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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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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.
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.
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...
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?
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!
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.
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....

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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