Clear, fine & not hot.
Brown, warm & over easy.
I guess he’s just ordering his breakfast:
Two eggs. Sunnyside up & undercooked.
Days like this bring joy:
Weather in balance, two eggs –
The simple pleasures
EGGS OVER EGGS
Let us not forget that this man is recovering from both a gunshot to the throat and from TB.
He is also dealing with the aftermath of fighting in a war.
He has been forced to accept a donation from an anonymous benefactor in order to finance his stay in Marrakech. He is on the edge of fame but is not famous and is actually rather poor.
He is writing a novel (Coming Up for Air) but is by no means certain of its publication.
And he can foresee more than most the implications of what is to come.
I think this diary is mainly a way to relax/escape and indulge his interest in the timelessness of the natural world. The excerpts from the real world seem at present to be things that break in only when he can’t justify keeping them out.
It will be interesting to see if this pattern continues as war approaches.
1/2 t. salt
large dash nutmeg
1 t. capers
1 t. chopped parsley
1/2 t. chopped chives
1/8 t. pepper
2 anchovy fillets, chopped very fine
Separate 4 of the eggs; beat the whites with a dash of salt until they form stiff peaks. Beat the yolks with a dash of salt and nutmeg; while beating, add capers, parsley, chives, pepper, and anchovy fillets. Butter a shallow casserole and in its bottom place the 4 remaining eggs, broken into a saucer one at a time and slid into place so the yolks are intact. Fold the beaten yolks into the whites and pour over the whole eggs in the bottom of the baking dish. Bake 20-25 minutes in a preheated 350 degree (F) oven. Serves 4
From The Delectable Egg, by Mel Marshall, Trident Press, NY, 1968. This recipe said to have been developed by Alexandre Dumas.
zenomax: He is writing a novel (Coming Up for Air) but is by no means certain of its publication.
I think it had been pretty much agree that this was going to be published by Victor Gollancz. In fact the following year, on the way home, they only stopped off in London long enough to drop the complete manuscript off with Gollancz.
Clearluy not poached, then.
zenomax and timothy: your posts much appreciated. Thank you.
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