The French faculty of medicine officially approved its (chocolate’s) use in 1661. The magistrate and gastronome, Brillat-Savarin (1755 – 1826) summed up in Physiologie du Gout: “Chocolate, when carefully prepared, is a wholesome and agreeable form of food … is very suitable for persons of great mental exertion, preachers, lawyers, and above all travelers … it agrees with the feeblest stomachs, has proved beneficial in cases of chronic illness and remains the last resource in the diseases of the pylorus.”

This passage comes from that tome to chocolate, written by Christine France and Christine McFadden, The Complete Book of Chocolate and 200 Chocolate Recipes. I’ve had the book for more than a year; it was set aside for reading and completely forgotten about. Until yesterday.

Alone for an entire morning, I indulged in guiltless sloth: I took Justin Bonello’s new book ‘Cooked’ up to the swimming pool and lazed about on a lounger, reading in between swims. Time flew, under the cloudy skies, and before I knew it I had a severe case of Red Knees.


Completely my own silly fault, I nonetheless wallowed in self pity and took myself, with a bar of chocolate, and the aforementioned Chocolate book, to bed for the afternoon. I’m in love with the book, head over heels really. If you have a fondness for cocoa in any form I can recommend that you buy this book immediately.


My Red Knees are still sore, but there’s a pot of hot choc simmering on my stove and a batch of yumminess for our breakfast. Those things we call flap jacks, the English call crumpets, and the Americans know as pancakes.

A rose by any other name, really …


51 Comments Add yours

  1. sounds like a book everyone should read

    1. theonlycin says:

      Please borrow it sometime! You will love it.

  2. how are your knees today?

  3. deepercolors says:

    Aha. I saw the title and thought “I l like chocolate and roses, but what is red knees (and do I really want to know? :-\ ) And then I read the blog . 🙂

  4. Lyndatjie says:

    Ouch ouch and double ouch! Dem aren’t knees – dem are headlights! We can use you on the coast here in our lighthouse – would save a fortune on bulbs. Ouch again!

    1. theonlycin says:

      So silly of me, I could kick myself … if only I could move me knees 😦

  5. leigh says:

    Your body’s already sent the soldiers, no problem 😉

  6. halfp1nt says:

    Hope your knees are feeling better today.

    1. theonlycin says:

      A lavender poultice helped, thanks Shorty 🙂

  7. I think you should take another afternoon in bed with your book and some more chocolate, yes, that will definitely do the trick on helping those eina knees. An extra flap jack wouldn’t hurt either.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Flap jacks all gone as I type this 🙂

  8. slpmartin says:

    Just back home after a fine dinner at a friends home…love being spoiled with fine food and wine…and now off to bed…have a great morning and breakfast looks lovely. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      That’s the best kind of spoiling, Charles. I hope you sleep well 🙂

  9. that’s quite the photo, u nut!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hehehe, looks quite rude, doesn’t it, Doc? 😀

  10. Babygirl says:

    Another great post..

  11. I do love a bit of crumpet.
    And you get knees like that from cloudy skies? I am preparing to emigrate even as I type.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Not sure if it’s SA or Australia that has the most dangerous sun in the world, Kate.

  12. granny1947 says:

    morning Love…those crumpets look delicious….knees not so good.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Was really a stupid move on my part 😦

  13. Rosemary says:

    Chocolate and a cook book in bed is very agreeable to me! Sorry about the red knees – when I read the subject I thought it might me carpet burn! LOL, have a great day:)

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bwahahahaha, not bloody likely, Rosemary. Enjoy your day too, try not allow the Vaalie invasion get to you 😉

  14. souldipper says:

    Owwwie! But we’ll put up with anything when it comes to chocolate!

    In Canada, we call those little flap jacks all three of those names. Ye gads, no wonder we can appear vague vis a vis our national identity!

  15. theonlycin says:

    LOL, souldipper, my Canadian stepdaughter also refers to them by all three names 😀

  16. Cin, those knees look very sore. If you can lay your hands on some arnica oil, it helps for the sting xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks MTM, feeling better today.

  17. Cindy, I had no clue where the title of your post was going … and now my mind is out of the gutter, I can say it was a lovely post! Sorry you have sunburnt knees …
    Sunshine xx

  18. suzicate says:

    Red knees from the sun! Guess the only way my knees will get red here this time of year is frost bite! And chocolate IS the perfect food group!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Chocolate truly is the food of the Gods 🙂

  19. nrhatch says:

    It’s easy to convince ourselves on cloudy days that we don’t need sunscreen on our knees. We do.

    Hope the pain dissipates before the next sunny day. 🙂

    My Scottish aunt made crumpets. My dad made pancakes/ flapjacks/ griddle cakes. They seem a bit different to me ~ maybe because of the toppings served with them.

    We always had our pancakes in the morning with syrup and our crumpets at tea with orange marmalade.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Interesting Nancy, my step daughter tells me they eat pancakes with bacon and syrup in the morning?

    2. nrhatch says:

      We had pancakes for breakfast with butter and Vermont Maple Syrup on top. Sometimes, my dad served sausage or bacon on the side. Not always.

      My favorite ~ stir kernels of corn into the batter before putting on the griddle. Also good with blueberries or nuts stirred in to the batter.

      1. theonlycin says:

        We call those corn fritters!

  20. Liane says:

    Aaa YES on the chocolate – OUCH! on the red knees – YUM on the (known in Afrikaans as) “plaat koekjies” (*plaat – koo – keys”)

  21. Jingle says:

    yummy post..

    Here is the end of the year awards 4 you, enjoy!

    End of The Year Awards 4 Friends of Jingle or Jingle Poetry Community

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    At this time of the year, We wish you all the best !

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Jingle, Merry Christmas.

  22. And did you do all this with your left hand? :-D! (Still waiting, Cin – did you chicken out? I’ll forgive you if you did – esp. after your sweet encouragement to me yesterday!

    Chocolate – mmmmmm – and I see you like Lindt, too! I love the high cacao content – 85% is terrific, but they have a 60% with chili flavoring, that I would crawl on my hand (!) and knees for! If you’ve had it, you know, if not, it might sound weird, but it is fantastic!!! And very Mexican or South American.

    Great post, and one more thing: SUNSCREEN!!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I did it last Monday, Paula, and posted in the morning. By midday I was ready to weep and threw in the towel. My bad, you rock!

      1. theonlycin says:

        And, yes, we do have that chilli chocolate here, I love it.

    2. I don’t know how I missed it, because I thought I never missed one of yours! I’ll go back and look for it1 You’ll get a comment later! 😀

      1. theonlycin says:

        Thanks Paula, I bow to you for your bravery.

  23. Pseu says:

    You call those flapjacks!? Crikey!

    Flapjacks are oatmeal and treacle and stuff like that in a baked bar, over here.

    Crumpet and pikelets are the same thing here, but it depends which part of the UK you are from and they are flat bottomed bubbly topped things which require toasting before being slathered in butter, plus or minus some sort of jam, marmalade or marmite.

    And pancakes are thin and cover the whole of the bottom of the pan, require tossing and are eaten sprinkled with lemon juice and sugar and rolled up in a tube shape, unless you’re talking Sctch pancakes, of course which are made with a thicker batter and are smaller.

    Clear as mud?

    I love all these anomalies in food naming. Don’t start on the chicory and endive debate….

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hahaha, we call the oatmeal and treacle thing ‘crunchies’ here 🙂

  24. Tokeloshe says:


    I hope your knees are better.

    I also love that chocolate 😉

  25. Kavita says:

    Those red knees must’ve felt better the minute you touched the chocolate bar.. no? 😉
    You might be in live with the book… but I am sooooooooooo in love with the subject matter of the book too… (giggles)

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