Blatherings: A professorish Dream and Favorite Cuisine

The professor had a disturbing dream not too long ago. In truth, what follows is completely true.

There was a dadblame snake loose in the house.

Something like this, only longer, thinner, and meaner.

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The snake was hiding and the professor was hunting it, for everyone knows a mean snake in the house must be dispatched.

I finally got the old bugger, stretched him out, and let him have it with this:

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It was a wicked dream. Disturbing, too.

Now something totally unrelated.

A few times ago, we talked about being stranded on an island in the middle of the ocean and what beverage you would pick to have for life.

Well, what if you had to pick one cuisine? French, Italian, Mexican, Chinese…what would it be?

(Of course, on this island, there is also an abundant supply of snakes, if you’d rather have those.)

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195 Responses to “Blatherings: A professorish Dream and Favorite Cuisine”


  1. 1 krugthethinker November 15, 2013 at 15:30

    Dreadful dream indeed! Last night I dreamed I found a gecko in my bed. It was pretty cute, I must say! Better than a snake! I don’t know, that’s a hard question! I might just be boring and say avocados for life! But an almond tree would also be nice to have around. What would the professor choose?

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke November 15, 2013 at 16:50

      Cherries and cashews! (Isn’t that dreadful?) A gecko would be neat. Now if it’s a vicious gecko it would eat the snake, I suppose.

  2. 3 Hazy November 14, 2013 at 15:21

    That snake’s eyes remind me a bit of Disney’s Jungle Book, with the snake saying “trust in me” (or something to that effect). :D

    Weatherly approves of the Bowie knife. He thinks it looks cool and sharp!

    Hmm… I like Chinese crunchy spring rolls and dim sum a lot, but I think I love Italian food more, especially pasta! I could eat it with different sauces every day.

    • 4 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 19:01

      :lol: You’re right, Hazy. (Secretly, the professor always liked that snake in the Jungle Book.)

      :D The professor is honored!

      Ooo, what’s dim sum?

      • 5 Hazy November 17, 2013 at 09:32

        :lol:

        Dim sum includes a variety of food items served in small portions, like steamed (or fried) dumplings and steamed buns. You must have tried those in Chinese restaurants. I think you’ll like dumplings!. :)

      • 6 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 15:05

        It does sound awesome!

  3. 7 L. Marie November 14, 2013 at 13:47

    I also agree that the choice is vexing, dadblame it. And manothunder, that’s quite a snake sticker. Makes my little throwing knife look like a baby.

    • 8 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 14:08

      :lol: L, you use Punchy argot better than this professor!

      It’s a bowie–it even dwarfs the professor’s throwing knives.

  4. 9 Jennifer November 14, 2013 at 09:06

    It would have to be Italian. And the snakes would be gone within a matter of hours. Adrenaline and fear are good motivators.
    That photo gives me the shivers, don’t do that again please.

    • 10 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 14:07

      Good choice… I’m sure you’d just send your devils after them. Too bad the professor doesn’t have any…

      The snake was a beast. Extremely aggressive.

      • 11 Jennifer November 14, 2013 at 19:43

        Now you make it sound like it was real. ~more shivers~

      • 12 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 23:07

        It was. The snake was on the professor’s property.

  5. 13 Angeline M November 14, 2013 at 03:12

    Ah…our evening rendezvous, here I am late to the party again. But, I must confess that when I glanced at the first photo I quickly scanned down to the last paragraph about choice of cuisine forever if stranded on an island. And I did the quick, almost instant scan to the bottom of your post because I have a “thing” about sxxxxx….I can’t even write the word. I get queasy and uneasy when I have to look at them, so I try not to. Now this evening I am going to have to have another ration of wine to get over this unsettling incident.
    For my cuisine of choice, it would have to be Mexican, because that is what I are, so might as well have what I know for ever and be quite content.

    • 14 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 14:05

      The professor likes arriving late at parties hiself.

      Dear me! The professor does apologize. (That sxxxx was actually found on the professor property. Very unsettling.) Have some more wine.

      I think it’s a great choice. The professor loves mexican food.

  6. 15 xoxosanaz90210 November 14, 2013 at 00:17

    I like snakes so I won’t be having that for dinner. From those choices, a bit of all. It isn’t fair on the others to pick one.

    • 16 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 02:20

      You know, overall, the professor must agree. What a vexing, dadblame choice to make. So, any snakes in particular?

  7. 17 The Dancing Rider November 13, 2013 at 22:11

    I’d take Italian. Hard to choose though, except I know French would be at the bottom of the list. However, if it were the only cuisine available , of course I’d eat it!

    What on earth is up with that dream?! Snakes give me the willies! Worse than DS’s (though I like DS’s laugh, secretly…)

    • 18 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 02:17

      Italian is amazing. Would you take French over the snakes? (Now, snakes could be tasty, we don’t know.)

      Haha! I’m not sure what happened!

      • 19 The Dancing Rider November 14, 2013 at 14:16

        Oh yes, I’d take French over snakes. I don’t want to kill the poor creatures, even though they make me cringe!

      • 20 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 15:04

        Or if they’re trying to attack you–like in the professor’s dream.

      • 21 The Dancing Rider November 14, 2013 at 23:59

        Well then you kind of have to. Anytime its life or death!

      • 22 Professor VJ Duke November 15, 2013 at 01:36

        Absolutely!

  8. 23 deanthefish November 13, 2013 at 20:14

    Why isn’t American food an option??? Professor, this is an oversight, no?

    • 24 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 20:52

      Well, I didn’t name them all, Mr. Fish. Your choice?

      • 25 deanthefish November 13, 2013 at 21:10

        Well professor [clears throat] you really didn’t seem to leave the door open to other cuisines unless the “…” implied that.

      • 26 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 02:15

        Isn’t that just enough?

  9. 27 sonya solomonovich November 13, 2013 at 20:12

    French cuisine for me! Coq au vin, french onion soup, chicken provencale…. I don’t think I would get tired of it. This gives me an idea for a story: a swashbuckler stuck on a deserted island with a gourmet French chef :)

    • 28 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 20:52

      Haha! That does sound awesome. The professor could definitely live on French cuisine! That would make a highly entertaining story, for sure.

  10. 29 weggieboy November 13, 2013 at 18:30

    I respect snakes… to give me WIDE BERTH! Or else.

    • 30 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 20:50

      I’m sure Andy and Dougy would take care of them.

  11. 31 Painting Pundit November 13, 2013 at 17:53

    Though I like Chinese, I find it harder to choose between the others. How to choose between margaritas, chianti or chardonnay? That’s a tough one!

    I think the snake is a message from Daddy Salami! Do you have the antidote handy?

    • 32 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 20:49

      You are definitely right! (Maybe you’d only be allowed to have sea water…)

      :lol: How creepy! It could be DS… Going to get some fresh grass now…

  12. 33 technophile9 November 13, 2013 at 17:25

    If I say standard English cuisine, do I look like a really bland and uninteresting person? :)

    • 34 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 20:45

      Not at all. Do you live in England, Joe?

      • 35 technophile9 November 13, 2013 at 20:55

        Yes. :P

      • 36 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 20:55

        Well, how was the professor supposed to know that, dadblameit!

      • 37 technophile9 November 13, 2013 at 20:57

        Well now you know. ;)

      • 38 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 20:57

        Where? If the professor can be bold.

      • 39 technophile9 November 13, 2013 at 21:00

        I would rather not say, but in the South.

      • 40 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 02:11

        Isn’t this something? At first, you thought the professor was in England and he’s in America. And this professor thought you were in America but you’re in England. What an interest!

    • 41 Susan P November 15, 2013 at 01:37

      I feel a little confused here. Who is where and with whom?

      • 42 Professor VJ Duke November 15, 2013 at 01:41

        :lol: Did the professor go and confuse everything?

        The professor is in America, and Technophile is in England. We just had it all mixed up in the beginning.

      • 43 Susan P November 15, 2013 at 01:50

        And I am in north central Florida. Which, last I checked was in the US. It hasn’t always been, though.

      • 44 Professor VJ Duke November 15, 2013 at 02:03

        :lol: Sometimes the professor isn’t on earth, you know.

      • 45 Susan P November 15, 2013 at 13:40

        I do not doubt that at all. My teachers in elementary school always wrote on my report cards things like, “Susan daydreams too much.” And the like. Actually, I it was my own escape pod to elsewhere.

      • 46 Professor VJ Duke November 15, 2013 at 16:48

        Well, you should have beaten them. Maybe you were in the PL?

      • 47 Susan P November 15, 2013 at 17:11

        Maybe the teachers should have been more interesting. I did have a wonderful fourth grade teacher, but after that I don’t recall any others who touched my heart until college. Maybe the teachers commuted from the PL?

      • 48 Professor VJ Duke November 15, 2013 at 20:43

        Haha, it’s a possibility. The professor has had a few great teachers.

      • 49 Susan P November 15, 2013 at 21:33

        :)

      • 50 Professor VJ Duke November 16, 2013 at 00:22

        :cool:

  13. 51 ladycheetah7 November 13, 2013 at 17:25

    The answer to that is simple. None of the above because I don’t travel via water, hence the probability of being stranded is zero.

    • 52 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 20:45

      But what if someone suddenly plops you on a beach and gives you that vexing choice?

      • 53 ladycheetah7 November 13, 2013 at 21:06

        Sorry. No one has that kind of power or permission to do that.

      • 54 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 02:15

        Well, that’s true. I wonder what cuisine Robinson Crusoe ate.

      • 55 ladycheetah7 November 14, 2013 at 02:28

        A salami sandwich.

      • 56 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 14:00

        :lol: No wonder he liked it there.

  14. 57 Susan P November 13, 2013 at 16:53

    Why do I have to choose only one kind of cuisine?

    • 58 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 16:55

      Because it’s dadblame hard!

      • 59 Susan P November 13, 2013 at 17:00

        I can’t do it. I’d get bored if I had to eat the same thing all of the time.

      • 60 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 20:39

        Yes, so would the professor. I wonder if one could live on peanut shells?

      • 61 Susan P November 13, 2013 at 20:56

        Ummm…ask George Washington Carver.

      • 62 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 20:57

        :lol: :lol:

      • 63 Susan P November 13, 2013 at 21:21

        :D

      • 64 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 02:16

        :cool:

      • 65 Susan P November 13, 2013 at 17:10

        I think a Mediterranean cuisine would cover it for me – that gives me the advantage of choosing from several different countries.

      • 66 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 20:44

        The professor agrees with you wholeheartedly! That would do the trick, for sure. Okay, then. Let’s both pick that as our choice.

      • 67 Susan P November 13, 2013 at 21:02

        I can live with that.

      • 68 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 02:14

        And have a happy food life.

      • 69 Susan P November 14, 2013 at 02:48

        :D

      • 70 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 14:04

        :cool:

  15. 71 Susan P November 13, 2013 at 16:52

    A dream about a snake? That IS disturbing without a doubt. I don’t freak out about snakes – Florida abounds in snakes – but I give them their space. I never had one in the house, but once a strange and large lizard sneaked in through the dryer vent and as I recall there was a bit of freaking out all around. I did see a really big scorpion a month or so ago, but it was outside. It looked like something from a science fiction movie.

    • 72 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 16:55

      Well, I’m sure George would take care of the snake for you, or you could use a bowie.

      A lizard? What an interest! Was it vicious and cool colors?

      Now I do think you should have dispatched the scorpion upon seeing it…but maybe not.

      • 73 Susan P November 13, 2013 at 17:03

        That ol’ lizard was moving along at a great pace, I tell ya. Now you see it, now you don’t. Eventually found its own way out.

        I was walking the dogs and it was a big scorpion. It had a Punchy air about it. The dogs wanted to investigate, but I didn’t trust the scorpion. It was probably four inches long from tail to claw. I don’t dispatch anything that is longer than my foot is wide.

      • 74 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 20:40

        :lol: A fast lizard! Wow.

        Goodness! I think the professor would’ve let it go too. I bet it was scary!

      • 75 Susan P November 13, 2013 at 20:57

        It looked dadblamed scary. That thing ran faster than I ever ran in a race.

      • 76 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 20:57

        :lol: How interesting! Any pics?

      • 77 Susan P November 13, 2013 at 21:23

        If I had attempted such, it would have been gone before I snapped it.

      • 78 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 02:16

        You should have called the professor in to hunt it.

      • 79 Susan P November 14, 2013 at 02:49

        Creepy thing. I never saw one that big. Would you bring your scorpio-weapon?

      • 80 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 14:04

        I’d have to invent one, but yes…

      • 81 Susan P November 14, 2013 at 14:17

        If anyone could invent such a thing, the Professor can. It might entail some serious making of armored hip boots.

      • 82 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 15:04

        :lol: I like the sound of armored hip boots…

      • 83 Susan P November 14, 2013 at 20:19

        Uh-huh. Sounds Punchy, doesn’t it?

      • 84 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 23:11

        It does! Very Punchy. As a matter of fact, you’re always coming with Punchy things!

      • 85 Susan P November 15, 2013 at 01:39

        I do, indeed. Maybe that is why I find DS a kindred spirit.

      • 86 Professor VJ Duke November 15, 2013 at 02:00

        Maybe that’s right! Susan you’re definitely a Punchy Lander now–just like me! :D

  16. 87 Debbie November 13, 2013 at 16:13

    Having slain more than my share of garden snakes this year, I shuddered when I caught sight of that ginormous monster from your dream (nightmare, really). Glad you had more than a hoe with which to dispatch it!

    As for food, Italian, please. There’s lots of variety there, and even though I might get a “pasta paunch,” who’d be around to gloat??

    • 88 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 16:33

      Isn’t it horrid? I actually took that pic earlier this year. That beast was vicious. Never did see what happened to him. What does Dallas think of snakes?

      That’s true. There’s a lot of variety. :lol: Good point. Of course, you’re welcome to do sit-ups on the island–if you’d like.

      • 89 Susan P November 13, 2013 at 16:55

        It looks like a black snake – they are handy to have around because they kill off some pesky critters. My cat community killed off all of the black snakes around our home.

      • 90 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 16:57

        I think that’s it. But my three cats don’t kill snakes. It’s an interest.

      • 91 Susan P November 13, 2013 at 17:04

        I bet! Curiosity and all that.

      • 92 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 20:41

        I bet you’re right. It’s a wonder. Cats are supposed to kill snakes, right?

      • 93 Susan P November 13, 2013 at 20:59

        Apparently, they are supposed to. Two of my cat community outside tangled with rattle snakes this past summer. I thought they was gonners. Both of them survived the venom, but it took a lot out of them and by way of some complications, had to have one of them put down. But, they are really good at killing the snakes.

      • 94 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 02:09

        Hmm…that’s interesting. Maybe you should get a few mongooses.

      • 95 Susan P November 14, 2013 at 02:47

        I don’t think they’d get along with the cats.

      • 96 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 14:03

        I think you’re right.

      • 97 Susan P November 14, 2013 at 14:15

        merow *hiss*

      • 98 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 15:03

        Just exactly!

      • 99 Susan P November 14, 2013 at 20:19

        :D

      • 100 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 23:10

        :cool:

      • 101 Debbie November 13, 2013 at 18:03

        You know, it’s odd, but Dallas doesn’t seem to notice snakes. Perhaps they have no odor??

      • 102 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 20:50

        You know, maybe not. The professor’s female shepherd likes to hunt them for some strange reason, but my cats don’t seem to notice them. Something is definitely backwards!

      • 103 Susan P November 15, 2013 at 01:41

        Perhaps your cats don’t kill snakes because they have no need to kill them with the Shepherd doing it all.

      • 104 Professor VJ Duke November 15, 2013 at 02:01

        That’s true. The cats are so dadblame lazy.

  17. 105 FictionFan November 13, 2013 at 14:41

    Disturbing, indeed! Where was Bob in your dream? He should have been there to protect you…

    Difficult to choose – Italian, I suppose, since that should provide unlimited supplies of ice-cream…

    • 106 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 16:32

      It would have been nice. I wonder what would have inspired such a dream. I’m sure Tommy would have helped. Bob can be quite useless at times.

      Did you ever have gelato of sorts?

      • 107 FictionFan November 13, 2013 at 19:16

        I suspect it was memories of old worm hunts preying on your mind. Either that or you ate some toasted cheese just before sleeping…

        (The blog has turned into a slaughter zone today! Who knew so many Americans spent their time beating snakes to death???)

        Yes, in Italy. But, TBH, I prefer ice cream – though I’m not at all sure what causes them to be different.

      • 108 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 20:51

        Why toasted cheese?

        (Don’t you have snakes in Scotland? Oh, that’s right. St. Patrick chased them all away.)

        FEF’s been to Italy? Now that is neatio. Me neither. A fancier name, a fancier price. Mr. Fish will probably be mad with me now.

      • 109 FictionFan November 13, 2013 at 23:04

        It’s supposed to give you nightmares.

        Only little ones apparently, and I’ve never actually seen one. That was Ireland! (Note to self: send Prof map of British Isles).

        Why would Mr Fish be mad about that?

      • 110 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 02:18

        Oh, go long!

        You should do “Memo to self:” It’s more becoming, and it reminds me of Hades.

        Because he’s a cultured chap and, I fear, the professor isn’t. He’s constantly scorning me.

      • 111 FictionFan November 14, 2013 at 17:10

        Hades?

        But you’re a Professor, and he’s a…well…I don’t mean to be rude but…well…he’s a fish! Unless you mean cultured like pearls?

      • 112 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 19:12

        Yes, the god of the dead. You know. Don’t you? Maybe not.

        I wish this professor was a pearl.

      • 113 FictionFan November 14, 2013 at 20:22

        It was the context I didn’t understand…

        The Professor is a ruby – sparkly bright and glowing, and worth far more than a pearl, cultured or not. ;)

      • 114 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 23:12

        Oh. Good now?

        Thanks, FEF! How’d you know I liked rubies?

      • 115 FictionFan November 14, 2013 at 23:47

        No, not really! What has Hades to do with ‘memo to self’? I’m assuming some film or something?

        Psychic!

      • 116 Professor VJ Duke November 15, 2013 at 01:34

        Yes, you’re right!

        Who me?

      • 117 FictionFan November 15, 2013 at 02:38

        Where’s that femur? Someone needs beating…

        If you were, you’d know the answer to that question…

      • 118 Professor VJ Duke November 15, 2013 at 16:43

        Who in Punchy Murdoch’s Beard’s name?

        From time to time, FEF confuses this poor professor.

      • 119 FictionFan November 15, 2013 at 17:02

        You mean…Punchy Murdoch’s Beard has a name??

        Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah!

      • 120 Professor VJ Duke November 15, 2013 at 20:41

        Maybe not officially, but the professor calls it Alvin.

        :lol: Why did I just hear Schwarz?

      • 121 Susan P November 15, 2013 at 17:15

        I thought we were talking about your nightmare.

      • 122 Professor VJ Duke November 15, 2013 at 20:44

        But you called the professor a worry!

      • 123 Susan P November 15, 2013 at 21:34

        Your dream was worrisome. I never worry about the Professor unless he is uncommonly late posting his videos.

      • 124 Professor VJ Duke November 16, 2013 at 00:23

        :lol: I do apologize. Such dadblamery going on today. (The professor thinks it’s swell that you worry about him.)

      • 125 Susan P November 16, 2013 at 02:05

        *g*

        I’m part of the Punchy family. Our motto is if you don’t show up on time, you’d better watch out. :p

      • 126 Professor VJ Duke November 16, 2013 at 02:49

        What does *g* mean?

        I believe I’ll put that up! Very good.

    • 127 Susan P November 15, 2013 at 01:46

      I worry that he has those dreams.

      • 128 Professor VJ Duke November 15, 2013 at 02:02

        Whose dreams?

      • 129 FictionFan November 15, 2013 at 02:47

        He’s really just a worry in general, don’t you find? Asleep or awake – there’s not so much difference… ;)

      • 130 Susan P November 15, 2013 at 13:49

        Worrisome isn’t it?

      • 131 Professor VJ Duke November 15, 2013 at 16:48

        What are you ladies talking about?! I must’ve really lost it somewhere…

  18. 132 hereisandrea November 13, 2013 at 13:57

    Love it all but I’ll choose Italian!! :) … definitely no to snake though!

    • 133 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 16:29

      Italian definitely seems like a staple of sorts…you mean you wouldn’t even try a bit of snake?

      • 134 hereisandrea November 13, 2013 at 20:28

        No siree… no reptile for me!

      • 135 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 20:52

        :lol:

  19. 136 Jackie November 13, 2013 at 13:49

    That’s a disturbing dream! You killed the snake but what if the snake was trying to tell you something? Now you will never know! As far as cuisine goes – Chinese.

    • 137 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 16:29

      Ooo, that’s a good point…but I was sure in the dream he was trying to kill the professor. What should I have done?

      Yes! The professor loves Chinese too…

      • 138 Jackie November 13, 2013 at 17:14

        It’s a dream – talk to the snake and see if you get an answer back. If the snake answers that it was there to kill you then take appropriate action. But hey it’s your dream – you can do what you like in it. ;-)

      • 139 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 20:45

        Maybe I should have talked with it. I wonder what it would have said…?

      • 140 Jackie November 13, 2013 at 21:11

        I have no idea! Next time you dream of a snake try it.

      • 141 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 02:16

        I shall, and I will let you know what happens!

  20. 142 Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 13, 2013 at 13:44

    Stop it! Why would you bring up snakes? Yuck, and what a terrible dream. I’m glad you have something to protect yourself with, Duke. It may be the sharpest knife I’ve ever seen.

    I’d choose Mexican, and not the kind soaked in red/cheese sauce. The simple ingredients like veggies, chicken, steak, flour tortillas, cheese, peppers…now I’m hungry.

    • 143 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 16:28

      Is it the professor’s fault that he dreamed a dream about that snake? Isn’t it a super cool bowie?

      So is the professor! That sounds so good, Aud…but over Chinese?

      • 144 Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 13, 2013 at 16:50

        Well I suppose not, but it was your choice to share it with us. :D

        Super cool!!!! I can’t imagine not seeing one cooler than this one, professor. It is an amazing sample of just how cool snakes are. ;)

        I wonder if you should have invited it for tea instead. While dreaming, did you teach it to throw knives? Seems you should allow for a bit of teaching before playing with your food. Was he food in your dream?

        It was a very tough call to choose Mexican over Chinese. I love it as well. Shall we go to lunch now?

      • 145 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 16:53

        I was giving you an example of a disturbing, professorish dream. With any luck, you’ll dream a similar dream tonight. Just remember to go for your bowie.

        The professor wonders if you’re serious…

        No, dadblameit! And he was vicious. There were no peace talks at all. It was a “search and destroy” kind of game. :)

        Yes, and we’ll do the other for dinner.

      • 146 Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 13, 2013 at 17:36

        Oh I cannot imagine dreaming if snakes. You would wish that on me?

        No I am not serious. Just humoring you, Duke.

        You are a warrior!

        Sounds wonderful! What shall we discuss?

      • 147 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 20:48

        Oh…no, you’re not allowed to now!

        Huff-Hum.

        :D

        If the professor is romantic, and I want to know all the details of your river adventure.

      • 148 Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 13, 2013 at 20:58

        I will dream if them if I want to! Hmmphh! (WHAT AM I SAYING!)

        :lol: Isn’t that what you want to hear?

        Oh, it’s official, you so are! I will tell you everything, if you tell me of your favorite foods.

      • 149 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 02:09

        Yes. Isn’t the professor wise beyond his professorishness?

        I am so, so not! So there! One of them…I’m not really sure. Red lollipops, I think.

      • 150 Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 14, 2013 at 02:11

        Don’t bother me…lol. I’m too busy reading Ben-Hur.
        Tricking me…

        You don’t get any red lollipops, Duke.

      • 151 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 02:20

        :lol: The professor doesn’t trick that often, though, so you should allow him some fun.

        Why not? :cry:

      • 152 Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 14, 2013 at 02:22

        :lol: I am enjoying your fun, professor. Very much. :D

        I am reading your review.

        Oh my…take them all. Don’t give me those eyes.

      • 153 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 02:24

        :D The professor is quite happy.

        Oh dear. It’s scary, isn’t it?

        I’ll take a hundred.

      • 154 Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 14, 2013 at 02:30

        :D Quite sweetly happy.

        Very interesting, the movie was hard to sit through. I think had I read the book before seeing the movie, I’d have enjoyed it.

        A hundred? Is that all? You don’t have the time for all of those.

      • 155 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 14:01

        Haha!

        The book is a bit tough at first, but the professor enjoyed it.

        Then ten would do.

    • 156 Susan P November 13, 2013 at 16:48

      I love Mexican. I made some tacos over the weekend and made my own pico de gaio and my own filling. I used corn tortillas because I can’t eat wheat, but I have made gluten free four tortillas at home.

      • 157 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 16:52

        That sounds really, really, professorish good… The professor enjoys–too much, maybe–pico de gaio. And what could get better than corn tortillas? I’ve always liked corn.

        But does this mean you wouldn’t try snake?

      • 158 Susan P November 13, 2013 at 16:58

        I’ve never had the opportunity to eat snake. I have eaten octopus though. Does that count?

      • 159 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 16:59

        It does! Was it good?

      • 160 Susan P November 13, 2013 at 17:08

        It’s kind of chewy. I prefer squid.

      • 161 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 20:44

        I think the professor tasted squid once…and I can’t really remember much about it.

      • 162 Susan P November 13, 2013 at 21:02

        Hmmm…you blocked it?

      • 163 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 02:14

        Not on purpose…

      • 164 Susan P November 14, 2013 at 02:48

        :D

      • 165 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 14:04

        :cool:

      • 166 deanthefish November 13, 2013 at 20:17

        I like squid too, but only one application: calamari!

      • 167 Susan P November 13, 2013 at 20:29

        Um. Squid IS calamari. In Portuguese, it’s lulas.

      • 168 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 20:52

        Lulas…how interesting.

      • 169 Susan P November 13, 2013 at 21:04

        It sounds better to me than squid. I’m good with that.

      • 170 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 02:15

        I agree.

      • 171 deanthefish November 13, 2013 at 20:17

        *love

      • 172 Susan P November 13, 2013 at 20:29

        :D

      • 173 Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 13, 2013 at 20:38

        Susan, that sounds great! I’m not sure what I’d do if my local place did away with their Mexican Guacamole

      • 174 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 20:53

        Burn them down!

      • 175 Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 13, 2013 at 20:54

        Professor!! :lol:

      • 176 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 20:55

        I’m sorry!

      • 177 Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 13, 2013 at 21:01

        It would cross my mind. :) Oh how I love that stuff.

      • 178 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 02:12

        It’s simply great.

      • 179 deanthefish November 13, 2013 at 20:43

        Stickler!! The appetizer termed “calamari” is usually understood to be squid sliced very thin and deep fried. As you well know it was this I was in reference to. Yes I should have speci-“fried.” :P

      • 180 Susan P November 13, 2013 at 21:01

        So, the score is 1 -1. I’ve never eaten them that way, but I did learn how to make a stew out of them. I never did get used to seeing those tentacles in the pot.

      • 181 deanthefish November 13, 2013 at 20:45

        comment in reply to “the castigation of the fish” bounced to the end of the thread. WHY is anybody’s guess.

      • 182 deanthefish November 13, 2013 at 21:08

        Well, OK, I like this scoring method.. I’ve had [fried] calamari several times and each time enjoyed (though it can be a little tough – but just a little, mind you). In the ritzier restaurants, the tentacles are served fried too sticking up in the air. Didn’t eat those and don’t know if they’re meant to be really. The only other application I’ve tried was in some blasted stir-fry where the consistency was like crackly rubber: AWFUL. So I can’t imagine how you would like it in stew?

      • 183 Susan P November 13, 2013 at 21:26

        Where were these horrible creatures cooked? Stewed, they relax – never had a chewy one. Now, on the other hand, octopus is excessively chewy. I tried it and moved on.

      • 184 deanthefish November 13, 2013 at 21:38

        Actually, I think that awful stir-fry might have had octopus in it, not squid. If that’s true I’ve only had squid one way. And it’s ok for it to be a little springy/crispy like shrimp almost but denser.

        I guess I’d try it in a stew… The only seafood soup I’ve had (besides traditional bisques and chowders) is gumbo. What are the seasonings you use in the squid soup?

      • 185 Susan P November 13, 2013 at 21:54

        Bay leaf, onion, garlic, (both fresh if possible) salt, pepper, olive oil. That’s all I can remember. I’ll dig out my Portuguese cookbook and see if I got it all right and let you know by tomorrow.

      • 186 deanthefish November 14, 2013 at 00:21

        Yes, this is intriguing….

      • 187 Susan P November 14, 2013 at 14:13

        deanthefish, here is the recipe:

        1,5 kg de lulas (about three pounds of squid)
        2 cebolas (2 onions)
        4 dentes de alho (4 cloves of garlic)
        1 folha de louro (one bay leaf)
        1 dl de azeite (1 tablespoon of olive oil)
        1 linguiça de porco preto (fatty, boneless pork belly)
        3 dl de vinho branco 3 tablespoons of white wine
        6 tomates maduros limpos de peles e grainhas (6 ripe tomatoes peeled and seeded)
        1 kg de batatas (2 pounds of potatoes)
        1 molho de salsa (one handful of parsley chopped and crushed)
        sal q.b.(salt to your own taste)
        pimenta branca q.b.(ground white pepper to your own taste)

        Saute the minced onion and garlic with the bay leaf. Peel and seed the tomatoes. Sprinkle the white wine over the squid that you have sliced into rings. Mix everything except the parsley together in the pot and simmer, adding water if needed. When they are nearly done, add the peeled and quartered potatoes and let simmer until done. Sprinkle with the minced parsley.

      • 188 Susan P November 14, 2013 at 14:14

        I’ve also made stuffed squid. Another good meal.

      • 189 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 15:02

        The professor is impressed.

      • 190 Susan P November 14, 2013 at 20:18

        Really?

      • 191 Professor VJ Duke November 14, 2013 at 23:09

        Yes, he is!

      • 192 deanthefish November 14, 2013 at 14:35

        Thanks – I’m copying this out. If I can find some squid at a decent price I’ll give this a go!

      • 193 Susan P November 14, 2013 at 20:12

        You are welcome. Hope you like it.

  21. 194 Lana November 13, 2013 at 13:29

    Italian! I love pasta and creamy sauces…mmmmdelectable ;-)

    • 195 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2013 at 16:22

      The professor agrees, Lana! Nothing beats the noodle. (I’m sure a professor of old said something close to that.)


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