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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Feeding the Living Dead!

My goodness, that old man eats a lot of soup! And the way he eats it - it's disgusting!

I've lost count of how many bowls I've prepared for grandfather Xavier. Probably about 15? (Or actually 14, one of the bowls was Horatio's urine).

Anyway, this is the recipe I've been using... it's probably not going to win me any Michelin stars, but Monsieur Xavier seems to like it!

Onion soup recipe for scary dead dudes

3 Tbsp olive oil, 50g unsalted butter, 800g thinly-sliced onions, 3 crushed cloves of garlic, 1 litre beef stock, 1/2 a bottle of white wine, 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar, 1 pair protective glasses, salt & pepper

1. Heat the butter and oil on high until the butter melts and begins to froth. Tip in all the onions, and fry quickly until they have dark edges (5-7 minutes).

2. Add the crushed garlic, reduce the heat as low as possible, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.

3. Deglaze by pouring the stock, wine, and vinegar over the onions. Scrape the bottom of the pan well to get all the tasty burned bits into the liquid. Season.

4. Let cook very gently for around an hour. Then taste and adjust the seasoning.

5. Ladle soup into a plastic bowl. Place protective glasses on your head and slowly approach grandfather Xavier Delavigne. DO NOT MAKE ANY SUDDEN MOVEMENTS - DO NOT MAKE EYE CONTACT. As soon as you have placed the soup in front of Xavier, run back to the kitchen and cry like a small child.

Do you have any soup recipes? Or perhaps, more relevantly, do you have any strategies for dealing with your boss's dead grandfather coming back to life and threatening to make significant changes to the company where you work. Quite a mouthful, I know. A bit like a bowl of my soup.

Please help!

Ok... Ok... I hear you, grandfather Xavier... Bowl 16 coming right up!

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Improving my English

Bonjour tout le monde !

My name is Jean Marron and now at last I have been authorized to write things on the Delavigne Corporation company blog !

For my first story, I will tell you that I am trying very hard to perfect my English. So, I have been researching for a good way to learn English lessons on line. In my searches, I found this review about an innovative on line English course, and I think I will sign up to these lessons. The person who was writting this has a lot better English than mine, so this 'GymEnglish' must be good. Most of the leçons I found did not look so good, with boring old melon hats and flags everywhere. But this sounds better for me. What do you think ?

"When I see a "Bobby" and a businessman in a red British telephone booth, let along
"Big Ben" as a teaser for an English course, a subtle queasy feeling creeps up on me.
Quite frankly, I'm tired of these illustrations along with millions of other English students, who have been haunted by them in English school books for generations. We were confronted with lashings of "umbrellas and bowlers", Union Jacks, business man standing dutifully in queue at the bus stop, friendly Bobbies and stern Buckingham Palace guards. Over the years these images have become more and more an intimidating apparition.

Besides, it shows a distinct sign of a lack of ingenuity and imagination when every second English course adorns its book covers and web pages with these pictures over again and again. Boring and snoring - that's all what comes to my mind whenever I see them - and I'm more deterred and put off than motivated to step in. What's the intention behind it when a provider of an English course employs these shopwworn, hackneyed symbols? Do they really want to imply: "You can learn Englisch here, not Suaheli"?. Thanks a bunch! I would never have guessed. And alas -quite often- the content is as unimaginative and commonplace as the wrapping itself.

Also in this regard GymGlish is different. Again, I'm more than inclined to give three cheers to GymGlish...

After I had subscribed to another online English course in addition to GymGlish, I was confronted with the same mentioned symbols again, conjuring up haunting school memories of my English class I had been successfully surpressing for quite a long time. More to the point, whereas the other course has already begun to bore me after some weeks, GymGlish still excites me even after more than a year.

That's proves again how different GymGlish is in the positive meaning of the word."

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