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Yeah yeah yeah…its been a while. We cool? Cool.
For the moment, I am going to spare you all the stories of what kept me from you for so long, and get right to a far more important matter – the slow rekindling of my relationship with Jamie Oliver.
I have always been a bit swoony for Jamie. His recipes far outnumber any other celebri-chefs’ on this blog, and his philosophy on food jives right with my own. Add to that the adorable accent and his being, in my opinion, somewhat easy on the eyes, and he had earned rightful inclusion on my Husband-Approved list of “five celebrities I would be permitted to make out with if the opportunity should arise”. That was until, however, he stood me up for Thanksgiving dinner.
Long story somewhat shortened, through a series of phone calls with various producers and the approval of my painstakingly created Turkey Day menu, there was, in 2008, a very real I-could-almost-taste-it possibility that Jamie Oliver was going to join me and my family for Thanksgiving dinner in my Brooklyn home. As you can imagine, this sent the staff at My Husband Hates Veggies Headquarters into something of a tizzy – a tizzy which I fully blame for the lack of cheese in that year’s Pumpkin Cheesecake and the obscene amount of money spent on a certain smart-looking tablecloth. Husband was also in an entirely different kind of tizzy, with the impending arrival of the virile young celebrity chef that he had consented to allow his wife to snog. Shakira, apparently, had not answered his invitation.
The heartbreak when Jamie never showed would have been manageable had I been in a sound state of mind. I was, instead, seven months pregnant at the time, and felt quite sure that Jamie’s snub of my dinner party was directly related to the then gargantuan size of my butt. The marked hormonal avalanche that followed resulted in an abrupt halt in the preparation of Jamie recipes, and his immediate exclusion from my Celebrity Snog List.
It is only now, nearly a year later, that I find myself letting a little bit of Jamie back into my heart. There is a shiny new Jamie cookbook to devour, after all, as well as his continued devotion to improving the quality of school lunches and call for a rise in standards in the meat and poultry industries. Why, I even cooked one of his new recipes today. Yes, it would seem that Mr. Oliver has wormed his way back into my life, albeit in a now entirely platonic way. What can I say? My taste buds are the only body part aching for Jamie at the moment. Could it be because he left me in my hormonally-heightened child-bearing state?
You can’t argue with pregnancy hormones, folks. That shit’s primal.
Sadly and reluctantly, we bid farewell to a family member this past week…
aka “Ross-A-Roni”, “Roni Boy”, “Ross-A-Rino”, “Lovebug”, “Aquaman”, or plain ol’ “Roni”
You originally belonged to a roommate, but moments after that first time we locked eyes, I knew someday you’d be mine…all mine. We had a happy 12 years together, but I’d gladly have taken 12 more. You were a good, good cat.
RIP, Ross-A-Roni. Here’s wishing you a bed that’s always unmade, eternal bellyrubs, and a bathroom faucet that’s always turned on.
One of the most fascinating and entertaining parts of having a blog at wordpress is the handy-dandy little statistics feature. It not only lets you obsess about your web traffic from day to day, but also allows you to see the words or phrases that readers enter into search engines which result in a visit to your blog.
Mostly, when you have a food blog, readers are looking for recipes. Popular searches may include “Jamie Oliver’s Lamb Shanks”, or “what to do with sweet potatoes”. Others are searching for slightly off-topic information, like “backpacking through Europe”, but get lured into my web for the promise of whatever recipe and post mentions my backpacking days.
All perfectly expected and understandable.
But then there are the other readers, who’s search engine inquiries provide valuable insight into the human psyche…