1566. Cherry clafoutis

Bonnie worked as a chef in a prestigious restaurant in town. Her husband, Alex, was an accountant. Because Bonnie worked all day in a kitchen, Alex did most of the cooking at home unless of course it was a very special occasion, in which case Bonnie would “pull out all stops”.

Because fair is only fair, Bonnie paid for the house finances to be looked after by a professional accountant, and not by Alex himself. It was a happy arrangement.

They had been married for fourteen years. All was right with the world; at least it was until Alex one day got a call from the accountant.

“What is this three week cruise for two in the Caribbean?” Alex had no clue, but with further surreptitious investigation discovered that Bonnie had planned a cruise with the bellboy from the restaurant’s hotel. In short, she was leaving Alex. The day of her departure arrived. How would Bonnie break the news?

Bonnie had announced she would cook. “Let’s make it a special occasion right out of the blue,” she announced. “I shall cook.” Alex wondered if she didn’t have a special ingredient in mind.

At the end of the delectable feast, after gorging on a second helping of cherry clafoutis, Bonnie declared that she had a wonderful announcement. She had planned a special surprise. The two of them were to go on a luxury three week cruise in the Caribbean. “We’ve always wanted to do that, darling. Our dream has come true!”

It was only then that Alex wished he hadn’t laced her cherry clafoutis with weed killer.

29 thoughts on “1566. Cherry clafoutis

  1. umashankar

    Surprises have a tendency of boomeranging on the originator. As for the reader, he would mark one more line on the boat of grisly twists. I see Shakespeare being mentioned in the comments above. Truly, the tale has all the ingredients of a Shakespearean tragedy, but it remains a Goodman classic.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thank you. “Cherry clafoutis” is certainly shorter than “King Lear”. Incidentally, I didn’t know what a clafoutis was until a month or so ago when I found a recipe and so I made it.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thanks for the inspiration. I shall use “All was right with the world” but leave out “The end”!! Unfortunately, the story won’t appear until September 3rd – I’m far too organized!

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        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          No – not last lines, but I have stories scheduled up to then and at this ungodly hour it gets very muddly to change dates attached to stories around. So Sept 3rd was the first gap. Which just goes to show I’m f**ked in the head…

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          1. observationblogger

            While most of us are struggling to come up with something to write about on a daily basis (or we simply lack the motivation, imagination, inspiration and work ethic), you have stories scheduled up to Sept 3rd. That is inspiring! I don’t know how you do it Bruce.
            After a 2 year hiatus, I have been trying to ramp up my posting-output. But I have always done it on a whim; when I feel this incessant need to write something and get it out there. but more often than not that insatiable curiosity just isn’t there. I would like to post daily if I can. I am currently thinking of doing a daily topic release along the guise of Monday’s yoga posture, Tuesday’s movie, Wednesday’s news event of the week, Thursday’s great book quotation, Friday’s song etc. Something akin to that so I can develop a regular work habit regarding my blog and like you – plan ahead.
            So you have these stories already written or just the premise / idea laid out ahead? I was always meaning to ask you how you do it. What is your mental process of developing these highly engaging and imaginative stories? Or is that like asking Willy Wonka for the recipe of his everlasting gobstopper? Hehe

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            1. Bruce Goodman Post author

              Thanks for the comment – I reckon the worst enemy of daily posting is panic. So I get about a month ahead before posting anything (you can schedule them on WP with date and time and never have to read them again!) That way I have no pressure and all the time in the world to do what I like. Often I’ll write nothing, and then write 2/3/4 in a day. And if nothing get’s written on a day it doesn’t matter.
              I think that the daily theme is a good idea – I used to do that with regular story, poem, music… i.e. story once a day except for music once a week and poem once a month but now I’m just about all story.
              On a general note – I have no discipline whatsoever in writing – my life is a mess and I’m all over the place. But I am a compulsive-obsessive (or is that the other way around?) whether it be writing something or … whatever! In January I decided to write 153 pieces for the piano (Bartok’s number in Mikrokosmos) and finished 4 months later with 154. I suspect at the end of it I felt like Willy Wonka’s gobstopper, or even Wonka’s Willie. Anyway – I think you’re on the right path.

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              1. observationblogger

                Ironically, I’m almost inclined to write a post about your instructive advice about how to manage posting on WP. I would consider you a subject matter expert given the plethora of high quality posts you have generated. ‘I reckon the worst enemy of daily posting is panic’ – That is gold right there. It reminds of the 5 P’s concept we were drilled with in our military days: ‘Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance’.
                I take issue with your statement about not having discipline. Assuredly you do and a great deal at that. Who’s life isn’t a mess? May be the folk who work a 9-5 job where a regimen is enforced. Those of us who wing it outside the confines of work, there will always be a certain amount of chaos in how we approach things especially our hobbies. By the way, I never realised you could set aside posts to be published for another day. That gives me something to think about. Thanks Bruce! Interesting as always!

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