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Monday, April 15, 2013

The Princess and the Pea

{ Pea and Parmesan Soup with Parmesan Crisps }
When I came across this recipe for Pea and Parmesan Soup I knew it would be perfect for a warm spring afternoon. Saturday obliged and we had a really lovely time cooking with the kitchen door open and watching Miss Austen run back and forth from the garden. Here are some pictures and a short tale to brighten up your Monday.

The Princess and the Pea

by Hans Christian Andersen

There was once a prince, and he wanted a princess, but then she must be a real Princess. He travelled right around the world to find one, but there was always something wrong. There were plenty of princesses, but whether they were real princesses he had great difficulty in discovering; there was always something which was not quite right about them. So at last he had come home again, and he was very sad because he wanted a real princess so badly.

One evening there was a terrible storm; it thundered and lightninged and the rain poured down in torrents; indeed it was a fearful night.

In the middle of the storm somebody knocked at the town gate, and the old King himself sent to open it. It was a princess who stood outside, but she was in a terrible state from the rain and the storm. The water streamed out of her hair and her clothes; it ran in at the top of her shoes and out at the heel, but she said that she was a real princess.

"Well we shall soon see if that is true,' thought the old Queen, but she said nothing. She went into the bedroom, took all the bed clothes off and laid a pea on the bedstead; then she took twenty mattresses and piled them on top of the pea, and then twenty feather beds on top of the mattresses. This was where the princess was to sleep that night. In the morning they asked her how she slept.

'Oh terribly bad!' said the princess. 'I have hardly closed my eyes the whole night! Heaven knows what was in the bed. I seemed to be lying upon some hard thing, and my whole body is black and blue this morning. It is terrible!'

They saw at once that she must be a real princess when she had felt the pea through twenty mattresses and twenty feather beds. Nobody but a real princess could have such delicate skin. 

So the prince took her to be his wife, for he was sure that he has found a real princess, and the pea was put into the Museum, where it may still be seen if no one has stolen it.

Now that is a true story.

{ What you'll need }

{ The kitchen door stayed open most of the weekend }

{ Thyme makes the whole house smell wonderful }

{ Parmesan crisps that are actually really easy to make }

{ A lunch fit for a princess }

1 comment:

  1. This looks AMAZING! Thank you for sharing. This is going on L's weekend to-do list! xo