Summary: On duty in the camp kitchens of Gondor’s army, there are no short-cuts.
Characters/Pairing: OFC, OMCs
Disclaimer: I'm neither JRRT nor making money off this.
The heat in the kitchen
When her husband joined Imloth Melui’s levy, so did Gaildis – with better native advantage. He’d no war-gear, but she brought her well-loved knives.
Armies move on their stomachs, digesting men from many lands: she’d never met so many strangers!
But all loved her rose sauces. “How do you make this?” they’d ask; officers asked to write recipes for their wives.
To all she answered: “Do you learn bladework from books? No more’s my art for pages! You learn cooking from cooking with cooks.”
Then many laughed, but some learned – a little life amid deadly deeds. So did Gaildis her duty.