Posts Tagged ‘food’

recent work – james jean

May 25, 2010

 

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roboexotica

November 29, 2009

 

Roboexotica USA by Laughing Squid.

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comptoir libanais

November 14, 2009

 

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ramen

October 31, 2009

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pumpkins .1 – shapes

October 30, 2009

 

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bento – john maeda

October 28, 2009

 

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sandwiches, cucumbers, jam

October 12, 2009

 

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bird’s custard

October 3, 2009

 

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To cut to the chase, frozen custard lollies are wonderful. They pretty much sum up that long hot summer of 1976, when the sun shone for months and it seemed like we’d never need to go back to school. There is something endearingly timeless about the powder, a concoction of  what, we don’t know, which, on paper, seem so… wrong. The Custard we know today was invented by an English pharmacist, Mr Bird, for his wife, who was allergic to eggs, in 1837. It is difficult to think of other products of the 19th century that not only remain popular, but are actually still on the market.

In the present day, with plastic cups from Lakeland and microwaves (microwave custard has the skin all the way through) we can perform magic. This magic is, as it has always been, of the weird transformation sort, where a mess of ingredients suddenly become a smooth sweet dream. It isn’t the only magic that can occur, it would seem, what with custard being a handy pacification tool as well as an accompaniment. The graphics may have changed, but the legendary child-pleasing qualities of the yellow gloop remain, bringing the summer of ’76 to us and to our children, at any time.

 

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Top ten custard combinations, in no particular order (and it has to be Birds*):

1. Trifle

2. Frozen custard lollies

3. Frozen raspberries, at room temperature, with custard.

4. Apple pie and custard

5. Banana custard

6. Custard tarts (i.e. hot jam tarts with custard)

7. Steamed recycled cupcake pudding and custard

8. Rhubarb and custard

9. Sticky toffee pudding and custard

10. For grown-ups only: Advocaat

 

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