Mad About Spam and Pippa’s Mad About Macarons’ Book Giveaway

Do you remember Monty Python’s Flying Circus?  Growing up in Scotland in the 70s, we used to watch this outrageous BBC comedy – even although I hadn’t a clue why Dad would laugh so much over such silly stuff; he’d be in tears clutching his stomach from belly laughter. Now that I’m ‘grown up’, I’m doing the same. Except I’m laughing out of sheer frustration.

If you have a website, a blog, or work on the internet, you will understand what it is to be swamped with SPAM – and I’m not referring to the luncheon meat in tins.  Blogging since February, the amount of spam has hit 1500 messages. It might not sound a lot but when you’re dealing with this stuff manually, it’s a pain in the backside (and believe me, I know what that means, too!)

Did you know that the word, “Spam” derives from this Monty Python sketch?  If you have never seen it, you MUST take out a silly minute to watch this.  You’ll get the idea why spam was the chosen word…


Monty Python: Spam par CrazyCat

It’s eccentric but I do love this part of the menu:

  • Spam, egg, spam, sausage and bacon
  • Spam, spam, spam and eggs
  • Lobster thermidor, crevettes and mornay sauce garnished with truffle paté, with fried egg on top and spam.
Most of the spam messages have attached themselves to particular posts, such as March into Spring with Mimosa Macarons. Whatever mimosa macarons and spring have to do with most of these, it beats me:
box mimosa macarons Jill

We want mimosa macarons without spam!

  • get rid of cellulite on thighs
  • registry cleaner reviews
  • buying digital cameras (Who am I to complain if they at least offer me one to test on the blog ;-))
  • grants for single mothers (perhaps a reference to feeling like a desperate housewife on one post?)

Spammers should pick these without gloves

Then with the post, If you go down to the woods today, there have been particular messages asking about gall bladder symptoms and wait for it, “Adultdating: Russian Brides are not just a dream”…

  • The latest: Buy friends on Facebook (is that not sad?)
  • Buy designer Vuitton or Gucci handbags at a fraction of the price (Attention! Don’t let the French see this.  They are extremely serious when dealing with copies!)

This one is cute: it comes now and again for the recipes posted as part of the egg yolk recipe series:

  • kitchen cabinets: a well known finish is eggshell

And one of my favourites:

  • “we love Madaboutmacarons.com and have bookmarked it.  Buy electronic cigarettes!” (Update: since posting this, I’ve had another one: I’ve made myself a bargain since mentioning this. Now it’s “Buy Cheap Electronic Cigarettes!)
Electronic cigarettes? Now that could come in handy for that someone extra special, don’t you think?  Love them enough that you don’t want them to smoke?  Ideal.  Thanks to spam, I would never have heard of this. Better idea: why don’t you spammers just plug yourself in and smoke away?

Rose-cardamom panna cotta with spicy spam cherry macarons without spam

The worst spam are the normal looking addresses and comments which look harmless: at first you read the comment and you could honestly be taken in.  Lovely post, great writing, I must subscribe to your rss feed; Madaboutmacarons.com is the best ever! etc.  When you read that, the obvious reaction is to think, “Cool, somebody thinks it great” and hit “approve comment”.  Oops.  That just opened up the site to even more spam with 14 comments in the space of an hour from the same silly spammer via different email addresses.

My website designer has disappeared and left me in this stuff. HELP! Isn’t it enough I blog, cook, and take all the photos? That’s without the actual life part that goes around it all.  It’s high time for a spam filter – but each time I want to tackle it myself, the confidence just vanishes as fast as the designer. Not much luck that we’ve hit holiday season, either.

Spam Saltimbocca without the spam, please

Looking at so many different spam devices on other blogs, sometimes it’s hard to leave comments as the eyes are subjected to reading tests with Captcha codes “type out what code you see”; the number of times I’ve got it wrong, panicked then gone to the Opthamologist to get the eyes checked out.  Would you believe, I now have to see an eye gymnast.  Could this be due to too much screen and Catpcha submit codes?
Apologies for the technical talk. I’ll get back to recipes next post – promise.  It could be the back pain that’s making me go potty. Then again, it’s probably just all of this spam.
BUT WE DON’T WANT ANY MORE SPAM!
Who could possibly disagree?
Well, perhaps the people at Spam, who make the stuff (tinned pork and ham) and have some real menus to use spam, if you’re interested.  Now try and say, “I’m a spam fan” 30 times – really fast.
Anyone for a chocolate, spam & beetroot macaron without the spam? 😉

 

Spam, chocolate & beet macarons without the spam

 

Party Times Competition

10 Mad About Macarons books are being given away!

In case you missed it, The Party Times has posted a fabulous competition and it’s open to EVERYONE.  Just pop on over and tell them why you think the macaron is so special.  Go on, I don’t have to tell you that they’re gluten free, only about 80 calories each, beautifully crispy meringue shell on the outside with a velvety, voluptious centre, so luxurious, lighter than a cupcake, etc. Be creative!  You may just be one of the 10 lucky winners.
Don’t forget to tell your friends via email, Facebook, jungledrums, or Twitter (I need your help as I’m not a twitterer, just a twit) – they don’t have to be macaronivores.
Oh and, if namedropping helps, the Party Times is Pippa Middelton’s website. Yes, I don’t mark my emails from Pippa as Spam, that’s for sure 😉
41 replies
  1. Liz
    Liz says:

    Jill, I think you are the only one who can make a post about SPAM so entertaining. I’m sorry you’re getting bombarded with such craziness…electronic cigarettes???? I’m just relieved you didn’t make spam macarons 😉 xo

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  2. Claudia
    Claudia says:

    Oh – fun! Spam is here to stay. I have taken to not approving any anonymous comments- always spam. And my following is not huge! At the end of the day, if you can laugh- you are way ahead of the game.

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  3. Carolyn
    Carolyn says:

    Oh, ugh, sorry you are getting so much awful spam. I get a bit, but Blogger usually catches most of it for me.
    I used to love Monty Python and I definitely remember the Spam skit!

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  4. Cristina
    Cristina says:

    What a cute post, Jill! Yes {sigh}, it’s amazing that folks have so much time for spam. For the most part, my installed “akismet” catches most of them and even pulls some to the side for me to review, that aren’t spam. It’s helped alot.

    I do enjoy eating Spam, from time-to-time with eggs! 🙂

    Beautiful mac images.

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  5. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    Haha what a great post!!! I get the cigarette spam too and they crack me up! You are so unbelievably talented when it comes to making macarons! I sure I hope I win the giveaway, I’d love to learn!! 🙂

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  6. Lolly's Sweet Treats
    Lolly's Sweet Treats says:

    Haha! I laughed out loud while ready this post. I like the “electronic cigarettes”- sounds intriguing. Your macaroons look delicious, by the way. I am attempting my first macaroon recipe this Friday for a friend’s bridal shower.

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  7. Roxana GreenGirl
    Roxana GreenGirl says:

    Jill, you crack me up with SPAM :)) I can’t stop laughing. maybe somehow eating macarons makes the tights cellulite disappear or you give up smoking :))
    I haven’t had spam problems on my blog so far, hopefully it stays this way.

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  8. Sue
    Sue says:

    I am now singing, “Spam, spam, spam, spam…”. Hubby is a Monty Python fan and does on occasion burst into song, so regretfully bits of it stick in my mind! Hubby does have a wonderous sense of humour and one Christmas put a tin of Spam in my stocking! Still haven’t opened it!!!

    Seriously though, there is nothing worse than being in pain and then having to cope with niggly problems, it is enough to make you scream and shout. So far I have been lucky and have no Spam.

    Having been away for two weeks though I have a definite craving for macarons. My mouth is watering at the thought of Rose-cardamom panna cotta with spicy spam cherry macarons without spam, and I have no aged egg whites. Why, oh why, did I not freeze some before I went away.

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      Oh, Sue – your husband sounds hilarious. Spam for Xmas? I can imagine you have to have a sense of humour, too. 😉
      I’m sure you’ll have other egg whites later. In the meantime, just to say thanks for telling me about the lime blossom tree. I thought it was just linden blossom but you let me see the light on my 2 posts previously. Merci beaucoup! I’m so glad you understand the spam post. It was a bit of a risky one this time but this back and spam are driving me nuts.

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  9. Maureen
    Maureen says:

    I have used Akismet for ages and every once in a while there’s a false positive that needs to be rescued but mostly it’s fantastic. I couldn’t run a blog without it.

    I remember Monty Python. I’m probably your father’s age. 🙂

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  10. Jacqueline
    Jacqueline says:

    Jill, can’t help sniggering. Thanks for cheering me up especially when you are in such discomfort. I mean electronic cigarettes??? The mind boggles 🙂
    I know what you mean about growing up with Monty Python. My dad was the same -Fawlty Towers was another classic!
    Hope you are on the road to recovery!

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  11. visda
    visda says:

    This was such a hilarious post. I love Monthy Pythons but never thought of SPAM related to that them since I have to deal with a lot of computer spams in my job. But the eatable Spam is not very appealing to me. Just had it once when a a true American friend brought me to her home town’s diner. It was fun reading your post.:-)

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  12. The Culinary Lens
    The Culinary Lens says:

    I have always loved that Monty Python sketch. I have not had too much trouble as yet but I am only starting to build up hits. I use intense debate as a plugin for blogger but have to make sure they have not mistakenly pushed something into spam folder

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  13. Parsley Sage
    Parsley Sage says:

    The observation about buying friends on facebook made me laugh out loud. That really is sad! It’s a tough call, I’ll tell you…personally I sometimes get a little annoyed when I have to fill out the captcha codes (cause like you, I have a tendency to get it wrong) but then you don’t want a spam-blast hitting up your own post if you’re unprotected. Sigh. No idea how to fix it.

    …are those really Spam macarons?

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      Hehee – spam macarons without spam so I guess there’s no spam in sight (phew!)
      You didn’t really think I would do it, did you? 😉

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  14. Lora
    Lora says:

    Love the Monty Python clip. Classic. Now I wonder what spammers will attach to this post. Hope you have now thoroughly confused them!

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  15. Chef Dennis
    Chef Dennis says:

    you are too funny! Every now and then I have a spell where I get a lot of spam, but then it tapers off, luckily blogger stops it all. Lets hope my new home on wordpress does as well. Now I was almost expecting a spam macaroon, and I am very glad I didn’t see one! of course if you had made it I know it would have been spamtastic!

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      Spamtastic? Love it! Hate to say, Dennis, that this site uses WordPress but I’m sure your new home will have the proper locks to these foot-in-the-door spammers.

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  16. Spice Sherpa
    Spice Sherpa says:

    Jill my dear,

    I feel your pain. There’s help. Have you installed Akismet on your blog? It’s a plugin that filters spam. I use the SI Askimet version. Now as for as reconciliating the cellulite thighs with your delightful macarons…now we’re onto something! Cute post and any blogger will appreciate it.

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      • Spice Sherpa
        Spice Sherpa says:

        I’m not sure if you run your blog on WordPress. If you do just go to plugins. Then do search for SI Askimet. Then click the little box that says install.

        Done.

        Now, if you need a behind the scenes explanation I’d be totally lost. But at least that’s enough to stop the non-edible spam.

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        • Jill
          Jill says:

          Wow – that sounds so easy, thank you! I’ve installed it but now need to pay. I take it that’s normal? Apologies, I am a Scot! 😉

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  17. Manu
    Manu says:

    Hahahahahahahaha I just cannot stop laughing Jill! What a fantastic post! I get some of that spam too and I find it quote funny at times… I just wish it didn’t take away so much of my time for deleting it!!! I would love some of that Rose-cardamom panna cotta with spicy spam cherry macarons without spam!!!! 🙂

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  18. Anne
    Anne says:

    Jill…this was just too funny! Sometimes I get spam that isn’t even coherent. A bunch of code. Or sometimes you get those ‘kind’ messages that allure you at first until you see it’s attached to the name of a tire company who wants free advertising! Your March into Spring with Mimosa Macarons (without spam) look divine! : )

    NO MORE SPAM!!!!

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  19. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets
    Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets says:

    LOL I totally thought you were gonna post Spam macarons and was about to be a bit scared. I started off with CAPTCHA but fortunately I haven’t been hit with much spam (*knock on wood*) so I took it off as I realized being a commenter on other blogs how obnoxious captcha is! Your spam-less macs look great 😉

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  20. The Harried Cook
    The Harried Cook says:

    Oh my, Jill! I looked at those gorgeous cherry spam macarons and thought ‘oh no, she didn’t!’… Whew… Thank goodness you didn’t! I would gladly eat those and the spam-less beet spam chocolate macs, too… LOVED this post… you had me laughing out loud… you are just hilarious! 😀 I give this the prestigious ‘Funniest Post of the Month’ award. 😀 Ok.. Now I’m off to buy some friends…

    PS: I really think you should consider buying an electronic cigarette though. After all, they did bookmark MaM! :p

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      Rachel, this is too funny. You know, I didn’t even mention this one, but who needs “viagra for women” when you’ve got macarons?! 🙂

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  21. Hester Casey - Alchemy
    Hester Casey - Alchemy says:

    Jill, I was absolutely intrigued when I heard you were featuring spam. You made me laugh although the electronic spam is just as nasty as the fatty pink stuff in a tin. Bleaugh!

    Your Spam, Choc and Beet macarons (without the spam) look and sound lovely.

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      Thanks, Hester. I was a bit nervous posting this one as it was a bit ‘different’ but at least you’re with me on the beetroot and choc macarons – who wants this spam stuff? As you say, electronic or the pink stuff! Time these spammers got a life.

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  22. Tiffany
    Tiffany says:

    LOL! Yes, Monty Python is HILARIOUS! (only to those who have a real sense of humor!). And yes, I hate the SPAM. URG! I try to check the mailbox semi-regularly though because from time to time a real message gets marked as SPAM. Why can’t those spammers just leave us alone?!?!?

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      With you totally, Tiffany. Time they go and spam somewhere else. But alas, since I even posted this, I received another dozen more of the pink electronic unwanted stuff! There has to be a way to get rid of them.

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