I was just leaving a comment on a cute Australian blog and realized that I was including a bit of my life's philosophy, that I am sure is original and deserved to be written here too. In short, since my mother is French, we think of wine and spirits as just another food group. No one would eat a whole cube of butter, so why would anyone dream of drinking an entire bottle of Gin. But if you had to drink that bottle of gin, eating that cube of butter first would be medicinal. Seriously!
Since I'm on the subject of food that you have to eat, did everyone have their Black Eyed Peas for luck today? My daughter did, since she specifically asked for the quick method of soaking dried ones. (Boil for one minute, leave to soak for one hour, and then change to cool water and boil for up to an hour, until tender.) One of my sons asked where to find them in the grocery store. (Three places: Canned Vegetable section, Frozen Vegetable section, or Dried Bean section.) Good Times!