And so to address Side View’s weekend theme … I can’t say much about sticky-tape; only that it is an item that mysteriously disappears in our house.  Some black hole swallows it up, along with pens, socks and hairclips.

String I have, an essential kitchen item; handy for tying a bouquet garni and stuffed roasts.

A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them:

Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!
Oliver Wendell Holmes

OK, I’ll admit I’m floundering on this theme, so allow me to string you along with a bit of eye candy:

Everybody in the foodie world is playing with asparagus at the moment; or those of us in the southern hemisphere are.  I’m rather envious of my friends Tandy and Amanda, who are boasting shamelessly of their abundance of scallops.  I went off on a quest to find some at the local fisheries yesterday, and came home with a very pricey pack of Norwegian smoked salmon / R90 for 200g.  Still, a good supper and I’ve just been told by Old Spouse that he feels great this morning, thanks to the healthy meal.

I’ve developed a guilty little secret in the past week; I’ve become addicted to online shopping!  A griddle pan was not essential, but oh! what fun I am having with it!

And finally, the October “Diski Ear Update”; alas! I can’t report any progress:

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31 Comments Add yours

  1. deepercolors says:

    Not a fan of salmon, but the asparagus and avocado look good. Is that Ground pepper on the Avocado?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes 🙂
      And I dressed it with the pommegranite salad dressing, it was quite sublime 😀

  2. Leigh says:

    This is what people love to read. The pics are wonderful, it’s inspirational. And online shopping’s the future. Great post.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Leigh ;p Online doesn’t beat your Sunday market though …

      1. Leigh says:

        Thanks darl.

  3. that looks lovely, now the man is in fine fettle to amuse you this weekend

    1. theonlycin says:

      And I will continue to try to provide ‘amuse bouche’ 🙂

  4. buttercup600 says:

    Looks so delicious Cindy, I have to say I love salmon but cannot believe how expensive it is there? Don’t think I’ll even touch the subject of online shopping…those sleepless nights can tell of many cookbooks (and then some more) that really was not needed (hiding my head in shame)..Diski has grown so much…what a cutie!! Your pictures are beautiful xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Amanda, love yu much. xxx

  5. thysleroux says:

    I truly love salmon, Mugg and Bean used to have a decent salmon breakfast.

    Being a sashimi and sushi afficonado means I have no qualms about raw slices of salmon either … yum!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I adore salmon in any form 😀

  6. thysleroux says:

    Your dog is lovely. Alert lil critter!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      She really is turning out to be a sweet little dog.

  7. Adeeyoyo says:

    Love asparagus and avo but you can have the salmon, Cin. Btw, was Diski’s father a traffic cop by any chance, lol?

    1. theonlycin says:

      bwahahaha, sharp adee!

  8. slpmartin says:

    What an array of topics to start my day with…hope you found the champagne flutes for your friend…seems the responses were as varied at the stituations stepmothers/fathers find themselves in….Oh, the poor pup looks like he’s going to keep that ear problem….but it does give him a bit of character.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Diski is a she 🙂 and she does have oodles of character.
      The champagne flutes were delivered yesterday, for the future I expect to provide a shoulder to cry on from time to time.

  9. Tokeloshe says:

    Looks delicious.

    I love Salmon, fortunately it is reasonably priced here.

    Is Diski still a puppy?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, Tok, she was born during the SWC and is now about 4 months old 🙂

  10. Amy MacLeod says:

    You know what I love about this presentation? It’s like a potpourri wrapped in sticky tape and string. A lovely little box of this and that. Delightful. Merci.

  11. gospelwriter says:

    Handsome pup (loved adee’s comment, so right) and, who cares about the ear (as long as it’s not a problem for him)… As for me, I’m not a raw fish (or meat) person, but I do love salmon – luckily I live on the coast where it’s not that hard to get, in season, I mean. A very nice-sticky tape and string post, I agree with Amy there.

  12. No progress report needed, Cindy, the picture says it all. Vive la Diski.

  13. nrhatch says:

    So, addicted to on line shopping, eh? 😉

    Enjoy the griddle pan. We had one once, gave it away. We had two different sandwich presses. Gave them away. We had an electric skillet, a crepe maker, a milk shake maker, an ice shaver, an ice cream maker . . . gave them all away.

    Now I have an excuse not too spend so much time in the kitchen. 8)

    1. theonlycin says:

      *trots off to hunt for an ice shaver 🙂 *

  14. klrs09 says:

    Am not a fan of smoked salmon, but love it fresh. that dinner looks divine — you should receive many, many compliments.

  15. Jamie Dedes says:

    Asparagus, smoked salmon, avacado. Good stuff! Yum!

    Love the pup. Too cute, and so much dignity.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Jamie, you would withdraw the ‘much dignity’ comment if you’d seen her last week; we had rain and she – being a winter pup – experienced it for the first time. She dashed about like a dervish 🙂

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