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1 March 2012 / leggypeggy

Pick-a-Number Winner

Pick-a-number prize

The numbers are in and there’s a winner.

I’m pleased to announce the kudos (and prize) go to Emma Bickley, who chose the number 33, and then modified it to 32.

So the winning number is 32, but 33 will play a role too (see below).

Actually either number would have done, because it was Emma’s reason that clinched the prize for her.

She linked her choice/s to my grandmother’s birthday, which was also the day that entries closed. That’s a good enough reason for me.

On this 29 February, my grandmother (my dad’s mother) would have been 132.

Now some of you might think that means she would have been celebrating her 33rd birthday but—and it’s a little known fact—29 February was not observed in the year 1900, so given that she was born in 1880, she would have been celebrating her 32nd birthday.

Grandma Zula—yes, that was her name—was larger than life. A true character.

She lived with my folks, my sisters and me for the last 6–7 years of her life. I’ll tell some of those stories another time, but you should know that life with Zula was like being on a roller coaster.

I remember her 21st birthday party in 1968.

She asked for an electric guitar! My mother got her one. Well, it wasn’t actually electric, but an electric look-alike. I think mum paid about $60 for it way-back-when. Zula taught herself to play it.

Quite a few years later mum sold that guitar for $600. Turns out very few of these were ever made and it became a collector’s item.

Grandma was a collector’s item too.

The prize

So what’s the prize for the winner.

It’s a copy of the cookbook My Egyptian Grandmother’s Kitchen by Magda Mehdawy. I bought it in Egypt and it’s a lot of fun to read, but then I read cookbooks like most people read novels.

Why pick a number?

I have a plan for an additional blog. Actually it’s more than a plan—it’s already being shaped—but I needed a number.

I have more than 500 cookbooks and probably another 500 cooking magazines. I read them like novels, but don’t cook from them nearly often enough. I need motivation to get into each and every book.

So from now on, at least a few times a week I’m going to cook from page 32, 132 or 232. If there isn’t a recipe on 32, I’ll look at page 33 or 133 or 233. My fall-back position will be page 64, which just happens to be Poor John’s age. He knew he’d get his age factored in there somewhere.

I’ll share the recipe and what I do with it in a new blog called What’s cooking on page 32.

And congratulations Emma!


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  1. Louise M Oliver / Mar 1 2012 9:51 pm

    Thanks for announcing Peggy and congratulations to Emma. Grandmother Zula certainly does sound like a real character and I look forward to hearing stories about her as I do to reading what’s cooking each week.


    • leggypeggy / Mar 1 2012 9:54 pm

      Thanks Louise. There are plenty of Zula stories. Just need to get organised.


  2. Sharon Smith / Mar 1 2012 11:08 pm

    What a wonderful story to accompany Emma’s win. I can’t wait to read ‘What’s cooking on page 32’.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 2 2012 10:26 am

      Thanks Sharon. It’s going to be an interesting challenge.


  3. Sy S. / Mar 1 2012 11:48 pm

    Hello LeggyPeggy,

    It does not surprise me the least that the number “3” (or combo) is the winning number…. the number “3” is the most picked number people use or choose. So is the color “Red.” Maybe your new cookbook with have the name “What’s Cooking On Page 32” shown in Boldface “Red.”

    As you know I am into cooking… so look forward to your published recipes… and also some interesting Grandma Zula’s stories as well.

    Finally, congratulations to Emma for picking the winning number… Can you give me some winning numbers for the New York State Lottery. plze.

    Sy S.


    • leggypeggy / Mar 2 2012 10:29 am

      Interesting points about the number 3, Sy. I really was most taken by Emma’s reference to my grandmother. Zula was a remarkable woman and it will be nice to share stories about her as well as John’s Aunt Esther who lived with us for eight years. Oh dear, I hope that isn’t another blog in the making.


  4. artandkitchen / Mar 4 2013 7:56 am

    Thanks Peggy for your posts! Your story is really unique.
    I/we will follow you in the kitchens blog as well!


    • leggypeggy / Mar 4 2013 5:14 pm

      Thanks Adriana. It’s most appreciated. 🙂 I follow your blog too.


  5. Wili / Jul 6 2016 4:26 pm

    Dear Peggy
    you know, I love this blog.Since I know it, I like choosing the recipes according to page number 32. If you are agree, I’ll open a new category to my blog that follows this principle.I should like to refer to my blog. With warmest greatings, Wili


    • leggypeggy / Jul 6 2016 4:49 pm

      That’s a great idea, Wili. I love your blog too and I look forward to seeing what’s on your page 32s, or whatever page you choose! 🙂



  1. Bone and vegetable soup | What's cooking on page 32

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