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Cake corsets

29 Jul

Yummmmmmy this is a range of corsets inspired by cupcakes and candy – and best of all designer Maya Hansen has called the range “Cake corsets” – think I will even take one of these over the skeleton shoes. At least that’s my outfit sorted for The Mad Artists Tea Party anyway!

Via The Trendy Girl

Fuck you and your blog

9 Jul

This is my favorite notebook – I am on about my 5th from Maiden but realize I have never posted it!

Keep Calm & Wobble On

7 Jul

Here are some results from an amazing Jelly competition, and it is also well worth checking out the AWESOME Flickr stream of the event from which some of the images below are taken.

Finally it’s important to note that the organizers of this great event choose to remember Tobias Wong.

Thanks to Christine, from Kathmandu (yes really – she’s studying there), for the tip!

Occult Jam – UPDATE awesome levels of outrage

5 Jul


This has made my Sunday – hilarious piece about the Jellymongers Occult Jam, the one made with Princess Diana’s hair,  had a full page 3 in today’s Express (nice to know they are a week behind my blog with them ‘being the first on news’ and all that). It’s worth a read – I have never been more proud of my friends. Read it here.

Best of all I have Lily & Violet staying with me all week (a friends awesome twins) as they are going to Jellymongers for work experience this week – here they are revising!

My lovely friends the Jellymongers are totally fucking awesome in general but have nailed it this time for me: I shall be buying my mother the jam with a hair from ‘Princess Diana’ in it for Christmas.

Since the dawn of time man has struggled to unlock the secrets of eternal life. Occult Jam is a small triumph over mortality. Base ingredients are preserved through their transformation into jam and enhanced with powerful artifacts. The Jellymongers Occult Jam launches at The Surreal House exhibition (more posts on that soon) at Barbican Art Gallery on 24th June.  The jams include the best flavours EVER:

Milk Jam infused with a speck of Princess Diana’s hair

Absinthe and pineapple with sand from the Great Pyramids

Plum and Oak with wood from Nelson’s ship The Victory

Occult jam will be available to purchase from the Barbican Art Gallery Shop – BRING IT ON!!!!

Too smart for sausages

3 Jul

300 Dish Dessert Banquet

30 Jun

If you want to impress the Queen, you have to know how to throw a party, at least that seems to have been Robert Dudley’s thinking over 400 years ago when he put on a three week party for Elizabeth I which was the social event of the age. Kenilworth Castle is celebrating Dudley’s extravaganza and the first birthday of its stunning Elizabethan Garden through the re-creation of one of the festive marathon’s highlights – an ‘ambrosial’ 300 dish dessert served to Elizabeth I during her visit.

Created by the internationally renowned duo Bompas and Parr (yes this is from the boys press release but they are), famed for their spectacular food installations (diito), the extraordinary banquet will be served alongside Kenilworth’s Elizabethan Garden. The Garden, which opened in May 2009, is a full-scale re-creation of that built by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester in 1575 as part of his extravagant preparations for Elizabeth’s visit. Based on extensive evidence, including a detailed eye-witness description and archaeological exacavation, the Kenilworth Garden is the most accurate re-creation of an Elizabethan great garden ever attempted.

Also for the first time online here is the 300 strong menu list!

Sugar Sculptures

Twenty intricately designed sugar sculptures including sugar bears, sugar obelisks
and sugar aviaries with coloured sugar birds, animated on wires

Sugar and Fruit Fountain based on the central fountain in The Elizabethan Garden

Nine varieties of Custard Tart

Rose* Lavender*
Violet* Rosemary*
Strawberry* Juniper*
Chamomile Citronella
and Wormwood* (hallucinogenic herb more commonly known for its use in Absinthe)

Four varieties of Leach
(a thick, jelly-like preserve set hard enough to slice for serving)

Heart Leach Gilded Spades Leach (uses 24 carat gold)
Diamonds Leach Clubs Leach

Eight ‘Candies’

Candied Orange Candied Lemons
Candied Angelica (herb) Candied Grapes
Candied Cherries Candied Aniseed

Artificial Walnuts – ‘Sugar on Sugar’ – sculpted sugar walnut shells
which open to reveal a delicious sugar kernel

Hand Panned Dragees – sugared almonds (we like to call them medieval M&M’s!)

Four ‘Tansies’
(custard-like pancake dish with rich cream and eggs, sometimes thickened with dry bread crumbs)

Lemon Tansy
Bay* Tansy
Apple Tansy – coloured green with spinach juice
Rose* Tansy – made with edible flower blossoms folded into the batter

Eight Jams

Milk and Rose* Apricot
Blackcurrant Gooseberry
Ginger Wild Strawberry*
Honeycomb Pear Jam

Pudding in Skins
(delicious desserts cooked in pig bladder skins)

Ambergris (whale vomit, one of the most coveted ingredients in the world) Pudding in Skins
Rice Pudding in Skins

Special Desserts

Gingerbread in Bear shapes and Bird shapes
(representing the Bear and Ragged Staff from the Warwickshire Coat of Arms)

Flummery in Rosewater* and Almond varieties
(an early form of jelly, uses ground almonds soaked in water to create a ‘milk’)

Marchpane Gems
(an Elizabethan favourite – very stiff almond paste or marzipan that is shaped and molded into edible table centerpieces)

Knotted Quince (Pome Fruit moulded into flat ribbons and tied into knots)
Stamped Bear Quince (shaped as the Bear from the Warwickshire Coat of Arms)

Posset in Sack and Lemon Flavours
(A popular Elizabethan dessert – half drink and half trifle)

Fruits

A selection of succulent and juicy fruits including apples, pears, oranges, strawberries* and cherries

To Drink

Hippocras (mulled wine sweetened with spices)

Alcoholic cordial

Elizabethan Cocktail

* flowers/fruits which can be found in The Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth Castle

Pothole Gardens

29 Jun

Super cute pothole gardens from Pete Dungey – I spent last summer filling in holes in my road with jelly (as the local council were clowns) so I must try to dig some pictures out. I was ‘hoping’ for one deep enough for a trifle but alas it was never to be.

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