ring a bell?
The name's Pavlov,
and food came right? or the dog salivated -
Glad to hear your therapy sessions are going well Six!
Isn't that eggs whipped into meriguine and cooked slowly in the oven at 250F for an hour....???
OrangeFatCat, that's a Baked Alaska...
Ding Dong the Witch is Dead .... oh, wrong bell.
All that slobbering is why I prefer cats.
Psst: Peace begins with me - pass it on!
The Hunchback of Notre Dame wanted to go on holiday so he asked the bishop for some time off.
"But who will ring the bell?" asked the bishop.
"I don't know," replied Quasimodo. "All I know is that I really need a holiday. Why don't you find a temporary replacement?"
So the bishop put up a Help Wanted sign outside the cathedral. No-one, it seemed, was interested in ringing the bell for a week or two while Quasimodo was on holiday.
On the day before Quasimodo was due to leave for the South of France, two men walked into the bishop's office. The men were identical twins except for the fact that one of them had no arms.
"I'd like to ring the bell while Quasimodo is on holiday," said the man with arms.
"My brother here will be taking over for me on Sundays; I go to church at Chartres."
The bishop was desperate for a replacement so he agreed to let the man give it a try. He took the brothers to the top of the bell tower. The brother with arms grabbed the rope and pulled it hard. Off went the bell - a beautiful, clear ring.
Excited, the man ran over to embrace his armless brother. "We've got the job!" he yelled. In his excitement, however, the man bumped the guard rail which, being old, gave way. The bishop heard a sickening thud as the man hit the ground.
"Well, I guess I'd better give it a try," said the armless brother.
"Be serious," said the bishop "you can't possibly ring that bell."
"Listen, your Holiness, you should at least give me a chance; it's your last chance to find a replacement for Quasimodo."
The bishop reluctantly agreed and the armless man took a good running start, flinging himself at the famous bell. He hit it face first, and the huge bell swung mightily. Unfortunately, the force of the swinging bell knocked the man off the top of the bell tower. The bishop heard another thud and ran to get a doctor. When the doctor arrived, he did a quick examination of both men. He pronounced the first man dead and the armless man alive, but unconscious.
"Who is this man?" asked the doctor, pointing to the armless man.
"I don't know," said the bishop, "but his face sure rings a bell."
"And who's the other man?" the doctor queried. "I don't know that either," replied the bishop, "but he's a dead ringer for his brother."
I wasn't sure if I should laugh or groan at that on.....
OrangeFatCat is referring to Pavlova, of course:
- 3 egg whites
- 1 pinch of salt
- ¾ cup of castor sugar
- ¼ cup of white sugar
- 1 tablespoon of cornflour
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- 300 ml / ½ pints of cream
- kiwifruit or strawberries for garnish
Preheat the oven to 150°C, 300°F or gas mark 2 (the temperature is reduced for baking). Beat the egg whites to a foam, add the salt and beat until soft peaks form which fold over when the beater is removed. Slowly beat in the castor sugar, beatingwell after each addition. Keep beating until the mixture is stiff and the peaks stand up when the beater is removed. Mix together the white sugar and cornflour. Lightly fold into the meringue with the lemon juice.
Line an oven tray with baking paper. Spread the meringue into a circle and pipe a decoration around the edge or swirl with a spoon if desired. Bake in a cool oven (80°C or 180°F) for 2 to 2½ hours. Turn off the heat and leave in the oven overnight to cool.
Top with whipped cream and decorate with sliced kiwifruit or sliced strawberries just before serving.