ASPERSIONS, NASTURTIUMS AND BUBBLES

Our government has passed a bill that will prevent anybody from casting aspersions on corrupt politicians. The South African Protection of State Information Bill, formerly named the Protection of Information Bill and commonly referred to as the Secrecy Bill,is a highly controversial piece of proposed legislation which aims to regulate the classification, protection and dissemination…

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QUAH AND QUAFFING

Alvin Quah and I agree firmly on two things; we both think food is a religion and we’d both jump at the chance to have Gary Mehigan’s babies … My excitement at having the opportunity to cook with this Masterchef Australia contestant, who was my favourite in Season 2 / 2010 of the series, was…

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DE PROFUNDIS, POMPOSITY AND PUMPKIN FLOWERS

If your head is buried deeply between your own buttocks, you can’t look up and see the sunshine. This I know to be true. I wanted to eat of the fruit of all the trees in the garden of the world… And so, indeed, I went out, and so I lived. My only mistake was…

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FLIBBERTIGIBBETS, FISTFIGHTS AND FUCHSIAS

Flibbertigibbet is a Middle English word referring to a flighty or whimsical person, usually a young woman. In modern use, it is used as a slang term, especially in Yorkshire, for a gossipy or overly talkative person. Its origin is in a meaningless representation of chattering. It does not always apply to females, however; it…

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NOT BREAD ALONE

Man, it has been widely said, cannot live on bread alone. This idiom, from the Bible, is explained in a more secular manner by thefreedictionary.com as “something that you say which means people need things such as art, music and poetry as well as food, in order to live a happy life …” What happiness,…

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CLICQUOT-TY CLICK AND JACARANDAS

Madame Clicquot, née Ponsardin, Widow Clicquot or Veuve Clicquot (16 December 1777 – 29 July 1866), known as the “Grand Dame of Champagne” was a French businesswoman who took on her husband’s wine business when widowed at 27. Under her ownership, and her skill with wine, the company developed early champagne using a novel technique….

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DOUBLE-ARSES, BUMS AND BUTTOCKS

I don’t get much interesting fodder in the way of spam comments. Most are blatant marketing links, but this one – on my post about cannelloni, has me bristling with indignation; did the spammer not like my food? “Most people, when they criticize, whether they like it or hate it, they’re talking about product. That’s…

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HAPPENSTANCE, PANSIES AND WONTONS

This ‘Post A Day’ malarkey was not clever of WordPress. Firstly, it creates unnecessary pressure on the blogger to come up with meaningful content every day. Secondly, it is extremely stressful, if you are away from the internet for a single day, to catch up with your friends’ posts. I’ve decided not to worry too…

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WOBBLY BITS, JELLY AND ASPIC

Caroline: I’m an existentialist. Eberlin: Uh – you’re a what? Caroline: I’m an ext – isn’t that the right word? Eberlin: I would say “exhibitionist” is more to the point. Caroline: What’s an existentialist, then? Eberlin: Well, it’s slightly more complex than romping around naked. – From the film “A dandy in aspic’ (1968) Ah,…

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THYME FOR REVENGE AND A CHANGE OF SCENE

“Iron my dress, please, and don’t burn it.” Even this blunt rudeness couldn’t dent my bonhomie. She was getting ready for a friend’s bat mitzvah and the dress was for the bracha, the ‘blessing’ part of the day-long ceremony. Silently, I ironed the dress. There would be another frock later, the day’s celebrations would end…

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A PEEP INSIDE EUPHORIA

Disclaimer: not a food post. Bad photos / who cares? It’s 5.23am and I am in a mood of rather absurd euphoria; I have an almost ridiculous sense of well-being. I’ve decided to embrace it, rather than question it, and have varnished my nails the colour of sunshine. We had the most marvelous storm at…

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ANTICIPATING HEDONISM

“I have no profession. My attitude – quite indefensible – is that, if I trouble no one, I may do as I like. It is, I dare say, an example of my decadence.” The character Cecil Vyse, from EM Forster’s “A room with a view”. In her introduction to the weekend theme, ANTICIPATION, Sidey writes…

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