Etymology: plural of sundry adj. used subst.: compare odds n.
Definition: Small articles of a miscellaneous kind; esp. small items lumped together in an account as not needing individual mention.
Though its definition can be a little misleading, I really enjoy the term sundries. It fits well within the Southern vernacular and seems to be a word that is slowly coming back into style. It has an assortment of applications and more or less means a collection of bits and pieces. Which is exactly what this post entails. Bits and pieces from around the world, web, and my frame of reference that I thought might be good to share. I’ve always been fond of little collections – stamps, vintage books, bottle caps, ticket stubs – this is just another one of many (albeit a much less cluttered curation). This week’s sundries are all fairly recent pieces of news, but sometimes an old standby might slip through. The term weekly is also subject to change because weekly is sometimes just too aspirational.
This week on Morning Edition, NPR discussed the fact that most Brits don’t brew their tea for the proper amount of time. Goodness knows, what would happen if they looked at how Americans brew their cups. In other tea-related news, NPR has also started a “weekly” series called Tea Tuesdays in which they look at all things tea. The latest post was on tea’s close cousin, yerba mate, and how it fares against the traditional brew.
I recently learned of this nifty kickstarter for a deck of artistic paper-cut playing cards (see picture above) called Delicious. Artist Emmanuel Jose has created several other decks – with themes like Curator, Clipped Wings, and Sawdust – but his newest one is entirely food themed and just the kind of deck you’d serve at a dinner party. Be sure to follow the link to his kickstarter and help out if you can!
Easter is almost here and while I’m perfectly fine with good ol’ vinegar dye eggs, these lovely, lovely DIY Watercolor Easter Eggs from Inkstruck Studio might just make me pick up a paintbrush. Makes me wish I wasn’t the only adult who still likes Easter Egg hunts and getting sweets-filled baskets from their grandma. I’m not, am I?
This next week we’re heading to visit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and while we’re there I’ll be attending the State of The Plate Food Conference put on in part by my potential future PhD department. So many wonderful Southern voices will be in attendance and I’m especially looking forward to a presentation entilted “From Colewort to the New Kale: Collards and Global Connections in the South.” I’ll be live-tweeting and instagramming the trip and the conference so stay tuned for details. If you happen to have any suggestions about places to eat, things to see, or fun activities in the Research Triangle, do let me know!
There’s still no grass and no sight of naturally grown flowers for miles, so, of course, I’ve become smitten with this Lavender and Vanilla Bean Cake bespoke with fresh spring time flowers from ForktoBelly. And when I first came across this post, I thought “what a lovely cake stand, so unique.” and that’s when I realized that it’s just a short Mason jar turned upside down and topped with a plate. Extra points for creativity, ForktoBelly, all the extra points.
Happy Sunday, y’all.