Friday, December 3, 2010

Peter Pan, Snow, Wikileaks, Grousing.

Peter PanI was a little disappointed in Peter Pan yesterday, I enjoyed it, but when produced in England, it was never done as a pantomime but a straight representation of the story (well when I was a young woman anyway, things could have changed). The slapstick part of pantomimes is not necessary for this particular fairy story. That said, the man who played the pantomime dame was very good and I loved Captain Hook who played it somewhat camp. Very funny. I even teared up when Tinkerbell was dying. Of course they introduced the “call up the kids on stage” section when. after singing a song,everyone got a gift of candies except the last and littleist who eventually ends up with a stuffed toy. I couldn’t quite understand why a young girl sitting near us didn’t go up on stage. We were very close to the steps, but her mother didn’t push her and she didn’t seem to want to go anyway. One thing I did miss, Peter Pan didn’t crow once; I forgot to add Tinkerbell was very well done, a kind of light star flashing around the stage.

The weather spent the day trying to snow and it did succeed a little bit, but not enough to cause any concern with driving or anything else, unlike Buffalo which is socked in. Actually, I am a bit puzzled about Buffalo, they are used to getting stacks of snow, but for some reason haven’t been dealing with it this time and people have ended up spending hours in their cars on the freeways. Not funny that. I don’t know how we personally would manage in such a situation as we don’t carry anything for such emergencies, maybe we should. Not that we drive any distance in the winter and usually not on any major roads. In fact if it snows that much, guess where we stay, snuggly (when the heat works) at home.

I had already published this when I caught sight of a headline that the domain name provider for Wikileaks has dropped them. Matt also tells me that there are a number of European women who are accusing the site owner for rape!!! Interesting, he certainly seems to have raped the American government.

I don’t get colds, I do not get colds, keep repeating. Yesterday I had a sore throat to write home about and was popping throat lozenges like candies. By the evening I was feeling really rough and ended going to bed at 10 p.m. with a couple of Tylenol. Throat seems better this morning, but I think I have a bit of a sniffle. Keep your fingers crossed for me. On the extremely rare occasions when I do get a cold, I don’t suffer gladly. I used to get bronchitis regularly when I smoked, but that stopped as soon as I stopped smoking. One of the many benefits of quitting.

As I ended up sleeping solidly for 10 hours last night, I was a bit late getting up. I was going to type up more recipes from Food and Drink, but instead I am sharing a BBC recipe for chocolate truffles which you can make for yourself or as a delightful gift.

Homemade Chocolate Truffles

By Chantal Coady

Try making these sensational chocolate truffles as an edible Christmas present - they're so delicious that no one will guess how quick and easy they are.


250ml/9fl oz whipping creamTruffles

225g/8oz dark chocolate

55g/2oz unsalted butter, cut into cubes and left to soften

unsweetened cocoa powder, to dust

Preparation method

  1. Chop the chocolate roughly. Then pulse in the food processor until it's the consistency of breadcrumbs.

  2. Boil the cream. Turn on the food processor again and pour the cream very slowly onto the chocolate. It is a bit like making mayonnaise and you should soon have a perfectly smooth emulsion. If the mixture does split, process for a couple more minutes and it usually does the trick. Add the butter, bit by bit and beat until it has been incorporated. Pour the mixture into a bowl or tray and leave to cool for about 15 minutes in the fridge. When it has set to the consistency of butter icing, it is ready to be piped or spooned into truffle sized bits.

  3. If piping, put mixture into a piping bag, and pipe blobs of mixture about the size of a cherry onto a tray covered with greaseproof paper, or cling film. Cool for at least two hours, then finish by rolling in cocoa powder, coconut or chopped toasted nuts.

Have a great day.



  1. Jo, I'm a strong proponent of having an emergency pack in one's car.
    Emergencies are just that, unexpected things that happen and not always happening far from home.

    Dan has to travel 30 miles one way to work so he always has a winter emergency pack. I also got him one of those sturdy jar candles he can light in the car if ever he's stuck. We get some nasty ice storms and of course snow.

    I'm like you, I rarely go out if it's bad but just in case I have blankets, extra socks and sweaters, water and some munchies.

    I've not seen a theatre production of Peter Pan. My main experience with it was the Disney movies my son watched.

    Have a happy and warm weekend. :-)

  2. Sounds like a good idea. Of course we are both retired so don't have to do a lot of driving, but we do drive to North Carolina but at least that's in September.

    If you want to see Peter Pan on the stage, go to London LOL.

    Happy weekend to you too and a warm one.