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The Mystery of Spamalot

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As a charter member of the Wewahitchka Sherlock Holmes Society, (WSHS), I take great pride in my uncanny sense of logic and my superior deductive reasoning. The other members are my neighbours across the street, Nathan and his boyfriend Chad. We are an elite assembly of gourmands meeting the third Thursday of every other month in my lavish doublewide trailer in Downtown Wewahitchka. Unless Nathan and Chad are busy antiquing or watching cooking shows.

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Our rendezvous generally consists of me playing Holmes, Nathan as Dr. Watson, Ramona comes as Irene Adler and of course, Chad is the notorious Dragon Lady. Sometimes Wally from down at the filling station shows up as Inspector Lestrade. Activities include snuff, smoking pipes, violin chamber music and walking the trailer saying things like, “Pip, Pip” or “Cheerio”. This always leads us into a collaborative interpretation of a case that perplexes us.

Recently, a most fascinating circumstance was brought before my colleagues and I that stirred our interest to a fever pitch. After Chad stirred up a pitcher of Long Island Iced-Teas, we sat down to enjoy the evening’s hors d’oeuvre, and although unique, I could not quite put my finger on the source of the meat. It appeared to be a very traditional quiche but the flavour was very distinctive. After dismissing Chad’s ridiculous claim that it was kangaroo tail, we decided to finish the slices and return in three months for our next summit to solve the puzzling ingredient. (We’ve had to forego our next regular assembly due to a Home & Garden show scheduled in two months).

SPAM Quiche

1 Pie Crust

1 12-oz. Can SPAM Hickory Smoke

1¾ Cup Corn, Fresh off Cob

½ Cup Onion, Chopped

½ Cup Roasted Red Pepper, Chopped

3 Tsp. Olive Oil

2 Tsp. Fresh Parsley, Chopped

½ Tsp. Red Pepper Flakes

Sea Salt/Freshly Ground Black Pepper

6 Eggs, beaten

1 Cup Heavy Cream

1 Cup Pepper Jack Cheese, Shredded

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Place refrigerated pie crust into a 9-inch deep dish pie plate. Refrigerate. Cut up SPAM into rectangular pieces about 1 inch. Brown SPAM in olive oil, then place into a bowl. Add remaining oil into skillet and stir fry onion, pepper and corn over medium-high heat until corn is starting to brown, about three to four minutes.
Add to SPAM and mix gently. Add parsley, red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper.

Place SPAM mixture into pie crust and cover with cheese. Combine eggs and half-and-half, and then pour this over the filling. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 325 degrees and continue baking for 30-35 minutes. Pie is done when a knife comes out clean. Allow to cool 10 minutes before serving.

As investitures of the Wewa chapter of the Baker Street Irregulars we decided in honour of our third anniversary of formation of the club to splurge and obtained tickets for the opening performance of the Broadway hit Spamalot, being presented at the Volunteer Fire Department by the Wewahitchka Theatre Company. In honour of our milestone we celebrated by toasting with our official club cocktail.

SPAM Cocktail

1 Oz. SPAM, Diced

2 Shots Baileys Irish Crème

Fanta Lemon Soda

Place the SPAM in a highball glass and pour Irish Crème. Fill remainder of glass with soda.

Please peruse the video and slideshow for highlights of our meeting.

Cheerio everybody.

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