Z receives a compliment

“Don’t think I’m being racist or anything” he said, “but for a white country-woman, you cook really good rice”. There were snorts of laughter from his girlfriend and my son. “No, really,” he emphasised, “that rice you cooked last time I came was as good as my granny’s.”

Well, thanks, Zain.

11 comments on “Z receives a compliment

  1. Dave

    A Roman recipe for you:

    I. Alaudarum M cape.
    II. Linguas exseca et sepone.
    III. Alaudas abice.
    IV. Linguas mitte in sartaginem cum paulo olei et frige cito.
    V. Eas traice ad patellam calidam. Quattuor sufficit.

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  2. badgerdaddy

    That IS a compliment – rice as good as a relative? Blimey!

    Reminds me of a friend of mine, shattered his ankle and lower leg, needed pins and serious operations. He was in hospital, foot suspended above bed, in a backless gown so his tackle was on show for all the world to see. To his delight, a black nurse commented – “For a white boy, you’re pretty well endowed”, with a big smile.

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  3. Z

    Blimey, Dave, I’m going to have to get out the dictionary. I see something about tongues, roasting quickly and a hot kneecap (huh?). Four are quite enough, I should think. I’ll be back later with a translation. After dinner.

    Oh gosh, are those larks’ tongues?

    Indeed, Badgerdaddy, a Pakistani granny, no less. He saw the big bag of Basmati rice under the kitchen table (too big to fit in the cupboard) and chuckled.

    I think the key is soaking the rice well and rinsing it; that’s what matters. I’ll post the recipe when I’ve translated Dave’s, which I don’t think I’ll be cooking.

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  4. Z

    I. 1,000 larks’ heads.
    II. Cut out and reserve the tongues.
    III. Throw away the larks.
    IV. Put the tongues in a frying pan with a little oil and roast quickly.
    V. Serve them in a small pan. Four are enough.

    So, this is a recipe for 250 abstemious people? I’m sure I could manage a lot more than four larks’ tongues.

    I do not need Latin lessons from anyone but you, dear Dave.

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  5. Z

    Ah, Dave, I see what you mean. Was the recipe ambiguous or was it simply my bad translation?

    Hello, you know?, – I really have forgotten all grammar, is ‘sit’ the subjunctive? To the effect that ‘those who can speak in Latin make the sound of heaven’ I think.

    Zain is a very polite young man, Zmom.

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