MYSTERIES AND MAGIC MUSHROOMS

Let’s start the day with a little mystery, shall we? On this date, in 1930 Judge Joseph F. Crater of the New York State Supreme Court, walked out of a 45th Street restaurant in New York City on his way to the theater. He was never heard from again. So we’re told by foodreference.com. Wikipedia…

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JUSTIN TIME

I’ll admit that I was ambivalent about local cook Justin Bonello. Until I won an autographed copy of his book Cooked, Out of the Frying Pan in one of the Kleine Zalze challenges last year. When I received the book I became quite star-struck and now follow Justin’s TV shows avidly. I’ve also bought some…

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SIDE VIEW’s WEEKEND THEME

This was the view from our sitting room/kitchen area. This part of the Drakensberg mountain range is called the Amphitheatre (widely regarded as one of the most impressive cliff faces on earth.) The family packed for the weekend with great excitement for their planned adventures; the girls had boots and jodhpurs, hardy jeans for rock-wall…

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MOTORCADES AND MOUNTAINS

So, Mrs Obama is visiting our country, to the great excitement of some and the great aggravation of many who get stuck in backed-up traffic when our roads and highways are closed to allow her motorcade to ferry her from place to place. She better not be in my neck of the woods this morning,…

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HOLY CODFISH AND AFFIES HOCKS

Well doesn’t this beggar belief? On this date, in 1626 A large Codfish, split open at a Cambridge market, is found to contain a copy of a book of religious treatises by John Frith. The witch hunt brigade must have been delirious! Also on today’s calendar; in 1868 Christopher Nathan Sholes of Wisconsin patented a…

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A CALLUS ON HUMP DAY

I have a callus on my Luna Mount! I saw it yesterday; it is from my hand rubbing against my desktop when I move my mouse. I never had it before I started blogging. According to Wikipedia, The mount of Luna (or Moon – represents the first stage of our evolutionary process. Luna stands for…

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HAVE APRON, WILL TRAVEL

It seems my friends ‘upside’ the world are very quiet. I imagine summertime has much to do with it. We down here on the bottom of the globe sit huddled over our computers, rather than venture out. Today is Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day of the year. It is the shortest…

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BEANS? SERIOUSLY!

My friend Lionel has a rapier wit, so when he said he was going to send me a cake recipe containing butter beans, I waited for the punchline. I tried the recipe yesterday and it delicious beyond a joke; more pudding than cake, I could believe how quickly it was eaten. (This is my contribution…

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SIDE VIEW’S WEEKEND CHALLENGE: FOLLY

It’s too cold to type, I am shivering and my fingers are playing havoc with my keyboard. Today’s date brings up quite a lot of nice food history on the foodreference.com calendar: Eat Your Vegetables Day (Isn’t beetroot ice cream and a beetroot and vodka shooter the ultimate folly?) National Apple Streudel Day 1239 King…

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IN MY KITCHEN, THE PEEP-IN CHALLENGE

I recently started reading the lovely Sally’s blog, My Custard Pie. Yesterday, Sally gave us a peep into her kitchen and invited us to do the same. (She had come upon the idea via Celia of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.) I love seeing other bloggers’ kitchens and what they’re doing with ingredients. Apparently Celia…

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P THINGS, RATHER THAN WEAPONS OF BASS DESTRUCTION

Foodreference.com tells us that on this day in 1999 Nicholas Vitalich was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend with a large tuna, outside a San Diego supermarket. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. I’ve done a Google search, but I can’t find out what Mister Vitalich’s girlfriend’s name is, or whether they got…

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