Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Rethink Your Attitude Towards Quiche.

Today I taught one of my favourite poems, 'Funeral Blues' by WH Auden, which fabulously featured in the film, 'Four Weddings & a Funeral'.
Honestly, from the way I just wrote this you'd think that I was one of those Incredibly Conchy English Teachers who can recite 'The Wreck of the Hesperus' word for word or knows the Whole Canon like the Inside of Her Soul.
Nothing can be further from the truth. I can basically recite nothing. 
Except perhaps a short extract from 'Black Beauty' -  'Ah', she said, 'I have seen dead horses, I am sure that they do not suffer pain. I wish I may drop down dead at my work rather than be sent off to the Knackers'.
And another short extract, this time from 'The Importance of Being Earnest' - 'Pray, let me introduce myself to you. My name is Cecily Cardew.'
'Cecily Cardew? What a v. sweet name. Something tells me that we are going to be great friends. I already like you more than I can say. Please sit down'.
That's about it. Nothing more, really. Except perhaps like four words in a row from plays by Shakespeare that I've taught a million times. 
'Tomorrow & tomorrow & tomorrow.........' Blank.
Lines of poetry slip out of my memory like Sands Through the Hourglass. Umm....sounds like half a line from 'Days of Our Dreary Lives'.

Anyway, that's not what I wanted to say at all. I'm sure no one cares if I can remember lines of poetry or not. But you might like my Big Green Cache of Necklaces at my neck. I bought all three of them for two bucks each at 'Forever 21' last year when I was visiting Los Angeles.
And that's also not what I wanted to say either. 
I really just wanted to tell you that my daughter posted a v. entertaining & quite detailed quiche recipe on her blog, Unreal City. 
I have a slight stake in this blog entry because the recipe is one that I've used thousands of times over the past more than two decades. 
 You may think that quiche is Naff. Or Twee. Or both. Or maybe you think that Quiche is Over. Think Again. I promise you , after merely reading the recipe(s),  you'll be rushing off to the kitchen to make a whole mess of them.
I myself must now rush off to listen to my new audio recording of  'Eat Pray Love' by Elizabeth Gilbert. I only discovered it yesterday & am now Absolutely Obsessed. Has anyone else read it?


see you there! said...

Read Eat, Pray, Love and enjoyed it. Since I'm what is considered a "foodie" I am always on the lookout for food related books and if they have travel stories too so much the better.

Off to check the recipe.


mae said...

Great photo!

Don't forget a line from THAT wordsworth poem. you, know, the one with the catchy title - "Ode on Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood"

The Writing Instinct said...

I absolutely loved Eat Pray Love. I read it whilst in hospital for our son's second op. During those long, worrisome days, it really took me to a different place and was so easy to read...and made me crave the Italian pizza she so wonderfully described!

By the way, the one poem that stuck from highschool was S T Coleridge's Kubla Khan. I just loved the imagery it created.

Sheila said...

This is a hilarious entry - you are so funny.

I always cry through that scene in "Four Weddings" - gawd, just weeping.

I love the necklaces. I would wear those.

Della Street Dreaming said...

Thank you Sheila!
There are many things in your wardrobe that I would wear too! Except of course the pants because I never wear them.

Paola said...

Hi thought I'd come out of lurkdom to tell you I have Eat, Pray, Love next to the computer to dip into when my satellite internet connection decides to go at geriatric pace, which is A LOT. I read EPL about a year ago. It is a fabulous book, one that bears multiple readings, like all good books. I've been lurking around your blog for a good six months now, chuckling at your words and marvelling at your clothes. Great work.

Della Street Dreaming said...

Thank you Paola! I really appreciate hearing your kind words.
And I'm interested that you said that Eat Pray Love bears multiple readings. I'm almost finished listening to it on my iPod & have found it v. resonant!

Brissiefran said...

I really like Eat.....but feel you could do justice to an Aussie version.Or maybe even a version of "Sex in the City" from Middle aged School teacher point of view. PLease write a book.

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