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----- Original Message -----
From: Julia
To: phaedrus
Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2002 1:20 PM
Subject: Answer me this...

Hey Phaedrus!!

This is a little different that the usual question about foods but I saw the
making of Spider Man last night television and it got me wondering the
purpose of snapping the little sign for different takes on a scene.  What is
the purpose of snapping the top of the board, why are there stripes painted
on it and how did it originate?

Thanks in advance...


Hi Julia!

Well, I don't know about the stripes, but that sign, which is called a "slate" or "clapper board", has a couple of purposes. Ever since silent movies, movies have been shot in a lot of short takes that are not necessarily filmed in the order that the action in the movie takes place.

When it comes time to edit them all togther into a finished movie, the director and editors need some way to identify each act, scene, and take so that they can put them in the proper order. The clapper board fills that function. It's the first frame in a "take" of scene, so all the editor has to do to see where that scene goes in the movie is to look at the first frame of the take. The takes themselves are numbered for identification purposes.

The other purpose that a clapper board serves has to do with the "clap!" sound. If you've ever looked at the soundtrack part of a movie film, you know that it looks like a squiggly line, with loud, sharp noises making a big squiggle. That's the reason for the "clap!" The editor can line up the squiggle on the soundtrack with the frame showing the clapper closing and thereby sychronize the sound and picture of that scene of the movie.


Coconut Jello

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Neil 
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Monday, April 29, 2002 4:38 PM
  Subject: Recipe please!

  Love your website...checked the archives with my mouth watering 
  all the way. just got back from Victoria where I had Coconut Jello 
  for dessert in a tiny asian restaurant.
  It was yummy and I can't find a recipe for it anywhere. It was white, 
  sweet, very coconut tasting with fine coconut flecks in it, firm and 
  cold - like cubed milk. I'm guessing it's made with Knox gelatin...but 
  don't know where to go from there. Can you help?

Hi Neil,

Well, I did find one coconut jello recipe. See below. However it uses Stevia instead of sugar, and I have no idea how much sugar you would use in place of the Stevia sweetener.


  Coconut Jello
  Mix together and let sit for 5 minutes:

  2 pkg Knox Gelatin
  1/2 C Cold water

  Add and mix until gelatin is dissolved:

  1 1/2C Boiling water

  Then add and mix well:

  1 can unsweetened coconut milk (try to get it without additives) 
  2-3 Droppers of Stevia 

  Chill in the refrigerator until solid and serve topped with plain 
  whipped cream or flavored with several drops of Stevia and a splash 
  of vanilla or rum flavoring.

Creme Caramel

----- Original Message -----
From: William 
To: phaedrus
Sent: Sunday, April 28, 2002 12:04 PM

> I would appreciate receiving the simplest recipe for great creme caramel.
> Many thanks.
> william 

Hello William,

I'm not sure as to whether these are the simplest, but these are the three that I found.


French  Creme  Caramel

 Ingredients :

 1 c. sugar
 1 can evaporated milk
 1 can condensed milk
 4 eggs
 1 tsp. vanilla

 Preparation :
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Put sugar in a small pan and cook
 until melted and transparent.  Pour this caramel into a mold,
 turning around quickly to coat the sides.  In a mixing bowl, blend
 evaporated milk, condensed milk, and eggs, with vanilla.  Beat well.
  Pour egg mixture into the mold and put into a large pan.  Pour
 water into larger pan so as to reach halfway up the mold.  Bake for
 1 hour.  Test with a knife to see if it is cooked.  Knife will come
 out clean when creme caramel is done.  Remove from oven to cool.
 Refrigerate in the mold until ready to serve.  To unmold and serve,
 put a plate over the top of the mold, turn upside down and remove
 Creme  Caramel

 Ingredients :
 3 slightly beaten egg yolks
 2 slightly beaten eggs
 1/3 c. sugar
 1 2/3 c. milk
 1/2 tsp. vanilla
 1/3 c. sugar
 Whipped cream

 Preparation :
   In bowl combine first 3 ingredients; stir in milk and vanilla.
 Set aside.  In heavy skillet stir 1/3 cup sugar over low heat until
 melted, 8-9 minutes.  When golden brown, remove from heat.  Pour
 syrup into 3 cup ring mold; quickly swirl to coat bottom and sides.
 Pour egg mixture into mold.  Set in shallow pan on oven rack; pour
 hot water around mold 1 inch deep.  Bake at 325 degrees until knife
 inserted off center comes out clean, 50-55 minutes.  Chill 2-3
 hours.   Unmold dessert onto serving platter.  Garnish with whipped
 cream and strawberries. Makes 6 servings.
 Creme  Caramel  Custard

 Ingredients :
 1 c. sugar
 5 eggs
 1/4 tsp. salt
 3 c. milk
 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

 Preparation :
   Butter 8 (6 ounce) custard cups.  In small skillet over medium
 heat, melt 1/2 cup sugar, stirring until it is a light brown syrup.
 Pour syrup into buttered cups.  Place cups in shallow baking pan for
 easy handling.  Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  In large bowl with
 mixer at low speed, beat eggs, salt, and 1/2 cup sugar until
 lemon-colored.  Gradually beat in milk and vanilla extract.  Pour
 mixture in cups; put hot water in pan to within 1 inch of top of
 cups; bake 1 hour until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
 Cool on wire racks; refrigerate; with knife, loosen custard from
 cups and invert onto dessert dishes, letting syrup run down side
 onto dish.

Maple Sandwich Cookies

----- Original Message -----
From: BB
To: phaed
Sent: Saturday, April 27, 2002 3:11 PM
Subject: maple sandwich cookies

> I am looking for a receipe for a maple sandwich cookie.  It is sold in
> Canada, but I can't find it here in the US.  Do you have a receipe that 
> I can make at home.  It is a maple sugar cookie much like an Oreo cookie 
> with a maple cream filling.
> thanks for your help.

Hi BB,

I found one recipe for maple sandwich cookies. it's below. BTW the yahoo e-mail address is closing. Use Please let me know of any websites that give the phaedrus address.


   Maple Sandwich Cookies

   1 cup butter or margarine, softened
   3/4 cup packed brown sugar
   1 egg yolk
   2 cups all-purpose flour


   1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
   2 tablespoons milk
   2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
   1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring

   In a mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Beat in the egg 
   yolk and flour; mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls. Dip the tops in 
   sugar. Place sugar side up 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. 
   Flatten with a fork. Bake at 325 for 10-12 min or until golden
   brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Combine filling ingredients 
   in a small mixing bowl; beat until smooth. Spread on the bottom of 
   half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies. Yield: about 3 dozen. 


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: carmella 
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2002 4:41 PM
  Subject: Willecake

  I an an avid baker, and on a recent trip to London, I had a 
  chocolate-like cake called a Willecake. The proprietor was unwilling 
  to offer the recipe. Can you help?


Hello Carmella,

I cannot find anything at all called "willecake". There is a chocolate torte called a "williecake" that was created by Chef Willing Howard in honor of his little boy, Willie. That recipe, however, is not available. At some point in the future, someone might create a copycat recipe for this and post it on the Internet, but it's not to be found at the moment.



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