Friday, June 17, 2016

A Torn Retina And A Spotted Dick?

I celebrated my birthday Thursday. Because it was in fact my birthday, so it seemed like the right thing to do. This is my fourth year to celebrate my birthday here in Fuengirola. It's become a tradition to go to Sandpiper Restaurant if only to have the opportunity to share the celebration with Jessica, even though she has to work.

In honor of my torn (no longer) retina, I thought I should have a defective-sounding dessert (in the UK, called pudding). So, I opted for some Spotted Dick. It's much better than it sounds. (Click here to read the original story of Spotted Dick and another traditional English, um, pudding.)

I OBSESSED WITH AESTHETICALLY ARRANGING JESSICA'S STARS AND HAPPY BIRTHDAYS.
SAN GERALDO'S SOLUTION WAS TO SHOVEL THEM INTO A PILE...
...AFTER CONSIDERING A MELTDOWN, I SATISFIED MYSELF WITH THIS.
MY SPOTTED DICK.
(OR AS JESSICA PREFERS TO CALL IT, SPOTTED RICHARD.)
SMILING DESPITE A RECENTLY TORN RETINA
AND A SPOTTED DICK.


And since I enjoyed some Spotted Dick, I thought you might enjoy a Little Richard...

35 comments:

  1. We call it afters or sweet here in this part of England. The pudding is the thing you eat, so I might say "is sticky toffee pudding all right for afters (darling)?" It can also depend a bit on how posh you are because posh people always say "pudding" for afters and also use words like "supper" for tea (dinner) when for me supper is only a cream cracker and a cup of cocoa before bed. I hope all that helps. How much longer is this birthday going on for? Happy birthday again xxxx

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    1. You look lovely in the photo.

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    2. Rachel:
      Aw, shucks, ma'am. I have a close English family member who can be posh to the extreme. Pudding, supper, etc. You can imagine the time he's had with this American! Even when I thought I was doing well, he'd correct me. I was once telling him how inexpensive my classy new shirt had been. He said, "Why do Americans have to be so polite over nothing? Why can't you just say 'cheap'?"

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  2. Ha! Your blog posts are the best :)

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    1. Judy:
      Oh, you are what I need every day! Thanks!

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  3. Where do the Brits come up with these names/titles?!!
    Must say it doesn't look appetizing.....did it taste good?
    Happy to hear your retina is in order now.
    Now 'go gently'.......

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    1. Jim:
      I can't really say much seeing as how we got the language from them and they are often rolling their eyes at things WE say. (But they sure can be entertaining...)

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  4. Happy Birthday from France handsome GUY!
    Tim

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    1. Theaterdog:
      Gee thanks! And please don't adjust the focus on your monitor!

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  5. Sorry to hear about the torn retina. Hope the repair was 100% successful!

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  6. A happy belated birthday to you!

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      Thanks so much. I'm still celebrating so you're not at all late.

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  7. feliz cumpleanos, you handsome thing! you turned 40, right? san geraldo is a lucky man indeed!

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    1. anne marie:
      Well, I turned past 40-and-a-half and we're not talking months anymore... if you catch my drift. And thanks a million!

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  8. Oh you wicked lads getting poor Jessica all embarrassed and belatedly A very Happy Birthday to you.

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    1. Heron:
      Jessica is awfully easy to embarrass, too. It's so much fun. Although sometimes she just rolls her eyes at us like we're a couple of juveniles.

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    1. Michael:
      Thanks so much! It's been a good birthday week... even with the eye surgery!

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  10. I can't believe you showed us photo of your spotted dick, although it is not as gruesome as it sounds. I like Jessica's "spotted Richard". You look fabulous for 40! Cheers!

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    1. Wilma:
      As I replied earlier above, I am now more than 40 and a half, and proud of it. Thanks.

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  11. Feliz Feliz Compleanos! Belated! You look mahvelous dahling!

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    1. krayolakris:
      Gracias y gracias... oh, y muchas gracias!

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  12. Happy Birthday! You are looking great and are surrounded by people who love you - it doesn't get better than that!

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    1. Cheapchick:
      Thanks so much. And since you've never seen me, I can tell you that I'm SO much better looking in person (and now you can NEVER see me in person). Anyway, thanks for it all!

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  13. I too want to join the conga line of congratulations to wish you the best year yet !

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  14. Happy Birthday, and that's a marvelous picture of you. Take care.

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    1. Stephen:
      Thanks and thanks! (But it's really not a marvelous picture. In real life I look exactly like George Clooney... except where I don't.)

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  15. You piped my interest on " spotted dick" as you knew you would x

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    1. John:
      Yes, I knew I would. Sorry to disappoint.

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  16. Had a very entertaining conversation when my aunt and cousin were visiting... they wanted to know about foods from the UK. Specifically, what my aunt called Leaky Ummm-you know! When I asked her if she meant cock-a-leeky she turned bright red, lol. I explained that it was made with chicken and leeks, hence the name. Who would have known that a 74 year old woman who still cooks for frat boys would blush so easily???

    Hope your birthday month continues to be wondermous!

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    1. Cranky:
      Nothing dirty about this one, but we at first wonder what Sweetened Carrots were sweetened with... until we finally clarified that it was Swede 'n' Carrots. Even so, we blushed, too.

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  17. Nothing like a nice spot of Dick for your birthday.... oh sorry that didn't come out right!!!! Nothing like a nice spot of spotted Dick.... hmm still doesn't sound good but you know what I mean.

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    1. Willym:
      I so agree... however it comes out.

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