Can you believe it's April already? Doesn't seem possible! I keep thinking that it can't be spring since we never had our blizzards. Among the weeds in my kitchen garden, I found a couple sprigs of parsley. It never got cold enough to kill them off! As unpleasant as winter can be, it seems wrong to skip it entirely.
Anyway, it's Life This Week time. This week's issue has several interesting items:
- Decorative Easter eggs
- Hitler in Czechoslovakia
- Discovery of the Coelacanth, a fish the same as it was 50,000,000 years ago
- Spanish refugee camps in France
- "Stained Glass Has U.S. Renaissance"
- "Birds in Arctic: a Girl Photographer Follows Them to Their Far-North Breeding Grounds"
- "The Real White Races of Europe"
- "Giddy Colors, Queer Heels Adorn the Spring Shoes"
- "Look-alike" dolls (cover story)
- "Lindberg Walks Alone"
The "Movie of the Week" is Wuthering Heights. Not that the film isn't well-done and well-cast and all that, I just am not a fan of Wuthering Heights. I think Emily Brontë does a great job of creating a creepy atmosphere, but I had a difficult time finding a sympathetic character. I finally made it through the book, but I didn't care one jot what happened to Cathy or Heathcliff. While I was watching the film, I kept thinking it wasn't quite how I remembered the book. According to IMDb, this film version only uses the first half of the chapters!
I could have made these "Gay Chocolate Cup Cakes" this week (they are pretty adorable), but we're still getting through fruitcake, so I made Yorkshire Rabbit to go with Wuthering Heights. If you're out wandering about on the moors, it might be nice to come home to something savory and hearty. Yorkshire Rabbit, also called "Buck Rabbit" and perfect for "traditional High Tea" according to Yorkshire Teatime Recipes, is Welsh Rabbit with poached eggs. Paul and I had them for lunch this weekend with some slightly overcooked and very buttery boiled broccoli.
4 thin slices homemade (or good bakery) white bread
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon English mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
dash of Worcestershire sauce
salt (if using unsalted butter)
4 poached eggs, seasoned with salt and pepper, to serve
Toast white bread and set aside. Preheat broiler.
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the cheese, butter, cream, mustard, cayenne pepper and Worcestershire sauce together over medium heat. (Add salt if needed.) Melt just until the cheese is almost completely melted. I like to make a paste rather than a pourable sauce. Spread this paste over the toast, place on a baking sheet and broil until browned. Top with poached eggs and serve immediately.
Adapted from "Yorkshire Rabbit" in Yorkshire Teatime Recipes (Sevenoaks: J. Salmon Ltd.), 27.