November 23, 2009

It’s a WHAT?

For whatever reason, most of my bloggy friends are from across the pond, in various different areas.  It’s wonderful as I get to get a glimpse into what life is like in different areas of the world.

But occasionally, I am perplexed.  Such as the time that Brighton Mum mentioned Scotch Eggs.  Had never heard of them and was intrigued.  When she explained what they were and how they were made I was baffled.  So then, bless her, she found me a recipe and sent it – it then became clear. 

Also, she has given me insight into the schooling system over there.  Apparently their children finish “compulsory” school (read high school-I guess) and then move on to college at 16!  This one still baffles me.  But it seems to work for them.

On one occasion, I sent Chic Mama into a fit of giggles because after describing a therapeutic Reiki treatment (of which I knew nothing) she mentioned that the therapist would ring her next week.  Me, being ever so curious, asked CM – what do you mean she’s going to “ring” you, I was picturing all kinds of things.  Apparently, she meant that the therapist was going to call her.    I’m sure there are plenty of other examples of my “learning” moments over at her place, I just can’t think of them now.  Am too busy blushing over the “ring” issue still.

thatgirl39 at Forty Not Out presented me with this via one of her tweets.  An American Dinner.  Of course I had to ask.  She informed me that is where each guest brings a different course.  I had to laugh at that one.  I guess it could be called that – although we call it Potluck.

And just this afternoon, via a tweet, Fab In Your 40s stopped me in my tracks with this one, she was off to make Toad In A Hole.  Of course, I replied immediately with WHAT?  Apparently, it’s sausages in a Yorkshire pudding (not really clear on what that is either – I think I’ll just Google that one).

So in addition to all the new friends I’ve made; apparently, I’m also getting an education.  See?  All the time I spend in front of the computer is making me more well-rounded person!  (Yes, feel free to use this excuse explanation, if you’d like!)


  1. I'm really giggling again........
    I LOVE toad in the hole.....or sausages in batter which rises in 'Gigi language'. Do you have that? It's lovely. Real comfort food, lovely with gravy and mash.
    It's amazing how we speak the same language but have so many different sayings for things.

  2. We don't have anything like that (I looked it up on the internet) but your explanation was much clearer. Although we do have pigs in a blanket (cocktail sausages wrapped up in a biscuit) - usually an appetizer - kinda the same; but not really.

    What I really want to know is how a food ended up with that name; it's not like it sounds appetizing.

  3. I love toad in the hole too. Yummy!!! what I'm doing in front of this screen :cough: Right now. I'm just giggling trying to figure out what you thought 'ring' meant! He-he

  4. Gigi! I'm doing it again. Heres a recipe for 'Toad'. Its the one I always use and you must try it. Its wonderful...

  5. LOL Thanks for giving me yet another reason to spend more time on the computer!

  6. BM - I figured "ringing" must have been some kind of Reiki technique...I don't know. And thanks for the recipe since I don't cook I'll forward it to Hubby and try and get him to make it.

    MM - I try to help out where I can! :-)

  7. Holy hell woman, I was on your page not that long and there were so many new posts I had to go back a page!

    But I digress.

    Congratulations on being well-rounded. I plan to use that excuse with my husband! :P

  8. Melissa - what can I say? It's been a very slow week and those voices in my head just keep "talking!".

  9. BM - I'll forward to him tomorrow. If he makes it I'll send photos. In the meantime; he's invited all my friends from across the pond to dinner. When can you make it?

  10. Now you see you've got it wrong again - Pigs in Blankets is cocktail sausages wrapped in bacon. Yummy with Roast Turkey.

    My favourite yummy snack is Welsh Rabbit and it does not involve meat!!!


  11. Now, BNM, you're gonna confuse Gigi even more now with the 'Welsh Rabbit' comment! Haha!

  12. I've actually heard of Welsh Rabbit - has something to do with eggs, right?