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January 21, 2014

New Styles Built On Historic Themes…

Filed under: Aldenhoven,ART,GERMANY,PHOTOGRAPHY,Statues / Sculpture — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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In continuation of yesterday’s blog post, Family Kiwidutch and friend “Velvetine” have finished (well, done our best to finish) a massive meal at Mondo’s Pizzeria in the small German town of  Aldenhoven and are now making our way back to our hotel. On the way we pass a church: it doesn’t look particularly old, but it grabs my attention because of it’s mixture of styles and quirky nature. There’s also a carved stone pole or statue close by… it features figures, buildings and what I assume may be biblical scenes in a spiral form around it, together with the church they are new, but I get the idea that many of the concepts around their design follow ancient themes. It’s certainly an unusual amalgamation of  architectural features…

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September 17, 2013

Traditional Settings For Some Traditional and Yet Less Traditional Glass…

Following yesterday’s post about the stained glass in Canterbury Cathedral, in Kent, England, I am struck by the fact that each of the windows has it’s own distinct character and style and that all of the main patterns within them are unique.

Some of the stained glass windows look what I will call “traditional” in style, but others are amazingly modern and very untraditional, …to my eye at least.  Once again this photographic series is for my artistic inspirational archive file as well as for my and your viewing pleasure… colour, pattern, texture and oodles and oodles of styles…

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September 4, 2013

Merging Styles With Style Throughout the Ages…

Filed under: ENGLAND,Great Dunmow,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Another page from my diary of last summer’s travels.

Our Singaporean friend “Velvetine” is visiting friends in London and since our next destination is south of London, we have arranged to pick her up from a train station south of  London later today.

The village of Great Dunmow has won awards for “Best Kept Village” and between the beautiful thatched houses, the tudor buildings and other neatly kept homes it certainly deserves the title.

I  am fascinated by the tall brick chimneys on some of the buildings and how different building styles spanning as many different centuries sit side by side.

History is all about how societies and cultures evolve, how the new and old merge together over time.

In New Zealand, a young country as far as human occupation is concerned, the history of buildings is very short compared to Europe so I am not used to seeing buildings of the age it’s possible to see in the United Kingdom. Here is my last look around before we hit the road to our new destination…

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This photo isn’t a building of course, but it does have style…

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June 19, 2013

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

Filed under: FOOD,INDIA,Indian Cusine,PHOTOGRAPHY,Recipes — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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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).

April 7, 2012

Bollard Beauties…

Filed under: ART,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,Places and Sights,Travel — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Continuing with an Arty theme, Napier’s wide city centre shopping streets do include limited car access, so bollards have been placed in strategic places to keep assess to where it should be and to avoid run-in’s with pedestrians. On top of these tall, dark green bollards, little Art Deco style motifs have also been placed… again,  like the Deco seating decorations of yesterday’s post these have been designed and submitted by the local community.

Some of them look alike at first glance, but don’t be fooled, they are all unique.

I love the idea that little splashes of colour can be added to an urban landscape to make life more beautiful, uplifting and  interesting… and the fact that these fit in so beautifully with Napier’s Art Deco style… bonus!

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April 6, 2012

Even Something Deco Going On Underfoot…

Filed under: ART,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,Places and Sights,Travel — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Being the patterns / manhole cover etc geek that I am  https://kiwidutch.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/new-287/   I also delight in seeing that the manhole covers here are also in the Art Deco Style, as are the drain covers and grates…   is it only me? …don’t you find this cool?

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And further along on the pavement itself, there is also a large star-burst style  metal emblem inlaid into the ground… the detail fanatic in me loves this!

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April 2, 2012

Munster Chambers, Deco Through and Through…

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Our tour guide takes us into a beautiful little building called Munster Chambers. It dates from 1933 and Art Deco features not only on the exterior but on the interior as well.

We are lead inside and it’s stunning… from the New Zealand hardwood floors (I forget if she said they were Rimu or Kauri) to the panelled skylights, everything fits together amazingly and the simple elegance of the Deco style really suits and makes the most of this small foyer space.

As is often the case with architectre of the time, the details extend down to the smallest elements of the whole, so the guard rails match along the top floor leading to the stairs, knobs, finials, inserts and ironwork match and together are a beautiful example of craftmanship as well as elegant design.

I tried to fins out more information about Munster Chambers but the most I could come up with was that it’s a Grade 2 Listed Building on the New Zealand Historic Places Trust Register, that it was built as office space in 1933 (and still is).

From photos that other have placed on the web, I see that the outside used to be painted a white and very pale blue combination which has clearly been revised these days to better enhance the myriad of tiny details on the front of the building. With colours that provide better contrast, the facade of Munster Chambers really “pops’ these days and is a big improvement on the old colour scheme.

I’m think our guide said that owner was of Irish origon and that that’s why there is a little green clover on the front of the building. It’s clear to see that the owners of this building take great pride in it and well they should… it’s a beauty and deseves to be admired.

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April 1, 2012

On A (Spanish) Mission in Napier…

Filed under: HISTORY,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,Places and Sights,Travel — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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This post carries on from yesterday’s one… I tried to split the photographs roughly into Art Deco style buildings and Spanish Mission style but since I’m no architect  I probably didn’t do it perfectly and some buildings (I think) are amalgamations of styles that include Spanish Mission.

Either way, here’s a short photo gallery of beautiful buildings for you to drool over…

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July 17, 2011

The Shape of Modern Living…

Filed under: LIFE,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Like many modern cities today, there is a wide variety in the styles of living.

There are old established residences,  of  just a few stories, but other accommodations literally tower above them and in a country as densely populated as The Netherlands, all styles are required.

Price too is a massive consideration, the big family home on the canal side has eye watering price tag to match it’s size, garden and views, and in general a “stand-alone” house costs seriously more money than one with neighbours though the wall.

On this little walk I spy a nice range of Dutch  (city) living styles…

… so here’s a peek at how people live in m neck of the woods.

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