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?


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.