Thursday, 20 August 2009


Exaggerated or foolish talk, usually intended to deceive: “snookered by a lot of malarkey” (New Republic).


I'm wilting too. Here right now, humidity is only 56% and the temperature is at 27.9°C/82.2ºF. Foretasted are 34ºC/93.2ºF. Thus I expect even more wilting for the afternoon.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009


The Indians introduced the term prepone into the English language. It means the opposite of postpone - although, I've never experienced anything like that in India. Nevertheless, the Indians use it all the time. The world outside the Indian subcontinent is largely unaware of it.

Sunday, 9 August 2009


A couple of years ago, we had major discussions about monder. According to Alicia (Toño's fabulously charming boss), you can't say that your are blanching and peeling a tomato. It's called monder a tomato.

Obviously, monder is French, the Lingua Franca of cooking. And being a graduate of the famous École Hôtelière de Lausanne, Alicia has to know this.

So how does one monder? It's quite easy. You even may do this at home. Just keep your kiddos away from the boiling water and the sharp knife.

Step 1: Get rid off the stalk of the tomato.

Step 2: Cut a small cross with the point of a knife

Step 3: Plunge the tomato in ebullient water and leave it there for about 30 seconds (which is the time it takes until you can observe that the skin is detaching from the flesh).

Step 4
: Put the tomato in ice water.

Step 5
: Now peeling is easy like taking candy from a baby.

Why all this effort? Well, I just wanted to make some Roulade Estiva.