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Tastes Like Chicken

Good morning.

Nicky’s not here today, so you’re stuck with me. Contrary to what she told you the other day, I will not be wearing any such little red backless number. I might however, be wearing my best sundress. Awfully and terribly.

The craziest thing about today’s prompt was that I wasn’t going to write anything. Then, suddenly, while hastily throwing together a chicken stir fry (while battling the flu, dammit), I realized that I had a post, just sitting there amongst the fennel and taragon and spinach and avocado and sliced almonds. Yes, the whole gang was there. There was even a tomato and some celery, and they were all cooking gently and happily in a little grapeseed oil.

Once it was ready, I doled out a portion to myself and headed to work (I’ve been working late hours these days), confident that my stir fry would taste like chicken, albeit randomly seasoned. Then, as I zoned out on the subway in a Tylenol fog, my thoughts turned to my father, and how he’d tell us that chicken today tastes nothing at all like the chicken of yore.  Being the age that I am, I have nothing to base this on, so I took his word for it.

So, just like Oreos used to taste different (they used to use lard), I imagine that a lot of things used to taste differently. Still, I started to wonder if chicken tastes like chicken at all and, if we could go back in time, would time machine chicken taste better or worse than what we’re used to? Our taste memories are very powerful things, just that our brains are also huge liars half the time. So the age old question remains: if chicken doesn’t taste like chicken, what does it taste like? Still, I’m wondering if Tylenol Cold and Flu or whatever the hell I took, should have a warning that it may cause existential thoughts about chickens.

And then I arrived at work and slept for 8 hours.

Edit: Sprucing things up with yesterday’s chicken:
looks like chicken


Welcome to Day 19 of the Second Third Annual 30 Minus 2 Days of Writing. Today’s prompt was Tastes Like Chicken and it was brought to you by the Guinness Book of World Records holder for greatest number of challenges participated in, Katherine. Please click on the links below to visit the other people participating in this challenge. Don’t forget the honey mustard sauce.

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