Thursday, July 28, 2005


This week marks the 10th anniversary of the first recipe I ever posted on the Web. I was playing with the new toy; I didn't post another recipe until starting this blog this year.

The Spotch was served (probably invented) at Pepper's Family Restaurant in Alice Springs, Australia. This place has been closed for over 15 years, so I may be the only person in the world who makes it now. It was their one vegetarian entree -- which is one more than most restaurants in Australia's Northern Territory (which is Australia's Texas) had in the late 80's.

Instead of putting the recipe here, I will give you the archaeological thrill of seeing the page exactly the way it appeared in 1995, modulo a few changes which are not my fault; the html is identical (but modern browsers now seem to make the background white instead of grey by default).

The Original Spotch Page

Somehow, some folks in the network security department at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center stumbled on this page back in '95 or '96 and thought the word "spotch" was just the funniest thing ever. It became a sort of buzzword for them, I was later told. One of the members of that department eventually named his consultancy after it. This lives on:

Bon appetit and joyeux anniversaire!


At 8:47 PM, Blogger the grocer's daughter said...

Why must the squash be cut perpendicular to the long axis? Does it cook more evenly that way?

At 11:35 PM, Blogger nightquill said...

In the restaurant they always brought you the round end, which made a nice bowl. The thin end doesn't work well, but I've been reluctant to reject it. If you were cooking for two and had one squash, the democratic thing to do would be to cut it the long way. But the best thing is probably to buy two and save the thin halves for another dish. It should cook through fine no matter what you do, as long as you leave it in a while before you stuff it.

At 9:10 AM, Anonymous Mimi said...

Could give the naked squash a head start in the microwave.

At 1:16 PM, Anonymous killerbee said...

how come i've never eaten this??

At 11:40 PM, Blogger nightquill said...

'cause I haven't made it since you moved to California, that's why. If R will allow it, I'll make it any time you like.


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