On the 15th of July in 1439 In an effort to stop the spread of disease, kissing was banned in England. I can’t find out how long the ban lasted, but – what I do know for fact – I haven’t kissed anyone in the longest time, yet I’ve never been so diseased in my life. This flu just won’t leave me.
Still, life goes on. Sidey’s weekend theme is beauty, and I think this qualifies, don’t you?

Tandy’s mom made a cake for the Bunn’s 13th birthday yesterday. I so wish I had my camera at hand to capture her face when she saw it!
(The silly girl is refusing to cut the cake; says she wants to keep it forever.)

Also, Tandy is hosting this week’s Presto Pasta Night. I’m too late, but made myself baked pork sausages wrapped in bacon, with fusilli and tomato gravy. It takes more than a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down, you know …

Ps: I didn’t win the Filippo Berio ‘Trip to Italy with 5 friends competition’. Thanks to everyone who voted for me. It’s a big disappointment, I am a sore loser and suspect a certain level of manipulation was at play, but it doesn’t do to dwell on these things.


65 Comments Add yours

  1. Tandy says:

    I am so sad for you 😦 This flu is not being nice to you at all and I wish I could banish it with warm thoughts! Hurry up and get better 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks my friend, I feel I will never be well again 😦

  2. Sous Chef says:

    It is a beautiful cake, it must take hours to make those flowers. Get better soon and I agree, no point in dwelling on what was beyond our control……*mutters darkly in Italian*

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m declaring a nationwide ban on chicpeas, Sue 😦

  3. SidevieW says:

    Time you got better. We’d all better semd over the ‘get well fairy to help’.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Your ACC200 fairy helped, thanks so much!

  4. souldipper says:

    Boy, Cin, sorry you are still under the grips of that flu. Hope you have a reprieve soon. Since you didn’t go to Italy this time, maybe there’s something even better coming along.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, Amy, let’s look on the bright side.

  5. Colleen says:

    I’m so sorry sweetpea. Take note I did not say chickpea!!! 😦 You sound like me with that flu but strangely enough I am doing well this year so far (eek touch wood cross fingers and drink an extra immuno choice) Your immune system is seriously compromised Cindy. Got to build it up. I would also not want to cut into that gorgeous cake. But it wont last too long so best you convince that young lady hehe. Happy Birthday to her once again. Love you and hope you get better soonest xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      I hope this week brings a reprieve for you too, my friend. Thanks, love you xxx

  6. Tilly Bud says:

    Sorry you didn’t win (you wuz robbed). Sorry you’re still ill.

    Fabulous cake.

    1. theonlycin says:

      The cake was pretty and extremely delicious, Tilly 🙂

  7. Sparky says:

    Happy Birthday to OB! I would also want to hold on to the cake, looks too good to be cut. If you have a fully blown flu occillococinum can shorten it.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hopefully it’s behind me now, Sparky xxx

  8. Steffi says:

    Sorry to hear about your flu and I hope you get better soon!
    Happy birthday to your daughter again!Her birthday cake looks fantastic !

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Steffi, hope your girls are back with you by now?

  9. mairedubhtx says:

    As for beauty, that cake is beautiful. I see why Bunn didn’t want to cut it. That’s why women like cupcakes; you don’t have to cut them and ruin them.

    1. theonlycin says:

      *grin* yes, especially mini ones that you can pop whole into your mouth 🙂

  10. Rita says:

    I’m so sorry you didn’t win, Cindy! It would have been lovely to have you here. You can plan a trip with Tandy: she told me they will come in a couple of years. Am I right, Tandy?
    Sorry for you flu, too. I hope you recover soon. 😉
    P.S. The cake Tandy’s mom made is superb!!! I wouldn’t cut it either. 😛

    1. theonlycin says:

      Who knows, Rita, maybe a future trip is on the cards 🙂

  11. colonialist says:

    Sad you didn’t win – but maybe just as well for the waistlines of yourself and five friends who might have stopped being friends after seeing their silhouettes after return.

    1. theonlycin says:

      The six of us will always be friends 🙂

  12. colonialist says:

    Hope you get well soon, and I don’t blame her for not wanting to spoil that exquisite cake!

    1. theonlycin says:

      There’s only a few crumbs left … 😉

  13. SuziCate says:

    Kissing banned…oh my! Hope you’re feeling better soon…cake makes everything better!

    1. theonlycin says:

      As was proved in hindsight 😉

  14. nrhatch says:

    Happy Birthday, Chelsea! That cake looks gorgeous . . . but still worth cutting into. 😀

    Feel better, Cin.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Nancy, I passed on all her birthday greetings and she was very chuffed 🙂

  15. Shoot!!! And I was all packed! You was robbed! We all was robbed!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Next time, Paula 🙂

  16. Pseu says:

    Amazing cake!

    Get well soon

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks so much, Pseu 🙂

  17. Linda says:

    Sorry you did not win. Clearly you should have. I can’t imagine anyone eating more healthy than you so I can’t imagine you being this sick. Hope you feel better very soon. Hugs.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I have renewed resolve for an even healthier diet, Linda.

  18. Tokeloshe says:

    What a beautiful cake.
    Happy birthday to the bun. 😉
    I’m sorry that you didn’t win ;-(
    Hope you feel better soon.
    The pasta dish looks like comfort food.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was comforting, thanks Tok.

  19. Time for some good news, I think, Cindy: hope you recover very soon and a piece of quite lovely fortune falls into your lap 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I was given a nice surprise on Saturday, Kate, tickets to the August Good Food and WIne Show 🙂

  20. bluebee says:

    Beautiful cake from Tandy’s mom, Cin – your body’s telling you to rest – perhaps some R&R, reading and writing, in a vineyard cottage in Franschoek will do the trick – who needs Italy?!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh don’t I wish, bluebee. The best I can hope for is that I’ll have the opportunity to spend a day at a local spa for a massage in the next few days 🙂

  21. Yvette says:

    A great cake and sorry you didn’t win the magical trip to Italia, I would have met you for an Italian prosecco! Hope you’re feeling better soon, maybe a good book and a hot toddy is needed!x

    1. theonlycin says:

      That would have been so super, Yvette, maybe one day?

  22. earlybird says:

    I’m always in awe of anyone who can make sugar flowers! What a beautiful cake for a special 13 year old.

    Re the kissing thing: maybe you should when you’re feeling better – to build up your immune system? 🙂

    Get well soon – this has been going on for too long!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ve kissed enough toads to last a lifetime 😉

  23. happy b-d to Bunn. hugs to the germy mom

  24. Happy Birthday to Bunn! The cake Tandy’s mom made is exquisite!
    I am so sorry that you have been ill for such a long while and especially that you did not win the holiday.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for all your support throughout, Mandy, you really spent a lot of time trying to get me to win 🙂 xxx

      1. Just let me know when I must start voting for the next competition. 🙂 xo

  25. Tammy says:

    Kissing banned! Good grief. Do get well Cin. This is awful for it to have gone on so long.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am so grateful it’s over, Tammy!

  26. What a beautiful cake! Blessings to you and Bunn…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Carol, and to you and yours. xxx

  27. slpmartin says:

    So hope you feel better soon…had to get things done when you’re feeling ill.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Charlie, especially hard for me who hates staying in bed.

  28. dearrosie says:

    now that you’re feeling better I hope you’re making up for all the lost kisses.

    The icing on the cake looks really professional and must’ve taken hours to do! Was it a layer cake?

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was a single layer as we weren’t going to me a big crowd.

  29. Perhaps if you do get to some kissing girlfriend, introduce some new germs, it’ll help fight off the lurgie in you? You have been down for a while, it’s just not cool. Hope you feel better soon.

    1. theonlycin says:

      *goes look for a frog, seeing no princes around …*

  30. Very belated Happy Birthday to the Bunn!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Naomi, I’ll pass it on to her 🙂

  31. Jamie Dedes says:

    What a fabulous birthday cake and a kind gesture. Makes for a good memory for all of you, I suspect.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was rather nice 🙂

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