Pour over the spinach mix
Cover with grated cheese
Bake in the oven at 180 ° c for 12-15 minutes until golden brown
Note about illustration above: Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski has worked in satirical illustration since 2004, specializing in thought-provoking images that make his audience question their everyday lives.