Tuesday, March 31, 2009

chicken addendum


As an addendum, Sydney just reminded me of this chicken soup recipe, next on my list.



Monday, March 30, 2009

chicken soup

hey darlin'

it's wet wet wet, and we are sick sick sick,
so time for some chicken soup.

a whole chicken here, three pounds or so, in your biggest stock pot, and covered in cold water (about 1 1/2 gallons). bring to a boil. the cold water will help to draw out the impurities, so skim well, and let simmer for about an hour. pull out your bird, remove the breasts, and plop her back with the usual suspects:
  • an onion, halved (or leeks)
  • a carrot or two
  • celery (i've used a fennel bulb when i forgot to buy the celery)
  • a head of garlic halved but unpeeled
  • ginger if you'd like
  • a bay leaf
  • some thyme sprigs
  • a bunch of parsley
  • a tbsp of whole peppercorns
  • salt
simmer the lot, barely bubbling, for about four hours.
strain, chill your stock overnight if you have the patience, and remove the layer of fat in the morning.

when you're ready for your soup, make a kind of soffrito, gently sauteing diced onion, celery and carrot until sweet, then adding the stock. once it's boiling add noodles. if you didn't eat the breasts for dinner (with a little salsa verde, thank you alice waters) shred and add at the end, to heat through, with maybe some chopped parsley.

(here i added slivers of swiss chard, perhaps an abomination, but delicious nonetheless.)

it's kind of universal, but i thought i'd share anyways.

love to you from the wild wet west.


book covers

because we love them and i miss you.

o x

Sunday, March 29, 2009

stripes...and stars

hello lovely,

your beautiful stripes inspired me to add some stars
as in dining under them...
"For starters, you're dropped right into the middle of a field, garden or row of corn and seated at a gigantic, 100-person table complete with white linens and formal service."
how amazing does that sound?
and speaking of farms, i just had lunch with a friend who
is leaving nyc after 8 years and heading back to her family in India.
she is then going to work on an organic farm in Sweden for the summer
through this organization.
would love to do this with you one day.

happy sunday supper!

o x
brooklyn trout

p.s a shout out to Lady A for the tip

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

jack bush


yesterday at the post office
while collecting my package
i treated myself to a couple of sheets of these fine jack bush stamps.

if a return to old school correspondence is in the works,
i'll be posting in style.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

vogue couturier design

is it good to be back?

i've been meaning to post these lovely old vogue patterns
in response to your pannier love.
(pannier sounds like something from the bakery...)

and i received an AMAZING package in the mail,
which i'll try to share soon.

you are brilliant and fine.


Great art. $20. Really

these caught my eye because i'm a type ho

and this made me smile

go have a browse at more here
o x j

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

marni sandwich


what delicious sounding tea and the tins are so pretty!

thought you might need a marni hit with a bug necklace from H+M
thrown in for good measure.

i'm back in brooklyn enjoying a crisp sunny day
and might have to go and get you that necklace.

o x
lady j

Sunday, March 22, 2009



Such a beautiful teapot!

It deserves a special tea, and i recommend Kusmi, Russian tea from a 150 year old company based in Paris.
Currently I can't get enough of the Anastasia, an earl grey with lemon and orange blossom.

Happy Sunday.


Saturday, March 21, 2009

tea for a baroness

lady esness.

did i ever show you what i got for xmas from
the king of bushwick?
isn't it the most beautiful thing ever?
i can't wait to serve you tea from it
when you come visit nyc.
(which i hope is one day soon)
i head back there next week.

o x
lady jay

p.s. i have the hugest craving for that pasta
wish i could of been there with you.

Thursday, March 19, 2009



a lovely meal
good wine, some pasta all'amatriciana with guanciale, and beloved friends

all that was missing was you


ps OH MY GOD YES!!!!! PARMESAN PUDDING! I forgot how delicious that one was ... am hoping to make the flank steak with artichoke potato hash this weekend from the very same book - will let you know.

parmesan pudding

i am always impressed you have mastered many of these recipes as i slowly
try to wrap my head around them thinking they are more complicated then they
actually are. last night made the saffron chicken dish with parmesan pudding.
okay...that pudding is nuts! so yummy...a perfect side.
o x

Parmesan Pudding

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour
1 3/4 cups whole milk (or low fat milk works great too)
2/3 cup heavy cream
1 extra-large egg
1 extra-large egg yolk
1 1/4 cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat a medium pot over medium heat for 1 minute. Add the butter, and when it foams, whisk in the flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, and cook for about 5 minutes, being careful not to let the flour burn. Slowly pour in the milk and cream, whisking constantly to incorporate it. The butter and flour will sieze up and get pasty first. Continue whisking vigorously as you add the liquid, and the mixture will become smooth. Cook a few more minutes, until warm to the touch. Remove the pan from the heat.

Whisk the egg and egg yolk together in a small bowl. Slowly drizzle the eggs into the cream mixture, whisking continuously until combined. Stir in the cheese, and seaon with a heaping 1/2 teaspoon salt. Pour the mixture into an 8x6-inch (or equivalent) baking dish, and cover tightly with foil. Place the baking dish in a roasting pan, and add hot water tot he pan until it comes halfway up the outside of the custard dish. Place the pan in the oven and bake about 1 hour, until the pudding is just set.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

a fine feathery font

sahara of the springs
i was going to post pictures of palm trees and desert mountains
or federer and nadal but thought b o r i n g...
instead i found this tear from an old ny times magazine that i kept
because of this lovely watercolour feathery style font.
maybe time to take out your brushes and paper again?
o x
type ho

Saturday, March 14, 2009

a turquoise treat

in PS at the moment watching some fine tennis
and thrifting...
thought you would adore this stove unit in our rental place
as much as i do

and the controls are off to the side on the wall

more from PS in a minute...
o x
p.s can we go to ping's when i come to vancouver next? looks delicious!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

duralex picardie glass

... one more small detail:
the wine was served in grey moroccan tea glasses, and the water in these classic duralex picardie glasses, possibly one of the most perfectly shaped drinking vessels ever. 


eat at pings

jow jow binks

tams treated me to a manipedi the other day, followed by a quick bite at ping's -
japanese "yoshoku" from joshua, formerly of the modern club (!!!!!!!).
no okonomiyaki (or haru), but the kinpira was all that it could be, and the atmosphere at 5 pm quite calming and lovely.


pics from fmed's review on chowhound (and more of their delicious pics here)
(why oh why don't i carry my camera with me everywhere?)



am in a dusty kind of mood today and thought you might
appreciate this music video.
just her sitting in a colorful dress on a big light inside that crazy cube frame...the quaint hand gestures...all so simple and good.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

spring showers

that is a very handsome piece of jewellery baronessa!

and more heart love for our new banner. thank you!
makes one think spring is in the air.
and with spring comes showers so why not a cloud umbrella
to help you stay dry?
created by dutch designer Joonsoo Kim and found via swiss miss.
i think it's a vancouver accessory must!

bubbles below

p.s. that diamond necklace is in your package i have been meaning to send for the last month...will post this week i promise.

Monday, March 9, 2009



Beautiful jewels! Besides diamonds and enamel, I always love a good piece of mechanical jewellery - rocks that do stuff. This one caught my eye recently:

"A diabolical design inspired by true love. The 14k gold dagger is attached with a 14k chain and can be worn either dangling below or piercing the solid silver human heart. Heart hangs on an 18" silver figaro chain. made in brooklyn...with love."

by Bittersweets New York, available at Catbird.


Saturday, March 7, 2009

diamonds are forever


your image in your recent ode to snail mail reminded me of this paper necklace i've been meaning to post -
available here, from the consistently inspiring japanese design team, d-bros (my designing dream).

(it's fairly obvious why i like this one...)

baronessa contessa you know the resta

Van Cleef please!


have never heard of ms. crespi but what a wonderful character and her pieces
are divine. especially love that she met her very rich italian husband on the
tennis courts and is now searching for truth and infinity with a guru in india.
how glamourous is she?

while perusing 1st dibs, i came across these gems at kentshire and they are all pieces by Van Cleef and Arpels.

must say this cuff would bump up my tennis outfit a notch
and wine would definitely taste better as i sipped wearing this ring.
love cufflinks and these ones are a must.

forty love you
o x

Friday, March 6, 2009

gabriella crespi


do you know gabriella crespi?
there's something about her architectural disco aesthetic i love -
elliptical brass coffee tables and plexiglas obelisks, matched here by a faded italian villa - and her multiple re-inventions seem downright contemporary:

...designer, artist, manufacturer, marketing genius, glamorous socialite and, since 1987, ardent follower of shri muniraji, an indian guru ... high in the himalayas, seeking satya (truth), unity and a feeling of infinity.
(from "top brass," by elaine mayers)

more at 1stdibs...

Thursday, March 5, 2009

rebel yell


while i confess i have considered the flowers,
and daydreamed about the menu,
i have no clear picture of the dress.

now that i've started thinking about it
i think a clean 1940s silhouette
perhaps in this crazy prada lace from a couple of seasons ago.

and of course a dead bird on my head.
or feathers at the very least
although i like the idea of a bit of taxidermy on that special day.


images from top: lanvin, prada, mcqueen

a white wedding

above dresses by threeasfour

phillip lim


caroline herrara

a friend of ours is getting married and asked if i had seen any great dresses out there and i had to admit that i don't keep up on what's new in wedding dresses but could research a bit to find things outside the box for her.
here's few a of those findings
and a surprisingly affordable few here like the tulle cascade or gracie gown.
don't get any ideas....
ox billy

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

the way we were

remember how we used to write letters? the fine paper, colourful stamps and your beautiful penmanship? as much as i love the immediacy of our blog life, i do miss the letters that used to greet me at the front door filled your words and musings about life in vancouver. my new worlds (nyc and LA) are wonderful though never seem quite complete without you nearby to go thrifting, eat noodles and scheme about our latest creative pursuit. i just noticed that we have been writing to each other via this blog for just over a year now, so i wanted to say happy 1st year baronessa! and i'm not sure who is following this out there in the blogosphere, but post a comment and say hello or you can send us an email too if you are feeling shy - opentocool@gmail.com
o x j o w
p.s still adore the first posting by you of all the book covers.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

more salvor

who knew that my favourite little gift store in new york

is doing clothing and accessories as well?

it's true, you learn something new everyday.

and i had never heard of sister corita so am happy you shared her. will go see her exhibit next week.
glad you're back...was starting to feel like i was dancing with myself.
o x no lady

Monday, March 2, 2009

sister corita


your notes on stealing reminded me of sister corita
and her 'pop activism'

more when the computer is fixed :(