Monday, January 31, 2011

Breakfast, perhaps - with disappearing toast?

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Stein Collection

Artificial flowers cut from plain woven natural and dyed cotton and silk (Central Asia, 300-400 AD. Approximately 6.5 cm in diameter), cleverly fashioned with wooden pegs representing stalks to push through the flower, and tufts of silk thread representing stamens. These flowers would've perhaps been fastened to the floor, walls or ceiling as votive offerings of worshippers at the shrine of Miran.

Victoria & Albert Museums are the custodian of these delicate artifacts which are part of The Stein Collection of textile fragments, ceramic and Buddhist art objects - Rare things dated between 200 BC and 1200 AD, brought to England from the Silk Road region by Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862-1943) at the beginning of the twentieth century. The collection now rightly belongs to the Government of India.

Pâtisserie Rhubarbe

Tea yesterday at a new spot: Pâtisserie Rhubarbe.

Owned and operated by chef Stéphanie Labelle, whose resumé includes Les Chocolats de Chloé, Decca 77, Club 357, Pierre Hermé and most recently, a pastry chef position at La Salle à Manger.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011

Two highlights: Alexander Hilton-Wood (MIT) will present the case for smallness in architecture and Patty Heyda (Washington University, St. Louis) will argue for architecture’s emergence in the waste zones created by large-scale urban infrastructural development.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

There's a big sale at Aunt Bea's.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Spelt Pasta with Beetroot and Rosemary

Last night's suppertime was one of those when I was too late to get to the market and there were very few fresh things in the fridge. I love the dishes that emerge within these limitations as much as I love going to the market four or five times a week. But I know I'd do well to self-impose some tight limits now and then (in the kitchen and the studio). I'm always satisfied by the process and the result when I engage my resourcefulness toward realising something.

Beetroot's earthiness isn't to everyone's taste. Neither is the sugar quotient, which can make it difficult to marry with other ingredients. The acidity and umami in parmigiano reggiano, tomato and rosemary in combination with beet seemed worth a try. I'm really happy with the taste of this scarlet jewel and think it could be a standard fallback dish for me. I had a glass of Les Jamelles Syrah with it which was oddly perfect. I rarely eat pasta for how negatively my gut reacts, but a good-quality spelt (or buckwheat) pasta isn't so bothersome and will cook up as beautifully as semolina. You could also serve it with brown rice, millet or quinoa. And I think it would be perfect as a side dish with savoury beef and its roasted fat.

A Spelt Pasta with Beetroot and Rosemary

Put a deep pot of water to boil. Add a spill of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt.

Set a 9-inch cast iron pan on low heat and add a few tablespoons olive oil. Sprinke about a 1/2 teaspoon sea salt into the oil. Peel 5 plump garlic cloves, slice them thinly widthwise and add to the pan. Pull the leaves off 2 stems of fresh rosemary and roughly chop them to release their fragrance. Add to the pan and move everything around with a wooden spoon so it's nicely glazed by the oil.

Add 3 cups of spelt pasta to the boiling water. Stir with a wooden spoon, cover and lower the heat.

Trim the tops off 1 large red beet or 2-3 little ones. If the greens are good, wash and roughly chop them and set aside. Peel the outer skin off the beet using a vegetable peeler. Julienne the whole beet and add to the garlic and rosemary. Raise the heat to medium and cook, 2-3 minutes, stirring a few times. Then add a few glugs of dry red or white wine, a chopped tomato, a squish of tomato paste and -if you have them- the chopped beet greens. Cover. Cook 5-10 minutes, until the beets are bright and tender. Add a few twists of black pepper, adjust the salt and continue cooking, uncovered, while you get the cheese and pasta ready.

When the pasta is tender, drain it lightly (a little pasta water will help coax the sauce to the right consistency) and tip it into the pan with the beet sauce. Stir in 1/2 cup grated parmigiano and 1/8 cup whole milk, crème fraîche or almond milk (to make a kind of gorgeous beetroot "dauphinoise"). Serve with a handful of pitted queen olives on one side.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

on February 5th.
883 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

J&L Books, The Walrus and Type Bookstore Invite You To A Fundraiser For:

Many items for sale including:
Original Art by Leanne Shapton, Jason Fulford and Jason Logan

Hand Painted Valentines
Wooden Books
Rare Books
Delicious Baked Goods,
Vintage Clothes
Drinks and more...

$10 at the door, includes a letter pressed valentine and raffle ticket.


but different. She's got a little bed up on the desk now, so she can survey her territory from the window and keep close to me while I work.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Barbour Waistcoat

And the Barbour Belsay, Beadwell, Sally and Sapper, as worn by Helen Mirren et al in The Queen.

Something to pine for. And this too.


Friday was PALS3. I don't mean to be elusive but It's been awhile that this has taken shape for us and I'd like to keep it that way here, too. So, more on this later.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Red Flower

Federation Nationale Ukrainienne

That corner building we love.
Last night we were there for a talk by Ms. Lynda Barry, presented by Drawn & Quarterly.

"Love is an exploding cigar we willingly smoke."

- Lynda Barry

in the afternoons

Saturday, January 15, 2011

someone so soft

with green dinner plate eyes = Edith.