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Wondrous Words Wednesday

An image for the weekly meme Wondrous Words Wednesday… Is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we have encountered in our reading.

It is hosted by Kathy, over at BermudaOnion’s Weblog.

You can either stop by and leave a link to your own ‘mystery’ words of the week, or just browse the eclectic mix of words that others have discovered, there is always a great selection.

Don’t forget that Kathy and the rest of us, all love to read your comments  as well, so that we can visit and share your words of the week!

These first three words come from a biographical introduction with new fiction author James Lyon, introducing his debut novel ‘Kiss of the Butterfly’. James and fellow blogger Naida, over at  ‘The Bookworm’, got to talking food and I just had to know what all these new to me dishes looked like….


In his spare time he likes sailing through the Dalmatian islands and eating Sachertorte in Vienna at the old Habsburg Imperial Court’s Confectionary Bakery, Demel.


A picture of a slice of sachertorteIs a specific type of chocolate cake or torte with apricot jam filling and chocolate icing. Originating from Vienna, Austria, it was invented by Austrian Franz Sacher in 1832 for Prince Wenzel von Metternich.

It is one of the most famous Viennese culinary specialties.



Tell your husband I’m eating home-made Ajvar from a jar right now as I write and watch him turn green with envy.


Picture of a jar of Balkan Ajvar spreadis a Croatian / Serbian roasted eggplant-sweet-pepper mixture, sometimes referred to as vegetarian caviar. It can be mashed or left chunky, depending on personal taste, and served as a relish, vegetable or spread on country-style white bread like pogacha as an appetizer. Its smoky flavor is a great match for grilled or roasted meats, especially lamb.


A picture of Balkan pogacha white bread… is a white bread claimed by Serbians, Croatians and Macedonians. It is similar to Italian Vienna bread in texture and flavor and there are as many recipes for it as there are shapes.

My next couple of words are from recently completed book ‘The Hapless Valet’ by Lenhardt Stevens.


Draper thought of the Old Town tour guide’s story of crimps shanghaiing poor souls at the turn of the century

CRIMPS … Shanghaiing refers to the practice of conscripting men as sailors by coercive techniques such as trickery, intimidation, or violence. Those engaged in this form of kidnapping were known as crimps. Until 1915, unfree labor was widely used aboard American merchant ships. The related term press gang refers specifically to impressment practices in Great Britain’s Royal Navy.

As Lenhardt has based Draper Burns adventure in his home City of Portland, this great article is very relevant and brings the history of shanghaiing up close and personal.



“What an omniscient fellow you are,” the ex-movie star said

OMNISCIENT …  Having infinite knowledge or understanding

I can’t wait to discover what great new words you have all come across this week!

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