Your garden suddenly becomes an extraordinary place, welcoming guests to a holiday party in a harvest-time décor, the kitchen smelling of scarecrow cookies. And it’s all about “him”, doing his solitary job! Made of all-natural materials, straw, wire, twine, old clothes, a crazy hat, all together, he is creating that very special autumn atmosphere. Yes of course, it is the unique, handcrafted, artistic, exciting scarecrow on display. Giving the birds a place to perch probably. (more…)
Spoons come in as many variations as possible, the task they’re up to, defines the spoon! We’re a long way away of the spiral-shaped snail shell (cochlea in Greek and Latin), or the chip or splinter of wood (Anglo-Saxon “spon”). Men don’t wear their spoon in their belt anymore, nor do women hang it at their belt, next to their house keys. Neither do we carry our eating utensils with us when we travel, in a special case in our pocket, although French men still do carry their knife with them, when invited and use it to eat with, no matter how nice you lay your table cutlery, or how fine it is. (more…)
“Slugs and snails and puppy dogs tails, that is what little boys are made of. Sugar and spice and everything nice, that is what little girls are made of”.
Where to us, snails make us think of protecting our vegetable patch or make this old rhyme pop up in our minds, the French cuisine “thinks”: serve them edible snails with an abundance of garlic and parsil! Not everybody likes the thought or the chewy texture though!
Who would have thought, seeing this round obsidian ball, that this volcanic glass, formed out of cooled lava, one day polished with sand, glued together with bat’s pooh, framed and decorated, was once the base of the most wanted mirror in the world for rulers and the European aristocracy. Weird as we’re talking about a black stone, black meaning the absence of light, where in order for a mirror to cast a reflection, it requires light. Were it not, that obsidian is known for its bright reflective power. (more…)
Their taste, associated with the roots of the trees these mushrooms grow under, will surprise you: meet the “ Boletus Edulis”, first described in 1782 by the French botanist Pierre Bulliard and still bearing its original name.
Close your eyes and listen, do you hear some baroque music, violins playing… music from the 1723’s, must be Vivaldi’s “Autumn”, whilst looking out of the window to take in nature’s gorgeous views. We, that have seen or read “Anne of Green Gables,” actually don’t need words about the beauty of fall! (more…)
This post is not about architecture, I’m not writing about London’s 122 Leadenhall Street, nicknamed the “Cheese-Grater“, but about a very modest kitchen utensil for shredding food. I’m sure you all know the feeling, grating your fingers on the razor-sharp edges of your grater, when trying to use that very last piece of Parmesan cheese, instead of taking a new big chunky wedge… (more…)
Writing was a challenging, daily activity, in a time were computers and email or Facebook didn’t exist. Desk accessories as a letter opener, a quill, an inkwell, bibulous paper or a blotter, were useful items, belonging to the standard bureau equipment in bygone era.