Monday, February 6, 2012

downton audrey

hey y'all! i had a rather exhausting, somewhat wine-soaked weekend, so i'm taking it easy with a bit of hulu with a side of blogging. i've become obsessed with downton abbey - about a year too late, i know - watching the first two seasons in a matter of about four days, because that's how i do. the show is essentially a soap opera set in the early 1900's, which is captivating enough, but the costuming is absolutely to die for - for me, it rivals even that of mad men - gorgeous, long art deco frocks, elbow length gloves, fabulous jewelry. it inspired me to snag this skirt, and do my best modern-downton - sort of last year's anthropologie catalog meets downton abbey meets dark-rooted-bedhead.

top: anthropologie
skirt: madewell
necklace: gift from sam
necklace: old anthropologie
shoes: (hard to see) rachel comey

anyhow, last weekend, after the resounding success that was braised lamb neck, i grabbed some lamb lollipops from work and planned a meal around them - a fishcake salad to start, mussels for an appetizer and then lamb lollipops with a fennel and green apple slaw and beet pureé. the preparation was actually quite simple, but so, so good.

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apple and fennel slaw

one small fennel bulb, thinly sliced
one green apple, thinly sliced
2 T honey
2 T apple cider vinegar
a few fronds of fennel, chopped
sea salt

combine all ingredients and let them sit for at least thirty minutes.

beet and greek yogurt pureé

about 2 large beets, cooked til soft and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 cup greek yogurt
sea salt

place in blender. buzzzzzz.

lamb lollipops

spice rub: i used rubbed sage, fennel pollen, sea salt, fresh thyme leaves
4 lamb lollipops
a splash of olive oil

start the oil in a pan, on medium high; let the pan get nice and hot, then place the lollipops in. cook for about 2-3 minutes (depending on thickness) each side; let them rest for a few minutes, then serve atop the slaw and puree. ta-da!

and one final note! i've had some exciting press lately - an interview with the host of all things considered on npr (which i have to admit is very much a dream come true for me, the biggest of all NPR nerds) and then today my macarons are featured on! (and just in time for valentine's day. . . i have a feeling the next week will be an exceedingly busy one.)

macaron flavors (clockwise) coconut cream, nutella, mint chocolate chip, lavender black pepper and lemon rosemary. (photo by nymag)

thank you, truly and deeply, for all your kind words - i'll do a post soon to address some questions i've been getting in the comments.

much love to you all,

xo audrey


  1. So proud of my fellow FCI classmate! She can rock some macaroons.

  2. Do you love Downton Abbey too?! I seriously have an obsession with Victorian-era Jane Austen-ish anything. It's become a problem! I love the outfit, and the lamb looks so. delicious.

  3. A) I Love everything about the outfit, it's such a great combination <3
    B) That lamb dish looks incredible and I love how you've plated it!
    C)MMMMmmm macarons are sooo gooood

  4. Love Downton. And, I am ready for my dinner invite! xo

  5. Know exactly what you mean. I just "discovered" Downton Abbey a few weeks ago. Thanks to Netflix's instant streaming, I got caught up.

    You look fab and the food looks delicious!

  6. Everyone is telling me how great Downton Abbey is, so I can't wait to see it))) I need to plan this for my weekend)))
    Love the polka dot top, so cute!)

  7. so glad to hear about your exposure and success! You totally deserve it - I really enjoy seeing how creative you get with food (even when its things I don't even care to eat!)
    Best, Breanna

  8. Oooh, congrats on the NPR interview and feature!! NPR (specifically KPCC) makes my over-an-hour-each-way L.A. commute bearable. And your outfit is inspiring me to try out a floor-length skirt =) Thank you again for letting bebe feature you on STYLUST!

  9. I totally love this outfit! And yummm those macarons look great!

    XO, Imke

  10. i totally love your outfit!
    great blog x

  11. the outfit is great, i love it. and the macarons are so pretty. im so happy i have found your blog :)

  12. It inspired me to snag this skirt, Very awesome in looking. online makeup course