Tag Archives: Food

Modal Mania: Janette’s hosting a dinner party. She had better?

dinner partySo, despite my inability and reluctance to turn on my cooker, I’ve decided to host a festive formal dinner party.

With this in mind, I need to be reminded about the right way of doing things; the things that I am not supposed to do, and the things that I should or ought to do.

I did check on the Internet but, holy smokes, people take this form of entertainment far too seriously! Seriously, it’s mental, there are even books written about it!

So, so far this is my list:
Janette:

  1. You should check to see if any guests have a specific dietary requirement. SHOULD It’s a good thing to do.
  2. You ought not to invite a stripper for the evening’s entertainment. OUGHT NOT TO It’s not the right thing to do.
  3. You had better learn how to cook something because ordering a takeaway isn’t the right thing to do. HAD BETTER: It’s the best thing to do.
  4. You are not supposed to drink like a fish when you are the hostess. BE SUPPOSED TO. It’s not the right thing to do, but you probably will do it anyway.

So in a nutshell:

  1. Disinvite gluten-free people, lactose-free people, people allergic to nuts, meat eaters, fish eaters, teetotallers, people who blog about food.
  2. Cancel or postpone stripper.
  3. Throw away packaging so nobody knows I spent an arm and a leg at El Piano buying homemade vegetarian takeaway food.
  4. Pour vodka into water bottles.

What should I drink when it´s boiling hot?

What, something alcohol-free!  Indisputably, that´s not a serious suggestion, is it?

Ok, some friends sent me an SMS with the following suggestions:

  1. A Jamie Oliver Cosmopolitan
  2. A James Bond Vesper
  3. A white wine spritzer
  4. A fuzzy or pierced navel

Remember that I´m hopeless in the kitchen so which of the above do you think is, by far, the easiest to make?

Nine of world’s biggest fishing firms sign up to protect oceans

The Guardian reports: ”Nine of the world’s biggest fishing companies have signed up to protect the world’s oceans, pledging to help stamp out illegal activities, including the use of slave labour, and prevent overfishing.”

Read the full news resport here.

To be like sardines in a can

To be like sardines in a can is a coloquial idiom used to describe a large amount of people in a small place.

For example: The concert was so crowded, we were like sardines in a can

Easter quiz

What are they?

Easter quiz

What are they?

Cooking spooky biscuits!

As many of you know I can’t stand anything to do with cooking, baking, boiling or frying; not to mention the fact that washing up is as dull as dishwater.

However, I have an extremely sweet tooth and spend a lot of time stuffing my face with chocolate, cake and biscuits. Consequently, if anyone wants to try out this recipe for spooky biscuits, it would be my pleasure to eat them for you.

The icing on the cake

the icing on the cakeThe icing on the cake, or the cherry on the cake is a useful idiom  if you are talking about something which is good but you want to say that within that good thing there was something even better. For example, Olympic athletes all want to win an Olympic medal, but the icing on the cake would be to win a gold medal.

Or, on a personal note, playing pool is fantastic, but the icing on the cake is when I win without cheating. This does not happen very often.

Do you want to learn more about this idiom?  If so, click here:

A piece of cake

A piece of cakeIf you say something is a piece of cake you mean that it is very easy.  For example, learning how to use a corkscrew is a piece of cake whereas learning English, isn’t a piece of cake!  However, learning English is definitely easier than bringing up children or conducting open heart surgery.

Eye candy

eye candyEye candy is a common idiom to describe someone who you think is very physically attractive. Indeed, as it’s the month of ‘commercial’ love I’m looking for some eye candy to send my 14 Valentine’s cards that I bought the other week. That’s right; I like to keep my options open! As the common saying goes, ‘never put all your eggs in one basket’!
eye broccoliOn the other hand, my mate taught me a new idiom: ‘eye broccoli’ which means that someone isn’t very physically attractive. Well, I think that idiom is just stupid because broccoli is not only beautiful it’s also extremely delicious.