Itching Up To Get In Your Kitch-eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen!
March 25, 2014
That Was The Food Week That Was!
Tsundoku, Lexicon, Bacon and Solophobia
March 6, 2014
An interesting week for us mere mortals at Marsala Rama as we devoured the foodie world with relish - and what did we find you ask?
Well, it seems that we're not the only ones to buy cookbooks and leave them gathering dust on the shelves; meanwhile bacon is good for everyone after all - in more ways than you'd think; Whilst the online food bloggin community are getting together a new set of words and phrases to enter into the Oxford English Dictionary.
Oh, and if you dine alone and want some top notch grub... well then, forget you-oooooo.
Yesterday was World Book Day and as lovers of good food, we are obviously fanatical when it comes to cookbooks. Our collection may be small but we think it beautifully formed and having dug about in dusty corners of the kitchen and office, we found the four lovely tomes you can see above in the picture - Larousse Gastronomique.
Now you can never have too many Larousse and I am sure there are foodies out there whom actually collect the different editions - we have four - not sure that warrants the 'collection' title, but it is a good start.
As for Tsundoku... no, it's not that numbers grid thing you find in puzzle books - we've discovered that it is the Japanese word for buying books and then not reading them - hands up all of you whom have done that from time to time? Yes, we thought so... us too.
Lexicon of Foodies
A great post from the guys @Tweat_Up, whom have come up with their own lexicon of foodies - from the funny (teablagging) to the disturbing (butt plugging). Thankfully we think (or should that be hope) there are not too many of these words that could be used against us, yet.
All except one... Mennui.
We've all had a bit of Mennui from time to time - Marsala Rama more than most as no matter how many times we warn ourselves that you are setting yourself up for a fall - when it comes to restaurant menus we nearly always have something in mind that we want to eat. Same thing when shopping - let's see what the wet fish shop has actually got, rather than pray that red mullet is in season right now and the chap has got some left. We've all been there.
So when you read the menu and there is nothing on there you fancy... that's Mennui. We pray that Mennui is not coming to a restaurant table near you in the near distant future.
Bacon = Good
Scaremongering galore this week in the UK press, as it turns out that there is yet another thing that you cannot eat as it makes you die sooner than you had hoped. This time it is meat, eggs, milk and cheese - all of these lovely things will apparently give you the same health issues, as smoking does - so says a Professor Longo from the University of South California.
Depressing stuff it seems - but what the report doesn't say is that the groups were biased in number, that the risk is relative and that the findings circumstantial at best. For example, if a headline screamed 'Shark Attacks Double in a Year' you'd be scared. If they had doubled so that there are now four attacks per year - well, so what. If we said shark attacks happen when people swim in the sea - well yeah, durr! If you then said 'swimming in the sea causes Shark Attacks' - I don't think so.
So the upshot it, forget all the mumbo jumbo spouted by the good Professor and listen to you ol' Uncle Marsala - Bacon is good for you.
And as if to prove it, hot on the heels comes the new must have iPhone attachment for all lovers of Bacon - an alarm that emits bacon aromas first thing in the morning - the iSmell, if you will? No, really...
It is safe to say that Marsala Rama is not a part of the Foodie Zeitgeist just yet (boy do we try) so when one of our fave foodie bloggers (Melissa Foodie) raved about a new place in Paris (where we spend half of our time) we decided to book a table. Starters seem good (if not expensive). Mains look fab (more expensive still) but hey, why not. It is just me, myself and I after all and I need something to distract me from the banality and boredom French office life.
Big mistake. Tres drole.
Seems if you eat alone, you cannot go to the ball. You do not pass go. You do not collect 200€ in which to pay your whopping dinner bill. It's couples only mon ami. Mal Chance. And it seems from the reaction on Twitter that this particular hotspot is not the only one to put off the punters if you are a billy no mates.
Is there a name for it? Not yet; or rather not that we are aware of - but we're going to start one right now. We're going to call it 'One-cist'. That or 'Solophobic'?