It’s been a very busy few days up here in the house on the hill. Those of you with small children will know how busy a day spent feeding, tending, transporting and entertaining them can be and on particularly trying days I can remember thinking how much easier life would be once they were older. Sadly, I can now tell you this is not the case – the older kids seem to need as much time and energy, just in different ways. My time this week has been divided between preparing for our youngest to leave for a student exchange in Canada, keeping an eye on a partying son who has just finished his final year at school and arranging the celebrations to observe the 21st birthday of our eldest. The party last night seemed to be a great success – the food was all eaten, no-one passed out in the shrubbery and I managed to keep the Moet et Chandon champagne well hidden from the unsophisticated and unappreciative palates of the gathered and oblivious younger generation.
Today I find myself uncharacteristically a little tired, no doubt due at least in part to the above mentioned champagne. However I suspect it has also been contributed to by some frantic shopping and party preps and a couple of unscheduled trips to the doctors office, local hospital x-ray department and the pharmacy to hire crutches for the also above-mentioned son who managed to damage an ankle. It seems that end of school celebrations can get a little vigorous, especially when large amounts of refreshment are involved – I won’t bore you with the (slightly sketchy) details.
I intend to spend the rest of this weekend in a quiet and restful state, reading my book, sharing a meal (and perhaps just a drop more of the Moet) with some of the interstate friends who travelled here for the party and wasting some time by trawling languidly through the internet. It seems that all the world loves a list. Today I have found some interesting ones that deal with food and I thought one or two of you might like to waste some time on them with me.
The 50 best chocolate desserts – when making any sort of food list, chocolate just has to feature prominently.
The top 5 brain health foods – I think you’ll find chocolate on this one, too!
15 foods that burn more calories than they contain – for after you’ve eaten from the first two lists.
The top 10 most dangerous foods – just in case you feel like living on the edge for a bit.
NPR’s list of 10 best summer cookbooks – there is no such thing as too much chocolate or too many cookbooks.
15 food artists and sculptors – for those who like to play with their food.
Top 10 strangest foods from around the world – for those who have trouble recognising food.
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