Saturday, January 30, 2010

minus 15




































































































when it is minus 15 and feels like
minus 21
what to do?
bake cornbread.
it is sunny in colour
and fun to make,
all that measuring
pouring and
mixing
keeps you warm.
the recipe can be found here.

moonshine






























the moon was visible
the other
night,
no clouds,
and
flowers
like the evening
sky.

Friday, January 29, 2010

bold colour
















the owner
of this garage
was not
afraid
to use bold
colours.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

cloudy day bunting






























bunting to celebrate cloudy days

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

bird house


















i love this fanciful bird house,
it appears to
be
vacant.

Monday, January 25, 2010

monday morning
















rain
and fog,
even the
primulas
on the
windowsill
look gloomy.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

organic carrots

















organic carrots,
so beautiful,
i had to
bring
them home.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

demolition 2





















































































taking apart
continues.
the sun was shining
and blue sky
visible for a
short while.
a brilliant setting for
demolition.
the clouds returned.
another
grey day.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

morning in the studio
















need to plan a studio lockdown,
unfinished work is piling up.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

apples and oranges


























































today
needs some
crunch
and a
punch
of colour.

Monday, January 18, 2010

gluten free double chocolate chip cookies








































































these vegan gluten free double chocolate chip
cookies
from the babycakes cookbook were a success.
not only edible,
they are delicious.
initially the cookies came out thicker than
those illustrated in the cookbook.
(rather than using a melon baller as directed,
rolling the dough into a ball and then pressing
resulted in a thinner and rounder cookie)
a note: the ingredients are very expensive.
information on the cookbook and
the babycakes bakery can be found here.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

wood duck amongst the mallards






















































































miss m and i enjoy visiting the ducks
at the pond.
the other day amongst a group
of mallards at their morning toilette
was this splendid
lone wood duck aix sponsa
(more information here)
i was taken by his beauty
and the luminescence
of his feathers. no mrs. wood duck
in sight. isn't he a stunner?

Friday, January 15, 2010

gluten free pumpkin spice muffins






















































































in addition to trying vegan recipes, gluten free
options are of interest to me.
i have tried gluten free baking before
with unsatisfactory results.
things have changed for the better, especially
the availability of gluten free products in local
shops.
armed with a library copy of babycakes by
erin mckenna,
the ingredients were gathered, the recipe studied,
(i was wary of the use of 2 teaspoons of baking powder
and baking soda and 1 teaspoon of salt)
then the mixing and baking.
they looked beautiful.
then the tasting,
i couldn't eat the muffin, my lips burned from the sodium,
(i'd rather eat chips for a salt hit)
one taster commented on the foamy sensation while eating
the muffin.
the double chocolate chip cookies recipe looks promising!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

help
















my thoughts and prayers go out to all the
people that have suffered the devastation in
haiti. let us assist them by sending needed help
through a reputable relief agency.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

sunlight












































sunlight
and shadows
on the garage wall,
a welcome sight.