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Fic: Umami [BBC Sherlock]

Title: Umami
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Rating G
Characters: John Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Angelo
Length: 221B
Alternate Link: AO3
Author's Notes: Written for the watsons_woes JWP Prompt #12: Imported cheese. My sympathies to those of you in the UK suffering through the current heat wave! Unbeta'd.
Summary: Sherlock really couldn't afford to lose any more weight.

A heat wave had sent London temperatures soaring into the 30's. The government issued warnings about exercising outdoors at midday, leaving children or dogs locked in cars, and checking to make sure that elderly neighbors were drinking enough water.

Sherlock's appetite, normally minute, seemed to have disappeared entirely in the heat. It had been six days since John had seen him consume anything but tea, and there wasn't even a case. John was concerned, both as Sherlock's friend and his physician. It's not as if the man could afford to lose any more weight.

In desperation, John made a phone call to the only person he knew who might be able to help.

"Something special, just for you," Angelo said as he ushered them through the blessedly air-conditioned restaurant to their usual table, two hours later.

The appetizer, when it arrived moments later, was quite simple. "Bresaola alla Valtellinese," Angelo said reverently. "Paper-thin sliced cured beef and shaved Parmesan cheese, imported from Italy. Arugula, the finest olive oil, lemon juice and cracked pepper."

Sherlock sniffed hesitantly at the plate before scooping up a tiny portion and tasting it. Sherlock's eyes widened and he reached for another bite.

"You're a miracle worker," John whispered, watching Sherlock eat.

"It's the umami," Angelo explained happily, ordering John some pasta. "It stimulates his taste buds."


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 12th, 2014 11:36 pm (UTC)
Mmm... That sounds divine! Who knew I'd get a recipe out of this prompt? ;-)
Jul. 13th, 2014 06:38 pm (UTC)
It is so, SO good. I actually had to go out to dinner and have it, last night after writing this.
Jul. 13th, 2014 12:07 am (UTC)
That sounds delicious! John sure called the right person. I love how Angelo knew just what to do for Sherlock. :)
Jul. 13th, 2014 06:41 pm (UTC)
Of course Angelo would know how to get Sherlock to eat! It's not just his professional pride at stake. Generations of Italian mothers in his heritage are crying out for him to fatten that boy up!

Thanks for the comment, tardisjournal.
Jul. 15th, 2014 02:10 am (UTC)

Must. Try. Recipe!
Jul. 15th, 2014 07:25 am (UTC)
It is SO GOOD.
Jul. 25th, 2014 11:46 am (UTC)
Angelo is a genius (and so are you)!
Jul. 25th, 2014 09:19 pm (UTC)
*licks lips* Thank you!
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