Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Embarrassing Photo, Soccer.

Student VaginaIn Germany at Tuebingen University, there is a huge sculpture of a vagina. An exchange student from the US was dared to climb inside and subsequently got his feet caught and had to be rescued by firefighters. His picture has spread across the internet and the comments have been quite funny. But…. I am not sure I like the idea of a vagina statue. Do they also have penis statues? I guess I am a bit of a prude. The student himself is extremely embarrassed about the whole thing. I’m not surprised. I understand the firemen were not amused either. Somebody asked if that meant he had been born again.

On Facebook there are all kinds of cracks about the British soccer team and their loss of both games. Like, what’s the difference between a Tea Bag and England? The Tea Bag stays longer in the Cup. Team Coach/bus for sale, only been driven twice. Nothing like rubbing it in. Well, well, well, just tried to write the word bus in brackets – I got an icon of a school busSchool bus

Talking of soccer, I have never seen it before, but they marked out smaller soccer pitches in the park outside our windows and played several games there on Friday – school teams. Seemed like they had one pitch for girls and the other for boys but they were wearing the same shirts for each team, all blues, all reds, all yellows and all whites – at least that’s what I saw. Quite colourful, quite noisy too. Wondered what on earth was going on until I went out on the balcony to look.

By the way, I read other people's blogs on my Blogger Dashboard and it hasn't been working properly all day showing only one blog. So, obviously I haven't done much visiting today, I'm sorry.

This recipe which I found on Cooking.com sounds just up my street. I think Heirloom Tomatoes would be perfect for this recipe.

Spaghetti with Tomatoes, Basil, Olives and Fresh Mozzarella

Source: Quick From Scratch - Italian

Serves 4

Since the tomatoes here are not cooked, you'll really notice their flavor--or lack of it. Make this sauce in the summer when fresh tomatoes are at their peak. The garlic is heated briefly in the oil, and then the garlicky oil is tossed with the spaghetti so the flavour is dispersed throughout the dish. The pasta is equally good warm and at room temperature.

2 pounds vine-ripened tomatoes (about 6), choppedRec Image
3/4 pound salted fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/4-inch cubes, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup halved and pitted black olives
4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
1 pound spaghetti
1/2 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced


In a large glass or stainless-steel bowl, combine the chopped tomatoes with the mozzarella, basil, olives, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.
In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the spaghetti until just done, about 12 minutes. Drain, add to the tomato mixture, and toss.
Heat the oil in a small frying pan over moderately low heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Pour the oil over the pasta and toss again.
Add some drained capers, chopped red onion, or grated Parmesan to the pasta.

Have a great day


  1. Good morning Jo - I'm having the same problem with Blogger Dashboard ... and it's where I keep up with all the news from all you lovely bloggers.
    Wimbledon started yesterday - such a relief to get away from the world cup ... neither Irish team, north or south, are in the competition so it's not nearly as interesting, but we hear all the English jokes too.
    Thanks for another lovely recipe - it's something like what I cooked on Sunday evening - could have used the recipe then ... so hard to find nice tasting tomatoes these days.
    Have a good day
    Fil x

    1. Still happening today. Alex uses Feedly so I will be checking on that later.

      Not seen any Wimbledon yet, used to watch it religiously when I was in the UK.

      Love to try this but don't think I can afford that much lobster.

  2. That's why I don't use the Dashboard. That and I follow too many blogs to use it.
    I certainly don't want to see a penis statue...

    1. As I just said, I am going to look at Feedly today. It really is a pain.

      I didn't want to see a vagina one.

  3. I had to go to each blog individually yesterday to check for updates. I don't know of any other way to check blogs w/o the dashboard.

    I too think that statue is in poor taste and it would never be put up here. Americans complain a lot and there is always someone who is offended by something. And I am also embarrassed that it was some stupid American who was stuck in that statue. It figures.

    As for soccer...or football as you call it....all I can say is 'yawn' and I'm grateful that it's being shown on channels I don't ever watch. I would not be happy if my shows were being preempted for it.

    1. I emailed Alex yesterday and he uses Feedly which I am going to try as the dashboard seems to be the same again today.

      I certainly think so too JoJo. I think it is somewhat obscene and I think I am normally very broadminded.

      Nor me, soccer doesn't interest me a bit although I quite enjoyed it when Matt was playing many years ago.

  4. that is too funny! i'm surprised at you! (ha ha)
    i hate it when blogger acts up!

    thanks for your sweet comment at Michaels for my BBF blog tour!

    1. Surprised at me? I didn't erect the statue LOL.

      Me too and it still is.

      You're welcome

  5. A lot of people are having problems with blogger dashboard these days, Jo. I suppose it's not quite as frustrating as getting your feet stuck in a giant vagina.