CATER-WAULING

Caterwauling present participle of cat·er·waul Verb: (of a cat) Make a shrill howling or wailing noise…   In general, mankind, since the improvement in cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.  Benjamin Franklin   6 batches of puff pastry 3 cakes 3 loaves of bread 24 croissants 5 litres of fruit salad 5litres of…

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ROCKET PORN AND INSIDE-OUT SANDWICHES

Stand back! I gotta get some rocket fuel out of the fridge! (Adam Savage) It can be argued that cooks are rocket scientists on an eternal quest for kitchen chemistry. The internet has aided this quest immeasurably; I wonder if anybody has an idea of exactly how many food bloggers there are globally? Food has…

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ABOUT ME

My name is Cindy-Ann, but you may address me in any way you feel comfortable.  I have some nicknames: ‘OC’ (from my company’s name, Original Cin) which has become ‘Ousie’ among some friends, mostly those in my Facebook group; Honour The Fag Hag. ‘Lovie’, which stems from a time when I owned a décor shop…

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STRANGE FRUIT SWINGING IN THE SOUTHERN BREEZE

  I find it surprising how food trends spread like wild fire in so short a space of time. Lately, I have seen Dragon Fruit everywhere I browse on the net and decided to investigate this fruit myself. Finding it pretty enough, I was disappointed to discover that it tasted like … nothing. Still, wanting…

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LAZY WIVES AND FACELESS FISH

  On this day in 1897 Victor Mills was born.  He was a chemical engineer who worked for Proctor & Gamble.  He improved Duncan Hines cake mixes, improved Jif peanut butter, and invented Pampers disposable diapers. (sourced from foodreference.com).  From the improvements he chose to make, we can conclude that Mister Mills had a lazy…

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PRODUCT REVIEW: COOKME PASTA MIX

Sorry, Nancy and Lyndatjie, this is a meaty post.   How to order your steak preference in France • Bleu – Done on a very hot grill for 1 minute on each side. • Saignant – Meaning bloody. Very rare, but cooked slightly longer on the second side than a ‘bleu’ steak. • A point…

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THERE IS NO BLUE FOOD

  Oh! He said; that’s just bizarre: blue doesn’t belong with food!   It stayed on my mind and I looked in my books; found cobalt berries and cyanide jellies, and aquamarine apples and figs.   Further along, there were goodies a plenty; in cerulean bottles and bowls, but nothing could tempt me.   Now…

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SEEING STARS

Would you like to swing on a star carry moonbeams home in a jar and be better off than you are or would you rather be a mule …   Side View’s weekend theme is STAR. I’m too focussed on my work to think about anything clever; so here’s a recipe for the beef pies…

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THE ANATOMY OF SANDWICHES

  A mundane sandwich is not worthwhile. Like life, bread should be respected and savoured; layers of filling should be carefully selected, with due attention given to each element. My life is a Dagwood sandwich at the moment; work is plentiful, although with very tight time constraints creating a spicy undercurrent of the mildest panic….

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COSMOS, CIVILIZATION AND CASSEROLES

parse the cosmos and create maps of reality … It’s a quotation by David Naugle; I came across it in the course of editing a book and I have no idea what it means, and it’s not within my scope of work to find out, but I like the phrase, it has a poetic quality….

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LEFTOVERS, A WINNER AND A LAST CHANCE

  On this date, back in 1975 ‘Lady Marmalade’ by Patti LaBelle is #1 on the charts. My mother was outraged by the naughty lyrics “voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?” and would turn the radio off to protect my young ears. Today, in my own kitchen, marmalade has no racy connotations of coucher-ing with…

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OUT WITH DUCKS (THIS IS NOT ABOUT CRICKET)

If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands. Douglas Adams Mister Adams may not be entirely right. I searched for two weeks for duck breasts. I had jar of Verlaque…

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