Take 7 — A Tripbase project

Being a rum­mager by nature, I was thrilled to be nom­in­ated by Jeanne from the hugely suc­cess­ful blog Cook­S­ister to revis­it sev­en of my pre­vi­ous posts. It’s part of Take 7, the inter­net pro­ject that invites blog­gers to dust down sev­en old posts and drag them into the light. The cat­egor­ies are these: most pop­u­lar post, most con­tro­ver­sial, most help­ful, a post whose suc­cess sur­prised you, a post that didn’t get the atten­tion it deserved and finally, the post you’re most proud of.

As I took a meta­phor­ic­al pitch­fork to Eggs On The Roof’s hay­stack in search of those sev­en sil­ver needles, I unearthed all kinds of retro treas­ures I’d for­got­ten that I owned. I hope you enjoy my vin­tage finds…


One of my most pop­u­lar posts is my dis­cov­ery of the pink eld­er­flower bush that pro­duced pink eld­er­flower cor­di­al. But just nudging it out of the way to take first prize is my slightly per­verse attempt to make a chocol­ate pal­impsest. The whole pal­impsest saga was a rather daft lit­er­ary joke. As my chil­dren will tell you slightly des­pair­ingly, lit­er­ary jokes are the kind I love best. They say I’m in a minor­ity of one, but I think the pop­ular­ity of the post has proved them wrong.


In its truest sense, con­tro­versy is some­thing that opposes the norm. That being the case, my most con­tro­ver­sial post could be my Black Olive Chocol­ate Truffles. Olives and chocol­ate shouldn’t go togeth­er, should they? But if you’re an Itali­an politi­cian you may have found my post When Not In Florence slightly more con­tro­ver­sial. Read­ers cer­tainly seemed hor­ri­fied by my fight with a spurned Itali­an MP who threw me out of his car in the middle of a busy round­about.


My most help­ful posts have been those that encour­age read­ers to make things that sound dif­fi­cult but are as easy as can be — like my DIY miso soup or my home-made cream cheese. The irony is that the recipe for cheese is the easi­est for­mula you will find any­where on Eggs On The Roof.


I’m still sur­prised by the huge pop­ular­ity of my post titled Plum Jelly and Hot Baths, in which I bemoaned the lack of hot water in my house while mak­ing plum and chili jelly. I freely admit that I am an incom­pet­ent garden­er and my post about my miser­able straw­berry har­vest seems to have cap­tured an audi­ence that shares my fail­ings. Either that, or you all feel sorry for me.


I’ve always had a fond­ness for my slightly tax­ing post Exer­cises in Scones. It didn’t get the atten­tion it deserved, but as one vis­it­or to the post com­men­ted, it gave her a head­ache! My post With Love From Lovage deserved more atten­tion than it got, for its cru­cial con­clud­ing para­graph — how to make drink­ing straws out of lovage stems. How have you man­aged without them all this time?

One of the first posts I ever wrote was about my glam­our­ous grand­moth­er, Peggy, and her rice pud­ding. I’d love her to get a little more atten­tion — being the life and soul of the party, so too, I’m sure, would she!


The post I’m most proud of has to be my story about green gazpacho and blue bor­age Ice. It was a cre­ation that stemmed from a fleet­ing glimpse in New York and turned into some­thing rather beau­ti­ful, I think. But giv­en that today is the sev­enth anniversary of my won­der­ful mother’s death, I would like to nom­in­ate my post On Mother’s Day as the one that I am quietly proud of. It is hon­est, simple and, most import­ant of all, it’s from the heart.

So that’s my little vin­tage pop-up shop.….. I now nom­in­ate Pas­cale from the beau­ti­ful Extra-Rel­ish, Jam­ie from the sump­tu­ous Life’s a Feast and Mary from the quirky Mrs Miniver’s Daugh­ter to do some rum­ma­ging of their own.

If You are con­cerned in pur­chas­ing medic­a­ments online, now may be the day to do so. So the next mat­ter is where can you find inform­a­tion that is reli­able. You can get such inform­a­tion fast and con­veni­ently by going online. There are many ill­nesses such as schizo­phrenia which have no cure. One of the most pop medi­cine is Via­gra. What about com­par­is­on between Cial­is versus Levitra and ? Nearly each adult knows about . Oth­er ques­tion we have to is . The symp­toms of sexu­al dis­orders in men include lack of sexu­al fantas­ies. Not­with­stand­ing sex is not vital for good health, it’s cer­tainly good for any­one. So if you are exper­i­en­cing erectile prob­lems, it is essen­tial to see a cer­ti­fied phys­i­cian forth­with for a com­plete med­ic­al test­ing. Cer­tainly, online phar­macy can hands-down help you for solv­ing your all per­son­al dif­fi­culties.

13 thoughts on “Take 7 — A Tripbase project

  1. If I was you I would be proud of ALL your posts, they all make such good read­ing, are ori­gin­al as well as inspir­a­tion­al and also visu­ally so lovely.
    Your moth­er too would be purring with pride at this achieve­ment I am sure. So, on her behalf this even­ing I’ll raise a glass of your pink eld­er­flower inspired cor­di­al to the pair of you.

  2. I’m most flattered to be asked, Charlie, although it’ll be a few days before I have time to rum­mage! Love what you dug up from your own vin­tage archive!
    I hope today has been full of happy memor­ies for you as well as sad ones. Every time I see your photo, I think you look the image of your mum!

  3. I think each and every­one of your posts is beau­ti­ful and poet­ic and each recipe astound­ing. How could you ever choose? I am honored and flattered that you chose me…now how to rise to your level? xo

  4. Hi Jam­ie I do hope you enjoy hunt­ing through your posts. And thank you for your huge gen­er­os­ity about mine. xo

  5. I know exactly how you feel, Helen. I was amazed when I first saw the plant too. I wasn’t sure the cor­di­al was going to be pink until my brew was fin­ished. It’s funny how much more inter­est­ing the change of col­our makes it.

  6. Oh what a great selec­tion of your posts! That pink eld­er­flower post still has my heart… I am off to go and revis­it each and every one of these deli­ciosu morsels (and I am glad to see I am not the only one who suf­fers from the inab­il­ity to get the list down to the required (ummm… sug­ges­ted) sev­en!) Thanks so much for tak­ing up the bat­on.

  7. Hi Jeanne So you spot­ted my inad­vert­ent, um delib­er­ate, mis­take! I don’t need thank­ing for tak­ing up the bat­on, but you do. It was so good of you to sug­gest that I do it.

  8. Hi Charlie, I loved read­ing through your post nom­in­a­tions. Thank you so much for tag­ging me to do the same. I am off to start rum­ma­ging through my old archive…Hope to see you soon.

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