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Comments on Monday 21 August 2006:
With my window open, I am assailed by a strange smell each day. Usually it's some sort of horrible scorching meat smell, or smoke, but not always - today it was the smell of cereal.

Hence the question - if there was a weekly smell rota amongst you and your nearby neighbours (I don't think that's the case here but they might have just not told me about it and stolen my timeslot), such that you control the daily smell for one day a week, what smell would you choose for your day? [09:52]

RavenBlack
My choice is either the smell of newspapers being torn up, combined with percolator coffee being cooked for too long, or rain on hot tarmac with a touch of chile-flower and grated carrot.

Carina
Clearly someone can't cook their sausages properly.

I think I would choose fresh coffee and the smell of my chocolate and guinness cake...

RavenBlack
That reminds me, I should get around to baking a cake one of these days. I keep forgetting to buy cheap chocolate. Hm, guinness you say...

Carina
You don't really need chocolate - I use a good quality cocoa powder. With the guinness too, it comes out, and stays, very moist. It's a generally 'friendly' cake, too - I'm fairly sure that you can get cocoa powder suitable for vegans... and you can be more sure of exactly what's going into your cake, that way. Having said that, I tried making an egg-less sponge once, and it was a complete disaster.

RavenBlack
I usually do okay with the egg-substituting, but using real chocolate does tend to make it all hold together more solidly, which is a help for vegan cakes. I'll probably just go with the chocolate-and-orange though because I always have a big pile of oranges in my fridge, whereas I'd have to make an effort to use guinness.

Carina
argh! sloth! I can promise you that the effort is worth it.... especially if you get some icing sugar and make chocolate guinness frosting, too!

Digi
Fresh science textbook.

Nameless
Why on earth would you make a cake without eggs? Even if you are vegan; eggs are not an animal byproduct animals are an egg byproduct. People and their eating habits geez next someone will be claiming that fish is meat along with mussels and muskrat.

Carina
Pardon me, Nameless. I'm not vegan. I'm not even vegetarian. But my sikh friends don't eat eggs and as such, I tried making eggless sponge. To not try would be a bit like inviting a vegetarian to a bbq and then shrugging when all they have to eat is salad. My mother raised me better than that.

RavenBlack
I'm sure Nameless wouldn't shrug when all a vegetarian has to eat is salad. It sounds like they would laugh, and perhaps lie and tell the vegetarian that the meat is a veggieburger.

IrishFire
That would make for one very ill vegan.

My smell would vary from week to week, but coffee and strong sweet citrus sound good today. Next week, my favorite discontinued candle in green tea & ginger, and three weeks from now my favorite old discontinued rice flower lotion scent would be a nice experience.

After that, allergies, colds, and sinus trouble all reaches its peak. How about incredibly strong eucalyptus, menthol, and vick's vapo-rub so I can breathe one day a week?

Nice to (sort of) meet you, Raven. I'm a newish fan of your game.

IrishFire
That should read, "all reach their peak." Thank you, carry on.

RavenBlack
Hm, menthol and eucalyptus would be quite good actually, though I'm not sure about having them as the smell for a whole day.

IrishFire
Your sinuses would love it, though. No stuffy nose all day!

Neighbors might be moderately annoyed.

Pilot
Oh, yes, have to love the menthol.

As for my smell, I'm thinking something around the lines of green tea and mountain air. I know, feminine for a male to choose, but I rather like the smell.

Nameless
Doesn't mountain air smell of whatever else is on the mountain?

Shamelessly Sinful
The smell right after it rains. It's so fleeting and I'd love to have it around all day.

Shamelessly Sinful
Or maybe when you crack open an old book with yellowed pages.
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