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  • I passed the first chestnut seller of the year at Tottenham Court Road and New Oxford Street. A billow of smoke caught me through the crowds, and then I realized that it smelled rather good. It's a smell I associate with winter more than recent clement fall, but then again, chestnuts are in season right now.

  • Although I commited to do the LJ Fruit Challenge, I haven't started yet. I will, really, but I need to make or acquire some small appropriate containers for growing first. No where in the challenge did it say that it needed to be done last week, after all.

  • ewtikins not only gave me the offshoots of a quince tree, but an actual quince as well. (Not home grown. They grow better in Mediterranean climates.) I'm watching the quince-ripening carefully so I can eat it when it's perfectly ripe.

  • On the subject of Chocolate Week, any of you who are planning on visiting your favorite chocolate store anytime soon might want to consider participating in Food Destinations this month. The third installment of this monthly food blogging event asks that you write a post about your favorite chocolate shop by the 30th of October. Further details can be found here, at Chocolate in Context.


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Oct. 16th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
i have a jar of quince jam i was given last year. you can have it if you want :)
Oct. 17th, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
I would happily take it! I like quince jam, and have none in the house.
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Oct. 17th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
The guilt. The GUILT.

You weren't pressuring me. But I committed and I have feelings of Responsibility when it comes to promises made when idly filling out polls, so plant I must. But pots first.
Oct. 17th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
Oct. 18th, 2006 09:13 am (UTC)
Hi, nice talking to you on Saturday! Here are the links I promised:



I'm looking forward to hearing about your chocolate tour!
Oct. 19th, 2006 01:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the links! Good reading. I'm looking forward to an expedition to l'Artisan du Chocolat at some point. I don't know if it's one of the five stops we're making on Saturday.

My tasting notes are sloppy from the only time I've had a formal chocolate tasting, but that's because it was part of a chocolate-making class, so my attention was more on taking notes for that part of the session.
Oct. 23rd, 2006 03:03 pm (UTC)
That sounds awesome! I'd love to do a ganache making one, I do love the amazing flavours Artisan use.
Sep. 21st, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
Did I even thank you for enthusing so much about Chocolate Week? Last time my little brother came for a visit we went out of our way to l'Artisan du Chocolat... so nice to have someone trustworthy vetting places in London... ;)
Sep. 25th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you were able to go check it out and that my recommendations are useful! I do so love their liquid-center sea salt caramels.
Oct. 31st, 2006 11:15 am (UTC)
Oct. 20th, 2006 01:09 pm (UTC)
my first chestnut encounter was at your house, years ago, during one new year's eve or another. i remember being fascinated by the concept - what _were_ these things? and why were they put into the fireplace? were they some new, giant type of popcorn? and what was their relationship with the water chestnuts of my favorite Chinese dishes? - but disinclined to taste.

years later I encountered them on sobiyya after sobiyya (the diesel fired watch-out-or-we'll-explode-on-you heaters of the middle east; the word derives from French ) around Damascus. they are delicious.

this season is full of good eats.
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