Monday, February 25, 2008

I'm finally doing Fun Monday again!

Don't know why it's taken me so long.

This week hosted by Mariposa.

Fun Monday is easy, I'll only be asking TWO things -

(1) Please share to us how the NAME of your BLOG was made? I can't wait to hear interesting funny stories!

(2) Please share to us (in words or photo, though a combination of both will be a bonus!) your favorite/ most common dish!


1) Back when I first started blogging, I was on LiveJournal. And technically still am, although I haven't posted for ages. And I needed a funky title, so I settled on Annie and the Spice Rack that Wasn't There.

Annie is my pet name from school, which I hated at first but grew to prefer to Anna. Now I'm happy to respond to either, but tend to refer to myself as Anna because, well, it's my name.

The spice rack bit? I was going for whimsical and a little bit random, but reflective of myself. I have about a million different herbs and spices, but no spice rack. And you know I'm obsessed with food. It just kind of worked.

When I started using my Blogger account, of course I needed a new title. This blog was designed to compliment my LJ which I used for sort of everyday, journally type stuff, while this one would be for my other stuff. Hence Alternative. As I said at the time:

I've decided that I want a second blog. My LiveJournal blog will continue as usual, documenting my day-to-day existance in all its mind-numbing glory.

This one will be reserved for "special" thoughts. Because to be honest, some of the stuff I usually blog is quite interesting and some, frankly, isn't - this way means that those of you who are interested in the more mundane can get your Annie fix over there, and those who require a little more stimulation of one kind or another can get it here.

Some posts will probably appear in both.

2) I actually want to do this, but haven't currently got time, since I need to eat and shower and drag myself off to Sheffield for choir rehearsal. Check back, I'll answer this one tomorrow.


  1. I can barely keep my one blog going! Good for you to do two!

    Can't wait to see your favorite dish!

  2. OK, keep us in suspense. Great post, so far.

  3. A little whimsy is good for everyone!

  4. Interesting history behind your blog title.

  5. I was wondering how you came up with that name - I was thinking something along the lines of alternative music, but this makes a lot of sense. And it's a great title!

    How's planning for the big dinner coming?

  6. That was one long title!!
    I just read recently about how often we need to buy fresh spice/herbs. That could get to be very expensive.

    I didn't share my favorite food, either.
    It would take all day.

  7. I cannot begin to imagine keeping up with TWO blogs! You ROCK!

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Hi everyone!! Welcome. :)

    I'll get round to visiting your blogs some time, I promise.

    Sayre - Currently trying not to panic. I can't do my final shopping list until after Thursday night, when the last tickets are sold. I need to know how many extra portions of the veggie dishes I'll need to do. So I imagine I'll be rather busy scaling up recipes on Friday, shopping on Saturday and cooking like a maniac all Sunday!

    Pamela - Yeah, I know about it. I do get through certain herbs/spices pretty quickly. Mint, oregano, cinnamon, cumin, tarragon, coriander seeds and cajun blend I have to buy often, but some others can sit in the drawer for months without being touched. I tend to just check by smell/taste every once in a while, and replace the ones that aren't so good anymore. Luckily my friend works in a factory which packs herbs and spices so he can get them cheap for me.

    As for fresh herbs, I freeze them in ice cube trays with a little water. Then I just pop them into the dish as it's cooking. Great for coriander leaf, basil, mint, dill, parsley or anything else that doesn't grow in the winter.