White Lady, Side Car, Main Brace, or Between the Sheets? NOTE: to go straight to the Vintage Cocktails and recipes, proceed to bottom of post. If someone asks you what your favorite movies are, often times the list will change over the years. But for […]
An indie movie that leaves a lovely taste…and a Pain de Mie recipe to accompany it Toast is the memoir film about famous food writer and chef Nigel Slater’s beginnings in a household that was anything but gourmet. It stars Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie […]
Hot Chocolat and a Movie…
Joanne Harris has written several books, but probably her most famous is Chocolat, the one that was made into a movie. It happens to be one of my favorite films because it mixes three things that I love – food (the chocolate), France, and a time period outside of the present – it’s set in the late 1950s.
It also has a bit of mysticism and mystery about it in the way the main character (Vianne) and her daughter are drawn by the North wind, destined to spend their lives traveling, never settling in one place for long.
After watching Chocolat several times over the years, I was intrigued when I saw that the author had written a cookbook – with of course, a chocolate section.
Delicious, a show for food lovers (sort of)… If you’re a British television lover as I am, you may also be a subscriber to Acorn TV. If you’re not and you’ve never heard of Acorn, then most likely you’ve missed Delicious, a British television series […]
Tennis Cake, a Victorian Charmer Victorian Tennis Cake, anyone? I have to admit, I’m a big Great British Baking (or Bake-Off) fan. And I especially like it when they do theme weeks. In the series that’s showing in the U.S. right now, they have a […]
Charlotte Russe, A Very Victorian Dessert
Charlotte Russe is an uncooked dessert which features an exterior and bottom of lady fingers (sponge), and an interior filled with a Bavarian Cream or Mousse. Often the latter is flavored with coffee, or fruit (as shown, Strawberry). Because there is gelatin used in the Bavarian Cream, once it’s chilled, the dessert is able to stand, and cuts like a cake.
According to Larousse Gastronomique, Charlotte Russe was created by French pastry chef Marie-Antoine Carême (1784–1833). Originally it was called Charlotte à la Parisienne but apparently during the Second Empire, Russian dishes were all the rage and so the name was changed to Charlotte Russe.
The original Charlotte dessert came about in the latter part of 18th century England and was most likely named after Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III.
P.O.S.H. Chicago, Vintage shopping in River North Last weekend I visited P.O.S.H., a unique shop in Chicago that I make it to about three or four times a year. It’s in Chicago’s River North neighborhood and it inhabits one of the many long, narrow retail […]
Afternoon Tea at The Allis in Chicago
You know I love Afternoon Tea…or maybe you don’t.
Well, I do, and I am well on my way to sampling all that Chicago has to offer in the way of this pleasing between-meal repast. Let’s see…I’ve enjoyed Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula , The Drake, The Langham, The Celtic Knot, Russian Tea Time, and now The Allis.
Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook I have to admit, I didn’t have high hopes for Outlander Kitchen. There’s something about books that are sort of ‘off-shoots’ of bestsellers that often disappoints. This was not one of those. After watching the Outlander series on […]