Thursday, January 6, 2011

Happy Birthday, Sherlock! (and a recipe)

My love for mysteries that began with the very early reading of Nancy Drew and Sherlock Holmes has continued to this day.  I've been collecting items related to mystery and Holmes, in particular, to such an extent that, at one time, I had a Sherlock Holmes guest room complete with a miniature recreation of his digs at 221 B Baker Street!  I have enough ornaments (and the search, as any true Holmes fan can tell you, continues), and used to erect a Sherlock Holmes Christmas tree each Christmas.

The mug in this picture was acquired at the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London, the spoon at a gift shop in Oxford, and the cookie was created from a cutter that I had custom made.  Some of my fondest memories are associated with Holmes, including the weekend I spent as Jeremy Brett's (portrayer of Holmes in the highly successful and long-running Granada television Sherlock Holmes series) escort when he was in town as a part of a ten-city U.S. tour.  I was in heaven!

Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes
The love of mystery becomes a part of you.  It has worked its way into my art...

Scrapbook page that was published in The Rubber Stamper magazine
my jewelry...

A Sherlock Holmes bracelet of my own design
my knitting...

A scarf of my own design soon to be available in my Etsy shop
and, as you saw above, my cooking.

While it's unclear if Holmes had any particular favorite food or beverage, I certainly have a favorite hot drink to which I will hoist and offer him the happiest 157th birthday a guy could ever have.  I hope you'll join me.

Serves 2

2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup malted milk powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup sugar

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, heat milk until hot but not boiling.  Whisk in chocolate chips and malted milk powder until smooth.  Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla.  Beat the cream until thick in a small bowl, gradually adding sugar and then beating until soft peaks form.

Pour hot chocolate into your favorite mug and top with generous dollops of whipped cream.

Enjoy this wonderful winter warmer while contemplating the passions of your life.

This is linked to Tablescape Thursday and Sunday Favorites


Denise said...

Oh, my God! I almost did a tablescape for Sherlock myself. You ARE a TRUE FAN. I love hearing about other people's passions. A guest bedroom decorated in the 21 Baker Street style - how cool. The mug and spoon are wonderful.
Viva la Holmes!

Chubby Chieque said...

Wow... what an exquite job!

Your such a good artist.

Happy TS...

Greetings from freezing Stockholm,

Mary said...

What an amazing collection of all things Sherlock Holmes...a Christmas tree no less! I love that you had a cookie cutter custom made! Would LOVE for you to join us a FFT with one on his books on Feb. 1st with a recipe and some of your collectibles as fun props :-)

Donnie said...

What a great collection. Just lovely. I love to read the books and see the movies but that's as far as I've gotten. What fun.

Barbara said...

My husband is a big Sherlock fan. I can't wait to show your tribute to him! The cookies are amazing. I love that your love of everything Sherlock has made it into your art. I think I need to go dig out some of Nancy Drew books!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

My husband is also a huge Sherlock Holmes fan! What a grand collection you have.

Tess said...

This is a great post...I am a real mystery fan myself and my Brit husband love Sherlock Holmes. He bought a wonderful volume of Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Lucky you; hosting Jeremy Brett...he was the quintessential S.H in my estimation. Have you seen the latest offering on Masterpiece set in modern times? It is actually very good!

The cookie cutter is amazing!!! Thank you for sharing this fun post!!!!

Unknown said...

I grew up with Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. I have never seen Jeremy Brett. Love the mysteries, though. Great recipe.

Keetha Broyles said...

Oooooo!!! I LOVE this. I'm also a fellow mystery lover who "weaned" on Nancy Drew.

I believe Sherlock is my favorite.

I LOVE this stuff - - - especially the cookie from the designer special cookie cutter.

Came over from Sunday Faves.