Friday, October 29, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
These gals are looking faboo in the new advertising campaign for Clarence Court premium eggs by WFCA. The company specializes in eggs across the pond in England, selling Quail Eggs, Duck Eggs, Pheasant Eggs, Ostrich Eggs, Goose Eggs, and other rare-breed chicken eggs that are "proud to be delicious". So for the new campaign, these Mad Men decided to show off the birds au-naturale.
These ladies are totally hamming it up for their big photoshoot:
We also adore the behinds the scenes footage, proving that these chickens really are fabulous.
Also, check out the Clarence Court website - it's very nice, and there are recipes and fantastic instructional videos that teach you how to prepare eggs 8 different ways - ie learn to poach - finally.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
It's enough to make a girl put on her new pants and move out to France to sit in the Luxembourg Gardens with Sean Ono Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Mull. (Ed note: though we're more than a bit skeptical of the band's name, the duo's early-60's French surf pop-inspired swingy beats are bonafide good. There's no official music video yet, so this one will have to do. The album is streamable at NPR.)
Friday, October 22, 2010
The answer is simple: just like Paula DeenSome courageous dude over at Chow put together a lovely look book and how-to guide on dressing for this year's Halloween. Bravo, my friend, Bravo!
With style and sass like the creamed butter queen
Thursday, October 21, 2010
This sounds like my kind of wedding.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Chad Robertson's new book, Tartine Bread (Chronicle, September 2010) from his eponymous well-loved San Francisco restaurant showcases his famous but humble country-style artisan breadbaking methods. This video of Chad and his bread tasting buddies has us fully on-board with the program. We're packing our bags and hopping a flight Westerly, so we can tear into some piping hot, crusty bread tomorrow morning.
Vienna designers Misher'Traxler made batteries - yes functioning, energy producing batteries from 700 used Nespresso capsules. Each battery is made from coffee grounds, strips of copper, the Nespresso aluminum capsules, clamps and saltwater and 6 coffee pots power a clock, and the entire piece can power a radio.
-Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler
Did we mention is it also gorgeous?!?! We are suckers for anything color coordinated.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Earlier this year, New York officials dissolved the old, silly anti-rooftop beekeeping ban on the city. We're super psyched about this decision and can't wait to see more home harvested honey around town. This video featuring members of the always-resouceful Roberta's and Frankie's team takes us back to a time before when the ban was lifted, and provides a glimpse into how it's all done.
To learn more about beekeeping in the Big Apple, visit the New York City Beekeepers Association.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Let's take a closer look...
Today, we stumbled across a flavor bomb at one of our favorite sites ever, MattBites. Blood Orange Caramels. With Toasted Almonds. And Sea Salt. Matt, you have brought us to our knees.
images via MattBites
Matt Armendariz is well-known and widely admired (by none other than Miss Martha Stewart herself) for his incredible photography and artistic direction, and everything on his site is just so damn appetitey. Thank you, Matt, for your consistently inspiring work.
Speaking of inspiration, we're making these TONIGHT.
(This recipe reproduced from MattBites)
Could you use regular oranges? Perhaps. I wouldn’t. Blood oranges are very special and I’m quite fond of them. And they are in season right now. Cindie says if you prefer a tart candy you can cut the brown sugar in half. I happen to think they were just perfect as written.
3 cups blood orange juice, strained
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup toasted almonds
2 teaspoons sea salt flakes
Line the bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. Butter parchment paper and set aside.
Place blood orange juice in a 4-quart heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Let boil until liquid is reduced to 1/3 cup.
Remove from heat and stir in sugars, butter, and cream. Return to high heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Turn heat to medium and let boil until a candy or deep fat thermometer reads 248 degrees F (or when a half teaspoon placed in a glass of icy cold water turns into a firm, chewy ball), about 17 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Scatter almonds on bottom of parchment paper. Pour caramel over almonds. Let sit until cool and firm, about 2 hours. Remove from baking dish and sprinkle salt flakes over top. Cut into 1-inch pieces.
Edna's drink of choice: THE BINGO WING, 1 shot vodka, 1 shot ginger juice, 2 shots lime juice & a splash of soda. To serve, double the recipe (obvs!), pour into a goblet sized glass, stir, and garnish with a cocktail umbrella. Cheers, dahling!
We are loving this new collection of hand-died letterpress coasters (available as examples of thier custom coasters in a wide range of shapes and sizes for your wide variety of beverage-resting needs) by Cranky Pressman. The design team at Parliament of Owls created a cast of characters we'd gladly take on a drinking buddies.
Meet Mr. Snogglebaum, this "oldie original has been refining his look about as long as he's been growing his stache." He likes Jeopardy, antiquing, plum tartes (us too!), liesure cruises and The Theater. Dislikes: televised sports, speed bumps, hat hair, crumbs and queues.
His aperetif, THE SHUTTLECOCK, is 1 part cream, 2 parts OJ, 1 part Cointreau and 1 part Galiano, mixed and shaken with ice, strained into a chilled glass, and garnished with a lime wedge.
And then there's Cranky, "straight up and hard working," a fan of THE HAIRY BACK, a working-man's combo deal of a shot of Jameson and pickle juice.
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