Archive for December, 2010

Clementine season again!

photos: m&j

Oh, joy – the abundant crates full of sweet, little citrus fruits are finally here!

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Holiday Kiffel tradition

photos: m&j

Aunt Jo & Barb’s Hungarian kiffel cookies were out of this world, as usual – no doubt, due to Grandma “Pieces” family tradition of adding vanilla ice cream to the already super buttery dough!

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Never let me go

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Recent obsession: Mark Romanek’s “never let me go” – the composition, color and light in this film kills us – as well as the ending which was a definite several tissue situation.

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18th century French food paintings

Jean Simeon Chardin’s epicurean paintings – so inspiring in every way!

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gorgeous sofa and wall

© Bedlam Productions, 2010

Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech was a sweet and entertaining film, but to our memory, nothing is more noteworthy in it than the unbelievable beaten up and painted wall in Lionel Logue’s office with the juxtaposition of a classic gilt setee in front of it – touché to Netty Chapman for Art Direction and Judy Farr for Set Decoration – the scenes in this room are absolutely stunning!

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m&j holiday story

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Our 2011 holiday photo story featured in HOOM, Sweden

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Christmas in Sydney

photos: m&j

Art and family’s traditional Aussie holiday feast was beyond fabulous – from his Smoked Ham Hock terrine with herb butter & chive vinaigrette to his Christmas Piccalilli (traditional pickled veggies – accidentally dyed a wonderful holiday shade of red with this year’s addition of hand-picked purple heirloom carrots) to his Bread & Butter Christmas Pudding – the meal and, of course the lovely company was worth traveling 26 hours in coach with two little girls!

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Dancing Ewe farms

photos 1,2&5: dancingewe.com

Our most idyllic farmer’s market friends  – Living the dream of a farm upstate where they make classic Italian sheep’s milk cheeses that will blow your mind (from the earthy taste to the Italian paper and spun sheep’s wool they are so carefully wrapped in) to an olive grove in Montemerano, Tuscany where they do limited olive  oil pressings that we were lucky enough to sample and give as holiday gifts this year!

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Gluten-Free recos

photos and article: bonappetit.com

Finding palatable gluten-free products for those on the plan is such an exercise in trial and error – this GF guide from Bon Appetit is super helpful!

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True Grit

© Paramount Pictures, 2010

The Chinese store room set in this film was amazing, as well as the bleak and mystical woods. Hailee Steinfeld’s performance as the young girl was also quite the showstopper … Thank you, Coen Brothers for updating this dusty classic and making it so visually “gritty” and enthralling!

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