Wednesday, 18 July 2012

How To Turn A Cooking Pot Into A Chair.

What I was looking for was a big cooking pot. That's why I was wandering round the charity shops. I need a big pot to cook up the chilli con carne` and rice that I want to feed the partygoers with. Actually I just now realised that I'm going to need two big cooking pots. One for the rice too. It's a heck of a task I have set myself. For a start off I don't have a clue how to cook chilli con carne`. Or rice come to that. My cooker is only tiny too. It came from a caravan. That's something else I just thought of. How am I going to fit a couple of big pots on that? And there will have to be a vegetarian option as well. Crikey, better make that three big cooking pots. Help!
Only three rings and a knob missing, but it does for me.
Oh to hell with it! Perhaps I will give the chilli con carne` and rice a miss. After all my party is supposed to be an enjoyable occasion for me too. I'm starting to feel stressed. That's not good. If anyone has any suggestions how to feed the five thousand on a tight budget, please let me know.

My big cooking pot hunt was unsuccessful. However, as I was leaving the last shop this chair caught my eye. Retro I think they call it. Maybe it is not retro. Maybe it is an original chair from the sixties? Maybe it is worth loads of money? Anyway I love the colours and the shape, and it is very comfortable. But I am as always short of money so I sensibly left the shop. Then, mad impetuous fool that I am, I turned around and went back and bought it.

Despite its modern style I think it looks good in my wagon. I love the juxtaposition between the old and new styles. Between the bright colours and the more subdued. I am also quite pleased that I thought of using the word juxtaposition. Honestly I have no idea where these long words come from. I am not, as I have told you before, very well educated. Perhaps it is due to all the reading I have done? Anyway I shall just look up the word juxtaposition in my dictionary, to make sure that it means what I think it means.

Nice juxtaposition here I feel.
Oh lord, after all that I'm not sure if it does mean what I thought. The dictionary says it means... hold on while I check it again... place something closely alongside something else. You probably knew that already. I thought it meant to have two completely disparate things next to each other. Oh well I'm leaving juxtaposition where it is. It's far to nice a word to carelessly discard. Did you notice that I just used the word disparate? Another fancy word. Pure coincidence this but I just looked up the word disparate and it means: Very different from each other. You probably already knew what it meant? Funny that. It is the word I should have used in the first place perhaps?

Shut up John! You really can be quite a bore at times.

Who said that?

You did. You're talking to yourself again!

Anyway take a good look at that chair. It is going to be famous, because it is the chair that I shall be sitting in as I write my best selling book!


  1. We have a lot in common John when I write my famous book I would like to sell the chair I sit in and learn to spell juxtaposition I have to look that up myself:) B

  2. I believe the answer to your dilemma on how to fee all those thousands of guests is to ask them all to bring their favorite dish to share. I'm sure one of them knows how to make chili and rice :)

  3. Potluck meals to share. Make sure everyone labels the food though.
    Jane x

  4. You asked for suggestions for feeding the five thousand. Get someone to cook a load of jacket potatoes for you earlier in the day. Wrap them in foil and reheat on a bonfire. Supply baked beans, coleslaw, grated cheese etc to go on them. They can eat them out of the foil.

    Pasta salads are always good. Plenty of variety should please most people. Sandwiches are fine and they can be quite cheap if you extend the expensive parts of the filling with cheaper veg. i.e. grated cheese mixed with mayo, chopped tomatoes, cucumber and onions or tuna mixed with a tin of sweetcorn and mayo of course.

    If you serve cold food all the prep can be done in advance leaving you free to mingle.

  5. Interesting chair- doesn't look comfortable. Don't you have a friend who already has a larger stove and pots?

  6. I like the color of the chair. It does brighten the spot it's in. As far as your food... you are going to exhaust yourself to the point that you will not enjoy the party. Finger foods is the way to go.

  7. Love the chair and its obvious juxtaposition that you disparately organised to enhance its inherent charm. Hope you find that big cooking pot you desperately need!

  8. Here in Oz we have no qualms when inviting people to BYOFaD (bring your own food and drink). But I do like the spud in a jacket idea. What about a big pot of soup for those cold summer English nights. When I got married at my surprise wedding all the guests did the BYO thing and a great night was had by all and sundry. By the way, I absolutely do love the chair and think its commendable that you bought yourself such a wonderful birthday gift. It probably is worth a pretty penny. I saw something similar in the National Gallery here in Oz.

  9. A very nice chair and just right for the wagon as far as I can see. It's that artistic eye again, can't get away from it.

    What about buying a whole lot of lettuce and calling it salad? You could put a few other things in too and get lots of bread. If they don't like it they can go somewhere else. (That's the motto a good host should always bear in mind)

  10. I would go for the BYO idea. It's great fun seeing and tasting what everyone brings. Anyway, as it's your birthday you shouldn't be doing all the work so BYO is the best option. Of course, if I was coming I would bring chilli con carne and rice.

  11. Found this post via Ann and Duke. Nice color of the chair and it does go well with the darker color surrounding it.

    Have fun at your party.

  12. I love searching words. How they are shaped and their roots.I can drive friends crazy too with my excitement.