Friday, March 19, 2010

Jean Arthur's Chocolate Fudge

"It's a strenuous job every day of your life
to live up to the way you look on the screen."

I admit that this week I've let it all go a bit! It's been sooooooo busy and stayed at Paulette's last night and the night before. This resulted in my wearing the same rockabilly cardigan to work 3 days in a row - I wonder if anyone noticed?

Spring is most DEFINITELY in the air. Everyone is getting very frisky. Today a momentous thing happened for me, I saw someone I fancied. I thought that had stopped happening.?! Eureka, I had a nice little frisson with someone on the tube. 3 minutes of no strings attached microflirting. I shall try and get back in practice, it was most enjoyable.

And just now a phone call from Mr Mayfair saying that he's moving back to the States and insists that he kisses me at least once before he goes. Ha ha! Sure, why not?! I told him to call me when he was in the mood for making out...

I'm considering having another go at Jean's fudge. Ruth's mom sent a very thorough email explaining why her recipe was not really for the beginner. I LOVE the mom testers because they really know what they are doing and they make me feel better about failing. I could NOT get Jean's fudge to set when I tried it but felt better when Ruth's mom emailed to say, "fudge is a little complicated; you can ruin it easily and Jean's won't help anyone succeed." So, if we do include this recipe in the book we'll include some of Ruth's mom's excellent guidance in how to actually get this to work.

I did a silly thing on the way home from work today. I left a folder that effectively contained the first third of the Silver Screen Suppers book AND the book proposal on the BUS. Oh my Lord. I guess three things could happen. 1) someone finds it and pinches the whole idea. (Ruth and I would probably have to hire a contract killer if this happened.) 2) a publisher who happens to live in Crouch End finds it and offers us an incredible deal. (This would be what happened in a movie of course.) 3) I will have to go to some Godforsaken bus garage somewhere in the arse end of Greater London to retrieve it.

I am predicting number 3.


Sid said...

Me and Jas tried to make some fudge for Kate for Christmas and it didn't set either (we didn't boil it for long enough / high enough). In the end Kate re-boiled it on Boxing Day so all was not lost and it still tasted good. I recommend getting one of those sugar thermometers ... or in our case not leaving it to Christmas Eve :-)

Lya de Putti said...

Funnily enough I was eyeing up some sugar thermometers yesterday. I have spent a small fortune in the kitchen shop in Crouch End lately! I think boiling it like mad is probably the way to go! Jx

brian said...

Mister Mayfair? Well, why not.

Let me know if you need me to go to the Westbourne Grove bus garage - it's not far from here. I once had to go there very late on a Thursday night after I left an incredibly expensive piece of equipment I had borrowed from the Lyceum Theatre on the #31.

Lya de Putti said...

Tee hee - it's not just me then, leaving things on buses. I'm going to try and work out which bus garage the W5 would end up in, I'll have to do some phoning around yesterday. VERY much looking forward to tomorrow night my dear - Jx

brian said...

Me too - have bought all ingredients for Boris' Steak and Kidney pie. I've also worked out the onion quantity I think.

Finally - have you filled one of these out? May help you get it back.