An onion shared with a friend tastes like roast lamb. (Egyptian proverb)

There seems to be a collective consciousness at play this week; I’ve come across many blogs, verbal conversations, media articles and the like which deal with the subject of ethics. Tandy’s post about scraping made me wonder about the choices people make; how the decision comes about within a person to choose to conduct themselves in a dishonest way. To choose behaviour which falls outside the framework of a grounding moral ethos.

Where can the fun be in deliberately passing someone’s work off as one’s own?
What possible sense of achievement can there be?

There is no denying that we are sponges, our brains have infinite capacity for gathering information and – quite possibly – we will share what we learn; but it will be our own rendition of the knowledge. Please people, especially young bloggers, if you are going to copy, credit your source. You will always be caught out.

All that out of the way, I’m in mind of all things Egyptian today, having recently discovered the the concept, held by the Ancient Egyptian’s; of truth, balance, order, law, morality, and justice. It is called Ma’at and I am quite smitten … you see, maat, in Afrikaans, means friend.

Time for lunch. Egyptian Lamb Tegen with honest, old-fashioned greenbean and potato mash. I didn’t pinch the recipe for the mash, it’s been in my head since I was a baby …

To make your own Ras el Hanout for lamb tagen:

from http://egyptianfood.org
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


60 Comments Add yours

  1. Chantelle (JustMe) says:

    What? No Aromat on the beans?

    1. Supa says:

      That’s exactly what them there beans need! *runs*

      1. theonlycin says:

        *fetches rolling pin*

      2. Chantelle (JustMe) says:

        *hides behind bush*

      3. theonlycin says:

        *turns on sprinkler system*

  2. Supa says:

    I do try and acknowledge the origin of recipes but sometimes it’s not possible. I have odd bits of paper with recipes scribbled on them and I couldn’t for a minute remember who gave them all to me.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think what we’re addressing here is internet cut&paste copying, blatant plagiarism. And copying bucket-loads of ideas, and stuff …

      1. Chantelle (JustMe) says:

        bucket-loads is enough to make one cross!!

      2. theonlycin says:

        Yes, a cross aunt indeed ;p ROTFLMAO!

      3. Chantelle (JustMe) says:


    2. Chantelle (JustMe) says:

      I have LOADS of recipes that I copied, pasted and printed off the internet before I even thought about ever blogging, afterall, blogging was for mad people (LOL)! I honestly can’t remember where I got them. What does one do in that instance?

      1. theonlycin says:

        Just say it’s from an old recipe and you can’t remember?

  3. Napier says:

    Damn cindy you have made me so hungry, Greenbean and potato mash, yum yum

    1. theonlycin says:

      It is delicious, Napes 🙂

  4. Liane says:

    That is the way I like green beans the BEST – with butter and ground black pepper – mmm!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m having a white pepper nostalgia moment 😀

  5. I said on Tandy’s blog this morning I didn’t even know that there was an official name “Scraping”.
    Your Boere boontjies look outstanding!
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yep, who’d ever have thought we’d have find official terms for theft 😦

    1. theonlycin says:

      That’s what it is 🙂

  6. bandsmoke says:

    A new low for the digital word – i thought copyright was be enough of a deterrent but seemingly not 😦 What a glorious tasty cornucopia of flavours your blog has been over these past few days, thank you for sharing and if you added some “boer pampoen” to your menu today you might have a few extra for lunch 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for reminding me; I haven’t made boerpampoen in yonks!

  7. bandsmoke says:

    Sorry, meant to say “would be enough” – blame it on a lack of caffeine !

    1. theonlycin says:

      And I didn’t even notice, blame it on work fatigue 😉

  8. Where is a picture of the lamb?

  9. nrhatch says:

    Some people just want to be noticed . . . even if all they can do is lip sync to others words. 😦

    1. nrhatch says:

      Oh, I love green beans and mashed potatoes. Or peas with mashed potatoes. Or carrots and mashed potatoes. Or mashed potatoes, sans adornment. 😀

      1. theonlycin says:

        Hehe, me too 🙂

    2. theonlycin says:

      It’s so silly, they do themselves such a disservice 😦

  10. SuziCate says:

    Sadly, this blog scraping does not only happen with just recipes. Last year there was a big tado over a blog that apparently stole entire blog posts and published as her own, even used a photo of another bloggers children and claimed them as her own…made her blog private after the mother of the children called her out. It was crazy…I wasn’t a reader of the one who stole stuff but of the one who was victimized.

    1. theonlycin says:

      We had one last year who copied the posts of a blogger, who had her blog made into a bestseller book, so crazy and stupid.

    2. bluebee says:

      Using pictures of other people’s children and claiming them as her own?! That’s just weird and creepy!

      1. theonlycin says:

        Very creepy 😦

  11. Tandy says:

    thank you for this Cindy! The more people who become aware the better 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s just not on. Hope the people who read your post get a fright and catch a wake-up.

  12. people somehow seem to think no-one will notice. Sometimes if a phrase looks familiar i google that, and guess what – there is is elsewhere (and earlier)

    Maybe a name and shame campaign is the way to do it?

    1. theonlycin says:

      That’s what we’re trying to do, warn them first, then – if they persist – we will out them.

  13. The mashed potatoes with green beans is a splendid combination! I can’t wait to try it. We really like potatoes here. Blessings to you, Cindy…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Add a little chopped bacon and onion and you have a meal in a dish, Carol. xxx

  14. gospelwriter says:

    Plagiarism has always been a problem – the internet makes it so much easier… {sigh}

    1. theonlycin says:

      I echo your sigh, Ruth.

  15. Good ol’ tatter – it couples itself so well with so many other tasty bits. I had an aunt like that… 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      A plagiarist aunt or a tatter aunt, Amy? 😉

      1. souldipper says:

        Smarty pants! 🙂

  16. Tilly Bud says:

    My MIL used to make mash with green beans, though it wasn’t quite so green.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Not enough beans?

  17. This looks utterly mouth watering, Cindy! Must try it tomorrow!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope you enjoy, Kate 🙂

  18. slpmartin says:

    Scraping…an interesting term for plagiarism.:-(

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yep, euphimisms will have their way 😉

  19. bluebee says:

    Maaiyt in Greek Australian means friend 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      And in Oz Australian it’s just plain mate? 😉

  20. libraryscene says:

    forget ethics…it’s just bad karma… what is one to do? (perhaps one of those dolls you can hex with pins…just sayin..)

    1. theonlycin says:

      Pin hexing seems a damn fine idea 😀

  21. adeeyoyo says:

    Scary to think how dishonest some people can be… and what could cause this? Is the urge to blog stronger than their ethics? If they can’t do an original post, do they think no-one will notice – or don’t they care? Odd!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Very odd, I agree!

  22. Jamie Dedes says:

    All round wonderful post, Cindy, and kudos to you and Tandy!

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