Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Really Random Tuesday #27: Armchair BEA and Eton Mess

Welcome to another edition of Really Random Tuesday. This week, I don't have any giveaway winners to announce, but as usual, I have some giveaways on the right side of my blog, so be sure to take a look at them.


In terms of book news, the buzz is about the BEA. I know many book bloggers are attending the BookExpo America (BEA) in NYC this week, May 23 - May 27. But others, like myself, are not able to travel to NYC for this event. For us, there's an Armchair BEA, hosted by Tif, Chris, Michelle, Chrisbookarama, The1stdaughter, Emily, Florina, and Pam, a virtual convention for book bloggers with discussions, numerous giveaways, memes, and more! I registered with Armchair BEA today. (The adorable buttons shown here were designed by Sarah from Puss Reboots and Emily from Emily's Reading Room, left to right, respectively. I'd really like to learn to design buttons like these, and create one for Really Random Tuesday.) If Armchair BEA sounds like fun to you, stop by and sign up.


Please visit Vivienne's blog, Serendipity, for another Really Random Tuesday post. In her post, she mentioned diving into a bowl of Eton Mess at a recent book club meeting. Not knowing what Eton Mess was, I looked it up on Wikipedia, and found the following photo and description:


Eton mess is an English dessert, a mixture of strawberries, pieces of meringue, and cream, which is served at Eton College's annual cricket game against Winchester College students. According to Wikipedia, the word mess may refer to the haphazard appearance of the dessert, or may be used in the sense of "a quantity of food", or "a mixture of ingredients cooked or eaten together". I think mess is part of the name because the dish looks a bit messy, although a mess hall is simply a building or room used for serving and eating meals (which is probably messy, though!). Anyway, there are several recipes for this dessert online, including one by Nigella Lawson, if you are interested in making it. (I'm not sure if I'm interested in making it, but I am interested in eating it.)

Really Random Tuesday is a way to post odds and ends--announcements, musings, quotes, photos--any blogging and book-related things you can think of. If you're inspired by this idea, feel free to copy the button and use it on your own blog. Please leave a link in the comments if you’re participating and I'll add it to this post.

For another Really Random post, also visit Veens' blog, Giving Reading a Chance.

Thanks for reading!


  1. That looks delicious! Unfortunately, I couldn't go to BEA this year, and I didn't sign up for the armchair version because I have a busy week. :(

  2. I noticed Armchair BEA on other blogs, but until I visited your blog I didn't know what it was about.

    My daughter-in-law made something that looks like The Mess, and I can tell you it was very tasty...

    Thanks for your visit to my reading corner, today.

  3. I didn't know there was an Armchair BEA! I was so disappointed that I couldn't attend. I live in NY, but I'm 2 hours away and we just came back from vacation. I can't go :( I have to check out the Armchair BEA, though.

  4. The Eton Mess looks delicious!!! (As well as messy.)

  5. Wow! Eton Mess looks absolutely yummy. :)

  6. Yumm|! That looks delicious... Would love to try it out :) :)

    Suko, I hope everything is going well with you :)

  7. I am glad you like the look of Eton Mess. It is so typically English! Thanks for the link and thanks for running a fab meme. Also thank you for being so understanding about my Life As We Know It Posts.

  8. How I'd love to be able to attend BEA - perhaps some day we will have something similar here in the UK.

    As for Eton Mess, my favourite, how you and Viviennt tempt me.

    By the way its Petty Witter - for some reason I'm unable to sign in on my google account.

  9. Oh my that Eton Mess looks fantastic! Thanks for posting this today!

  10. I can help you design your button. :)

  11. I'm not doing the Armchair BEA events as I thought it was too time consuming. I've tried visiting a few blogs participating though.

    The dessert looks yummy.

  12. Sarah, any help you can give me regarding button design would be greatly appreciated. Do I need PhotoShop? I don't have it. I used CoolText for my Really Random Tuesday logo.

    Thank you for all the great comments! More are of course welcomed.

  13. I want to go to BEA one year. That Eton Mess looks delish!

  14. Gosh, that looks so so good! I might have to make it this summer sometime.

  15. I saw, on a blip about Prince William, that he requested Eaton's Mess for one of his wedding parties. I believe the name came from how it was dropped once, upon being carried into the dining room, and this result is now favored. At least that's what the show said, but who ever knows for sure? I just know it sounds (and looks) delicious!

  16. I would love to learn how to design buttons as well. And headers for that matter :) I was going to participate more in Armchair BEA myself but never ended up doing it. I did participate in the Twitter party which was fun but crazy. Hope you had a great week!

  17. You really are going to have to post something ..... anything. I keep visiting only to be met by the words Eton Mess which is leading me into temptation (lol)

  18. I couldn't make it to NYC either this year, but participating in Armchair BEA made staying in place fun.

    That dessert looks delicious. Now I'm off to find an ice cream cone.

  19. I dream to eat Eton mess for years ! I I'll try to "cook" one ! It's so beautiful !


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