18 January,1818 George Palmer was born. Palmer, of Huntley and Palmer biscuit manufacturers, introduced the first biscuit tins.

Thank you, Mister Palmer, the world is a much better place for biscuit tins.

Yesterday, according to BBC Good Food (whom I follow on Twitter) was International Day of Italian Cuisines. I needed no encouragement to celebrate the day; we had another massive rainstorm, follwed by a persistent drizzle,Β and a rich bolognaise sauce with linguine was just the thing to stave off the Monday blues.

And today? More rain predicted; I think some sort of potato dish, with chourizo sausages. I may have good news in the next few hours and cause for celebration. Or solace may be needed and good old bangers and mash will do the trick.

Happy Tuesday, friends.


54 Comments Add yours

  1. one of the things i luv about your photos, are the non-american portions! what a relief! we are so bombarded by delectable torture-me-more pictures and such of huge amounts of food that just play on my subconscious in a way that makes me cry mercy! u r lovely in yet one more way. keep on.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Doc, my philosophy is don’t overload, there’s always enough for second helpings.

  2. I am eager to hear about your news in the next few hours – I know it will be good news so will celebrate on your behalf Ile Maurice style.
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      I should know by about 10.30 *bites nails*

  3. nrhatch says:

    Fingers and toes crossed . . . that you’ll be celebrating good news. πŸ™‚

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Nancy, focus that ‘future thingy’ of yours on me, would you?

  4. Liane says:

    That sauce looks just like the one I make in South Africa. Mmmm. I have to say though that in rainy weather I love “pannekoek, suiker en kaneel”, “melkkos” and “lekker stew”! Do you have a favorite rainy weather food?

    1. theonlycin says:

      I love a curry on rainy days πŸ™‚ A nice mixed seafood always wins.

  5. gospelwriter says:

    Happy Tuesday, Cin (still Monday here) – crossing my fingers for your news being good… πŸ™‚

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you so much πŸ˜€

  6. slpmartin says:

    Watching the international news…not that from the States but on Linktv…I see you’re having some flooding in SA…hope things are well where you are.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Things are desperate in some areas, very worrying, Charlie.

      1. buttercup600 says:

        What is going on all around the world floods…even in Victoria now as well…stay safe my friend…sending you love!! oxo

      2. theonlycin says:

        It’s awful, my heart goes out to the victims.

  7. Sending positive thoughts.

    I also broke meatless monday with a lovely grilled sole, with not so nice veg.

    Why do restuarants make their veg so unappealing? The chap, when I siad I’d have preferred my veggies a bit crisper and less soggy, said, people ask for them like this.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh my, that’s no good. BTW; the foodies seem to be okaying fish for Meatless Monday.

  8. Tandy says:

    lovely dish! Holding thumbs for you xox

  9. nursemyra says:

    Ping! I’m making bolognese for dinner tonight too

  10. granny1947 says:

    Hope it is great news my friend…let me know!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s a very loud YAY!

  11. Adeeyoyo says:

    Good luck, Cin. (10h40 here in Joeys)

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yep, back with the job in the bag πŸ™‚

  12. Ah, you are prepared for any eventuality. Nice!

    Hope you are not in flood zone.

    1. theonlycin says:

      We’re not in the disaster area, Jamie, but have a lot of water on the property.

  13. Love that meal!!!
    And your news?

  14. Or nice lentils & chorizo in a ring of polenta!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ooh, that does sound good, Leon!

  15. Lefty says:

    Yeah, I’d say that’s a pretty good way to celebrate a day dedicated to italian dishes! And let’s be honest – a rich bolognaise sauce with linguine is just the way to stave off a lot of blues, not just the Monday ones.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Well I never, hello Lefty, what a nice surprise. How’re things cooking?

  16. bandsmoke says:

    Congratulations, you deserve it πŸ™‚ Hope things on the up for your friend, what a very desperate situation all round 😦 You did keep leftovers for me …. what a question πŸ˜‰

    1. bandsmoke says:

      Cin, sorry meant to ask. With all your foodie knowledge, can you recommend a decent biscuit recipe? I leaning toward a plain biscuit if that makes sense. A friend of mine is doing a fund raiser sort of thing at Easter for her daughters schoold and the kids are going to decorate the biscuits – hence the need for plain. Would be most obliged. Tx – luv Wildie

      1. bandsmoke says:

        Jeez and lastly apologies for the appalling spelling – put it down to a tiresome day!

      2. theonlycin says:

        As it happens, one of my friends just baked the perfect sugar biscuits for decorating, you can cut them into any shape. Have a look here:

      3. bandsmoke says:

        You are a star – thanks πŸ™‚

      4. theonlycin says:

        You’re welcome, let me know how they turn out πŸ™‚

  17. The bolognaise sauce with linguine looks delicious. I like pasta dishes. Such a dining experience is consolation for the inclement weather.

    The first biscuit tins. Would that be the cylindrical tin that one may crack over the edge of the counter and the biscuits pop out? I was always fascinated by those. Yes, this was a significant culinary contribution to our lives. Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, Carol, I do believe it is that exact tin πŸ™‚
      Blessings back at you and thank you.

  18. Wish I had known about the Italian Cuisines day yesterday – I would have eaten Veal parmesan instead of Mexican American!

    BTW, did you know that you used the French version of an Italian word? Bolognese = Italian; blolgnaise = French translation of Bolognese

    pronounce bolognese as “bo-lone-yez-zay”
    ” bolognaise as “bo-lone-nez”

    Thus endeth the language lesson (as if you needed it!). πŸ˜€
    Hope you get great news, and the “bangers and mash” goes down wonderfully!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Well spotted, thanks Paula πŸ™‚
      The news was great and so was supper (early) I’m ready to drop.

  19. I love BBC Good Food. They never make a duff recipe.
    Bangers and mash sounds just the ticket…

    1. theonlycin says:

      And it was just perfect πŸ˜€

  20. bb(adair) says:

    Biscuit tins are so difficult to get these days.I have some really old battered ones which I hang on to for dear life!

  21. Love good news – hope it’s even better tasting than Italian food.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Very exciting, Amy, I am dead chuffed πŸ™‚

  22. Lovely, Cindy, and it sounds like you have cause to celebrate too. I’m so thrilled for you!
    Big hugs from London
    Sunshine xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Sunshine xxx

  23. Pseu says:

    I like the idea of mood food….

    we had spag bol tonight… but with rice instead of spag. Why? Brainstorm. Ha

    1. theonlycin says:

      I love it with rice πŸ™‚

  24. buttercup600 says:

    And the news was the BEST!!!! Congratulations my dearest friend, I am so very thrilled for you!!! 2011 will show her BEST, I just feel it!! Mwah oxoxox

    1. theonlycin says:

      I do hope so, thanks so much, sweet friend. xxx

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