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I've done a fair many things in the past twenty-four hours, most of them having something to do with eating or transportation. I had a fabulous candy-like raspberry soufflé and tried a novel cock's comb. I started to catch up on sleep, and I'm back in London where I had a very pleasant dinner with cwjat and mirrorshard. But more than all that, the most notable thing to happen in that time is that I am now, thanks to an exciting graduation present, the very proud owner of the Compact OED, complete with magnifying glass.

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makyo
Jul. 14th, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC)
The Compact OED is good, isn't it? I got mine for £50 in an OUP sale a few years ago, and haven't regretted it (especially since the usual price is rather more than that). It's the only book I've ever seen which comes with a 70+ page users guide.

I heartily recommend Simon Winchester's book The Meaning of Everything - a fascinating historical account of the origins and compilation of the OED.
owlfish
Jul. 15th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC)
71 pages! And it doesn't even include directions for how to turn the pages or care for the book in all that space either.

Thanks for the recommendation - I'll check that out.
intertext
Jul. 14th, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC)
Ooh, how lovely! I almost joined a bookclub (or perhaps the Folio Society) once because they had that as a premium, but I think I was broke at the time so couldn't afford even that, and of course now I can afford it they no longer offer it...
nou
Jul. 15th, 2006 09:33 am (UTC)
The souffle sounds interesting. I don't normally bother with sweet things, but I do like raspberries. How was it candy-like? Do you mean it was very sweet?

I am very intrigued by the mention of cock's comb. Was this part of the dinner? I never knew you could eat that part, but Google tells me you can. Or does that part of the post belong to another context?
owlfish
Jul. 15th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
The souffle was not excessively sweet, but it was certainly on the sweet side, with a bit of granular sugar crunch to it. The touch of crunch, hint of caramelization to the top of the souffle, and suffuse raspberryness of it combined to remind me a bit of raspberry candy - not that I have any particular one in mind. A few whole raspberries were embedded in its depths, treasures to find upon excavation.

The cock's comb was part of a different dinner the night before, part of a multi-part dish involving John Dory, entirely crisped wafer-like chicken skin, and the cock's comb - poached perhaps? It was a tender slightly wobbly little thing, golden, texture like a cooked mushroom, and taste like the ghost of organ meat intensity. It never occurred to me that that was an edible part of the bird either!
nou
Jul. 18th, 2006 11:28 am (UTC)
Thanks for the details!

I've seen the idea of putting chicken skin with fish before - I think it was on Ideas in Food.
gillo
Jul. 15th, 2006 09:39 am (UTC)
Oooh. I would so love a dictionary with a magnifying glass. Not any dictionary, you understand, just that one....

noncalorsedumor
Jul. 15th, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
Ooooh! Compact OED! I'm jealous. :-D

I'm also jealous of that raspberry soufflé!
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