Izzy May I: The Write Impression

Whip out your cameras, because this week’s topic is literary impressions. I’m going with a culinary imitation, but feel free to unfurl your creative wings and do something different.



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Chowder takes center stage in the fifteenth chapter of “Moby Dick” (Herman Melville). Ishmael and Queequeg, a “simple” seaman and a harpooning “cannibal,” find themselves in the Try Pots Inn where they come face-to-face with the inn’s signature dish. “Clam or cod,” asks Mrs. Hussey, the owner. I’d say hold the fish; corn and cheese chowder, please!

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The lovely ingredients for my Try Pot of Corn, Cheese, & Bacon Chowder (6 – 8 servings):

  • 2 cups fresh (or frozen) corn kernels
  • 2 cups grated cheese (I used a cheddar/mozzarella mix)
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 whole sweet onion, minced
  • 3 slices of bacon, finely chopped (or real bacon bits)
  • 1 and 1/2 half cup bell peppers, chopped or diced (red, orange, yellow; I used what I had, which were red, orange, and green)
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped or diced
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth vegetable broth substitute (water + olive oil)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 box of Rotini or whatever pasta noodles you prefer

I don’t usually cook, so this was a fun challenge ^_^ Thankfully, I had my sister with me.

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Here’s an excerpt from the chapter:

However, a warm savory steam from the kitchen served to belie the apparently cheerless prospect before us. But when that smoking chowder came in, the mystery was delightfully explained. Oh! sweet friend, hearken to me.  It was made of small juicy clams, scarcely bigger than hazel nuts, mixed with pounded ship biscuits, and salted pork cut up into little flakes! the whole enriched with butter, and plentifully seasoned with pepper and salt.

Our appetites being sharpened by the frosty voyage, and in particular, Queequeg seeing his favorite fishing food before him, and the chowder being surpassingly excellent, we dispatched it with great expedition: when leaning back a moment and bethinking me of Mrs. Hussey’s clam and cod announcement, I thought I would try a little experiment.

Stepping to the kitchen door, I uttered the word “cod” with great emphasis, and resumed my seat.  In a few moments the savoury steam came forth again, but with a different flavor, and in good time a fine cod-chowder was placed before us.

If you’d rather listen, here’s the audiobook of Moby Dick: Chapter 15 (15:45 – 23:02)



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