A friend of mine had the coolest idea for summer solstice. I want to share it with you and expand on it. Strictly for fun.
Lani Longshore is a master of whimsey, whether it’s quilting, writing, or theater. The ideas just seem to flow from her. So for solstice, she suggested creating a menu based on properties of the nine… er, eight planets. Well, it wasn’t my idea, but I’m going to steal it. Jump in with your own suggestions!
Mercury: Let’s see… iron core. In fact, the largest iron core relative to its size in the solar system. So something with iron.
Venus: Do we use the lovely morning star or the violent, baked atmosphere? I’m going for the greenhouse monster.
Earth: An embarrassment of riches, right? How do I narrow it down? Well, our water oceans are unique.
Mars: This one’s easy. It’s red. I’d say red wine, but this is summer solstice and cool whites go better with most summer food.
Jupiter: Not sure I want to go here. I mean, big and gaseous, right? Heavy. Layered. Only one thing fits. Don’t forget the tortilla chips!
Saturn: Oh, those rings. Yes, first I thought of onion rings, but no. Then I thought of wreaths and found the perfect thing. This website pretends this is a Christmas salad, but everything in it shouts, “Summer!”
Uranus: it’s lovely and blue, but… sigh. So is Neptune. Ah, but Uranus is sideways! How about a cold soup?
Neptune: We’ve used Earth’s oceans, so King Neptune will have to sit back. But this planet is an ice giant and we need something to go with that lava cake. Summer screams for
Any other ideas?