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Film, Summer

Stockholm, Sharp & Silent

We’ve reached the final silent summer film in the Criterion Olympic Films collection, (LW: thank goodness) and it happens to be the very first one, from Stockholm 1912. We’ve already discussed a few of these silent editions (here, here, here), and by and large there’s no significant deviation from the format here. However, there are […]

Food, Summer

Hello Sweden!

Today I’m going to open the blog not with our baking escapades, but with a note about what’s going on in the world right now. There’s a virus leveling countries and economies. Things are pretty rough. We will make every effort to keep our posting schedule (as we had the year planned out to time […]

Film, Winter

Jean-Claude Killy Builds a Highway

1992 was a particularly fascinating moment in time: in 1989 the Berlin Wall came down. In 1990 Germany was reunified. In 1991 the Soviet Union collapsed. Change was truly in the cold, crisp air of the French Alps. One Light, One World 1992104 MINUTESJoe Jay Jalbert,R. Douglas Copsey The XVI Winter Games at Albertville, France […]

Food, Winter

A French Discovery

And we are back in France again! It was an easy pick for recipes this time around, as I’d had my eye on both of these recipes for a while. It was an absolutely successful week of baking too—dieu merci! Now let’s get to it. Local Fare For local fare, I settled on a berry […]

Film, Summer

Melbourne 1956: Once More, with Feeling

Last time we discussed the two small films of Melbourne/Stockholm 1956. This week we’re going to move on to the Summer Games proper with a pair of films focused on the breadth of events held in Melbourne. Despite having a similar scope, they’re incredibly different. Overwhelming Speed Olympic Games, 1956 195660 MINUTESPeter Whitchurch Olympic Games, […]

Food, Summer

Down Under Again

Round 2 for Australia and on the docket we have a traditional kid’s treat and yummy zucchini muffins. Let’s dive in! Local Fare LW: I started out making chocolate crackles, which are like rice crispy treats but with cocoa powder and sugar instead of marshmallows. Yeah, they are as good as they sound. Also much […]

Film, Summer

Melbourne via Stockholm and Algiers

The Olympics appeared for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere at the 1956 Summer Games in Melbourne, Australia. It was the first Games to take place in two different countries, because Australian quarantine laws prevented equestrian horses from making the trip. Stockholm, Sweden stepped up to host a week of equestrian events. What this […]

Food, Summer

I ❤️ Australia

LW: Honestly, the best part of this blog is researching local baking (and cooking). I have spent a lot of hours looking at pictures of food these past months, and it is awesome. Australia did not disappoint when it came to baking options, though I quickly realized there would be a significant challenge: avoiding coconut. […]

Food, Winter

Northern Treats

LW: Canada! I was super excited when I realized Canada was next, as I really wanted to look into traditional Canadian desserts. Then after doing research, I wanted to eat all of them. I settled on trying my hand at Flapper Pie and learned something new … I really can’t eat egg whites. Fun lesson! […]