Bitch on the Blog

January 12, 2014

Meanwhile in the kitchen

Filed under: Errors — bitchontheblog @ 02:52

The last few hours I did have, as one does after midnight, a terrible time. I looked through – and still am – the most incredible mountain of Cordon Bleu Cookery devised in 1969, purchased by me (blame ebay) about five years ago when I was still in the money.

I am a cook. With a vengeance. But 1969 was something else. Anyway tomorrow morning – it’s dark this minute – I will add more to landfill. No disrespect to the ladies who wrote what must have once been the height of sophistication. Naturally, if only I a were novelist – a profession overrated – I’d use all my totally useless research to write how to …  what? I don’t like short stories with an open ending. The ultimate cop out.




  1. I have Larousse Gastronomique and The Silver Spoon Even if one doesn’t use the recipes they are brilliant for pressing flowers, shoud one wish to revert to one’s childhood… actually The Silver Spoon is very good if you are an Italophile. Have a good Sunday.

    Comment by magpie11 — January 12, 2014 @ 12:18 | Reply

    • I shouldn’t admit to this in public, Magpie: I do have TWO (in letters two) Larousse Gs on my shelf. Different editions. Both in English. The second, unfortunately, not giving the French to their English translation. Still: A mine of information. Not least on history.

      What I threw out yesterday: The British were good on ‘Prawn Cocktails’. So Seventies (I arrived on these isles in the early Eighties). I love prawns. And, if there were any takers, I’d even cocktail them as I learnt as a young bride.

      Which reminds me of family folklore: My dear dear English in-laws would ask each other: Have we “casseroled” the [insert name of couple] yet?. To end on an even happier note: When my mother-in-law died her left overs [that’s her family] and I found a chicken cranberry casserole in the freezer. Cooked by her. Marked with a date. I defrosted. I cooked. Both her children, her husband and I ate. With fond memories of an exceptional woman. Still have the recipe.


      Comment by Ursula — January 12, 2014 @ 17:16 | Reply

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