Category Archives: FOOD

The poor man seeks for food, the rich man for appetite.

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It’s June ag’in, an’ in my soul I feel the fillin’ joy
That’s sure to come this time o’ year to every little boy;
For, every June, the Sunday-schools at picnics may be seen,
Where “fields beyont the swellin’ floods stand dressed in livin’ green”;
Where little girls are skeered to death with spiders, bugs, and ants,
An’ little boys get grass-stains on their go-to meetin’ pants.
It’s June ag’in, an’ with it all what happiness is mine –
There’s goin’ to be a picnic, an’ I’m goin’ to jine!

One year I jined the Baptists, an’ goodness! how it rained!
(But grampa says that that’s the way “baptizo” is explained.)
And once I jined the ‘Piscopils an’ had a heap o’ fun –
But the boss of all the picnics was the Presbyteriun!
They had so many puddin’s, sallids, sandwidges, an’ pies,
That a feller wisht his stummick was as hungry as his eyes!
Oh, yes, the eatin’ Presbyteriuns give yer is so fine
That when they have a picnic, you bet I’m goin’ to jine!

But at this time the Methodists have special claims on me,
For they’re goin’ to give a picnic on the 21st, D. V.;
Why should a liberal universalist like me object
To share the joys of fellowship with every friendly sect?
However het’rodox their articles of faith elsewise may be,
Their doctrine of fried chick’n is a savin’ grace to me!
So on the 21st of June, the weather bein’ fine,
They’re goin’ to give a picnic, and I’m goin’ to jine!

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” – Luciano Pavarotti

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Tonight we will dine

on words whose meaning

we share like twins

whose understanding

of love is like the two of us


© James C. Allen. All rights reserved

“Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.” ― Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

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* It is wrong to judge by appearances. Despite his expression, which was that of a piglet having a bright idea, and his mode of speech, which might put you in mind of a small, breathless, neurotic but ridiculously expensive dog, Mr Horsefry might well have been a kind, generous and pious man. In the same way, the man climbing out of your window in a stripy jumper, a mask and a great hurry might merely be lost on the way to a fancy-dress party, and the man in the wig and robes at the focus of the courtroom might only be a transvestite who wandered in out of the rain. Snap judgements can be so unfair.”
― Terry Pratchett, Going Postal

Trees like to have kids climb on them, but trees are much bigger than we are, and much more forgiving. Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider


Tree by Kevin Hart

It takes a life to understand a tree.

You start by climbing high, by holding eggs

Like eyes in the curved eyelids of a young hand,

Then take away plump scratchy nests, still warm,

By thinking other things. Branches will wave

As though to seek your help, but then they go

Just like the ants and leaves marked hard with lines.

Summer will pass with rich dark smells of earth

And then the sound of wind in branches—yes,

That too will slide into the void you hold

With next door’s silky oak that vaguely sighed

One early morning, deep in the pulp of Spring,

Then fell on power lines and through a house.

It takes a life to understand a tree

But life climbs quickly, climbs with claws, and so

You haven’t stood beneath a tree for long

And all that’s left is a sparkle up there, high,

A glistening that you can hardly see,

That beckons you toward it, nonetheless,

And somehow tells you that there is no void.

Source: The ABC Book of Australian Poetry: a treasury for young people compiled by Libby Hathorn (ABC Books 2010)


The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Saturday 15 April 1933

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW - 1842 - 1954), Saturday 15 April 1933

A pretty basket does not prevent worries. Congo

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I see story: the rise of rice from the paddy,
shoots the colour of trust.  Grains of rain fall,
shaken from the rain-giver’s basket.  Rice broken

into bowls, mouths. 

Broken, Rising




Ghastly, grim, and ancient Raven, wandering from the Nightly shore, Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore! Quoth the Raven “Nevermore!”

Edgar Allen Poe.


Ciakorire wacu mugunda

The food found Wacu in the field.

The proverb originates in the legend of Wacu, the most despised amongst the wives of a rich man who never gave her any presents.  One day, when a banquet was being held at home, she went to work in the field, since she knew there would be nothing for her at home.  In the middle of the banquet a raven swooped down in the courtyard where the meat was being roasted, snatched a big piece and brought it to Wacu.

The Kikuyu use the proverb to say that God takes care of His poor.

A lowly cabin with potatoes is better than a hungry castle.


Is fearr bothán biamhar ná caisleán gortach.

A cabin with plenty of food is better than a hungry castle.

Do not yell “dinner” until your knife is in the loaf.


In truth a family is what you make it. It is made strong, not by number of heads counted at the dinner table, but by the rituals you help family members create, by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring, and love you show to one another, and by the hopes for the future you have as individuals and as a unit.

MARGE KENNEDY, The Single Parent Family


“Anything that walks, swims, crawls, or flies with its back to heaven is edible.”

(Cantonese saying. Source: The Chinese Kitchen by Eileen Yin-Fei Lo)

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To put your life in danger from time to time… breeds a saneness in dealing with day-to-day trivialities.

— Nevil Shute, Slide Rule: The Autobiography of an Engineer

Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that’s bad for you!

-Tommy Smothers

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The Old Black Billy and Me

by Louis Esson


 The sheep are yarded, an’ I sit

Beside the fire an’ poke at it.

Far from talk an’ booze o’ men

Glad, I’m glad I’m back agen

On the station, wi’ me traps

An’ fencin’ wire, an’ tanks an’ taps,

Back to salt-bush plains, an’ flocks,

An’ old bark hut be the apple-box.

I turn the slipjack, make the tea,

All’s as still as still can be –

An’ the old black billy winks at me.



Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

Fran Lebowitz

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Prayer Blessing Wakan Tanka, Great Mystery, teach me how to trust my heart, my mind, my intuition, my inner knowing, the senses of my body, the blessings of my spirit. Teach me to trust these things so that I may enter my Sacred Space and love beyond my fear, and thus Walk in Balance with the passing of each glorious Sun. ~ Lakota Prayer

Most food goes to waste in affluent societies. When we throw leftovers into the garbage, it goes to waste. When we eat more food than we need, it goes to waist.”

― Earle Gray

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Rasulullah said, “If the food that you are eating falls, pick it up and clean it. Then eat it and not leave it for the satan.

After dinner sit awhile, after supper walk a mile.”

–   English Proverb

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“I had a friend whose family had dinner together every day. The mother would tuck you in at night and make breakfast in the morning. It just seemed so amazing to me.”

― Moon Unit Zappa

I feel a recipe is only a theme, which an intelligent cook can play each time with a variation.

Madam Benoit

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“It already smells good,” he said, pointing toward the stove. “It smells… quiet.” He looked at her.

“Quiet? Could something smell quiet” She was thinking about the phrase, asking herself. He was right. After the pork chops and steaks and roasts she cooked for the family, this was quiet cooking. No violence involved anywhere down the food chain, except maybe for pulling up the vegetables. The stew cooked quietly and smelled quiet.”

― Robert James Waller, The Bridges of Madison County

Character is simply habit long continued.


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gluttony, greed – Wanting and taking too much: food, sex, time, money, comfort, leisure, material possessions, attention, security.  Acquiring things (material things, relationships, attention) at the expense of others.

laziness, procrastination, sloth – Not doing as much as is reasonable for us to do. Putting things off repeatedly. Not carrying our own load as much as we are able. Letting others provide things for us that we ought to get for ourselves.

Our greediness so often troubles us, making us run after so many things at the same time, that while we too eagerly look after the least, we miss the greatest

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“Let’s just call things what they are. When a man’s love of finery clouds his moral judgement, that is vanity. When he lets a demanding palate make his moral choices, that is gluttony. When he ascribes the divine will to his own whims, that is pride. And when he gets angry at being reminded of animal suffering that his own daily choices might help avoid, that is moral cowardice.”
― Matthew Scully.

“The illusory feeling that it is good for us to be alone – is a Bad spiritual symptom; just as lack of appetite is a bad medical symptom because men do really need food.” ― C.S Lewis

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“Alcohol is used by millions of people, both men and women, and I will make no friends by taking the position that alcohol culture is not politically correct. Yet how can we explain the legal toleration for alcohol, the most destructive of all intoxicants, and the almost frenzied efforts to repress nearly all other drugs? Could it not be that we are willing to pay the terrible toll that alcohol extracts because it is allowing us to continue the repressive dominator style that keeps us all infantile and irresponsible participants in a dominator world characterized by the marketing of ungratified sexual fantasy?”

― Terence McKenna, Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge

Good sense is no less important than food.

"A miscellany of Irish proverbs"


“Typical bloody sheep,” he thought, “they’ve got no common sense,
“They won’t go through a gateway but they’ll jump a bloody fence.”

He longed for the gold bracelets and was caught by the tiger !


The story is told in the Panchatantra. A certain tiger grew too old to hunt

and was dying of hunger, when he thought of a device for securing a meal,

and wove a bracelet of yellow grass round his paw. A Brahman who

came that way saw the bracelet and believing it to be gold, coveted it.

The tiger, who professed intense penitence for all his former sins, declared that he would give the bracelet to the Brahman, if he would take it.

The Brahman led by his avarice approached to take the gift, and was

killed and eaten by the tiger.

"A classified collection of Tamil proverbs"

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Tamul. — Gruel served in the house of a united family is enjoyable.

"Eastern Proverbs and Emblems Illustrating Old Truths"


With days of illusions and shattered ideas;
And sleep made restless with alcohol;
The suffering that burdens today with the taste of tomorrow;
And that turns love into a boundless river;

In your presence I have rediscovered the memory of my blood;
And necklaces of laughter hung around our days;
Days sparkling with ever new joys


(by David Diop)

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(Akinasu wa yome ni kuwasuna) Don’t let your daughter-in-law eat your autumn eggplants. Meaning: Don’t let yourself be taken advantage of.


A certain man, on hearing that God would care for those who relinquished all their possessions, left his home and retired to the desert where he gave himself to fasting and prayer. On the third day of his retirement he observed many horses laden with baskets of bread passing over a distant highway. Seeing a loaf fall from one of the baskets, he waited and then cautiously dragged himself over the ground to the spot. Seizing the bread he began to eat. As he did so he re peated to himself: "Yes, it is true, God gives bread, but we must creep along ourselves to get it."

"Curiosities in Proverbs: A Collection of Unusual Adages, Maxims, Aphorisms, Phrases and Other …"

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