I wonder how Arthur and all the knights celebrated Christmas in Camelot? And, no, I don’t think Jack and Annie can really give me much useful insight. But thanks.
Did they sit around remarking on how wonderful everything was and feeling slightly awkward about the whole Guinevere thing, or did they, maybe get tired of the parties and meeting new people all the time? (Does this explain why Kay was so rude to Gawain?) Did they want to, say, curl up on the couch and watch the jester in peace without worrying about getting dressed to answer the door for yet another new face who might turn out to be all sparkly and green and making stupid requests like “Chop my head off, mwa-ha-ha-haaaaa!”
Maybe this is why the knights were always running off to hang out with lions near fountains or wandering in to strange tents. Don’t have to keep smiling at strangers that way, it’s just chop, chop, wave at the ladies, and move along. And Arthur was happy to encourage them to go because, hell, he could finally take his girdle off and eat leftovers straight from the fridge. (See below: Pumpkin pie for breakfast.)
What I’m getting at is: even in Camelot, some days you want to crawl under the covers and be a blob. Or run off to the hills and let the boring respectable details take care of themselves for a while. Yet another party to meet new people is just too much to bear — surely there is a dragon who needs chasing somewhere, or at least needs a cake baked? (If you give a dragon a donut … )
I’m struggling with the whole being-a-blob thing at the moment. This meeting new people business is hard work. No one has asked to have a head chopped off, yet, but you never know what will happen when you stand next to a stranger at a party and stick out your hand to say hello.
Hello, good to meet you! Would you like some pie?
King Arthur’s Pumpkin Pie for Breakfast
The key to making this as a breakfast pie is to make it late at night, so that it won’t cool down enough to eat before bedtime and the whole thing will still be intact in the morning. Do not freeze — but refrigerates beautifully.
15 oz of pumpkin
2/3 C sugar
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t ginger
1/2 t cloves
1/4 t salt
12 oz evaporated milk
Mix sugar, salt and spices in small bowl. In large bowl, mix eggs, pumpkin, and milk. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Pour into prepared pie plate (do not prebake dough). Bake at 450F for 15 minutes then reduce heat to 350F and bake another 40-50 minutes. Cool on rack for two hours, then serve or cover and refrigerate.