A Bit of Blogging


Doomsday Approacheth…

Doomsday Approacheth…


Posted By on Jun 5, 2016

…and “Bombur’s Pork-Pie” Recently, I had a dream/nightmare wherein our new president was named Donald Trump. For some reason, he was in bed, eating some meat loaf. Why meat loaf? I think somewhere along the line, I had heard a report that his son-in-law had wondered why his father-in-law would even want to be president because of all the work involved. He pictured dad usually sitting on the couch in the...

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Mom, Monty Python…

Mom, Monty Python…


Posted By on May 17, 2016

…and “Belladonna Took’s Lemon Cake” My mom occasionally liked to see films at our local art cinema, The Guild. One day she took us to see And Now For Something Completely Different, starring a band of relatively obscure Brits collectively known as Monty Python’s Flying Circus. I was ten and my sister was seven. It was 1972—why wasn’t she taking us to see some Disney film, like Napoleon and Samantha?...

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Making Mincemeat…

Making Mincemeat…


Posted By on May 5, 2016

…out of “Bofur’s Mince Pie” When I was researching my original cookbook, I discovered that your basic traditional mincemeat pie was (of course, duh) made partially of meat. It usually had large amounts of beef suet as well, which was something I had usually relegated to bird feeders. I came across a recipe and made some modifications, which really means I omitted the meat and suet. However, the amount of...

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New Emoji…

New Emoji…


Posted By on Apr 17, 2016

and “Bifur’s Raspberry Jam and Apple-Tart” In general, I 🙂 the new Facebook emoji.  My newspaper ran this cartoon, however, and I think it really does represent what perhaps many of us would 🙂 to see as emoji: For years, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Facebook. Lately, it’s been mostly frustration. It seems it has become the place where relatively interesting people go to become boring. I have a...

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“Cheddar Sage Scones”

“Cheddar Sage Scones”


Posted By on Apr 4, 2016

From “The Hobbit”—Bilbo’s Pantry Some of the dwarves demolish Bilbo’s beautiful round seed-cakes (see my previous post) and are now “starting on a round of buttered scones.” The furious and “altogether bewildered and bewuthered” Bilbo now takes requests from all the dwarves and Gandalf, who, Bilbo suspects, “Seems to know as much about the inside of my larders as I do...

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The Oscar Rush…

The Oscar Rush…


Posted By on Mar 17, 2016

…and a “Beautiful Round Seed-Cake” Aside from the obvious controversy that (rightfully) loomed over this year’s Oscars, I thought the show was pretty average. It was filled with gorgeous dresses, some rather flat jokes, some very smart female comic actresses making very unfortunate jokes (yes, I’m talking about Sarah Silverman and my favorite, Tina Fey), as well as some charming moments and well-deserved...

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