15) OMG, HP Lovecraft is coming over because he knows you make awesome vegan food! What are you going to make?
I didn’t go with the prompt Barack Obama is coming over, even though that would be awesome. As far as exciting guests go I imagined the godfather of 20th century horror, with his morose composure in my kitchen and it really set my heart aflutter.
He sadly died young, at 46 from cancer in his small intestine. He reportedly suffered digestive issues most of his life but did document in letters to colleagues musings on his favorite foods. In correspondence to fellow weird fiction writer, Joseph Vernon Shea, dated 1931 the day before Halloween, Lovecraft stated he liked ‘baked beans prepared in the ancient New England way’. Myself, being west coast Canadian, I am potentially going to offend the New England baked bean tradition but I don’t own a lidded clay pot to simmer the beans over the course of the day, nor do I want to turn the oven on that long while it’s still summer. Sorry Lovecraft, but this is the compromise.
I recently acquired a second hand copy of Veganomicon; a fitting riff on Lovecraft’s Necronomicon. I used the Cheater Baked Beans recipe but subbed maple syrup for the molasses cause all I have is black-strap and they explicitly do not recommend it. The maple syrup made it too sweet for my taste but Lovecraft also wrote of his sweet tooth in correspondence. Hopefully, this simple meal would satisfy his palate.