WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Screeve

WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Screeve

I stumbled on a wonderful video of what some call a Pride and Prejudice parody, and while I can see several instances of comparison with adaptations of that novel, I would more directly call it a period drama parody. The video combines elements from pretty much all the Jane Austen books, plus any Georgian drama you can call to mind as you watch it.

It aired originally as a Christmas Day special way back in 2000, but doesn’t look terribly dated despite that being twenty years ago(!). The production rivals any full-length period drama; it was filmed at Squerryes Court in Westerham, Kent, a 17th Century manor house that was also used in the 2009 Emma adaptation and for the Battle of Agincourt in the 2012 BBC series, The Hollow Crown. It also features exquisite costuming, dialog worthy of Austen, and enough hand- and kerchief-wringing to make Mrs. Bennet seem tame.

The cast is top-tier for a show that runs less than ten minutes: Alan Rickman (I still get teary over his passing), Richard E. Grant, Pete Postlethwaite, Imelda Staunton, Honeysuckle Weeks, Geraldine McEwan, Victoria Wood (who wrote the screenplay), and James Bolam, to name the ones I recognized. I especially enjoyed the exchange of letters (hence my choice for the Word of the Week), with the addition of a sweepstakes chance a nice, spoofy touch.

Oh, and the title? Plots and Proposals.


A letter, or written paper.

Victoria Wood has written and starred in many pastiches. If you enjoyed this one, head to YouTube, search for her name, and prepare to be entertained.


Slang term taken from Cant: A Gentleman’s Guide. The Language of Rogues in Georgian London, by Stephen Hart.

WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Cackling Farts

WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Cackling Farts

If you’re anything like me, you’re about to run out of ideas for things to cook and bake during this “corn-teen.”

I happen to be someone who loves to do both, but three meals a day for the past six weeks has about cured me of this. We’ve not been ordering to-go meals, either, out of an abundance of caution and a belief that since this is a “novel” virus, and we’re still learning everything from its origin to its spread to its prevention and/or cure, we’d just hunker down and keep away from everything possible.

Last week I mentioned my family decided to switch from Netflix to the Disney+/Hulu/ESPN package about a month before all sports ended; our timing is always impeccable. It didn’t take us long to burn through all we hadn’t seen or owned already on Disney+, and Hulu was…disappointing. Hence my deep dive into YouTube. This week once again yields a bounty for both my viewing and cooking woes.

Cackling Farts

Eggs. CANT.

If your area is like mine, food shortages wax and wane, and whatever the crazed masses are hoarding changes inexplicably from week to week. Eggs and butter seem to be extremely popular here, so much so that our local city and county news Facebook pages post alerts when stores actually have some on their shelves. Evidently memes about the quarantine will be true for our area: people will be emerging from their lairs with unkempt hair and serious spare tires.

Despite this, I’m going to share the variety of recipes I’ve stumbled upon from Ann Reardon, the witty food scientist and dietitian from Australia and creator of How to Cook That, who uses her husband (and occasionally other family members) as taste testers for her food experiments. She has videos on everything from creating gorgeous desserts to debunking food hacks touted by popular but suspect YouTube channels. The videos I’m sharing appeal to me twice-over: they’re recipes, and they’re over 200 years old.

Here we go.

The 200 Year Old Cookbook dessert recipes │ How To Cook That Ann Reardon

The 200 year OLD cheesecake recipe | Ann Reardon How To Cook That

200-year-old fruit pie | How To Cook That Ann Reardon

Wedding Cake Recipe from 200 years ago | How To Cook That Ann Reardon

200 year old CANDY recipes | How To Cook That Ann Reardon


Slang term taken from the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.