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Author: camparigirl

Trying to make sense of the world and life through food and words.

A cuppa, some scones and the Mad Hatter

Posted in Food, and Food & Entertaining

Choc cakeThe woman’s house was destroyed in an air raid and the kind policeman steered her towards a salvaged chair, made her sit and uttered the magic words “You stay here. I will make you a cup of tea”. The scene is from my current flavor of the month British TV show, “Foyle’s War”, but it does sum the oft mocked British attitude towards life that a cup of tea is a panacea for life’s ills.

At the cost of being branded an Anglophile, I am inclined to agree. Coffee jumpstarts my brain but, at the end of a long day, it’s a hot cup of tea I crave .  When it’s getting dark outside and I need to welcome the evening, feet propped on the coffee table. Or when my fingers are tired of typing and I need a mental break, it’s the kettle and my favourite blue mug I reach for.

Things we almost forgot about ourselves, aka – this much I’m going to let you know about me

Posted in About Us

We accepted taking the open road‘s challenge when she nominated us for A Versatile Blogger Award. Two things appealed to us about her nomination – one that we would be able…

10 Great Reads

Posted in Things We Love


Whether you are planning to curl up  on the couch with a cup of cocoa or stretch languidly on a beach, these are some of our suggestions.

The Thousands Autumns of Jacob DeZoet by David Mitchell

Better known for the Booker Prize winner and best-seller “Cloud Atlas”, I fell in love with the follow-up at page 80. “Hang in there”, sofagirl counselled and I am glad I did because, if the going is a bit slow, the book then lived by my side until I devoured the last page. A wondrous and meticulously researched tale of the impenetrable Japanese kingdom in the 1700‘s told through the eyes of a lowly Dutch Indies employee, and an impossible and perilous love story, this book will transport you to a different world for its duration. The precise, lace-like intricate writing will mesmerize you too.

The evergreen gift of giving

Posted in Things We Love“In New York, the Jews go to eat in Chinatown on Christmas day. In LA, they go to your house”, commented my friend Shalit when I invited her, like every year, to my Christmas lunch. I paused for a second and I realized that, indeed, every single person around my holiday table, except me, will be Jewish. Jews for Christmas, I call them, a coterie of friends and family who like to indulge my need for Christmas and gifts under the tree.

The tree, by the way, is always set up by me with help from the dogs, now veterans of this yearly routine. They even learnt not to touch the ornaments, although I do not trust to leave the gifts, after Portia, on her first Christmas, ate most of them and their wrappings.

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