The newest blog entry was a recipe for Fresh Appe Cinnamon Scones, and since our trip last week to an orchard to get apples (and apple cider donuts!) I have several quarts of homemade applesauce and a bin of apples. This recipe arrived at the perfect time. The scones were delicious and this recipe is certainly a keeper.
But a great recipe wasn't the only thing I learned from the author and KA Baker Par Excellence PJ Hamel. Here's a quote:
Make and shape them the night before, stick in the freezer, bake early the next morning, and Bob’s your uncle – by the time your house guests emerge from their respective beds, breakfast is ready.
Bob's your uncle? I have never heard or read that expression before, but I love it! It's clear from the context that it means "there you are" or even--en Francais--"voila" but it is so much more colorful. I went so far as to look it up on Michael Quinion's wonderful site World Wide Words where Mr. Quinion writes about the English language from a British perspective. I won't recount his research into the origin of "Bob's your uncle"--you can read it here--except to say that it may have come from an expression "all is bob" that is documented in the Dicionary of the Vulgar Tongue of 1785. What fun.
So forget "voila" and "there you have it," and all those other similar idioms. From now on, for me, Bob's (my) uncle!
Thanks, PJ, for your recipes and for your colorful writing!