Friday, April 30, 2010

Bee Tee

12,5 x 12,5 cm This is one of those paradoxes. One of the most prolific "weeds" is great for bees. They are actually pretty flowers, and fun. Almost every child has blown the seeds to the wind. Moreover, they are healthy and tasty. John, my dog, was in on this one, and helped collect the dandelions for painting. And now I'm going to make dandelion tea for John and I. There's always a bag of tea leaves on hand. We both like it, and we both think it does a body good.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Inside Job

10 x 23 cm When we bought the geranium, the plan was to plant it in one of the outside flower pots. Slugs and snails are public enemy number one in our garden, but they don't usually bother the geraniums. I put it in my studio for an aceo (Pinky), before planting it outside, and liked it so much I decided to keep it there. So this isn't en plein air. It's an inside job.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ye Olde Bread Basket

17,5 x 17,5 cm

We keep a standard loaf of bread in the freezer. The first and last pieces are always soggy, even when we toast them. The alternatives are to toss them or let them dry out to be used in creative ways. My husband makes a delicious bread pudding that calls for dry bread, and meat loaf with bread crumbs. I decided to make noodles and cheese (aka macaroni and cheese) for lunch one day, using the dry bread.

I smashed a few pieces with the rolling pin, and toasted them in butter. We have Paniermehl that we use a lot like this, but we also have dry bread. I sprinkled the crumbs on top of the macaroni, cream cheese, white sauce mixture, and added a couple of rosemary sprigs from my very small herb garden (two or three pots). I like the crispy rosemary on top of casseroles, being careful with tough stems that can be pokey. Since this turned out to be more noble than mac and cheese from a box, thereby bringing the bread crumbs to a more noble position, I think it appropriate to have a more noble title with "ye", don't you?

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