So I was cruising the candy aisle in my local Dollar Tree (nasty dollar store, you know) and the selection was actually pretty decent- a lot of vintage type candy for a buck. Bags of Mary Janes, Rainbow Nerds, Smarties, Boston Baked Beans, etc. Then what to my wondering eyes should appear but... this box... the "Bullseye" "Cream Filled" "Goetze" candy... something is not right here... if you know what I mean, you know what I mean...
A British records office has complied a list of more than 1,000 unusual names found in censuses as well as in births, deaths and marriage records going back as far as the 16th century. "My all-time favorites are Abraham Thunderwolff and Freke Dorothy Fluck Lane," said Rene Jackaman, archive assistant at Cornwall County Record Office.
Other discoveries included Boadicea Basher, Philadelphia Bunnyface, Faithful Cock, Susan Booze, Elizabeth Disco, Edward Evil, Fozzitt Bonds, Truth Bullock, Charity Chilly, Gentle Fudge, Obedience Ginger and Offspring Gurney.
The records show a Levi Jeans was married in Padstow, Cornwall, in 1797. Other strange combos in the marriage records include Nicholas Bone and Priscilla Skin, married in 1636; Charles Swine and Jane Ham in 1711; John Mutton and Ann Veale in 1791, and Richard Dinner and Mary Cook in 1802.
Originally I meant to post about Suicide Food (via Neatorama), but that site got me thinking about a cheap cooking wine my mom used to buy when I was a kid. The label fascinated yet nauseated me; it was a lovely little illustration of a parade of animals, each cheerfully carrying a platter of its own meat to indicate this wine was yummy with just about anything. So I started looking for that image. An hour and a half later I still haven't found it, but I've discovered some amazing sources of wine label art instead. Here are some of the best:
You know how it is, after the Christmas Season, funds tend to be a bit short. That combined with work coming in dribs and drabs one has to think about creative ways of stretching a dollar. Because I don't have one of those cool robots which we were all promised, I'm stuck having to cook for myself.
I'm usually one of those city gals that eats out a lot and maybe cooks once or twice a week. I like it that way. Someone else cooks the meal and brings it to you; pours the wine, takes the dishes away and you needn't think twice. Time IS money after all, and really, who can "afford" all that cooking and cleaning time anyway? Not me! *ahem*
Needless to say, it's been a little unusual having to actually cook meals. So far I've made things like "Pork Chops With Caramelized Onions and Wild Mushrooms" and "Spicy Chicken Breast With Lemon and Garlic", "Chilli With Braised Beef and Vine Ripened Tomato", "Pork Loin With Sliced Apple and Cider" Oh, and "Hoppin' John", because I'm roughin' it. I should also add that all these dishes incorporate some form of booze in them. This is an important step that must not be overlooked. Booze = Delicious. This week I also had "Steamed Mussels in White Wine" and "Shochu and Soda Cocktails", but because my friend made it, I guess it doesn't really count..
Anyhow, I just want to say that it is possible to live on a tight budget if you just approach it creatively. All it takes is a bit of onion money.
Here at the Seven Deadly Sinners we are all about playing with our food; but even Sinners like us draw the line somewhere, and Dayalets are that line.
"Suitable for Framing", here are glossy photos of food creatures such as Mr. Moss, the Meat & Potato Man, Tommy Teen, and the pictured Mr. Herbivorous; food art that would put even Giuseppe Arcimboldo off his feed.
More links to amazing collections of things perhaps best forgotten live here.