“Spice” by A. Cinqué Hicks in Shade: An Anthology of Fiction by Gay Men of African Descent begins with a listing of the ingredients need to make gumbo.
To make gumbo, you need rice. Mama preferred brown rice. Then you also need an onion, butter, oil, flour, okra, green onions, tomatoes, shrimp and oysters, and an assortment of spices and herbs.
In the story it is the tradition for guests to bring a spice to add to the pot. Our protagonist adds an unusual ingredient.
And so for day 491