BROCADE: You are a very grand lady. You are of royal blood, whether or not you know it. It is obvious in your regal bearing and your masterful wearing of brocade, that most monarchical of textiles. Brocade makes even velvet look like a commoner. It turns its nose up at taffeta and gives tweed the finger. Brocade is the grandest fabric on the grandest block. So when you see it, think not of sofas or suburban wallpaper. Think instead of world domination, throne rooms, boar-hunting, popes, aspic, tapestries, sceptres, inbreeding and your own undeniable majesty. You can wear brocade. And you should.
—  strangely uplifting advice from Tatler’s fashion pages

Shifting between auto-eroticism and material fetish, ‘sim/stim’ proposes a cargo cult of sensual nano-alchemy. It celebrates temporary mummification of the body by engaging in an erotic relationship with shape changing clouds of synthetic material. Touching on the topics of body enhancement and death through preservation, sexual attraction is being conserved in floating silicone bubbles; flesh is suspended in ersatz aspic, comparable to an ‘inverse boob job’.


Here, have some Jell-O Salad/Aspic deliciousness : 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

BTW: This is stuff I would never eat!  I just…I dunno. I was just in the mood for something gross. Hahahaha

Calostoma cinnabarinum, Blood Mountain, Blood Mountain Wilderness, Chattahoochee National Forest, Union County, Georgia, US | ©Alan Cressler

This fungus, called Stalked puffball-in-aspic, is one of the most unusual fungi yo will see. Calostoma cinnabarinum is a gasteroid fungus (Boletales - Sclerodermataceae). 

In this fungus, the fruiting body is spherical, orange or bright red, about 20 mm in diameter, with a gelatinous, transparent and thin outer layer. Apical peristome has a cross-shaped when fruiting is in its mature phase. When mature, the fungi have a cartilaginous-gelatinous rhizomorphic base, which is dimpled.

As with all members of its genus, C. cinnabarinum is generally considered inedible by field guides. A study of the cultural practices of mestizo descendants of the Otomi people in Tenango de Doria, Mexico, reported that immature specimens of C. cinnabarinum were frequently eaten raw in the past, especially by children. Consumption of the species was no longer commonplace. 


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Need last minute recipe ideas to wow ‘em at Thanksgiving?!?

For your consideration:

Rhubarb Ring with Strawberries 

King Crab Salad Ring 

Shad-Roe Pàtê

Duck in Orange Aspic with Onion Salad

Ginger Ale Salad

Pickled Kelp Rings

Don’t want to cook? How about taking a real nice headcheese from the local deli?

Pictures from American Cooking (TX715 .B76 A Quarto) and American Cooking: Northwest (TX715 .B76 Quarto).