Mrs B’s Advent Calendar, Day 3

Given the broad diversity of its people and cultures, Mars offers many and many a festival throughout the year, not to mention all the individual dinner parties, birthdays and other celebrations occurring every day in private homes. Every Martian cook of any experience has a deal of dishes suitable to…

Mrs Bailey’s Advent Calendar, Day 2

The Crater School kitchens turn out these flattish, dimpled loaves by the dozen, on an almost daily basis. Mrs B developed this particular recipe to be easy and quick for her kitchenmaids to learn, and to take up as little of their time as possible. Their time is her time…

(unless they’re samoseks)

From your classic British pork pies and sausage rolls and pasties via the sambouseks of Palestine and the samosas of India to the steamed pork buns of China, almost every human culture has some variation on pastry-or-bread-dough stuffed with meat. Of course Mrs Bailey has her own variations; this is…

Beans and grains and vegetables and more…

Soup! It’s healthful, nutricious, economical, convenient, filling, warming — and, above all, delicious. All of Mars knows this, just as Mars knows that the first colonists never could have survived without it. For many of those early settlers, that first hungry, hopeful, desperate generation, there was little else to eat…

Mashed and spiced and fried to a crisp…

Beans have been a staple crop on Mars since the very first pioneers arrived with many a sack to plant, and little to sustain them meantime but hope and, yes, beans. In sacks.

Mrs Bailey has countless recipes in her repertoire, and…

(Corn syrup? No, of course there’s no corn syrup…)

The first pecan trees on Mars were a gift from the American Consul to that province; as their country fell further and further behind the two great interplanetary powers of Britain and Russia, the United States were ever eager to curry favour with their former master.

Happily, the trees thrived…

Chaz Brenchley

I write. That’s what I do. Forty-two years a pro (and counting), and never a day job. Betweentimes I cook, and garden, and am very married.

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