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All four elements were happening in equal measure – the cuisine, the wine, the service, and the overall ambience. It taught me that dining could happen at a spiritual level.
Charlie Trotter
Smoked Marlin Salad @ La Tentation

Smoked Marlin Salad @ La Tentation, Vanuatu

This was a spiritual experience  – Must go back there

“The cucumber and the tomato are both fruit; the avocado is a nut.
To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians, on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable.” 
― Jasper Fforde, Shades of Grey

“Once you wake up and smell the coffee, it’s hard to go back to sleep.” Fran Drescher

Good Morning World – I just  made my first coffee for the day…….. and then in a rush of caffeine induced euphoria, I grabbed my camera, snapped of some pictures, uploaded one with haste……

Iced Coffee

Iced Coffee

….. sat at the keyboard with a sense of urgency…..



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….sat some more….. unable to conjure the words to express what it all meant.    Normally I have the words, I have the story and I use images to illustrate the story, to bring it to life….

….. but today the image is all I have to begin with…..

  • Why was this such an important moment?
  • What is this rush of excitement that I had?
  • Is it normal to love that coffee so bad that you need to photograph it? And tell the world about it?
  • Has no-one ever made an iced coffee so beautiful as this?
  • Why am I sitting here wanting to share coffee with you  ……


I know !!

…. I want to share with you my coffee because I sit here alone, by myself, in a state of solitude not loneliness … yet alone with my coffee.   Coffee is designed to be shared….a communal experience, in a café, on a picnic, in the lunch room,  while the children play, on a lazy morning, during a phone call, after a fine meal…..shared with a friend,  a colleague, a new acquaintance or family…. and so this beautiful morning I share my coffee with you…  because I miss you.

Coffee is the common man’s gold, and like gold, it brings to every person the feeling of luxury and nobility.~Sheik Abd-al-Kadir

Was having a discussion with a colleague today about the foods we hated as children and how that  influences our preferences today – for good or bad.  How we were lied to about the content of a meal and how we, in turn, as parents lie to our children to get them to eat what is available. 

Reminiscing of Tripe and onions, Liver loaf, stuffed or braised Hearts and Sweetbreads in white sauce……. devilled Kidneys, boiled Tongue, Oxtail stew, braised Neck and so much more……

Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls. He liked thick giblet soup, nutty gizzards, a stuffed roast heart, liverslices fried with crustcrumbs, fried hencods’ roes. Most of all he liked grilled mutton kidneys which gave to his palate a fine tang of faintly scented urine.”   ― James Joyce, Ulysses

Added to the sweedes, turnips and kohlrabi we were fortunate to never go to bed hungry.

I have decided that it is time to become a lady, to act like a lady, behave like a lady and above all else, heed the wisdom of Lord Byron. 

 A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster salad and Champagne, the only true feminine and becoming viands.

Lobster Salad at La Tentation



This Lobster Salad, served at La Tentation in Vanuatu, would be a suitable meal three times a day. Although I consumed it with a glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc I am inclide to think champagne would certainly be a great accompaniament and enhance the lady-ness qualities of the experience. 

Now all I need is a way to finance this new “public”  life – of course (according to Lord Byron) I can still eat and drink anything I like if no-one is watching.



George Gordon (Noel) Byron, 6th Baron Byron (January 22, 1788April 19, 1824) was an Anglo-Scottish poet and leading figure in Romanticism. Among his best-known works are the narrative poems Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage and Don Juan. The latter remained incomplete on his death.

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.”  ~Mark Twain

Note – Never realised that Mark Twain had Blue eyes……

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.  Virginia Woolf

So my darling,  what shall I cook for your dinner tonight……..

Virginia Woolf
Born Adeline Virginia Stephen
25 January 1882
Kensington, London, England, UK
Died 28 March 1941 (aged 59)
River Ouse, near Lewes, East Sussex, England
Occupation Novelist, essayist, publisher, critic
Nationality British
Notable work(s) To the LighthouseMrs DallowayOrlando: A Biography,A Room of One’s Own
Spouse(s) Leonard Woolf
(m. 1912–1941; her death)

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