söndag 18 maj 2008

Tea At Four O'clock

Tea At Four O'clock by Simon Thomas
Simon (at Stuck In A Book) has been kind enough to let me use his painting today. I'm having some friends over for tea at four o'clock tomorrow, so I thought it was most appropriate to put it up with the recipe for the shortbread I just made.

Almond Shortbread

400 ml flour
100 ml corn flour
100 g ground almonds (I toast the almonds first)
225 g butter
2 tbsp muscovado sugar

Mix all the ingredients and press into a 20 x 30 cm pan, bake at 170°C for 25 - 30 minutes

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It is very strange, this domination of our intellect by our digestive organs. We cannot work, we cannot think, unless our stomach wills so. It dictates to us our emotions, our passions. After eggs and bacon it says, "Work!" After beefsteak and porter, it says, "Sleep!" After a cup of tea (two spoonfuls for each cup, and don't let it stand for more than three minutes), it says to the brain, "Now rise, and show your strength. Be eloquent, and deep, and tender; see, with a clear eye, into Nature, and into life: spread your white wings of quivering thought, and soar, a god-like spirit, over the whirling world beneath you, up through long lanes of flaming stars to the gates of eternity!
"Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927): Three Men in a Boat

2 kommentarer:

  1. What a pleasure to see my painting in the same post as a quotation from Jerome K. Jerome!
    Thank you - Simon

  2. I'll bet I've listened to this book three times, but I really need to buy the print version so I can peruse it occasionally and read all its little gems. What a wonder it is. Have you ever read Diary of a Nobody? I don't know why, but as I was writing this, I thought of that book, too. It's a perfect book, in my opinion. Funny, witty, just great.