Mayonnaise

I realize that this is a strange post for a Jane Austen/Pride and Prejudice blog, but bear with me here. I. Cannot. Make. Mayonnaise. In theory, it's all very simple: you take an egg yolk, stir briskly, add olive oil, stir more, add more oil, stir--until you have a wonderful, creamy emulsion that is clear…

Happy Birthday, Miss Austen!

This says it rather well, doesn't it? Dear reader, today, two hundred and forty-one years ago, a lovely woman by the name of Jane Austen was born. Without her, there would be no Emma, Persuasion, and--Heaven help us all--no Pride and Prejudice. In other words, we would not be "excessively diverted" every time we picked…