Monday, February 8, 2010

The Big Noodle

Hey hi howdy! I have been away from my desk for a few weeks but now I have found it again and I am ready to wail on your sense of decency with another tale from the funky-smelling vaults of memory. I am speaking of today of one of the two subjects the mighty NDI is at all familiar with -- FOOD. I know I already talked about mullet so don't get all worried that I forgot I already told you that one and you will have to sit though me telling it again as if you were hearing it for the first time, and fake laugh. No kids, today I have a double handful of new delicacies that I hope you find as horrifying and tasty as I did!

The Big Noodle

This item was encountered on a trans-hemispherical airplane ride to I think Holland, a fascinating and real country where we found out they have tiny horses called "Shitland Ponies" roaming around in the fields. They are about the same size as sheep but they are horses and therefore somewhat cuter. Holland also has honest-to-god windmills here and there. If you are planning on going into a windmill, WATCH YOUR HEAD. There are no signs to that effect like there would be if the windmill was somewhere in America -- these Hollanders just trust you to realize that there is a ridiculously huge wood and canvas propeller headed for your bean and that you should get out of the way without being told. So although Skipper's injuries were not life-threatening they were, in my opinion, preventable.

Also in Holland they have "The Netherlands." We never went there but everyone kept telling us how beautiful they are so okay, they are beautiful.

On the plane, though, it was time to eat. The menu and all the signs were in some language that was impossible to figure out just by looking at it real hard and sounding out the syllables, so we were pretty much at a loss. I was sitting a few rows behind Goodtime and Skipper and there was the usual drunk German between me and the aisle so I couldn't even ask those guys. Skipper has traveled a lot and eaten a lot, or so he claims, and I would have liked to ask him what "Skhasr Brodtgaarvid" meant before I ordered it. But I couldn't. But it had the word "brodt" in it and that sounded like "brat," and the stadium sausages in Finland were pretty tasty, and Holland and Finland both have "land" in the title, so I just ordered it.

Some of my readers of a more recent vintage may be confused when I speak about ordering from a menu on a plane. But it used to be that you could get an actual meal while you were going 500 miles an hour 7 miles up in the air. The good old days!

So I ordered Skhasr Brodtgaarvid and settled back to wait. The drunk German ordered another triple-sec and cane liquor. The hum of foreign-language muttering filled the airplane air.

Then the feeding cart was on its way! I was pretty hungry but also a little apprehensive because once in Brussels I ordered something based on a hunch and it turned out to be tiny birds in sauce. Then the feeding cart was at my row! The drunk German got his booze and I got my Skhasr Brodtgaarvid. It was under a fancy silver lid thing which was HOT so using my napkin I grasped the handle and picked up the lid and beheld my meal.

I could tell right away that it wasn't a brat, or probably any kind of sausage. It looked like a good-sized cod filet, floating in a kind of buttery pool and sprinkled with bacon bits. The German looked at me sideways and grunted and took a long pull from his cocktail. What was this odd food item? I wished desperately that Skipper was within earshot so that he could identify my meal before I bit into it. I am not crazy about fish of any kind (except for mullet) and anyway it seemed possible that this dish was actually land-based. Was it veal? A big slab of congealed oatmeal? Marzipan?

I was really hungry, though, and a good sport, so I wielded my knife and fork and hacked off a good-sized chunk. Into the pie-hole! And then I knew -- it was a noodle. A big noodle! A noodle the size of a slipper! Never had I encountered a dish that was one noodle, and never had I encountered a noodle of such epic proportions. I contemplated slicing it into many small noodles and thereby converting my foreign dish into an American one like spaghetti, but that sounded like too much work.

So I dove into that big noodle. And do you know what? That big noodle was delicious! Thick and gluey and endless, but delicious! It made me wonder why we even bother to divide up our noodles into rotinis and rigatonis and so on in the first place. It all winds up in the same place!

I thought about going to tell my band mates about the awesome noodle, but the German was entering the first phase of passing out and I knew from experience not to touch him or interact with him in any way. Besides, they would never believe me. So I just sat there, full of Skhasr Brodtgaarvid, secure in the knowledge that there was a noodle out there that didn't need to be broken into little pieces, that could stand united, solid, a weighty reminder of how semolina flour and water and maybe an egg could be formed into something huge and edible and just left that way.

When we got to Holland we rocked them out of their socks. I like to think the big noodle helped.

And that is that, kiddies, the actual story of an actual meal at 500 mph. There are more food stories to come, only maybe not at such high speeds. Stay tuned! And another thing -- if you have a lot of time that you are contemplating wasting, why not waste it here, reading my entertaining articles: Pigtail on!

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rock on!


  1. I enjoyed reading that post about the noodle so much that I decided to pen a comment. Do you know, this is the first moment it has ever occurred to me, Pigtail, that you might have a part of your body that is the shape of a pig's tail, and I am not talking about your tail (if you even have one)? This is just one example (and this post is another) of how I continue to be impressed with how the various aspects of your creative output (names, songs, blogs, outputs) are entertaining and complex, or at the very least multifaceted, or at the very least replete with double meanings-- and to me that is a lot!
    Following with interest and respect,
    Jim T

  2. I googled "Skhasr Brodtgaarvid" and all that comes up is a link to this blog. Pretty mysterious.


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