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, ….Continue reading “only the chosen ones can be admitted into the realms of the beautiful”

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 slightContinue reading “but by itssel’ an’ in a class apairt”

he was too innocent to live

. “They killed him because he was too innocent to live. He was young and ignorant and silly and he got involved. He had no more of a notion than any of you what the whole affair’s about . . .“ Graham Greene, The Quiet American NOVEL BY GRAHAM GREENE PUBLISHED 1955, ADAPTED TO THE SCREENContinue reading “he was too innocent to live”

I bet , like me, you like lemons too

. . LEMONS By Samy Stein Bitter, sharp, packed so neat Whose for a lemon treat? Suck it slow, your mouth contorts Eat it quick, you might feel sick But add it little to a drink or whip it in some cream and sink your spoon into the lemon-goo I bet , like me, youContinue reading “I bet , like me, you like lemons too”

they where delicious

. This is just to say I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold by William Carlos Williams to his wife about 65 years ago Sugarplums is a rare fruit, with an unusual colour byContinue reading “they where delicious”

ricotta is not properly a cheese

. . I love ricotta. Especially when it comes straight from the dairy farm or your local cheese shop. Do try to get the fresh ricotta. It will present you with a flavor, the packaged supermarket kind can not even come close to. Combined with some fresh apricots, peaches, salted butter from the Normandy andContinue reading “ricotta is not properly a cheese”

the color of brandy

. Apricots by Larry D. Thomas A few blocks off the plaza, in the Santa Fe evening light the color of brandy, on the street below the branches of the tree, they glowed in rosy, yellow hues as if a god had ripped the sundown, rolled it into fuzzy, dimpled balls, and flung them toContinue reading “the color of brandy”

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 andContinue reading “The fig-tree putteth forth her green figs …”

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 AppleContinue reading “Who’s strudel is it anyway …”

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 toContinue reading “The Ritual of Lunch”