Saturday, October 18, 2014

the turbot problem solved

Are your dinner guests annoying? Do they congregate in your celebrity kitchen with a glass of wine, talking about how they've been, as you fret over the final touch of parmesan on the asparagus starter? Mine mill insufferably round the stove, despite my harried suggestions that they may wish to make themselves more comfortable on a Louis Quinze reproduction sofa.

And so I have frequently suffered the embarrassment of being observed as I stuffed the turbot clumsily into my normal copper fish kettle.

A bright new future with the turbot kettle.
I hope no one thinks I have bought shares in the copper mines.
Rather, I am motivated by joy.
Those sorry days are done. This is my latest discovery, the copper turbot fish kettle, 13 litre capacity. Turbots at my dinner table will remain perfectly turbot-shaped, so long as they do not exceed 13 litres. I would say the average superior Irish turbot is about 11 litres, so that leaves a safe margin of error, no?

Anyhow, the copper turbot fish kettle is now in my Amazon shopping basket. Amazon will leave my many tentative purchases in the basket for weeks and weeks, waiting for the day when I have had two glasses of wine rather than one and click on 'Checkout now'.

How would Friday next week suit you for dinner?

42 comments:

  1. Thank God for small mercies ……. life will carry on in a happier vein from now on, below stairs.
    I just don't know how I managed BK { before kettle !! }
    Lovely to see you in Blogtopia again Mise. XXXX

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    1. Thank you, Jacqueline! Let us put the kettle-less past behind us.

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    2. ….. and, at a bargain price of £999.00 a kettle !! I'm going to snap up the last two !! XXXX

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  2. This morning I was looking at my blog list and thinking 'why doesn't Mise post anymore?' and hoorah you posted. Am off to put a turbot kettle on my Christmas list.

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    1. I hope to post much more, Sue. Not posting has been like never getting used to not living next door to Alice.

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  3. You realise that you will now get emails from Amazon, on the hour every hour, on anything remotely turbot related. Or even remotely fishy.
    Welcome back Mise. :)

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    1. Thank you, dear Jessica. I have been quietly following your terrace, and I send you very many good wishes just now..

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  4. MISE! You're back! I am so excited, even if you have monetised.

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    1. If you buy the turbot kettle, Tom, I will get 0.00EUR, so don't go rushing off to get a few of them (only 2 left in stock!) just so that I will get a cut. I know your kind heart.

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    2. Ok, I will resist the kettles, even if they are twin turbot-charged.

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  5. Didn't even know what a turbot was....Had to look it up....being that I never touch that of the fin or shell.

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    1. I'll make a spinach omelette for you instead, Chania, in my copper omelette kettle.

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  6. Hello Mise

    So lovely to see you posting again. The turbot kettle will look right at home in the AGA.
    I look forward to next week's menu as the guests congregate, again, in your kitchen.

    Fondest wishes

    Helen xx

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    1. Thank you, Helen. You always say the nicest things.

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  7. there's something fishy about this whole post.....

    xo J

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    1. I don't understand how a fellow owner of a blue bench could say a thing like that, but perhaps my attitude is shellfish.

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  8. I don't know how I have managed to live for so long without one - welcome back - when you take a break, you certainly take a long one.

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    1. Your garden photos are particularly beautiful, Elaine. I am thinking of passing some of them off as mine without telling you, so I can't comment on your blog lest doing so should attract your attention

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  9. Have missed you Mise and you MUST have that copper turbot kettle!
    It is a classic that will cheer you every time you look at it!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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    1. Hello Karena! I must dash over to see how you are. What a fine new photo of you.

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  10. What a fine, cat-sized pot that is, my dear. Have you seen Shiny lately?

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    1. Has a sudden drop in cabin-pressure affected your judgement, dear Ada? A cat would be at least 15 litres.

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    2. Your cat may be the size of a small elephant, my dear, but Shiny is Svelte, with only the slightest hint of a pot belly. Speaking of which, I see now that it is of course a kettle. One lapsing souchong with one of those darling miniatures for me, my dear.

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  11. How good to have you back. I have missed your writing.

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    1. Thank you, Toffeeapple; it's great to see my friends in the comment box again.

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  12. I think I just about have time to hop on a plane and make dinner. I have never heard of a turbot kettle until today, thanks to your fabulous decision to resurface. Welcome back Mise. xx

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    1. Thank you, Amanda! I have been following everyone sporadically, but look forward to having time now to keep in touch properly.

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  13. This is a thing I did not even know existed in the world. Welcome back, and do let us know if the new turbot kettle lives up to appearances.

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    1. Thank you, Stan; it's good to see you here again. If ever I do press 'Checkout now', do taxi your turbots over here for cooking.

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  14. Welcome back Mise!
    I've missed your posts and must say that you've made me giggle with this introduction to the glamorous copper turbot kettle. I don't think I've ever tasted turbot, so you've opened up a whole new world to me.

    (In a small world bit of trivia, a Bezos brother used to live in my apartment building, and we often did our laundry in the communal basement laundry room at the same time. At that time, I didn't know his last name, and had never ordered anything from the big A.)

    xo

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    1. My God, Frances, I always knew you were A-list but you are clearly A++ list. What self-restraint you have not to mention laundry with a Bezos in every post, as I would. You are now officially one of my Degrees of Separation.

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    2. Oh, Mise, my facade is quiet, but I've got all sorts of connection to that Separation thing. Einstein et al. in two.

      And yet, I still visit that laundry room and hope that both washer and dryer will be available when my needs require.

      It's grand to have you back! xo

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    3. I must enter this particular fray Frances to say that I have been busy for the last 40 years trying to prove my direct connection to Louis XVI.Recently my researches have permeated as far afield as the William L. Clements Library at the University of Wisconsin without any joy.It's a wonder I have time to blog at all. Hi Mise! So loveIy to see you. I have more to say on the subject of copper and Nutella but this is not the place.

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  15. Since moving to bonny Scotland I have a kitchen big enough for a single, starved, 4' 8" adult to mill about. So when you put my much larger and wider self in there the guests fear to tread. If I were to buy something shiny and copper I would be so inclined to dream of a larger, guest friendly, show-piecey scullery. I need wine and I need Amazon, stat. :)

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    1. I had a nice packet of ginger oatcakes here to send you, Deb, as a show of solidarity for Scotland not attaining independence. I'll eat half of them now before sending as your kitchen is petite.

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  16. Oh welcome back from your 'lying low' period. I've checked regularly and at last!! Now, Mise, keep on writing and delighting us, y'hear!

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    1. Thank you for keeping checking, Anna! How very dear of you.

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  17. Darling Mise,

    We too have been absent from our blog post but we have kept a check on whether you were there in the wings. And, joy of joys, here you are and what more could one expect from your return than a treatise on that aristocrat of the seas, theTurbot.

    Oh, to have a copper Turbot kettle. Surely our lives would be complete. Perfectly poached fish would never again be a worry and we should surely be the hosts with the mosts on the dinner party circuit. But, what amazes us most of all is that Amazon can supply this metallic piece of luxury equipment......the Turbot kettle. We have yet to buy a book from them.....have they expanded?

    It is so wonderful to see you back here in Blogtopia. Bloggers of the world will be weeping with joy of the news. None more so than we xxxxx

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    1. How thrilling to see you here again, dear Jane and Lance. And my world view is safe, thank Heaven; it would have been irredeemably soured had it transpired that you buy your books from Amazon. As indeed do not I, she said, concealing the wrapping.

      No, I am sure every tome of yours come from Foyles of London, no doubt personally delivered to you by Miss Foyle herself, who stayed for tea, until her sad death.

      I have placed the comma carefully there lest she should have troubled you by outstaying her welcome.

      And I look forward to your next post! You must visit Tom!

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  18. Hurray hurray!!!!! Welcome back Mise:)! You realise we never left the Pretty Far West. I feel like a big bucket of pick&mix just landed at the door. Oh the fun! Hope you and yours are in mighty form!

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    1. Thank you for the enthusiastic reception, Hajni! I hope you are global soap queen, as you deserve.

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    2. I sure am Mise :))))! Will be at Doombeg Xmas market if you and the girls fancy a whif of gingerbread or some fine soaps... Let me know and I keep the entrance clear for your arrival!

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