Soljanka Soup

Puréed carrot and potato in the form of the Canadian flag.

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Copyright © 2015, Michael M Wayman

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Bigtown's newest restaurant, the first Canadian restaurant in town, The Maple Leaf. I'm sure we all know one another, so I'm not going to do introductions. We are at the time called “between the years”, the carnival year has just ended on Ash Wednesday and the new one starts after Easter. It's time for some new ideas.

Betty has had a wonderful new idea, but she can't tell you about it as you know, however Mrs Tinge and the President of the Four Crosses Carnival Club are going to explain it to you; but first things first, the first course.

Soljanka Soup and a glass of white Korn Schnapps. Cheers! Seated round the table in the private Ottawa Room were Mrs Pearson, Mrs Tinge with Betty on her lap, the President of the Four Crosses Club, the President of the Acorn Club, the President of the Five Rings Club, the President of the Sycamore Club and the Mayor of Bigtown.

Speaking as the President of the Four Crosses Club I can say that one person in particular has in the last ten years brought much fame and success to my club, with her wonderful dancing and her purification of our membership. Thank you Betty!

And not only to my club; but also to the Acorn Club, the Five Rings Club and the Sycamore Club. And further to the great town of Bigtown and indeed to the whole country. She has converted the nasty and driven out the evil, her methods have been valiant and she has been successful. Bravo Betty!

Just a year ago Betty successfully persuaded the four clubs and the mayor to select Mrs Pearson and her wife as Princess Anna the Thirteenth and Prince John the Hundred and Sixty-Ninth. At last a carnival princess and prince pure of heart.

As carnival princess and prince, Mrs Pearson and Mrs Tinge have been very successful as you all know. And in addition, a hostel with beds and showers for the homeless has been built, the slums on the north edge of the town have been torn down and rebuild with proper housing, and a new factory to employ more people will be opened soon.

And don't forget in August Bigtown celebrates its 750th birthday, big celebrations and of course a parade. We need something special and certainly the best carnival princess and prince we have ever had.

Betty's idea is quite simple – let's break with tradition and select Mrs Pearson and Mrs Tinge for a second year as Princess Anna the Thirteenth and Prince John the Hundred and Sixty-Ninth. Please take your time and think it over.

The main course was salmon poached in red wine and shallots, served with square dishes of puréed carrot and potato in the form of the Canadian flag. Mrs Tinge and Betty ate from the same plate.

Maple discussion followed by a cheese board and steaming-hot pancakes rolled in much syrup.


Yeah, we'll buy the idea.