Kitchen Still Life with a Maid and Young Boy
Frans Snyders, painter; Jan Boeckhorst,
painter Flemish, about 1650
Oil on canvas 94 1/2 x 60 in. 78.PA.207
Source: The Getty
As a young boy reaches out with his chubby hand to take a fistful of grapes, a maid reproaches him, placing her hand on his right shoulder. The scene takes place in an abundantly stocked pantry, where various kinds of dead fowl await preparation. The large table upon which the boy sits is laden with baskets, bowls, and platters that overflow with ripe fruit, including apples, peaches, and pomegranates. To complete this picture of domestic life, a cat stands in the window on the upper right, antagonizing two dogs below.
Pantry scenes like this were derived from earlier paintings of town markets, which were appreciated for their display of nature's bounty. This painting is a collaborative work by Frans Snyders, who specialized in still lifes and animal subjects, and Jan Boeckhorst, who painted the figures.
Have seen this one a few times now — most recently at Lyndons
— and find it rather interesting, so here it is:
The rules are fairly simple enough to follow.
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten (go here
for links if you don’t know what something is).
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment at http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk/
linking to your results. Or you can leave me a comment so I can check out your list as well.
The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:
2. Nettle tea.
3. Huevos rancheros.
4. Steak tartare.
6. Black pudding.
7. Cheese fondue.
10. Baba ghanoush.
13. PB&J sandwich.
14. Aloo gobi.
15. Hot dog from a street cart.
17. Black truffle.
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes.
19. Steamed pork buns.
20. Pistachio ice cream.
21. Heirloom tomatoes.
22. Fresh wild berries.
23. Foie gras.
24. Rice and beans.
25. Brawn, or head cheese.
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper.
27. Dulce de leche.
30. Bagna cauda.
31. Wasabi peas.
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl.
33. Salted lassi.
35. Root beer float.
36. Cognac with a fat cigar.
37. Clotted cream tea.
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O.
41. Curried goat.
42. Whole insects.
44. Goat’s milk.
45. Malt whiskey from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more.
47. Chicken tikka masala.
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut.
50. Sea urchin.
51. Prickly pear.
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal.
57. Dirty gin martini.
58. Beer above 8% ABV.
60. Carob chips.
66. Frogs’ legs.
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake.
69. Fried plantain.
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette.
72. Caviar and blini.
73. Louche absinthe.
74. Gjetost, or brunost.
77. Hostess Fruit Pie.
79. Lapsang souchong.
81. Tom yum.
82. Eggs Benedict.
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef.
90. Criollo chocolate.
92. Soft shell crab.
93. Rose harissa.
95. Mole poblano.
96. Bagel and lox.
97. Lobster Thermidor.
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee.
Okay everyone it has been a very long day and I am going to sleep now. Goodnight :0)
N Posted by Rain at 9/05/2008 12:33:00 AM
posted at 11:09 PM
I love the painting however that does not look like a cat in the window to me.
I thought Abalone and sea urchins were protected...hmm.
TOM posted at 7:59 AM
Rain, I posted my list on Put A Fork In It that's my Food Blog...so what should we take on the The Ark
Lyndon posted at 2:32 PM
I find it more interesting that there isn't anything you wouldn't try :)
Rain posted at 8:58 PM
Candy, I believe you are right, Abalone is protected. You can still purchase them however they are farmed not fresh from the sea.
Tom~ I am hoping that you will allow me on your ark. :)
Lyndon~ If I could try anything on the list that I have not had the chance to taste it would be the malt whiskey and black pudding :)
Shea posted at 1:33 AM
I'd like to see more pictures of you
Damiel posted at 3:44 PM
I've lifted your meme - i'll have a go next week (straight away, we can safely rule out brawn, offal or anything similar)
My rule of thumb is that if it doesn't have legs, wings or gills it should be left alone to crawl in the mud and slime where it is ;@)