Recipe For The Little Prince

Cover of "The Little Prince (Turtleback S...Cover via AmazonAs the first readings this week are all about Genesis and the creation I thought this little recipe would stir the creative juices. 

Thanks to Rick Loftus at Ten Thousand Virtues Blog for permission to reproduce this.  

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. "
--Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince

"Recipe for the Little Prince (from My Favourite French Recipes, by the Ultimate Chef): 
For the shell:
23.4 kilograms of oxygen
6.48 kilograms of carbon
3.6 kilograms of carbon
1.08 kilograms of nitrogen
540 grams of calcium
432 grams of phosphorus
72 grams each of potassium, sulfur, chlorine
36 grams of sodium
18 grams each of magnesium and iron
just a pinch of the following: cobalt, copper, zinc, iodine, selenium, fluorine, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, chromium, boron

For the filling:
Two Divine fistfuls of Love
One heaping handful of Innocence
One healthy serving of Loyalty
One substantial portion of Candour
A dash of Courage
A scoop of Wanderlust
A cauldron of Passion (may also be substituted with Ardour if balanced in a 9-to-1 ratio of Cleansing-by-Weeping)

Persistence-fortified Questioning  
In a large mixing bowl, sift together the shell dry ingredients and gases, then stir them into a salt water bath, striking with lightning occasionally to ensure proper combining.
Bake over a well-raked volcano until set. 
As the shell cools and congeals, combine elements of the filling. 
Once they are unified, use your largest-sized pastry tube to blow the filling into the shell.  
Sprinkle with stardust to complete.
May garnish with rose petals and baobob crudite. Never serve with mutton nor lamb chops. Serves millions.]
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On December 30, 1935, French aviator Antoine Saint-Exupéry and his navigator André Prévot crashed in the Sahara desert while attempting to break the world record for the Paris-to-Saigon flight. They survived the crash, only to face dehydration in the desert. Their lives were saved four days later by a camel-riding Bedouin.
Saint-Exupéry’s experience led him to write the world-famous children’s book, The Little Prince. Since 1943, teachers around the world have used The Little Prince to teach French to students of all ages.

Even more than the lessons it offers in language, the story gives a moving contemplation of the nature of what it means to love and to be loved.

If you have never read the tale, do so. It is like holding up a mirror to your own face, finding a reflection in which the most essential remains invisible.

Saint-Exupéry dedicated his book to his best friend in the whole world, apologizing to children everywhere that his friend happened to be a grown up. “This grown-up understands everything, even books about children,” he explained as justification. "


claire said...

Thank you, Phil. This is delightful. I love Saint-Ex and pretty much all of his books. This recipe is super. I can send it to my son-in-law and grandsons :-))))
Thank you!

Philomena Ewing said...

Claire, I thought you would appreciate this one ! We both love this Little Prince and it is great to know itis being passedon to the kids ( and adults!)It was by sheer luck I found it.I was looking for something on gentleness and creation and the Rick Loftus blog came up so really it is him you have to thank.Tthe only other book I have read of Exupery's is Wind Sand And Stars,a long time ago.

Anonymous said...

Oh Phil...this is by far one of my favorite books of all times. From beginning to end...I just wish that I understood all the wisdom it contains. The ending leaves me with some questions. Any insights?

Philomena Ewing said...

Likewise Andie- deep, wise provocative and profound and all wrapped up in a language that children can understand. The ending hits me at so many levels and I don't like to be over analytical with it. In a religious sense it has the flavour of waiting for a second coming of sorts, a resurrection hope and also it plays with memory,loss imagination and the desert experience, even the Dark Night of The Soul and as i'm thinking off the top of my head as I write even the transformation experience the disciples had on Mount Tabor- how thye must have remembered that after the death of Jesus.
i love the way the sense of wonder and mystery imbues the whole story so what are your questions ?

Anonymous said...

I think that it is the ending which is what I struggle with the most. I do think that it speaks of resurrection, but I feel as though there is so much more. I never thought of it as the Dark Night...very interesting...and now I will go and read it again. Thanks Phil.