Fans of the fictional Agatha Christie Detective, Hercule Poirot will know what I am talking about. Those little grey cells in the brain which sort the information and keep things in order.
Clearly mine were on a go slow yesterday. I published a recipe for ravioli and today I was glossing paintwork and thinking about food, as you do. Thinking that it would be good to make more ravioli as they had been so good. Oh, I remembered, the taste of that fresh crab was amazing. Crab?! Yikes, I forgot to mention the key ingredient in my post. Which just goes to show that too many paint fumes combined with too much wine when cooking can indeed affect those little grey cells.
So to calm things down, I’m taking myself off to a peaceful place – a beach in the Cook Islands I visited at this time of year 9 years ago on my Round the World trip. Enjoy the view and apologies for the temporary brain malfunction!
66 thoughts on “The Little Grey Cells….”
I’m certain we’ve all done that a time or two (I know I have) and without your excuse of the paint fumes. It was a beautiful recipe and mouth-watering photos none the less. I hope your time away is extra relaxing!
Thank you – I felt a bit daft though!
I’m sure it was the paint fumes 😉
That’s what I’m blaming it on!
It can’t be the wine 😉
Maybe the last bottle was “off” 😉
No problemo with the omission ma’am…can’t eat the bloody stuff anyway! 😉
I know 😦 I’ll make the original crab free recipe for you…oh no, you can’t eat the cheese either 😦 Will come up with a vegan one specially for you soon!
YUM! I look forward to “Chiccas crab free, cheese free” variation with bated breath ;). Found a great vegan recipe for beetroot gnocchi on one of my weird and wonderful (need to use translation) Italian sites. Those Italians sure know how to shuffle a vegan treat in a most elegant way!
But have just realised that I’d need to make egg free pasta too – but that’s just like regular pasta anyway isn’t it? This could be exciting!
I have lost of egg free pasta recipes. I figure that the Italians only added eggs because it is harder to work with without them and we all know how “meh” Italians can be when it comes to work…almost as bad as the Spanish… “manana” 😉
Oh dear – with an Italian “Papá” and a Spanish other half, it’s a wonder I ever get anything done! Looking forward to seeing your egg free pasta recipes so that I can experiment….
I KNEW I loved you for some reason! Sloths united ma’am! (a famous football club 😉 )
Got the team kit for that!
Send me one. I will be the “Antipodean chapter” of the squad…cheering from the side of course (with a big wodge of cake in one hand and a thermos in the other 😉 )
And that island is the stuff that heady half dead grey matter dreams are made of :). With you in a bikini (my spirit has chutzpah! 😉 ) in spirit 🙂
I may well have worn a bikini back then!
If I wore a bikini back then you would have been unceremoniously drummed off the island by Greenpeace for not “rescuing” me when I beached myself after a swim 😉
I was a smaller whale then than I am now, but still whale like – at least people would have wanted to hang on to me in case of nasty capsizing incidents as I am very buoyant 😉
I, alas, am not :(. I tend to sink like a heavy boned stone (with no boobs to act as a flotation device) so I would be forcibly shoved from the shore no matter how much protesting I did “go forth whale and never darken our beautiful sand again!” 😉
I’d let you hang on to me and I’d swim us both to shore where there would be a cool box full of wine waiting for us 😉
You are ON Ms Chica! 🙂
If so…consider me aboard on the good ship Chica!
A peaceful image to be sure. Beautiful. I worry about brain deterioration on occasion. Maybe most days. Wine while cooking sounds good to me
I will have to start doing some of those memory training exercises!
The trick will be remembering to do them:-)
Brilliant 🙂 Made me laugh!
We’ve done that. It’s good when people catch it right away instead of a year later and you’re trying to remember what you missed!
I am glad I am not alone in my mishap!
Oh what a Sunday fun send ~ crab and bikinis and beached whales and wine [for me on Australia Day!] ~ look where making ravioli amongst friends can take you 🙂 !!
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Enjoy the beach!
Oh… my brain is malfunctioning too.. can I please please join you!!
All welcome, imagine what a picnic we’d have!
Oh thank goodness it’s more than just me who does things like this, although crab (being my favourite) is not likely one I would forget, I don’t think. Oh no, now the pressure on me to remember crab in a recipe when I use it. Hee hee.
Have a beautiful week ahead.
🙂 Mandy xo
And the funny thing was I had been planning for weeks on making crab ravioli – it was all about the crab…and then I forgot to mention it! Duh 😦
You know the B in the ABC Mysteries was for Bexhill on Sea….. place of grey hair and lessening brain cells don’t you 🙂 JOKE!!!!!!
Funnily enough I saw it a few weeks ago on TV and was all excited to see The Colonnade! Hopefully I will get old disgracefully here and will join you in racing my motorised wheelchair up and down Galley Hill 😉 Mind you, I think they pull you over for speeding in them here!
I’ve seen them racing down London road, corning into Norman road at speed – mind you that was singular, we could take it to another level and race aka Beiber but in wheelchairs/scooters 🙂
You know how to live on the egde Ms Promenade…I might get thrown out of the country for my antics 😦
What could be a more foodie stop off than the Cook Islands:)
I did that on purpose (well, I wish I had thought of it!)
Love the photo – dreamy (as opposed to dreary which is what we have here right now)! Mmmm!!
It was a very dreamy place!
No worries! The forgotten crab version seemed already delicious! Round the World trip, what a wonderful thing to do, sure you came back with a lot of recipes ideas!
It was an amazing trip – quite a few years ago now though 😦
If only we could treat all of our mistakes so kindly 😉
I agree – life would be so much easier!
¡Jajajaja! Qué graciosa eres 🙂 🙂
Soy ya muy mayor…olvidando las cosas importantes 😉
AAH…one of those scary moments all of us recipe bloggers have, when we realize that someone out there might be trying our recipe without the key ingredient!! Definitely a sign to slow things down a notch:)
Good advice – slowing down would be a luxury though 😉
The LGC need their holidays and renewal just as much as the rest of us do. May their respite on the beach be a delight. We’ll be here when you get back! 🙂
Sadly the beach was a distant memory of several years ago – but we are getting close to finishing off a project and a rest in Spain is in sight!!
Ha I do that all the time. Now for the serious question, did you save me a seat. I’ll bring the wine.
Of course – you’ve got the comfy one!
Well, there was a big hint in the name, for those who were paying attention, Tanya 🙂 An optional extra! Nice looking island.
It was an amazing island (you could go round it on the bus in 45 minutes) but you could lose yourself on it for days!
Have a lovely break, Chica! What a wonderful beach! We all need a little time out occasionally.. xx
Paint fumes! Well .. I must remember to use that excuse next time.. are you still in the UK, I have sent a little parcel to Spain, but thats ok, it will wait for you there.. c
How I would love to be at the beach right now…recovering from paint fumes or no!