A MONDAY NEAR THE END OF JULY

Firstly, a very happy birthday to my dear friend, Tandy, who makes my life so rich with her loyal friendship. I wish I was close enough to bake her a birthday cake, but a virtual one will have to do … until I see her again in August.


We’ve had a windfall of unusual vegetables recently.

I was thrilled to find some Mexican blue fingerling potatoes, madumbis and some strange calabashes that taste just like gem squash. The flowers are from Sidey, when I was ill. Isn’t it amazing how well they are lasting?


After Saturday’s catering stint, I was quite exhausted and did an easy lunch; a roasted eisbein and veggies in tin foil. There’s a local restaurant that offers a free third eisbein if you can eat two. I don’t think it’s humanly possible, we share one among the three of us and there is still a big chunk of meat left; pea soup later in the week.


I’m really loving the warmer weather, our sun this morning was full of the promise of spring, but I expect we’ll be hit by another cold spell in August.


I’m to bake a six-tier cake today, I’ve done the first two, but I’m going to a spa for a massage before I tackle the rest.
Have a good week, my friends. I leave you with this, from Schott’s Food & Drink Miscellany:
The hierarchy of gastronomy:
Gastronome
Gourmet
Friand (epicure)
Gourmand
Goulu (glutton)
Goinfre (Greedy-guts)

Gourmand: one whose chief pleasure is eating.
Gourmet: a connoisseur of food and wines.

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65 Comments Add yours

  1. SidevieW says:

    good luck with the 6 tiers

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, the baking is a doddle, I’m a bit anxious about the icing though, they have requested specific pantone colours :O

  2. Steffi says:

    Your cake looks really yummy!I never heard from a six-tier cake.So I will see what it is when at your next blog post!Have a nice day!

    1. theonlycin says:

      You too, Steffi, enjoy your week 🙂

  3. Tes says:

    Beautiful cake 🙂 I wish I could bake that beautiful cake for my son b’day which is in a couple of weeks 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      He’s growing up quickly, Tes, I am sure you will make him something yummy for his birthday 🙂

  4. Sparky says:

    Have a lovely day Cin. I am having an interview at your side of town. I hope I get the job though it will disorganize my plans for K’s scholing. it’s a perm, me tired of temps.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ll hold thumbs, Sparky!

  5. souldipper says:

    My sweet tooth just popped out of its discipline. I’ll have a slice of Tandy’s birthday cake.

    1. souldipper says:

      Interrupted…meant to finish with “except I’ll probably find I gain some e-pounds – whatever they are. They may be worse!”

      1. theonlycin says:

        e-pounds do sound rather awful 😉

    2. theonlycin says:

      I wish I could give you a slice, Amy 🙂

  6. bluebee says:

    Enjoy the spa treat, Cin – massage would be the last luxury on earth I would give up 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      It didn’t help all the much, my back is still very sore, bluebee 😦

  7. Leeswammes says:

    Have fun in the spa, Cindy. A good way to relax!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m back in my kitchen tackling some cakes 🙂

  8. Tilly Bud says:

    What’s eisbein? I’ve never heard of it. And please can you give me the instructions for baking a meat with veg in tinfoil. I like the sound of it.

    6 tiers – you never fail to impress me.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Eisbein is pig’s ankle 🙂 I roast it uncovered, only the veg were cooked in tin foil 🙂

      1. Pseu says:

        Tilly asked, but I had already asked google! This is what they say on Wiki: German name for a culinary dish involving the pickled ham hock,[1] usually boiled. It is also popular in Poland as golonka.

      2. theonlycin says:

        Thanks Pseu, I think galonka is such a funny word 😉

  9. OMG, what a fascinating (and pretty :-)) post, Cindy. Never heard of those funny-looking blue potatoes, nor most of the terms at the end. Thanks for informing me, Happy Birthday to Tandy, and Happy Baking!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Naomi 🙂

  10. I think the warmer weather is pretty much at an end 😦

    1. theonlycin says:

      No kidding, it’s freezing 😦

  11. MissChris says:

    I felt like you last night!
    I baked a Lemon Meringue, Chocolate Cake, Cheese Muffins and another Cheesy Savoury Pastry thing for the office. It is one of the girls birthdays and she loves Lemon meringue so i decided to make one rather than buy one and then decided why don’t I just make it all! It was fun! I love playing the in the kitchen – but definately not as much as you!! 🙂 Have a good day!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Did you take pics, Chrissie?

      1. MissChris says:

        Sadly no – I only thought about that when I was on my way to the office and no-one had a camera!

      2. theonlycin says:

        Oh bad luck 😦

  12. pinkpolkadotfood says:

    Sjoe,so you stillcooked after the catering!!? Enjoy the week!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I didn’t really cook, just stuck stuff in the oven, I was exhausted 😉

  13. SuziCate says:

    I love blue fingerlings, but can’t find them here often. Hope you plan to show us pics of your six tier cake…enjoy your massage!

    1. theonlycin says:

      You betcha I’m going to show you pics 😉

  14. karen says:

    how awesome are the blue potatoes! I’ve just found some to, but supply isn’t consistant so will try grow some myself. I made “blue salad” consisting of blue potatoes, blue cheese and rocket 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I also thought of growing them myself, Karen 🙂

  15. slpmartin says:

    Alway so interesting to hear you comments about the coming of spring as we enter our fall season…winter here is quite short lived…which is of course why we live here in SoCal. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      We’ve just been hit by a cold front, Charlie, it’s about 3 degrees C outside. Snow all over the country, hope we get some 🙂

  16. Sorry the spa treatment didn’t help too much – maybe you should go again. 😉
    Looking forward to seeing the 6 tier cake in all it’s glory.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s looking a bit sorry, Mandy, I hope they’re happy with it. 🙂

  17. Tandy says:

    thank you for my cake! I wish I could get some of those potatoes – I will have to shop wisely in August. I got the same flowers today for my birthday in a quirky vase 🙂 See you soon! and I hope you enjoyed your massage xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Been on my feet most of the day, the massage is a distant memory. Hope Dave is taking you out for supper? xxx

  18. Whoops! You left out one other in the gastronomic list: Gourátout: Truly starving person who will eat or drink anything s/he can find, although they are particularly fond of sun-fried scorpions with a chaser of their own urine for afters. . . I believe it falls somewhere between “friand” and “gourmand.”

    1. theonlycin says:

      Erm … not sure I could bring myself to ever eat scorpions and urine … eeek!

      1. I’m slipping these days. I’ve always assumed people knew when I was trying to be funny. Now, no matter what I write people either don’t get it, or they think something is wrong with my medication. . .(ask Tilly)

        Is there a pill for that?

      2. theonlycin says:

        No, but I find Merlot helps 😉

  19. john l malone says:

    it is always good to go for a massage before you attempt anything big 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think I need to go back for another one tomorrow, John 🙂

  20. The thing I like about veld flowers (wild flowers) is that they last!! I think I admire the survivor mentality, come rain or shine. Because they’re not considered to be much they sell for cheaper than some other roses. It always makes me think of how something is judged by it’s outer appearance and made off as less valuable. But then again, it makes them more affordable, which means I could have flowers more often and that was a great upside.

    Those look like the red potatoes that you also find here. I’m not sure what the difference is between those and the ones I’m used to finding in SA but they taste pretty much the same to me. If you cook them in the skin, however, it can add some nice colour to a meal.

    Pretty cake; are those pomegranate pips?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, they are pomegranate pips 🙂
      I also like wil flowers, especially cosmos, which doesn’t do well in a vase at all 😉

  21. Cold spell in August,,,,sounds just like home. I love that sun picture.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s freezing, Kate 😦

  22. earlybird says:

    If I tell you when my birthday is, please may I have a cake too? (so long as that’s not a recipe by our least favourite female cook) (she who shall not be named) 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Of course you can have a cake and it definitely won’t be one of THAT girl’s 😉

      1. earlybird says:

        Ooo! Thanks, Cindy. Plenty of time to plan it’s not til November 🙂

      2. theonlycin says:

        Oh that’s ample time to plan 😉

  23. nrhatch says:

    Ooh . . . a massage sounds lovely. And the cake looks delicious! Sounds like your week is off to a fine start. 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am so tempted to indulge in another massage today, we will just have to wait and see how the day unfolds. Sleep tight, Nancy 🙂

  24. What a beautiful cake! I’m sure Tandy would love that – even virtually! And happy birthday Tandy! 🙂

    The spuds look fabulous…

    1. theonlycin says:

      I get so excited when I find unusual ingredients, I’m a bit childish that way 😉

  25. dearrosie says:

    You’re so thoughtful to post such a deelish birthday cake today as it’s also my Mr F’s birthday today. I showed him his virtual cake and he loved it – especially as we think you’ve put Cape gooseberries on the top with the pomegranates?

    A 6 tier cake? You’re really baking such a thing? How absolutely marvellously outrageously decadent. Who’s it for?

    love the foodie terms. my favourite is: Goinfre (Greedy-guts)

    1. theonlycin says:

      Happy birthday, Mr F:)

      1. theonlycin says:

        Yes, the fruit is gooseberries and pomegranates 🙂
        The cake is for an event a local ad agency is hosting.

  26. klrs09 says:

    Is eisbein like ham? The cake is gorgeous!

    1. theonlycin says:

      A bit like ham, a bit like a pork roast. Thanks Kathy.

  27. Jamie Dedes says:

    Lovely post. The photos are wonderful and the cake! Wow! I could eat it off the screen. Yum! Yum!

    Two to look up for me: madumbis/a kind of yam; eisbien/ham hock (that’s what it looked like to me – don’t know how anyone could eat one, much less three!).

    Happy days …

    1. theonlycin says:

      Eisbein are huge, Jamie, enjoy your day.

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