He’s the little boy that Santa Claus forgot

. . This is a re-blog of a previous rant of mine. I just thought it appropriate since I was making Weihnachtsstollen just a couple of days ago. For me this is the beginning of the end of the year, and beginning of the festive season. .   He’s the little boy that Santa Claus forgot,…

only the chosen ones can be admitted into the realms of the beautiful

. “But beauty is of higher value than all this,” said the apple-tree branch; “only the chosen ones can be admitted into the realms of the beautiful. There is a difference between plants, just as there is a difference between men.” excerpt of The Conceited Apple-Branch By Hans Christian Andersen (1852) Many, many years ago, …….

but by itssel’ an’ in a class apairt

. Mrs Purdie’s Aipple Tart The bakin’ at oor village show’s the best ye’ve ivver seen. Fowk come frae far an’ near, frae ilka airt. But listen till I tell ye a’ aboot ma guid aul’ freen, An’ the tale o’ Mrs Purdie’s aipple tert. Pair Mrs Purdie took it as an unco fashious slight…

you say, “clafoutis…”

. Clafoutis by Beth Somerford I will whisk for my new love a creamy batter, sweet and rich, its almond tang an undertone that catches in my throat. Then I shall wait another night to lay the foaming blanket over reddish marbles rolling; over dark unpitted fruits. Once baked into a solid spume we’ll break its…

The fig-tree putteth forth her green figs …

The fig-tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. Song of Solomon 2:13 It is Autumn, and the season has nature in its grip. Leaves change from a subtle green to various shades of yellow, orange and…

going on a date

Well, not quite. On our drive up north yesterday we came across these laden date palms. Like these yellow dates … …. and there are the red dates …. They where shining in the sun. You could see them from a mile away. Everybody who knows me, knows that I start seeing cakes, when I…

Who’s strudel is it anyway …

. Apple Strudel Apfelstrudel – Stroudel aux pommes There is hardly a pastry dessert in the world whose fame can match that of the old Viennese Apple Strudel, and quite appropriately, it is not the easiest thing in the world to prepare! But have no fear, nothing can stand between you and the perfect Apple…

The Ritual of Lunch

….. there is something ever so slightly wicked about lunch, bringing with it the heady tang of forbidden fruit. (Keith Waterhause in The Theory And Practice Of Lunch) Just as a starter, or a condiment to the aperitif, there is your local fortune teller. He keeps the conversation going until everybody is comfortable and resigned to…

You Have Your Lebanon And …

You Have Your Lebanon And I Have My Lebanon  (Written After The First World War, In The 1920’S) You have your Lebanon and its dilemma. I have my Lebanon and its beauty. Your Lebanon is an arena for men from the West and men from the East. My Lebanon is a flock of birds fluttering…