Memes for a Monday

Being an equal opportunity blogger this week it’s Canine comics.

Our Bundnie held the record in our house. Squeaker found and destroyed in two minutes.

We can’t give you a raise but how about a nice big title? Sound familiar?

Like they would go willing to see a Vet under any conditions.

Well it’s probably no any worse than those pine tree things that us humans use.

Hmmm…… what we have here is a copy cat. And yes that sounds like a valid criticism of some (ehem) of us.*

I can’t say this a question at our house – it is always “cookie”.

What a team player!

Laurent would automatically carol, “Honey, it’s for you.”

I’ve heard that doggie psychiatrists charge $60-70 and hour? I’d love to see their notes about the owners.

And because ……… dachshund!

*There were originally seven exclamation points on the original draft but I took the cat’s advise to heart. There are now only three.

The word for August 8th is:
Bitch /biCH/: [1. noun 2. verb]
1.1 Afemale dog, wolf, fox, or otter.
1.2 A spiteful, unpleasant, or disliked person – originally applied to a woman.
1.3 A difficult or unpleasant situation.
1.4 A complaint.
2. To express displeasure; grumble.
Old English bicce, of Germanic origin.

Oh Oysters Come And Walk With Us

Today being National Oyster Day I thought I’d repost is item from 2017 on my favourite mollusc! Time for a feed!

Willy Or Won't He

walrus-and-the-carpenter-3Perhaps the most famous ostreidae celebrated in story and rhyme are those unfortunate, plump – and let’s be honest stupid – young oysters who accepted the Walrus’s invitation to go for a jog along that great expanse of sand.  Even though their Elder wisely refused to join the rather unusual pairing of Tradesman and Marine Mammal on their stroll, the foolish young ones eagerly trotted off hand-in-hand (?) with, or puffing behind, the Walrus and the Carpenter.  And their sad fate as a result of that inadvisable course of action is well documented and told to Alice, with perhaps unnecessary glee, by those battling brothers Tweedledum and Tweedledee*.

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes- and ships- and sealing wax-
Of cabbages- and kings—
And why the sea is boiling hot-
And whether pigs have wings.”

“But wait a bit,” the Oysters cried,

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What’s Cooking

Gazpacho. Apparently it started life somewhere in the Mediterranean as a soup of blended stale bread, olive oil and garlic, with some liquid like water or vinegar pounded together in a mortar. Over time other things were added as they were to hand or had been brought in from newly discovered worlds. It was quick, easy, cheap, nutritious and cool comfort on a hot day. And of course this time of year is ubiquitous on restaurant and bistro menus.

Though I enjoy a bowl brimming with chopped vegetables tasting of the sun that tomatoes bring to everything I find Salmorejo, the Northern Andalusian version, far more satisfying. Perhaps because it is essentially tomatoes and I love tomatoes. It also involves fewer ingredients (unless you go for the full meal deal which I do) and less prep time.

Tomatoes, bread, garlic, sherry vinegar and an immersion blender – that’s pretty much it.*

Juan with a bowl of Salmorejo at La Parrala in Grenada in 2014.

Salmorejo (Andalusian Tomato and Bread Soup)
– serves 4
From Milk Street TV – Christopher Kimball
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

2 pounds ripe tomatoes, cored
2 1/2 ounces country-style white bread, crusts removed, torn into small pieces
1/2 medium red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
1 large garlic clove, smashed and peeled
1 tsp granulated sugar
3 tablespoons sherry vinegar, plus more to serve
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to serve
4 thin slices of prosciutto (about 2 ounces), torn into pieces
3 or 4 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and sliced or quartered
finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley or cilantro
Crusty bread, for serving

In a blender, combine the tomatoes, bread, bell pepper, garlic, sugar, vinegar, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Blend on high until completely smooth and no bits of tomato skins remain, about 1 minute.
With the blender running, gradually add 3/4 cup olive oil.
Transfer to a large bowl then taste and season with salt and pepper.
Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 2 hours or up to 4 hours.

While the soup chills, make the hard-cooked eggs. Fill a saucepan about a quarter of the way with cold water. Place the eggs in a single layer at the bottom of the saucepan. Add more water so that the eggs are covered by at least an inch of water. Bring to a full boil, remove from heat and cover. Let sit for 10 minutes, drain. Place eggs in an ice bath. When cool enough to handle, peel and quarter or slice. Set aside.

While the eggs cool, place a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium and heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil until shimmering. Add the prosciutto and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate and let cool completely, then roughly chop; set aside.

Taste the soup and season again with salt and pepper.

Ladle the soup into (preferably chilled) bowls. Top with the prosciutto, hard-cooked egg and chopped parsley or cilantro. Drizzle with additional oil and vinegar, as desired.

*Kimball adds that half red pepper which does add a little brightness to the dish.

That addition of ham and egg though not necessary can help turn it into a full meal. Along with a green salad and crusty bread it’s perfect on a hot summer day.

The word for August 4th is:
Soup /so͞op/: [noun]
1. A liquid dish, typically made by boiling meat, fish, or vegetables, etc., in stock or water.
2. A substance or mixture perceived to resemble soup in appearance or consistency,
Middle English: from Old French soupe ‘sop, broth (poured on slices of bread)’, from late Latin suppa, of Germanic origin.

Mercoledi Musicale

When I was doing the Guys and Dolls post last week there were at least two or three songs that I really wanted to include but the post really was going on just a bit. So today I’m featuring two more numbers from the show. And yes I repeat it is one of my favourite Broadway shows.

I’m not sure if Guys and Dolls is the most revived Broadway show in London but since its first West End appearance in 1953 it has reappeared six times with another revival scheduled for 2023. The 1982 National Theatre production was the most successfull and ran for over four years and then toured. The original cast starred Bob Hoskins as Nathan, Julia McKenzie as Adelaide, Julie Covington as Sarah and Ian Charleson as Sky.

Charleson was a rising name in theatre and cinema as an actor and singer. He had won international recognition as the evangelical runner in The Chariots of Fire and was considered one of the great young British performers. He had been acclaimed in musicals, contemporary drama and the classics. Covington was on the original concept recording of Evita but turned down the part when the musical was mounted. Here’s Charleson with Covington in a wonderful love ballad and then solo rolling the dice for that gang of sinners souls.

There are perhaps more polished versions out there but these have the edge of a live performance.

Sadly Charleson wasn’t destined to reach the promised heights. He was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986. He died in 1990 after an acclaimed Hamlet at the National. At the Evening Standards Award the day following Charleson’s final Hamlet performance Ian McKellen was given the award for Best Actor of 1989. McKellen demurred and said having seen “the perfect Hamlet” the previous night, that Charleson was truly the Best Actor of 1989, and he gave him the statuette.

The word for August 3rd is:
Luck /lək/: [noun]
Success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions.
Late Middle English (as a verb): perhaps from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch lucken . The noun use (late 15th century) is from Middle Low German lucke, related to Dutch geluk, German Glück, of West Germanic origin and possibly related to lock.

Memes for a Monday

It has been mentioned that the feline population has been neglected on the past few Mondays. So to make up for it here is a whole box full – feel free to use it when its empty!

Did anyone else ever feel sorry for poor Tom?

What you expect sympathy from a feline? You made the decision buddy, you live with it.

I guess this is our Pun for the day?

No! No! It’s just the neighbour’s cat – he wanders in sometimes! Shoo! Shoo!

Well I guess I’m part cat then.

And you know there is always a biblical reference.

I’m not sure how different this is from Nicky and Nora some days.

And this one is for Miss Maud and Joan.

And not being a cat owner I can’t say how true this is but if what I have witnessed in the homes of friends with cats I’ll trust it.

The word for August 1st is:
Sociopath /ˈsōsēōˌpaTH/: [noun]
A person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behaviour and a lack of conscience.
Sociopathic was coined by psychologist G.E. Partridge in 1930 on the model of psychopath: Socio- referring to society and -path to indicate a person with a particular disorder.

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