Sunday, July 29, 2007

Readers Choice.

Well, my dear and faithful readers. I am delighted t0 say that I will be in Olde England - the land of my birth - in about a month. I will be away from my home in Australia, but not (thanks to my lovely new notebook) away from my computer, and not therefore away from all of you.
I will be attending the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cooking, so if any of you are going to be there, I will look forward to meeting you.
Allowing myself a day or so to recover from jet-lag and to gird my loins for my return to my real job, there will be 15 weekday posts to prepare in advance. I have decided to give you the choice of topics. The first 15 ideas will be the subject of the holiday postings, but should it turn out that I am underwhelmed with suggestions, I will indulge some of my own whims.
Please post your ideas in the comments section below, or email me at theoldfoodieATfastmailDOTfm


stanley said...

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Catofstripes said...

Something to do with rapunzel, scozonera and skirret please.

Pootentate said...

Love your blog! You've taught me a lot. Thanks!
How about a colonial america piece?

Anonymous said...

As you are heading to Oxford, it would be nice to hear something about Oxford - cookery both historic and current, home and restaurant.

Maybe something about academics and food. :)
Both how they eat it, what they eat, and how they talk about (excuse me I mean hold discourse upon) food.

Oxford theologians have always made a rather important noise, haven't they? Were there any famous among them for their dining habits?

What the dons (is that word even used anymore?!) get to dine upon as opposed to the struggling students in the various dining halls . . .

Ah! Pubs in Oxford! (with histories, of course, and generous tastings of the drafts with descriptions of flavor).

A history of the Symposium itself would even be fun, with menus attached.

Well then. If I have more ideas, I'll write in later.

Anonymous said...

Hah! I just re-read what you wrote and saw that you intended to use the first fifteen ideas.

My goodness I sounded selfish in posting six ideas in a row. Trying to hog the airwaves, I am.

Please feel free to ignore my excess, Janet. :)
I promise to try to stifle myself.

Barbara said...

Gosh what an exciting symposium. I checked out their site and I think this years subject is very timely. I'm looking forward to hearing all about it when I visit.

The Old Foodie said...

m - will do
karen - I will definitely pick at least one of your ideas, in fact I think I already know which one. Dont hold back on your greedy ideas - they are all great.
pootentate - your suggestion is in.
barbara - we will talk about it over a good champagne. I will look forward to it.

Anonymous said...

How nice it is to be told to go on and prattle if I wish. :)

Only one more idea came to mind and it might be too complex: British mystery novelists have often had their protagonists wandering through Oxford. I wonder if any of these famous fictional detectives ever dined there and if so, what they ate.

Not as deep as comparative theology, perhaps. What would this be called, comparative fictional eating habits? Ha, ha.

The Old Foodie said...

Hello Karen - I think I will have to allocate a whole month to your ideas. I know that there is quite a food tradition amongst the Sherlock Holmes afficionados in London, but I dont know who to associate with Oxford - so there is a project already.