Monday, 30 April 2012

lunch

this lunch was a what-do-we-have-in-the-cupboard kind of lunch....

ciabatta, corn roasted in the oven, tomatoes with olive oil, a bit of pumpkin oil (actually pumpkin oil is gross, bert likes it tho) to dip the bread into and some beans....
that bean dish is a bit of a regular thing I cook when I suddenly panic that I haven't had any protein. Whatever tin of white beans you have in the cupboard is fine - these are cannelini beans, but I've also cooked this with butter beans and chick peas.
It's just onion and garlic softened in olive oil and a bit of vegan butter, then the beans added and a bit of fresh herbs ( I usually go for parsley or mint).  Cook for a while (about 15 minutes or so) and then at the end add some fresh lemon juice, more fresh herbs and salt and pepper.
Also they taste mighty fine hot or cold.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

cauliflower and tahini soup



I found this recipe in Elizabeth Bard's book 'Lunch in Paris' and I followed it to the letter (other than the stock bit).... I thought it sounded kinda plain, but actually it was so good. Elizabeth calls it 'subtly flavoured', but it was much more flavourful than I thought it would be. I even went out and bought poppy seeds to garnish it with like Elizabeth said... am not sure what they added to it, but they sure did look pretty.

Here's the recipe!

3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 medium white onion, diced
1kg (1 medium) cauliflower, cut into 1cm cubes
5 and a half cups of chicken broth (yeah, I ignored this bit and used veg stock)
1and a half tablespoons of tahini
poppy seeds

heat the olive oil, add the onion and saute until softened but not coloured, 5 to 7 minutes.
add the cauliflower and stir to coat. Add half a cup of stock, cover and steam for 20 minutes, stirring once at the halfway point.
add the remaining broth, bring to the boil, lower heat and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender. Elizbeth says not to overcook because it can get stinky.
blend until smooth, stir in to the tahini.
serve sprinkled with poppy seeds.



Elizabeth does not mention salt and pepper... but I added some at the end.

ah. yum. I had two bowls straight off.

Friday, 27 April 2012

friday favourite things

hello friday! everyday has kind of been like a friday recently seeing as I've been at home for two weeks. I am going to work for a bit tomorrow though. I have some crazy wild plans for this weekend - the library, going to the new coffee shop that has just opened round the corner from me, work tomorrow and my niece's ballet recital on sunday.

The following  have caught my eye this week.... (in between watching the housewives of orange county and stuff)

I know it's getting warmer, but I'm always on the look out for a red cape, and I think this might be THE ONE!

do you pick up feathers and leaves and then don't know what to do with them? then you need one of these!

.....amazing! and £40.... I love it, but am never going to get one....


I adore these flip dolls. this one has a nurse one side and a patient the other... other dolls have a boy one side and a girl the other, so you don't have gender specific toys! whoop!

ooo ooo ooo, a new rufus wainwright album? I'm a getting it.
happy weekend.x

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

paper flowers


May day is coming up and am thinking of trying out making paper flowers with children at the museum. Although they are pretty easy to make am a bit concerned that it may be too busy to show them how it's done. Anyway, I'll worry about that later....

they are made out of crepe paper and florists wire.
I can't remember where I got the tutorial from, but there are plenty out there.

I bought some florists tape too - it's only about 50p for a roll and looks like a crepe paper/sticky tape cross.
I couldn't work out how to use if first (I know, it seems obvious!) but after a bit of internet research I discovered that the green tape will only stick to itself (it doesn't actually feel sticky to the touch on the roll) and you have to pull it gently as you wrap it around the wire. 


what do you think?
any may day craft ideas will be gratefully recieved!



Monday, 23 April 2012

what i've been reading...

I won't go on about being poorly any more! am actually feeling better but am still quite worn out and have this week off to recover. What I have been doing is reading....

yep, all of them!
They are mainly young adult books as I didn't feel I could manage anything more taxing!
My favourites of the above were 'This will go down on your permanent record' by Susannah Felts and 'Dash and Lily's Book of Dares' by Rachel Cohen and David Levithan.
Yesterday I started reading the new craze - 'Fifty Shades of Grey' by EL James.... anyone else reading this? I must say, am not really enjoying it so far....
have you read anything good recently?

Friday, 20 April 2012

friday favourite things

this picture is so sweet. i love all three of those cats....

...and this cat! sadie has been such lovely company when I've been off this week...

...even though she keeps stealing my sofa....

Pip wrote about the book 'Homespun Style' on her blog, and I couldn't resist getting a copy (by phoning Bert at work and getting him to pick one up)
here it is....
and it is so pretty, with lots of lovely homes and ideas inside.

this picture is beautiful - the bunny, the shirt, the human/bunny kiss and snuggle...

slightly animal-heavy post there! anyway, hope you all have a wonderful weekend... I am still recovering from shingles... so I guess that my weekend will be more books and more blankets.



Thursday, 19 April 2012

creative space - bunting

Here's some bunting I made for my niece's 6th birthday.  It was my first go and was actually pretty simple! I made it on my machine (am not much of a machine sewer) and was quite pleased with the results.



I then made two more sets for my two other nieces....



this was all pre-shingles by the way...although I am feeling a bit better by now, just left feeling quite tired and with puffy eyes as if I've been camping without a pillow.....
more creative spaces to be find over here

Monday, 16 April 2012

off sick


I have got shingles (kind of like chicken pox for adults)...so I think the next few days are going to be spent like the picture above - with blankets and books.

Friday, 13 April 2012

friday...

oop! too busy to post about friday favourite things... I'm teaching a little printing tomorrow morning and have been busy preparing for it, so, wanna see pictures of that instead??

we are going to be doing a little speedball printing tomorrow (kind of like lino) and the purple leaf above is one of my prints on fabric. I added it to a patchwork as a little example.

I love a bit of potato printing. here are some ready to go.

a rubbish photo... but just to show you that I've been playing about with sunprint fabric.
Have got lots of ideas of what else I can do with it. ...

...also my little blog is featured over here -how nice!! they feature lots of different blogs, so am sure you could find some new reads.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

vegan food

not long ago it was so hot out like the middle of summer... definite salad weather


salad with bread and asparagus
butter beans, sundried tomatoes and rocket

....and then it got really cold! windy and freezing... back to soup and comfort food.

butternt squash soup

pizza - one with roasted pepper, the other with roasted courgette and asparagus


a side dish of potatoes, sundried tomatoes and parsley
so that's my food update! ha.x

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

creative space - new brown and yellow quilt!



Yep, I seem to have taken a sewing break..... my excuse? I've been reading... and trying to learn to crochet. It's so difficult to fit everything I want to do in! I have had a few days off too, but I just wanted to rest and watch movies and make food (oh and snuggle sadie cat, she is SO cute when I'm at home with her all day).

But then.. I got the itch... I just wanted to choose some fabrics and get going.

I mentioned this fabric yesterday (my mum and dad's old curtains) and am using this as the main fabric for my new brown and yellow quilt.

Monday, 9 April 2012

flea market finds and fabric

I went to Aberystwyth a little while ago to visit my parents, get fed and get my car serviced. I also nipped round the charity shops.... look at my haul!

 I wish I was in Vienna.....
Or maybe hanging out with this guy... country style....
the above are two records I bought for Bert. Am not sure how impressed he was....

 This gorgeous brown fabric isn't from a charity shop, but is second hand. When my mum and dad moved into their house these curtains were hanging in the study... stay tuned to find out what I did with them. (clue, it's what I always do with material)
oh, and mama bought me this from the fabric shop. So cute!

(more flea market finds right here)

Paul Auster - Winter Journal


Here is Sadie pointing at this seasons must-read....

It's 'Winter Journal' by Paul Auster.. it isn't out until august/sept this year...but Bert got hold of an advance reading copy.
Winter Journal is a memoir in which the author looks back on his life - in particular the more recent death of his mother - and prepares himself for old age, what he calls the winter of his life.  Auster has previously written another memoir called Red Notebook which looked more at his younger self and how he began writing, and Winter Journal does feel like a kind of follow on  from that. Saying that his memoirs aren't conventional memoirs, they are perhaps more meditations and memories rather than a linear story of Auster's life.

Auster has written lots of non fiction, plays, poetry and edited anthologies, but I think he's most well known for his fiction - books like 'The New York Trilogy' perhaps. My favourites (and I have not read them all!) are some of his later ones - Oracle Night, Brooklyn Follies and The Book of Illusions, and I love how he deals with similar themes in many of his books, plays with narrators, writes stories within stories, plays with the reader. He is pretty clever.  Also his books are really easy to read, they are smart and challenging and page turners too! Another thing I like is that he always uses the same font in his books!

Here's a little film of him talking about Winter Journal.


Have you read any Auster? what is your favourite? what are you reading? huh? tell me!x

Sunday, 8 April 2012

sunday music - la sera


oo there's a new La Sera album. I haven't got it yet... but it's on my list.
um. and happy easter! I hope you all have days off! Bert and I are both off today and are planning a walk in the park, big bowls of pasta and watching westerns (Bert is going to be alone on that last one). 
Sadie cat is pretty grumpy this morning, what goes on in that little head?

Saturday, 7 April 2012

at the movies

It seems that I am going to have to stop telling you about the movies I've watched each week... it's far too shameful.

Anyway, the movie highlights this week have been....

yep, am sorry. and you know what? I loved them both.

Friday, 6 April 2012

friday favourite things

crazy cute little mouse and bear in an altoid tin!
I would have loved this when I was little (and of course, love it now too).


Bert bought me the new Joyce Carol Oates yesterday, and I've started it already. I think it's going to be a good one, but more on it when I have read a bit more. Meanwhile, above is a picture of her with a kitty....


While looking for that picture of Joyce I came across the site writers and kitties. That's Allen Ginsberg and his cat in the picture above.

my new favourite treats!
vegan raw treats - I guess that doesn't sound that exciting... but they are really yummy...
none of them have sugar in so they are not super sweet, but they are rich and delicious.
I just ate that raspberry brownie by happy kitchen...and I love coconut ombars. Those nakd bars are good too, but are more bar than chocolatey.

this exhibition looks good. It's about the 'zoological gaze'. huh.

as it's easter... a bunny....
...and a 1950s bunny too.

 

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