friday feast: just peachy for august (part 2)

After James, Ladybird, Earthworm, Silkworm, Spider, Glow-worm and Old-Green-Grasshopper all tasted the peach and raved about its deliciousness, Centipede, who claims to have “personally tasted all the fine foods of the world,” breaks into song:

”I’ve eaten many strange and scrumptious dishes
in my time,
Like jellied gnats and dandyprats and earwigs
cooked in slime,
And mice with rice — they’re really nice
When roasted in their prime.
(But don’t forget to sprinkle them with just a pinch
of grime.)

“I’ve eaten fresh mudburgers by the greatest cooks
there are,
And scrambled dregs and stinkbugs’ eggs and
hornets stewed in tar,
And pails of snails and lizards’ tails,
And beetles by the jar.
(A beetle is improved by just a splash of vinegar.)

“I often eat boiled slobbages. They’re grand when
served beside
Minced doodlebugs and curried slugs. And have
you ever tried
Mosquitoes’ toes and wampfish roes
Most delicately fried?
(The only trouble is they disagree with my inside.)

“I’m mad for crispy wasp-stings on a piece of
buttered toast,
And pickled spines of porcupines. And then a
gorgeous roast
Of dragon’s flesh, well hung, not fresh —
It costs a pound at most,
(And comes to you in barrels if you order it by post.)

“I crave the tasty tentacles of octopi for tea
I like hot-dogs, I LOVE hot-frogs, and surely
you’ll agree
A plate of soil with engine oil’s
A super recipe.
(I hardly need to mention that it’s practically free.)

“For dinner on my birthday shall I tell you what I
Hot noodles made from poodles on a slice of
garden hose —
And a rather smelly jelly
Made of armadillo’s toes.
(The jelly is delicious, but you have to hold your nose.)

“Now comes,” the Centipede declared, “the burden
of my speech:
These foods are rare beyond compare — some are
right out of reach;
But there’s no doubt I’d go without
A million plates of each
For one small mite,
One tiny bite

(From JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, Roald Dahl, Puffin Books, 1961)

Well, what are you waiting for? Go get some peaches!!

Click here for Part One of Just Peachy.



5 thoughts on “friday feast: just peachy for august (part 2)

  1. yummmm…
    I really HAVE to get some peaches now. Thanks for reminding me that there ARE one or two good things about summer.
    ~eisha (7-Imp)


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