Monday, 27 August 2012

leonora carrington

I am reading Leonora Carrington's book 'The Hearing Trumpet' and I love it! I started it and said to Bert that I was going to read everything she has ever written and biographies of her and art books and everything! I got all excited and was ready to buy them all and went on line and nothing is available! all her books are out of print (save for 'the hearing trumpet') and are therefore really expensive to buy. I was sad about this. Will someone write me a biography of Carrington?  I have managed to get a book on her paintings from the library.... here are some images of her work....

and here she is painting.

As well as being an amazing writer and painter she had the most fascinating life (she died in 2011 at the age of 94). She was born in England but spent most of her life in Mexico. She had an affair with Max Ernst when she was 19 and he was in his 40s, she spent time in an asylum in Madrid and was rescued from there by her nanny who arrived in a submarine. She later married Emericko Weisz and had two sons. Her work (the art and writing) is filled with animals, folkore, magick and surrealism.

What do you think? I am completely in love....

(all pictures from here)

Saturday, 25 August 2012

tomatoes! (and other things I've been eating)

I cannot get enough of fresh tomatoes. I eat them every day....
the above is a tomato salad with dill, capers, olive oil, salt and pepper. It's delicious.

a light salad of pea shoots, fresh tomatoes (of course), sun dried tomatoes, capers and vegan parmesan. That vegan parmesan is divine and newly discovered by me and Bert (fine, bert found it), I've been eating it melted on toast too and it's great. It's made by Redwood, which you can buy in the Uk,  and is so good.

This is sweet potato and red pepper soup. It also has chilli and red onion in it and some smoked paprika and turmeric. When you make soup, do you cook all the ingredients a bit first in oil or butter, or do you just pop them all in a broth and cook them that way? I did it without the cooking in oil bit for this one and it tasted great.

this is oven baked pasta. cooked pasta mixed with peas and fresh parsley, roasted courgette and asparagus and covered with a vegan bechamel sauce.  hearty and delicious!

we pretty much always cook everything from scratch but now and again we do get a bit of ready made food. The above is vegan and gluten free mac n cheese made by amy's kitchen - it is really, really great. We had it with salad....

Friday, 24 August 2012

searching for sugarman

we saw this film last night. have you seen it?
It's a documentary about musician Sixto Rodriguez who released two albums in the early 70s.

I don't want to spoil the film if you haven't seen it or know anything about Rodriguez.
It's a wonderful film, really inspiring and humbling.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

cardiff craftivists

I wrote about Craftivists before when Sarah Corbett came to Cardiff to run a session dealing with the issues faced by refugees when they move to the UK. We made some mini protest banners and hung them around Cardiff and St Fagans: National History Museum.

This time, Victoria Stephens set up the meeting and it was held in the yurt in Milgi in cardiff, which is a great venue that has loads of vegan food and nice drinks (I had a lavender lemonade! whoop!). We took part in the summer jamming project which links up with Oxfam and deals with global food justice. The idea is that you embroider a message on a fabric jam lid - something like 'If we don't change we don't grow' - then attach the lid to some home made jam (using a tomato jam recipe from a Kenyan woman named Christine who is part of a woman's cooperative trying to make ends meet in order to look after children orphaned by HIV AIDS) and give the jam to friends, or perhaps your MP to spread the word.

I am going to be running a similar stitching session as part of the St Fagans food festival on the 8th and 9th of September. If you would like to pop along let me know! Also I'm planning on setting up a Cardiff Craftivist group, so please let me know if you would llike to be a part of that too!

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

what we did on our wedding day

So, mainly for Mrs C (ha! and my family too) this is what happened on our wedding day. It's our one-week-aversary today!

Our wedding was at 10am in the registry office in Cardiff. As soon as we left the house to walk there (about a 30 minute walk) it started to rain, and rained pretty heavily until we got home again. The registrar said that rain on your wedding day was good luck. Bert says she probably says that to everyone about the weather.

We had the smallest wedding possible with just two witnesses, my wonderful big sister Emma and our lovely friend Rhys.  The ceremony lasted about 5 or 10 minutes and it was really sweet (although I can't really remember much about it!), the person that married us was lovely too.

After the wedding we met up with my nieces and my sister's partner and went out for a celebratory cup of coffee.

After coffee we said goodbye to our little wedding party and went to the pub for beer and chips. It continued to rain heavily. That Alanis Morrisette song came on that goes 'it's like rai-i-ain on your wedding day' and I suggested it could be our song and Bert said no.

Here we are in the pub.

We got home in time for the aftrernoon movie on tv which was aptly called 'Backyard Wedding' I believe I said at this point 'The Gods are smiling on us today', but I was quite tired and hadn't eaten (couldn't eat the chips) and had had a beer.

After the film, which was wonderfully bad, we went to the library (whoop!!) and out for dinner at a chinese restaurant.

I know that this all sounds like quite a small day, but it was perfect for us and we've been happy (and sleepy, and back at work) ever since.

We have had some wonderful gifts which I'll post about again, and I do have a few more pictures of our day too.  Our trip to San Francisco is going to be our honeymoon and we are both really excited about going away.

did you have a small wedding? tell me about your day!
or have you decided not to get married? my sister is happily unmarried to her man!

the one thing that I didn't like about the wedding was that the registrar said that marriage was by law between one man and one woman (which I know is the law here in the UK, and same sex partners have 'civil partnership ceremonies') but it just seemed like a negative thing in an otherwise lovely ceremony.  Do you have gay marriages where you live? are you two guys or two gals who've had a civil partnership ceremony? Tell me your stories!!x

Sunday, 19 August 2012

the weekend

in this picture i am having chinese food....
it's earlyish so not many people are there.
bert is sitting not dining alone.

thank you so much for all the lovely comments on my last post! Special thanks to Amy for this  post too.  I've changed my name! (hence the new banner) I think Sian Lile-Pastore is pretty fancy.

Today I am staying in and making pasta... yesterday I went to work for a bit and also went sewing as part of a craftivist project. I took some photos of our crafting so I'll add them soon.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012


(can I
this lakota??)

Monday, 13 August 2012

quinoa burgers

Quinoa is my new best friend. Usually I just eat it with roasted vegetables but I was keen to try a quinoa type burger/pattie.
Am not sure the picture of my quinoa burgers above does them (or me) any justice but they were really tasty.

I made them by mixing some cooked quinoa, some chick peas, flour, baking powder, milk, no egg, fresh parsley and some scallions, red pepper and chilli (fried in sesame oil). It all held together pretty well, but just before frying I coated the burgers in nutritional yeast flakes.

As that recipe is a little vague you might want to check out these recipes instead! The first link from the vegan project are closest to what I made.

quinoa burgers by the vegan project
baked quinoa patties by 101 cookbooks
quinoa burgers by savvy vegetarian

Sunday, 12 August 2012


this weekend has been a recovering weekend after a busy week (me) and being sick (bert). other than a little walk to feed minnie moon (our friend rhys's kitty) and a quick drink at chapter arts centre, we've been mainly inside cooking and eating (pasta al forno for dinner, scrambled tofu on toast for breakfast) watching 30 Rock and the food network, reading and pinning on pinterest.

instead of pictures from our quiet weekend, how about some images from my cute board on pinterest?
here goes

a vintage cat cushion... so wonderful.

a sweet japanese book cover....

best friends...

an adorable note from a teacher...

a bear drinking coffee... should bears even drink coffee?

ooo! bear buns!

a baby ewok...

and the moomins! the moomins are the best!
happy weekend

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

some quick quilt shots....

Last night I finished a quilt for some friends.... but it's been so grey today (+ I've been at work) that I couldn't get any good pictures, and I wanted to show you! and link up with ta-dah tuesday!
So here's a sneak preview and I'll get some proper pictures taken when the sun is shining again.

the front....

the back...
(linking up with creative spaces too)

Sunday, 5 August 2012

san francisco

we got our plane tickets for san francisco today!
we did!
what shall we do? where shall we stay?
what vegan food shall we eat?

Saturday, 4 August 2012

what we wore.... go to market.

squinty face, sundress and a cardigan (which i dropped black coffee all down the front about 10 minutes after this photo)
and my Mr Urdd bag!

cardigan off! woo-hoo!

and bertie....


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