February 20th, 2001

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A song for Spring

"Easter Theatre" - lyrics by Andy Partridge, as performed by XTC.

"Gold sun rolls around
Chocolate nipple brown
Tumble from your arms
Like the ground your breasts swell

Land awake from sleep
Hares will kick and leap
Flowers climb erect
Smiling from the moist kiss of her rainbow mouth

Stage left
Enter Easter and she's dressed in yellow yolk
Stage right
Now the son has died, the father can be born
Stand up
If we'd all breathe in and blow away the smoke
New life, we'd applaud her new life

Odin mounts the tree
Bleeds for you and me
Splashing on the lamb
Gamboling with spring step

Buds will laugh and burst
Racing to be first
Turning all the soil
As the prompter's fingers through her spinning script

Stage left
Enter Easter and she's dressed in yellow yolk
Stage right
Now the son has died, the father can be born
Stand up
If we'd all breathe in and blow away the smoke
New life, we'd applaud her new life

Easter... in her bonnet
Easter... in her hair
Easter... are the ribbons
She ties everywhere

Stage left
Enter Easter and she's dressed in yellow yolk
Stage right
Now the son has died, the father can be born
Stand up
If we'd all breathe in and blow away the smoke

...In her bonnet
Easter... everywhere
Easter..."


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Gougres (pronounced goo-SHARE)

I had these lovely cheesy puff-like concoctions at a party recently... they were so good, I had to get the recipe. (Please note that I do not do this very often.)

So, without further delay...
Goug�res

1 cup grated Swiss or Gruy�re cheese (in France they use Maroilles, which can be hard to find elsewhere.)
1 cup water
5 tbsp butter
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1 cup flour
5 large eggs - at room temperature

Preheat oven to 425. Grate the cheese. In a medium-sized saucepan bring the water, butter, salt, pepper and nutmeg to a boil. When butter has melted, remove from heat. Add all the flour to butter/water mixture and beat with a wooden spoon until mixture leaves sides of pan clean. Add cheese and beat until incorporated. Beat in 4 of the eggs one by one until thoroughly absorbed. Beat until mixture is smooth, shiny and firm. Drop by small spoonfuls onto a greased/buttered cookie sheet. Beat remaining egg with 1/2 tbsp water, then brush tops of uncooked puffs with egg wash. Bake in upper third of oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden and doubled in size.

Makes about 3 dozen. Serve hot or cold. Can be kept refrigerated for days.

"...best when accompanied by a glass of sturdy red wine."
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message to a friend...


Oh no love! you're not alone
You're watching yourself but you're too unfair
You got your head all tangled up but if I could only
make you care
Oh no love! you're not alone
No matter what or who you've been
No matter when or where you've seen
All the knives seem to lacerate your brain
I've had my share, I'll help you with the pain
You're not alone