31 January 2011

Hot! Hot! Hot!

For the last two weeks all the talk in this town has been tennis, tennis, tennis. But now the evenings of five-set matches that stretch long into the night (or not) are behind us and it's time to change the conversation.

So here is a list of items that are so HOT!* right now:

1) Melbourne. Melbourne is so HOT!** right now.

2) Shaun Tan. Shaun Tan is so HOT! right now. Was it only last month we announced that it was finger-crossing time because Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing had been short-listed for an Oscar nomination? Why yes, it was. And unless you've been hiding from the heat under some kind of rock, you'll know by now that all that finger-crossing was worth it - behold! Herewith the list of nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards featuring in the category of Short Film (Animated) is:
"The Lost Thing" Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
Go little Lost Thing, go!

3) Tarte tatin. Tarte tatin is so HOT! right now.

Well, not so much right now, but the little shallot, potato and goat's cheese tarts, they were HOT! and OH SO UNBELIEVABLY TASTY! when the Cake-Maker Virtuoso brought them into the House as a special birthday treat for an Onion who swings savoury rather than sweet. Oh my, you can tart it up any time, C-MV!

* We are, as ever, grateful to BOM and to the good folk who have installed their weather-reading instruments on the roof of McCoy Building School of Earth Sciences at Melbourne Uni for enabling us to be up-to-the-minute informed about all things of vital weather-related importance.
** That UVB rating is forecast to get all the way up to...12. That's one more than 11, people, so all - especially you fair-skinned folk - are advised to hide under your hats, or stay inside and amuse yourself with some kind of reading material, a book perhaps?
*** And for those of you who fancy trying your own hand at a little HOT! tarte tatin, here is a recipe that nomify prepared earlier.

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