A man walks up to a barcounter and asks the barman for a beer and a ginger square.
“A ginger square?” says the barman “Get out of here, who drinks ginger squares?”
“I’d like a beer and a ginger square, please.” The man repeats.
Barely controlling his mirth, the barman says “C’mon Mate, only whores and rugby players drink ginger squares!”
Jaw clenched, eyes steely, the man says “I like a beer for myself and a ginger square for my wife, thank you!”
The barman pauses for a second and says “What position does she play, then?”

It’s an old chestnut, but it was one of my dad’s favourite jokes. He had a small bar in our home when I was growing up; a tiny nook in a corner of the house, where he built a counter and put up some shelves, which he stacked with all kinds of liqueurs that nobody ever drank. One of these was Oude Meester Ginger Liqueur and I have been given a bottle with the challenge to create some recipes using it. I was quite surprised by the wave of nostalgia that swept over me when I saw the logo, although I am sure the shape of the bottle has changed. Inspired by Tandy’s tiramisu post yesterday, I’d gone out to buy a packet of boudoir biscuits, another delightful reminder of my childhood. Both these products are so redolent of the 70s that I’ve been inspired to create a 3 course meal on a 70s theme for the upcoming eat for the earth lunch.
Have a good Saturday, peeps, so glad to find you all still here this morning.
Eat For The Earth


59 Comments Add yours

  1. Its 6 o clock tonight my friend. Don’t know if the kiwis will go first though. Xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh, better carry on working through my wine stash then 😉

  2. i luv nostalgia that pounces on us. no effort, no work or witches dance – it joins us to some powerful moment of our fragmented lives.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, Doc, like the string through a pearl necklace 🙂

  3. souldipper says:

    I adore all things made with ginger. Made a smoothie with different fruit, mango tofu, walnuts, pomegranate juice and a generous amount of ginger. Yum! Great reward after a 2 hour hike.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sounds wonderful, Amy 🙂

  4. leigh says:

    Ha ha! That joke is so seventies. too. Good times 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, very sweet 🙂

  5. you know I keep finding nostalgia is growing. I can’t work it out.

    In readyness for leaving the earth I’m doing all I can to take the Moet, caviar and Lindt with me, and just in case we can’t crry it in our hands, I’m making it a part of me

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL, yes, nostalgia – or so the trend forecasters say – is the result of our fast-paced life.

  6. colonialist says:

    A real blast from the past, both of those. Funny, I can just TASTE one of those boudoir bix although I haven’t set eyes on one for I don’t know how long.

    Surely dieting for the earth would make more sense? 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      One would think so 🙂

  7. Madmom says:

    Boudoir biccies remind me of when my kids were little and they were a favourite.
    Ginger Squares – oh my, it’s been decades since I had one. No, I did not play rugby. 🙂

  8. earlybird says:

    Look forward to reading the 70s menu!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s coming along nicely, just can’t decide on my main course 🙂

  9. Tilly Bud says:

    Great joke! Look forward to pics of Sunday lunch.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I love the joke too 🙂

  10. Tilly Bud says:

    I mean earth lunch.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Well, it is on a Sunday 😀

  11. Tandy says:

    I love the joke 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope yours was great too 🙂

  12. mairedubhtx says:

    Funny how a joke and a reminisce can inspire you to create some lovely dishes. You’re a very talented and creative woman.

  13. Pseu says:

    I don’t know ‘ginger squares’… can you enlighten me please?

    I love ginger, especially with rhubarb, and in a casserole dish called ‘Gingered Beef.’ Delicious.

    1. Pseu says:

      I found this:

      1 measure of Ginger Liqueur
      1 measure of Brandy
      Ginger Ale
      Lemon Zest

      Pour Ginger Liqueur and Brandy into a 6oz. heavy base glass. Add 4 ice cubes and top-up with Ginger Ale and insert Lemon Zest.

      Note that Ginger Liqueur may now be difficult to obtain, substitute with 1.5 measures of Ginger Wine

      (I’ve never seen ginger liqueur though!)

      1. theonlycin says:

        I think our liqueur is brandy-based.

    2. nrhatch says:

      I found a similar recipe, Pseu, but it called for dark rum and bitters instead of brandy and ginger ale.

      1. theonlycin says:

        Rum and bitters, wow, that would really pack a punch!

    3. theonlycin says:

      Ooh, must get the gingered beef recipe!

  14. slpmartin says:

    Ah…yes… isn’t it 6 pm central time…but I thought the guy was from California…past tense used in case he raptures.;-)

    1. theonlycin says:

      And so it fell rather flat 😉

  15. Why is everyone listening to this crackpot? (Not you, Cindy, obviosly, the endoftheworld man) Does he have a degree in geophysics I haven’t come across?

    Seventies meal – hmm. Here in Britain they were grim. Don’t forget your Spam.

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL, Kate, no place for Spam 🙂

  16. This post – wonderful and nostalgic – reminded me of something that happened my freshman year in college. Thanks so much – maybe I can actually pull off a short written post today!

    1. theonlycin says:

      And a lovely post you turned out 🙂

  17. Leeswammes says:

    Ginger liquor sounds delicious! I’ve never heard of it, but I am a keen consumer of ginger marmalade. 🙂

  18. Tes says:

    I love the joke 🙂 Have a beautiful weekend, Cindy 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Tes, I did 🙂

  19. nrhatch says:

    Wonderful joke, Cin! Have fun planning your retro themed dinner.

    I’ve never had Ginger Liquor or a Ginger Square . . . but I bet I would like both!

    I usually keep a jar of crystallized ginger on hand for curries and stir fries. It’s easy to use that peeling fresh ginger and has a delicious bite when eaten straight up.

    Also love pickled ginger and ginger in marmalade.

    1. nrhatch says:

      Oh, Cin.

      What about a lovely Gingerbread Applesauce Cake with a Ginger Glaze?

      1. theonlycin says:

        Thanks Nancy, great recipe idea 🙂

    2. theonlycin says:

      Adore ginger in any form too 🙂

  20. nursemyra says:

    The first time I got drunk it was on Green Ginger Wine. It hasn’t put me off ginger though, would love to try some of that liqueur

    1. theonlycin says:

      The wine sounds interesting 🙂

  21. izziedarling says:

    Love your headline … and post, of course! Had a wonderful lemon ginger cocktail of some sort last night – YUM! Happy weekend, cin!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sounds lovely, lemon and ginger are a great combo.

  22. bluebee says:

    Post title and that joke – LOL! even if it is an old chestnut. We can buy imported Boudoirs here. Is it just me or are they not as as substantial as they used to be when we were children? Looking forward to pics of your 70s themed lunch – I assume it extends to the dress code 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ha, no, the 70s fashions will not be invited 😉

  23. libraryscene says:

    where have I been…ginger liqueur, I must find…your father must have been quite fun…hope you post the whole 70s spread~

  24. granny1947 says:

    I scheduled this comment…I’m not really here!

  25. Linda says:

    Yes good too see that we are all here! But then again I knew we would be. Cheers.

  26. Jamie Dedes says:

    Nice memory shared.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for your – always faithful – reading, Jamie 🙂

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