SWEET SATURDAY AND WEIGHTY BREASTS

  Culinary Calendar trivia for the day: 27 February 1879: The artificial sweetener, Saccharin, was discovered by Messrs Fahlberg and Remsen at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. The FDA has required warning labels, since 1972, on products using saccharin because it is a suspected carcinogen. See? No point in trying to get away from…

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ABUNDANCE

Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life. Wayne Dyer There are an abundance of triggers that can set off inspiration for food blogs. Jane-Anne Hobbs touched on some of these in her talk at the Indaba: ingredients, memories, hunger, recipes, showing off and fads. For me inspiration often comes…

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A BOTTLE OF BREAD

Those on the breadline live a bread and cheese existence unable to break bread with others or even to fill their hungry breadbaskets. Unless, that is, a breadwinner knows which side his bread is buttered on and decides to use his loaf and cast his bread upon the water. Such a bread and butter way…

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SPUD HOARDING AND SUPER SAUCE

From the Culinary Calendar, we learn that on this day in 1922 “Donald McLean was born. McLean was a Scottish potato expert who supposedly had the world’s largest private collection of potatoes, with 367 varieties.” I am an unabashed magpie when it comes to collecting things; I have teapots, miniature VW Beetles, wines, cookie cutters…

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#FBI2011: IT’S OK TO BREAK THE RULES

“Wine is dauntingly unruly. So many places it comes from, so many grapes it’s made from, so many different people making wine as they interpret how it should be made. And then its taste changes every damn year.” Terry Theise / Reading  Between the Wines. My love affair with food and wine pairing began about…

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FOOD & WINE BLOGGERS INDABA, PART 2

There are 168 unread notifications in my email inbox. These are all for recent posts on my friends’ blogs. Please know that I will read and visit each and every one of them as soon as I can. I am catching up with work after being away on Monday, was on a film shoot for…

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FOOD BLOGGER INDABA, PART 1

With little alternative I have adapted to living in Johannesburg and even come to love the grand old Highveld lady. But, when I go to Cape Town and leave the airport, something happens to me; my soul breathes more deeply and there is no denying that I am home. My friend Susan and I had…

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WAMBLING

“It sloweth age, it strengtheneth youth,it helpeth digestion,it abandoneth melancholie, it relisheth the heart, it lighteneth the mind, it quickenth the spirits, it keepeth and preserveth the head from whirling, the eyes from dazzling, the tongue from lisping, the mouth from snaffling, the teeth from chattering and the throat from rattling; it keepeth the stomach…

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FLYING COWS AND DUTCH PRINCESSES

From the Culinary Calendar on this date in history: In 1930 At the St. Louis International Air Exposition, a cow supposedly flew in an airplane for the first time, and this same cow became the first cow to be milked while flying. Most likely the first true flying cow dung also. I shall wonder about…

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THE KEY TO A TIN OF SARDINES

The Culinary Calendar tells me that today is Feast of Shesmu, Egyptian god of the Wine Press and that on this day in 1876 canned sardines went on sale in the U.S. for the first time. They were packed in oil. I also learned that, rather bizarrely, in 2002 new regulations were put into effect…

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STICKY BUNS AND FIVE QUESTIONS

Today, according to the Culinary Calendar, is ‘Feast of Sticky Buns’. I can’t find anything via Google to support this claim and it sounds a bit rude (what on earth is a sticky bun?), so I shall move along to other things. Quizzes and challenges habitually reappear and so it is that the ‘Famous Five’…

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