I think I've been a bit lazy recently with cooking... and not really trying anything new. Today I read this blog post about menu planning and it got me excited about cooking again. This evening I've been looking through books and magazines and writing lists (with the food network on in the background) and have already cooked some lentil and vegetable soup for tomorrow and am about to start on some gnocchi with fresh sweetcorn and roasted peppers.
Bert has also had some digestion and acid reflux problems lately, so we are trying to eat good, healthy, light, fresh foods.
Here are some pictures of some recent meals.....
we like pasta and probably have it once a week. I either go for a fresh tomato sauce or pea and roasted courgette as above.
this was a quick little dinner that Bert made (the picture doesn't do it justice). It's rice, with onions, tofu, peppers and fresh coriander with soy yogurt mint dip.
we made this pizza together on the weekend. We LOVE fresh pizza. I have written about homemade pizza quite a lot on this blog and had no intention of doing it again. But... I tweaked it a little... instead of just having a white flour base, I've been making it half and half (brown and white) and not only is it a teeny bit healthier but it tastes a million times better - kinda chewier, nuttier and lighter. yum.
This pizza has fresh tomato sauce with smoked paprika (I've been putting smoked paprika in everything), onion, sweetcorn, fresh oregano and roasted chillies too.
look at that crust!
soup boiling away on the stove - it's vegetable, lentil and tomato.
I've ordered the new Heidi Swanson book (super natural everyday) and also Appetite for Reduction by Isa Chandra Moscowitz. Have you come across any new cookbooks recently that are good? What are your favourite cookbooks? am a bit of a cookbook obsessive....
I mentioned yesterday that i was reading 'Girls to the front: the true story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution' by Sara Marcus and have thus been having my own personal early 90s revival. I don't remember listening to Bikini Kill back in the day, but I did go to a riot grrrl gig in London when I was there for a weekend in 91 or 92... am not even sure who was playing, but part of me thinks it was Huggy Bear... but the other part isn't sure... Some of the people we were with didn't like the music so we left early.
Missed (or mis-remembered) gigs are pretty cool though... someone who taught me in college told me that he had tickets to go to see Hendrix play but his mother found out and wouldn't let him go because he was too young.
back to Bikini Kill.... carnival is great, i like the sound and i adore the words....
are you a riot grrrl?x
what gigs didn't you quite make it to but wish you had?
today we've been to Cardiff Comic and Animation expo... me and the bert were on the museum stall for the morning (bert is nothing to do with the museum but he very kindly came along and hung out with me).
Bert on the stall... hanging out with....
...Hannah from Hannah's helpline! no way!
this is what we bought. yep, no comics... and that I heart Newport badge was free.
Bert bought himself an 'Edge' western... it's about 'the slaughter of a priest. The rape of a virgin. The looting of 100,000 dollars from a coffin.'
The bunny is mine.
it's a cutie alright. The girl that Bert bought it from said it had been run over by a car...
poor squished bunny.
Now we are home it's movie time and reading time. I've just started 'Girls to the Front: the True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution' hurray.
how was your saturday? did you get a squished bunny?
...so, I hadn't realised that the Hotel Chelsea (or the Chelsea Hotel) closed last August. Apparently the permanent residents are still there but the rest of the hotel is shut for rennovations. Will it open again? and if it does will it be spoiled? and will it have the same quilts? does anyone know?
Anyway... I've stayed there twice (or maybe three times.. am not sure), the last time round about in 2005 (actually, I put a bit more thought into this and I think it was 2007). I love it there, I love the fadedness of it and the fact that loads of famous awesome people have stayed there (bob dylan, leonard cohen, dylan thomas, thomas wolfe, vali myers and many more).
Here are some of my pictures which I've had to rephotograph to put here...
that's me in the mirror
photos in my photo album
love the stairways...and all the paintings
how nice is that bed and the bedding?
I've also been looking online for hotel chelsea photos and collected a few on a board on pinterest, and the following photos are all from there.
love this picture - it's views from the window of the chelsea
Ryan Adams at the chelsea...while I was there I probably looked just as cool...
me at the chelsea.... just kidding - I'm a brunette
and Ethan Hawke at the Chelsea. He was staying there when I was there and I did wonder if maybe we would start an affair.... I hung out in the lobby reading Philip Roth because I thought he might like that and strike up a conversation with me. I didn't see him.
I have never met a New York Review Book I didn't like.
They have such an interesting selection and they are also the most beautiful paperbacks I have ever seen.
these are the ones that we have at home...
but we need more.
and this is what I am reading at the moment. It was published in the early 60s and I haven't got very far yet but it's great already. The books also have really fantastic introductions by contemporary authors.
This is their website so you can see what delights they are publishing.
that's me, looking over the top of some patchwork I'm making in the manner of a belly dancer.
It's a photo from a couple of weeks ago when I went to a friend's house for a sewing and hip hop evening.
last night I met a college friend for a drink and a catch up (we actually work in the same place but hardly see each other as we are in different departments) which was lovely. Tuesday was yoga night, am also thinking of giving hot yoga a go soon...
This week in work has been busy preparing for art activities for next week as it's half term. We'll be making valentines cards and then perhaps looking at monsters...
Bert got me two books today, one called 'Cassandra at the Wedding' by Dorothy Baker which was first published in 1962 and looks great, and the other a book for children by a childhood friend (and adult friend too although we don't see each other much but keep up to date on facebook) of mine Wendy Meddour - it's called 'A Hen in a Wardrobe' and it's already won awards (one of them for 'writing that improves relations between the races').
so, phew for the weekend. Tonight we are going to watch 'New Girl' which I like a lot. do you like it? Zooey is delightful...and then maybe we'll watch a movie, or charmed, or ghost whisperer. We are watching season 4 of Ghost Whisperer and it has this whole RIDICULOUS storyline about jim and sam... I do not get the point of it.... tomorrow maybe lunch out and a movie... or maybe some sewing. Am feeling a bit behind on the sewing front... and on lots of fronts to be honest... I could do with doing a bit of reading, watching the food network, blogging and maybe just some hanging out with Bert, y'know, important things.
also, the lovely shy lion tagged me on a handwriting meme which was the best as I love reading his blog. (I admit that I did not know what a meme was, but I have googled it and therefore have grown as a person).
I am pretty sleepy, I hope this post wasn't too crazed.
In my post christmas cd shopping spree I bought the Feist album 'Metals' which I love. The song 'graveyard' is just beautiful. I have no idea what she is singing about. obviously graveyards...and about bringing people to life? and then there's a bit that goes 'and history begins to be blue and brown eyed', is that bit about David Bowie?
you'll all be singing wow, oh, oh oh oh oh after this.
also... I knew that Feist and Peaches used to share a flat (a thought that makes me weirdly happy) so I was just having a little google and found this of Peaches, Feist and Gonzales!! I love it! there are a few different versions of you tube - some of which have the whole song, but the sound is a bit rubbish or the person filming it is too far away... so I picked this version which doesn't have all the song and has lots of hipsters in it too, but you can see them singing better and you can also see that Gonzales is wearing a robe.
I was over on the lovely blog 101 Cookbooks and found this list of favourites with lots of lovely links. I particularly like the following letter which I've copied here. It's a letter from John Steinbeck to his son about falling in love. For more information and back story, have a look here.
I like the bit
'Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.'
November 10, 1958
We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.
First — if you are in love — that’s a good thing — that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.
Second — There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.
You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply — of course it isn’t puppy love.
But I don’t think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it — and that I can tell you.
Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.
The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.
If you love someone — there is no possible harm in saying so — only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.
Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.
It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another — but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.
Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I’m glad you have it.
We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.
And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.