25 May 2012

Wedding Chicken

The bits and bobs surfacing as we clean out our mother's house are mindboggling in their breadth. Just last weekend, I brought home a copper asparagus pot and my junior high school jumpsuit. We found the box of clock bits that Moky had glommed onto when a neighbor's house was emptied - it wasn't that Moky was going to fix any clocks, she just didn't want the gears and springs going in a dumpster. Some crazy karma thing made me take the clock bits home, but I promptly located a clockmaker in my county who came and picked them up - they've moved on to a place where they may actually be of use. [And the guy gave us a Kit Kat Clock in return, even though I specifically said I didn't want any money.]

Up in my bedroom, hanging off the pier glass, were the crown of thyme and bouquet of lavender that had been my floral adornment for my wedding. They were dried out, scentless and shedding - because they were nearly 17 years old - but I popped them in a plastic bag. You can't just throw away your wedding bouquet, can you?

Happily, my husband was planning to grill some chicken for dinner. Happily, he agreed that the right send off for the thyme and lavender was as grill seasoning. Happily, the chicken was delicious, and the thyme and lavender actually came through with some flavor lo these 17 years later.


Me, I ate my wedding bouquet. You?

16 comments:

Joybells said...

I am in awe of your brilliance. And so now I'm thinking, why stop at the bouquet? On to the wedding dress, I say! I hear they're great with a ginger-sesame marinade.

Slow Panic said...

love it. i think my wedding bouquet is somewhere in my attic.

leanne said...

I don't think I kept my wedding bouquet for very long, but I did keep the little flowers that I wore in my hair.

Jody said...

What a fantastic idea!

I think I have some lavender, too, but it's probably too commingled with the other flowers to be useful. Assuming that it's not just a baggy of dust in a box under the eaves.

Jocelyn said...

When you asked, "You can't just throw away your wedding bouquet, can you?" I was ready to argue that, yes, you can--but you totally trumped any comment I might have made when y'all seasoned dinner with the thing. I'm beyond delighted here. You win.

julochka said...

oh man, i love that. i think i have a box somewhere around here with the crunchy, withered bits of my wedding bouquet. sadly, tho', there were no edibles in it. i might throw it on the grill anyway if i can find it. thanks for the inspiration!

RuthWells said...

Much better than eating your placenta, to my way of thinking!

Harriet said...

My wedding bouquet was moldy by the time I got back from my honeymoon. into the trash it went. I was sad about it, though. It was beautiful.

the queen said...

Reminds me of those brides who set their wedding dresses on fire.

Jeanne said...

This is like the little kid who ate Sendak's letter. What greater love?

In answer to your question, I'm not sure you can throw out your own, but if you do that throwing the bouquet tradition, you put it on some unmarried woman to throw it away for you.

lewis said...

Excellent! Everything changes form from time to time but nothing is ever lost.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I surely would have thrown it away, so I never would have had the delish chicken. Good for you.

mayberry said...

You crack me up. That is a brilliant idea.

De said...

Wonderful. I had a dried wrist corsage, and I think it's long gone.

Kizz said...

I concur about the brilliance of this plan.

Mary G said...

Didn't have a bouquet, but if I had had, this is the best send off I ever heard of for one.