Charli Mills is feeling peckish with her prompt this week
May 4, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about comfort food. How can this familiarity influence a story or character? Is it something unusual, like Twinkies from the 1970s? Or is it something from home, from another place or time? Go where the prompt leads.
As a child my comfort food was an egg, cooked in whatever way. Eggs in cups with soldiers had to be the favourite. Nowadays I actively avoid boiled eggs, soft or hard. There’s something about the egg white texture that makes me queasy. Comfort to bumfort food. Shame really.
As for the flash Mary is reminiscing
‘Did you have rationing, mum?’
Mary laughed. ‘How old do you think I am?’
‘Soz mum. It’s a school project.’
‘Your grandad said he saw his first banana when 9 and tried to eat the skin.’
‘Was it awful? Did he starve?’
‘Some say people were healthier. Not much sugar for starters. He hated whale meet, though.’
‘I bet he was pleased when it ended.’
‘It was then he found his comfort food. Bread and dripping.’
‘A slice of bread wiped round a roasting tin, soaks up the fat and meat juices.’
Penny’s face was a picture.
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