Portrait in grey taupe with rapidly-growing guineafowl:
We were talking about our favourite colours. I said mine was rose taupe. Nobody had heard of it. I tried to clarify by saying it is the colour of Zwiebel. That didn’t help at all …
Katie, the youngest of the stylists at work, says she doesn’t know what I am talking about half the time. The other day I mentioned that it was extremely windy and I was worried that my dress would be blown up and my petticoat – which is transparent – would be exposed. At the word ‘petticoat’, Kate collapsed with laughter; she’d never heard the word before. The lass is only 20 years old, so, when I said I have not been married as many times as Zsa Zsa Gabor, I may as well have been speaking Hungarian.
From Wikipedia, references to taupe in popular culture:
In Ocean’s Eleven, on viewing a camera feed of a back hallway of the casino, Danny Ocean (George Clooney) asks: ‘Why do they always paint hallways that color?’. Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) replies: ‘They say taupe is very soothing.’
In the movie There’s Something About Mary, Ted Stroehmann indicates that the colors of his tuxedo are “tan and taupe”.
An episode from the second season of Mad About You, Instant Karma, revolves around the bad luck Helen attracts after accidentally obtaining a taupe blouse without paying.
In the fifth episode of season two of Dilbert the artist Rusty represents the color taupe as orange in an art class.
Impressionist Rory Bremner has in the past referred to a fictional board that monitors Gordon Brown called ‘OFBROWN’ or ‘Taupe’.
1/3 cup port or sherry
2 tablespoons gelatine
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2c diced red onion or shallot
1.5 cups duck liver cleaned and chopped
1.5 cups butter chilled and cut into small pieces
Soak the gelatine in the wine.
Saute the garlic, livers and onions in the butter with the nutmeg until medium rare.
Add the mustard and. remove from heat.
Puree with a stick-blender until smooth and season with salt and pepper.