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Plain White Beans [16 Thory 4261]

I won’t mention Ilottat in this entry. Not even this once.

Broon, Tethezai, Dustweed, Esory, and Iska decided that I
had been neglecting them. They conspired to abduct me and
bring me to a new Yistreian restaurant called “Some Kind of
Largesse.” There, without making a point of it, they fed me pjedly.

We did order six appetizers, plums stuffed with cheese and
kshiktav yllul and whatnot, and Esory snuck the pjedly into
the order without any particular comment. Pjedly look like
plain white beans in a little saucer, sprinkled with green
bush salt and green tarragon leaves. Not so scary.

Tethezai and Dustweed got into a rhyming contest, and the
waiter put the pjedly in front of Esory. She took a couple,
then pushed them over to me. I was all distracted, and
speared three on my claws, and ate them…

… and breathed fire without really intending to.

And the the pjedly in the bowl caught fire, little blue
alcohol flames. Everyone laughed, and explained what
pjedly are, and we let them burn.

And, in a minute or two, we had to abandon the table ’cause
everyone’s eyes were all sore and aching. That treat lasted
for a couple of hours. And two waiters came and waved
tablecloths around ’til the air cleared from the fumes.

Pjedly are, in fact, white beans. They are the variety of
white bean commonly called “white bean”. White beans are
half an inch long, plump, mild-flavored, mealy, and usually
a bit hard no matter how long you cook them. They are
ordinarily stewed with stronger-flavored things, ’cause,
well, they’re a bit bland.

But pjedly are not stewed. They are pickled, more or
less. In a very strong five-pepper vodka. A very strong and
clear five-pepper vodka. (Not strictly five
peppers — the count arhoolie leaves as one of them — but
the five hot spices used in Yistreian cuisine.)

Pjedly are not the spiciest thing I have ever
tasted. Ghirbis once tricked me into eating a whole arhoolie
leaf at once, and that was worse. But they are very
surprising if you are not expecting them. Also they are
flammible, because of all the vodka. Also the burning
vapors of five peppers are really not good for the

Esory tipped very, very well.

And, since I have four cley left and another little
invitation card through Anoof, I am going to walk bipedally
over to the Daukrhame embassy, and see what there is to
enjoy over there. yum! (But I will not bring
leftover pjedly. I suspect that a pjedly-adorned mouth is
not good for kissing anywhere sensitive.)

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