Rising apes and recipes

I’m still on deadline so about the only socialization I have these days in on Twitter, which I love–not because I’m interested in what you’re having for lunch today (and if this is what your posts are like, I won’t follow you, sorry) but because it’s a great way to share info.

So here are a few links I’ve found that I thought you might enjoy.

First, here’s a jolly restored panther from Hampton Court (is he adorable or what!), work of historic paint expert Patrick Baty from his blog post on heraldic colors and their significance.

If you’re interested in food–and who isn’t–or, specifically, historical food, the Allbright Museum has digitalized its collection of historical receipt books. If you don’t want to brave the archives, you can see a few samples at BBC News Today. You might, possibly, be able to find recipes suitable for the holiday season–the examples include pie decorations–and since the collection includes both culinary and medicinal receipts you also might be able to find something for overindulgence afterward.

Hair Care in the Toilet in which author Kate Dolan shares the wisdom from The Toilet of Flora: A Collection of the Most Simple and Approved Methods of Preparing Baths, Essences, Pomatums, Powders, Perfumes, Sweet-Scented Waters and Opiates for Preserving and Whitening the Teeth & c. & c. With Receipts for Cosmetics of Every Kind that can Smooth and Brighten the Skin, give Force to Beauty, and Take Off the Appearance of Old Age and Decay. Interestingly the book does include concoctions for depilatory use but not suggested for the areas in which (some of) our minds would immediately wander … or would this be implied anyway?

And finally, an interview with Terry Pratchett from a couple of years ago in which he talks about religion with great wit, good humor and smarts.

Some of my favorite quotes:

I’d rather be a rising ape than a fallen angel.

We have an instinct toward the good … most people if left alone and unpressured are pretty decent.

On reading the Old Testament: If this is true we are in the hands of a maniac.

The New Testament: St. Paul basically should have been introduced to a good woman.

Have you found anything good online recently you’d like to share? Or any recommendations for favorite Thanksgiving recipes since I have to take something to the family gathering and I have no idea what to bring?
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Jane George
10 years ago

Today on Twitter I found a link to Salvador Dali’s Alice in Wonderland illustrations. This is timely for me as I’m helping design sets for a local ballet production of Alice that will be performed in the spring.

Love that spotted panther!

Diane Gaston
10 years ago

Janet, I wish I could get treasures like this out of Twitter. I just don’t know how to “do” Twitter right.

Fascinating stuff!!!

10 years ago

Never knew you could get that type of info from Twitter. Obviously, I’m not using it that way. I don’t have the time to play with it to learn more.

A favorite here for the holidays is mince pie. I use the Nonesuch mince pie filling, either block (if you can find it) or jar. I add diced Macintosh apples, walnuts, and brandy or rum. Put in a pie shell with top crust style you prefer and cook as directed. Serve with whipped cream that has had a dash of whichever spirit you added to the pie whipped in. Delicious.

Elena Greene
10 years ago

I haven’t tried Twitter yet (too busy!) so I’ve got nothing to add there. I love some of the things you found though.

As for recipes, I do a sweet potato and apple casserole. Just butter the dish, slice and layer the sweet potatoes and apples, drizzle with maple syrup, sprinkle with bread crumbs and cinnamon. It’s sweet but not as cloying as the marshmallow versions.

Janet Mullany
10 years ago

It depends who you follow on Twitter. I love it as a way of sharing info–when you come across an article that is so interesting or entertaining that you want to share it. I also follow quite a few historians and museums.

Oh gosh, I love mince pies. My mum used to make her own mincemeat (with shredded beef fat but in later years with a vegetable versin). Delicious.

Louisa Cornell
10 years ago

Oooh! I haven’t had a truly great mincemeat pie since the last time I visited England. YUM!

GREAT links here, Janet. And I LOVE those quotes. Too funny.

I’ve found some great links on country houses via Twitter. I’ll have to look them up and post them.

I am definitely not the person to ask about Thanksgiving recipes. I let my Mom do all of my holiday cooking.

I decorate the cakes at work, but I don’t bake them!