Black or White?

November 23, 2019

Last night I made hot and sour soup.  It was the third time I have made it since discovering an excellent recipe for it some weeks ago.  This time, I went to the effort of grinding white peppercorns for the finishing touch. Why is this worth the mention?

Growing up in London, ALL pepper was white and, frankly, I didn’t care for it much at all. It was too sharp for me, too peppery, I guess.  It was not until I came to North America in the 1970s that I discovered the joy of freshly ground black pepper.  When I was a lad, only the toffs, in their expensive restaurants, had black pepper — we of the working class had to make do with white.

When I mentioned this to the Everloving, who grew up in Kansas, she said it had been quite the opposite for her — only “posh” folks had white pepper.

Odd that something so basic should have such opposite connotations.

Most Successful Media Franchises

November 23, 2019

The always interesting Visual Capitalist has produced a list of the most successful media franchises of all time.  It is a list that includes some obvious properties and some, quite frankly, that I have never heard of:


The infographic on their site gives a lot more detail on how these figures are arrived at.  The biggest surprise for me is that Winnie the Pooh makes #3 on the list, ahead of Star Wars and Mickey Mouse!

Image: Capsicum Chaos

November 23, 2019