Friday, February 8, 2013

The storm arrives


By the time I'd returned from a quick errand to buy candles and long life milk, the snow had started to fall. Such beautiful, floating stuff. The wind turned my umbrella inside out, but I was smiling.


The terrace is an easy place to chill this evening's drinks. 


The herbs hibernate.  


                                      Even this first feathering of real snow turns the street pretty.


I umoulded the terrine - a success, and pretty heady with garlic and herbs and cognac. I had a slice for a late lunch, with the first of the korrelkonfyt (grape preserves) bought in summer at Oep ve Koep.


We look forward to snowy adventures this weekend...

19 comments:

  1. Happy snow storm! Wish we were a part of it in Baltimore.

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  2. I must admit I am quite jealous. Maybe not so much snow as is being predicted but I love the quiet, peaceful beauty snow brings. Stay warm and enjoy the solitude.

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  3. So pretty, until the dogs start to pee on it!. :)

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  4. I do love the way that you embrace with gusto all that life throws at you, Marie. A lesson to us all, I think. :-)

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  5. hey, i think we mistakenly got your storm here in boston.

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  6. That looks familiar!My friend in MA just sent a link and an offer to send some surplus.
    Snuggle up with Storbie and a well-chilled glass of "fizzyotherapy."

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  7. Batten down the hatches Marie, it's gonna be a wet and wild one.

    xo jane

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  8. The storm is descibed as 'historic' over here.

    Did you decide to drop picnics or NY stuff for your book? My vote goes to keeping the city background - I'm curious where you eat and shop over there and doesn't a good meal need good shopping beforehand?

    All the snow will make for some beautiful pics.

    cheers

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    1. Hi Rob - New York stays, picnics stay, but there will be trimming. I'll write a follow up post about it.

      Indeed, a good meal needs shopping (gardening or foraging beforehand)! :-)

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  9. Was listening to the World Service on the radio in the night and around 3am, my time, there were reports of BIG winds and BIG snow over there. You all take care and make the most of the white stuff (and all those opportunities for photos and indoor picnics!!) : )

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  10. This is the first winter we've not gotten any snow here in Port Angeles WA.
    I miss it! Enjoy the hushed beauty of it. Also amazed at your terrine. You cook so effortlessly, I am in awe. Also, the photos are gorgeous. I can't tell you how many times I've been inspired by them to go instantly to my tiny mini-apt kitchen and rustle through the pantry and fridge so as to whip up something incredible. Believe it or not, I've had success more than once! You inspire and feed my cooking soul Marie. Thank you thank you!

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    1. I am happy to inspire! Effortless it is not, but I enjoy the process very much. Most of the time...

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  11. Forgive the very stupid question, but how do you manage to photograph the falling snow? I tried again this morning, but no luck with my very, very, very (did I mention very?) basic camera.
    Korien

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  12. Korien I just focused on the background. How did your picture look?

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    1. Marie, I just zoomed in (on the PC) and can see the snow as "smudges". I also had another look at your pictures and think perhaps the the background makes a difference. With mine, most of the background is (bleak) sky and light buildings. I think I should try taking a picture against a contrasting background?

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    2. Yes, it helps to have a darker background. You could also set the ISO higher if the light is low.

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  13. I'm sure the terrine is cooked, but for some reason the bacon does not look cooked. Is it cooked but just lightly so?

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    1. The bacon is quite cooked but because the terrine is baked at low (325'F) it does not crisp up the way roasted bacon might. Also, the fat it exhudes does not escape. So it's more like smoked bacon in flavor - I ted not to eat it, and to treat it just as 'wrapping'...

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  14. thanks. An interesting and necessary detail to consider.

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