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How this came to be and why a new site


The original impulse for starting this blog was twofold.  First, as I said, I was bored.  I needed a new project.  Something creative to do in my old age.  Secondly I had purchased a copy of Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries - volume three I think - and this gave me the idea of doing a similar thing.  After all I do love food and everything foodie, so why not just write down what came into my head on the topic of food for that day.

So I started it using iBooks Author.  Wrote a couple of pages and gave up because I was spending too much time looking for pictures.  Well, now that I think of it, that couldn't have been the real reason, because I still take a lot of time looking for pictures. And that's part of the fun.


Anyway I decided to go with my initial instinct and just write something by hand - and I did keep that up until we went away on a long holiday, but really it was a bit boring and not illustrated - that really was too hard.  Now if I could draw ...

So I started again in iBooks Author and it was quite satisfying and fun, but David told me I should do something I can share with the interested.  (Who are they?)

So I decided to go online and use Wix which our film society uses.  I needed some new kind of project.  I was getting bored and finding life a bit pointless - although I'm not sure we ever entirely rid ourselves of that dark thought..  Besides it’s really quite fun 'designing' the whole thing.  I don't really 'design' - I just modify a Wix template.  And then I find pictures to illustrate which is also fun.   Half the fun of doing the family history website is finding appropriate pictures.  I might learn something too.

I initially called it Food Diary, but  changed it to Rosemary's Ramblings - not quite the same compulsion to do it every day and a bit broader.  Really it’s just musings with a food focus.  It's certainly not a well-researched academic kind of thing.  Pretty superficial really.  Food can take you in all sorts of directions though.  So I started the blog and have enjoyed it enormously, besides learning a lot of weird and wonderful and just plain interesting things along the way.

I am now changing to a new website and a new design because Wix have told me I have to change to their new blog format, and I saw this as an opportunity to go for a 'real' url and actually pay them for the privilege of using their software.  They deserve it.  If somebody creates something excellent then they deserve recognition and reward.

So here we go with version two.  I think version one is still accessible on the old url.  But change your bookmark to the new url -

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Thanks to


all the cooks who have inspired me throughout my life

the television

our daily meals

shopping and supermarkets

trips overseas and around Australia


my cookery books and their authors

magazines and newspapers

the world wide web

The Guardian


white vans






"It is a perfect moment, peaceful and life-enhancing, after a chaotic day that has had me trying to do several things at once, none of them particularly well.  I am determined to rescue the day.  Sometimes making something to eat can do that."  Nigel Slater


"I can trace every romance of my life back to a meal. My memories are enhanced by the tender morsels had at tables across from lovers, on blankets with friends who'd eventually become more, in banquets, barbecues, and breakfasts."   Stephanie Klein

"Food is so much more than just a source of nourishment and subsistence. Its richness colors culture, history, and even literature. Its coalescing prowess brings people together into communities by creating a sense of familiarity and brotherhood. Some might go so far as to say that food is one of the major forces forging a national identity. It gives individuals a feeling of belonging that is at the core of nationalism. It serves as a hobby, a passion, a profession and sometimes even as a refuge."  Attatreya Mandal - Realm of History

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