Tuesday, June 14, 2011

what's cooking at your place?

Its winter here... OK... there's no snow. I admit our winter's are hardly worth a wimper ... but we still think about soups, keeping warm enough and avoiding runny noses and worse! What I dont like about winter is that I have to wear shoes!

I stayed at friends on the weekend up on the range (Great Dividing Range as its known - extending along the entire eastern side of Australia). My friends assured me it can get a lot colder up there than here... yet its only 2 hours west. It was wonderful sitting in front of their fire... and it seemed a million miles away forn the very green urban environment I wake up to each day.

I didn't get enough photos of their views... nor have I downloaded what I took... so stay tuned I hope for some decent pics from weekend!

image: Sabra Krock - I'm afraid I've never used
such fancy things as this  But I did like the photo
... it does spell out that baking is on the cards!
Plus I'm into blues and browns at the moment 
Why these photos you ask? Well... lots of home cooking where I was on the weekend... people who bake from scratch...  Thats always particularly nice in Winter. But thats a whole other story. 

Sabra Krock

anyone got one of these?

Now this is more like something I would get around to cooking! I'm a fan of quinoa. of green food, particularly herbs. I found this at "a billion tastes and tunes" blog.... the recipe for Quinoa Tabouli was adapted from a Moosewood book... simple ingredients... looks good to me!

Quinoa Tabouli

1 cup raw quinoa
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried mint or 
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
4 scallions
5 garlic cloves
2 or 3 bunches fresh parsley 
3 or 4 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and ground black pepper

I just noticed these images below at two posts at the same blog called "they draw and cook..." ... any of you draw and cook... I find the camera every now and then to record something but I must admit its been awhile since I drew something I've prepared for the table.

A Well-Salted Salad with a Little Vinegar and Good Olive Oil by Bozena Wojtaszek. This one is all textile and thread!   NOTE: Text and link from the blog!

Chickpea Dip by Sali Swindell.

Whilst posting this I thought of the wonderful Janis at Paintbox who delights us with her take on things around San Francisco where she hails from  ... and her drawings... like this one. Posted May 17...  its missing a title hence link to that actual post...   so just visit the blog and you'll find it and many other treasures! - May, 2011... 17th.

A sketchbook drawing inspired by Francesca's post on making tea
with fresh jasmine blossoms.
* Note from Janis

And I'll finish with this from the also clever and lovely  Sanne van Windon in the Netherlands whom I was delighted to see had a post at Bloesem on her wonderful work last week.

"Last week was about flowers and melon gazpacho, really nice on a summer evening". Sanne's text!



Images from the Bloesem blog story : Art in your home : Sanne van Windon

Sanne van Winden is a Dutch illustrator and pattern designer , who graduated at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague at the fashion&textile design department. You can find her colorful portfolio right here, read her journal here and visit her etsy shop right here. I also love her designs over at Envelop
{in the image below, Bedcover  by Beddinghouse} Text from Bloesem!

well busy week... must run!

Ive just booked at seat at the local Slow Food evening "the History of the Pie" ... after the talk we apparently partake and the warning is... dont eat beforehand! I can't promise drawings... but I'll try and take photos!

Art and food do go together so well don't you think?

The Slow Food manifesto:  SLOW Food began when delegates from 15 countries gathered in France and endorsed this manifesto, written by founding member Folco Portinari, on 9 November 1989... Read more here.


Anonymous said...

perfect timing.

I love tabbouleh but need to
take the wheat out.

Quinoa is ideal..and more protein too.

DK said...

I'm swooning over that bowl with the quinoa salad in it. The texture, color, how the glaze breaks across the motifs, the chipped edge exposing the inner clay body, all so gorgeous!

Sophie Munns said...

Hi Grrl...

Hi DK...

something tells me this quinoa tabbouleh is a big hit...
I found the image last night and HAD to build a post aound it!

thanks for dropping in both of you!

Mlle Paradis said...

emphatic yes to blue and brown - one of my faves.

must have been a great weekend sophie - to inspire such a post! thx for all the eye candy.

ate too much last nite (more on this next week mon.) so the good news might be that i was happy just to look!


betsy best-spadaro said...

I'll definitely be trying the quinoa tabbouleh recipe and I share your feelings about shoes! thanks for another fun post.

Anonymous said...

A lot of the salads would be wonderful in the warm weather we have been having. Even though your post was about Winter, there were a lot of summery images.
Have fun at the slow food event!

Sophie Munns said...

Mlle P...
I have to se your post re Monday night!
Yes... was an excellent weekend ...refreshing and a great departure from the same old!

... I wondered if anyone else would connect on the shoes thing... someone in my club...hello! Thanks for stopping!

ah yes.. the summery images all from the northern hemisphere. Basically the source led things that way.
Thanks... will have to tell you about this event ..."the history of the Pie"
definitely a baking theme this week even if I'm not doing any!
S xo

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Great tour of food and drawings. I too like Quinoa and this tabouli recipe looks great.
Just saw a great piece of yours over at Art Propelled tumblr!

Sophie Munns said...

Hello Maryanne,
lovely to hear from you... I have to thank Mary first up then Robyn for graciously putting up my work...Merci!

La Dolce Vita said...

yumm quinoa... and really??? slow food began in 1989... I thought my italian grandparents invented it... lol....xox

Sophie Munns said...

Hi Cat...
yes... you Italians can certainly claim that... of course Slow Food had to start in Italy ...
I must say I like the way it has gone from being almost overly interested in the gourmet integrity of things to being very solid on things like Food Sovereignty and the future of food, seeds and biodiveristy etc!
S xo