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.



  1. 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.

  2. 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).

  3. 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!)))

  4. 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.

  5. 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

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  7. 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…. 🙂

  8. 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 ~

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  10. 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!


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