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March 19, 2019

Dried Up And Mangled, Soon To Be Swept Away…

My arty adventures require reference material to both inspire and refer to. I take images and see how the composition of everyday life works; the juxtaposition of nature and the man-made environment. Here I am looking at the autumn leaves and their fate in the gutter, having exited the trees with a measure of gracefulness they now lay somewhat dried up and mangled, waiting for the machine that the Gemeente (city council /Town Hall) use to glide next to the pavement a sweep these up with it’s brushes. Leave and trees are a sort of “theme” of mine of late, the beautiful structure of leaves is something I struggle to draw so I need a lot of practice.

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September 27, 2013

Natural Greenery … Still Beautiful In Grey…

Another page of my last summer’s diary detailing a visit to Canterbury Cathedral, in Canterbury, Kent, England. Although the structure we are in is of course made of stone, there are still natural forms  to be found. They appear as leaves, wreathes and vines and they are everywhere. I’m not talking about real plants however, these too are carved into the stones all around us.  This post is as much for my artistic inspiration archive as it is for my general viewing pleasure… I love the flowing forms, the three dimensional aspects so skilfully achieved and the different styles. Enjoy!

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June 19, 2013

Step-by-Step Indian Cooking Lesson: Green Beans (South Indian Style)

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Green Beans (South Indian Style)

1 large onion (finely chopped)
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
10-12 curry leaves (fresh ones that you then freeze and use as required)
½ cup grated fresh coconut (or dessicated unsweetened  coconut if fresh is not available)
1-2 Tablespoon lemon juice
2-3 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 green or red  chili (optional)
Salt (to taste)

This is an amazing recipe  and one of my personal favourites from the course.

One thing I learnt from our teacher is that she believes that dried curry leaves loose most of their flavour in the drying process, so she believes people should buy fresh and then keep them in the freezer.

I have some fresh curry leaves  that I forgot to put into the freezer for about 1o days  because the kids covered up the bag on the dining room side board with some junk that I then didn’t shift because I have a chest infection and have been in bed rather than doing housework.  On the plus side I noted that they don’t dry out very fast at all,  so if you can’t get them locally then I think it should certainly it should be fine to get them on-line and stash them in your freezer as soon as they arrive.

I found it really interesting that no water at all is needed when cooking the beans, they kind of just steam themselves when the lid of the pot is on. I hate pouring vegetable vitamins down the sink with the cooking water so this is a recipe that probably keeps a lot more of the vitamins  in the beans. Yum! As usual, lots of step-by-step photographs to guide you through the process… enjoy!

Method:

Wash, string and dice the green beans into small pieces.

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Heat the oil in a pan (or small wok) …

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Then add the mustard seeds …When the seeds begin to “crackle”add the curry leaves…

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Just a dozen or so curry leaves from your freezer stash…

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Add the chopped onion,

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Then the chili (optional) and stir for a few minutes using a medium flame.

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Add the green beans…

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Then the salt… (no, not the entire contents of this bowl, just a teaspoon!)

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Then cover and cook for 5-10 minutes using a medium flame until the beans are cooked but slightly crunchy.(Note: it’s not necessary to add any water!)

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Add the grated coconut and lemon juice, mix well and serve.

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Our Teacher’s Notes: Serving tips: French beans can be used unstead of green beans. Can be served with rice lentils and roti (Indian bread).

February 21, 2013

Falling to Earth in a Colourful Heap…

Another post from my photo archives: I took these photographs in the autumn when the leaves were falling and the days were getting decidedly chillier… I thought that the rain earlier that day enhanced the colours and the asphalt and bricks of the various streets gave some interesting texture to the background. The remains of the cassette tape embedded into the road was a discovery made when getting out of the car one day when Himself dropped me off  just outside my physiotherapists practice.

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December 21, 2012

More Than Inspiration Hiding in the Acanthus Leaves…

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I was going to write up a whole note on these photographs, but basically if I am honest I’m stashing these photos here because I can find them easier for reference later here on my blog, than I can on a hard disk drive that now has some 20 000 photos on it.

Ok maybe not quite that many but it feels like it some days.

When I am looking for a particular photo that I know  I took but can’t remember which folder I left it in, it feels like 10 times more.

Remember I’m always rabbiting on about getting back to drawing?

Well, these are part of my inspiration boards… and the unexpected faces in the acanthus leaves under the horse and rider statue back at the  Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (Royal Academy of Art) in the Hague were just an “interesting” added extra.

A bit too scary to use though, I’m after inspiration not nightmares. I’m no Goya or Munch.

I was getting excited about leaves and foliage of late but now I’m in bed coughing instead of getting the pens out. “When I’m better” I tell myself… but you know how life works in real life : when I’m better I’m too busy rushing around catching up on all the things I didn’t get done when I was sick.

In the meantime here are some floral inspirations from my final post from the Royal Academy of Art.

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December 23, 2011

Quick, Easy, Simple, Gorgeous and Delicious Christmas Tray Treats your Kids can Whip up in a Jiffy!

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Himself and I had a friend babysit our kids at her house whilst we sneaked out to the shops to “help Santa”  bring in some surprises for Christmas Day.

When we came back later to collect the children they surprised us with a lovely treat:  her son and our two had been busy in the kitchen making some wonderful little Christmas tray treats.

Simple ingredients, easy to make and looking amazing!

These little Christmas “puddings” are not “puddings” at all, but are really just mallowpuff biscuits, partly covered with melted white chocolate, and topped with New Zealand “lollies” (sweets/snoepjes/candy) in the form of  gummy spearmint leaves and a Jaffa.

Since these were presented fully-made and as a surprise, I didn’t get the chance to photograph the seperate ingredients, but here are links to photos that should shed some light on what the ingredients actually are .

Mallowpuffs are described as “Light fluffy marshmallow sitting on top of a shortcake biscuit, covered in luxurious milk chocolate.”  and you can see a picture of them here:  http://www.griffins.co.nz/by-name/mallowpuffs

Spearmint Leaves are a soft-ish chewy gummy type sweet, tasting (naturally enough) of spearmint and shaped like a leaf.  Here’s a link to a photograph: http://www.lollyworld.com.au/pascall-spearmint-leaves-2kg-bulk-nz-lollies-624.html

And Jaffa’s are a classic New Zealand sweet that all Kiwi’s know and love, they are little balls of chocolate covered in a hard orange candy shell : http://www.shopnewzealand.co.nz/en/cp/Cadbury_Jaffas_140g

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Ingredients:
– Mallowpuffs
– White Chocolate
– Spearmint leaf lollies/sweets/ candy
– Jaffa lollies/sweets/ candy

Method:
Cut the spearmint leaves in half (lengthwise) , melt the white chocolate, put into a piping bag (or sturdy plastic bag with a corner snipped off) and pipe  it onto the top of the mallowpuff biscuits (cookies).

Then place the spearmint leaf pieces into the choclate and top with a jaffa for the “berry”  in the centre.

My friend melted the white chocolate and supervised the piping, her 11 year old son cut the leaves in half with a sharp knife and my 10 and 6 year olds made a little production line with the 11 year old to assemble everything.

They made a grand effort and doesn’t the result look stunning?  (I think so!!!)

Maybe you will need to find similar “style”  ingredients where you are if an exact match isn’t possible, but the idea is blissfully easy and if three kids can whip up three trays of these with  minimal  help from an adult, then it proves  that this would be a quick and easy winner of a recipe for any busy adult (or adult with kids) to whip up for  that work afternoon-tea,  end-of-year school party, or sports function etc.

As an addition to your Christmas baking trays, they couldn’t be easier and they look wonderfully festive!

The note reads… “dear Mama and Daddy, Love from …(Kids names obscured for internet privacy).

PLEASE NOTE: I’ve been warned that trying to substitute icing / frosting for the white chocolate is fraught with difficulty, because  unless the icing/frosting is of an exact consistency, it will simply slide off the side of the mallowpuff into puddles at the bottom, so DO use white chocolate  which I’ve been assured is pretty much foolproof.

So… How do they taste? Excellent!… I “needed” to taste several to make sure LOL . Enjoy!

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