Drifting through the French dictionary I note that there is a French word, le five o'clock for afternoon tea. Another, le brain trust, means brains trust.
The Thought for the Day slot on BBC 4's Today Programme is usually a home for cliches but I enjoy hearing the Bishop Southwark, Tom Butler, refer, this morning, to the importance of silence , and to the significance of what isn't said.
Cabbage heart, chopped and gently softened with some butter in a pan. A glass of dry, white wine is added and reduced, as the cabbage continues to cook. Lastly, cream is added. The cabbage and cream are then allowed to go on cooking slowly, until the wine and cream reduce to make a flavoursome sauce. The cabbage should retain, as much as possible, its original, creamy white, faintly green colour. Season with salt and pepper. The whole operation should take no more than 5 or 6 minutes.