Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tracey at Quiet Paws has kindly tagged me with the Versatile Blogger Award - thanks so much Tracey! As part of the deal I'm to share seven things about myself and I'd like to tag Estelle, Katie and Rachele if they'd care to play along too.
1. I used to be a flamenco dance addict. Before I had children I used to train three times a week and did several masterclasses with international teachers. Words cannot express how much I miss it.
2. I've never been to the snow.
3. When I was little I really, really wanted to be a witch - pointy hat, black dress, cat and broom - the whole shebang.
4. I only eat eggs when they are mixed together (fritatta, scrambled, in cakes) never when they are separate (fried, poached, boiled).
5. I tend to make up words when I'm in full flight. I find that if I deliver them with enough gusto most people don't seem to mind.
6. I trained to be an archaeologist.
7. I'm always on the look out for signs and omens. I hadn't seen my flamenco teacher for 7 years and this week I ran into her twice (see No.1!)
So there you go, seven random facts about what makes me me. Hope you all had a lovely Easter...
Friday, April 22, 2011
One of the things I love most about Easter is the tradition and symbolism surrounding the food we share - hot cross buns and fish on Good Friday, lamb on Sunday and, of course, all those chocolate eggs. There is something so comforting about preparing and eating the same food at the same time of year, year in, year out. It gives the year a certain rhythm, allows us to look back and compare with other Easters and gives us the chance to pass family traditions on to the next generation. This week I discovered three beautiful new Australian cookbooks, that in their own individual ways, gave me a privileged insight into the way in which food traditions have shaped other people's family lives.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
- Alexandra Nea's lovely blog The Art Of Afternoon Tea presents fabulous weekly recipes for cakes, biscuits and sweet treats with a twist. The twist is her amazing hand-drawn illustrations of the recipes laid out on her own seemingly limitless collection of china. I love the sound of this Chocolate Garam Masala Cake
- Romance is not dead! Check out this literary proposal.
- Some people are so clever. Check out Debs's gorgeous, hand-knitted couch cover. No pattern, just intuition!
- Wouldn't you love a pair of embroidered stockings like these ones ?
- Love these great 1950s illustrations on wood blocks and this new project at Bricolagelife.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
This week I've been fascinated by the amazing puppetry of the Handspring Puppet Company - the powerhouse behind the award-winning theatre production, War Horse. If you don't have time to watch the whole thing, scoot through to about the 10 minute mark to see the horse in action - it will take your breath away.