Friday, November 5, 2010

Tuscan Treats from After Dark

I returned from vacation to find a package from Eve at After Dark. I mentioned to her that I have a Tuscan kitchen in the planning stage, and she has supplied me with a fantastic assortment of Italian goodies. They are lovely. The tiny little nuts amaze me. I especially love the apples! Perhaps they will find a home on the window sill of the kitchen. Thank you Eve!

Below the photos is a quick video that I shot while on vacation. I thought that you might enjoy seeing some of the unusual foods available at the night market in Beijing; including snake's skin, squid, octopus, scorpion, silk worm larvae, etc. I wasn't brave enough to try any of them. However Hubby said that the scorpion and silk worm larvae were delicious! 


  1. Ooooh The boards from Eve are just beautiful!!!
    I do love her work it is always fun to see it.

    Hrmmm... The description of the food made me hesitant to even watch the video. LOL Strangley it didn't look as bad as it sounded. Still... as much as I hate Mc Donalds (and the fact it has crept into other countries) I would have gone off to look for a Big Mac!

  2. Hello Carol, welcome back!
    here I see that you have everything you need in Italian cuisine!
    fruit, cheese and bread, and there is the extra virgin olive oil! wonderful gift for your home Tuscany!
    I was in China voyage wedding 16 years ago, and in Beijing I have eaten the snake! a unique experience, it was good!
    Your husband is right to try strange foods, they are not bad at all!
    kisses, Caterina

  3. The work of Eve is absolutely perfect,lucky girl to have this.A great start for a Tuscany kitchen.Jeannette

  4. Gnam gnam :-)
    Beautiful food!!!
    Mini hugs, Flora

  5. The photographs are lovely. The food is presented so beautifully and so appealing to the eyes.

    Godo to read that that you and your husband are willign to try food out of your comfort zone. That is very admiarble. Soem people go overseas and all they eat is fish and chips.

  6. Eva es una gran artesana. Tienes una obra preciosa. Trabaja muy bien todos los alimentos.
    Me encanta. Quedará muy bien en tu casa de la Toscana.
    Besos Clara

  7. Welcome back Carol!
    You have received very beautiful gifts!

  8. Eve's work is always stunning.

  9. Eve is a great artist, all is very well done! congratulations for this wonderful goodies! greetings

  10. Carol ¡que hermosas miniaturas haces!!!!
    Un abrazo

  11. You were in Beijing Carol? Did you like it? I hope you also had a chance to see other parts of China like Shanghai etc, Beijing is not one of my favourite cities but I like Shanghai.

    I had some unusual food when I was in Taiwan too :)

    I think your Tuscan kitchen is going to be fabulous.

  12. Sans promised me strange food when we were in Singapore but it was nothing beside silk worms larvae. No, I couldn't have a go with them....
    While Eve's work is fabulous! Rosanna