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♫ ♪ Ponty perked me up ♫ ♪ ♫

The Gift of Time“Ponty!” I exclaimed earlier this evening, while working the raisins into the scone batter. “That’ll make a good P-post.” Momentarily taking my hands off the scones-in-the-making, I raised my hands and wiggled my hips to the tune of Jean-Luc Ponty’s ‘New Resolutions.’ It’s also my favourite album by him: The Gift Of Time.

In 1984, a South African housemate put a cassette in my hands: “here, I think you will like it.” For several months two of Ponty’s early albums were played to death.  I didn’t like it, I adored it. Her American boyfriend was a fan. Very lucky me.

Altogether, over the years, I bought five albums by him and I went to see him live at the Montreal Jazz Festival. There he performed as one of the members of Trio! – what a show. Stanley Clarke, bass and Béla Fleck, banjo. I will never see a better performance by a musician, I am quite sure of that. He is a powerhouse and his interaction with Clarke was unforgettable.

Why he perked me up?

I was feeling maudlin this evening after Inessa Galante’s Ave Maria (Caccini) suddenly pulled one of my heart strings waaaaay too far out. The ¡thoing! got the waterworks going. I miss my son. Not his warm-hearted, easily approachable personality, because he didn’t have it, but maybe just because they pulled him out of me? I dunno, I only got one kid so I can’t speak from experience. I’ve been trying to accommodate this loss too (how many more times?) but I’m not good at it because I carry my heart on my sleeve. People like me don’t accommodate, we express. We resolve, we want to do something. Doing nothing is like being incarcerated, where you can’t do anything. But I can, and I want to, but I don’t know what. I’ve given it into the hands of the universe but of course I often feel the urge to get involved.

Came to chase the blues away

Tim Buckley

Tim Buckley

old photo

Heart Blues

As my youtube playlist carried on, Ponty was followed by Buckley who came to chase the blues away, which is normally heartwrenching, but now it was so serendipitous that I called “Thank you Baby, I knew I could count on you!” Is that what I do, talk to dead people who overdosed?

Damn good voice though.

EveningScone Delight

sconesNaturally, preparing scones is a kind of therapy and then I got to eat them too, yummie!  I thought I would quickly write a blog post about my perker upper but that never works, of course (quickly).  Still, I got another P in. 🙂

Best scones ever: an old ‘O’ recipe from the Harlem Tea Room.  I always make the raisin variety but add chopped apple or apricot as well.

Gonna have seconds now.  Thanks for listening.

Pavlova – a recipe

The most scrumptious dessert I’ve ever made and eaten was a Mango Pavlova.


The recipe, with picture, was in one of my Australian Women’s Weekly cookbooks, the best range of cookbooks I’ve ever used as all instructions are clear and there are many, many good photos inspiring you to plan, shop, cook, entertain & eat.  For me, a cookbook is not really a cookbook without mouthwatering colour pictures.  AWW was (is) always there to please.

Friends and family members all asked for the recipe (I made it several times) and there was even a guest who claimed he normally never ate dessert and during this rare occasion when he did, asked for seconds.  Yum yummie!

The recipe is available online these days (what isn’t ?).  Click here or on the picture to pull up the recipe in a new window.

On the topic of beating egg whites, always make sure that

  • the whites are completely free of yolk (therefore, split one egg at a time in a separate bowl and only then add each white to the bowl in which you are going to beat them)
  • the bowl and whisk are clean and grease-free (adhering to these two, I’ve always managed to beat them stiff in a jiffy!)

Bonne chance & Bon appétit!

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