Monday, January 21, 2013

Blue Things.



I was watching Nigelissima and she made a white chocolate sauce and tipped it over frozen berries. Say what you will about Me , I am a Joiner.

Meanwhile figs are still affordable (To quote Linda in Canberra's Husband, "Figs for Everyone not just the Rich") so I actioned a caramelised onion fig and gorgonzola tart. 

Visited the Ws and luffed this caftan hanging in the hall.
Mr FF made a superior ravioli on Saturday night.
Speaking of Old Mr FF, he's known for his beautiful suits.


I love this snap of him going to his formal in the late 70s. Mr FF tells me that this ensemble was the absolute height of fashion at the time:
I saw Hitchcock yesterday and give it 4 stars. Helen Mirren's fabulous and they have the best pool, garden and outdoor furniture ever. Tonnes of Good Hair and Outfits too. Run Don't Walk.
Met my friends afterwards at Cru Bar for lunch
Clocked some pool time
Luffing Lucky Lucky Lavender? Me too. But you'll need (crosses self) 3 coats.
Once Upon a Time, Cushions used to enjoy a quiet and peaceful life round here.
Ha! Those Days are well and Truly Over.
Nowadays it's every cushion for itself.
I've been assembling Fauxroccan food because I'm having friends round for dinner. 
Million Dollar Decorators is on. I think it's almost my favourite reality tv show ever. I'd quite like to meet Old Marty for a drink just so I could hear him say Delicious.
Look I never pretended this was a Blog devoted to world peace.
xxxx

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  1. What a beautiful kaftan! And your caramelised onion fig and gorgonzola tart is almost as pretty. I haven't seen Million Dollar Decorators but it sounds like a show with a reasonable budget. I will watch any show with renovations in it because you never know where inspiration will come from.

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  2. I was watching Nigelissima as well, I think I’m going to buy the book, Was the berry recipe as good as it looked on TV?
    Are you Watching the Carrie diary’s as well?, I’m a little addicted, love all the clothes on it!!

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    1. Not watching Carrie as had forgotten! Will try to catch up.

      Berry recipe was 11/10! Used peach liqueur tho as had no limoncello x

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    2. Its on tomorrow night fox 8.
      Think I may need to make it now!!! Yum!! x

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    3. Spode! O, Spode!!!! Bought myself some more at Christmas sales this year. Sneak it in under Polish husband's nose on pretence of establishing European traditions in our house. More Spode. I'm looking at my new Spode baking dish full of fresh plums as I write. xxx JMJ

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  3. Love Mr FF's formal photo, I'd love to see yours.
    Constant cushion destruction going on here too. Although my 5 year old son has learnt how to put them back just how I like them!

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    1. my formal dress was raw silk and green!

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    2. Wow, so was mine. However I'll bet that's where our likeness ended. My hair was what can only be described as shocking orange. Like stocking pink, but for hair. I thought I was the height of sophistication.

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  4. Surprised that coat hanger wasn't swinging in the breeze, empty, when you left the W's! ;) Still rate Mr F's Satorial Sense even from back in the day. That berry and choc arrangement was great alright, should be served from one communal plate with everyone just going for it. Actually thought of you when I watched it! That parquetry's stunning, too!

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    1. parquetry is Mr FF's brother's. Luff it too.

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  5. Am watching snippets of tennis while vacuuming, cleaning bathrooms and generally Tidying UP. Love the pool photo FF, the blue is gorgeous. I reckon the whippersnappers would swoon over Mr.FF's old suit, they'd be haggling over that at the Salvos! Happy week x

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    1. how good is the pool? Is Mr FF's brother's and is the perefect shade

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  6. Please get mr ff to action an Italian cooking post!

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    1. he won't because he is not into blogs and doesn't want an online presence but I will have to get some of his recipes.

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  7. Mr FF has lovely suits. I am trying to convince my other half to upgrade. He doesn't (yet) appreciate the finer things in life. I am trying to teach him that money is for spending not saving. I am very good at that.

    Oh and that fig tart has me drooling in a very unglamorous fashion.

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    1. wish Mr FF would buy less suitery- is a spensive hobby

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  8. When we lived in Portugal fig trees were everywhere, back then people used to say that figs were the poor man's fruit because we used to just be able to pick them off the trees. That's how I got to be obcessed with figs. :p

    Love the pic of young Master FF in the pool with his swimming pool hair!!!

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  9. That tart looks amazing. So does the ravioli. As I'm on a horrible diet I'm not allowed most of their ingredients. Couldn't even eat the berries. Boo. Mr FF's ensemble for his school formal was very fashionable for its time. You need to post photos of your (no doubt) velvet and taffeta outfit for yours. Are you watching "The Hour"? It's my favourite tv show at the moment. Love it. Have a great Fauxroccan dinner xx

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    1. I watch a bit of the Hour and I like it- good outfits too.

      Diet sounds scary, good luck x

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  10. The cushions will bounce back :)

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  11. Dear FF,

    Just wanted to let you know that I am sending you an email with a photo of a Fuschia Bow Ring which I saw on another blog - I couldn't help thinking of you.

    Hope you're having a lovely day preparing your Fauxroccan dinner for your friends.

    Best Regards,
    Lorraine E.
    xx

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    1. All my Fauxroccan food is assembled! Am watching telly with Old Mr FF and the kids x

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    2. What a perfect way to spend the afternoon. You are so organised with your cooking and entertaining - unfortunately I am not very confident in that way.

      I also saw Hitchcock and enjoyed it, especially Helen Mirren - now I want to watch Psycho again after seeing Hitch. Next on my list is Quartet, then Les Miserables. Did you see The Intouchables? I absolutely luffed it - went by myself as usual and laughed a lot.

      Agree with Heidi's comment above - my favourite TV show at present is The Hour. You must try and catch it - great story set in London in the 1950s about the first current affairs production, terrific performances from the 3 leading actors and of course wonderful outfits...and brooches!

      Have a lovely evening.

      Lorraine E.
      xx

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  12. Mr. FF has an enviable tie collection. Loving the summery posts.

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    1. he owns 176. My step-daughter counted

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    2. Never heard you mention your step daughter before!

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    3. they leave comments under a series of amusing bogus names!

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    4. I love that so much! Will now be on the lookout for amusing bogus names in the comments section...

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  13. Mr. FF has an enviable tie collection. Loving all the summery posts.

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  14. I think my husband had that same 70s suit for our wedding but in blue haha!
    Laughed out loud at what your poor cushions must now endure. Love the pic of baby having his way with those poor long suffering cushion :)
    Judy xx

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  15. LOL! The frilled cuff! I bet Mr FF had Travolta moves on the dance floor though. xx

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  16. Your food always looks too good to eat! Glad all is well in FF-Land - Mr. FF is too cute in his 70s duds.

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  17. I always show R what Mr FF is wearing. He does wear superior threads. Re the formal pic was that unfashionable for that particular period? My uncle wore a baby blue suit to his wedding around then. My dad wore a dinner suit. Happily.

    I made passion fruit and lemon curd eclairs yesterday. They were good.

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    1. No that outfit was the Height of Fashion in 79!!!!

      good work re the eclairs

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    2. That's what I thought! Looked at pics of self from year 12 formal, feel like I looked so saggy but I loved my dress at the time! Was black jersey

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  18. Thanks for the Hitchcock movie review, I was thinking of going & now I will! So funny the way the little man enjoys destroying the pillows, though you probably don't find it amusing LOL.

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    1. I do think it is so funny!

      You will luff Hitch

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  19. Hi FF
    You're blog is a breath of fresh air.
    Love the caftan.
    Poor cushions
    Kind Regards
    Karen

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  20. That fig and onion tart looks fabulous. Obviously Mr FF learned to be chic from you!!

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    1. Mr FF has always been pretty stylish. When I met him I was young and couldn't really afford high end designer stuff, even heavily discounted. He kind of gave me the confidence to develop my own style.

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  21. Oh I had to chuckle when I saw 'old Mr FF's' ensemble. Classic.
    I haven't heard of the tv show you mention. Might have to suss that one out :)
    x

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  22. I watched that Nigella episode as well. Love how something so simple can look so stunning. I'm sure it tasted great too! As for the suits and ties, my husband loves the idea of ties and owns many. Shame he never has any reason to wear them and also finds them uncomfortable. Display ties they are.

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  23. I am loving Nigella's new cooking show. Have you been watching the new Chinese cooking show on SBS with Ken Hom? So good. Love Mr FF's suits and all of your cooking. Have a good week x

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  24. I bought the Nigellissima book last week, love it! I'm thinking of making the Meatzza. I was doubtful about it but now I can't get it out of my head, ha! My dad brought us a whole lot of fresh figs yesterday, yummo. Mr FF's suit is very cute! Trendy as I am sure in it's day.

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  25. Of course being the same fine vintage as old Mr FF I can vouch that style of suit was the bees knees in the seventies. I recall several lads at my school formal chose baby blue versions with navy velvet trim on the lapels. Hot I tell you.
    Loving The Hour sick.
    xx

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    1. luffing this comment sick!!! xxxxx

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    2. Hilarious! I showed this post to old Mr red roses and he remembers his suit shirt was festooned with frills and maybe frills on the cuffs.
      I am now on a mission to find the Polaroid taken at his formal which I know exists in our stash of prehistoric photos.
      xx

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  26. Great shots! The 70s are fab.
    We have sooo much snow today... love to see the nice summer weather on your pictures.
    XX
    Antje

    www.greenpinkorange.com

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  27. Mr FF's ravioli looks mouth wateringly delicious! 176 ties, they must need their own wardrobe. Your little pillow-wrecker is dedicated! Am going to watch Hitch.

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  28. Good on you and hooray you've come out swinging after the fake food hoo-ha. Those berries and the choc sauce will surely shut 'em up.

    Mr FFs 70's superior hair is the show stealer in that piccy. I loved my school formal dress it was a black velvet halter neck tight fitted number. It broke all the rules. The cringe for me was my 80's scrunch dried perm.

    I saw a fig tree at the flower shop today and thought of you, it was $199 which on a cost per fig basis is still very exy.

    I also thought of you when I paid $6.10 for a loaf of bread. We really do get raughted in aus esp where groceries are concerned.

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  29. I always love the FF Family retro photos. The one of Mr FF is a good'un. Everyone's been commenting on the suit but I'm lovin' the shirt. The ruffle down the front combined with the ruffle cuff are too cool for school. Now if you tell me he was wearing a cumberbund, I'll squeal. Keep 'em coming FF.

    Best, BB from Melbourne X

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  30. My formal dress was electric blue silk satin with a waterfall hem. My Nana did a great knock-off of an 80s designer.

    I loved Hitchcock! Helen Mirren was amazing.

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  31. Oh that berry /sauce combo is the most popular pudding at The Ivy In London, no matter how full up it can always be squeezed in, it's so yummy.

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  32. I've done the froz berries and hot white choc sauce a few times - I usually use cointreau.

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  33. Dear Ms FF, I laughed and laughed about your cushions! I thought Hitchcock will be good. I love Hitchcock movies - Rear Window and North by Northwest are my favourites. Do see Quartet if you haven't already - it is a gentle comedy. I took my eldest and it was lovely seeing her delight although I had to answer some questions about what the Billy Connelly character was saying. My parents have a fig tree full of unripe figs - it will be a race between us and the cockies as to who gets the ripe ones first!! love Lindaxxx

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  34. You're hilarious FF.. Let us know how the Fauroccan dinner party turned out and what you actioned for the assembled lucky ones! X

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  35. Luf the superior parquet floor in the Fuchsiadome, 11/10!

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    1. they are Mr FF's brother's floors. So shiny and nice.

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  36. Ah ...70s clothes. Im sure that sartorial leader Mr FF had a fine collection of body shirts

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  37. Dear FF

    I am jealous because we do not have "Nigellisima" in the US yet. Will have to action the networks via a writing campaign to start showing it to us! In my old house I had a fig tree and gave all my fruit to my Italian neighbors; too bad I didn't have your blog for inspiration and recipes because I did not have the faintest idea what to do with a fig. Can't wait to see the Hitchcock movie; my favourites are Rear Window and To Catch a Thief! My girlfriend is good friends with Tippi Hedron and boy does she have some interesting stories to tell about old Hitch. He was something else! Spent my California Sunday watching "Call the Midwife". Does Australia have this series yet? I cried heaps and can hardly wait for Season Two in March! XOXO BlondEgirl aka LCF

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  38. Counted 42 figs on my precious little Black Genoa fig tree that is less than 3 feet high. Taking note of all fig recipes and netting the tree safe from rapacious green parrots.
    Love the Cushion Terminator... he's a true boy!

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  39. Loving the figs and all the warm weather fun. We finally got some good weather today and I went out and sunned for a bit. Nothing like Winter sun...Mr FF has gorgeous ties and suits..Hard to believe he is old enought to have worn the 70s prom kit!

    Loved Million Dollar Decorators..Martin would be the most fun ever..Love him. Also loved Mary and Nate...It's sadly done here already!

    xo
    Kim

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  40. Martin would be wonderful to have a drink with - I agree totally but only if he didn't any of the other decorators with him. Amazing designs, wonderful accent and quite unlike the others in the group (that could have something to do with nationality) nuff said!

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  41. Beautiful pool. Looks so relaxing.

    Love a man in a good suit-men (and women!!) look about a hundred times better when they dress up!

    I love the food pictures-yummo!

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  42. FF,
    I remember those ruffled tuxedos well - over here in the 70's your date would match the color of the tux to the color of your dress.

    When my son had his prom, he wore a Ralph Lauren pin striped tux with a regular tie - not the bow tie. So handsome!

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  43. Your life is amazingly glam!! Love Froogs

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  44. We had figs, prosciutto and mozzarella for dinner last night, one of my favourite summer salads. Fun post and pics.

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  45. FF I would love to have a wine with Kathryn Ireland and I don't even drink wine !!! I think she is a scream and I so need to get my hands on some of her fabulous fabrics. Imagine the cushions then . Loving Flipping out too !!!!

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  46. Thank Mrs FF for your blog, always entertaining and enjoyable, a good read.
    Thanks for all your sharing of your life and your food creations they always look yummy, mmmmmm!!! figs and gorgonzola delish.
    I am fascinated by how many people rudely comment on blogs, I don't blog and so appreciate those that do, stop with the criticisms, not nice.

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  47. Figs may be symbolic of an egalitarian society. Fresh raspberries on the other hand - they are for the rich.

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  48. I just looove that the boy child is exercising his right to push a shopping trolley. I wish my husband's parents had let him learn the same! I need new flooring. I long for parquetry flooring, but I don't think they can lay it over a cement slab, HHHmn off to investigate.

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  49. Those berries look ah-mazing! I'm a little addicted to Nigella myself and have a serious crush on Jamie Oliver! lol

    feel free to drop by my blog and check out my giveaway!

    www.lifestylen.blogspot.com

    x

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