THE DAYS BEFORE YUPPIECHEF

Slow roasted, pineapple and ginger glazed, pork. Yuppiechef recently introduced a most beautiful pot; a heart-shaped casserole dish that I simply can’t afford at the moment. I’ve put a photo of it on my fridge in the hopes that my family will put a word in Santa’s ear.  As I pulled out my faithful old…

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IMPACT

20 January 2010:   Something happened yesterday that made me stop in my tracks.  I went down to the mailbox to see if the postman had been.  Yes, there were a clutch of letters and I opened the bills and sundry invites in a desultory fashion, pausing every few paces to stoop and pick a…

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SIDE VIEW’s WEEKEND THEME: ALTER-EGO

My alter-ego lives in Paris.  She is rich and has a lover who adores her; the man has an arrangement with a florist and a dozen long-stemmed white roses are  delivered at 8am every morning to her all-white apartment. I’m bored with the story already, I’m really rather happy with this real me, as I…

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SUNDAY USUAL, THIS TIME FROM CAROLYN

1. What time did you get up this morning? Well, it’s like this; we have a confused rooster in the neighborhood … 2. How do you like your steak? There’s a local saying: Skin it, wipe its arse, whip it across the coals and serve it. (Sorry Nancy and Lyndatjie!)  3. What was the last…

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ENFORCED SOBRIETY AND MOLASSES

We were completely alone, Lulubelle and I. Old Spouse was off carousing at some year-end function, O Bunn was at a birthday party and Diski had found a hole in the fence and gone to visit with the dogs next door. I wasn’t as glum as Lulubelle at being the only ones home, but I…

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FLORENTINE/URUGUAYAN; A GOOD EGGY PIE AND A QUIZ

Two birds with one stone; another recipe for Tandy’s book using a McCain’s frozen veg and a vegetarian supper dish for my BFF, who is trying not to eat meat at night in the hope that this will banish the bad dreams she’s been having of late.   Yesterday’s McCain product was creamed spinach and…

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A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME, EXCEPT PUCE

Pic found on the web. I’m reviewing McCain’s frozen veg this week.  My first thought when confronted with frozen vegetables is Why?  I have the most glorious fruit and veg store right on my doorstep and can nip across daily and hand-pick what I need.  But, I’m working on supplying Tandy Sinclair with some easy…

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5 STARS FOR 5 EGG CABANO CAKE

Sacre bleu! Cinq oeufs? Yes, I was thinking in French… FIVE eggs??? Whirlpool replaced poor Wall-E (MHDSRIP!) with a new stove on Tuesday.  Not just a replacement of Wall-E, but with the latest model.  Of course there was nothing to do but test the oven and Sonia Cabano suggested the Chocolate Almond Cake recipe included…

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DECONSTRUCTED CROSSNESS AND CANNELLONI

In my fantasy life, my husband should sweep in nightly with brown paper bags containing champers and flowers. He should say things like Darling! That smells delicious before pouring me a glass of bubbly, tucking his napkin into his collar and sitting down to a civilised dinner. Instead he bursts into the kitchen with a…

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A SABRE AND A SNOEK PIE

Sabrage is a technique for opening a champagne bottle with a sabre, used for ceremonial occasions. The saber is slid along the body of the bottle toward the neck. The force of the blade hitting the lip breaks the glass to separate the collar from the neck of the bottle. The cork and collar remain…

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