Saturday, August 5, 2017


Solomon Grundy,
Born on a Monday,
Christened on Tuesday,
Married on Wednesday,
Took ill on Thursday,
Grew worse on Friday,
Died on Saturday,
Buried on Sunday,
That was the end,
Of Solomon Grundy
- James Orchard Halliwell* (1842)

*Note - Halliwell had a habit, detested by bibliophiles, of cutting up seventeenth-century books and pasting parts he liked into scrapbooks. During his life he destroyed eight hundred books and made thirty-six hundred scraps.


from Wikipedia:
The word salmagundi is derived from the French word salmigondis which means disparate assembly of things, ideas or people, forming an incoherent whole. Salmagundi is used figuratively in modern English to mean a mixture or assortment of things.

The name later evolved to Solomon Gundy in the eighteenth century. It seems likely that the name is connected with the children’s rhyme, Solomon Grundy. Solomon Gundy retains its food connotation today as the name given to a **spicy Caribbean paste made of mashed, pickled herrings, peppers and onions.
**Note - Salmagundi (sometimes abbreviated as salmi) is also a salad dish, originating in the early 17th century in England, comprising cooked meats, seafood, vegetables, fruit, leaves, nuts and flowers and dressed with oil, vinegar and spices. There is some debate over the meaning and origin of the word. The French word "salmagondis" means a hodgepodge or mix of widely disparate things.

In English culture the term does not refer to a single recipe, but describes the grand presentation of a large plated salad comprising many disparate ingredients. These can be arranged in layers or geometrical designs on a plate or mixed. The ingredients are then drizzled with a dressing. The dish aims to produce wide range of flavours and colours and textures on a single plate. Often recipes allow the cook to add various ingredients which may be available at hand, producing many variations of the dish. Flowers from broom and sweet violet were often used.

In Jamaica, Solomon gundy refers more specifically to a dish made of salt herring and spices

Salmagundi is also purportedly a meal served on pirate ships. It is a stew of anything the cook had on hand, usually consisting of chopped meat, anchovies, eggs, and onions, often arranged in rows on lettuce and served with vinegar and oil, and spiced with anything available. The following is taken from a reprint of Mrs. Hill's New Cook Book, originally published in 1867 and republished by Applewood Books of Bedford, Massachusetts.
Salvador Dali, "Paranoia" (1944)


FreeThinke said...


Over the river and cross the bay
To the The Holiday Inn I''ll go
To eat too much at their buffet
Then suffer gastric woe-ho.
Thank God I own a lovely space
Wherein I may pass out.
I  laid a store of Bromo in
For I’ll need it without a doubt!

~ Mrs. Grundy's Little Boy Solly

Mrs. Grundy said...

Life's too short... Solomon only lived a week!

FreeThinke said...




To live long follow this routine:

Add some bran to your cuisine.

Don't use oil that's saturated.

Get your brew decaffeinated.

Stay away from food that's fried.

Watch out for that pesticide.

It's time for you to put a halt

To flavoring with lots of salt.

Preservatives are overrated.

Sugar gets you agitated.

Laboratory rats concur

On artificial sweetener.

Of red meat and eggs beware;

Cholesterol lurks everywhere.

The list of no-no's is complete.

Now what are we supposed to eat?

~ Anonymous

_____ THE ANSWER ______

Anything that's leafy green

Dietitians think is keen.

Bread that's fibrous, rough and dry

Health food addicts love to buy.

Skinless chicken, bland white fish

Make a doctor-ordered dish.

Fruit that's fresh not dried or canned

If eaten raw will not be banned.

And what's the best source of protein?

You guessed it, it's the humble bean!

Milk that's thin and watery

Is found in "healthy" cups of tea.

Medics say to beat disease

Eat great gobs of cottage cheese.

Herbs are fine, but spices hot

Are on the list of "Thou shalt not."

The truth, my friends, there's no disguising:

Eat -- but not what's appetizing!

~ FreeThinke, The Sandpiper

FreeThinke said...

It seems obvious poor Solomon Grundy
Ate far too much Salmagundi.

He might have lived a good deal longer
Had his resistance to pig out been stronger!


-FJ said...

I drink my coffee caffeinated
I don't guzzle it until I'm sated
I simply drink one single cup
Meden agan or I'd throw up


FreeThinke said...

__________ BANQUET __________

Generously spread with gracious living
The table beckons. Lace and candlelight
Mingle with fine chine. I am diving
Into the tureen, which is a sight

All white and warm while guarding snowy chowder.
Savory is a casserole of brains.
Sparkling wine has made our talk much louder ––
Louder than the voices of our pains.

Drink has numbed our virtues and our faults
While food has warmed our anxious, craving hearts.
Later, we will step into a waltz ––
Whose cycle whirls till every fear departs

Leaving us quite buoyant –– out of breath ––
Saddened that out time must end in death.

~ FreeThinke - New York 1963

-FJ said...

The post-modern injunction to ENJOY!
is something much more insidious than coy
It commands us all to more consume
rather than leave inside a little room...

FreeThinke said...

Syninyms or near-synonyms for SALMAGUNDI


FreeThinke said...

I forgot t add OLLA PODRIDA

FreeThinke said...

As a bard, I must admit
You tried hard, but aren't yet fit.

But just keep adding spit and polish
And awkwardness you'll soon abolish.

If self-consciosness you banish
Obstacles I know will vanish.

Keep on trying, don't give up
And soon you'll win a Paper Cup!

~ Edgar A. Pest