Menopause brings with it some interesting things, among them a change of sleep pattern and rather vivid dreams in the very early hours of the morning.  A recent one had me in my kitchen with Gary Mehigan (MasterChef Australia judge), there was so much steam that I couldn’t look my husband in the eye when I woke up …

He’s a dead sexy bloke, is Gary, in a non-dangerous, ‘Dad’ kind of way.  Like Colin Firth.  Can’t find out anything about him on the internet, so I don’t even know if he’d be available for a kitchen frolic, but I do find that he is very partial to making bœuf bourguignon, which, when you really think about it, is exactly like coq au vin, with chicken instead of cow.

Wide awake and assailed by guilt at my dreamland infidelity, any attempt at back-to-sleep felled by the neighbours’ crowing rooster, I made my way to the kitchen and chopped up a fowl. 

I’ve had another windfall of wine prizes and wanted to make the perfect pairing for the Robertson Wolfkloof Shiraz that arrived last week.  The Platter’s wine guide says “ in ultra-ripe, full-throttle-fruit mode … dense and concentrated styling for robust food”. 

Turning to that all-time classic no-nonsense tome of culinary science, Joy of Cooking (Rombauer, Becker & Becker) I smiled as I read “When the old rooster, or coq, lost his crow, he would find himself the main ingredient in this classic French country fricassee.  Commonly made with red wine … choose one that is fruity …”  Ha! A match made in heaven.

Still trying to get Gary off my dirty mind and appease my unknowingly-cuckolded husband, I made parkin for pudding.  He told me I am very sweet and gave me a kiss.

Oh, I will surely burn in hell one day …

Parkin with Nestle Magnum Almond & Vanilla mini ice cream.


29 Comments Add yours

  1. leigh says:

    Swoon, swoon 🙂

  2. deepercolors says:

    Wish I had dreams like that. :-]

    1. theonlycin says:

      Maybe I watched too much telly of late 😉

  3. Oh those early morning steamy liaisons are delictable – i have such a thing for that Willy Wonker chocolate man – even though he has dirty finger nails ……….. WHICH I HATE!!! oh Menopause is well, Menopause!! xxx jan

    1. theonlycin says:

      Men! Oh! Pause … don’t get me started on Bourdain …

  4. neil stemmet says:

    wonderful story, will google him, maybe i can share your vision

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the visit Neil 🙂

  5. Adeeyoyo says:

    Aah, Nestlé Magnums – all of them – my favourites!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I like the mini ones, just enough for me.

  6. Madmom says:

    There is no way hell is an option for you with those heavenly meals you serve your family, Cindy.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Madmom, them norty dreams get me a bit upset 😉

  7. Surely you will … because they’ll be fighting to get you down there to cook! 🙂

    I haven’t thought about the Job of Cooking in years. Gave mine to the CitySon Philospher when he went away to school.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s a wonderful book and my standard wedding present, not a pretty book, but one that has everything a new cook needs to know.

  8. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, dreamland infidelity. Does it count? When you consider the oddness of most dreams I’m inclined to give the verdict of not guilty.

    However that parkin looks suspiciously as though it has chocolate in it, and as we all know cooking with chocolate leads to chocolate on various body parts………..


    1. theonlycin says:

      No chocolate, but it did have molasses …

  9. souldipper says:

    How ironic…my first cookbook was the Joy of Cooking and was followed quickly by the Joy of Sex. I said to my poor new husband, “I’m a lover, not a cook!” You’ve outdone me again, Cin…you are both!!

    Fess up…when you read about that old Coq…did your mind wander to a neighbouring morsel?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh yes, as I wielded my knife and listened to him cockle-doodling his head off, my mind did more than wander …

  10. Oh the joys of wild dreams … sometimes they feel so real, don’t they? Good for you for cooking it off! 🙂
    Sunshine xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      At least it was Gary, who is a true gentleman and won’t tell 😉

  11. Pseu says:

    Something has to make menopause bearable…..

    1. theonlycin says:

      I wonder if my dreams will henceforth star whomever I last saw on the TV screen?

  12. nrhatch says:

    Bwahaha! That morning the rooster didn’t crow . . . I began to suspect that a post on Coq au Vin would be appearing soon.

    You weren’t dreaming of Gary’s cock . . . it was his coq you were after! 😉

    COCK-a-doodle do!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bwahaha, you norty thing!

  13. Posky says:

    Carrots aside that looks like it would go excelent with three glasses of wine. I’m drooling.

    Gary Mehigan looks like a giant baby. I’m pretty sure you had a nightmare.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bwahahaha, you’re too funny Posky!

  14. Jem says:

    So has Mr Bourdain been knocked off his pedestal? *wink*

    You’ll be pleased to know that I’ve taken Garden & Home to task and my subscription will now run from Jan 2011! Let’s see if the issues actually start arriving!

    1. theonlycin says:

      No, Mr Bourdain still floats my boat 😉
      And I am very proud of you for resolving the G&H issue, well done!

  15. Tokeloshe says:

    May your cellar always be well stocked 😉

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