Tilly Bud. Could there be a more enviable and romantic name? I die a little each time I see it. My own speaks of practicality: Cindy Taylor. Now, doesn’t that just sound like a woman who’d always have a safety pin in her purse, along with an Elastoplast for emergencies?

No, Tilly Bud is ink right out of Marian Keyes’ pen; she is floral and sunny and sexy.

Go and witness her post about discovering which searches lead people to her blog, you will understand immediately what I mean.  (You’ll also discover a fabulous and addictive blog!)

Witness, as a contrast, my blog’s search results:

blue food
savory tart delia smith
long-marinade for lamb shanks
coq au vin on stove
image blue food
streamed salad prawn
exaggeration with the word happy (!!!)
burglar bars
pictures of burglar bars … (You may stop yawning now)

No, again, our Tilly has gems like Tent suppliers in marriages.


It has come to me that I need to inject a little sauce into my posts. As my beloved friend, granny1947, said the other day, some naughty words may get me lots of traffic.

So here, for starters, is my lunch-bowl for today (leftovers from last night). The sauce is called alla puttanesca, which means in the style of the whore!

To paraphrase the New York Times:

Ostensibly a sauce invented and made by prostitutes, it is said that pasta puttanesca was designed to lure customers with its aroma (RUDE!). Other explanations have more appeal to the minimalist cook: that the prostitutes were too busy (hahaha HAVING NINKY-NONKY WITH PAYING CHAPS!) to cook much, or that they had no storage for fresh ingredients and cooked entirely from the pantry. My favorite legend has it that it was a favorite not of prostitutes, but of women who wanted to serve a quick meal (OH YES, WE KNOW YOU MEAN TO SAY THEY WERE HAVING RUMPY-PUMPY!!!) at home in order to move on to other things. Whatever the origin, no better wintertime pasta sauce has come down to us.

Have I shocked everyone?

No matter, let me know if you want the recipe. *lewd wink*



50 Comments Add yours

  1. i never doubted u were up to this kind of challenge

  2. souldipper says:

    That should attract some good numbers. Maybe even a visit from the NYTimes. 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      Wouldn’t that be a feather in my cap! 😉

  3. slpmartin says:

    Oh…now wait just one minute…I dearly love Tilly Bud but…one must accept the fact that Cindy Taylor is a name that brings to mind images of other Taylors..like Taylor Swift or Taylor Jacobsonn…such images keep men awake at night…which reminds me…I must be off to bed…lets see…shall count Tilly Buds? 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      *blush* Sleep tight, Charles 🙂

  4. nrhatch says:

    I love Tilly Bud ~ her name and her blog, but Cindy Taylor does NOT “sound like a woman who’d always have a safety pin in her purse, along with an Elastoplast for emergencies?”

    Although that description did make me chuckle.

    Cindy Taylor sounds like a someone who “walked into a party, like she was walking onto a yacht. Her hat strategically dipped below one eye, her scarf, it was apricot. She had one eye in the mirror as she watched Quentin Crisp stroll by . . . and all the boys dreamed that she’d be their partner, she’d be their partner . . . ”


    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh my, Nancy, you’ve quite put a spring in my step, thank you 😀

  5. granny1947 says:

    Do let us know what results you get!!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Silly me, I forgot to put the naughty words in as tags *doze*. xxx

  6. Supa says:

    Shock! Gasp! Horror! 🙂

    1. grandawn says:

      Supa – Do you have a new blog? The link I have on my blog hasn’t had a new post since June, 2010. Please let me know.

    2. theonlycin says:

      Sorry Supa, I should have put a disclaimer up, people of your advanced aga etc …

  7. colonialist says:

    Very saucy indeed!

    I’m watching this ‘ere flar Tilly Bud … very horticultural.

    In posting details of sins, she is a Cindy Taylor … definitely no safety-pins, there!

    1. theonlycin says:

      hehehe … nicely played, Col!

  8. Tandy says:

    so, did it work? I love the google search tool on my blog 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Will have to study the stats ;p

  9. Tent suppliers in marriages definitely takes the cake!
    My top searches are very boring:
    sago pudding, food pyramid,how much, cutting chicken, custard cookies, pictures of the servings of fruits.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      One must wonder though, why someone would type ‘how much’ into a search engine?
      Have a good weekend, Mandy:)

  10. Tilly Bud says:

    Thanks for writing about me! I’d like to meet that Tilly Bud because she sounds much more interesting than I am. I always thought it made me sound round and dumpy, which I wasn’t when my husband met me and first called me that; but which is now, alas, all too fitting (unlike any of my clothes).

    As for your name, it is the marriage of two differents: ‘Cindy’ is round and soft and pretty; Taylor is tougher and harder but still approachable (except to men of a certain age, Charles).

    I love your blog and so do many others. It’s wonderful. And, thanks to you, I now also love granny1947’s blog.

    Thanks for the write-up xx

    For the record: I have both a safety pin and an elastoplast in my purse for emergencies, as well as a couple of painkillers.

    1. theonlycin says:

      *whispers* Tilly, I have a condom in my purse. In my defence, it was a free handout at a street promotion and has been there for years …

  11. It looks like whores were not only good in one department!!!!
    Must definetely post the recipe. Of course we want it.
    (Not that i would be allowed to cook it- my knight quite clearly is giving me way too much negative attitude for not just giving him meat and rice every night! No experimenting wanted….ever. And no veg!!! What am i ever going to do? Cook two different meals every night?? WTF?

    1. theonlycin says:

      haha, he’ll probably kill you if you give him pasta with a sauce of anchovies and capers!

  12. Exactly which recipe are you offering, Cindy? 🙂
    Sunshine xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      *clears throat* the pasta one of cours!!!

  13. Pseu says:

    My searches were rather disappointing in number… unless I’m looking in the wrong place for them!?

    “Top Searches
    isobelandcat, gibbs reflective cycle, my little snowdrop, you came so early, all alone?, tempus fugit clocks for sale” my favourite being
    “you came so early, all alone?”

    Cindy Taylor sounds pretty dazzling to me.

    1. theonlycin says:

      “you came so early” mmm ….

  14. Liane says:

    Searching blogs using naughty words? haHAhaHA Now why haven’t I thought of that!? 😉 And here I got my all time high reading on a blog about a blizzard! haha 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      bwahaha … must have been some blizzard!

  15. Holdonholdonholdon. Isn’t Puttanesca the sauce Lemony Snicket wrote into his script about three unfortunate, ingenious children? Did he know its origin? My daughter knows all about puttanesca!! Let us hope she does not learn Italian for a good long time to come!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh my goodness, I don’t remember Lemony’s suit’s name :O

  16. halfp1nt says:

    I love the name Tilly Bud, and she has a brilliant blog, but your name certainly doesn’t conjure up visions of elastoplasts or safety pins 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Shorty, it’s a relief to know you think so 😀

  17. grandawn says:

    OMG! Just what kind of traffic are you trying to get?!? No, wait! Don’t answer that. 🙂

  18. That’s hysterically funny. So interesting and unusual. And my kind of cooking.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  19. washes my eyes out with soap!!!!!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Harsh, a bit of plain water would do ;p

  20. ok i give up, howdo you find what searches have led people to your blog?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Go to your dashboard and look on the menu for ‘site stats’

  21. leigh says:

    Kinky capers…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Tangerine liqueur 😉

  22. Tilly Bud, now that is a romantic name. Not sure you’ve shocked me, but you sure managed to make me chuckle 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Then my work here is done 🙂

  23. The pasta alla puttanesca… delicious and so suggestive ! What a funny, funny blog. J´adore les deux, ton blog et les pâtes 🙂

  24. klrs09 says:

    That was truly enjoyable — I’ve eaten puttanesca sauce many times — and have always thoroughly enjoyed it. wonder what that says about my appetite(s)? Very funny, Cindy, loved it!

  25. Lewd and food. Good combo. Should get lots of hits. You probably could have gotten puttana in there to good effect. 🙂 A whore by any other name…I think I’m getting punchy. Time for bed …

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