July 2, 2012 § 48 Comments

I have been thinking for a few weeks, bearing in mind I am not posting so often, that I might compensate for my lack of posts by occasionally writing a slightly different sort of post.  Over the past months – and this is going to sound so bloody sanctimonious, but stick with me a moment – I have really tried to teach myself the art of relishing the little stuff (in the absence of any reliable big stuff, or indeed any big stuff at all, in the romantic department.  Even if that may be about to change briefly, with the Philanderer…?  Still).  So, learning to glean pleasure from the every day and by the every day – don’t laugh – I mean my latte (which I have already banged on about ad infinitum), a great novel, film, play, restaurant, article, exhibition, new – I said don’t laugh – yoghurt or pair of tights on the market.  Whatever.  From the highbrow to the decidedly frivolous.  Anyway, I thought I’d put them all in this blog, as and when they take me, for you also to take or leave, as the case may be.

I hasten to say, I am not being paid jack shit for this blog and so my recommendations come completely and utterly unsullied by commercialism, alas!  They are purely and simply those things which give the Plankton the odd bit of pleasure in the absence of a husband or significant companion, which I should like to pass on to whomsoever might like to go with them too.

OK.  I might as well shoot straight away.  I said yoghurt, and I wasn’t joking.  Rachel’s Organic Strawberries and Cream bio-live version in a smart navy blue livery.  Says it’s a Limited Edition which is a vast shame because it is stunningly good and consoling and I’d like it not to be limited but to go on for a very long time.  I am not saying eat it when you are feeling blue and it’ll cheer you up, I am simply saying eat it and you will be cheerful, even if you are cheerful already or don’t even feel like feeling cheerful.  It’s absolutely fantastic.  I currently have a battalion of pots in my fridge and they are magnificent.  In as much as yoghurt can ever be magnificent.  I think this one can.

Now, I promise you it’s not going to be all yoghurt recommendations.  There are going to be all sorts.  But I was watching Murray on the telly a bit earlier and Wimbledon brings to mind strawberries and cream.  And so.

Next off, some worthy work of obscure 20th century European literature to be sure…Well, may be.


§ 48 Responses to Recommendations

  • Bridget says:

    Yeo Valley Greek style lemon and ginger yogurt is equally noteworthy from one plankton to another!

    • The Plankton says:

      Straight out to the supermarket tomorrow! Though maybe I should wait till after my first date with the Philanderer because though I said I wasn’t going on a diet I don’t want to be a total lardy-pants… Thanks, Bridget.

  • Cinzia, N. California says:

    Fage (Greek-style, non-fat, just about perfectly tart/sour) with blueberries, granola and chopped walnuts. Yum.

  • Lydia says:

    Mmm, basically fructose (sugar) and dairy – perhaps two things to avoid? Then latte – presumably some kind of product which is milk (dairy again) plus caffeine and perhaps sugar?

    I suppose if we were segueing this to how to find a man you could write a description of how that could be ladled over your breasts and then he licks it off may be…

    Taking pleasure in what people have rather than what they want is always wise.

  • ariel1212 says:

    There’s a lot to be said for a massive slice of lemon cake which has been slightly warmed in the microwave.

  • AnonW says:

    I am a coeliac and like many, I’m slightly lactose intolerant. So I have St. Helen’s Farm yoghurt. It also seems to keep for ever, as does goats milk, which is excellent if you live alone.

  • thirtysomething says:

    Dunno, Plankton. Of course this is your blog and I don’t want to rain on our parade, but are you sure you want to start going down the path of talking about which everyday yoghurts and biscuits and juice you’d recommend? (((Whispering –> mightn’t it be a bit boring? :o)))) I know, I know, no one’s forcing me to read these, then, et cetera…

    • The Plankton says:

      I’m only going to do it occasionally, the odd one in between my usual sort of posts. It was just a thought. But if no one likes the idea and prefers longer periods of Plankton silence between posts, then of course that’s fine. Also, I would be trying my best not to be boring, though can’t guarantee it, obv. pxx

  • rosie says:

    It’s kind of rude to tell someone – even if it’s couched as a question – that their blog is boring. Like you say, no one’s forcing you to read it. If you find a post boring probably best just to skip it, or come up with some constructive criticism, no?

    As for my own yoghurt-related musings, I used to love it – especially when sprinkled with muesli or those choc-full-of e-additive-banana-and coco-pop things – but don’t eat it anymore as I gave up dairy. Not for any faddy reasons but because I kept getting horrible chest and throat infections which the doctors insisted were all in my imagination. It worked – quite miraculously – so ya boo sucks to them.

  • EmGee says:

    I like the idea of branching out to blogging about pleasurable diversions.

    I used to eat a cup of yogurt every day – my fave was Yoplait’s white chocolate raspberry until they discontinued it – then Lemon Burst. I really ought to get back in the habit.

  • ToneDeafSinger says:

    Well if we’re going to recommend things, why not talk about single holiday companies? I have never been on a singles holiday so I don’t know about them – are they worth their while?

  • kathy says:

    Ok I’m up for some Soup For One recommendations… haha

  • kathy says:

    just dont turn into one of those insufferable mommybloggers who post pretty pictures of their perfect life and renovations and lattes and purchases all day and make us all feel inadequate

  • MissBates says:

    Yogurt? I myself like a Hendrick’s gin with a splash of tonic and a thin slice of cucumber as a garnish. But that’s just me. I’m also partial to Jo Malone’s Nectarine Blossom bath/shower gel. (Just to clarify, as a bath product, not a yogurt topping.)

    • Twinkletoes says:

      MissBates, that’s more like it! Sod the yoghurt, give me a quality G&T any day 🙂

      Apologies to those who prefer the yoghurt, not criticising your choices at all 🙂

  • Bienchen says:

    Gosh, you blog away about yoghurt all you like. If it helps to focus a bit less on unavailable quality men and lifts your spirits, then just go for it. A bit of change is a good thing in my book.

      • AnonW says:

        Have any of you ladies ever had a bath in yoghurt with a man? Nobody can find the soap, let alone use it!

      • T Lover says:

        I have never knowingly had/eaten yoghurt.

        Taking your word for it I wondered if bathing in yoghurt might be a bit of a turn on and started to plan……

        It would have to be a hot day if the yoghurt was going to be stored in readiness in the fridge. How much would I need?

        Well the bath holds 97 litres so to allow for two middle aged not so slimmies half would mean 48.5 litres. A pot of yoghurt is .125 of a litre – 388 tubs.

        OK. What now. A couple of hundred quid’s worth of yoghurt in the fridge.

        Darling…might you be interested in a bath? No, I’m not saying you need a wash. With me I mean. Now, how do I get it from fridge to bathroom? Do I tell her? Surprise her? What do I shout through the bathroom door as I am peeling the tops of 400 tubs and plopping yoghurt into the bath?

        And I suppose I would be expected to lick it off. But I don’t like yoghurt.

        Ummm. Perhaps a bottle of Champagne ……..

        Back to the drawing board.

      • EmGee says:

        Oh come now, T Luv, how can you say you don’t like it, yoghurt that is, if you’ve never tried it? 😉

      • T Lover says:

        Because one day at school I took a swig from a bottle of milk. It was off.

        But if you’re offering …well I could …. blackcurrant?

  • Jane says:

    One of the very best things about yoghurt apart from its deliciousness is that it really does seem to prevent Delhi belly…at least we’ve found it to work and you can usually find it easily in those countries where D.B. is also to be found!

  • Sam says:

    I hope you sometimes hear from single men in America. I’m 58, reasonably good-looking, and very active. From my perspective men can feel like plankton, too. I want to date someone my own age. I’m really attracted to age-appropriate women. I try to be honest in how I represent myself. Wish I could say the same about some of the ladies I have met online. It ranges anywhere from calling themselves average build when they really obese to not quite divorced yet. Yes, it happens to us, too. Any advice?

    • The Plankton says:

      Thanks for this, Sam. The awful thing is I don’t really have any advice, except for plug on, as I do, trying (but not always succeeding) to keep cheerful. Best of luck. Pxx

      • Sam says:

        Thanks for the advice. I do work out at a gym for people over 50. Just haven’t met the right person yet.

  • Sam says:

    Oh, yes! I love Chobani Greek yogurt! Just saying… : )

  • rosie says:

    Sam, are there any groups or clubs in your area that you could join? I don’t know what you’re into obviously but things that spring to mind are book/cinema/theatre clubs, walking/running groups, dog-fanciers/vintage car-enthusiasts societies etc etc? Even if there’s no one there who takes your fancy you might meet someone who knows someone and so on and so forth. And ANYTHING’s got to be better than online dating!

  • Chris says:

    Wow, we’re onto yoghurt now !! Guess on this site something thick and Greek could be popular !!!

  • rosie says:

    Chris, has anyone ever told you that you’re a complete knob?

  • Chris says:

    Rosie, why do you allow yourself to be lured into such a common form of expression by a complete knob like me ? I thought this site was populated by refined sophistocated sassy classy women. Obviously I was wrong

    • EmGee says:

      Obviously. And you are a knob.

      • Chris says:

        Cheers Emgee……….and I have absolutely no problem with being a knob. Completely comfortable in my ‘skin’, if you see what I mean.

      • EmGee says:

        Well good for you.

        Rhetorically speaking, most people generally prefer to be liked, but hate, spite, and sarcasm has its place in society too. Particularly online where the cowards can proudly and anonymously wave their ugly banners, while in real life think that their friends think of them as nice blokes.

  • Bonnie says:

    Just found this yoghurt today in the supermarket — evidently plenty of readers took your advice and it’s been sold out for ages! It is everything you say, and more. Ambrosial. Thank you so much for the recommendation! Please share more…

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