Tagged Tea & Victorian Food

Supporting Artists Outside of Conventions

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Tough times right now, Gentle Reader. With a number of conventions cancelled, many of the friendly vendors that I look forward to seeing and buying pretties from are hurting.

If you’re scared and strapped for funds right now, you can always put a little good out into the world by reviewing a book, or a craft person you love. Bonus: it might make you feel a bit better.

Support Geeky Crafters

But if you have a bit to spare for something fancy, I can personally recommend the following…

Badali Jewelry

They handle my merch among other more famous authors. Still if you have been eyeing the Bumbersnoot necklace, or Sophronia’s bladed fan find them and much more at Badali.

Bumbersnoot necklace merch gail carriger

Badali is a women owned and run operation. They make most of their sales at conventions, because they specifically do tie-in jewelry. They are my safe haven at big conventions, and I can often be found hiding out there (eating their snacks). They even host author signings! They are warm and welcoming with big smiles for everyone, and I miss their lovely faces when I don’t get to see them.

Sophronia's Bladed Fan

(Incidentally, April 2020’s newsletter features a bladed fan necklace give away, silver & red! Must be joined before April 4, 2020 and through the subscription process for a chance to enter via the actual Sunday Chirrup.) Sign up here.

Hibernacula

I find this vendor’s name IMPOSSIBLE to remember, which is frustrating because when I wear my “eye of sad Sauron” necklace, I am constantly asked about it. Hibernacula is their name and  I first met them at a WorldCon. Since then I mostly frequent their Etsy shop.

Hibernacula Brass Eye Eyeball Iris Necklace

They do lots of slightly creepy jewelry but the line I LOVE is their eye AKA iris stuff. Each one is slightly unique. Sooooo cool. Here I am wearing mine in a recent video.

Gail Carriger Live Eye Necklace Purple Dress Brown Cape Velvet

I love this necklace so much and get so many compliments on it, I’m thinking of investing in one of the other colors for myself for my birthday. Just need to look over my wardrobe and decide which one would work best…

Geeky Teas

Geeky Tea & Games is a small shop and gaming store in LA, their logo is a happy octopus drinking tea. They also host stand up comedy and other social events. Needless to say they will be particularly hard hit by this. Also, there is an attached cat rescue. Finally, if that didn’t convince you the owner IS MY COVER MODEL!!!

Try one of their special made high quality tea blends. You won’t be sorry. I never am.

Brute Force Studios

Thomas (of Brute Force Studios) and I have been friends since the dawn of steampunk. His leather fan is featured on the cover of Waistcoats & Weaponry. He saved me several times at San Diego Comic Con and I am always delighted to see him (usually at an East Coast event).

Gail Cream Corset Evening Lace Thomas Arm Steampunk Brute Force Studios

Like all Etsy vendors and craft-persons, personal contact is always appreciated. They can usually tailor or change things to your specifications.

Belle Monde Chocolates

Nikki Woolfolk is not only a wonderful author and fellow steampunker but purveyor of my most favorite chocolate off all time. This is what I spoil myself with for birthdays etc… it is truly amazing and wonderfully delicious. Sometimes, if you’re really lucky, she does a tea meets chocolate sampler.

Belle Monde Chocolates Nikki Woolfolk Steampunk

Take care of you, yours, and your creativity,

Many virtual curtsies

Miss Gail

  • I often give away things in goodie boxes that I have purchased from vendors at conventions. For a change at those boxes, join the Chirrup. Sign up here.
  • Not into newsletters? Get only new releases by following Gail on Amazon or BookBub!

BOOK DE JOUR?

Defy or Defend, a new Delightfully Deadly book featuring Dimity!

Defy or Defend by Gail Carriger Free Download

PREORDER!

Dimity, London’s cheerfullest spy, must fix a broken vampire hive while a gentle soldier tries to keep her safe. A charming makeover story set in the popular Parasolverse.

It’s a battle for survival… and wallpaper!

Upcoming Scribbles?

Gail’s Daily Tea Party

Tisane of Nifty 

Lilliput Cat Foot Up Question Paw Curious

Writerly Tincture 

Are your kids home from school? If they’re up  for it, have them write book reviews of their favorite books. Then you can post them online and they get to see their words LIVE out in the world influencing others. How fun is that?

Book Nibble 

The House in the Cerulean Sea

T.J. Klune’s The House in the Cerulean Sea is finally out.

I was given an advanced reader of this book and have been waiting to crow about it. I ADORED it. It’s basically 1984 meets The Umbrella Academy with a pinch of Douglas Adams thrown in. It’s delightful and comforting and warm. HIGHLY recommended.

Quote to Sip 

Bally Wodehouse


10 Food & Recipes That Made Me Happy in 2019 (Miss Gail Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Continuing to reflect on last year, Gentle Reader, and things that made me happy. Of course many of those are FOOD related!

  1. Trader Joe’s eggnog flavor whole milk greek yogurt. I know, I’m weird, but I love eggnog yet can’t drink much of it, so the carton goes bad fast. This gives me all the same satisfaction with way less guilt or waste.
  2. I spotted PURPLE NOODLES. Tris would be so excited and honored.
  3. Sticky toffee pudding in Scotland (and other things I ate abroad.) Including an amazing lamb burger, fancy duck, Greek pastries, any weird crisp I could find, and many breakfasts. Turns out the Isles have UPPED their food game since I last visited.
  4. Miracle Fruit tablets at a party. I brought them out among friends and they were a huge hit. We were sucking down lemons like hysterical children addicted to candy.
  5. Baked a wildly popular Cherry Clafoutis. Here’s the recipe. I used only 1/2 cup of the white sugar. And for a GF/no lacto version I substituted almond meal for flour and coconut creamer for milk.
  6. Bonne Maman Cherry Preserves has become my favorite (store bought) jam.
  7. Zucchini noodles. I’ve been doing them with brown butter garlic (like this). Yum.
  8. Jelly Babies. I grew up with them and I’ve discovered I can order them in the USA. It’s the gummy things that make life worth living.
  9. Making (and modifying) tiramisu.
  10. This article on Making Ancient Roman Style Cheese

Yours (always trying new foods),

Miss Gail 

  • If you want these recommendations AS I FIND THEM, they go to my Chirrup members first, because I love them bestest. Sign up here.
  • Not into newsletters? Get only new releases by following Gail on Amazon or BookBub!

BOOK DE JOUR?

Thank you Goodreads

The 5th Gender tied for 1st place in the Goodreads M/M Romance Group members choice awards, Best Sci-Fi. I share the win with the fantastic Earth Fathers Are Weird by Lynn Gala (which I read and LOVED).

SQUEEEEE! 

Upcoming Scribbles?

Gail’s Daily Tea Party

Tisane of Nifty 

Office Tea Zone

The tea zone in my new office, take a tour on YouTube.

Writerly Tincture 

Bad sex award twosome: prize goes to Didier Decoin and John Harvey

Book Nibble 

Sophril Reads says of How To Marry A Werewolf:

“I have to say that Gail has really upped her game with this one. I didn’t realize how much I truly liked Channing until this book, or how much I wanted him to be happy.”

Quote to Sip 

As vague and woollen-headed a blighter as ever bit a sandwich.”

~ Carry on, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse


Miss Gail Cooks with Tea: Pumpkin Chai Tiramisu

Posted by Gail Carriger

By request, Gentle Reader (and because you know me and tea… why not cook with it?)

Here is my Pumpkin Chai Tiramisu recipe!

Pumpkin Chai Tiramisu Recipe Free From Gail Carriger

I’m thinking of having Lovejoy cook this in one of the San Andreas Shifter books. I have already posted Isaac’s open faced omelet which is in The Omega Objection.

Pumpkin Chai Tiramisu

INGREDIENTS
2 teaspoons Powdered Milk
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
4 tablespoons Chai Latte Powder (pre-sweetened)
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon + more to sprinkle (other spices if you like)
12-20 Lady’s Fingers (depending on your dish + preferred proportions)
Trifle or other medium-sized display dish
*** Everything Below Should be CHILLED VERY COLD*** 
4 Bags Chai (UNSWEETENED) mixed with 1 cup boiling water  + 2 tablespoons rum (optional)
1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1/2 lb Mascarpone (1 tub)
1/2 cup Pumpkin Pie Filling (canned or homemade) just CHILL IT
Pumpkin Chai Tiramisu free recipe
DIRECTIONS
(takes 1/2 hour to assemble)
  1. Check layering in the dish with dry lady’s fingers so you know how many layers you’ll be doing (2 0r 3)
  2. In large mixing bowl, whip cream into very stiff peaks
  3. Whip in vanilla + powdered milk, put aside
  4.  In small mixing bowl, mix mascarpone + pie filling until blended
  5. Mix in 3 tablespoons chai latter powder
  6. Fold mascarpone mixture into whipping cream, mix gently, can leave white swirls or not, to your taste, chill in fridge
  7. Using a shallow pan or Tupperware roll the lady’s fingers in the chai/rum three quick full rotations (you might not use all the liquid)
  8. Place 6-10 fingers in a single layer at the bottom of your serving dish
  9. Put 1/3-1/2 of cream mixture (depending on your layering ratios) on top, smooth gently and sprinkle with cinnamon and chai latte powder (I use a tea wand for the chai)
  10. Layer lady’s fingers again, then cream, then sprinkle chai powder & cinnamon and any other spices you like (repeat again if you’re doing 3 layers)
Best if left to sit for at least 6 hours. With the stabilizing agents (from powdered milk + chai latte powder) this Tiramisu keeps really well for at least 24 hours. Serves 6-12 depending.
As a GF option you can make just the cheese filling sprinkled with spices and serve with gluten free ginger snaps, gram crackers or other spice cookies as a “sweet dip.” Also makes a wonderful frosting.
Pumpkin Chai Tiramisu Full Assembled

Here’s a cocktail to go with it… 

Yours (destined to die from trying new foods… but what a way to go),

Miss Gail

  • Did you want more sneak peeks, links to recipes, and things that are making me happy? This stuff goes to my Chirrup members monthly. Sign up here.
  • Not into newsletters? Get only new releases by following Gail on Amazon or BookBub!
  • Coop de Book for December 2019 is to pick from Gail’s favorite holiday reads!

OUT NOW!

Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

USA & Canada: Amazon print & digital & audiobook | Kobo | B & N | Apple | Audible | Other

UK digitalprint | Kobo | Apple UK coming soon I hope

Amazon Overseas DE | FR | AU

Kobo Overseas DE | FR | AU

Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Campton Place Indian Anniversary Food

10th Anniversary Dinner

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

A Taste of the Past podcast: PICKLES!

Savor podcast: A Passion for Lilikoi (Passion Fruit)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

neil gaiman quote writer idea

Book News:

Cozy With a Side of Crime Audiobooks

Quote of the Day:

“Some fungi are only edible once.”

~ Borderlands Books, Overheard in the Store


Winter Drinks + Books Pairings, Getting Cozy to Read (Miss Gail Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Dearest Gentle Reader,

It’s finally winter round these parts, we even got some rain at last. It’s cold enough to want to curl up with a hot beverage and a book, so I thought I would have some fun and pair mine up. (Let me know if you agree with my choices?)

Gail Carriger Book + Companion Hot Beverage

RTW Romancing the Werwolf Gail Carriger Teacup Parasol

Romancing the Werewolf + Wassail

Wassail, of course. RTW is my one true holiday book, full of possible child sacrifice, swaddled squash, and wassail. (What, your holidays aren’t like that? What have you been doing with your life?) Here’s a recipe!

Soulless Gail Carriger Parasol Teacup Spine

Soulless + Cinnamon Black Tea

Ready for a reread of an old favorite? Soulless is waiting for you. Alexia’s favorite tea is Assam, try it strong with whole milk. Or if you want something more winter themed, Alexia loves her some cinnamon (so does Prudence) and I think she would adore this tea.

SIlvana Temmineck Tea

Mrs Temminneck At Tea by Silvana Bevilacqua

Etiquette & Espionage + Hot Coco

Chocolate wasn’t around much in the 1850s, certainly not for daring young high flying ladies of quality. Still, I have no doubt it would be Sophronia’s favorite, so I’m going to say pair E&E with hot coco.

Prudence Teacup Pin Merch Spotted Custard Crew Gail Carriger

Prudence + Chai

Of course it has got to be chai. Prudence would love it, Percy would find it too spicy, and Primrose would be cautiously intrigued.

Poison or Protect + Boozie Nog

You know Gavin has a sweet tooth, and you know that big soft sweetie loves him some boozed-up egg-nog. I can just see him sitting around the fireplace with all his girls. Now, I’m a brandy in my nog lady myself, but Gavin would have his with Scotch, of course.

Preshea would just drink the Scotch, neat, out of a teacup, staring at her children and husband in mild discomfort (and too much love), and wondering how she got to this point in her life.

Ace Artemis Fan Artist Imogene Genevieve Lefoux Kiss Romancing the Inventor RTI SS1

Madame Lefoux & Imogene by Artemis Fan Artist

Romancing the Inventor + Pumpkin Spice Latte

A daring choice, but I think Imogene would love a pumpkin spice latte. She hasn’t had much spoiling and I can see Genevieve getting her anything she wants (while Madame Lefoux, of course, just drinks shots of espresso).

The Sumage Solution + Chocolate Pu-erh

Max loves his sweet lattes, but Bryan has strong feelings on tea. So while his man is swilling extra sweet caf, Bryan would allow himself to branch out from his customary harsher beverage to coco pu-erh. Because he still loves sipping dead bog people, just winterfied.

(Incidentally if you are also a tea snob: Learning about puerh can help you save a lot of money.)

How to Marry a Werewolf + Peppermint & Honey

How to Marry is not a particularly wintery book (apart from the attitude and eye color of a certain character). I see Channing as quite cold and biting so I’m thinking peppermint. Faith would get in there and add a little honey, so Channing wasn’t denying himself. He probably prefers it without, but humors her because he likes that she’s looking after him.

The 5th Gender + Winter Tea Sampler

I can just imagine what Tristol would make of human holiday customs on a space station (which might make for a good short story some day). The colors, the lights, the cheer. He’d LOVE it. I think he’d go all out and just get a big sampler, so he could try all the different winter teas. I like Tea Forte’s Winter Collection, and I think he would too.

Yours destined to drown in a vat of tea,

Miss Gail

Disagree with any of my choices? Leave a comment.

  • Want more fun behind the scenes thoughts? These go to my Chirrup members, because I love them bestest. Sign up here.
  • Not into newsletters? Get only new releases by following Gail on Amazon or BookBub!
  • Coop de Book for December 2019 is to pick from Gail’s favorite holiday reads!

I have a new holiday book to love!

Gail: Mad giggling.
AB: *eyebrow up*
G: Snicker snicker snicker.
G: This book is so much funnier than I thought it would be. I’m so happy.
Book: “summoning a toilet paper demon”
G: Loses her tiny mind for 10 minutes.

So what book was I reading?

A Villain for Christmas by Alice Winters

A Villain for Christmas by Alice Winters. And what an unexpected gem of a book this is! Gay superheros for Christmas. I picked it up in a string of holiday reads and this one was the star (at the top of the tree, nash). (Honestly I want a cover overhaul on this one, one of those cute cartoon ones I keep seeing like Red, White & Royal Blue.)

Look it’s not really a holiday read, it’s a HILARIOUS take on superheroes where a super-villain (who really doesn’t want to be) falls in love with a superhero and has to keep his identity secret until his bumbling evil family, a hairless cat dressed in pajamas, bags of cheese, and various other things conspire against him.

I did not expect to laugh as much as a I did but honestly, it utterly ridiculous and extremely funny.

If you like my character Max in THE SUMAGE SOLUTION or took my rec and enjoyed THE LIGHTNING STRUCK HEART by TJ Klune, then this one is for you. Honestly, give it a try, you won’t be sorry.

Like this post? Read my holiday offering

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks | Direct

I Can Read for Miles says of Romancing the Werewolf:

“Guys, it is worth the wait. This novella is delightful. It gave me so many vibes that I got from Soulless.”


Gail Carriger & Madame Askew Talk Tea (Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Miss Gail Welcomes Madame Askew for her very first Co-live!

I hope you enjoy this, Gentle Reader, we dive deep into TEA!

Links you might want after watching this!

Apparently you drink oolong 2x, with two rounds of water.

They confess to which teas they like or don’t like and how the judge a tea house.

Hints are dropped about Miss Gail and soggy biscuits.

Gail’s opinion on time travel.

The ladies compare teas to whiskey and dead bog people, then compare authors to teas.

Pairing sweets with tea

Emotional feelings about pink and purple.

Yours (destined to be killed by too much tea),

Miss Gail

OUT NOW!

Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

USA & Canada: Amazon print & digital & audiobook | Kobo | B & N | Apple | Audible | Other

UK digitalprint | Kobo | Apple UK coming soon I hope

Amazon Overseas DE | FR | AU

Kobo Overseas DE | FR | AU

Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1870s Japan via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr parasol photo

1870s, Japan via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Tree Skirt Cape

Store say’s “tree skirt” I say CAPE!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Infinite Monkey Cage podcast on Clever Creatures talks a bunch about the octopus!

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How To Be A Professional Author And Not Die Screaming And Starving In A Lightless Abyss

Book News:

Gail Carriger Steampunk Red VIntage Spines Baedeker Travel Guides

Quote of the Day:

“I comfort myself with the reflection that your wife will possibly be able to curb your desire – I admit, a natural one for the most part – to exterminate your fellows.”

~ Devil’s Cub by Georgette Heyer

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Tidbits & Behind the Scenes Research for Reticence (Custard Protocol Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

So here’s some bits and bobs I researched for Reticence! I don’t think these are very spoiler-y but if you are super worried you might want to save this to read after you’ve finished the book.

These are things, Gentle Reader, that may assist with comprehension but are not at all necessary.

Party Inspiration

For the big event at the beginning:

This is what Vauxhall looked like in 1751.

Of course my “Vauxhall Bob” doesn’t look like this at all, but it might not hurt to have a baseline…

1751 Vauxhall Gardens by Samuel Wale

A favorite moment from the first section:

He overheard Quesnel say, “Oh yes, because werewolves are so full of esprit de corps.”
To which Rue replied, “Oh, I see what you did there, how droll.”
Then one of the Kingair werewolves was pulled into the argument, his fellows backing him up. Whatever was said to him clearly caused offence, because the Scotsman looked like he was about to drop kilt and get furry.

Off to Japan!

Here’s some of the background research I did….

In order to construct my Japanese steampunk city I wanted to understand Japanese gardens and their historical evolution and philosophy of construction, so I watched this interesting documentary film Japan – Philosophical Landscapes.

I also watched the movie Silence. Wrong time period, 1600s, but I wanted to see how Hollywood would handle the set dressing and location shoots. Honestly, I think this is Scorsese trying to remake The Mission. Some of the settings were beautiful but I found the acting (I’m looking at you, white dudes) and story (yawn) regrettable. (I don’t know, is this Scorsese taking us on his own emotional journey equivalent of Bildungsroman in movie form? I was just as much interested as I was in Thomas Mann. Which is to say, not at all. Will women be represented as anything but plot devices? No. Will they be represented at all? Perhaps if you’re going to delve into a spiritual journey, you shouldn’t ignore half the population, Scorsese.)

I read Thomas Cook’s Guide to Japan (from 1910). A little late because it’s after the Russo–Japanese War but it gave be some basic insight in the lay out of Tokyo and the attitude of European tourists. Practicalities of transport, money changing, perceived safety, and so forth.

Had a Japanese Meiji Restoration expert sensitivity read this second half of the book, to make certain I wasn’t getting anything horribly wrong in ways I didn’t intend as part of the steampunk rewrite of history.

And, before you ask, yes there are hot tubs.

Whatcha take me for?

Occasionally in one’s life, it turns out, one ends up in a large round wooden cistern of hot water, with a fox spirit and the woman one hopes to marry.
Or one does if one is Percy.

Food References

Pikelet ~ A free-form crumpet or crumpet-like bread in areas of Great Britain (sometimes more like a small pancake).

Clootie Dumpling ~ A traditional dessert pudding made with flour, breadcrumbs, dried fruit (sultanas and currants), suet, sugar, and spice with some milk to bind it, and sometimes golden syrup. (A big one looks remarkably like haggis.)

Lotus root ~ actually, technically not roots but rhizomes have a crunchy texture with sweet-tangy flavor and are used extensively in many Asian dishes. I adore them, but have never had them fresh. Apparently fresh lotus root slices are limited by a fast browning rate (like apple slices).

Rutabaga ~ rutabaga is actually the North American English word for a swede, but I loved it so much I just had to have Percy use it in the book. Incidentally, this root vegetable is also known as a neep (Scotland and North England) or sometimes white turnip. It is a cross between a cabbage and a turnip and pretty much tastes that way.

Fashion

Something from the fashion side? Dressing Percy & Quesnel

Final teeser:

Yes, Lady Manami is EXACTLY who you think she is.

What, you doubted me?

Yours in coils,

Miss Gail

  • Want more behind the scenes info? The good stuff goes to my Chirrup members: Sign up here.
  • Not into newsletters? Get only new releases by following Gail on Amazon or BookBub!

OUT NOW!

The 5th Gender (A Tinkered Stars Mystery as G. L. Carriger).

Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Audio is coming. 

Sci-fi queer romance meets cozy mystery in which a hot space station cop meets the most adorable purple alien ever (lavender, pulease!) from a race with 5 genders.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1908c Frederick Frieseke (American artist, 1874-1939) The Japanese Parasol

Frederick Frieseke (American artist, 1874-1939) The Japanese Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Ukiyo-e drawing showing a cat Andō, Hiroshige, 1797-1858, artist

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Ripped Bodice Bookstore Announces New Award for Romance Fiction

Book News:

Reticence USA arrives in my office

Quote of the Day:

“She sold her soul for a toaster oven.”
“So… what I’m hearing is that Wiccans shouldn’t drink.”

~ Borderlands overheard in the store

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Gail Carriger & Madame Askew Talk All Things Tea (Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Please welcome steampunk maven, mistress of Tea Dueling, and fellow lover of all things sacred leaf to the blog today, Gentle Reader.

Madame Askew!

In this video Madame Askew and I talk about all things tea related. We share our love, discuss blends, pairing, thoughts on where and when and who shoudl drink what and so much more.

Things discussed in this video!

Madame Askew’s Facebook Page | Instagram | Twitter

We sample 2018 Supreme High Mountain Jin Xuan Milk Oolong (thanks Sally). Apparently you drink oolong 2x, with two rounds of water.

We confess to which teas we like or don’t like and how we judge a tea house.

 Tea Dueling

Hints are dropped about Miss Gail and soggy biscuits.

Reticence book & covers

Gail’s opinion on time travel.

Bryan drinks Pu’er in the Sumage Solution

We compare teas to whiskey and dead bog people, then compare authors to teas.

Gail’s favorite tea: Twinings 1706 Strong Breakfast

We try Burt’s Guinness Rich Chili Potato Chips

Emotional feelings about pink and purple.

Gaslight Steampunk Expo

Tea Pairings

Girl Scout Cookie Tea Pairings from Gail Carriger (Miss Carriger Recommends)

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

And here is my step-by-step instructional post on how (and why) to make a perfect cuppa…

Gail Carriger Explains How To Make Proper Pot of Tea (Occasional FAQ)

Yours, teacup to hand,

Miss Gail 

P.S. Speaking of costuming!

The amazing Jessica Maggie Lake Costumes did a Rue (from Prudence) costume for her final project. So amazing!


Find her on Instagram!  @jmlake_costumier

  • Want more gossip? This stuff goes to my Chirrup members, because I love them bestest. Sign up here.
  • Not into newsletters? Get only new releases by following Gail on Amazon or BookBub!

OUT NOW!

The 5th Gender (A Tinkered Stars Mystery as G. L. Carriger).

Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Audio is coming. 

Sci-fi queer romance meets cozy mystery in which a hot space station cop meets the most adorable purple alien ever (lavender, pulease!) from a race with 5 genders.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900s Jules Bastien-Lepage (French artist, 1848–1884) Girl with a Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Love the new book smell? Looks like someone bottled it.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How to Use a Semicolon Correctly

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“She said that worrying was like praying for something you don’t want.”

~ Borderlands overheard in the store

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Resources For Victorian Food & Tea From Gail Carriger (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Let’s talk about one of my favorite things, Gentle Reader, Victorian FOOD!

Here’s all things…

Victorian Food

And here’s some fun stuff I’ve written about tea over the years…

Gail Carriger & Tea

This kind of stuff goes to my Chirrup members, because I love them bestest. Sign up here.

Not into newsletters? Get only new releases by following Gail on Amazon or BookBub!

Coop de Book for November is The Omega Objection). (Discussion here.

OUT NOW!

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks
Direct from Gail

“Max was slouched on the steps leading up to his apartment eating a bag of gummy wolf candy,
biting the heads off with relish and staring hard at Skulls.”

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

A book by any other name: why does the US change so many titles?

Book News:

Steampunk With Marketer and Writer Gail Carriger

Steampunk Inspiration: A World Tour
We asked 10 authors to suggest their top travel destinations for steampunks (Gail is on this list)

Quote of the Day:

“Why does everyone think a girl who prefers books to people must be in want of a life?”

~ Lauren Morrill

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Author Show & Tell: A Tour of Gail Carriger’s Teacup Collection (Video – Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Here’s a fun little video tour I did of my super special teacup collection, Gentle Reader. Just a sneaky look into the things that I love.

Enjoy!

Things you will learn in this video…

  • How long have I been collecting teacups?
  • Why do I like the small ones?
  • What attracts me to the different types of ceramic and pottery?
  • What shapes and designs do I look for?

And, of course, a full tour of my absolute favorites!

  • Want more behind the scenes info? This kind of thing goes to my Chirrup members, because I love them bestest. Sign up here.
  • Not into newsletters? Get only new releases by following Gail on Amazon or BookBub!
  • Coop de Book for August is A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole. This couple reminds me of a contemporary Conall & Alexia. (Discussion here.

OUT NOW!

Amazon (hardcover) (audio) | B&N (hardcover) | Book Depository (hardcover)

 KoboiBooks | Audible

SIGNED edition, use the SIGNED button

NOT USA?

 Amazon.uk (paperback)| Book Depository (paperback) Kobo

Direct from Gail for Kindle .mobi | non-Amazon digital readers .epub

 Competence by Gail Carriger is the third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends..

Accidentally abandoned!

All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fish tail.

Booklist Online says:

“High jinks and peril abound as the Custard navigates uncharted air currents, and the characters bicker over everything from Thomas Aquinas to tasseled hats. Recommend this amusing romp to steampunk and LGBT+ readers looking for suspenseful and romantic fantasy.”

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1919 (Source- chatterblossom.blogspot.dk)

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Bumbersnoot Reticule at Tattered Cover 2018

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Starbucks Egg Puff Bites

Recently discovered new great travel food. Starbuck’s egg puff thingies. Bit salty but yum! Very much excited for 20 Minute Delay reasons.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How we discovered three poisonous books in our university library

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Alexia’s London: Supper September 14, 1876 (Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

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 fanciful shapes, boiled in a weak broth, served with a white sauce and toast sippets
  • Custard Pudding – made with cream , nutmeg, and lemon peel

Want more behind the scenes sneak peeks? Join the Chirrup


Gail Talks About Food: Her Perfect Meal (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger

A little while ago, Gentle Reader, I threw the door open to the Parasol Protectorate Fan Group for questions and Amber asked me a doozy.

If you could assemble an ideal x course meal, what would you want it to be? And if you had to prepare it, would it change significantly?

So, first of all I answered part of this for Lawrence over on his:

Eating Authors series

 

1925 Esther Borough Johnson (British artist, 1867-1949) Tea Table in the Garden

My Best Meal Ever

The best meal I ever ate was in Monterosso al Mare, (one of the five tiny towns that make up Cinque Terre on the Italian Riveria). I was there on the four day break we got in the middle of excavation season (July 1995) with three other archaeology undergraduates.

We wandered into this little restaurant, I don’t recall the name. All I remember is we walked down, so the windows were at street level and we got a view of everyone’s shoes as we ate. We started with prosciutto e melone (which was more amazing than any before or since) and then we ate this risotto seafood dish ~ fruite de mar. It was as if they had taken a net and scraped it across the sea floor ~ crayfish, clams, mussels, oysters, white fish, salmon, and fresh veggies scattered over this amazing rice. The seafood was cooked perfectly, fresh and glistening. The onion and tomato rice was gooey in the center and backed crisp and crunchy on the top. We had a bottle of cheap Chianti to go with… magic.

My Comfort Meal

My all time favorite comfort meal is the peppered alpaca stake at Cafe Manu in Cuzco, Peru. Alpaca is like the Kobe beef of the pork world. It is amazing when cooked correctly. This is a non-traditional preparation, served wrapped in bacon with a French peppered cream sauce and a simple baked potato. I ate it with a pint of maracuja juice (passion fruit) and life was good. Anytime I excavated near Cuzco I always tried to visit to eat this dish.

This would be what I asked for as my last meal.

My Desert

Layered Raspberry Pavlova at the Lord Nelson in Topsham, Devon. Meringue cooked the British way, crisp on the outside and gooey in the middle, with fresh raspberries and clotted cream sandwiched in between the meringue layers and a raspberry sauce reduction drizzled about. With a nice pot of tea? Heaven. Pure heaven.

My 4 Courses

  1. The prosciutto e melone from Tuscany with a glass of prosecco.
  2. Appetizer portions of the rice and seafood from Monterosso with cold fresh water.
  3. Alpaca pepper steak, wilted chard, and papa rellena with passion fruit juice.
  4. Raspberry pavlova to finish with a perfect pot of tea.

As I told Lawrence, there are some who speculate I chose a career as an archaeologist so I could eat my way around exotic locations. Now I often decide whether I should visit a city for a book event based on the local food scene.

Would this meal change if I had to cook it myself?

Absolutely. I can’t get many of the ingredients and I accept no substitutes. Generally speaking I already cook for myself the things I want to eat and have the time to make (excepting deserts) so yeah…

I’d rather eat out, tho.

I love eating out.

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley.}

NOW IN DIGITAL, PRINT & AUDIO!

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger, now also in audio.
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

Boy Meets Boy says:

“If you like a good shifter story, this is the book for you. If you like witty banter and shenanigans, this is the book for you. If you like a story with depth and angst and romance, this is the book for you. Hell, if you like to read, this is the book for you. Cause, really, you can’t go wrong with this story.”

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia) From the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Steampunk Curse Generator

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Back Up Your Work

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? There’s a wiki for that!


Alexia’s London: Supper July 13, 1876 (Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Supper for Today, 1876, in a London Townhouse

  • Celery Soup – made with beef stock and cream
  • Minced Veal – simmer cubed veal in cream, lemon, lemon peal, salt, and white pepper
  • Corner vegetables – artichokes, asparagus, salsafy (salsify is the modern spelling – apparently its roots taste like oyster)
  • Soufflé Pudding – sort of like custard fool, made in a mold edged with dried cherry & candied citron (pudding rises to 4x its original height!) serve with brandy sauce


© 2020 Gail Carriger | Disclaimer & Privacy Policy | Site built by Todd Jackson