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Raise your glasses and shake your asses!
This pronouncement came from the deep, melodious voice of my favorite, faceless T.V. announcer.
Our T.V. shows are announced by real, opinionated humans; humans that, apparently don't have a strict code to abide by.
This particular phrase was used to announce the return of a show that the announcer was, obviously, fond of.
We often get a free bit of insight into the upcoming episode, as well (often more entertaining than the actual show):
Gray's Anatomy: Get ready to find out who's shagging who this week at Seattle Grace….Good thing no one ever needs a doctor!
House: More nasty stuff coming up from Gregory, plus a few bloody, sick people! Where do they come up with these diseases?
However, my current favorite snippet on the telly are the Virgin commercials. Typically British: witty, short (none more than 10 seconds) and somewhat obscure; the only thing that lets you know it's an ad is the small Virgin logo in the corner.
I call them 'animals with angst'. They are rather crudely drawn animations.
There's the mole that's claustrophobic: "Me? Go underground? Oh, no, couldn't do it…I'd be terrified."
The lactose intolerant cow: "Can't abide milk. And don't even talk to me about cheese! A pint of ale, now that's what I like!"
The sheep with sensitive skin: "Wool? Horrible stuff; makes my skin itch something fierce. I much prefer a nice silk or combed cotton."
And my favorite, the bull dog licking his, um, balls. After a bit he looks at the camera and says "Because I can, that's why!" He goes on to say: "What's all this about smelling bums (butts)? I mean, who would want to, really? It's not like they smell like roses, now, is it?
Not a word uttered about Virgin.
Get ready foodies to shake your bootie!
It's time for Presto Pasta Night, brought to you each and every week by our very own talented Ruth, of Once Upon A Feast!
I know I said I'd be done with the salads soon, but as late summer lingers a bit, I'm not quite ready to switch to winter cooking. I'm still going to the garden every day to pick our vegetables, although now I'm stopping to gather hazelnuts and walnuts as well. Soon, but not yet!
Oh, and please don't tell the French food police I did this to one of their most revered salads….
Niçoise Pasta Salad
6 oz (175gr) green beans
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
1/2 yellow bell pepper
1 large can tuna (9 oz, (250gr)
2 eggs, hard boiled
1/2 cup black olives, pitted and halved
2 tbs fresh snipped chives
1 1/4 cups (5oz) pasta, penne, fusilli
4 anchovy fillets, optional
1/3 cup olive oil – the good stuff
2 tbs tarragon white wine vinegar
1 tbs Dijon mustard
1 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs fresh tarragon
2 tbs snipped chives
Cook pasta according to package directions. Top and tail beans and cut in half. Fill a medium saucepan 2/3 full of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add beans and blanch for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. To make vinaigrette whisk vinegar, mustard and lemon juice. Slowly whisk in oil and whisk until it emulsifies. Add tarragon and chives and put into a large salad bowl. Add beans to vinaigrette. Cut cherry tomatoes in half and add to vinaigrette. Slice half of the pepper and add to vinaigrette. Add chives, olives and drained tuna, stir gently to combine. When pasta is cooked, drain and add to mix in salad bowl. Toss lightly. Quarter eggs and arrange on top. Garnish with anchovies, if desired, and serve.
Visit Once Upon A Feast on Friday for the round-up of all the great pasta dishes!
Last night that lovely deep voice from my telly announced a new show "The World's Largest Penis" I won't tell you what he said; I will tell you that I won't be watching…. I hate reality T.V. I especially hate fake reality T.V. I want to watch paid, professional actors….and I don't want to watch 'all' of them!
Can't we please have some mystery left in our lives?