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Sometimes I read other people's friends lists. [livejournal.com profile] madbaker is friends with someone named [livejournal.com profile] ursulav, and she posts amazing things. Today's offering is Toad Wordshttp://ursulav.livejournal.com/1590177.html
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There were a lot of great things at the West Coast Culinary Symposium last weekend, but I think one of my favorites was hearing Eduardo telling the story of how his kids had seen this commercial about a lamb-bit http://www.ispot.tv/ad/7I9x/kmart-easter-shoes-lamb-bit and their first comment being “that would be tasty!”. Other high points included jillwheezul’s wafer class. The handout alone was worth the price of admission; some of the many lovely pictures of secular irons will (hopefully!) support my theory on the evolution of fruit trenchers. I'll be using some of her recipes to make wafers for the West's Market Faire in April, 2014.
Troy Library saved by outrage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nw3zNNO5gX0
A link to Jon Stewart ranting about the Monsanto Protection Act: http://blogs.sfweekly.com/foodie/2013/04/monsanto_protection_act.php
What does 2000 Calories look like? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgaqwFPU7cc (sorry about the ad) My take-away lesson from this video: never eat at the Olive Garden.
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A new book on fruit trenchers has been published recently. It’s a tiny little book about one woman’s quest to create a set of her own trenchers as a master project for her Diploma in Calligraphy. I’m tempted to buy a second copy and cut it up to use as paste-on trenchers. Would that be wrong? The only part that gives me pause is that she used a set of ten as her model, so I'd always feel like I was missing two.

You can buy your own copy of Ann Frances Hall's Elizabethan Roundels on Amazon UK, with shipping to the USA it costs about 15 pounds/23 dollars. There’s a few pictures on her website, http://www.elizabethanroundels.co.uk/index.html. The set she used as a model is in the  St Albans museum, but they have no pictures of it on their website (there's a picture of 4 of the original trenchers in the book). It's a single belt, red line set like the one at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (64.101.1566-1577), but uses the Birmingham posies.
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TRM Hauoc and Mina very kindly took time from their schedule to stop by dance practice last night and offer my practically perfect apprentice, [livejournal.com profile] gormflaith, membership in the Order of the Laurel! There was much sqeeing and hugging; I think a box of Kleenex came into play. And wine, because it was dance practice.

Her ladyship, the most excellent Flidais ní Eitigen has accepted; vigil and ceremony date to be determined.

Let the SEWING commence! ::happy dance::

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I had a moment of (dignified) SQEEEEEE yesterday morning when I found the curator of the Colchester museum has sent me some pictures of the two (sadly incomplete) sets of fruit-trenchers in their possession. One picture looks like it was taken of the trenchers on display, so if any one is near Colchester, please send me photos! I can’t post the pictures the nice lady sent me.

The set of six with box (only two are visible in the curator's pictures) are very similar to several other sets, particularly the set of 11 in the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. The Colchester set has narrower bands on the inner circles.
One, with the a lily and knot-work pattern is nearly identical in pattern to one of the Norfolk trenchers, as well as one of the set of 12 in Domestic Utensils of Wood plate 24 (row 2,column 2). It also appears to be the same pattern as the bottom figure in a set of 3 at the Ashmolean [livejournal.com profile] ermine_rat  posted a picture of a few weeks ago.
The second visible trencher has a design of white strawberries and leaves is very similar to the set of 12 in Domestic Utensils of Wood plate 24 (row 1, column 2), this one at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and a set of 3 trenchers in Treen for the Table on page 136. Sadly none of the trenchers appear to have the same configuration of words.

The second picture from the Colchester museum is a set of seven gilded and highly decorated trenchers. Three trenchers and their box are visible in the group picture, and a fouth trencher is a solo picture of much better (readable! yay!) detail. This set bears a strong “family resemblance” to the set in the St Albans Museum, and a single trencher in the Stranger’s Hall in Norfolk. See also the second figure in Albert Way's Ornamental Fruit-Trenchers Inscribed with Posies (1846).

I wish the curators at St Albans and Kendal would answer my emails. While I'm wishing, I'd like to win the lottery so I can take a cheese-trencher tour of England.
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Recently, somebody posted about a foreign duke who was in town and wanted to fight people at (?) the Fremont Practice on Sunday(?). Can anybody who has a better memory than me send me a when/where for that? eta: thanks everybody! FP @ Noon on Sunday at the Fremont Tennis Courts (1110 Stevenson Boulevard, Fremont, CA 94538-2994)

Also, just 'cause it's cool: recent find of viking glass bead necklace

Project for Saturday: defrost the freezer in the garage. Sorry gormflaith, you're not getting your cooler back until Monday. GM needs to work on the spoon project, and I think we're both going to Paul and Linda's new house to paint. And I need to do the data-entry on the monster file Word ate last weekend. Now that I know what a huge project that is, it's harder to get started.

On another message board I read, someone suggested toasted chickpeas for a non-sugary snack. Last night I rinsed the goo off 1 15oz can of chickpeas from Trader Joe's. Placed in plastic baggie and shook with 2 tesp olive oil, 1 tesp of cajun spice mix and 1/2 tesp of salt. Spread on baking sheet and toasted for about 45 minutes at 325. Tasty, but too dry. Next time, 300 for 40 minutes.
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