Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The French Film Festival 2015

 My girlfriends and I worked out which movies we were going to see for the French Film Festival which is coming to Brisbane in mid March. Goody.
 This post is going to be filled with lots of French themed visuals, so if you're not feeling the love just click away now. Don't say I didn't warn you. 
Look here's Old Nancy Mitford's street in Paris:
 We want to see 3 Hearts (Catherine Deneuve and Charlotte Gainsbourg), the Yves Saint Laurent biopic  (that my friend J assures me isn't the same one we saw last year), the doco about French couture houses called Made with Love in France and that French Riviera one (Catherine D again). I also wouldn't mind seeing the Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles, because I read the book and the one called The Ultimate Accessory. So many movies, such little time.
Cue the French Visuals!
 Hello St Genevieve
 This is an inauthentic cassoulet. It was Delicious!
 Aspic. There's something you don't see often these days.
 Must make a soufflé. Can't think why I haven't for so long. Maybe because it's been boiling hot and humid for months on end.
 Hello St Malo cathedral
 And God Bless you Breton Bakers. 
 Boo.
 This is my friend Heidi's late mother's scarf. Isn't it lovely? 
 In other exciting news my sister went to sleep with a 4 four old and woke up today with a Big Boy who'd turned 5! 5! Happy Birthday Nephew FF!!! He's got the best birthday surprise in store- I am 100% jealous.
 Thank you for everyone who emailed me and left comments about where to find quinces!!!! Hooray! I'd love to chat but I've got to catch the end of Who Do You Think You Are and then watch that doco about the Royal Family and the media on the ABC.
In closing, I'd like to quote my wise 3 year old-
 "You get what you get and you don't get upset"
Something in that for all of us really.
Behave.
xxx

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Universe Directed Me to Bake. Again.

Aren't these flowers from my friend L divine? So spoilt. 
Meanwhile this morning at about 7am the universe Spoke to Me and Directed me to Bake that ricotta  torta in this month's Gourmet Traveller. I did as I was told. Look:
Mr FF had the genius idea of using Nutella instead of fig jam. I know. 
It really was what could only be described as a Brilliant and Inspired Baking Moment.
Behold the Magnificence People:
It was 11/10. I think I might bake it for Easter Lunch ("Feaster")
Some people loathe ironing but I'm not one of them.
I catch up on all my shows and do some of my Best Thinking.
And I don't need to meditate to calm my nerves. I just open up my cupboards and look at all that ironed stuff and my blood pressure lowers. So soothing.
I've wanted a piece of coral for ages and am in a Decorating Mood so on Saturday I went to Botticelli House's warehouse at with all the Big Names on  and bought some coral and a forchid and a ginger jar.  My 3 year old told me that white coral is dead coral. According to the Octonauts. So clever.
Cured Meat Haters Avert your eyes! Because we stocked up on lots of snacks at the Clayfield Market.
Look:
Something for the Vegetarians:
It's almost quince season. Hooray. Let me know if you see them in the shops.
I'm counting the seconds until Dior and I hits the cinema. 
I love a fashion doco. Who can forget the September Issue?
 Or Bill Cunningham New York?
 Not to mention Madamoiselle C
And Lagerfeld Confidential, the Valentino doco, Bury my ashes at Bergdorfs, The Eye Has to Travel about Diana Vreeland) and Vogue: the Editor's Eye were all pretty good too. Anything I've missed?
Meanwhile Bring On the Pink:
I saw Clint Eastwood's American Sniper. There are lots of harrowing scenes but I liked it and give it a solid 4 stars. I didn't recognise Sienna Miller as the wife but then again I didn't recognise her in Foxcatcher either.
In Real Housewife of Melbourne news, I can tell there are going to be lots of fights and hurt feelings interspersed with the parties, sequins and champagne.
Stay Grateful. 
xxxx

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