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I hope it's OK for me to ask you such a big question, but I have been pondering this topic quite a bit lately and trust that your take on things will broaden my view.
Quito, what is the meaning of life? If that's too difficult, could I please have your recipe for Parmesan biscuits?
Signed Pondering in Alice Springs
And Quito's answer was...
My apologies for not answering your question earlier but Helen and I have been away so I have not checked my email for a few days. Anyway thank you for your question - which is my first one - and as you say it is a big one. But Pondering, I am a dog who is unafraid to tackle the big issues (in fact I get bigger every day) and in order to formulate an answer I have found myself sniffing among the philosophy books at esb, which are curiously close to the cooking books now I think about it…
Anyway I digress. I am still only a young dog and when I was still with my parents I was introduced to the concept of living an authentic life and my mother, who is a poodle of some stature, said to me, “Quito know thyself, find the essential dog within and never act in bad faith”. My father, who is a labradoodle and therefore sometimes a bit confused, said, “Quito, sometimes a dog has got to do what a man should do”. So I found myself pondering this existential advice and I think that the meaning of life might be found at the precise moment when a perfectly baked parmesan cheese biscuit comes out of the oven and is placed precariously on a wire cooling rack and then miraculously tumbles off the table and into the fortuitously open mouth of a patiently waiting recipient. So Dear Pondering I say to you, “Carpe Diem” or better yet “Cheese the Biscuit”.
PS esb's recipe is attached!
(The file is a PDF which requires Adobe Acrobat Reader - free software which may already be on your computer)