6 QUESTIONS, OFFICE LUNCH AND FLAT BOTTOMS

Would you rather be on ABC’s Extreme Home Make-Over or TLC’s What not to Wear?

If anybody dared to tell me how to dress I would bite their face off. That bloke on the Home Make-Over show shouts too much. I’d bite his face off too.

Do you have any tattoos?

Regretfully, yes.

Do you tell your kids about things you did growing up?

My daughter can’t get enough of my stories about my childhood.

If the traffic signal turns yellow, do you stop or speed up?

Stop.

What’s your preference: chocolate or chips?

Dark, bitter chocolate.

Would you rather be super intelligent or extremely good looking?

Duh, I’m a gorgeous genius!

(I have my tongue in my cheek *wink*) – quiz stolen from Nancy Hatch’s blog.

I was told last week by two colleagues that the lunches I bring to work are the subject of much speculation and envy and that everyone peeks into the fridge each morning to see what I’ve brought along. Truth be told, it’s always leftovers from the night before.

 

Today I’m having what I cooked yesterday for my friend Tandy’s ingredient challenge of the week; grapes. Chicken medallions cooked in a gewürztraminer and grape reduction, potato & carrot mash and a baby squash.

A local wine writer has called this wine the easiest wine to recognise, with its flamboyant bouquet of lychees, and the most difficult to spell.

Moving along to the Culinary Calendar (and steadfastly ignoring Valentine’s Day) today marks Trifon Zarezan (Vinegrowers or Viticulturists’ Day). This is a very ancient holiday rite; Bulgarians prune the vines and sprinkle them with wine for a good harvest.  It is also on this date, back in 1838, that Margaret E. Knight was born. An American inventor, she invented an improved paper bag machine to make bags with flat bottoms.

Happy week, friends, get out there with your flat-bottomed bags and have fun.

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52 Comments Add yours

  1. I know how your colleagues feel – that’s the exact way I open each new bog post. What fabulous food pics are going to leave me salivating.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sorry man, one day I may have the chance to feed you 🙂

  2. souldipper says:

    Gewürztraminer? Thank God I don’t have to go to a wine store to buy some of this for you!

    Thank goodness for Margaret. She’s saved me many dozens of unbroken eggs.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Gewurztraminer rhymes with trial examiner 😉

  3. slpmartin says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day…well we have a few hours before it is offically here on this side of the globe…however it’s close enough. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Off to bed with you now! Sleep tight.

  4. I like the fun idea of 6 questions and how cool that your colleagues something to look forward to each morning. Brilliant.
    It has been far too long since I made potato and carrot mash and potato and green bean mash with onions too of course.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Boereboontjies, haven’t made that bean, onion and potato mash in ages either, thanks!

  5. Thanks for the offer to come over and open! I need you mainly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays – as that’s when Ashley works and I’m on my own! Come over any time! 😀 BTW, what is the stuff the chicken is sitting on in the above photo? I’m sure it must taste a whole lot better than it looks! Very unphotogenic sauce, I’m afraid! I will say however that if you cooked it, I’d be first in line to eat it! 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      It is a reduction of grapes cooked in the chicken juices and gewurztraminer wine, and – yes – it does taste better than it looks 🙂

  6. libraryscene says:

    I’m wondering if your lunch has ever gone missing? I certainly would be tempted to snatch your carrot and potato mash!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Nope, no snatches yet 🙂

    2. …where each of us were going in our own thoughts…

  7. “I was told last week by two colleagues that the lunches I bring to work are the subject of much speculation and envy and that everyone peeks into the fridge each morning to see what I’ve brought along.” – u must know that u brighten their day w your beauty and style, as u do ours. thanks for not isolating this near-fantasy cuisine from our own imaginations.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You are extremely kind, Doc, thanks 🙂

  8. imagine working somewhere where 50% of the staff bring in amazing lunches, and you are stuck not at home, so all you can manage is rye crackers and cheese or bought in stuff.

    I think I should hire you to make my lunches for me

    1. theonlycin says:

      You brought a tear to my eye … *sniff*

  9. Madmom says:

    Yums. You have given me an idea what to make for supper tonight. Thanks. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      My work is done *dusts hands*

  10. Supa says:

    Himself often takes leftovers in to work to be micro kissed. I could put up with the shouting guy for a home makeover, my place really needs it.

    1. theonlycin says:

      The upside is that they send the families away for much of the time they’re renovating, not too much exposure to Mister Shouty.

  11. colonialist says:

    The sort of leftovers that make people want to come right over for!

    Those make-over types don’t dress that well themselves, in my opinion. They don’t speak so good, neither!

    I suppose better to be famous for flat bottoms than for an excessively rounded one.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes Col, I suppose flatter is better 🙂

      1. colonialist says:

        Especially when it comes to what one does in conversation to a vain lady…

      2. theonlycin says:

        There have been songs penned to the rounded variety …

  12. Tandy says:

    I know what my B-I-L’s family will be doing today as they are wine makers in Bulgaria 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      They are ??? !!! Do they ever send over samples of their wines?

      1. Tandy says:

        no! I shall have to ask my B-I-L!

      2. theonlycin says:

        Yes, you must 😀

  13. Tilly Bud says:

    I love your food photos. They look amazing in comparison to my lunchtime slice of toast.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Tilly 🙂

  14. Pseu says:

    Here’s my answers Cindy:

    Would you rather be on ABC’s Extreme Home Make-Over or TLC’s What not to Wear?
    Neither. You’d never get me on TV

    Do you have any tattoos?
    Nope

    Do you tell your kids about things you did growing up?
    Yes, but they’ve reached the age when they think they’ve heard it all before

    If the traffic signal turns yellow, do you stop or speed up?
    I’m not an ‘amber gambler’

    What’s your preference: chocolate or chips?
    Green and Blacks rich milk chocolate.

    Would you rather be super intelligent or extremely good looking?
    Intelligent would be good.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Love the term ‘amber gambler’ Pseu 😀

  15. leigh says:

    Tongue in chic 😉

  16. nursemyra says:

    How adorable is that baby squash?

  17. I wish my leftovers looked like they could feature on the cooking channel. Very stylish and delish-looking, Cindy!
    Sunshine xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Sunshine 🙂 xxx

  18. nrhatch says:

    Ooh, I would love that potato and carrot mash.

    So, are you counting down the hours to the Food Bloggers Indaba? Are you bringing a scrapbook of foodie pics to share?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Supagran and I were just on the phone, Nancy, we reckon we can stretch our scrapbooks of the weekend into at least 4 posts each. Watch this space 🙂

  19. gospelwriter says:

    I would love those leftovers for dinner, never mind lunch… Darkest, bitterest chocolate, please, and hurray for Margaret E. Knight – deserves a medal.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, she does, I shall raise a glass to her immediately.

  20. Ooooh! A woman inventor! So there were a few of us making money back then…..time for a google I think

    1. theonlycin says:

      Wonder if she did make any loot from her brilliance?

  21. You gotta love a ‘good flat bottomed bag’ now don’t you 🙂 Those ‘left overs’ do look pretty dam good Cindy, no wonder they all go have a peek.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m almost moved to writing a song about those bags, Chef 😉

  22. Have they seen your gorgious posts yet…????

    1. Sorry. That would be gorgeous … It’s 1:45 a.m. here ….. Phew!

    2. theonlycin says:

      I’m not sure, Jamie. Thanks for saying they’re nice, however you spelled it 😉

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