Who'd a thunk it?
I never keep anything going this long ... and yet I've managed to get Chez le Laquet to carry on limping along since February 2005. I remember the bizareness of my first comment ... about chilled consomme. Managed to write 100 bizarre and unrelated things about myself in a strange list - twice! Panicked about the wedding preparations. Found scarred beauty in the playground. I had a hen night and got married. Started my first meme - that I am actually still doing! And that was just 3 months in 2005! There are times when I am sick to death of posting and can think of NOTHING to say but then there are also times when I have been able to use the blog to rant my arse off! I have made some really good friends and as of yet I haven't been Dooced ... I'm keeping my fingers crossed on that one! All in all I think I'm up for keeping this going for a while - hey maybe I'll even manage a few more posts than last year* ... shouldn't be too hard! * aka the year of the SLACKER!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Who'd a thunk it?
1. Go to Wikipedia's random article function, on the upper left sidebar: the title of your article is your band's name.
2. Go to Wikiquote. Once again, there is a "random page" function. Take the last four or five words of the random page and create your album name.
3. Now for the album cover. Go to Flickr Interesting photos from the last 7 days. The third photo is your cover, whether you like it or not.
4. Put it all together with something like Photoshop and become the newest rock star on the block!
Monday, March 30, 2009
**Health warning - convoluted paragraph approaching** First let me explain that this in an idea that I've been fiddling with for a while now ... I have been equally inspired by an American Blogger who has lived for years in the Aveyron (and a French blogger who now lives in the US that Mrs America in the Aveyron reads!) Of course this immediately struck a chord with me because my parents live in the Lot (read just next door to Mrs A in the A) and in fact when I fly to see them I fly into Rodez (Aveyron), which is in fact just up the road from a quaint, dodgy-Broadband suffering, French commune containing a small dwelling - with a new & fab soon to be visited patio - that they call Chez le Laquet! Anyway, back to the whole point of this ... welcome to my A to Z of Food and today A is for Apples! I have to admit that I am ambivalent about apples - I can love and loathe them on the same day. None of the "apples are my favourite" days of my brother's childrhood - I'd have preferred a handful of grapes or cherries. None of the "Lidl didn't have Pink Ladys only Jonagolds, so I walked 3 miles in the snow to Waitrose to get some" zeal of my mother-in-law - who knew that there were crossed apples? That a Lady William crossed with a Golden Delicious gave you a Pink Lady - and for that matter, who cared?? And don't even get me started on the nasty sweet muck they call apple juice - bleugh!
All through childhood apple pie and apple strudel were turned down in favour of pretty much anything. Scrumping in neighbour's gardens - I was too scared of getting caught. Baked apples - not a chance. Until finally, someone thought to introduce me to the joy of Normandy Pork!
Saint Delia's Normandy Pork (with Jo's twist)
100g apple sauce
1 apple*, chopped
1 teaspoon oil
1 teaspoon butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 lb (450 g) shoulder of pork
8 fl oz (225 ml) dry cider
2 fl oz (55 ml) cider vinegar
salt and freshly milled black pepper
2 rounded tablespoons half-fat crème fraîche Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 3 (170ºC). First of all, cut the pork into 11/4 inch (3 cm) cubes. Then, heat the oil and butter in a 9½ inch (24 cm) shallow, ovenproof pan or casserole and cook the onion and in it over a medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring now and then. Then increase the heat and add the cubes of pork and stir over the heat for a couple of minutes. The pork doesn’t need to be browned, just lightly coloured. Next, add the apple, then the cider, cider vinegar and a generous seasoning of salt and freshly milled black pepper. Bring everything up to simmering point and then transfer the pan or casserole to the oven and cook, without a lid, for an hour, by which time the liquid will have reduced considerably. Then, stir the apple sauce and the crème fraîche and return to the oven, again without a lid, for a further 15 minutes. That's tonight's dinner sorted then - photo to follow :o) * You know by this point that I don't really mind what kind it is - my M.I.L. on the other hand would be most specific!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I say ... and you think ... ?Road trip :: Here to France
Pool hall :: Dark and smoky
Extraordinary :: different
Jackson :: Five
Heartfelt :: important
Wet :: pathetic
Strangle :: cord
.com :: dub dub dub dot facebook dot
Touched :: not quite right
Insipid :: flavourless Do some muttering of your own here.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Simon and I have decided to go to France for Easter - he just needs to get on with it and book holidays now. He has to ask for the time off that I have told him to ask for first before accepting what he thinks he will be given - I know, cryptic BUT I know what I mean!! We do need to go, to inspect the new patio if for no other reason!I have taken photos for yesterday 81/365 on the other blog BUT am very bad at posting them on/in time ... how do I get around this?? No, I have no idea either! Posting will be worse when I get to France BUT **major drum roll** the sleepy French village now has Broadband that WORKS! Hurrah! And how long long did that take?* Brush teeth before moisturing hands - you can't get any traction on a toothbrush with E45 cream on your hands!! Child Protection Training today at The Friars! Training and monks and the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux all in one day! Sister Philomena would be so proud! I'm not enthralled by the thought of lunch - I bet friars are parsimonious and think dry bread and water are sufficient if God is with you. You know and I know that I'm sooooooooooo not a dry bread and water kind of girl! I couldn't even be a dry bread and water kind of girl if it was artisan organic sourdough and San Pellegrino ;o) *Interjection of small **NOTE TO SELF** Your mother may now be reading your blog again - be aware, very aware!!
Labels: Notes to self
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I say ... and you think ... ? Studio :: 54
Meetup :: date
Ostrich :: feather
Jokes :: "Knock knock!"
Estranged :: separated
Random :: The four largest islands of Japan are Honshū, Hokkaidō, Kyūshū and Shikoku. Random enough for you?
Slap :: rouge
Hotel room :: bed and balcony
Inscribe :: write
Polar :: bear Do some muttering of your very own here.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Fact - the low energy bulb in the bathroom is crap. Fact - if you put make-up on in the morning in the bathroom with that bulb you will look like Coco the Clown. Simon only put the bulb in because it was free! **Note to self** Change lightbulb whilst HE is not looking. Parents arrive this evening on way back to France. **Note to self** Put dishwasher on before you leave for school or you'll get the "what did I raise" look from your mother again! I don't know why I suddenly feel like I've been kicked whilst I'm down, run over by a 4 wheel drive and left for dead on a deserted road BUT oh boy it's only Wednesday and I am knackered! Where's my get up and go gone too? I could do with a nap (at 7am) or a holiday ... please stop the world I want to get off!! **Note to self** Enough Joanne - sleep!
Labels: Notes to self
Monday, March 16, 2009
Finished work 5.45 … I ask you?? Sausage pasta for dinner. Watched Comic Relief, cried! Saturday woke early, Simon to Tesco. Hoovered, cleaned bathroom … domestic goddess I am – not. Chicken Kiev for dinner, unfinished – Simon hoovered up that. Bed 10.30. Woke at 8, toasted bagel with Philadelphia & grapes. Farmer’s market in Rochester. Tasted everything offered. Persuaded Simon to join in!! Rare breed sausages, duck rillettes, Jerusalem artichokes, lime & chilli jelly. Tasted Thai chilli sausages – blew head off! Home sausage baguettes for lunch. Simone visited. Chilli pork noodles for dinner. Asleep sofa missed #1 Ladies Detective Agency – thankyou iPlayer.
Labels: 101 words
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I say ... and you think ... ?Sunburn :: moisturiser
Aquarium :: fish
Otter :: fish
Awesome :: fab.U.lous
LOL :: snigger
Accordion :: France
Hot Pocket :: hot hand
Grandstand :: Dickie Davies
Shaved :: razor
Upgrade :: better Do some muttering of your own here.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Nothing going on really ... had a haircut, parents came bearing goodies, governing body meeting, school ... at least I've been "tweeting!" Off to stir up some trouble **wink**
@PreciousParcels - Loving your gifts website - fabulousness abounds!
12:16 PM Mar 10th from TweetDeck
@msmac Snap - I don't think spellcheckers help
12:01 PM Mar 10th from TweetDeck in reply to msmac
@msmac Never eat cake eat salmon sandwiches and remain young - works for me every time! Mind you my spelling is crap!
11:24 AM Mar 10th from TweetDeck
@msmac How about occasion ... only choice cuts and steak in our nook?
11:21 AM Mar 10th from TweetDeck
@msmac You need a mnemonic like the one for necessary
11:16 AM Mar 10th from TweetDeck in reply to msmac Simon's got a bucket ... panic not Joanne!
7:02 AM Mar 10th from TweetDeck
Shit - porch roof leaking!
6:58 AM Mar 10th from TweetDeck
Loving the French goodies that have arrived - warm lentil and lardons salad for lunch today, mix in the leaves when I'm ready to eat!
6:52 AM Mar 10th from TweetDeck
coffee, coffee, coffee
6:46 AM Mar 10th from web
Sunday, March 08, 2009
I say ... and you think ... ? Mourning :: sadness
Approval :: given
Lotion :: body
Pespire :: hot
Language :: French & Anglais
Defection :: spy
Play :: game
Graphic :: explicit
Spicy :: chilli
In love :: I want to be in love with life!
Saturday, March 07, 2009
And all because my parents are coming - hurrah! *
Strip and remake spare bed.
Get washing done.
Clean bathroom. Hoover - bleugh! Get into town to buy some lamb.
Weekly shop at Tesco.
See there's a silver lining to every cloud :o) * That makes me sound like such a dirty mare - I would do all of these jobs regardless whether they were coming or not!
Friday, March 06, 2009
What about you ... do you remember where you were?
I found this floating around Facebook - feel free to steal it if you're (like me) struggling to think of anything interesting to say ... Do you remember where you were 15 years ago? **1994**
1) How old were you? 24
2) Who were you dating? A Scottish bus driver called Andy
3) Where did you work? The Cothi Bridge Hotel
4) Where did you live? Carmarthen
5) Where did you hang out? The Golden Lion public house and the Union Bar
6) Did you wear contacts and/or glasses? Yep
7) Who were your best friends? Kev, John and Hannah
8) How many tattoos did you have? 0
9) How many piercings did you have? 2
10) What kind of car did you drive? A blue Ford Fiesta
11) Had you been to a real party? Yep, one or two
12) Had you had your heart broken? Yes
13) Were you Single/taken/Married/Divorced? Taken
14) Any Kids? No
10 years ago? **1999**
1) How old were you? 29
2) Who were you dating? No one
3) Where did you work? Hoo
4) Where did you live? Gillingham
5) Where did you hang out? At Ruth's dining room table
6) Did you wear contacts and/or glasses? Glasses
7) Who were your best friends? Kev, Ruth and Su
8) How many tattoos did you have? 1
9) How many piercings did you have? 2
10) What kind of car did you drive? A yellow Fiesta called Percy
11) Had your heart broken? Yes
12) Were you Single/Taken/Married/Divorced? Single
13)Any Kids? No
1) Age? 39
2) Where do you work? Northfleet
3) Where do you live? Gillingham
5) Who are your closest friends? Kev, Ruth and Su
6) Where do you hang out? Home - what a boring old mare I am
7) How many piercings do you have? 2
8) How many tattoos? 1
9) What kind of car do you have? A Renault Clio
10) Had your heart been broken? Yes, but not recently.
11) How many kids? 0
12) Are you Single/Taken/Married/Divorce? Married
13) Do you were glasses or contacts? Yes, both.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
I read (and love) the blog of Laura a transplanted Canadian in California ... and it seems that she loves me too ~aww~ and deems us both "fabulous darling!" Here's my award to prove it -
Laura wanted me to explain what fabulous meant to me.
God I wish I looked as fab as the picture - as Audrey Hepburn as her. There's were I am starting with fabulousness, the divine Audrey Hepburn. I've never seen a film of hers - and I've seen lots of them - where she doesn't look fabulous. Those cheekbones, the clothes, the grace. If only ...
Then there's foie gras. Now there are many people out there who would see me shot for eating a food that they consider as cruel as this. Why?? Well, during a process called gavage, duck or geese are force fed corn to un-naturally fatten their livers. There are celebrity chefs who won't cook it because they think it's cruel ... BUT give me a slice of pan-seared (poëllé) foie gras on brioche toast with some onion jam or Sauternes jelly and I am yours. Fab.u.lous darling!!
Other small bits of fabulousness chez Jo include ...
My wedding diamonds.
Sunday morning lie-ins.
My best friends.
Poker with the girls - I never manage to go the night without laughing until I cry.
Walking along the promenade in San Sebastian and then going for pinxtos.
So, there are a few things you need to do after accepting this award:
1.) Post the logo on your blog.
2.) Pass it on to your blogger friends.
3.) Please link the awardees in your post.
4.) Let your awardees know you have passed this on to them by going to their blog and leaving a comment.
Right in the spirit of t'Internet I am passing this on to other fabulous blogs/bloggers, so, **drum roll** in purely alphabetical order, the award goes to ...
Fi over at Fizzy's Place, she doesn't post as much as she used to but when she does she makes me laugh/choke/both.
Fi at Kiwifruit, great pictures and great writing ... I only wish I had her talent and something more like her digital camera.
Betty C at La France Profonde, pictures, France, food at the Cuisine Quotidienne (which is a little quiet these days but a girl's got to do what a girl's got to do) and finally And So Forth ... currently enjoying a bit of Ray Davies.
Tina enjoying Life in the slow lane at Squirrel Head Manor, Tina and I share a love of food - pretty much any food and an appetite. One day we're going eat together - she'll arrive on a Harley!
La Bella Stella at Ms Mac, just fabulous!
Honourable mentions also go to Around Britain with a Paunch - whose food makes me dribble -, Make Lard History - who makes me cry laughing - and finally Rashbre - whose commute makes my eyes water - who all probably think this award is to girlie - but I think they're fab!
Sunday, March 01, 2009
I say ... and you think ... ? Pain :: relief
Lego :: love it
Trooper :: Starship
Flicker :: candle
Character :: Gibbs
Determined :: decided
Wing :: tip
Control :: freak
Automatic :: no gears
Yeah :: Hell yeah! Do some muttering of your own here.
** Can't be doing with Caerphilly which is what my mother prefers - too crumbly!
*** Yep, I even have an Italian uncle.