100 Words - Bliss and the Souffle

Some weeks one piece will just jump out and grab me by the front of the shirt as if to say, "you and me? we belong together, got it?". And then some weeks are like this one where as I read through the entries I find myself giggling, or nodding, or sitting back in my chair to think, or swept off into a vivid scene.  How to choose then?

That's when it comes down to mood and setting. It's raining here this morning -- a chilly rain. Summer is dying and already I'm longing for a crackling fire and comfort foods. Meet Bliss and the souffle.

Such Great Heights

She beats eggs until they billow above the lip of her bowl. They form shiny, stiff peaks.

A chocolate custard, smooth, thick, voluptuous, bubbles on the stove.

She gently folds them together, until the white disappears.

Lovingly spoons the mixture into a ridged, round dish, capped with a parchment crown.

Slides it into the oven.

Waits. Glides quietly through the house. Hums to Chopin on the radio.

Opens the oven door and spies a lift so high, it rises above the parchment.

Giddy, she removes the souffle: Airy. Light.

Within moments, it falls. And sinks. And slumps: Dense. Heavy.


I can't wait to be in the kitchen baking.

Now for some admin.

  • If you don't already know, 100 words is now on Facebook. This allows for non-bloggies to get their 100 words on, so be sure to visit the page and leave encouraging comments for the 100 word-nerds there too.
  • There are now three places to find the current prompt. That week's post (hint: you're reading it), on the home page if you scroll down below the line of category boxes you'll see "What's the Word?", and on the Facebook page on the left side bar in the box below "suggest to friends".
  • If you're a participating blogger please be sure to link back here so your readers can join in if they feel so moved.
  • The link tool I'm using asks me to set open and close dates. Last week I set it to close on Friday, but from now on the ability to post a link will be set from Monday through Saturday midnight eastern time.

This week's word is from Topology of a Phantom City by Alain Robbe-Grillet.