A series of anecdotes with or without any connection to the running of a restaurant.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006


This is the cactus collection in Huerto del Cura right in the centre of Elche.
It is a beautiful place to visit and if you have a trapped nerve you can roll among the cacti to get an instant acupuncture session.
I remember once standing on a sea urchin! Ouch!
My grandma had the perfect recipe!
One LARGE onion
1 tbsp olive oil

Peel and halve the onion from the root down. Separate the leaves. Keep two large ones. Use the rest for something else.
Place the onion on a chargrill. Rub olive oil on the area affected by the urchin spines. Place the hot onion on the same area. Wrap with a clean towel.
The offending needles will slide out as if by magic within half an hour!
Kids, don't try this at home!

But seriously, click on the Elche link and check out the biggest palm forest in Europe! Posted by Picasa


Blogger Kingston Girl said...

We have an alternative remidy for removing a sea urchin spine from your foot - it involves finding someone who needs to use the bathroom and directing them to do their job elsewhere... lovely! I prefered to suffer in pain!

14/3/06 1:43 PM  
Blogger Cherrypie said...

I spent a fortnight picking evil black spines out of my mates foot when I should have been chatting up Greek waiters.

I wish I'd known all this then.

14/3/06 6:22 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Ouch ouch ouch.

Acute puncture.

I was going to tell you about the Jamaicans' remedy for sea urchins spikes in yer foot but Kingston Girl beat me to it hahaha...

How's your trapped nerve, Cream?

14/3/06 8:46 PM  
Blogger cream said...

KG, I had heard of that and I think my grandma's remedy is a bit more salubrious! Very funny!

Cherrypie, you should've asked the Greek waiters for help!

I like the Acute Puncture, Gigi!
Well you have to get up very early to beat a Jamaican lass!
The nerve is still trapped! It's literally a pain in the neck!

14/3/06 9:17 PM  
Blogger Viking054 said...

The colorful texts are back :)

I'll have to remember that remedy... I've got an accident prone fiancee on my hands!

14/3/06 11:45 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Pictures of cacti, Spain and Gaudi's marvels -- just what I DON'T need at the tail end of a long Canadian winter. Thanks a lot, Cream! :)

15/3/06 5:14 AM  
Blogger Margalow said...

Hey, nice blog. Check out my blogs:
Restaurant Recipes
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15/3/06 6:30 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Well, Viking, your fiancee will always stand out as the knight in shining armour as long as you carry and onion and some olive oil in your pouch!

Andrea, just teleport yourself to Barcelona and you'll feel great!

15/3/06 9:45 AM  
Blogger Hayden said...

euww... self help acupuncture by rolling in cactus? No thank you!

I don't like cactus except from a very long distance. Like photos. Photos are good. that's close enough.

15/3/06 3:05 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

thinking abt that remedy again, - don't onions have anti-bacterial qualities? garlic does, and I think onions as well... which really helps this make a lot of sense (as opposed to warm oil and a hot towel or something).

15/3/06 3:07 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Gigi is having problems with her blog. You can access it from here to read Tuesday's post.

15/3/06 5:50 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Sorry to hear about your nerve. Hope you feel better soon. I agree, your pictures made me jealous. I can't wait for spring.

15/3/06 7:12 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

How did you do that, Cream? Get my Tuesday post? All you miracle bloggers out there! I'm in awe.

How's your neck? No success with the healing?

15/3/06 7:51 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Hi, Gigi! Nice to hear from you and glad to see you're back online! I think it was a collective prayer that sorted your blogging problems! The neck is slightly better. Went to physio again this evening. Been given exercises to do!

Christine, I am jealous now that I've come back home to 2 degree temperatures!

15/3/06 8:09 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Are you trying acupuncture for your shoulder?

That cactus doesn't look qualified to me...

15/3/06 9:32 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Which one, Caro? There are so many of them>

15/3/06 11:41 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Thanks Cream. Joanna [my blog fixer] looked at your link here and was able to sort out my blog problem.

We should all do a collective prayer for your neck. Which reminds me, how's Papa?

17/3/06 11:40 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Gigi, glad it worked! Would hate to lose you!
A collective prayer! What an amazing idea!
Papa's great! I spoke to him a couple of days ago and he said his knees were hurting! What do you expect at nearly 85!
Karen and I will be going soon!

17/3/06 11:48 PM  

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