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Atlantic Crossing: What’s For Breakfast?

Yesterday I was more in a mood to lay about and watch TV, though after a fashion I wasn’t even into that, as whatever was on I’d seen a dozen times already.  But after resting up and having a late snack, I watched the rain off and on–we did get it–and then started on the next scene.  It wasn’t a lot, mostly because there was research involved, and that always takes up time when I’m putting down words that need to make sense.

It’s almost two hours later and according to my calculations–and measuring things out on a map–they have just passed over Newfoundland and are leaving North America behind and have nothing but water ahead of them for quite a ways.  Since there isn’t much to see–

I checked:  not much out there.

I checked: not much out there.

–that means it’s time to get the kids settled in for the long flight:


The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Two: B For Bewitching, copyright 2015, 2016 by Cassidy Frazee)

The hostesses were going through the aircraft drawing the window shades, and the light were were at about half of normal illumination. Breakfast trays had been retrieved ten minuets earlier, and Annie suspected it wouldn’t be long before their adjustment mixtures were handed out and they’d likely spend the next four to five hours sleeping as their bodies adjusted to the time zones of their homes.

After the immediate sadness they both felt after taking off from Boston their moods lifted considerably, particularly once breakfast was served. She asked for two printsessi, slices of tomatoes, and a large glass of carrot juice, which she’s continued drinking off and on over her B Levels. Not to her surprise Kerry ordered the nearly identical breakfast, drinking mango juice with his meal.

She’s remarked once about a month after returning from Yule holiday that Kerry’s appetite was more like that of a Bulgarian than a Welsh person, there were several things she’d yet to allow him to discover—but she planed on changing that next school level. She wanted him to try lyutenitsa, a traditional relish of tomatoes and spices, the way she ate it at home: spread on bread and sprinkled with sirene cheese, which he would likely recognize as feta cheese.

There was also musaka, made with potatoes and minced pork, and, in her opinion, one of her mother’s favorite dishes. Annie liked to follow that up with a bowl of tarator, the yogurt soup filled with cucumbers, garlic, dill, and walnuts, but this was also a dish she ate nearly every hot day at home—she could even make it herself, and often did when she was in the mood.

It was Annie’s plan to introduce musaka and tarator to Kerry during his first time visiting her in Bulgaria. While that might not happen this year, she hoped that once they could begin using The Foundation jaunt stations, it might not be long before a visit were possible—


And here we go again, with a side tour of Bulgarian Cuisine!  Lyutenitsa is made with peppers, carrots, eggplant, onion, garlic, black pepper, vegetable oil, sugar, and salt, and tomatoes, and that means it’s thick and spicy, and it is apparently a spread that a lot of kids love as a side.  Kerry likes spicy food, though it’s hard to say if he’ll enjoy a chutney like this.  Musaka, or as it is better known, moussaka, and throughout most of the former Ottoman Empire eggplant is used instead of potatoes for layering.  And tarator is made of yogurt, cucumber, garlic, walnut, dill, vegetable oil, and water, and sometimes Bulgarians like to throw in a little vinegar and walnuts, just as Annie indicates she’s had this dish.

It would appear that Annie believes in the old tradition that a way to a boy’s heart is through his stomach, though in Annie’s really cut out the stomach part and just hooked her lifeline into Kerry’s heart and was done with that.  Probably more likely that if she can get him interested in these dishes she’ll never have a problem finding something they can enjoy together.

They aren’t getting any of that now.

It’s about time for lights out.

30 thoughts on “Atlantic Crossing: What’s For Breakfast?

  1. It seems Bulgarian food will take a bit of getting used to. I think I will like lyutenitsa….. it has sugar and salt in it. That’s how Filipinos like it….. and that’s how we mix our salads here at home, as well.

    We also cook ground beef with potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, peppers, green peas, and raisins. ( Raisins give that bit of sweetness to the dish.

    I’m happy Kerry likes mango juice. I love mango juice ! ! I’m not sure about carrot juice, though.

    • Bulgarian food seems to go from heavy to light, mild to spicy, pretty fast. They also have a salad that’s pretty much just cucumbers, tomatoes, and cheese on top. Really simple stuff, when you look at it, but there always seems to be a lot of spices.

      Mango juice I love a lot. It’s one of the best.

      It won’t be long before Kerry starts making his own meals, because he can’t handle take away all the time.

      • We make this all the time…. cucumbers, jicama, tomatoes, a bit of vinegar, sugar and salt. kind od pickled.

        Authentic Filipino food is mostly grilled….. fish stuffed with tomatoes, onions, peppers, salt , then wrapped in banana leaf, then grilled… the food is always wrapped in banana leaf. Filipino food is either very simple or very complicated.

        Our neighbor in the Philippines has 2 huge mango trees growing in their frontyard…… about a third have encroached on our property….. and the law says we can harvest the fruits that are on our property, ha ha ha.

        You should try green mango smoothie.

        Filipino foods are very low to nil on spices. No spices at all. ( bell peppers, max ) We don’t use such stuff as cumin, fennel seeds, etc….. the only stuff we use are bay leaves, pandan, lemon grass……. we use a lot of smelly shrimp paste and fish sauce, ha ha ha.

        • You and Annie would enjoy eating a lot of the same food!

          I know all about shrimp paste and fish sauce, and I’ve wrapped stuff in leaves to grill before. Do you grill close to the flame or well above?

          • If its wrapped in banana leaf, close, otherwise, well above. We grill pork chop or sliced pork that have been marinated in garlic, vinegar, pepper and salt….. then we eat it with fried rice…. very simple dishes , but very tasty….

            The question I ask is, what with Filipinos and vinegar ? There’sa dish of raw fish, filleted , and marinated in vinegar, pepper, onions and garlic….. fish is eaten raw. It’s like a side dish/salad of raw fish. I like it. Vinegar is used to preserve food, especially in barrios and small villages where there are no refrigerators.

            By the way, Filipino stores here in the city sell ” frozen ” banana leaves. Are there Filipino stores in your area.? If there’s one, try the longanisas, chorizos and sausages…. Filipinos make the most delicious sausages ( according to a few Vietnamese, and other Asian friends here ) I don’t like Mexican chorizos… there’s always that chili taste ….

          • We don’t have Filipino stores in our area, I’d probably have to go to Philly or DC to find one. I’ll have to check and try them.

            It seems as if the Bulgarians like their vinegar as well.

          • Here’s a trivia that surprised me. You’dthink California has the largest number of Filipinos in the US….. No,it’s actually Philadelphia.

            I watched an Anthony Bourdain episode of Bulgaria and Romania….. they eat pig’s blood as soup, just like Filipinos, and it’s cooked the same way…. with vinegar ( to neutralize the blood taste ) and bay leaf and oregano. Romania has Dracula…. the Philippines has the aswangs that love to drink blood and eat liver, ha ha ha. is there a connection ? LOL

          • I guess I’ll look for a store in Philly, then.

            You also have nagas and tikbalang, which are pretty messy. I guess this means Annie and Kerry are mangkukulam, since they’ve hurt people wit magic. 😉

          • My impressions of mangkukulam s are they are old, with long , messy, white hair….. very cliché, actually….. I think Harry Potter destroyed that image.

            In the Philippines, though, mangkukulams don’t have to be that old. Most of them are youngish or middle aged. ( I’ve seen Filipino horror movies with mangkukulams…… actually , most of them are mere herbalists, and some do the work of doctors in remote villages. Cassie, to this day, people there still believe in the existence of mangkukulams and aswangs. I don’t know about tikbalangs (half human – half horse ??? )

          • Yeah, tikbalangs are human/horse, but they have a horse’s head and go around raping women.

            I guess, in some ways, Annie and Kerry could be seen as “evil” since they know like four or five ways to kill you, and that’s sort of scary. But they never hurt anyone good–just bad people.

          • Witches ‘ reputation as evil is long gone… they are just people with power, and just like normal people, there are good and evil ones.

            Oh, and some common ones are the manananggals , tiktik. and duendes. They still believe in duendes. Filipinos also believe in ghosts, and the supernatural. That’s why fatasy/ horror/ supernatural stories are big over there.

  2. That means Indonesians also have their own versions of manananggal. Well, Indonesians and Filpinos are of the same stock. Filipinos are of Indo-Malay-Polenesian stock.

    Evil witches in Kerry’s and Annie’s world would be big, big trouble. Good thing there’s a Foundation that can rein in their power.

    What witches can do with that kind of power !

    • The pennegallan is sort of the Chinese version (or Malay, too) of the Manananggal. That creatures seems to be everywhere.

      It will likely be pointed out at some point that The Foundation does keep an eye on it’s students. They can’t watch everyone, but they like to watch their students where possible, and when you’re able to do what A & K do, they are probably watched even more. Annie’s going to bring up that point early in the next novel.

          • She will be on their radar., that’s for sure.

            I’m sure Annie and Kerry, too. Their combined power is just too much. When push comes to shove, who knows what these two can do . We’ve already been shown how Annie can potentially lose it and use her power. I don’t blame her when she almost killed Lisa.

          • And the people at the school *know* how emotional Kerry gets, and we’ve yet to see him angry, so . . . imagine both of them pissed off and together. People might want to stay out of their way.

            Makes you wonder if when Kerry transitions for the first time and starts feeling the effect of estrogen, if they’ll give her something to repress her magical abilities. We already know they can . . .

          • But Kerry’s such a nice/kind person. Lisa and Emma almost got him killed, and yet, Kerry didn’t do anything about it. Emma is still her good buddy. Pffft. Maybe it would be different if it was Annie they tried to harm.

          • Annie probably would have given Emma one shot and that’s it. A lot of racers will say, “The first is free,” meaning they underestimated a person for being a dick on the course. There is not second time.

            Kerry can be angry–we’ve just never seen him that way. Like Annie, when he’s pissed he loses it.

          • I know, right ? Oh my gosh….. I can’t wait to read that. Shocks ! !! ( just the thought of that gives me the heebiejeevies. ) Aaaargh ! ! ! C;mon , Cassie, not in September . That’s more than 90 days ! That’s sheer torture !

          • After I finish the B novel I’ll do a trailer for it, then do a trailer for the C novel. It’s going to be crazy, trying to show stuff without giving it away. The kids are going to have it rough.

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