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  • pixeltheatre 3:19 pm on January 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Epicurious, fight hunger, , , NFL, recipe, Superbowl, vote   

    Taste of the NFL and Epicurious: Wine, Dine, Donate 

    With Superbowl XLII just around the corner (Feb. 3rd), the NFL is expanding its generosity by participating in Epicurious’ Wine, Dine, Donate program.

    One recipe has been collected from noted players from each team. Vote on your favorite recipe and Epicurious will donate $1 to fight hunger. Click on logo below to go to site.

    Taste of the NFL

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  • pixeltheatre 11:20 pm on December 9, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Arsène Lupin, Biscuits, , Mrs Hudson, recipe, Retro Challenge, Sherlock Holmes, Victorian   

    Mrs. Hudson’s Biscuits: Retro Challenge #10 and Novel Food Challenge #2 

    Mrs. HudsonAs December rolls in, there are plenty of cooking/baking challenges to keep anyone busy. While mulling (dreading) over the Daring Baker monthly Challenge, I tackled the Retro Recipe Challenge #10 and the Novel Food Challenge #2. Both required using a book as the source of the recipe used.
    Georges Descrières as Arsène Lupin
    Growing up in Québec, my early literary influences were naturally French. However, in the mid 1970’s, thanks to a French television series, this influence unexpectedly did a sharp 180 to the west of the English Channel into the Victorian foggy world of Baker Street. Arsène Lupin was a gentleman thief and womanizer plying his trade in late 1890’s, early 1990’s Paris. The literary creation of Maurice Leblanc, Lupin was a Gallic Robin Hood, doing good, on the wrong side of the law, usually with a very good looking woman on his arm. Portrayed by Georges Descrières, he was the consumate debonnair gentleman, drinking champagne, stealing jewellery and other priceless baubles while continuously evading the police (Inspecteur Ganimard, in particular). It wouldn’t be long before this character crossed swords with his English “counterpart” (1906). Following Arthur Conan Doyle‘s protest of Leblanc using the Sherlock Holmes name, the author changed it to “Herlock Sholmes” for the detectives appearance in “The Adventures of Arsène Lupin and Herlock Sholmes” and “L’Aiguille creuse” (“The Hollow Needle”).

    Jeremy Brett as Sherlock HolmesI became intrigued by the reed-thin detective from London and picked up one of the stories at my local library. Before long I had fallen in love with Conan Doyle’s writing and the Victorian world of gas lights, shady characters, hansom cabs, Inspector Lestrade, Mrs Hudson, the Baker Street Irregulars, Dr. Watson and, of course, the quirky and brilliant detective himself. It was a sad day when I realized I had just read the last of the original stories of The Cannon. The Granada series starring Jeremy Brett brought this world to life beautifully.

    So, when I came across these two challenges, the source to turn to was pretty obvious. I had come across a collection of recipes inspired from the stories. Dining with Sherlock Holmes: A Baker Street cookbook, by Julia Carlson Rosenblatt and Frederic H. Sonnenschmidt, first published in 1978 by Thames and Hudson,…

    “…was conceived when more than a hundred Holmes enthusiasts enjoyed a grand Sherlockian repast in Hyde Park, New York in 1973… every recipe in the book has its canonical raison d’être.”

    I picked up this book in the early 1980’s. Flipping through it, I foundMrs. Hudson's Biscuits a sweet recipe titled: Mrs. Hudson’s Biscuits. This is the one I chose for these challenges. I’m not sure what the origins are, if it actually pre-dates 1978, but it sure turned out really nice biscuits. Light and not too sweet, with the refreshing tang of lemon. They would be “spot on” with a nice cuppa’, sitting beside a blazing fireplace, listening to the strains of Holmes’ violin, as he ponders his latest case.

    Mrs. Hudson’s Biscuits

    125 g. butter
    125 g icing sugar
    2 tsp vanilla sugar or 2 tsp sugar with 2-3 drops of vanilla extract
    1 egg
    1 pinch of salt
    juice and grated peel of 1/2 lemon
    125 g. flour
    125 g. cornflour
    1 knife tip baking powder
    butter to grease pan

    Glaze
    100 g. icing sugar
    2 tbsps lemon juice

    Mrs. Hudson's BiscuitsWhip the butter until it is fluffy, then slowly add the icing sugar;
    Add the vanilla sugar, egg, salt, lemon juice and peel;
    Add the flour, baking powder and cornflour slowly and mix well;
    Grease a baking tray with butter;
    Fill a pastry bag with the dough and press small biscuits onto the baking tray;
    Bake in a preheated 400F oven for 10-15 minutes
    Make the glaze by mixing the icing sugar and lemon juice. Brush biscuits with it, and let it dry.
    Makes about 70 biscuits.

     
    • Simona 9:12 am on December 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Your lovely post brought back memories of watching Arsenio Lupin when I was a child: I loved it! Then, later on, I read Sherlock Holmes in its original language and loved that too. I didn’t know there was a Baker Street cookbook. A very nice image of drinking tea, eating biscuits and listening to the master playing his violin.

    • pixeltheatre 11:53 am on December 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Simona! I had not realized the series was also available in Italian. I came across a few sites offering tapes with “Arsenio Lupin” while looking for a picture for the post. It was a great series…:)

    • Mary 7:19 pm on January 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      How terrific would it be to reread some Sherlock Holmes mysteries snuggled under a quilt with a cup of tea and these biscuits!

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