Congratulations to Skinner on the wonderful segment that Chronicle aired last week. I was so excited to see Skinner profiled. More importantly, the message was communicated en masse that auctions and antiques are accessible to everyone (though I confess, I am a little selfish and want to keep Skinner to myself!). Even more sensational was the footage, which was filmed at the last fine jewelry auction held. I wish I had stayed longer to be part of the action and filming, but I was there for some Hermes enamel bangles and when those went, so did I.
I had much better luck at the Discovery auction Skinner hosted the following week. The Discovery auctions are a kind of hodgepodge of collectible goods: vintage couture, handbags, silver, jewelry, furniture and paintings. It is quite literally a virtual flea market when you shop and bid online (though somewhat classier:). I've been meaning to do a post on some of the great items we have acquired over the years from Skinner, but that is a longer post for another day.
As you can probably tell from the photos, I picked up some lovely vintage Yves Saint Laurent earrings! These were an early Christmas present from husband. Over the last few years we established a Christmas routine with Skinner. I usually pick out a few items from the fine jewelry or discovery auction and then send him off the see what he gets for the best price! The Yves Saint Laurent earrings went for an absolute steal, so I was able to get those and my new iPhone from Santa. I am after all, all about cost effectiveness.
Tired of hearty winter fare yet? As the winter months draw on, I am pretty much only interested in something that needs to be cooked in a crock pot. And involves lots of wine (in or along with the dish!).
Coq au vin satisfies on all fronts. It is one of those hearty, rustic, regional dishes that is typically made with Burgundian* wine. There are apparently variations based on the locale and varietal used; coq au champagne and coq au riesling (but they hardly have such a nice ring to them as the most famous version). This dish is very similiar is style and preparation to its cousin, beef bourguignon.
In over simplified recipe and preparation terms, you top chicken in with some wine, a bouquet garni, some mushrooms and carrots, along with bacon and garlic. Place into oven, et viola, a dish that would do any Julia Child devotee proud.
Fact of the day: Coq actually means rooster in French, though you do not actually cook a rooster for the dish since the meat is tough and does not work well. If we are being proper, it should probably be called poulet au vin. Again, doesn't have such a nice ring to it though....
*Please note, all we had in the house was some really good pinot that I wouldn't dare to open without husband, much less cook with, so I used this Trader Joes Cab as a substitute.
I am obsessed, OBSESSED with everything Celine is doing right now. Since I can neither find, nor afford one of their classic box bags I will try to get my greedy hands on some of these sunnies.
Barneys conveniently emailed me today to let me know they were in store. Time is of the essence.
Operation Celine update:
Celine classic, black, currently in my bag. I stopped by Barneys last night to see the superb concierge Molly and ever helpful George, who saved the day! Even better though- when I got home to fess up and show husband he got quite peeved......because he was planning on getting them for my birthday. AND that would be why I married this man.