About Me

My photo
Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Blue dinner party

The dishes are Mikasa, pattern long discontinued. The tablecloth and napkins are from Lands End many years ago, and are the best quality imaginable. They wash easily, never stain and do not need ironing. The salt shaker and pepper mill are by Peugeot (yes, the car maker) and are the best I have used. Candle sticks and candles from Ikea.
What is for dinner, you ask?
Answer: Roast pork, apple sauce made with apples from our trees, carrots and peas, buttermilk mashed potatoes, Riesling white wine, chocolate cake with chocolate butter cream. Recipe for butter cream: 1/3 cup water and 1 cup sugar boiled in small pan to 234 degrees. Pour slowly, beating all the while, over 2 eggs, beating until cold. Cream 1 and 1/2 cups unsalted butter and beat in the egg/sugar syrup mixture, beat in 4 ounces of melted unsweetened chocolate. Refrigerate until spreadable, then fill and spread on top of two cake rounds.