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 anybody ce soir or anytime soon, and just makes me think of a nice slice of toast.

Appropriately enough, the song played on the radio yesterday as I was about to serve supper. I’d done roasted pork neck, in response to Tandy’s weekly ingredient theme of ‘leftovers’, using the basting that remained from my Sunday night duck. The pink port and Verlaque (more treasures from the #FBI2011 goodie bag) worked beautifully together. Unfortunately the light was not good and my photograph is too bad to post, which means I shall have to come up with another take on the theme sometime this week.

Side View has chosen a winner for the second Pesto Princess apron. It goes to beeblu, who – if memory serves – is in Australia, and so becomes the owner of the very first Pesto Princess apron to be worn outside South Africa. This is her winning entry:

I don’t deserve the apron
‘cos I don’t do too much cooking
my attempts at cordon bleu
just end in tears and vloeking.
But wait! My man, my masterchef –
his old apron’s now a rag
if I win the pesto princess comp
I can dress him up in drag!


The third and final Pesto Princess apron is up for grabs and we’ve been casting about for ideas of how to give it away. Sidey came up with this one:

Write a catchy slogan for Pesto Princess.

52 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks for the reminder about Tandy’s challenge!
    Congratulations to beeblu on winning the apron.
    Slogans aren’t my thing sorry!
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Maybe it will come to you in the night 🙂

  2. leigh says:

    Bonjour 🙂

  3. Nzwaa says:

    Now why didnt I think of that.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You still have time 🙂

  4. suzicate says:

    Love it…too funny. Some people have such wit…wish I was one of them that could come up with lines like that!

    1. theonlycin says:

      C’mon suzicate, you can do it 😉

  5. Hey Presto, it’s our Pesto.

  6. Jamie Dedes says:

    Fun! I love the ditty.
    “Burnt” orange seville … interesting!

    FYI: Thanks for your visit earlier a.m. Sorry I wasn’t clear. That E.T. vid is a spoof. No new movie coming out …

    Have a wonderful day, Cindy. Thanks for all the joys.

    1. theonlycin says:

      No, I did get that it was a spoof 🙂

  7. Tandy says:

    that pork looked good before it went into the oven!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Eating the leftovers tonight 🙂

  8. halfp1nt says:

    Well done to beeblue, her entry is brilliant!

  9. slpmartin says:

    When Labelle performed this on television, broadcast standards of the day prohibited them from singing the chorus as written. It was changed to “Voulez-vous danser avec moi ce soir” (do you want to dance with me).

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, even today they make people use that version on some TV shows 🙂

  10. Good job Beeblu. I so remember that song. I don’t think I ever heard the lyrics changed to dancer though.

    1. theonlycin says:

      My daughter argued that it was a Christina Agluilera song ;p

  11. Clever Beeblu 😀 That salad looks eminently gobblable. I’m on a healthy eating stint and it might just qualify.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Good luck on your new eating regime, Kate 🙂

  12. deepercolors says:

    I love the poem. Thanks. 🙂

  13. thysleroux says:

    Sounds/looks interesting!

    I really took note!

    (At least “lady marmalade” is much better than “Baby lemonade” … By Syd Barret. ((Watch how I get stoned by die hard fans!)))

    1. theonlycin says:

      Baby lemonade? Bwahahahahaha!

  14. nrhatch says:

    Love the winning entry
    The salad looks delish
    Pesto Princess wakes up
    Pasta, poultry, or fish

    Thanks, Cin!

  15. souldipper says:

    Fabulous poem – it easily deserves the apron!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I thought so too 🙂

  16. i couldn’t stop to the rap music spitting and stomping and pumping in the background while I read that excellent verse. go beeblu! whoop!
    thank u cindy for so cleverly bringing us all together this way. u r a force of goodness. keep on.

  17. nursemyra says:

    excellent entry – she (and her husband) deserve the apron

    1. theonlycin says:

      That they do, Myra 🙂

  18. bluebee says:

    I am absolutely delighted and honoured to wake up to this very happy news this morning!! Thank you very much to Cin, Side View and Pesto Princess Foods for this fabulous gift – am VERY chuffed 😀 My Masterchef shall wear it with pride and flair down here in the Antipodes ;-). Thanks, too, to all the Bloggers here for your compliments on my entry. bb. xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      You deserve it, hope it brings many happy kitchen memories for you and your Masterchef 🙂

  19. It was funny, cheerful and honest. How could I resist?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for being our judge 🙂

  20. adeeyoyo says:

    Congratulations Bluebee on winning the Pesto Princess apron. Well done girl!

    Yummy Greek salad, Cin.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Not going to give the slogan a bash, adee?

  21. Lyndatjie says:

    Pesto Princess… a food so great it can make a chef out of the Toad. *giggle*
    I still poison everybody I meet and I’m still banned from kitchens – so sorry…. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      A kiss of pesto makes a toad turn into a kitchen princess?

  22. libraryscene says:

    Funny, now it is the pop version from that movie (what movie, oh…I”m way too tired to be online) Anyhoo, thanks for the smile.. me to sleep for 4 hours, you to enjoy your day, cheers ~

    1. theonlycin says:

      Moulin Rouge? Sleep tight 🙂

  23. gospelwriter says:

    Love that poem – well deserving of the win…

    1. theonlycin says:

      The Pesto Princess girls think so too 🙂

  24. Corina says:

    I’m having trouble logging into my wordpress these days! 😦

    But I just had to drop my slogan as well:
    Pesto Princess – Royal pleasure by the mouthful!

    1. theonlycin says:

      That’s priceless 🙂

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