The A to Z Challenge starts its third week with the letter K. In this story, we get some food. I hope you enjoy the dish.
The Kitchen Supervisor
Second day, eighth month, first year after colonisation, Ariadne Era (8/02/01 AE)
The door opened and Craig Fisher walked into the kitchen carrying a box of carrots. He walked straight to the counter and put the box down.
“Everyone,” he said. All seven pairs of eyes focused on him. “We have carrots.”
The group of cooks cheered. “Finally,” said one woman.
“These aren’t just any carrots. These are the first ones that actually look normal, and they were sent to us to cook for the government. Let’s give them a meal they’ll never forget.”
The woman picked up a carrot and washed it off. She cut a piece off and tossed in her mouth. She chewed, then said, “It tastes wonderful. I can’t believe it’s been this long since we’ve had carrots.”
“It took them eight months to get them to grow properly in this soil around here, Dana,” said Craig.
Craig watched as each member of the kitchen did their assigned tasks. Dana was in charge of the vegetables, and was one of his best cooks. Only the best for the colony’s council.
Dana put the cooked carrots in a serving dish. Craig looked at the dish, a simple one with julienned carrots, butter, and oregano. He took a sample with a fork and smelled it. Wonderful. He put it in his mouth and chewed it. He coughed and spat it out in a garbage can.
“What’s wrong?” asked Dana.
“Awful! How can it smell so good, but taste so bad?” said Craig.
Dana tasted it, then spat it out as well. “I don’t understand,” she said.
“Neither do I. That should taste delicious.”
“But it tasted normal when it was raw.”
“How could that be?” asked Craig as he looked at the box of carrots.