Poppycock and Sunshine

The adventures of a crazy girl trying to live a quiet, slower Provincial lifestyle in an hectic, fast paced, American society.

The Golly Sisters Strike Again! September 20, 2009

“It was the Golly sisters’ first show.

They peeped around the curtain. 

Men and women were there.

 Children were there.

Even dogs were there. 

“Oh, am I ready!” said May-May. “You open the curtain and I will go first. 

“I want to go first,” said Rose. 

“You got to wear the blue dress, so I get to go first,” said May-May.

“I got to wear the blue dress because you look funny in blue,” said Rose.

“Who says I look funny in blue?” asked May-May.

“Everybody!” said Rose.

“I knew it,” said May-May. “You cannot think of one person.”

“I can.”



“Then who?”

“Hmmm, let me think,” said Rose.

“See! There is not one person. Admit it! Admit it! Admit it!” cried May-May.

“All right, I admit it,” said Rose. ” We will both go first. We will sing and dance together.”

– Excerpt from an “I Can Read” book, “The Golly Sisters Go West “



This time it was our second show. But we did the singing and dancing all day. Although neither one of us wore blue. Yes, the Golly Sisters had another gig. And man, was it a long one! 12 hours long to be exact.

The Menu:

Butternut Squash Bisque with  Lavender Cider Cream

Artisan Rolls

Organic Mixed Green Salad with Blue Cheese, Walnuts, and a Pear Vinaigrette

Beef, Chicken and Veggie Skewers

The occasion: A wedding reception for 120


Miss Rose Golly in the kitchen:

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Miss May-May Golly, right after she exclaimed “I’m on a roll!!” which then prompted snickers and snorts from Rose:

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The little beauties, patiently “resting”, awaiting their turn in the hot hot oven…

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Pots and pots of Butternut Squash Bisque, waiting to be dished up for their grand entrance at the party!

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Mmmmmm………. nothing like a pot of gold.

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I have to tell you, however. We had a bit of an “incident” during the preparation of this wonderful soup. Miss Rose was peeling the butternut squash and I was cutting it into tiny cookable pieces…. when suddenly she discovered that something rather odd was happening to her hand, her left hand that was holding the squash. It was getting very dry and tight and all of a sudden all the skin of her palm started to peel off!!!! Oh dear! What in the name of all that is holy was happening?!?!?! We were befuddled by the whole thing. It was as if she had a chemical burn. We chalked it up to an allergic reaction, scrubbed the rest of her skin off with a wash rag, applied some lotion, threw on a glove,  did some yoga breathing, and carried on. Later that night, lil’ Miss Rose looked it up on the nifty internet and discovered that this happens often and that you should never peel a butternut squash with a peeler as it releases something not nice in the peel which has a wretched reaction to your skin! Who would have known that! We sure didn’t!! But now you do, so beware. Butternut squash can be tricky and dangerous when handled improperly. 


Carrying on……

Miss May-May, attempting her hand at the grilling of the skewers she just skewered for an hour and which gave her a dozen splinters. She showed them, although not  very confidently, I must admit. 

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I am not a confident griller, but I am a happy one!

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Ta da! The end result:

The chaffing dishes we didn’t really know how to use, full of yummy meaty skewers.

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Cups of Butternut Bisque, garnished with the Lavender Cream and Chives, awaiting the hungry guests. 

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Over 100 Artisan Rolls made by the Bread Queen herself, yours truly.

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Yummy yummy salad, tart and crisp and fresh!

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What I don’t have pictures of:

Miss Rose’s peeling flesh,

the kitchen looking like World War III had come and gone,

2 Miss Gollys and 2 food processors blending soup simultaneously like there was no tomorrow,

the Miss Gollys washing 100 dishes, 100 cups and silverware BY HAND,  

the yoga breathing,

the Miss Gollys reclaiming the kitchen from World War III and making it look like a kitchen again.

Phew! What a day! We still marvel at how we can do it and have everything come together on time. We have no idea how that happens. It’s not like we sit down beforehand and say “okay, bread will take an hour, soup take 2 hours, etc. etc.”. We just get there, look at each other, and yell “Go!”. And then the song and dance begins.

Thank god it was successful!


5 Responses to “The Golly Sisters Strike Again!”

  1. Jennifer B Says:

    oh, oh, oh, I am so happy to have a new post from you! And your catering looked like it went amazing, as usual. You and Britt so totally rock!

  2. cindy Says:

    Woo hoo! Another successful catering job. You two do an amazing job….good team.
    Weird fact about peeling butternut squash. Must not notice it unless one is doing the amount you guys were doing.

    Was that a professial kitchen at the place where the reception was held? It looks big in the photos.

  3. Tink Says:

    One day I am so going to hire the Dancing Kitchen Girls!!! Well Done, by joe!

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