Musical Pursuits

For years I have loved a song that was played on the piano in the 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility. It happens in the scene where Elinor is standing in a doorway crying while she listens to Marianne play the piano. When Edward approaches her she explains that the song was her Father’s favorite. So when I was in a music shop and happened across a music book called “Jane Austen’s World” I was thrilled to find an arrangement for “My Father’s Favorite”. When I got the book home and started pecking out some of the other tunes I was pleased to discover several more arrangements that I enjoy from some of the films. Learning them should keep me busy over the summer.

Book of music from Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Persuasion.

Book of music from Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Persuasion.

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A New Toy

The museum I cook at got a new toy – a reflector oven. By some stroke of luck I got to be the first person to cook something using it. I have been wanting to use one of these replica ovens for years, and was thrilled to finally get the opportunity to have a go. I roasted a chicken. The bird was about 4 lbs and took 2 hours to roast, turning it every 15 minutes. I basted it in butter and a simple herb mixture containing salt, pepper and sage. There is nothing like fire roasted meat, just delicious.

New reflector oven

New reflector oven

About 40-minutes into the cook.

About 40-minutes into the cook.

Cooked to perfection and ready to come off the spit.

Cooked to perfection and ready to come off the spit.