The rabbit hole of research led me to investigate aspic the other day, Gentle Reader. What this article
calls "Jelly covered piles of carved food are an excellent visual shorthand for absurdly poncey cuisine."
the general pooh-pooh attitude, I would actually rather like to try
aspic. I've managed to make it inadvertently out of fish once or twice.
If memory serves I did the pink peppercorn Ancient Roman dish and . . .
but that's another story.
Then, on the feed, this article from Time Travel Kitchen
on the subject of tomato aspic turned up and I figured it was a sign.
tell the AB, but I think I might have to try to make aspic soon. I do
love strange and wiggly foods. I blame copious amounts of blancmange
foisted upon me by my grandmother as an innocent child. Gelatinous just
seems exciting. Plus it's an excellent word, gelatinous.
This may, or may not, explain the reoccurring presence of calf's foot jelly in my novels.
GAIL'S DAILY DOSE
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
PROJECT ROUND UP
~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First:
Working rough draft. Release date Fall 2013.
Etiquette & Espionage
~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013.
Working promo schemes.Deportment & Deceit
~ The Finishing School Book the Second:
Third draft handed in to editor, awaiting edits.
~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless
) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus
by subscription. Print release tentatively
Quote of the Day:
Recent research on Wiki and I found this fascinating.
Scandinavia, there existed, for example, the famous race of
she-werewolves known with a name of Maras. If a female at midnight
stretches between four sticks the membrane which envelopes the foal when
it is brought forth, and creeps through it, naked, she will bear
children without pain; but all the boys will be shamans, and all the
girls Maras. Women who took on the appearance of the night looking for
huge monster half human and half wolf. The transformation was slow and
suffered from screaming, hair and nails grow, the woman's face stretched
into that of a hungry wolf meat and leaving room for animal instinct.
In fact, the Maras were almost all women from peasant and plebeian
classes. Let's just say a popular version of the Norse Valkyries." From
Wikipedia on shapeshifting