Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Just In Case You Were Worried...

...that Easter (the religious festival/chocklitfest that I don't particularly celebrate) would pass me by without me being fully informed, don't worry your pretty head about it. Thanks to an air freight issue of Martha's mag I've got Unforgettable Holiday Baskets, the perfect Passover dishes and the latest trends in Easter Egg Decorating covered.

I know! Whew, right?

27 comments:

Miss Eudoxia said...

I hope you aren't intending on cooking the black bean and corn stew!

The Other Andrew said...

Maybe. Although, I find the recipes a bit hard to use. I once wrote them an email (I wasn't holding out for an answer from Martha herself) asking them to consider putting metric equivalents in all their recipes. I mean, Imperial is like over everywhere else. They were somewhat curt and less than enthuiastic about the idea. Maybe Martha doesn't get metric.

Bodhi said...

Hmmmmmm, Lindtmas ...

morgan said...

I like a man who's good with his hands.

Miss Eudoxia said...

Morgan settle....you'll be in that dark cinema soon enough

Bodhi said...

There is a religious festival?

Easter?

At this time?

Huh ...

All I know is that The Unholy Trinity (Me, Rabbit and The Kid) will soon be worshipping at the temple of the Swiss chocklit gods.

You do all know that Australia has the highest per capita chocolate consumption in the world at this time, right? So it would be downright un-Australian not to oblige, in my humble soon to be diabetic coma inducing opinion.

PS. Morgan, Morgan, Morgan. Ahhh, you know what they say ... a good man is hard to find ... or was that a hard man is good to find? ... err ... ummm ... anyways ... something like that. What-ever.

morgan said...

I could never get the hang of fahrenheit, however reasonable it sounds going from 0 to 100... Or pounds and ounces. I'm okay with binary, though.

Btw, do Americans call it Imperial? Shouldn't the description be more, um, republican than that?

I thought that, like in Britain, metric is regarded as a French/Commie plot.

Miss Eudoxia said...

it all gets terribly confusing.....metric vs imperial.
Most people find it easier to visualise distances in feet (and yes you boys seem to insist on inches in some things)yet rooms get measured in millimeters, I still get my fuel in 44 Gallon drums and have to convert to Litres and half, the fire truck water pump pressure is in pounds per square inch and our vet stuff comes from the states so I am meant to know how many pounds the dog is!
I suppose we can always introduce the kelvin scale for temps as well as C and F, just to totally confuse everyone....

sorry. I am getting carried away, you can tell I am procrastinating from the paper work.

yes Bodhi, there is some sort of festival coming up that involves worshipping chocolate. Our drug orders come in with frequent flyer bags of chocolate...we are almost at saturation level already!

Q - 60's girl said...

Last Easter my little Maltese Terrier accidentally got some chocolate and went psycho and feral, it nearly killed him. We knew something wasnt right when i walked past him "Hey Sunny" and he had a weird look on his face "GRRRRAARRR!!!!"

The Other Andrew said...

Jeebus, you go off to one meeting and meanwhile everyone is here chatting up a storm!

Morgan, when I show you how good I am with my hands it will just raise your level of expectation. Prepare yourself.

I think of some things in Imperial (it's easier for me to visualise 5'4" than 163cm) but most things in metric. Imperial seems so... eccentric in its methodology.

Mmmmmm, chocklit. A volunteer at the conference gave me some organic dark chocolate with rosehips in it... She's my new best friend.

Miss Eudoxia said...

oooo, what did the rosehip choc taste like?? Do you have any still.puuuuuleeeeze may I try some, pretty, please, with sugar on top.....

Now for my serious Dr note now. Chocolate can kill dogs, the darker the chocolate (ie the more cocaoa it has) the worse it is, I do have a chart on the LD50 (lethal doses required) of chocolate in dogs, and a small doggie does not have to eat much at all of the dark cooking stuff. Oh, sultanas and rasins can give them kidney failure so steer clear of those as well.

So endeth my easter animal spiel :-)

Bodhi said...

... and yet I have hard evidence indeed that a Rabbit can ingest abolutely huge quantities of the stuff, to no ill effect whatsoever ;-)

Bodhi said...

Da Bunny is a sugar junky.

In fact, back before he quit cigarettes, his mantra used to be:

'Caffeine ... Nicotine .... Sugar ....
Caffeine ... Nicotine ... Sugar ...
Caffeine ... Nicotine ... Sugar ...'

morgan said...

Hey, Miss E - Why is chocolate lethal to dogs? You wouldn't have an emailable copy of the LD50 chart that I could send to my father, by any chance?

I placed an order last night for a few bars of creamy Butler's Irish dark chocolate with almond. A couple of my friends are going there on Saturday. Yum.

Q - 60's girl said...

Yes Morgan there is a particular chemical in it. It is awful when it happens too and mine only had milk chocolate - we found the wrapper and then had to question my boy (how much he had eaten) and do the maths on the grams per amount relative to his the dogs weight. There is heaps of info on Goggle but im sure the vet is happy to enlighten.

The Other Andrew said...

Oh cool. Morgan, let me teach you how to play the "what would you do for a bar of Butler's Irish dark chocolate with almonds" game. It's fun!

I knew that choccy was bad for dogs. We used to give our dog special doggie chocs (I think PAL made them) that were carob and stuff designed especially for dogs. She loved them.

Miss Eudoxia said...

The posionous part is the theobromine (an alkaloid) (thophylline and caffeine are relatives), it does have a cumulative effect and affects the neurological system as well as cardiac problems.
Will email you off list re chart
PS have fun at the movies tonight....let me know if V is for V is worth going to see

Michael Guy said...

Yours truly will eat his Easter ham at The Ritz Carlton; feh! on cooking at home. Sooooo last millennium. Andrew, now that you've received Martha's mag I have no doubt your basket will be even prettier.

What the hell is 'imperial?' Is the Kaiser back on the throne?!? FYi: I am the lost czarina and have the third nipple to prove it.

Anonymous said...

Although, there's an interesting modern link between Christianity and Chocolate, I thought it would be far more interesting and substantive to look at the link between Christianity and Buddhism. Not that you can learn anything from Christianity of course... :)

http://www.themodernreligion.com/comparative/christ/bible_buddhism.htm

morgan said...

Hi Michael G

"Imperial" is the term used in the rest of the English-speaking world for weights and measures like the pound, inch, mile and pint.

I guess you don't call it Imperial in the US, and some of those measures like the pint are different, too.

Michael Guy said...

"Hi, Morgan" Very charmed to make your acquaintance via Andrew's blog.

.: bats eyelashes :.

'Thanks' for the information; I must have missed that lesson in school. Though I have mastered the phrase 'charge it' in six languages fairly well.

I kid. Take care!

Michael said...

I can ask "Where's the train station?", "Where's the bathroom?", and "Where's the gay bar?" in at least six languages. Who wants to go on TAR with me? Or alternately, who wants to be with me?

The Other Andrew said...

Michael G, I'm trimming my basket for Easter. Pretty! So what do Amurrkans call their system of measures? We call ours "metric", as you know. That's that system that the rest of the world uses, except Martha.

Michael, you know I'm your TAR racing buddy! The caption for our team would be "Best Friends 4Ever!", and Television Without Pity would recap us as The Snarky 'Mo's or something. We can leverage off my close personal relationship with Phil, now that I'm his Hey Guy.

Michael said...

For better or worse, I am now incapable of erasing the image of Andrew's basket, chock full of chocolates, colorful eggs, and Peeps, from my mind.

The Other Andrew said...

I tasted Peeps for the first time at the Halloween party thrown by Kris of Web-Goddess fame. She had the Halloween themed Peeps. They were kinda gross. Uber sweet marshmallow covered in sugar, but a really synthetic tasting marshmallow to boot. The shapes and stuff were cute though.

Nice to look at, just don't put it in your mouth. Which reminds me...

Michael said...

Mmm...this one's tasty. ::smacks lips:: I didn't even know they made Fireman Peeps.

worldpeace and a speedboat said...

hey Anna - tell us more about the sultanas and raisins thing. I read something about it very briefly a while ago... do you mean fresh fruit (grapes) as well, or just the dried version? what's in them that causes kidney failure?

the doggies here looooove grapes and sultanas. in fact, MrM-T's dog will pick bunches of grapes off the vine to eat. she's v funny :)