When the phone call with the Mayor’s wife ended, I knew I should’ve asked more questions… But, I was flattered by the amount of money someone was willing to pay for my gluten free bread. I must admit the handmade/homemade stuff tastes better than store bought.
Anyway, the Mayor’s wife’s sister wanted 150 gluten free mini hamburger buns. That’s it! The Mayor’s wife instructed me to rent a Zipcar for the day. She told me, “You’ll have to drive way out to Route 50. There will be plenty of signs showing you the way. There’s no way to miss it!” I should’ve asked a question. Instead, I thought about all the discount malls on Route 50. After all, I needed new dinner napkins!
Beyond that, I wasn’t interested in why the Mayor’s wife’s sister would have a family event way out on Route 50 or why she needed 150 mini buns… Before ending the call, the Mayor’s wife said, “My sister will supply the meat. All you have to do is be there by noon.” Again, I should’ve asked a question.
When I arrived at Route 50, I saw a huge circus tent! I parked the car and walked around. I thought I was at the wrong place until a woman (who looked similar to the Mayor’s wife) asked me if I was the one with the bread. I said, “Yes, I’ve got 150 mini buns.” She said, “Thanks for coming out on such short notice. I’m sad to say, we’re closing the show and dismantling the tent today… This is the last anyone will ever hear of my rat circus! We’ve had too many complaints from The Animal Welfare League…” She looked away and blew her nose. Then she said, “My rats were well fed and loved!” Again, I didn’t ask any questions. I simply followed her behind the circus tent. Then she said (through tears), “The meat is… ready. All you have to do is assemble the burgers for the troupe and your work is done.” Again, I didn’t ask any questions.
“Sandwich Rounds” recipe from the book, Everyday Grain-Free Baking, by Kelly Smith