July 28, 2010
July 27, 2010
Wow, look at these veg, fresh straight from my daughter’s garden. Courgettes, a yellow gold round one not sure of the variety but it looks so bright, baby round carrots, three varieties of beetroot, some kind of kale and wonderful rainbow chard with bright red-pink stalks. Just had to take a photo before I started cooking my dinner.
Rainbow veg with herb butter and egg noodles…….. quick and easy and oh so delicous
Cooked the baby beetroot, skinned and sliced in half
steamed the baby carrots and left whole
sliced up the chard and some kale across in strips
diced the courgettes
chopped up a couple of tomatoes
put the egg noodles in some just boiled water to warm through
sauteed the kale and chard stalks and put in bottom of dish
metled som butter and put in chpped freshsage, thyme and rosemary, then added courgette and tossed slightly till softened
Then add carrots, beetroot and chopped tomatoes.
drain noodles and put on top of kale and chard
Top with rainbow veg, I add a squeeze of lemon, but suppose parmesan would be nice
delicous, fresh and nutrituous.
thank you Kirsty, I know they were grown with love !!
July 25, 2010
I made this today as my desktop image, a reminder of all the wonderful food thats full of goodness and healing
watch this TED video http://www.ted.com/talks/william_li.html
July 24, 2010
Ridley Scott needs you !! be creative, a glimpse of your day………
July 23, 2010
I came across these cute little characters, passed them, they made me smile, and as I walked on I had an inspiration, table lamps I thought……….. mind started getting excited so I went back to take another look. Again I was smiling, if this is what they are doing now in this moment, thought yeah! I wanna smile everyday. So I plucked them from their position in the shop, and they are now sitting on my almost empty living room floor. At 55 cms tall they are a decent size, going to have to paint them, what colour though? Have ordered the table lamp fittings from a very helpful site http://www.lampsandlights.co.uk/table_lamp_kits.htm As far as the shades go, not sure yet, could be made of my paper flowers or plain and simple……….. watch this space !
July 19, 2010
Yesterday my dear friend Rosalind wrote an article on her blog EARTHS IMAGINATION, called Musings on a sustainable life (very interesting posts, have a read everyone).
Among her musings she talked about Bread, and the current state of the nations daily loaf………… I have a love hate relationship with bread, once it used to blow me up like a balloon, with a feeling like I had a brick in my stomach, that changed with seeing Katherine Boulderstone and her unique technique for aligning energies to wheat. Also it seems my body doesn’t function well on carbohydrates, so over the past 7 or 8 years my intake of bread and rice (not keen on pasta) has been very minimal.
However, there is nothing nicer than a piece of sour dough bread, my preferred choice HOXTON RYE, lightly toasted with ice-cold lurpak slabbed on top, I dream of this and now again make the choice to treat myself to this delicacy !! I am lucky enough to have a very creative Artisan Baker in Tunbridge Wells, FLOUR POWER CITY. I first came across Matt at Borough Market, many years back and not long after he opened a shop in TW, sadly it wasnt there long , don’t think TW was ready for it and it closed. However, all these years later, with and influx on new 30 somethings from London buying up Tunbridge Wells and the fact they dont mind spending upwards of three or four pounds for their daily bread , Matt has opened up his shop again. This time its flourishing, and so it should, his skills as a baker are excellent and ingredients all organic.
Why though can’t this kind of bread be available to everyone, for some the price is prohibitive, food has become elitist. I dont mind paying for good food and make this a priority, albeit that I eat out a lot to the time, however there is an excellent fishmongers opened across the road from my office that sells “wild” fish and once or twice a week I buy myself a seabass, wild bream, or a halibut steak. BUT what does annoy me is these so called “farm shops” that sell food that’s kind of “gift hamper” shit that’s hardly your requirements for daily living. My case in point was a huge shop that opened up, again just around the corner from my office. It said it was gong to be the biggest shop in a town centre that would have local vegetable, cheeses and all manner of foods. Excellent I thought, no supermarket shopping ever again. When it opened, its biggest counter sold chocolates !! hardly a staple, vegetables were minimal, and everything else was jars and packets of food you may give as gifts not REAL food, its cafe very lack lustre and empty, after 6 months it closed………… I am glad it did, although did have some feelings for the owners in that there hopes and dreams were dashed, but in reality they got it so totally wrong………………
More or less at the same time a young girl opened JULIET’S a wonderful eatery just down the road, with fresh inspiring salads, colourful, nutritious and oh so tasty, and she is doing really well, you can see her dream is being fulfilled, she undoubtedly prepares with LOVE and one can taste it!!!!
Oh well that’s enough from me today, off to the office now, creating space in the most wonderful of buildings in Leamington Spa, its going to be quite a challenge, but an excting one………..
Oh and Rosalind, Matt uses the flour from SHIPTON MILLS not too far from you I believe!!
July 17, 2010
July 17, 2010
Now in plaster, Kathy’s busts, usually in cast concrete giving a dark grey hue, are now much paler. These perfectly detailed subjects and with ” interesting ” additions, like tower bridge, tower of london make them extremely desirable and a “must have” for the interior projects I have at hand. Go to Kathy’s site to see the whole collection http://www.kathydalwood.com/Jan/busts.html
July 16, 2010
and talk about plates, this range by Riechenbach called TASTE just has to go the top of my shopping list
July 15, 2010
This programme is one of four documentaries broadcast by the BBC a couple of years ago. I have watched all four now and its left me reeling. i guess its something I have known all along, but seeing it here in moving pictures it brings it home why this system needs to crumble, why we ned to unplug from the patriarchy.
July 14, 2010
July 14, 2010
Today annihilates yesterday. The person who went to sleep last night no longer exists. But we to cling to the idea that we have a personal history, a past, and this this is our identity. We can only ever be what we are in the moment. When we cross a stream the water rushes past underneath us, when we cross that stream again, its not the same stream, its not the same water, that has long gone down stream on its journey to the sea.
July 11, 2010
The following poem just says it all for me. It took a long time find the place of acceptance of “what is” in life. Once tasted I realised the answer to living with that elusive ” inner peace” was trying to achieve acceptance in all areas of my life and day to day life’s challenges.
Whatever life brings up for us, know that its arisen because we have something to learn from it, learn to see the gifts in all and every situation.
The poem is by RUMI, the famous Sufi poet who died in 1273; he states very clearly just what I am trying to say, he says it far more eloquently than I ever could,