Monday, February 6, 2012

downton audrey

hey y'all! i had a rather exhausting, somewhat wine-soaked weekend, so i'm taking it easy with a bit of hulu with a side of blogging. i've become obsessed with downton abbey - about a year too late, i know - watching the first two seasons in a matter of about four days, because that's how i do. the show is essentially a soap opera set in the early 1900's, which is captivating enough, but the costuming is absolutely to die for - for me, it rivals even that of mad men - gorgeous, long art deco frocks, elbow length gloves, fabulous jewelry. it inspired me to snag this skirt, and do my best modern-downton - sort of last year's anthropologie catalog meets downton abbey meets dark-rooted-bedhead.




top: anthropologie
skirt: madewell
necklace: gift from sam
necklace: old anthropologie
shoes: (hard to see) rachel comey

anyhow, last weekend, after the resounding success that was braised lamb neck, i grabbed some lamb lollipops from work and planned a meal around them - a fishcake salad to start, mussels for an appetizer and then lamb lollipops with a fennel and green apple slaw and beet pureƩ. the preparation was actually quite simple, but so, so good.






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apple and fennel slaw

one small fennel bulb, thinly sliced
one green apple, thinly sliced
2 T honey
2 T apple cider vinegar
a few fronds of fennel, chopped
sea salt

combine all ingredients and let them sit for at least thirty minutes.

beet and greek yogurt pureƩ

about 2 large beets, cooked til soft and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 cup greek yogurt
sea salt

place in blender. buzzzzzz.

lamb lollipops

spice rub: i used rubbed sage, fennel pollen, sea salt, fresh thyme leaves
4 lamb lollipops
a splash of olive oil

start the oil in a pan, on medium high; let the pan get nice and hot, then place the lollipops in. cook for about 2-3 minutes (depending on thickness) each side; let them rest for a few minutes, then serve atop the slaw and puree. ta-da!

and one final note! i've had some exciting press lately - an interview with the host of all things considered on npr (which i have to admit is very much a dream come true for me, the biggest of all NPR nerds) and then today my macarons are featured on nymag.com! (and just in time for valentine's day. . . i have a feeling the next week will be an exceedingly busy one.)

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macaron flavors (clockwise) coconut cream, nutella, mint chocolate chip, lavender black pepper and lemon rosemary. (photo by nymag)

thank you, truly and deeply, for all your kind words - i'll do a post soon to address some questions i've been getting in the comments.

much love to you all,

xo audrey

14 comments:

  1. So proud of my fellow FCI classmate! She can rock some macaroons.

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  2. Do you love Downton Abbey too?! I seriously have an obsession with Victorian-era Jane Austen-ish anything. It's become a problem! I love the outfit, and the lamb looks so. delicious.

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  3. A) I Love everything about the outfit, it's such a great combination <3
    B) That lamb dish looks incredible and I love how you've plated it!
    C)MMMMmmm macarons are sooo gooood

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  4. Love Downton. And, I am ready for my dinner invite! xo

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  5. Know exactly what you mean. I just "discovered" Downton Abbey a few weeks ago. Thanks to Netflix's instant streaming, I got caught up.

    You look fab and the food looks delicious!

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  6. Everyone is telling me how great Downton Abbey is, so I can't wait to see it))) I need to plan this for my weekend)))
    Love the polka dot top, so cute!)

    http://tri-skelos.blogspot.com/

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  7. so glad to hear about your exposure and success! You totally deserve it - I really enjoy seeing how creative you get with food (even when its things I don't even care to eat!)
    Best, Breanna

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  8. Oooh, congrats on the NPR interview and nymag.com feature!! NPR (specifically KPCC) makes my over-an-hour-each-way L.A. commute bearable. And your outfit is inspiring me to try out a floor-length skirt =) Thank you again for letting bebe feature you on STYLUST!

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  9. I totally love this outfit! And yummm those macarons look great!

    XO, Imke

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  10. i totally love your outfit!
    great blog x

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  11. the outfit is great, i love it. and the macarons are so pretty. im so happy i have found your blog :)

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  12. It inspired me to snag this skirt, Very awesome in looking. online makeup course

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