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Apres moi, la deluge!

*Simon van Alphen by Nicolaes Maes
Delia has taken all the illicit we-never-buy-this heavy cream (she needed 1 Tbs for the sauce for the dinner party we gave Friday for John R. Douglas & Ginjer Buchanan), and clabbered it to try to make creme fraiche (which we can at least dole out in reasonable portions at Appropriate Moments.  And it will Keep...).  

I forgot to ask her to leave me some for my oatmeal.
Is there such a thing as a minus-First World Problem?  Maybe we're into the First Estate, here?

ETA:  A friend on Facebook says it's a "1% Problem" - perfect!

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rikibeth
Feb. 6th, 2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
Creme fraiche is ALSO good on oatmeal. So's clotted cream, but I try not to buy that (unless we've declared a Scone Emergency).
mizkit
Feb. 6th, 2012 03:48 pm (UTC)
...I suddenly feel I may have a Scone Emergency coming on.
rikibeth
Feb. 6th, 2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
Don't forget the jam (raspberry or strawberry).
mizkit
Feb. 6th, 2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
I suspect it would have to be the strawberry-rhubarb, in fact, as that's the jar of homemade jam we currently have open. :)
rikibeth
Feb. 6th, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
Homemade! That one-ups me.

I think the reason we haven't had a Scone Emergency this winter is tied to our current lack of snow. Pretty sure it was a snow thing.
mizkit
Feb. 6th, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
Jam's not so hard to make! And so worth it!

We're living in Ireland (having emigrated from the States). I fear if I waited for snow I would never be allowed a Scone Emergency!
nohwhere_man
Feb. 6th, 2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
or the blood-orange marmalade I put up last, oh, whenever it was.
rikibeth
Feb. 6th, 2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
*sneaks into your pantry and steals the marmalade*
ellen_kushner
Feb. 7th, 2012 02:05 am (UTC)
I'm right behind ya!
nohwhere_man
Feb. 7th, 2012 04:45 am (UTC)
No need to steal, I have way more than enough :).
ckd
Feb. 6th, 2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
I call those Zeroth World Problems.
ellen_kushner
Feb. 7th, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
A FB friend just called them "1% Problems" - yeah!
negothick
Feb. 6th, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
Your story brought back fond memories of Marian (she of blessed memory, known as Madam Buttery). She was the queen of clotted cream, as she was the queen of scones. She would tell us about the meeting of food historians, where she (Marian) told of her usual method of making clotted cream in an electric frying pan, overnight on lowest heat. The foodie snobs began to sniff and differ with her, for daring to be non-canonical (apparently the Received Wisdom is that clotted cream cannot be made in the United States). A loud voice from a tall woman in the back responded "Bravo, Marian." It was Julia Child.
mizkit
Feb. 6th, 2012 03:48 pm (UTC)
What an utterly freaking *awesome* story! Bravo, Marian!
rikibeth
Feb. 6th, 2012 04:04 pm (UTC)
The Buttery in Carolingia?
negothick
Feb. 6th, 2012 04:06 pm (UTC)
Yes, of course. Is there another?
nohwhere_man
Feb. 6th, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
(fond memories of the Buttery and residents from 30 years ago, when Rocks were Soft, there were only 6 Kingdoms, and what's-his-name was on the throne again)
ellen_kushner
Feb. 7th, 2012 02:19 am (UTC)
Makes me think of the Jewish ritual response to the loss of someone: "Her memory for a blessing" - ritual is not always empty words; certainly not, in this case!

What a marvellous story - and a marvellous woman.
negothick
Feb. 6th, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
Many folks share those fond memories: considering how many writers wander (and used to wander) through the Buttery, it's amazing there hasn't been a book. I acknowledged Marian and the Buttery in my own non-fiction work, but if there's been a fantasy novel set there, I don't know it.
huladavid
Feb. 6th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
My boyfriend, who has force feed me bread pudding, Manchago cheese with honey drizzled on it, is now threatening me with "live" ice cream.

Actually, it was lime ice cream, but I misheard. And no matter what, he makes great ice cream.
ellen_kushner
Feb. 7th, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
Excuse me while I steal your boyfriend!
gwynnega
Feb. 6th, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
Now I want oatmeal with heavy cream. And I have neither of these things. Another minus-First World Problem!
ellen_kushner
Feb. 7th, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
But easily fixed.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 9th, 2012 02:04 am (UTC)
It is a GREAT TRAGEDY that the US has yet to jump on the heavy cream product train. Clotted cream, creme fraiche, devonshire cream... Grocery stores really need to GET ON THIS. - Cassandra
heartofoshun
Feb. 10th, 2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
I've found crème fraîche at the C-Town grocery in Park Slope, Brooklyn. It was in the cheese section. Surprised me. Of course, I had to buy it.
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