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Friday, March 20, 2009

More words I hate and more quinoa.

The other day, I expressed my irritation with a product I was reviewing on my other site, Nivea Creme. Yup. You read it right. They misspelled "cream" and didn't even misspell it right, "crème." Also, I ain't French or nothing and it's been pointed out before that my French is really bad, but wouldn't it be Creme [sic] Nivea rather than Nivea Creme? I would have been most pleased with Nivea Cream, but no one asked me. This annoying detail probably a lot to do with my preference for Fresh's Crème Ancienne or the famous Crème de la Mer. I prefer Fresh's crème for many reasons, one of them being that it's available right here in my town at Pout. But I digress.

I am also irritated by American shopping malls named "Such-and-Such Centre." As far as I know, "centre" is not a word in English, which is fine, but they need to call it "Centre Such-and-Such" instead. Which is stupid, because everybody's just going to call it "Such-and-Such Mall" anyway, now aren't they? Upon reading my mini-rant, a friend sent me this e-mail:

I JUST thought about you when I washed my face. I was using a sample and the directions said "use about half the packette". Excuse me, it is no longer a packet. It is the much more sophisticated packette. I am getting in my bedde to have a blissful sleepe now.
which cracked me up. My friend, incidentally, owns a shop located in "The Shoppes at W--." You know that place, "W-- Mall." *snort* She is a funny lady, my friend. She e-mailed a couple days later.
I used the rest of my PACKETTE last night.
which cracked me up again. Guess what other word I hate...eatery. It's a freakin' restaurant, a café if you must. It seems I have even more Bad Words than I thought. And I haven't formed a complete opinion yet on "artisan." We'll see.

In Quinoa Week 2009 news, I plan to toast a little quinoa and pine nuts to toss in a salad tonight, a salad that will accompany beef brisket from Eubank Farm, turnip greens and collards from the All-Local Farmers' Market cooked with Miso, Parmesan foccacia from Heather's Artisan* Bakery and Carolina Plantation Gold Rice from Rosewood Market. Yes, I am bragging. I'm also really looking forward to dinner.

By the way, someone asked after my last post if I rinse my quinoa to remove the bitterness. I do not, even when I get it from the bulk bins at Rosewood. I re-cook it after boiling, either by roasting or toasting. Maybe that removes the bitterness. Also, as TF mentioned in the comments section, roasted or toasted quinoa is delicious with just a little balsamic vinegar. The batch he used had been toasted with lemon-infused olive oil from Perrone's. You could go nuts and add a handful of herbs, too. Just sayin'. Please excuse me. I gotta' go marinate a brisket.

Namasté, y'all!

* Huh. Can't hate that word when the bread is so damn good.


Anonymous said...

Nivea is German and "Creme" is the German word for cream. Who's your editor (I'm available if you need is slow these days you know) -seb

Anne Wolfe Postic said...

Bwahahaaaa...I knew I would turn out to be wrong! Too lazy to print an apology though - oh, wait, I just did, sort of. And both English and German are Germanic languages, right? So I'm guessing the adjective precedes the noun in German, too. You can edit any time - I will pay you in beer. As soon as I have the money for the beer.

Anne Wolfe Postic said...

By the way, I don't care where they're actually from, I'm pretty sure there's a rule that says face creams should be named in French and only French. At least it sounds like a rule.

Suz said...

I'm with you. I always called Towne Centre in Mt P "towney centre" with the centre pronounced the french way. I also pronounce theatre the french way. Hey, they're askin' for it with their faux pretentiousness, y'all! :)

Libby said...

Have I mentioned before how much I hate the word "gastro-pub"? If I have, forgive me, for I am a foole.

Odile (Dilo) said...

We call Towne Centre in Mt. P "Super Whitey World" to avoid saying the word "Centre".

Tracie Broom said...

How is it possible that you just keep getting funnier? It could just be me. I have recently developed a penchant for sipping tequila instead of wine. But, um, don't worry, wine is still part of the programme -- I gulp it. (I hate the word gulp! Dang!)