Saturday, March 07, 2015

Fuzzy Spiced Apple Punch

Fruit punch 'recipe'. Like most party punch, this was cobbled together to taste and it did please my guests muchly.
In a punch bowl or similar combine the following:
Ginger wine infused with cinnamon*
Apple juice
Diet dry ginger ale
Soda water to reduce sweetness if needed
Muddled apple mint leaves

*In a clean bottle or jar, place 2 cups of ginger wine with a whole stick of cinnamon. Store in a dark place to infuse for about a month.

Oven Baked Falafel Recipe

I have adapted more than one online falafel recipe to arrive at one of my own. It was so popular at my last party that I promised to share the recipe with my guests. It went as follows:

Oven Baked Falafels

2 cups dried chickpeas
1 small brown onion, roughly chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley,
3-5 cloves garlic
1 1/2 tbsp flour
1 3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
a pinch of ground cardamon
1 1/2 tbsp tahini
sesame seeds to garnish or roll in to taste
olive oil (optional)

Soak the chickpeas overnight in cold water.
Drain well.
Combine all ingredients in a food processor.
Set aside for 30 minutes to develop flavours.
Preheat oven to 220°C.
Line two baking trays with baking paper.
Use a teaspoon to scoop mixture, and roll into slightly flattened balls. Place directly onto baking paper - or onto a plate first if you're not sure about spacing.
Garnish with a pinch of sesame seeds - gently pat into the surface on top. Or, roll in sesame seeds if you are that way inclined!
Optional: spray lightly with olive oil. I use a refillable atomiser. The oil adds extra flavour and helps them brown up nicely, but you will still get a reasonable result without it.
Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve hot with dips. Hommus, tzatziki and aioli are harmonious combinations with these falafels.
Serve cold in a vegetarian/salad sandwich in place of meat.
Can be frozen.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Free green submarine

According to my research, I'm not the only who sees it.

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We tram for free in a green submarine [tram bell] *ding ding*
A green submarine *ding ding*
Free green submarine.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Why is Mr Happy so?

Why is Mr Happy so? Did he help the others to freedom via The Claw and this altruism warmed his little yellow cockles? Is it because he is finally alone and has some space to himself? Is it because it's all about him now and he loves that? The mind boggles.

He was my favorite Mr Man as a child.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Why you should ignore what's fashionable

Denim on denim is distressing whilst someone might be auditioning for a dwarf role in the Hobbit. No visible neck, bushy beard and stumpy looking legs check!

Sullen uncordinated/preppy look

Monday, February 02, 2015

Bushy beards

I'm not a fan of the current fashion for a bushy beard. It makes young men look like much older men, collects food, reduces the prominence of strong cheekbones and jawline and the sensual upper lip. Looking  through  the latest Myer fashion catalogue yesterday I surprised to find a big beard on one of the models. Looking at the edge of his cheek bones and big brown eyes peering out from that wilderness, there appeared to potentially be an attractive man there - but we will never know because all we can see is his damn beard! [/rant]

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to Catwalk

17 Oct 2014 — 8 Feb 2015   National Gallery of Victoria

Here are my little iPhone snaps of this rather good show which ends in very soon!

My fashion design student co-worker didn't think much of it. Hers was the throw away, proverbial complaint when it comes to art 'I could have done that myself'. Yet you didn't! My friend and I (both industrial designers and artists) enjoyed it. Gaultier himself was happy with it so that must count for something eh?

Another complaint was the low light levels for black garments and I have to admit, they were significantly lower than elsewhere in the show in two rooms, which made it hard to see the intricate lace and beading. Setting them against a black background certainly didn't help and may have altered perception of lux levels ie a light background would have required less light since it would bounce around. That's the first rule of strong display: set your subject to stand out from a background by using a different colour/tone. The First rule of camoflauge : blend into the background by being a similar colour! The conservation arguement doesn't hold sway because having since researched this show these same pieces were displayed elsewhere in more adequate light.

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Left: Virgins Collection?
Right: Virgins Collection
Haute Couture, Spring-Summer 2007

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Bridal Mermaid, crutches detail
Mermaid collection
Haute couture, Spring-Summer 2008

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Bridal Mermaid, purse detail
Haute couture, Spring-Summer 2008

The man is more than a fashion designer - he is an artist. The level of detail in the works was amazing. The general public rarely gets to see haute couture this close while the fashionista usually only sees it for a minute at arm's length at best. It's definitely worth seeing this show if you're in town.

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Virgins (or Madonnas) collection
Haute couture, Spring-Summer 2007
Chiffon and lame lace gown with ex-voto (an offering to a saint or divinity) plaque appliques and star and sea-shell embellished smoked plexiglass headdress. 
This gown took 315 hours to create.

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Ex-voto, detail
Virgins (or Madonnas) collection
Haute couture, Spring-Summer 2007