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a few yummy things

Big deadline tomorrow, so here are a few snapshots. I went for a walk yesterday and saw this gorgeous dress in a shop window. It was very small and priced at £250, so it shall remain a lovely window shopping memory.

This weekend was Stuart's birthday. He's developed a sudden excitement about baking, and he was desperately hankering after one of those little ceramic birdies you stick in the middle of the pie to let out the steam while it's baking. So I got him a pie dish and a birdie and Nigella's How to be a Domestic Goddess, which thrilled him to no end. Stuart is already a domestic goddess but these items will add that final touch.

And I bought a jar of this Tiptree 'Little Scarlet' jam and finished it off embarrassingly quickly, so I think I'll have to allow a proper amount of time to pass before I buy it again. It's so nice you can't even spread it on something and thereby downplay the flavour, you have to eat it straight. We were joking about that scene from Gosford Park, where one of the cooks finds a houseguest cowering in the dark downstairs, eating her jam with a spoon; he explains, saying 'I feel a little bruised.' So that's what we have to say if we're caught eating jam with a spoon.

Have a look at the new webcomic called tiny kitten teeth drawn by Becky Dreistadt and written by Frank Gibson (beckyandfrank). The draw on influences such as Mary Blair and a bunch of other sources I should know and it's very lovely.

Thanks to my fab writer friend Laura Hurwitz for the plug on her blog. She posted a portrait I drew of her family several years ago. (So if you want to see how I painted before art college, go have a look there.) Congratulations to her son, Jake, and his friend Amir for starring in a new MTV show called College Humor. Yay, Jake!



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Feb. 26th, 2009 10:15 am (UTC)
I got back from Serbia last month after spending a week with my sister in law's parents. On the first evening Slavika (my sis in law's mum) took me aside and said "would you like some Slatko?". Conscious of being in a foreign country and in possession of what I consider to be Fairly Good Manners I just said yes to everything.

Slatko is a fruit preserve (in this case home made) and when I saw it I said, "oh that's jam. You want me to eat Jam with a spoon?", Jelena (sis in law) looked very serious and said in a tone that made it clear she explaining something every small child knows, "No, it is not Jam. It is Slatko".

So I ate Jam with a spoon, feeling a bit silly until the Rakia turned up. (sorry for the long winded ramble, the pie dish birdie looks very cute!)
Feb. 26th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
That's funny, I think Slatko just means something like 'sweetness' in Serbian, but it must be distinct from jam because eating jam out of a jar is rude as everyone knows... heheh. The Russians do something like that, they eat chunky jam from tiny dishes set next to their tea, that's where I decided it was okay.
Feb. 26th, 2009 11:12 am (UTC)
WoW! Details, please, on that lovely dress! Where did you see it, for starters? *WANT*
I've developed a bit of a thing for lemon curd lately. I'm not quite at eating-it-with-a-spoon stage yet, but I can feel it coming on!
Super big birthday wishes for Stuart! Let me know how you like 'Domestic Goddess' - I tried one of the recipes when it ran in the Guardian and liked it a lot, but never took the plunge. Happy baking!
Feb. 26th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
Cool, just e-mailed you about it! :-) Lemon curd is NICE, I like the Duchy version, mmm. It has to be pretty sour to be good.
Feb. 26th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
Mmmm......the Duchy Originals one IS super good. That was my first, aside from the home-made version I made for my birthday cake. I'm on Tiptree at the moment....more translucent, a bit pale, but tasty all the same.
Feb. 26th, 2009 11:29 am (UTC)
Is the fact that its a bird a reference to that nursery rhyme where someone bakes a pie with lots of live birds inside? And then they all fly out when its cut open. Am I making it up? Was it a dream I had? Am I going mad?
Feb. 26th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye;
Four and twenty blackbirds
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened,
They all began to sing.
Now, wasn't that a dainty dish
To set before the King?

The King was in his countinghouse,
Counting out his money;
The Queen was in the parlor
Eating bread and honey.
The maid was in the garden,
Hanging out the clothes.
Along there came a big black bird
And snipped off her nose!

Feb. 26th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
That's the one! :-D
Feb. 26th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
Such lovely things!!!
Viv Schwarz
(liveJournal almost never lets me comment as myself, bah...)
Feb. 26th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow!
Thanks, Viv! I thought you'd like it. :-) I'm still laughing about your sock monkey haunting.
Feb. 26th, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)
Oh what a lovely dress! I like the design and the illustrations on it. I also think it's cute because it has these pockets on it! :D
Feb. 26th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
Isn't it great! I wish I had more time to sew and I was better at it, and I could find the fabric... Actually, I just really want that dress.
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Feb. 26th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
Only THIS jam, I hasten to add!!! (Lest you think me a barbarian in the Bridget Jones/Branston pickle sense.) It has whole miniature strawberries in it, so it doesn't even spread that well. But it is a spoonful of perfection.
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Feb. 26th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I am more of a fan of dipping with Nutella. The best thing is a plate of ripe strawberries with a jar of Nutella and a tin of evaporated milk. Dip in one, eat. Dip in the other, eat. [Repeat.]
Feb. 27th, 2009 10:44 am (UTC)
Thankyou so much for linking us, your work is amazing and I hope you do not mind if we add you as a friend :)

Thanks again!

- Frank (& Becky who is paintin next to me)
Feb. 27th, 2009 11:09 am (UTC)
Yay!! Thanks, Frank! And best wishes to Becky for happy painting today. :-)
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