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When Robert Hardy Faced Boris the Cat

By all rights, All Creatures Great and Small should have been a boring TV series. A show about two country vets? In fact, Robert Hardy, who plays Siegfried Farnon in the show, thought it would bore the city folks and annoy those in the country.

But it works. For one thing, the acting is very good.  But it is not just that, You get drawn in by the simple things of life — like dealing with Boris the cat.BTW, the show came out in 1978, when Hardy was 52. He is in his 90’s now and going strong! Enjoy!

A Fine Kettle of Fish, that is!

At first blush, this seems to make no sense at all. A fine kettle of fish? Who puts fish in a kettle anyway? Isn’t a kettle for tea? Fish tea, anyone?`

To understand the phrase, you need a bit of history. The Scotts used a cooking device that they called a kettle to poach fish. A kettle of fish makes sense from that perspective. At some point, however, calling it a “fine kettle of fish” came to mean quite a mess. Because of the bones? That we do not know.  But a fine kettle of fish is in fact, quite a messy situation.

And while we are at this, I used the word “poach”. Poaching was stealing game from the lord’s property. It was punishable by death in some cases. And yet it is also a cooking method – throwing something into simmering water. Huh?

The word comes from the french – and poaching originally meant putting something into a bag (pochier). Hence the stealing idea. You sneak the pheasant into a bag and get the hell out of there! Poaching as a cooking technique originally assumed a bag as well.  It might make some sense for eggs. When you poach an egg, the white forms a sort of pocket around the yolk. So you are putting the yolk in a pocket. And poached fish? Err … I’ll get back to you on that one!

MEA CULPA! Note the correction in the comments! It was not just the Scotts who used a kettle!

Some Monday fun: Pearls of Wisdom

It’s Monday. You need these!

John Glenn:

As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind – every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.

Not bad! This one is even better!

Desmond Tutu:

When the white missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said “Let us pray.” We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.

Aint it the truth!  More!

Emo Philips:

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing.

And one more!

Jimmy Durante:

Home cooking. Where many a man thinks his wife is.

An encore? Ok!

Robert Benchley:

I have kleptomania, but when it gets bad, I take something for it.