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Pairing Gail Carriger Books with Tea & Nibbles (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Alright, Gentle Reader, this idea came a while ago from a conversation on the Parasol Protectorate Facebook Group. One of the members was plotting gifting her family with books and chocolate. It occurred to me that gifting books + tea would make for a great blog post.

Reading this?

The Parasol Protectorate series
 Drink this:
Eat this:
Treacle tart

 

Reading this?

The Finishing School series

Drink this:

English Breakfast Tea

Eat this:

Scones and Homemade Clotted Cream

 

Reading this?

Drink this:

Assam

Eat this:

Madeira Cake

If you are reading The Sumage Solution then how about trying some Pu-erh?

And, of course, I do hope we all know not to take tea with Preshea at all. Right?

{Gail’s monthly read along for January 2016 is The Raven’s Ring by Patricia Wrede. You do not have to have read any other Lyra books.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1845 Graham

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Dumbo Octopus in Action

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Harness’s Electric Corset

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Delete the Non-Compete

Book News:


Nalini Haynes of Dark Matter Zine says:

Manners & Mutiny is another of Gail Carriger’s highly successful adventure comedy romance steampunk fantasy novels, concluding the Finishing School series with a bang and an excellent roundup of what becomes of the survivors. One of Carriger’s many strengths is to conclude series and begin new series in the same world, keeping her stories fresh. The balance of tension, comedy and romance is fabulous. I’ve been hanging out for the next Custard Protocol book since I finished the last delicious snack; Carriger keeps me wanting more. I highly recommend all her novels.”

Quote of the Day:
“I once got engaged to his daughter Honoria, a ghastly dynamic exhibit who read Nietzsche and had a laugh like waves breaking on a stern and rockbound coast.”
― P.G. Wodehouse

Gail’s fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

What’s Going on in Gail’s Life? Scarves, Glazes & Lamb Stew

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

What’s going on right now, Gentle Reader?

Look to your left, see in the left column of the blog? That’s a poll! Please take it. Thanks. (Not mobile friendly.)

Otherwise, here’s some insight into my brain and other organs…

Occupying My Ears: No Such Thing As A Fish Podcast. I love QI and I love this companion podcast, they are informative, funny, and quite British.

Occupying My Neck: This scarf: 32” Square Silk Multicolour Petal Rose. I’m pretty much living in it these days. Something about the color pallet just seems to go with everything I choose to wear right now.

Occupying My Nose: Giovanni Sugar Scrub, Hot Chocolate An old favorite of mine that always seems relevant in winter, partly because of dry skin, partly because of the delicious smell. I recommend this as a gift, it came into my life that way. I’ve sensitive skin and I worried I might have a reaction, but it’s always delivered smooth chocolaty goodness.

Occupying My Eyes: 5 TV Characters of the Year I haven’t watched any of these, not for lack of interest but for lack of time. Hoping I can carve out a bit of spare time over the holidays.

Currently Coveting Gadget: The Wurf Board. I can’t stop wanting this right now. I don’t know if it would help with all my hip and other writing-related issues, but I’d sure like to try it and see.

Occupying My Touch: Aloe Vera Gel I’m really into this stuff right now in my quest to minimize surgery scars. This one is organic and a little runny and it absorbs really fast.

Occupying My Pantry: TJ’s Balsamic Reduction Glaze (find at your local Trader Joe’s in the vinegar section) I usually make my own, but then I’m down a bottle of balsamic vinegar and the apartment smells like pickling for days. This is a lot easier and just as tasty. I use it in or on everything. To add depth to gravy or soup, on its own as a salad dressing, to drizzle over the goat cheese on a platter (here’s a crostini recipe). If you are on any kind of salt restriction diet this baby is a lifesaver.

Currently Coveting Clothing: Tie-neck Cotton Knit Dress from Eshakti

 

Come in Tomato & Crimson Red, Kelly Green, Purple, & Navy

Occupying My Mouth: By FB request, here’s a lamb stew recipe I made recently that caused me to be a mite tipsy on twitter (I drank the wine that did not go into the stew). It’s based off a recipe for rabbit stew from a Victorian cookbook that I unearthed somewhere (can remember were, bad scientist, not citing source). I am not the kind of cook who is precise, more slap dash, which suits Victorian recipes. I’ve tried to be careful about the recipe below, but it’s not always possible. You can certainly fiddle with the portions, adding more meat, more veg, omitting a veg, whatever. So if you are a baker who likes things JUST SO the following may not work for you…

Gail’s Victorian Stew

2lb of lamb/rabbit/pork/chicken thighs cubed into bite size pieces 1-1.5″, dried with paper towels
1 cup flour (gluten free is fine)
2 med onions chopped (can use pearl onions)
1 cup chopped celery
4 cups chopped carrots, parsnips, potatoes, or other firm root vegetables (I’ve also successfully used squash)
8 oz chopped mushrooms
2 cups chicken (or whatever you have to hand) stock
2 cups water
2 cups dry red wine (I like Chianti)
1/2 stick butter (4 tbsp) sometimes more
1 bay leaf (optional herbs: rosemary for lamb/rabbit, sage for pork, thyme for chicken)
salt & black pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. In large oven safe soup pot: Saute mushrooms in oil, remove, put aside.
  3. Saute onion & celery in butter, remove.
  4. Dredge dry meat pieces with flour. Brown in butter on all sides over med heat in batches, adding butter as needed, put aside. Do not overcrowd the pan. Do not skimp on butter. This is key, and time consuming, but it really helps the meat stay tender. Remove.
  5. Place more butter in pan plus remaining flour to create a rue. Do not burn, but do cook flour as you would for gravy.
  6. Add meat, onion & celery, seasoning, back in. Stir a bit.
  7. Add in bay leaf (dried herbs if using) and all liquids (gradually in batches).
  8. Cover and put in oven for 1.5 – 2 hours.
  9. Remove from oven, if broth is not thick enough can add in 1-3 tbsp starch (mixed with cold water into a paste, of course)
  10. Add in root veg and mushrooms (and fresh herbs if using).
  11. Return to oven and cook an additional hour.

Prep time: 1 hr. Cooking time: 3 hr.

It is time consuming and best made well ahead of time if you are hosting a dinner party. Cooking times are dependent on the size of your chunks of veg and meat, the bigger the chunks the longer it will take. Obviously, this recipe could be adapted to a slow cooker (switch to the crock pot after step 6). Can be kept warm on stove top for a party or made a day ahead of time. It freezes well.

It easily feeds 6, with large portions and a nice rosemary roll on the side.

Leftover stew also converts well to become shepherd’s pie or vindaloo if you did not use herbs. Summer variation can be made with white wine instead of red, chickpeas & kale instead of root veg.

Low Sodium Option: Omit added salt, use unsalted butter, and use home-made salt free stock. (Low sodium store-bought stock usually isn’t very.) Add a generous tablespoon or two of reduced balsamic vinegar, AKA balsamic glaze, along with the liquids.

{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix, skinflint alternative is Ridiculous by D.L. Carter.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Magasin des Demoiselles Date-  Sunday, June 1, 1845

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Handmade Parasol

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
What The Octopus Can Teach Us

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
“Writing, I explained, was mainly an attempt to out-argue one’s past; to present events in such a light that battles lost in life were either won on paper or held to a draw.”
~ Jules Feifer

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Out now!
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Starting edits soon. Available for pre-order in the US.



Gail Carriger’s Books! 

 The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

 

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence

Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
Lesa’s Book Critique’s says: “Manners & Mutiny is a brilliant ending to this series. It’s a series that featured wit, courageous young women, fascinating supernaturals, stories of class systems overcome by love and strength, and fascinating plots. Bravo, Gail Carriger.”

Quote of the Day:
‘What does he think of it all?’
‘He’s absolutely rattled.’
‘Ripping! I’ll be toddling up, then. Toodle-oo, Bertie, old man. See you later.’
‘Pip-pip, Bicky, dear boy.’
~ Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Gail’s fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

A Conflagration of Research (Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Today my dear Gentle Reader, I have a collection of stuff (all the stuff!) I thought might be of interest. Have fun!

Some stuff about the Victorians and Food!

Two of my most favorite subjects rolled together like a pig in a blanket.

“As, for the fashionable, dinner moved later, after-dinner tea was no longer necessary to bridge the gap until bedtime. Instead it moved forward, to fill in the longer period between luncheon (which in families without children was a light meal) and dinner, and to greet the office worker on his return home. This took time to be assimilated. In the 1850s the Carlyles still invited people to tea after dinner, at about seven o’clock: this was thriftier than having them for the meal itself, and made an evening entertainment.”
~ The Victorian House by Judith Flanders

“It is well, while at table, to avoid any discussion of the demerits of the dishes. On the other hand, you may praise them as much as you please.”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

“For a large company, a table with tea, coffee, and cakes, may be set in the ladies-room, women being in attendance to supply the guests with those refreshments before they go down.”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

“Eliza Acton, in her cookery books at the beginning of the century, was the first person to write a recipe more or less as we would recognize today, by separating out the ingredients from the method, which no one that thought of doing before. No longer was a cook told to take ‘some flour’ or ‘enough milk’, but now quantities and measures were introduced.”
~ The Victorian House by Judith Flanders

Les Modes Parisiennes Date-  Thursday, March 1, 1855 Item ID-  v. 37, plate 52

 

 

Matters of Etiquette

“When you purchase an umbrella, desire that, before sending it home, your name be engraved on the little plate at the termination of the handle, or else on the slide. “To make assurance doubly sure,” you may get the name painted in full in small white or yellow letters on the inside of one of the gores of silk.”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

Robe à Transformation  1855  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

Random Moments of What?

A bunch of fun Victorian Photo Resources:

 

On the classic Victorian concept of the sickly maiden or spinster:

“Illness was a way of putting achievement definitively out of reach. This is not a twentieth-, or twenty-first-century interpretation of nineteenth-century situation. Her brother Henry wrote later that ‘tragis health was, in a manner, the only solution for her of the practical problem of life’.”
~ The Victorian House by Judith Flanders

“The English are “starved with cold”—Americans only starve with hunger.”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

Le Bon Ton Date-  Tuesday, July 1, 1856 Item ID-  v. 38, plate 65

 

And some fashion links!

 

Alfred Stevens (Belgian artist, 1828-1906) In the Country (with a parasol)

“Every lady should own a small light umbrella, or else a very large parasol, of extra size, covered with strong India silk that will not easily tear or fade, and that may be used, on occasion, for either sun or rain; and that will not be cumbrous to carry, though quite large enough to shelter one person.”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1Columbian Magazine Date-  Monday, September 1, 1845

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Adorable Tea Bag Cookies

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Steampunk Your Pumpkin This Halloween

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
How to Undress a Victorian Lady in Your Next Historical Romance

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! In production.
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft. Running over. Argh!



Gail Carriger’s Books! 

 The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

 

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (forthcoming)

Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
Violet Owl says of Etiquette & Espionage: “The fast-paced action is sure to excite any reader, and the relationships Sophronia cultivates sends some very positive messages to young readers.”

Quote of the Day:

“But when the time comes that a man has had his dinner, then the true man comes to the surface.”

~ Mark Twain

Gail’s fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

Weird Victorian Recipe Moment ~ Sweet Macaroni Pudding (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Just because, Gentle Reader. And really, I am so going to try and make this at some point.

  • 2-1/2 oz. of macaroni
  • 2 pints of milk
  • rind of 1/2 lemon
  • 3 eggs
  • sugar to taste
  • grated nutmeg to taste
  • 2 tablespoons brandy

Put the macaroni, with a pint of the milk, into a saucepan with the lemon-peel, and let it simmer gently until the macaroni is tender; then put it into a pie-dish without the peel; mix the other pint of milk with the eggs; stir these together well, adding the sugar and brandy, and pour the mixture over the macaroni. Grate a little nutmeg over the top, and bake in a moderate oven for 1/2 hour. To make this pudding look nice, a paste should be laid round the edges of the dish, and, for variety, a layer of preserve or marmalade may be placed on the macaroni: in this case omit the brandy.

3/4 hour to simmer the macaroni; 1/2 hour to bake the pudding.
Sufficient for 5 or 6 persons. Seasonable at any time.
From Classic Recipes (Beeton, I think.)

{Gail’s monthly read along for June is June: Uprooted by Naomi Novik}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

arsenicinshell-tumblr Pride and Farewell by Bathoriya

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Twitter basics for authors

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! Final stages.
  • Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First. OUT NOW!
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:
The Penny Dreadfuls Review says of Prudence:
“Carriger has done a wonderful job of advancing the world of the Parasol Protectorate and crafting a whole new set of characters. Perhaps not completely new, but she has aged them with the perfection of a fine wine.“

Quote of the Day:
“Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.”
~ Honoré de Balzac

Like Gail on Facebook & Twitter. Or you can join her mailing list
She also has a fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

This Month’s Book Pick ~ Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

So this month’s book group pick is Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear. No sneaky reading ahead for me this time, it is totally new to me as well. I haven’t read a lot of Elizabeth’s stuff either. So why did I pick it? Frankly, I love the cover.

 

Also I hear nothing but good things about her work, she’s an awesome person, and the blurb looks right up my alley. Also I wanted to jump to something more adult and steampunk after last month’s read.

“You ain’t gonna like what I have to tell you, but I’m gonna tell you anyway. See, my name is Karen Memery, like memory only spelt with an e, and I’m one of the girls what works in the Hôtel Mon Cherie on Amity Street. Hôtel has a little hat over the o like that. It’s French, so Beatrice tells me.”

Set in the late 19th century—when the city we now call Seattle Underground was the whole town (and still on the surface), when airships plied the trade routes, would-be gold miners were heading to the gold fields of Alaska, and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront, Karen is a young woman on her own, is making the best of her orphaned state by working in Madame Damnable’s high-quality bordello. Through Karen’s eyes we get to know the other girls in the house—a resourceful group—and the poor and the powerful of the town. Trouble erupts one night when a badly injured girl arrives at their door, beggin sanctuary, followed by the man who holds her indenture, and who has a machine that can take over anyone’s mind and control their actions.  And as if that wasn’t bad enough, the next night brings a body dumped in their rubbish heap—a streetwalker who has been brutally murdered.

Bear brings alive this Jack-the-Ripper yarn of the old west with a light touch in Karen’s own memorable voice, and a mesmerizing evocation of classic steam-powered science.

The book actually doesn’t drop until tomorrow (Feb 3., 2015), but you pre-order now and it will wing its way to you shortly.

Here’s a fun interview with Elizabeth about the book if you want to know more.

Details details!
Title: Karen Memory
Author: Elizabeth Bear
Series: Unknown
Publisher: Macmillian (Tor)
Release Date: 02/03/2015
Format Gail’s Reading: ebook
How Gail got it: Preordered

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for February? Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1832  The McCord Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Women Working: 1900-1930

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
My local bookshop, Borderlands, is closing (Locus article). I will let you know how this effects my March 22 event. Likely it will be cancelled or moved. Right now, remaining Gail Carriger stock is signed, get it before it’s gone. Until I build a new relationship with a different local indy, there will be no way to order my books signed (except with at risk online special offers and from stores on my tour stops). I will try to fill this void as quickly as possible, but right now, I’m grieving. I ADORED Borderlands. They hosted my first author event. I met my first fan in those hallowed halls. They have been unfailingly sweet to every genre author I know. They were early, loyal, and HUGE supporters of my books. They will be profoundly missed. It’s unlikely I, at least, will ever have cause to visit that part of San Francisco again. Shame.

PROJECT ROUND UP 

Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last Releases November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First Release date March 17, 2015 available for pre-order!


The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:
The Tentacle & Treacle site has been revamped.  
To celebrate the lovely new appearance, we are giving away a signed advanced copy of Prudence, and a signed copy of my cookbook, A Feast of Ice and Fire.
To enter the competition, you must complete the following steps:
1) Visit the shiny new website, and sign up for the monthly newsletter (scroll down for sign up box). New recipes, household hints, and how to seat a vampire and a werewolf at the same dinner party.
2) Comment on the giveaway Facebook post with your favourite food item from the Parasol Protectorate.

The winner will be announced on Tentacle & Treacle on February 8th. Regretfully, this competition is only open to those in the continental United States.

Quote of the Day:

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Food! Gail’s 9 Favorite Dishes, 1864 Etiquette & Victorian Food Euphemisms (Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Something a little different today, Gentle Reader. As many of you know I am a bit of a glutton, I love me my food. Hence the reason food always gets into my books. One of my favorite compliments is when someone tells me that reading my book made them hungry.

So I’m a Bay Area girl, born and raised (then escaped and returned multiple times). Here are my 9 favorite things to eat in this area, if you are ever in town.

  1. Fish tacos from El Caballo Wraps, Alameda
  2. Tea leaf salad, spicy okra and tofu, lamb kabat followed by coconut fritters from Burma Superstar, San Francisco
  3. Roasted pork loin with fontana cheese sandwich with hot chai (no milk) followed by lemon curd potted cake from The Tea Room Cafe, Petaluma
  4. Cod salad with fennel, romaine, and a lemon dressing followed by a flat white with pear polenta upside down cake from Little House, Alameda (sadly no longer on the menu)
  5. Thom yum soup followed by dancing prawns and banana leaf wrapped salmon from Royal Thai, San Rafael
  6. Pulled confit pork with orange, jalapeno, and avocado sandwich and a side salad followed by a latte from Cafe Q, Alameda
  7. Fig champagne cocktail with the full cheese sampler followed by confit duck with new potatoes and arugula salad from Girl & Fig, Sonoma (they no longer do this version of the duck, sadly)
  8. The Bento Box meal with salmon sushi dominating from Balboa Sushi, San Francisco
  9. Fresh OJ with Eggs Alexandra and a massive cinnamon bun (to share) at Los Gatos Cafe, Los Gatos

To “cut the eggs,” instead of to beat them. The motion of beating eggs does not cut them. “Braiding eggs,” is still worse.
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

1811 Fun Euphemisms Around Food

  • Bow-wow mutton ~ Dog’s flesh.
  • Devil’s dung ~ Assafoetida.
  • Field lane duck ~ A baked sheep’s head.
  • Hasty pudding ~ Oatmeal and milk boiled to a moderate thickness, and eaten with sugar and butter.
  • Rum ruff peck ~ Westphalia ham. http://www.schallerweber.com/product/westphalian-ham/
  • Salmon-gundy ~ Apples, onions, veal or chicken, and pickled herring, minced fine, and eaten with oil and vinegar.
  • Sandwich ~ Ham, died tongue, or some other salted meat, cut thin and put between two slices of bread and butter: said to be a favorite morsel with the Earl of Sandwich.
  • Sweetheart ~ A term applicable to either the masculine of feminine gender, signifying a girl’s lover, or a man’s mistress: derived from a sweet cake in the shape of a heart.
  • Yarmouth pye ~ A pye made of herrings highly spiced, which the city of Norwich is by charter bound to present annually to the king.

~ 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue 
 

We advise our New-England friends to eschew, both in speaking and writing, all Yankee phrases that do not convey the exact meaning of the words. For instance, to “turn out the tea,” instead of to “pour it out.”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

  • When eating fish, first remove the bones carefully, and lay them on the edge of your plate. Then with your fork in your right hand, (the concave or hollow side held uppermost,) and a small piece of bread in your left, take up the flakes of fish.
  • Pouring butter-sauce over any thing is now ungenteel.
  • It is an insult to the company, and a disgrace to yourself, to dip into a dish any thing that has been even for a moment in your mouth. To take butter or salt with your own knife is an abomination. There is always a butter-knife and a salt-spoon. It is nearly as bad to take a lump of sugar with your fingers.
  • In fact, nothing should be sucked or gnawed in public; neither corn bitten off from the cob, nor melon nibbled from the rind.
  • Ladies no longer eat salt-fish at a public-table. The odour of it is now considered extremely ungenteel, and it is always very disagreeable to those who do not eat it.
  • Champagne is very insidious; and two glasses may throw her into this pitiable condition.
  • Having unfolded your napkin, secure it to your belt with a pin, to prevent its slipping down from your lap, and falling under the table.

~ Further etiquette advice around food from the The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864. I bet there are some things following that you didn’t know about how to eat like a lady. I was certainly surprised!

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for January? Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

thehystericalsociety-tumblr Cora Urquart Brown-Potter, American stage actress – c. 1880s

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

backstoryradio tumblr Lantern slides showing movie theater etiquette and announcements, circa 1912.
via Library of Congress.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The mechanical leech, the anti-crime bowtie, and seven other preposterous Victorian inventions

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Convention Tips, Tricks and Guides

PROJECT ROUND UP 

Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last Releases November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First Release date March 17, 2015 available for pre-order!


The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:
Reads 4 Tweens says of Waistcoats & Weaponry, “This is a swashbuckling installment in the always amusing series. Some readers may miss the school and wish for less romantic angst, but overall it’s light and amusing even as the world as they know it is threatened.”

Quote of the Day:
“No man is lonely eating spaghetti; it requires so much attention.”
~ Christopher Morley

Follow Gail on Facebook & Twitter. Or you can join her mailing list
She also has a fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
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5 Fun Bits From Gail’s Reddit AMA (Q&A with Gail Carriger)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Yesterday, Gentle Reader, was utterly consumed with a Reddit AMA, book tour itinerary madness, and Prudence proofs. But I did get some great news…

Etiquette & Espionage wins French award for best translated young adult novel!

Le squee!

Also Tentacle & Treacle is back from hiatus, with more recipes from the pages of my books paired with tea by yours truly. This week it’s Cucumber Sandwiches.

 

And now here are 4 fun bits and 1 serious craft question from yesterday’s AMA:

1. Which superpower would you choose?
Gills. Always and forever. I want to swim underwater without having to come up for air. I’m a simple girl.

2. Favorite sport?
To play? Water polo. I was on the swim team for years, I’m a vicious little fish. To watch? American football. I can’t help it, it’s like Roman War tactics on the field. When I lived in the UK, I’ve was seen to watch the occasional bit of rugby. I am ashamed.

3. If you could would you let Lord Akeldama dress you?
Yesssss, but… only the once.

Ensemble 1790s Los Angeles County Museum of Art

 

“Nevertheless we favor every effort to stop the extravagant use of dry goods and millinery.”
“As it is, many of our young men are padded to a superlative degree, and 
have corns and bunions on every separate toe from wearing shoes too tight.”
~ Around the Tea Table by T. De Witt Talmage (1875) 

4. Do any teas remind you of certain characters?

Well I always think of Alexia with Assam. And I imagine Sophronia is kind of a Lady Grey type. Rue has a rather epic encounter with chai in the first Custard Protocol book, she likes it but her preference is probably for something even more daring… and alcoholic.

5. When you put in Easter eggs or foreshadowing, do you write them in on first draft, or does it come later?

Some of them come out in rough draft, although I write them not really knowing why. Some of them come in rewrites as intentional foreshadows for the end of the book or series. I recently just did my 6th draft of the final Finishing School book and only then realized why one character, from book 2, had behaved in a specific way! Often it’s like that, the characters surprise me.

Occasionally, I will drop in a thread knowing I might need it, usually I have it planned, sometimes I go overboard and drop in too many (that happened with Changeless and is one of the reasons Biffy never got his HEA). As for other Easter eggs, or cookies, I call this “rewarding the careful reader.” I’ll drop in a side character or a call back pretty often in one book referencing an earlier appearance ~ these days it could be from one series to another. Usually it’s not super relevant to the plot of that particular book, just for fun if you’re a devoted fan of the world, and kind of gives a nudge nudge wink wink moment to the careful reader. But if you aren’t a big fan, I don’t want you to feel like you are missing something. It helps that I write comedy. So what in one book can simply be a character for amusement, in a later book can have unexpected significance in retrospect. It makes me seem very clever when really, initially, I was just after the laugh. As a writer, it only really works with side characters who have little screen time and fewer tapestry threads to mess with. Does that make sense?

As for the world call backs, I’m a rereader, myself so I write with the intent that after each new book comes out, if you go back and read any of the previous ones, new things about the world are revealed in light of the latest revelations.

All of this has had some fun results where some of my readers are taking bets on which Finishing School character is (blood) related to which Parasol Protectorate character. Because they know I couldn’t resist such a temptation. They are currently employed trying to figure out ages and such to make certain the timing works. I just sit back and smile evilly.

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for October? Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1903 tumblr fleurdulys-      Portrait of Lydia Vasilyevna Sychkov, the Artist’s Wife – Fedot Sychkov      1903

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

 

Robe à Transformation  Worth & Bobergh, 1862-1865  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
On Morning Calls and Hosting Dinner Parties, Balls and Routs in the Late Regency

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Why and How to Outline (given some of the Reddit discussion yesterday)

PROJECT ROUND UP 
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First:   Releases March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order! Proof stage.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last.   Release date November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.


The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry (Coming soon: November 4, 2014)
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:
Audiobook Review of Curtsies & ConspiraciesThat’s What She Read – by  Michelle says,
“Moira Quick returns as the narrator for this quirky series, and she is delightful. She has an adorable way of modulating the volume of her voice to fit the sneakiness of a scene. Also, she delivers the most satiric sentences with an innocence worthy of an award. She capitalizes on the spirit of the novel to create a performance that breathes even more life into Ms. Carriger’s eclectic world.
As always, Ms. Carriger’s balance between satire and earnestness is laugh-out-loud funny.”

Quote of the Day:
“She looked away. Her attitude seemed to suggest that she had finished with him, and would be obliged if somebody would come and sweep him up.”
~ P.G. Wodehouse

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London Supper Sept. 14, 1876 (Behind the Magic)

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Supper for Today, 1876, in a London Townhouse

  • Roast Boned Leg of Mutton – bone hole filled with minced veal and brown gravy
  • Partridges – with gravy
  • Vegetables – turnips cut into faniful shapes, boiled in a weak broth, served with a white sauce and toast sippets
  • Custard Pudding – made with cream , nutmeg, and lemon peal

How the Victorians Described Italian Food (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

For Blameless, Gentle Reader, when Alexia and cohorts traveled to Florence, I utilized my 1891 Baedeker’s Northern Italy extensively. Unfortunately, I don’t have an earlier version, and a lot changed in Italy over the 20 years between Alexia’s time and this edition of the travel guide (a complete rail system appeared, for example). Nevertheless, a 1891 Baedeker’s is still better than my unreliable memories of the city (from when I was excavating near there some twenty years ago).

As I was reading along, in the wee hours of the night several years ago now, muttering to myself about all the things I would now have to go back and adjust in Blameless, I encountered an unintentionally hilarious section. Essentially, intended as a food guide, it was really Italian cuisine as defined by the Victorian British pallet. I re-encountered my notes on the subject recently, and thought you might find it entertaining.

Here are a few choice morsels for your amusement:

  • Antipasti: relishes taken as whets
  • Risotto: a kind of rice pudding (rich)
  • Salami: banger
  • Potaggio di pollo: chicken-fricassee
  • Funghi: mushrooms (often too rich)
  • Polenta: boiled maize
  • Gnocchi: small puddings

That last is my personal favorite. I can just see any one of my characters wafting into some Italian cafe and demanding a dish of those “delightful green covered tiny puddings.” You see how easily I amuse myself?

That’s why I was so obsessed with pesto in Blameless. This is one of the great pleasures of writing alternative history, I get to expound on the absurdity of the Victorian British abroad, but also use them as a vehicle through which I can expound on the absurdity of other cultures as well. As bad as Alexia can be about alien cuisine (she has much to say on the vileness of coffee, I must point out) you should see how she describes foreign mannerisms. The Italian language, for example, she cannot help but notice seems to be mainly comprised of “extravagant hand gestures.” And, with that, I had best get back to it.

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for June? Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach ~ Book One in the Paradox series}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Godeys Dec 1872 Winter

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

via emporioefikz-tumblr Balloon Chandelier

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Star Wars X-Wing Knife Block via Retro To Go

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
AudioGals Guide to Romance Audio – Paranormal Romance

PROJECT ROUND UP 


Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First:   Edits handed in. Release date March 17, 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last.   Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins soon. Release date early November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.


The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry (Coming November 4, 2014)
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister’s Song, & Fairy Debt

Book News:

Quote of the Day:
“Heaven is where the police are British, the chefs Italian, the mechanics German, the lovers French, and it’s all organized by the Swiss. Hell is where the police are German, the chefs are British, the mechanics French, the lovers Swiss, and it is all organized by the Italians.”
~ An oldie but a goodie

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London Supper May 13, 1876

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Supper for Today, 1876, in a London Townhouse

  • Soup a la Cleremont – caramelized onions in veal consommé served over crumbled French roll.
  • Hashed Heart – simmered (but not boiled) in a beef gravy
  • Spring Cabbage – boiled in salt water
  • Cranberry Tart and Cream

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