Full of Complex Carbohydrates and MicroNutrients

I am a novelty to many (and I'm fine with that).
I have a very silly sense of humor usually riddled with malapropisms (and I'm fine with that, too).
I ask too many questions of Life and I expect all the answers.
I trust people too easily when I shouldn't; however, I respect everyone regardless…unless they do something to make me think twice.
I don't cheat. I am tactful yet will give the truth up front (and never mean to hurt anyone's feelings with it).
I like to help the people who have helped me, and even those who have not.
I never forget... but sometimes I misplace things.
I never lose hope.
I am awesomely blessed for the people who have come into my life, and I am blessed for the people who have left because I realize I didn't need them anyway.
I honestly feel that laughter is the best medicine you can have.
I believe in being strong when everything else seems to be going wrong.
I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles. In other words, I'm human, and definitely not perfect.
But tomorrow is another day, and there's so much cheese to be had...
(thank you to Ranae S. for this bit of inspiration!)

Please click often! It's free, and it helps our animal friends in shelters

The Animal Rescue Site

Everyone, get up and dance now!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas to All, and to All, a Fruitcake!

I’m bordering on hysteria when I think about admitting my shameful secret. It’s something that could potentially render me a laughingstock among my peers and blogreaders alike, but I believe in confession being good and cleansing for the soul, so here goes:

I loves me a fruitcake.

I’m talking about the actual food, not the derogatory English slang for a person of questionable mental capacity, though after you read this, you may harbor serious doubts about mine.

But here’s how it all happened.

Poopy and I were grocery shopping last week and happened upon a rather large basketful of colorful fruitcakes in the store aisle, making a few disparaging remarks and jokes as we sauntered past the display. We pride ourselves in being a very stalwart couple where trying new foodstuffs is concerned, and he toyed with the idea of actually purchasing one. 

Poopy’s far more adventurous than me, having tried actual haggis at a Scottish festival here a few years ago, plus he actually likes liver and onions (retch!), which, along with other nauseating organ meats, are verboten in the house, so for him to try a fruitcake was, well, a piece of cake.

After about a minute or so of bantering back and forth of “Really? You wanna try it, too?” we settled on a colorful variety made in Georgia by the Claxton Fruitcake Company (World famous since 1910 it said on the label, which was all the convincing I needed). I picked it up and was awestruck at its weight – it seemed heavy enough to wield as a cudgel. 

(Can you imagine the police report? “Victim was bludgeoned to death by a holiday cake.”)

As everyone knows, there are a lot of jokes about fruitcakes, the most well-known claiming there being only one on earth which makes its way around to each and every home, where the last recipient sends it off (or “re-gifting” as it was called on Seinfeld) to the next unwitting recipient. In all actuality, it has honorable beginnings, being a sort of autumn ceremonial cake replete with all the fruits of the harvest that was stored and eaten during the winter. And the Victorians? Well, they were enamored of their fruitcakes!

Yet in spite of its humble origins, The Hubby and I were outright horrified at the caloric-overload of the thing. Good common sense told us to run like hell, but like the denseness of a black hole pulling in objects around it, we were drawn back into its orbit. So in spite of the knowledge that close to four hundred carb-laden calories per slice (enough to sustain a small family in any third world country!) were at stake to indulge in this sinful creation, we stuck with our decision to try it.

Surely, I thought on the drive home, it will induce diabetes at the first bite, but we nonetheless tossed caution to the wind and purchased the stout log.

Now, let it be known that this was the first one I have ever paid to own. I vaguely recall many decades ago sampling a single slice at a holiday party and being utterly repulsed by it (think of the scene in the movie BIG when Tom Hanks spits out the caviar into his napkin and you get an idea of how I felt at the time about my mouthful of fruitcake), but buying one? Never. At least never, up till that day last week.

It languished on the counter but a few days before I said to The Hubby one night after dinner, “Well, are you up for a small slice?” He was game and thus our gastronomical adventure was about to begin.

Carefully slicing off a few thin chunks, I watched as they fell over off the loaf in slow-motion, all the butter and grease and fruity goo holding each and every diabolical crumb together before it hit the plate with a soft ploop sound. I picked up a sticky slice and examined it closely: lots of unidentifiable fruit pieces crammed in there, jostled up against one another, and so very many hunks of nuttage as well. There were many different colors, too, including what can only be described as nuclear green and clown blue. I had to wonder, where in the world do green maraschino cherries grow? Like George Carlin before me speculating where they kept the blue food, I pondered the same thing of the otherworldly-tinged Whatever Berry I was struggling to identify. I tentatively bit into the slice and chewed cautiously. Its overall consistency was more Gummi Bear than fresh fruit, but still not altogether unpleasant to masticate. 

                                              Let the Bacchanalia begin!

However, the overall sweetness of the concoction was tooth-achey in every way. My salivary glands squirted in frenzied overtime, trying to break down the sugary bolus as best they could before I could swallow it down the ol’ gullet.

I’m of the mind that if something this sweet is good, why not make it even better by adding some nice fine booze to it (like Kahlua over ice cream, y’know?). And that I voiced to dear Hubby O’ Mine, who piped in with “Let’s douse it with some Sailor Jerry’s rum.”

                                            Sodden drunk cakey goodness!
Well hey, no need to twist my little freckled arm.  A good few jiggers of the dark spiced rum later, and we found ourselves gobbling down several more thick slabs of the sodden cake until, suddenly, there was a definite and very heavy sickness to our stomachs. Ever eat too much Halloween candy and then get that sugar overload shock to your system? Yeah, well, that’s what it felt like. Should’ve quit while we were ahead (I’ll stoically insert a self-deprecating remark about ‘experience coming five seconds after you need it’ and be done with it) but it was all in the name of science. Or culinary adventure… eh, I dunno.

But I’ll tell you, I’m darn proud that I overcame the hurdle of such a maligned societal victual, and freely admit that, yes, I liked it. The loaf disappeared rather quickly over the course of a few short days. And I find myself suddenly craving it now. Dear God, please help me…

However. The same sentiment will never be said of liver and onions, so don’t get your hopes up, Poopy.


CatLadyLarew said...

Now I know exactly to whom I can re-gift the fruitcake! Hope you have a wonderful liver and onion-free day!


The Quirk Shop said...

I knew I'd make you laugh at my tale o' the Fruitcake! Can I ever hold my head up high again in this town now having admitted I genuinely *liked* it??? And yes, 'twas a day gloriously free of liver and onions. Hope you had a great holiday too!

SquirrelQueen said...

I grew up in Georgia and my dad loved this brand of fruitcake, too sweet for my taste. My hubby also thinks fruitcake is wonderful. Maybe a little spiced rum would change my mind.

Not to gross you out but I do like liver and onions.


The Quirk Shop said...

LOL! I guess more people love fruitcake than they're letting on it seems. The Claxton brand was very good and yes, quite sweet. Perhaps I should try a few other brands. Sorry hon - I can't share your love for the ol' liver & onions, tho I have tried it a couple times! Have a great New Year.

Mark said...

Let me assure you all, having partaken of "pohn-day-ghee" ("silkworm") & fried squid in S. Korea; Greek-style octopus in Würzburg, Germany; canned haggis at the Highland Festival at Triune, TN; chopped chicken liver patte the centerpiece of eastern European Jewish cuisine; the aforementioned calf's liver and onions; over a decade and a half's worth of military field rations since the days of the "C's" in 1978; traditional German "Schmaltzbrot" (bread slathered with lard) at Christmas season at Rothenberg o.d. Tauber; & fresh rattlesnake cooked over an open fire in El Paso, TX, (to name a few) a little store-bought fruitcake was just another day in the life.

The Quirk Shop said...

And there you have it from Poopy himself! XOXO

Mark said...

I just had to come back and read this one more time...