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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Fantasy Veggie Dinner Guest - A E Housman

Alfred Edward Housman was a scholar and classicist, best known now for his poem A Shropshire Lad, which evokes a bygone England at the start of the Twentieth Century.
It includes this beautifully poignant, ironic section (XVII):

“Is my team ploughing, 
   That I was used to drive 
And hear the harness jingle 
   When I was man alive?” 

Ay, the horses trample, 
   The harness jingles now; 
No change though you lie under 
   The land you used to plough. 

“Is football playing 
   Along the river shore, 
With lads to chase the leather, 
   Now I stand up no more?” 

Ay the ball is flying, 
   The lads play heart and soul; 
The goal stands up, the keeper 
   Stands up to keep the goal. 

“Is my girl happy, 
   That I thought hard to leave, 
And has she tired of weeping 
   As she lies down at eve?” 

Ay, she lies down lightly, 
   She lies not down to weep: 
Your girl is well contented. 
   Be still, my lad, and sleep. 

“Is my friend hearty, 
   Now I am thin and pine, 
And has he found to sleep in 
   A better bed than mine?” 

Yes, lad, I lie easy, 
   I lie as lads would choose; 
I cheer a dead man’s sweetheart, 
   Never ask me whose.

So, for Alfred, who might be too busy to come to dinner, but who might like to join me for a ramble through the fields, I have devised these.

PLOUGHMAN’S WRAPS

Serves 2

2 wraps
1 dessert apples, peeled, cored and chopped (keep in water with a touch of lemon juice if you don’t assemble the wraps immediately).
4-6 tbsp chutney or pickle of choice
2 spring onions, chopped on the diagonal
100g cheddar cheese, cut into small chunks
small amount of cucumber in chunks
salt and pepper
spread (butter or cheese)




Spread each wrap with a thin layer of cheese or butter spread.







Spread the pickle/ chutney over the top.







Mix the apple, cheese, spring onion and cucumber in a bowl and season.








Then share the ingredients between each wrap, placing it down the middle.








Roll up and serve.

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