EoMEoTE#9 – Prisoner of Fryingpan


Eomeote9logo_1Gosh – has the end of the month rolled around again already?? [Well, that’s what happens when you don’t get your June round-up posted until late July!! – Ed.]  Well, my calendar tells me that July is on its deathbed and that can mean only one thing – it’s time for the End of Month Egg on Toast Extravagaza!  Can you believe we are already in our NINTH edition?  What started out as an in-joke between me and co-founder Anthony of Spiceblog has grown from a quirky private event to a slightly subversive but larger event, to the ovo-litero-culinary fest that it is today!  "Ovo-litero-culinary??" I hear you ask – if you are wondering whether the cheap recreational drugs have affected my brain, fear not!  The "litero" part kind of crept in over the past few months.  It started with ridiculously bad egg-related puns and grew from there to eggy haikus, limericks and drama (yes, I know, I always ovo-dramatise everything…!). 

OK, for newcomers – the basic idea is this:  it’s the end of the month and the cupboard is bare.  All yuo have rattling around in the fridge are the old standbys – eggs and bread.  What are you going to make?  The basic groundrules are very very simple, but each month I add a twist, usually of a literary inclination:

  1. Make a dish using eggs of some description (we have had all kinds of them so far…)
  2. In that dish, also include some form of carbohydrate to which heat has been applied – bread, pancakes, rice cakes, crumbs, cookies, crackers – you name it!  If Atkins bans it, we accept it!
  3. Write up your entry and post a photo on your blog (or send it to me if you don’t have a blog) by about 7 August 2005, making sure you write up your entry according to this month’s theme (see below).
  4. Send me an e-mail or leave me a comment here, including the link to your post.  I will stop being so useless and get the round-up posted within a day or two after that.

OK, Cooksister, say the masses, but what’s the theme??  Well… as the more observant amongst you may have noticed, there is a picture of an egg at the top of this post.  And that egg has a mark shaped like a bolt of lightning.  Why?  Well, because the evil chef Yolkemort killed this egg’s parents in a flash of light (and a lot of feathers and squawking…), but when he turned his attention to our little egg, the evil bounced right off, leaving him with only this scar to remember that dreadful night in the chicken coop…

Ring any bells??  It bloody well should – it’s only the most famous kids’ story in about a squillion years…  Yes, boys and girls, the theme this month is Harry Potter!  How you interpret the theme is up to you.  Name your dish after some aspect/character of the books.  Produce another short dramatic work using Potter-like characters.  Compose a picture of your dish looking suitably Potter-like (I can see it now – "here is the picture of a package.  Underneath it is my egg dish.  That bloody post owl had better improve her aim or her days are numbered!!").  Just let your imagination run wild.  All you have to remember is the eggs and the carbs.  After that, it’s all up to you…

[Thanks to Owen for giving me the idea by pointing me to a fabulous roundup of Harry Potter parodies  **WARNING!  PLOT SPOILER!  DO NOT CLICK IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW!** written for a Guardian newspaper cometition here.]

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  1. says

    Sam, Stephanie,
    Hey, come on, I’m not asking for an exact parody requiring in-depth knowledge of the subtle sub-plots!! If you can come up with a Quidditch Quiche or Eggs on Hogwarts Hash-browns I’d be quite happy! Even if you’ve never read a book or if it’s been ages since you last read one, there is soooooo much out there on the net that a 5 minute trawl will give you some Potter terminology to throw in & the rest you can wing.
    And besides, it could have been worse. I could have asked for something in dactylic pentameter. Or a parody of Beowulf or something…!

  2. says

    “And besides, it could have been worse. I could have asked for something in dactylic pentameter. Or a parody of Beowulf or something…!”
    As Matt said, *that* we could do!

  3. says

    oh my god. just posted, following a recurring meeting reminder in my calendat and obviously completely oblivious of the harry potter theme. but i DID use a pot. or at least a pan. and i work near platform 9 and a half at king’s cross. and am just reading “The bear under the stairs” with Max. Is that good enough?

  4. says

    Well, I’ll be coming out of my cupboard under the stairs, hopping on my Comet 260, and racing against the Dementors to participate in this one! Anyone care to meet at the Leaking Cauldron to talk things over? (God, I’m a geek)

  5. says

    Boy, you sure are adding on to our homework load with this theme! I’m glad you’ve extended the deadline… I’m actually going to use it and put my post up later in the week.

  6. says

    Harry Potter? Argh… I must be the only person who doesn’t dig the lad so much. I’ll have a go, as I qwas given the books for Christmas a few years ago – but only got past the first one.

  7. says

    Be careful what you wish for!! 😛
    I’m glad SOMEBODY like the idea!! I thought it would be nice and non-threatening but apparently next time it has to be an Anglo-Saxon epic poetry theme…!
    Hmm, maybe we could develop that pot theme a bit… And maybe the bear could become an owl. And maybe we could refer to Max as “Harry”, just for a few days. And… [Stop it, you’re scaring the participants!! – Ed.]
    That’s the spirit! I look forward to Hufflepuffing my way through the entries. And I’ll happily meet you at the Leaky Cauldron, as long as you’re buying the butterbeer!
    Hmmm, not sure how Potteresque that is. Now maybe if you made the dish for a Muggle-Westerner, that would be a different story… 😉
    Aww, it’s not THAT much – I am easily pleased with the tiniest effort at following the theme. I am very partial to my “the owl squashed my entry” idea. Sorts out your theme and your picture in one go!! I’m sure you’ll produce a fine contribution as always…
    It’s not that I am his biggest fan either – but he’s pervasive and easy to parody. So basically I am merely showing off my lazy streak!! :-)
    Very very carefully. If the mother catches you poaching eggs form her nest you are TOAST! 😛

  8. says

    um, no, you’re not the only one that hasn’t read the potter stuff. actually, i did read the first one, but that was so long ago, and i THINK i read it while half doped on medications, so i don’t remember a single thing.
    so seven novels later…how old is harry now? and is he STILL in wizard school? omg – i have no idea how to incorporate this literary theme! lol! i thought this was supposed to be the easy eggy event!
    jeanne! next time, babe, how about…dr. seuss?

  9. says

    Hi Elizabeth
    Mad is an understatement… I’ve always found sanity to be waaay overrated!! And as for the Beowulf Edition of EoMEoTE – thank Stephanie 😛 Will have to see what next month brings…!
    Hi McAuliflower
    Too true – I certainly wouldn’t let all of you participate if I didn’t think you were barking mad 😉 Thanks for the post – especially the easy-to-use Muggle translation…
    Hi Sarah
    Hahaha – that’s great! And see – your lack of familiarity with the books wasn’t even an impediment!! LIke I said – just let yuor imagination run wild… Thanks for playing along :)
    Hi Manly Spice
    Hahaha – Dr Seuss and Scandeswedewegian symbolism all in one “video nasty” package. Just one teensy little questionette – which part of toast did you not uinderstand??!

  10. says

    Nothing wrong there, that I can see, Jeanne. Clearly the spicy egg is toast after being under the hammer.
    -Elizabeth, putting Beowulf on hold at the library (there sure is a lot of homework for this event!)

  11. Spittoon.biz says

    End of Month Egg on Toast Extravaganza: Harry Potter Edition.

    Nothing tops a slice of Dragon Bacon with your eggs and toast….

  12. says

    Hey, Jeanne,
    Sorry I’m late but I couldn’t resist. This was really fun; I liked playing with the Harry Potter theme. And I’m gonna put in a vote against Beowolf as next month’s theme…

  13. Blog Carnival says

    Blog Carnival index: EoMEoTE#9 – Prisoner of Fryingpan

    END OF MONTH EGG ON TOAST EXTRAVAGANZA is now up at Cook sister!!