19 April 2010

At My House . . . Il Cucchiaio d’Argento (The Silver Spoon)

Greetings all,
Ok, so I’m coming down with a head cold, itchy eyes, runny nose, ears popping . . . I know, I’ll try out some new recipes I can’t taste & with 4 extra innocent children here to test recipes on . . . I’m in the kitchen. So by 10a.m. I had baked a cake & a dozen muffins, boiled eggs for lunch sandwiches & sifted through a few recipes to test drive. I woke up feeling like I must make pasta today, so I’m focussing on the sauce, as I’m actually rather awesome at making pasta dough.
The Silver Spoon cookbook – well this is one HELL of a cookbook, no wonder every kitchen in Italy is said to have one & it has been a best seller for 50 years. We have the Children’s version & now the mother ship – all 1263 pages, with both a List of Recipes & Index section at the back, it’s just that mammoth. I love the type face, layout, illustrations, colours, colour coding, terms/ glossary, tools, paper . . . even I can follow all this!!
Now the sauces section, there is even a recipe for avocado mayonnaise – I have a child who loves both a dash of mayo & plain avocado sandwiches . . . perfect. Her twins is obsessed with Italian meats so the antipasti section if for her. FYI the Antipasti section is divided into fish, vegetarian, entrees, pastry, pizza etc. Brilliant!!
I picked up this cooking bible yesterday at Borders at the Canberra Centre, along with these beauties . . . who says blog advertising/ word of mouth/ unpaid promotions don’t work – I saw Peppermint Magazine & thought, oh, everyone raves about that, must try; I spied the Sew Darn Cute book & without even opening it, added it to my bundle as I’d seen it on sew many blogs lately. Either that or I’m completely unoriginal??!! Hmmm . . . I have an ace Tshirt which reads “advertising helps me decide” & I giggle whenever I wear it, mainly as I’m so not a victim to advertising. I do have a psych degree as my weapon & when I see an add for Cadbury’s, Coca Cola or McDonalds, I think “fat” not “I want some”. My children are those who never ask for anything, or if they ask & I say no, they cope at the supermarket & might point out that they’ve seen a product on television, but don’t seem to like the mainstream clothes/ food/ gadgets/ magazines their friends go for.
So tonight i'm going to take a break & read the article about Jennie who ReJenErates things, like her most of all as her name is the same as mine . . . then look at Ink&Spindle who i'm about to order from, both in Pepperming magazine . . . then there are so many projects in Sew Darn Cute that i used to do when i was big on hand stitching in the 90s & have wanted to revive!!  I was going to do gorgeous fabric covered tins for the scissors & rulers at my Stitches&Craft Craft Lab sewing classes but Canberra was cancelled & i have all these empty peach & beetroot tins dying to be dressed up.

So I’m going to play the At My House with Buttons by Lou Lou after I wasn’t sure I’d have time to blog today with head cold, work, children, baking, alas play dates keep your children busy too!!
Now off to tidy my studio then run some errands, too cold for the park today, brrrrr, welcome Autumn. Love Posie

12 comments:

Mina said...

Oh , how many inspiring books you have there!!! I would love to have this Silver Spoon book, too!
Have a beautiful week and I really loved your blog! I´m from Brazil.

Michelle said...

You must live on the wrong side of town - it is a gorgeous day over here. The book looks very sweet. Hope your cold clears up.

Christina said...

Hope you are feeling better soon! Love all your goodies. I am quite jealous of the cook book too. I've not heard of it before, but it sounds wonderful. I will be keeping my eye out now! :)

Sal Harris said...

I loove Silver Spoon and keep questioning why I bought it as a present for someone else rather than for myself! totally recommend the tiramisu and crumble recipes, (though with the crumble I halve the sugar)... only ever have a chance to cook from it when I'm at my father in law's place, and I lean toward dessert because that's the only time we ever really eat it! enjoy :)

Heidi said...

Oh what lovely books,I must look into those, that cookbook sounds fantastic...

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh we have sunshine now, so hot i have opened all the doors & put the fan on, plus all that baking & children action . . . i'm in my own climate though, head colds suck. I'm tidying the studio, THAT delirious!! Love Posie

Kylie said...

Brr - sounds like it is getting cool there - offical cold day is heading your way quickly - just think that this will be your last year of needing to have the heater on.

That Silver Spoon book looks and sounds grea - you are really getting into this Mumma cooking thing. Mr Posie will not know you on his return:)

Hope the head cold passes for you quickly!

Rubyred said...

Hope your cold gets better soon! Very inspiring books!I love the sewing ideas!
Have a great week!
Rachel

Buttons by Lou Lou said...

WOW you are go, go today (and always it seems) but I'm glad you have time to read such fantastic books and magazines. Thanks for joining in today. Lou.

BLONDEDESIGN said...

Thank cook book looks fab, just wondering if we can get it in the UK.......Kx

Stacey said...

I so want this book. I've picked it up a few times in shops (no mean feat - as you know it weighs a tonne!).
Peppermint is a good read too. I actually met Renee (the covergirl) a few weeks back at a Leeloo thing. She's every bit as gorgeous in person.

Corrie said...

ohhhh so many books to love in that post!!!!!!!!!!! love good book shopping and have 2 crafty books coming by way for mothers day....

Corrie;)