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



  1. 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.

  2. 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 😉

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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!

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