Welcome to this week’s (long overdue) reading, shopping and general time-wasting round up!
Tediously enough, I can’t eat most fruits unless they are cooked or meticulously peeled. This is a relatively new development in my life and while I don’t expect any sympathy (as medical conditions go it isn’t exactly that terrible, is it?), it is still really bloody annoying. Especially so for somebody who is trying to hit their 7 a day target but who is also pathologically lazy.… >>>
“Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath” – Michael Caine
Two hours I spent this week experimenting with cauliflower pizza bases. Two hours of my life I shall never get back. I knew it was a bad idea. The first time I saw the recipe I archived it in the “That Sounds Revolting” file in my brain (the mental equivalent of the B1N file that 80% of my son’s “artwork” gets filed to). It fell squarely into the same category as courgette spaghetti and kidney bean brownies: novelty food items dreamed up to pander to whatever the ‘on trend’ diet fad is that quarter.… >>>
“China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese” – Charles de Gaulle
I have always been slightly skeptical of those introductory sections in cookbooks on how to stock one’s ‘larder’. The ones that pretend that if you maintain a decent supply of pulses, anchovies, soy sauce and jarred sun-dried tomatoes, you will always be able to rustle up something utterly delicious with whatever decaying detritus you had in your fridge.… >>>
There are times when parenthood seems nothing more than feeding the hand that bites you” – Peter Vries
I don’t tend to write much here about what I feed my son. This is very much a deliberate thing. Nutrition is a minefield at the best of times but talking about feeding kids is, in common with 97% of all parenting related matters, just so intensely political that I vowed not to do it here.… >>>
“The only thing that will make a souffle fall is if it knows you’re afraid of it” – James Beard
Post frequency levels have taken something of a battering the last few weeks. I wondered today whether I should just have done what they used to do over at Goop and simply announce that the blog is going on holiday until September.… >>>
“Just because it’s in print doesn’t mean it’s the gospel” – Michael Jackson
This? Oh, it’s nothing. It’s just the Buckwheat Adventure in real life hard copy print. In a real life magazine. No big deal.
“The beet is the melancholy vegetable, the one most willing to suffer. You can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip” - Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume
So here’s a Thursday factoid for you. The biggest beetroot ever grown weighed 71kg. It was grown by a man in the Netherlands in 2005.… >>>
“Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy” – Joseph Campbell
It took pretty much all of my resolve not to add ALRIGHT to that post title. But I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Not because it would have been terribly cheesy (because why would that stop me?) but because the Backstreet Boys and I aren’t on great terms right now as I was rudely awoken by some nice chap belting out “I Want It That Way” at 2am on our street recently after the BST festival thing in Hyde Park.… >>>
“I’d say the most dangerous thing I’ve ever done is probably bungee jumping in Thailand” - Simon Cowell
I bought an orchid at Bangkok airport once. And then got on the plane and proceeded to spend the next eleven hours in a panic that I was going to be arrested at Heathrow for bringing prohibited plant contraband into the country.… >>>
This week’s reading, shopping and general time-wasting.
“I love the smell of juice boxes in the morning” – Robert Duvall
I was at a seminar thing recently where one of the speakers was Martha Swift, who turned her home cupcake operation into the hugely successful Primrose Bakery. I asked her whether she thought that her business, and those like it, were being negatively impacted by the War On Sugar that is currently being waged left right and centre.… >>>