What makes a madeleine a madeleine?

Is it just the shape? I love the traditional sea shell shaped cookies made famous by Proust, but I decided to “kick it up a notch” and make some savory ones. I made corn bread, onion and parmesan madeleines. Somehow eating a madeleine with soup doesn’t feel the same! Think I’ll try green tea ones next!

 

The madeleine or petite madeleine is a traditional cake from Commercy, a commune of the Meuse département in northeasternFrance.

Madeleines are very small cakes with a distinctive shell-like shape acquired from being baked in pans with shell-shaped depressions. Their flavour is similar to, but somewhat lighter than, pound cake, with a pronounced butter-and-lemon taste.

Some sources, including the New Oxford American Dictionary, say madeleines may have been named for a 19th century pastry cook, Madeleine Paulmier, but other sources have it that Madeleine Paulmier was a cook in the 18th century for Stanisław Leszczyński, whose son-in-law, Louis XV of France, named them for her.[1] The Larousse Gastronomique offers two conflicting versions of the Madeleine’s history.[2]

There is an old French saying that madeleines are supposed to take one back to one’s childhood.[citation needed]

Madeleine pan. 

Madeleine pan.

Aside from the traditional moulded pan, commonly found in stores specialising in kitchen equipment and even hardware stores, few tools are required to make madeleines. Traditional recipes include very finely ground nuts (usually almonds) as well as common cake ingredients such as flour, eggs, butter, sugar and vanilla.

Madeleines were chosen to represent France in the Café Europe initiative of the Austrian presidency of the European Union, onEurope Day 2006.

The Proust connection

Madeleines are perhaps most famous outside France for their association with involuntary memory in the Marcel Proust novel À la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past in the first translation, more recently translated as In Search of Lost Time), in which the narrator experiences an awakening upon tasting a madeleine dipped in tea:

“She sent out for one of those short, plump little cakes called petites madeleines, which look as though they had been moulded in the fluted scallop of a pilgrim’s shell. And soon, mechanically, weary after a dull day with the prospect of a depressing morrow, I raised to my lips a spoonful of the tea in which I had soaked a morsel of the cake. No sooner had the warm liquid, and the crumbs with it, touched my palate than a shudder ran through my whole body, and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary changes that were taking place…at once the vicissitudes of life had become indifferent to me, its disasters innocuous, its brevity illusory…”

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Modelling my first shirt is performance artist Chantall Chiaverini

All that FIT training came to something. Here is my first shirt modelled by acclaimed Chantall. She enjoys kite making and in her spare time the history of kite making. Her favorite past times are reading Proust and making madeleines.

What noises do bunnies make?

Carrot cake body, coconut fur, licorice flavoured jelly bean eyes, cherry nose and paper ears

 

Although bunnies and rabbits are quiet by nature, they still have many ways of communicating with us. Bunnies generally will communicate with us through body language as well as some audible sounds. If you have a rabbit, you must observe your rabbit closely in order to communicate well with them, and understand their needs and desires. The more you observe, the more you will learn about them.

Some of the body language that is normally displayed for us are:

If your bunny is rubbing objects or even you with the underside of their chin, it means that they are currently marking their possessions. It’s kind of like how a dog marks their territory. Because rabbits have scent glands under their chin, when they make contact with objects on their chin, they can transfer the scent. This scent, however, cannot be smelled by humans.

Ever seen your bunny sit on their hind legs with their head held high? It’s really an adorable sight! It basically means that your bunny is satisfying their curiosity, and just noticing what’s around them. They are curious at the moment about the events that are happening before them.

Nudging away items from themselves is a sign that they do not want or like what is being placed in front of them. If it’s food, it simply means you have a picky eater, and need to do better. If your rabbit seems to be nudging you away, it can simply mean that they are tired of playing, and want to rest now.

Bunnies can show affection too. They display their affection to you by licking, nibbling or bunny kissing you. If it ever happens to you, you should be flattered by how much your bunny loves you.

If you find your bunny lying on the ground especially on their stomach with their ears flattened, legs stretched, and eyes closed, it means that they are resting, and that you should not disturb them. If their paws are stretched out, it means they are totally relaxed.

If you see that your bunny is violently kicking especially when you are handling them, it means that you are handling them in an incorrect way, and they are uncomfortable with the situation they are in. Place them down immediately, and learn how to handle them properly before doing so again. It’s instinctive for bunnies to kick for release when they are being held onto by a predator.

A couple of audible sound communications are:

If you hear a faint teeth chattering, it simply means that they are content with what is going on with them. In comparison, it is like a cat meowing.

If you hear a teeth grinding noise, it means that your bunny is sick; if you hear a loud ear-piercing scream, it means that your bunny is in agony they are either in extreme stress or pain.

Last but not least, if you hear a grunting noise. Stop what you’re doing and leave them alone. They are not happy with the situation that they are in at all.

Hear a thumping noise like “thumper” from Bambi? It’s not a good sign, and bunnies don’t thump just for the fun of it. Generally, bunnies will thump when they are startled or annoyed. They will also thump to get the attention for other bunnies, and is like a call for help.

Swoon in LIC

 

  • We had a great time with the Swoon art pirates. Really hard to follow dialogue(or was it just bad?)but otherwise sweetly savored music and great installation. A fairy tale scented free show overlooking all of Manhattan…..Couldn’t get much better. They were collecting donations for the insurance less crew members who walked the planks between the boats and never quite made it back the same. I guess the message in this bottle is to not plan on having endless party time on a boat and not have anyone fall off the proverbial wagon/boat.