Paris Portingale

Talks with Famous People from History, Part Five: Benedict Arnold

Paris Portingale continues his talks with famous people from history: Paris meets Benedict Arnold.


“Mr. Arnold, do you know there’s an egg dish named after you? Eggs Benedict.”

“No, I didn’t know that.”

“It’s pretty easy to make. What you do is, first you get a muffin and toast it. While it’s toasting, you get some spinach and steam it.”

“Right. Should I be writing this down?”

“May as well.”

Arnold goes and gets some paper and a pen. The pen’s like a feather with a sharpened end. This is because it’s 1780.

Arnold: “Okay, carry on.”

Me: “Right, so you squeeze all the water out of the spinach and add a little lemon juice.”

“Lemon juice. Right.”

“Now you get some bacon and fry it up till it’s all crispy. In the meantime, you poach an egg. Am I going too fast for you?”

“No, you’re fine.”

“Do you know how to make hollandaise sauce?”


“Okay, you get a couple of eggs and whisk them in a pan with butter and some mustard and a squeeze of lemon. Keep whisking till it goes smooth and then take it off the heat.”

“Whisk till smooth and take off heat.”

“Right, that’s your hollandaise sauce. Now you get your toasted muffin and put the spinach on that, then the bacon, then the poached egg, and you top all that with the hollandaise sauce.”

“And that’s Eggs Benedict?”

“Yep, you should give it a try.”

“I will, thanks very much for that.”

“My pleasure.”

“Well, I never. Eggs Benedict.”



Paris Portingale

Paris Portingale is a writer and dog owner. While having a somewhat indifferent attitude towards abstemious self-restraint, he does follow the safe guidelines of four standard drinks a day, although his standards are a great deal higher than most, certainly the medical profession’s. Paris is visited often in the night by God, and the meetings are anything but pleasant.

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