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Cooking Game Of Thrones Style

25 Mar

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Day two of lockdown and I turned into a psycho cook, channelling Game of Thrones with a butternut squash …….

Hack a squash in half with a big dagger. Lay them side by side on a metal tray and roast them in a furnace until you can squeeze their flesh easily.

Flay and dismember two onions and cast them into a cauldron of hot oil and saute them until they are soft.

Scoop out the fleshy innards from the squash and cast it into the cauldron with the onion. Scald it with boiling water.

Add vegetable stock. Okay, I know vegan stock isn’t very Game of Thrones, but hey, I’M NOT JOFFREY!!!! Pulverise it with a masher, blender or liquidiser and smash it into small pieces. Boil it in the cauldron a bit more until it’s thickened.

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Serve it up at the Red Wedding. Or for your supper. Whatever.

 

Rhubarb And Beansprouts

24 Mar

Today started weirdly. I’ve been pretty gung-ho about the coronavirus so far but when I got up this morning (I didn’t want to get up) I stayed in my pyjamas for ages and comfort ate from a huge bag of salt and vinegar crisps. But then I pulled myself out of it and got stuck into sorting out the garden – it needed a good clear up after the winter. I picked a tidy crop of rhubarb as well – haven’t decided what to do with it yet – crumble, chutney, bottled and gin are the options.

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I also started off some beansprouts. I had a box in the pantry that I’d forgotten about. They’re a quick crop, 3 – 5 days and there should be a decent amount and they’re really nutritious. I’m still finding it hard to get motivated to make art, but there’s plenty to do in the house and garden which seems more appropriate for the times really.

 

Home Comforts

21 Mar

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I’ve been getting busy in the kitchen instead of getting on with arty stuff. I think the whole coronavirus business is focusing me on making things as comfortable as possible at home. I’m one of the lucky people who isn’t in a high risk group so I can still get out and do a bit of shopping, for myself and others, exercising caution of course. Although there’s a lot of panic buying in the supermarkets, local shops and the brilliant Swansea Market are still pretty well stocked. So I’m shopping local, buying fresh and home cooking.

 

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The weather’s taking a cold turn as well, so it’s time for hearty stews; root veg, butter bean and chorizo (top) and pea, ham and root vegetable (above). Husb and I are lucky that we have a home and cooking facilities – towns and cities across the country are making emergency provision to feed people who are homeless and insecurely housed. If you’re able to get out to do some shopping, please don’t forget to pick up something extra to contribute to your local food banks – in Swansea there are collection points in Morrisons (Morfa), Coop (Bus Station) and Sainsburys that I know of. Thank you xx

 

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If you are healthy and able to do a little more, volunteers are needed to help provide for homeless people – contact details on this leaflet xxx

 

My Creative Other Half

19 Mar

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I was out and about in the city centre for most of today, shopping from the excellent Swansea Market and local grocers, who had plenty of food. So many people are going to supermarkets and ignoring small, local shops and markets, which is a shame because locally they have plenty of most things. And there’s the lovely smell of food cooking in the Market, from the cafes still open and serving hot meals (that they’re now offering to deliver), to the bakers making fresh Welsh cakes on hot griddles. There are a lot of homeless people in temporary Bed and Breakfast accommodation in the city; they have to go out during the day so it’s great that they can go and get hot food in the market.

I bought some laverbread from the Market for tea …

 

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Anyway, while I was out, it was Husb’s turn to get creative and he made a faux stained glass panel, from coloured plastic sheets and a roll of self-adhesive lead strip. It was dark outside when he installed it so I’ll have to wait for daylight to get a photo and blog about it. Tomorrow ….

 

The Beginnings Of An Idea

18 Mar

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Creative ideas come from all over the place. My Aunty got my Husb a bottle of Tomato Ketchup with Garlic from The Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight, he loves it and she likes giving him presents. Anyway, as he unwrapped it I squealed in delight at the packaging! Lovely brown cardboard cut into patterns. It’s calling out to me!

Scanned it, Photoshopped it, had a play with it, got some ideas forming. I think it’s heading towards a screen print ………..

Hats Indoors

11 Mar

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This is getting to be a recurring theme, with the cold and very wet winter and I suspect, commercial premises turning the heating down a degree or two. Here are two of the people listening to artist talks at the Elysium Gallery and Bar this evening, given by Mark Folds and Bourdon Brindille. They were discussing their current exhibitions, “Crises” and “Breakage and Repair”, both excellent, clever, well made, interesting and with a bit of humour. The shows run until April 18th and are worth a look if you’re in Swansea. The Gallery bar and cafe also serves hot food, home cooked and really tasty.

Rhubarb!

2 Mar

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I picked the first rhubarb of the season yesterday. It’s the earliest I’ve ever picked it, it’s out in the open garden, I don’t force my rhubarb to bring it on early. I guess it’s the relatively warm and wet winter we’ve had.

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I did a drawing eight years ago just as the rhubarb was starting to come through the ground – it’s almost three weeks later than the thick robust stems I picked over the weekend.

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Then I made a crumble. Husb had it with lashings of custard. I don’t eat rhubarb. It has it’s original ancient medicinal effect on me – a laxative!

Welsh Cakes For Saint David’s Day

1 Mar

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Today is Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant, or Saint David’s Day, here in Wales, a day of tradition and celebration and one of our finest traditions is Welsh food. I cooked some Welsh Cakes – or Pice ar y Maen (little cakes on the bakestone). Here’s a recipe if you want to try them. I used dairy free, vegetarian spread instead of animal fat to cook mine.

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I have a very traditional cast iron Maen (griddle or bakestone) that I’ve had for over 40 years now and I think it’s the best thing to cook Welsh cakes on – they are part of a long history, possibly thousands of years, of cooking over an open fire. Welsh cakes and similar griddle cakes would have been cooked this way for many generations. And they’re perfect with a nice cup of tea.

 

Carry On Cutting

30 Jan

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I carried on cutting from my brown lino today, the first stage of a collaborative print with GS Artists and Jamie Reid.

Sparta Says ….

24 Dec

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Sparta says, “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”.

Mae Sparta yn dweud, “Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda”.

This is a lovely digital drawing of the lovely Sparta Puss by my lovely Husb.

 

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And I iced my home-made Xmas cake today.

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