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Lisa Marie Corso  ✏️ Word nerd / non-professional eater & yes, my parents named me after Elvis' spawn. It could have been worse right? At least my name isn't Apple

Baby’s first jam. No I’m not pregnant, I’m just the baby and I made my first batch of jam - Seville Orange and Mandarin with star anise - to be precise. I’ve been writing from home a lot the last two weeks which is very productive but can occasionally send one mad where a phone call from the call centre could legit turn into a 2 hour conversation about my life story that no one asked to hear (I promise that one time I ended up in hospital in Tokyo is a worthwhile story!) because you haven’t spoken to anyone for 5 hours. The type of call that ends with the call centre operator begging to get off the phone. This hasn’t happened yet but the probability is high so I implemented a ‘cook something fun a day rule’. Today was me battling it with food science as I waited for pectin to do its thing. I even put a plate in the freezer for 15 minutes to do the wrinkle test and see if my jam had set and sterilised jars to kill bacteria. I’m pretty sure I’m now a Julia Child x Walter from Breaking Bad love child. And the jam actually worked besides the incident where I nearly burned my hot plates to shreds with sugar water. All I can say is food as therapy and thankfully I will not be answering any call centre calls trying to sell me 6 types of health insurance, a self driving car and Vitamix with 2 complimentary free movie tickets tomorrow.

Europe Food Chronicles, London Edition Part II:
My new name is Glutton Marie Corso and I am not ashamed of who I am. Also full disclaimer this is an abridged version of my London gorge. Remember folks, gorge is just a shorter word for gorgeous.
1. Scotch egg. This egg morsel wrapped in mince then fried in breadcrumbs - that’s atleast 2/3 of the food pyramid right and therefore a nutritional addition to my life.
2. Some words like like Handmaid frighten me but other words like Handmade excite me. Like this handmade pappardelle with beef cheek ragu, ravioli with ricotta, sage and lemon zest and the third pasta not pictured to retain dignity: gnocchi in a butter sauce from Padella.
3. Never underestimate the power of a good sandwich - like this salt beef one. A sandwich never judges, ‘eat me with your hands sitting in a London gutter at the Borough market’ - and I did just that. A gutter is surprisingly a comfy makeshift chair.
4. Dinner at Ottolenghi’s NOPI, was like reading all of his cookbooks without the stress of ransacking my pantry for 247 ingredients.
5. A Sunday roast from the pub. Look at that little Yorkshire pudding gravy bath. You better believe I took my roast potatoes for a dip, facial and exfoliation in there.
6. Seriously getting ludicrous now. DUCK CONFIT in a roll! Kill me now, actually please don’t, my intestines will beat you to it as they try and make sense of this nonsense. They’ve already called the Culinary United Nations to make an exit plan.
7. And...a raclette on a bed of potatoes with some Cornichons for a side of #healthyliving - food is life and life is one big messy mouthful with a little salt and pepper in between the seasons.

Europe Food Chronicles, France Edition Part I:
1. Me being a Perrier cliche and loving it sick. I paid $7 AUD for this small bottle accidentally, but for the amount of selfies taken it was worth it.
2. Steak and frites with paper table cloth, endive and celeriac salads, and escargot not shown. First go at snail, the oyster of the pavement world if you ask me. Doused in enough garlic to kill a flock of Twilight vampires.
3. Infinite chocolate mousse. This is not a hoax but some effed up Charlie and the Chocolate Factory miracle. The mousse just never ends and is the gift that keeps on giving until your hunched over nursing severe stomach cramps.
4. Baguette from La Grenier au Pain with gamon ham, Dijon, and my little loves cornichons eaten on the steps of Sacre Couer as suggested by @claudn. Not sorry I flaked baguette all over this religious icon.
5. I flexed my Niciouse salad muscle for our hosts so basically I’m a French citizen now.
6. This grated carrot salad is every where - hopefully eating this many carrots will cure my abhorrent eye sight. It’s called science.
7. This thing I just discovered, it’s yellow and comes from cows. I THINK it’s called cheese.
Now someone please send me a box of elastic waist pants ASAP.

Wake up in Paris and baguette about your problems.

It took 29 years but I finally mastered the art of making myself look fraudulently taller than someone (in this case @_dnbl_) in a photo.

🏡👉🏻💘 Home is where the heart is and my heart is in a cavity in my chest AND my little zen AF apartment. Ten points if you guess which is on the @thedesignfiles today. Clue: it's my apartment. (You can keep the 10 points anyway.) Have a look at me pretending I can keep an all white outfit clean for longer than 60 minutes and some of my favourite things I've collected from dilapidated Moorabbin warehouses to upstate New York glass factories and everything in between, then ask yourself how many cushions is enough? (Correct answer: never enough.) 🦀🦀🦀 Link in profile with pics by @evegwilson

👵🏼☀️ Today my stomach and I would like to say a big, fat, molto bene 80th BIRTHDAY to the best maker of meatballs and sauce, longest serving babysitter of my life (from 6 months to practically now, Italian grandparents will do it for free, so marry into an Italian family, people!), non-official President of the Bold & the Beautiful fan club (we miss you Stephanie Forrester), freakishly talented gardener who can grow everything from proteas to prickly pear and olives, and OG queen of pickled vegetables - she got on this train way before Portlandia/Terra Madre discovered pickled veg are the ultimate bourgeois hippie luxury. And one million other things about her I can't write for fear of getting finger RSI for typing for too long. Here we are in 2014 on @thedesignfiles when her recipe series went #viral - link in profile if you want to make some Corso birthday eggplant parmigiana or get some truly #EYEtalian interior decorating tips. Happy birthday Nonna! 😘 photo by @evegwilson

...and just like that I became a millennial with zero awareness of the world around me as I tried on backpacks in the middle of a CBD store taking a million selfies and googling if the Valencia filter is still in fashion. For the record it's not, I also found out AF is pronounced 'af' not A.F. for those playing at home. And that huge if true does not refer to the family size pizza at my local pizzeria but an ironic slang saying. Sheesh, being a millennial is hard AF work. And yes I bought the backpack. Huge if true.

I went to Sovereign Hill (@officialgoldiehawn's Instagram) and found the biggest nugget of gold (this photo). Now I'm the richest and happiest girl in the world (the internet).

I finally found my celebrity dogglegänger. Someone call Charles Darwin because no woman and dog has ever looked this related. Hashtag click bait. Hashtag evolution miracle.

Having some deep intense feels because a) Micheladas are damn good b) this could have been the perfect GALS ON TOUR pic if we weren't photobombed by Dude in a Cap c) my bff @aliceoehr is having her first solo show tomorrow at @lamingtondrive and it's beyond EXCELLENT and I feel like a proud mom/sister/co-dependent bestie bursting with unadulterated and inexplicable joy for her. Go see it, pronto! 😘

I saw Meryl in The Post and for 1 hour and 56 minutes the world was truly perfect. 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕

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