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  1. Johanna GGG

    would the pannacotta have pleased you more if it was renamed more appropriately or do you never want to pause for breath midway through a spoonful! I prefer firm to wobbly myself. But I agree that it shouldn’t be too hard to make a decent dessert!

    I have been thinking about how alienating machines are and how annoying other cars in carparks are on the weekend before Christmas! that’s probably enough of my own thoughts – maybe I need a switch to turn them off – or maybe you could have a switch that turned off your brain for 8 hours and then automatically switched it on again so you could have a decent sleep – I am sure these are further thoughts for you to ponder at 2am 🙂

  2. Victoria (District Chocoholic)

    The difficulty sleeping thing stinks. I know this from experience.

    And mediocre desserts also stink. I mean really, people. Especially when you are paying restaurant prices.

  3. Kath Lockett

    I’m with you on the sleeping thing too – have tried it all – lavender, stretching, meditation, medication, yoga, breathing techniques, new pillows, exercise, no exercise, tea, hot milk.

    Now I just lie there and tell myself, “I’m resting; that’s better than sitting up with my eyes open, worrying about stuff I can’t do anything about until tomorrow.” Then, when that’s settled, I start thinking about the chocolate I’ve still got left in my stash and how and when I’m going to eat it….zzzzzzz

  4. Priyanka

    I am sorry about your sleep situation. My husband get similar thoughts at 2-3 am which prevent him from sleeping for the rest of the morning. I on the other hand am the gifted one, once I sleep, I sleep. I love sleep 😉

  5. Louise

    Disappointing desserts at restaurants should be banned. It’s no good for the restaurant (you remember the badness more because its the last thing, and because it’s so disappointing to have a bad dessert, nigh on criminal I suspect). And it’s bad for us. And I’m sorry for your sleeping troubles. I need 8 hours, and am even more grumpy than normal if it doesn’t happen. I actually just had a lovely afternoon nap during a thunderstorm. I suspect you’re still too young to nap properly, but it’s one of the few joys of getting older.

  6. whisperinggums

    Oh this did make me laugh … so much so that I forgive you the pistachio stealing. Anyhow, I rather like brazils myself.

  7. Amy

    Wow I have never noticed that Dawn is Maria

    1. Amy

      and shes in Black Books

  8. L-Izzle

    OH MY GODDDD you’re right! It IS Dawn! CRAZY! How did I never realise this before?!?!?! 😮

    AND, again we are twinsies – mum and dad are moving (finally) on Monday. They’re doing the last minute cleaning/chucking stuff out, so I went over to scavenge any foodstuffs I wanted (perhaps the only time they’ve been GRATEFUL for me stealing out of their pantry..). I got lots of bottles of oils, olives, condiments, about 9 kilos of rice, TWO BOTTLES OF UNOPENED MAPLE SYRUP (that I’m usually too stingy to buy for myself), and a buttload of dried fruit and nuts. They were so thrilled that I took ALL the nuts off their hands……except the brazils. Dad was like “aren’t you taking these too? You might as well!” and I was all “uhmm.. naaahh…. I wanted to leave you a snack. You know.. to nibble on in the car.”
    So thoughtful of me 😀
    (for the record, I never would’ve been so generous with the pistachios :p)

    Oh, and sad and disappointing desserts are so upsetting. What a waste of tummy space/money/life experiences. Where did you have these? Care to name and shame!?

  9. hungryandfrozen

    Concern: whether or not an enormous serving of sago pudding is aaactually a good dinner.

    Second concern: should I be more concerned that I’m not at all concerned that you’re talking to your food? 😉

  10. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Oh dear, now they look very disappointing indeed. Some time on the naughty step for them! OK I will tell you what I just contemplated but I will preface it by saying that you did ask 😉 I was thinking about my prejudice against fabric desk chairs in hotel rooms. I always think that some dude has probably sat in them naked and did work at the desk. So I prefer leather desk chairs in hotel rooms as they are easier to clean 😛

  11. gmasydney

    Give up worrying about not sleeping and you will probably go to sleep.
    On the other hand give up worrying about not sleeping – it’s hereditary!

  12. Simply Life

    Yum! Look at all those great desserts!

  13. Heavenly Housewife

    THere is nothing worse than having a less than spectacular desert, as deserts are treats, a time for indulging. It sucks when your indulgence isn’t worth the calories. Super sucks.
    What do I think about that keeps me awake at night? Food LOL. What am I going to eat. When am I going to go to a lovely restaurant. When am I going to loose the extra weight I put on my from my last vacation LOL.
    HOpe you are having a great weekend.
    *kisses* HH
    p.s. try a hot bath and a hot drink, it works for me.

  14. Alisa Fleming

    I actually don’t like sleep. I wish we could live on just 2 or 3 hours of “refresher” 🙂

    Alas though, I probably sleep more than the average person since I don’t use an alarm!

    Yeah, I’ve never had an out-of-this-world restaurant dessert, but I’m always limited to the dairy-free ones (small selection).

  15. msihua

    Sudden thoughts? Eating way too much and not losing the weight fast enough… OoOoo.. Christmas pudding ….

    Sorry I digress… but yes… I love desserts.. and savoury.. and food in majority… *sigh*….

  16. Maria

    Hi Hannah…

    Interesting and funny ‘open letter’s’… but the photo’s look deceivingly delicious. I hear you.. I wonder how certain restaurants can stay in business. Though I find so many people like and order and things that are obviously ‘crap’. Having said that.. when I DO say things like that.. I feel like a food snob. Out of touch with most of my friends. I need more foodie friends.. waaaah!

    I have a dodgy gallbladder (that I’d like to write an open letter to).. and it restricts me from eating desserts that are dense in dairy fat.. like panacotta *cries* – and yes.. the egg nog custard tart which I’ve had mere ‘samples’ of.. and hubby finished off.

    Thank you for visiting my blog btw. Merrrry Christmas (in advance) to you and yours xx

  17. penny aka jeroxie

    How am I going to get rid of the Christmas weight?

  18. Camille

    I used to have trouble falling asleep, and then I started working a job that requires me to wake up at 5:30 am. Problem solved. 🙂

  19. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    I have had the exact same Thought #1. Exact. Surely between the two of us we can solve this problem. I think the problem with this though is that we need to get enough sleep to have the mental capacity to solve it, but we need to solve it to get enough sleep. Boo.

    Dear Toasted Coconut Shards – thank you for possibly making Hannah learn to re-love coconut.

  20. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    haha love this post!!! how disappointing is it when you order desserts and they suck?! the same with pasta. nothing worse than a flaccid crust. ew. sorry. also – love the BBC pride & prejudice reference. my current thought is: heidi get off blogs and go do work. damn.

  21. Anna Johnston

    Love the way your mind works SistA 😉 Random thoughts you ask? Aaahh yes, I too like to talk to food that hasn’t measured up which when I create the dish I’m possibly giving myself little tips on how this all could be improved, but when I’m eating out (& paying for it) I tend to imagine a conversation with the Chef along the same lines…. but you my dear have taken this all to the next level….. writing about it. Awesome!!!

  22. Cat

    Wow, I just found your blog and its freaking great! I really like the way you write, I actually even loled on more than one occassion. Thanks for the entertainment.
    cat x