Shades of Grey

November 17, 2015

It was my book club meeting this week, and our lovely hostess for the night was a little worried. “I burned our cake, left it in the oven too long …..”

The cake was completely delicious and not overdone at all. It was a lovely crumble-style affair with a pistachio and hazelnut topping, cinnamon inside and even a layer of pastry. I’m going to have to Google the recipe, it was so good. And yes, I did momentarily slip from my sugar-free status, but it was worth it. Gorgeous. But it is not like our hostess (Cordon Bleu trained, we definitely enjoy her evenings) to forget what’s cooking. Eventually, she confessed. “I was watching Grey’s Anatomy. You know, the one where her best friend turns up ……”

I was thrilled. I’m completely addicted to Grey’s Anatomy too, and had in fact that very evening burned TL’s supper because I was watching the Season Six finale. I won’t spoil it for you, but suffice to say it is very gripping, much MUCH more gripping than the bit when the best friend turns up. I’m very pleased that our hostess was a season behind me as otherwise our cake would have been a small pile of cinders. I was terrified that it was the last episode ever, but Child 2 reassured me that I still have five more seasons to get through, assuming my brain lasts that long.

It’s a shame, now that we all watch stuff online, that we are losing that communal, ‘did you see the show last night?’ discussion thing. I struggle to remember what happened several seasons ago (and even in the episode I watched this morning) but I do love the fact that we’re all watching the same programmes, even if we’re not on the same page, as it were.  And yes, we did eventually get round to discussing the book. It was Edith Wharton’s Age of Innocence, starring the wonderful Countess Olenska. Way more of a drama queen than even Meredith Grey and, I’m sorry Meredith, but a lot more memorable.


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  • Jane Alexander November 17, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Ha! I thought I’d found a new series of GA and then realised, at episode 3, I think, that I had already seen it! They merge, don’t they? I don’t think I’ve seen the last one.
    Totally agree about the shared experience. It’s why I endure The Walking Dead – a little weekly shared ritual with my son.
    But, above all, YESSS to Age of Innocence. Fabulous book although, aaghh, now can’t remember a single thing about it! My brain has gone zombie. 🙂

    PS – cake sounds delish but, like you, I’m eschewing the sugar right now.

    • Dulwich Divorcee November 19, 2015 at 10:08 am

      All you need to remember about Age of Innocence is that Countess Olenska is FAB. Interesting you are off sugar too, how are you finding it? I still have cravings but when I have some accidentally I don’t like it at all, toooo sweet. Yes, I agree about GA, especially when watching on Netflix when one episode merges seemlessly into the last … love it though xx

  • nappyvalleygirl November 17, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    I used to watch GA all the time but then it somehow fell off my radar – probably when I stopped my Sky subscription. It is strangely addictive. Husband can’t stand it as he says it bears so no relation to any medicine he’s ever seen – but it’s so unbelieveable on all fronts really, that you just have to suspend your disbelief. Sometimes you need a total soap to lose yourself in!

    • Dulwich Divorcee November 19, 2015 at 10:11 am

      Yes I agree, it is a total soap, all the face transplants/miraculous knee reconstructions pass me by completely. I do love it when they start shouting about ‘tox panels’ and ‘running an EKG’ when there’s an emergency – no idea what they’re saying but it’s definitely compelling 🙂