just so cool!

apparently I am too cool for school! 

well,  not really. 

I have never considered myself much of a trend setter, but I do like to think I have my finger on the pulse...

after mentioning a certain "dead wood" blog last week, this week the aforementioned blog has a post somewhat similar to this post...

I cast no aspersions, simply point out that it brought a rather wry smile to my face...

tell me though, would you eat something that looked like what's in the picture (linked above for reference) posted? no wonder there are left overs!!!


stickyfingers said...

I guess you have to take it as a compliment, and I suppose we bloggers feed off each other for content because that's what's 'top of mind'.

I think I have managed to get the formula right for avoiding waste now. We are lucky to fill half a bin a week.

Because what we buy in terms of fruit and vegetable is harvested just days prior, even the soft greens keep for 6 weeks at least. Food peelings and egg shells go to the worm farm, the cats chew up the bones and fat. I seem to have our portions down pat so we rarely have left overs. If there are any, Mr Stickyfingers takes what little is left to work for lunch to stink out the staff kitchen's nuclear reactor at the office ;-)

purple goddess said...

wot Sticky said.

we're a relatively small community, us bloggers, and often I'll read a post of yours.. or someone else's that inspires me to further though.

Altho, if I do, I credit it with a link ;)

I am the leftover recycling QUEEN!! (Having 5 kids will do that!)

My most famous recycling effort is:

Lamb Shanks in Italian tomato and Vegetable sauce on Monday.

Remainder of the sauce gets thinned down and turned into "minestrone" on Tuesday.

Wed, you thicken up remaining sauce/soup and turn it into arancini's.

Thurs you use any remaining sauce over pasta/risotto

Fri, you add some red kidney beans and some Mex spices and call it Chille Con Friday, and serve it over baked potatoes.

Pat said...

Hey Grocer,

I don't have anything to say about this blog cannibalism business - just too lazy to track down your email address, so don't worry about posting this if you don't want to.

Anyway, I wanted to say that I've been enjoying your blog and your postings on Chow and thought I'd drop you a line and also let you know that the magazine I work for, Gourmet Traveller, has built a new website. It's still early days, there's lots more to come on it, and we haven't really launched it in any official manner, but I think it's a pretty cool start, so I'm wording up a few of the blogs I read looking for ideas on how we can keep improving it.

It's www.gourmettraveller.com.au

Drop me a line and let me know what you think - it's pnourse at acpmagazines dot com dot au.

All the best,

Pat Nourse

stickyfingers said...

PG you are a menu magician. Respect.

How nice of Pat to drop by, you must be well chuffed to have her readership.

For those bloggers considering using the blog section of Gourmet Traveller - once it goes live - 'Caveat Venditor'.

As was discussed over at Tomato about the Lifestyle Channel Food site, approach with caution, especially when it comes to volunteering information to commercial third party sites. Once they own your words, you are actually not at liberty to reproduce them elsewhere, even your own blog and especially not if you have advertising on your site.

These are excerpts from Gourmet Traveller's Terms and Conditions:

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grocer said...

well chuffed indeed! as a friend of ours used to say, "chuffed as a cheeseburger"!

thank you also sticky for putting up the t&c; many of us rarely read them in the heat of the moment to "have our say".

I do wonder how this would stand up in a restraint of trade matter though; as if any of us would ever have the money to take it that far...

grocer said...

by the way, i have just gone over and checked, and true to form my post on the site was not published.

Ed, if you read this, I guess you can now see that fairfax entering the blogging zone changes nothing.

actually, that's wrong, you get lots of eedjits asking how to put an onion in the fridge without stinking it out, or telling people to buy FROZEN DICED ONIONS to overcome the wastage issue!

stickyfingers said...

Grocer are forecasting the emergence of an upwardly mobile version of the often banal Taste forums? LOL!

neil said...

Leading the debate, very cool.

Amazing that Gourmet Traveler can assert so many rights and conditions over material they haven't paid for...and have the possibility to use those self same words to make money for themselves.

Pat said...

Hey sticky,

I think thoses Ts and Cs are
pretty much standard for any corporate media site, and I'd be very surprised to see them take action over the pars you guys have highlighted, but hey, you never know.

Personally I was pushing for a clause that would grant us claim to your immortal souls in perpetuity, but legal are still working on that one.

As for the forums, I guess they're only ever going to be as interesting as the people posting to them, but given the ferocity of some of the mail I get here as it is for our print work, I don't think that's going to be a problem.

stickyfingers said...

Great response Pat. I don't mean to paint you as sinister, but as someone who has run an advertising and marketing agency I understand that t&c's are often posted with view to protect the publication and third party suppliers, without thought of the people from whom resources are being drawn.

Intellectual property for bloggers is rapidly becoming a contentious issue. I advise people to err on the side of caution because precedent shows that it is not the publication but the parent company that can become litigious. As The Grocer puts it, not many of us would have the funds to fight a legal battle and by default could fall victim to restriction of trade or practice.

Some Bloggers - such as Duncan Markham of Syrup and Tang - have now also resorted to posting their own t&c's.

As Neil has indicated, it is probably time to open the moral debate as to whether it is proper for publications - 'dead tree' or otherwise - to make money through advertising by appropriating material and the rights to it, from bloggers without due recompense.

Forums however are open slather. Having seen the demographic profile of the Gourmet Traveller subscriber, I would hope that your forum will be a cut above the Super Food Ideas & Delicious readership base, ie. those people who have so vexed and ostracised The Grocer & PG. Hopefully it will patch that hole in the online gourmet community that the local ChowHound boards tried but failed to fill. Good luck!

grocer said...

i think (or at least like to think) that we vexed them more!!!