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This week's theme: French terms for food.
macedoine (mas-i-DWAN) noun
A mixed dish, usually of fruit and/or vegetables, in which several different varieties are combined into a colorful tableau.
[From French macédoine, from Macédoine (Macedonia). The reference is to the Balkan area of many different territories and ethnic groups that Alexander the Great welded into a single unit.]
-Guest wordsmith Rudy Chelminski (rudychelminskiATaol.com)
"So in her own home -- where raspberries and tiny fraises des bois grow
in the garden -- a frequent dessert is an artless salad or macedoine
of cut-up fruit, such as peaches, nectarines, or apricots, with a few
berries thrown into the mix."
"There are similar impulses in Art Nouveau Bing, the English Aesthetic
and American Arts and Crafts movements, the Vienna Secession -- and the
style moderne of Czarist Russia, which mixed them all together in a
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude. -Aldous Huxley, novelist (1894-1963)