Wednesday, September 26, 2012

To be or not to be - a gossip

To gossip is equivalent to breathing. 
Do you disagree?
Well, keep a conscious account of what you talk/text/tweet/fb…(all social media!) about in the next 24 hours. If you manage to omit the following, then you don’t gossip and by my theory…probably don’t breathe as well.
Anyway, do you...
-          Talk about an individual/individuals who may be friend/foe/family/colleague/acquaintance/celebrity/common man/some man/ some woman/some kid not directly related to your work or any situation you are directly involved in?
-          Not just talking about but even so much as - mentioning/ passing information/ gaining information/ stating/ indulging in/ speculating in anything that is not factual, doesn’t relate to you and doesn’t put your very existence in danger for the day if it isn’t uttered?
-          Feel a sense of weird comfort in discussing the above mentioned person/persons predicaments even if the said discussion is barely a minute long?
-          Refuse to acknowledge this sense of comfort and/or joy.
-          Discuss the predicament and then give your opinion by mentally putting yourself in the said person/persons shoes and making sure to yourself that you are so very different and hence by default…better.   

I’m sure there are many-many more parameters that can be added here but for now these five could serve as a  guide.
I will be quite surprised if you do go through your day dodging the definition of being a gossip.
That said.
Is it bad to gossip?
Honestly, I’ve always pictured the word to be a dirty morsel in a dark alley or simply put – a bad word – a negative word – a word I never wanted to be associated with. However, after some introspection I’ve come to realize that there aren’t too many of us who don’t gossip…on a regular basis.

Think about it…you meet your friends and more often than not it’s not the birds and bees that keep the banter on. True, there are a few novel gems like sports and the movies and politics that factually drive discussions and add opinions to the conversation in a delightful way but are they all you indulge in? With parents and relatives it’s more apparent as it’s difficult to find much common ground on the non-gossip playing field, so you end up talking about her and him and them.
Hence, my conclusion would be that there’s probably a very thin line between healthy gossip and going overboard becoming a walking/talking tabloid. If we’re smart we’d sharpen our vision and keep a steady eye on that line and yet still have a refreshing mental workout through the gossip mills!
Nobody is an island. To gossip is imperative. Keeps you sane.

So does Spinach and Cheese. Here are some Spinach and Cheese Muffins from the Hummingbird Bakery. As was the case with the Ham and Cheese Muffins, these too came out a bit rubbery. Definitely not a 'must try' but if you're up for a challenge then give it a mix.

  • 30 gms butter
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsps baking powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 4 oz. baby spinach, roughly chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Meanwhile melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat and fry the onion until cooked. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl stir together flour, baking powder, cayenne and cheese. In a separate bowl, whisk the milk and egg together, then slowly pour into the flour mixture and beat with a hand mixer until too thick to mix.
  3. Stir in the onion and spinach with a wooden spoon until evenly dispersed. Spoon batter into muffin tins lined with paper liners. Fill about two thirds full. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place the muffins on a wire rack to cool.
Why not sit down with friends and family, have a muffin and gossip some?

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