It's Not As Easy as You Might Guess

Sunday 22/5/2005

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Some time ago (see 4/5/2005) I mentioned a game involving typing two words into Google with the intention of getting only a single response. Some chums and I thought we had cracked it with Heteroclinic Dongle, unfortunately, heteroclinic wasn't in the dictionary, so our attempt was considered invalid (and I winged as to why a word like heteroclinic wasn't in, when dongle was).

So to while away a few moments during this lunch time (when I'm writing my blog) I thought I'd have a go. I tried a few obscure phrases: Heterogeneous Shillelagh (over 150 responses), Persnickety Electrode (175), Antipodean Paroxysm (108), but my favourite of all is Leprechaun Duodenum, which has 121 hits - what sort of website could contain the words leprechaun and duodenum? The first of these is just somebody's list of words they think are hard words (probably in an attempt to prevent people like me managing to score single hits on Google), the second is a very bad poem which seems to be inspired by the Vogons from the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, (for instance: toroid tooth factory lip-wash folding rondure of lava-scribbled plaquelets, augur helm of nacreous thimble-molds flippant tonsure erased glass - compltete toss and a waste of anybody's time, even more so then reading or writing my NoshBlog) and there is even one academic site concerned with Irish literature.

If leprechaun duodenum gets 121 hits (and now 122 I suppose) then I am starting to think that getting a googlewap (or whatever it's called) is nigh on impossible - especially as any dictionary site will by definition have both the words suggested and these will appear on the total.

So my advice to you is don't play this silly game if you want to win, but if you're looking for obscure (and mostly crap) websites you are on to a winner.

Nice dinner, by the way, and that has 7,080,000 hits (plus one).

Cake Blog

Almond Biscotti: Anyone who doesn't like a biscotti with their coffee is a fool and should be tarred and feathered and paraded through the streets in discrace.


  • Chicken Cordon Bleu
  • Camargue Red Rice
  • Peas and Cherry Tomatoes
  • Mustard and Balsamic Vinegar Dressing
  • French Bread


    Chicken Cordon Bleu
    3 Chicken Breasts
    3 Slices Smoked Ham
    3 Slices Strong Cheddar Cheese
    1 Egg
    Sunflower Oil
    Salt and Pepper
    Cocktail Sticks
    Camargue Red Rice
    200g Camargue Red Rice
    2 Shallots
    1/2 Carrot
    1 Stick Celery
    1 Tbsp Olive Oil
    Glass White Wine
    200ml Chicken Stock
    Few Knobs of Butter
    Salt and Pepper
    1 tsp Dijon Mustard
    1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
    1 tsp Minced Basil
    1 Tbsp Olive Oil
    Salt and Pepper


  • Chicken: Cut a slit in the chicken breast (like opening a pitta bread for a kebab) and stuff the ham and cheese inside. Secure the flap with a cocktail stick and use another cocktail stick to fold the thin tail of the rbeast over and form the chicken into a nice shape. Beat the egg and season. Egg and breadcrumb the chicken then fry for a minute on each side and transfer to an oven (160c) for 20 minutes.
  • Rice: Finely dice the shallot, carrot and celery and sweat in a little oil. Add the rice and stir, then the wine and stock. Simmer gently until the rice is soft (takes about 40 minutes), topping up with a little more water if necessary. When the rice is cooked and all the liquid absorbed, season and stir in some knobs of butter.


    *All quantities are very approximate and for three people