Archive for the ‘Language and food’ Category

Cocktail music

September 15, 2020

Today’s morning name. Lounge music for the cocktail hour.

(#1) DJNTV’s (Disc Jockey News TV) Mobile Music with DJ Jason Jones features mobile DJs from around the country who are playing weddings, schools and bars to find out how and what they play and when they play it.


Mid-autumn memento mori for the times

September 13, 2020

Stephanie Shih’s characterization of a digital still life she recently posted (reproduced here with permission), combining elements from Western and Eastern (especially Chinese) painting traditions and located both in mid-autumn times and in a time when we are surrounded by death in the pandemic:



More presents

September 11, 2020

This time from two of the three Burlingham sisters, Kathryn and Ann. Kathryn’s was probably not intended as a birthday present, but it arrived at the right time, and it was certainly a present. Ann sent a koala surf rescue birthday card (from the La La Land company in Australia) saying nice things about me, and then separately a package of three raw milk cheeses from the East Hill Creamery in Perry NY (Ann gets around).


Red Löbster Cult

September 9, 2020

The band name in today’s Wayno/Piraro Bizarro, a cute play on Blue Öyster Cult (if you don’t know about Blue Öyster Cult, then the cartoon will be pretty much of a mystery to you):

(#1) (If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 2 in this strip — see this Page.)

A band of lobsters. They have an umlaut. They have cowbell.

It’s all an elaborate play on BÖC.


Let them eat cake

August 15, 2020

(Totally unsuitable for kids and the sexually modest.)

From the Raging Stallion gay porn studio, the 2020 flick Cake Shop, focused on cake ‘buttock’ and especially on cum as a culinary ingredient. The cover of the video, with the naughty bits fuzzed out:

(#1) At the top: Devin Trez, Jake Nicola, Wade Wolfgar — Trez and Wolfgar with long pendulous half-hard cocks you can view in an AZBlogX posting “Cake Shop” — and  below them, Beaux Banks and Donnie Argento, cupcakes in their mouths, their cakes (‘buttocks’) offered for fucking

There is much play on cakes ‘buttocks’ and on eating cum (that’s a queer thing).


Two whimsical Bizarros

August 12, 2020

In a time of great distress (the sadness of so many deaths, punctuated by flashes of extraordinary hope), two delightful Wayno/Piraro Bizarro strips to divert my attention: from yesterday (8/11), a sweet strip in which the Pied Piper takes his son into the family business; and from today (8/12), an outrageous pun on the geographical name the Greater Antilles:


Double scoop in the heat of summer

August 10, 2020

The cover of the 8/17 New Yorker (not yet on the stands), “Double Scoop” by Wayne Thiebaud. Ice cream for the hot summer days.

Not about language, but another tribute to the pleasures of Thiebaud’s art.



More cucumber soups

August 8, 2020

Yesterday, in my posting “Cucumber soup”, it was cucumber and yog(h)urt soups, a topic that led Kathryn Burlingham to post a recipe from the August 2016 issue of bon appétit magazine, for a cucumber-tomatillo gazpacho — “A cool green zingy soup; pack it in a thermos on ice and take it picnicking or to the beach” — that sounds absolutely delicious (with the tomatillos supplyng crucial acidity), and comes with a fabulous piece of food photography (ba regularly produces masterpieces of the genre):

(#1) Cucumber-tomatillo gazpacho


Cucumber soup

August 6, 2020

Starting yesterday on Facebook:

Kristin Bergen: Summertime, my breakfast is salty lassi with a cucumber tossed in it. Also cold cucumber yogurt soup with dill and toasted walnuts

Arnold Zwicky: Ann Daingerfield (Zwicky) made a wonderful cucumber-yogurt soup with dill (and toasted walnuts). I’ll try to find her recipe, but life is difficult and searching is hard.

Kristin Bergen > Arnold Zwicky: the base recipe I made it from was in I think the NYT cookbook circa 1970s, but I omitted the chicken broth. Use a sweet Indian style whole milk yogurt, not Greek, Brown Cow works. And the toasted walnuts get very finely chopped, and don’t over-do it. Tiny tiny amount of garlic. and some EVOO drizzled on top.

Well, it’s taken me six hours, but I think I’ve found the recipe that Kristin and I have in mind.


Hairy ice

August 2, 2020

Today’s Bizarro turns on an ambiguity in the verb shave:

(#1) (If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 8 in this strip — see this Page.)

On to the ambiguity…