Saturday, November 11, 2006

A meme, some say random musings

I saw this meme on Rooknits and everyone seems to have them on their blogs at the moment but it did seem odd to answer a series of questions none of which I could answer 'mash potato'!
A meme is defined “a unit of cultural information transferable from one mind to another”, I’m not sure if this is remotely cultural but here goes…

1. Flip to page 18, paragraph 4 in the book closest to you right now, what does it say?
Well I was somewhat stumped by the first book I picked as it was In Search of Perfection - Heston Blumenthal and page 18 has nothing on it but a picture of a chicken. The second and third fared better...

"Arrive at farmers' markets, ready armed with your own supply of plastic spoons to facilitate sampling and avoid the worse of the unseemly scrum. When you find a particulary choice recherché ingredient, engage the producer in informed, animated, ego-massaging chat whilst you politely and repeatedly investigate the wagyu beef carpaccio."
Sudi Pigott - How to be a Better Foodie

"Roll out the puff pastry so it is big enough to the pie dish. Place the rolled pastry over the top of the dish, trimming the edges to fit. Press the edges down with your thumb and decorate the pie with shapes cut from the excess pastry. Cut a small hole in the top to let the steam escape and brush the pastry all over with the beaten egg. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes "
Sophie Conran's Pies

2. If you stretch out your left arm - as far as possible, what are you touching?
The coffee table – but there’s no coffee anywhere near it
3. What’s the last program you watched on tv?
Grey’s Anatomy last night – mmmm Patrick Dempsey - don’t get me started.
4. Without looking, guess what time it is.
Midnightish - okay wrong by 10 minutes
5. Except the computer, what can you hear right now?
I have a recorded Food Uncut playing on the TV behind me, but I am listening not watching (see answer to question 3) and I can hear a black cab making its way up the street.
6. When was the last time you were outside and what did you do?
I left my office, boarded a tube and bus and came home about half an hour ago in the pouring rain
7. What are you wearing?
Black with lots of pearls!
8. Did you dream last night? If you did, what about?
Well, if I did I can’t remember what about.
9. When was the last time you laughed?
Reading a piece that Giles Coren wrote about being a grumpy old man on my BlackBerry on the tube home tonight. Giles is a genius!
10. What’s on the walls, in the room you’re in right now?
Some pictures, a 'string' of black and white postcards, a black ceramic bird and a set of 'chasing' fairy lights coiled in an abstract snaking design.
11. Have you seen anything strange lately?
I live in London, everyday I see something curious! There was a particulary possibly drunk but definitely entertaining man on the tube home tonight. He kept a rather surreal, loud running commentary about how it's all be so different if it were the Paris Metro and it was the 1940s. He kept saying "I've been here 31 years", but it wasn't clear if he meant on this planet, in London or on that particular tube. Any could be applicable.
12. What do you think about this meme?
Well, it’s my first meme but as Roo pointed out – it doesn’t involve photos so it's easy to do.
13. What’s the last film you saw?
Hmmm, I’m struggling to remember. I think the most recent is the some of Dirty Dancing that I caught whilst flicking through the TV channels a few weeks ago. Well, no-one puts baby in the corner... Sadly I have been neglecting the cinematic part of my life.
14. If you became a multimillionaire, what would you do with the money?
I would visit all those restaurants all around the world I’ve been dreaming about (see list on right) and I would have a long holiday on a barge travelling around France (à la French Odyssey) with D and MC (because we’ve already promised this ourselves, should we come into money)
15. Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.
I always wanted to be a twin and felt very cheated that I wasn’t.
16. If you could change ONE THING in this world, without regarding politics or bad guilt - what would it be?
Wow, that’s the big one. With my love of food, I would want everyone to be able to enjoy food as much as me – plenty of it and fantastic quality. Or is that a ‘bit politics’?
17. Do you like dancing?
Yes I guess so, not really with particular talent though.
18. George Bush?
quack, quack, quack!
19. What do you want your children’s names to be, girl/boy?
Wouldn’t that really be a joint decision? And doesn’t so much depend on the surname? However, I’ve always liked Lily or Coco and Charlie or Sam.
20. Would you ever consider living abroad?
I’ve thought about France, but I’m not sure if France is ready for me! But maybe one day.
21. What do you want God to tell you, when you come to heaven?
Not sure about the God and heaven thing.
22. Who should do this meme?
Anyone who fancies it!

Did that feel like a cultural exchange or just random musings?


DD said...


If you are rich enough, can I join you on that barge?

Full steam ahead!


J said...

Most definitely, we'd get a huge, luxury one!. The more the merrier. And they'd be plenty of room for Y as well!

DD said...

Shall I book our flights?