I tried a new technique of kneading dough today that’s rather like slinging and smacking it about like a grizzly bear with salmon, and I must say …. “Codswallop”. I had bits of dough stuck on my specs, on my arms up to my elbows, stuck to the windowpane, and yes, darn it, also in my hair. Piffle. I’m back with Dan.
One good thing did come from this futile slinging match. I discovered that the correct word is ‘codswallop’ and not codswallow, and that Hiram Codd is credited with the word’s origin. He patented a bottle for beer and fizzy drinks with a marble lodged in its neck. Wallop was a British slang term for beer, and Codd’s wallop was used by beer drinkers as a derogatory term for weak or gassy beer. At least that’s what my Brewer’s Dictionary claims.
I know this has nothing to do with cookery, but then neither does Chef Bertinet’s codswallop method of kneading dough. Here’s a link to the video.
I just now realised that this post has no photo or ‘talking-point’, so here’s a snap of the northeastern corner of my garden. According to my guru, Zeb, a blog needs to talking point – a hook, I guess … so here it is. I’m all prepared for the multitude of readers to soon appear out of the ether with fingers poised on their keyboards.