Mary Poppins - Food Editor
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Mary Poppins was traveling home, but due to worsening weather, she decided to stop at a hotel for the night. She approached the desk and asked for a room for the night.
"Certainly madam", the clerk replied courteously.
"Is the restaurant open still?" inquired Mary.
"Sorry, no," came the reply, "but room service is available all night. Would you care to select something from this menu?"
Mary smiled and took the menu and perused it. "Hmm, I would like cauliflower cheese please," said Mary.
"Certainly madam," he replied.
"And may I have breakfast in bed?" asked Mary politely.
The receptionist nodded and smiled. "In that case, I would love a couple of poached eggs please," Mary mused.
After confirming the order, Mary signed in and went up to her room for the night. The night passed uneventfully, and next morning, Mary came down early to check out.
The same guy was still on the desk. "Morning madam...sleep well?"
"Yes, thank you," Mary replied.
"Food to your liking?"
"Well, I have to say the cauliflower cheese was exceptional, I don't think I have had better. Shame about the eggs ....they really weren't that nice at all," replied Mary truthfully.
"Oh...well, perhaps you could contribute these thoughts to our Guest Comments Book. We are always looking to improve our service and would value your opinion," said the desk clerk.
"OK I will...thanks!" replied Mary, who then checked out, paused awhile, then scribbled a comment into the book. Waving, she left to continue her journey.
Curious, the clerk picked up the book to see the comment Mary had written. She wrote:
This was a real memory producer for me. My grandfather, an immigrant from Leeds, England, absolutely loved cauliflower covered with warm Velveeta cheese.
When it came to his poached eggs, they had to be exactly to his liking or he would push them to the side and have an extra cup of coffee - then excuse himself from the table. The eggs had to be firm enough to not be obviously runny, but soft enough so he could use his toast to soak up most of the egg.
I don't particular favor cauliflower and cheese, but when it comes to poached eggs, my preference is just like his.