I begin a commissioned writing project today that will demand fierce concentration, so I’ll be scarce on the blogs for the coming month. A blessing I guess, at this time of blank mind and lack of inspiration.
I overcooked the meat last night, but that’s OK, because it was nice to visit with my dear friend and the fresh asparagus was compensation enough for the other culinary transgression.
It’s not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong;
not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich;
not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned;
not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.
Francis Bacon (Snr)
Asparagus trivia of the day:
The effect of eating asparagus on the eater’s urine has long been observed:
“asparagus… affects the urine with a foetid smell (especially if cut when they are white) and therefore have been suspected by some physicians as not friendly to the kidneys; when they are older, and begin to ramify, they lose this quality; but then they are not so agreeable” (“An Essay Concerning the Nature of Aliments,” John Arbuthnot, 1735)
Asparagus “…transforms my chamber-pot into a flask of perfume.” Marcel Proust (1871-1922)
There is debate about whether all (or only some) people produce the smell, and whether all (or only some) people identify the smell. It was originally thought this was because some of the population digested asparagus differently than others, so that some people excreted odorous urine after eating asparagus, and others did not.