Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Who's coming to dinner?

Being a shameless admirer of all things naff it is no surprise that I love cliches and quotable quotes.  So ingrained is my dag-ness that I think about and store instances when said cliches and quotes could be applied to conversation, so as to appear spontaneous and witty when conversing with my peers. I do this in the hope that after a refined chortle my acquaintance will congratulate me on my impressive incite into the human psyche and ask me to be their friend. Doubtless my (dear, long suffering) friends will attest to being overcome by my power to woo them with said charm....

  All of this got me to thinking...if I could choose a bunch of people to make sweet syntax love to in order to charm them with my witty yet sensitive intellect and ensnare them into my web of friends... who would it be? (the question itself being pretty daggy dinner party conversation) More to the point what would I serve them for dinner? It's not an easy question to answer, I'm sure I could invite loads of people but would they work together ok? Think of the complexities of interactions!  They can't be too brilliant or have been dead for too long... the conversation would be awkward (can you imagine poor Jane Austin sitting next to Russell Brand?) and you wouldn't get past pleasantries, certainly a lot to think about. Oh and you wouldn't want to invite a chef or food critic who wants that kind of judgment when catering for guests!

this is my friend Pickle's pictorial representation of an ideal party

So you see as entertained as I was answering the question and was wondering how other people would answer... If you let me know in the comments section you never know I might feel generous and bake a cake for my favorite....

T get you inspired and give you an opportunity to psycho-analyse me here is my dinner party list:
I chose a theme, I went for made it easier

1. Mark Twain : Source of my favorite quotes, great books and acid wit.
2.  Bill Bryson : I do love a man who shares my passion of reveling in the absurd
3. Salman Rushdie : Beautiful I reckon he wouldn't be afraid to say penis at the table.
4. Oscar Wilde: master of innuendo and a lover of bicycles, what more could you ask for?
5. Leo Tolstoy : I think he and Rushdie would provide an entertaining contrast

As for food... Something hearty and comforting to encourage long conversations, so I was thinking Beef bourguignon served with braised leeks and green beans. Plenty of  red wine and bread as accompaniments and then finish with a selection of tarts and small pastries served with some good port. come to think of it I'm pretty sure Tolstoy was a vegetarian so I'd made a caramelised onion and goats cheese tart too...