It’s not every day that you learn a new word AND a new foodstuff! One of my healthier office buddies was having quinoa (keen-wah), a seed related to spinach, last week for lunch, so I tried it last night and highly recommend it. It tastes nutty, has a great texture and apparently, is very good for you. I had it with some plonk, which, according to World Wide Words, is a deformation of "blanc", as in "vin blanc". My dictionary gives "vin ordinaire" and "pinard" as French equivalents, but I would have said "piquette" (from piquer, to sting, hence vinegary wine).
Help! I can’t get into work today, I keep chatting and surfing when I’ve got lots to do. Triple coffee isn’t helping. Please give advice on how to kick-start my day or I might have to go down the beach with my book…