Sin is coming to Egg and Soldier. Before you point out that butter and booze already count as sinful (and I’d probably disagree), let me add that I have seven deadly sins in mind: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride.
I confess that the idea is largely inspired by Bravo’s reality show, Top Chef, to which I’m shamelessly addicted. In a recent episode, each of seven competing chefs was challenged to create a dish inspired by one of the cardinal sins. Under the circumstances (including time and budgetary constraints, and the expected interpersonal drama), most of the chefs performed admirably. But I couldn’t help feeling disappointed, and started thinking about what I might have done differently. Let’s face it: those deadly sins are alluring, and they stir the imagination in a way that their virtuous counterparts do not. Many of us even embrace them, or claim at least one as our own. (What’s my deadly sin? I’ll put it this way: I’m not a particularly wrathful person.)
So, starting in February, Egg and Soldier will devote month-long features to culinary topics evoking each of the Seven Deadlies in turn. We’ll begin with timely and beloved lust, and carry on with pride in March.
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