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CMU International Dinner Group:

We meet occasionally to share meals with an international theme.  Some of our past evenings have included:

Caribbean
Indian
Italian
Mediterannean
Tapas
 

 

Click here for some of the recipes we've enjoyed

Click here for links to our favorite food- and cooking-related sites

The Gourmet's Love-Song

How strange is Love: I am not one
Who Cupid's power belittles,
For Cupid 'tis who makes me shun
My customary victuals.
Of, Effie, since that painful scene
That left me broken-hearted,
My appetite, erstwhile so keen,
Has utterly departed.

My form, my friends observe with pain,
Is growing daily thinner.
Love only occupies the brain
That once could think of dinner.
Around me myriad waiters flit,
With meat and drink to ply men;
Alone, disconsolate, I sit,
And feed on thoughts of Hymen.

The kindly waiters hear my groan,
They strive to charm with curry;
They tempt me with a devilled bone--;
I beg them not to worry.
Soup, whitebait, entrees, fricasees,
They bring me uninvited.
I need them not, for what are these
To one whose life is blighted?

They show me dishes rich and rare,
But ah! my pulse no joy stirs,
For savouries I've ceased to care,
I hate the thought of oysters.
They bring me roast, they bring me boiled,
But all in vain they woo me;
The waiters softly mutter, 'Foiled!'
The chef, poor man, looks gloomy.

So, Effie, turn that shell-like ear,
Nor to my sighing close it,
You cannot doubt that I'm sincere--;
This ballad surely shows it.
No longer spurn the suit I press,
Respect my agitation,
Do change your mind, and answer, 'Yes',
And save me from starvation.

P. G. Wodehouse (1881)

Food and feasting images courtesy of Maggie Secara's Renaissance Compendium of Common Knowledge



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