Monday, September 8, 2014

A Porter's Tale

Let's talk Porter's Chairs.Not to be confused with a Train Station Porter. Like you see in Period Pieces.
A Porter's chair is normally and egg shaped chair with a high enclosed back. These chairs although looking very fashionable and chic really came to be out of necessity. A Porter was a servant that would screen the visitors the would arrive at the door of an estate in medieval England and later France. Being subject to the elements at the door the chairs were designed to block the wind around them. Often time the arm rest was notched to hold a hanging lantern to help keep the light. These porters were needed because ofter you couldn't hear a knock in the rest of the house.
Now for me these chair seem perfect to cozy up next to a fire and read a book. Maybe a romantic Jane Austen book? Who knows? They do seem cozy and romantic. Funny because it is nowhere near their humble beginnings in nature. Hope you give these beautiful chairs a look while you are out and about and take one home for a Porter's Night In.
Amazing Lemon White Chocolate Popcorn Ingredients 2 bags of Homestyle popcorn 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips 1 large lemon Instructions Pop both bags of Homestyle popcorn, and put into a LARGE mixing bowl (make sure there's still room to mix) after removing as many kernels as you can. Slowly melt the white chocolate chips at 30 second increments in the microwave, and at half power. Stir in between each increment until fully melted and smooth. Pour 1/2 of the chocolate over the popcorn and stir well. Then pour the other half and continue to stir until all kernels are covered. Pour out onto parchment paper and lay the popcorn out into a single layer. Zest the lemon before slicing it open (you'll need about 2-3 Tablespoons). Immediately put 1/2 of the zest over the top of the popcorn while the chocolate is still wet. Mix/turn over the popcorn and sprinkle the remaining zest over the popcorn. Then squeeze 1/2 of the lemon onto the popcorn immediately. Let the popcorn sit and "harden" for about an hour, and then mix/break it up. Squeeze the remaining 1/2 of the lemon onto the popcorn again. Let finish drying/hardening and serve. Store in an airtight container, but popcorn is best eaten by 24-48 hours after making it. The best lemon Popcorn recipe. This popcorn is amazing. The perfect balance of sweet, salty and citrus in one treat.

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