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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Monday, September 24, 2007
'Til Death Do Us Part
This artichoke thing is popping up all around, the quote in the previous post was gleaned from the Pink Panther movie. Yesterday there was another reference too.

D was resting in the afternoon, tired from a wedding the day before, to which we took M to the church for the ceremony. M was playing a new computer game that we may yet regret buying and I was watching some sport and cooking programs. One of my favourite cooking hosts came on, Lidia Bastianich and one of the dishes she was preparing was chicken with artichokes. In her straightforward way, she clearly demonstrated exactly how to prepare artichokes and I was somewhat comforted to notice that she produced about the same amount of leftover bits as I do.

M wandered in.

"Who's that, Dad?"

"That's Lidia, she's my friend."


"Well, you know that tomato sauce for pasta you really like?"


"Lidia showed me how to make it."

M, rather thoughtfully, then went back to the computer to continue dressing Bratz dolls on screen...despite having four Bratz dolls in her bedroom that she could actually pick up and do the same thing with...in real life.

A while later, D woke up and came to the loungeroom. M had reemerged from her computer and we all sat on the couch together, watching Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. All of a sudden, M turned to me and said,

"Dad, can you marry Lidia so she can cook for me?"

I have a well developed sense of self preservation and what M said was wrong on so many levels, but I couldn't help it.

I laughed. Fortunately, I'm still alive.
  posted at 7:47 am

At 11:25 am, Blogger Anh said...

Lovely story :D. Your daughter is so cute!

Anyway, I found another artichoke recipe, which looks really nice on this blog. You may wanna have a look?


At 12:55 pm, Blogger Blue Zebra said...

Love it Neil! And I love your artichoke quote.

At 8:32 pm, Blogger MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Always - kids will say those things. They are just the best. So glad you laughed AND are still alive!

At 11:10 am, Blogger neil said...

Hi anh, that artichoke looks so gorgeous! Yeah, it was pretty funny at the time, lucky D saw the funny side as well.

Hi blue zebra, thanks, you see when I'm not cooking, I watch to much telly.

Hi tanna, they are the best and well meaning too. Yeah, it's good to be alive!


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