No, not a recipe...anyone who watched Marco Pierre White's face as he tasted squirrel on the Great British Menu will know why 'tree rat in a basket' never features on pub menus... but what happens at this time of year when the squirrels, in a desperate bid to bury a winter's worth of nuts in my flowerbeds and pots, take up swearing at anything and everything that ventures into what they consider their territory.
It occurred to me that I haven't resurrected the word game on this new blog and tracasserie is too good a word to let slip by so here are the rules:
The Word Game
1) Award yourself ten points for dropping the word casually into conversation without anyone rumbling that you are playing the game.
2) Ten points for getting it into print.(Newspaper, magazine.)
3) Fifty points if you get to use it, in context, on a tv/radio broadcast.
4) Blogs, emails, letters - five points but only first use counts.
5) Ten points for spotting it used by another person.
6) The word stays in play until I change it...
The word in play is tracasserie.
(Disclaimer: Should you want to play you will be entrusted to keep your own scores, you can let me know the score for each word, if you want, when the word is no longer in play and I might even set up a scoreboard. Any trouble you get into for playing silly games when you should be working etc is entirely your own fault and I accept absolutely no responsibility at all! Play at your own risk.)