The most recent book to cross my path and make such an impact on my life was Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist. Those who know me know that I love historical fiction. I had seen this book doing the rounds at the library and read Monique’s intriguing review here. But it wasn’t until I downloaded the audio book that I suddenly discovered this was a book I HAD to read.
I’m so glad I did.
– The Miniaturist
In a fit of rebellion, Nella heads out to find the mysterious miniaturist who lives in the marketplace and requests a few small items. When they arrive, she is intrigued but disturbed to find that they meet so precisely the requirements she issued. As relationships within the house begin to fracture, the Miniaturist’s gifts begin to arrive unasked for, resembling with uncanny accuracy the state of turmoil within Nella’s new family…
The Miniaturist is published by Picador and available now.
Peebo is Nella’s special parakeet which she brings with her from Assendelft, her former home. A lovely character in the book, he is a symbol for Nella’s new situation; trapped in his gilded cage, unable to spread his wings and fly.
I thought it would be fun to make some parakeet cookies based on Peebo. If you’d like to make some too, you will need the following:
* Parrot cookie cutter (mine was a Wilton plastic one from their 101 Shapes box)
* Royal Icing tinted egg yellow (beak and claws), leaf green (feathers), super red (highlight feathers), super black (eye).
* Piping tips 1.5 (PME), 2 & 3
Step 1. After baking your cookies, outline and flood your Peebo’s with green icing.
Use the 1.5 tip with your super red icing to add red lines immediately after you have flooded with your green icing.
Drag a toothpick through the icing to make the red ‘feathers’.
After allowing Peebo to dry (about 8 hours), add the beak using the egg yellow icing.
Add the eyes using super black icing.
Add Peebo’s ‘outer’ wing, piping and flooding it onto his body. Finally, add his claws using the egg yellow icing.
Happy reading and baking until next time!