I went to the coast earlier this month, I dragged a whole bunch of art supplies with me. I do this on every trip I take and usually the art supplies stay in the bag or suitcase untouched for the duration of the trip. This time, however, I actually got some work done.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
What is Dorayaki? Quite simply it's a pancake sandwich that's filled with a sweet red bean paste called Anko. In Japan it's a popular treat to have with your tea. My mom loves them, so I decided to make some for her birthday.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
OK, even I am not that crazy, yet since I bought my new sewing machine I have been excited to keep working on projects but have lost a bit of my original enthusiasm. Where to start? I have so much fabric around the house, in piles, in bags and boxes in my office closet as well as in my studio. And patterns, ideas, fragments of ideas and sketches piling up all over the place.
It is time to organize. It is time to create.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Fun etymology fact: The Genoese name is pesta, which means to pound or crush and led not only to the name of pesto, but pestle as well!
When we were at the coast earlier this month, the kitchen at the cabin we stayed in was pretty well stocked with the basics but there was no food processor, of course. So I improvised.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Tofu and I have had a love/hate relationship my whole life. I've always hated it until about two years ago when I started to eat less meat, and tofu became one of my main sources of protein. The more I ate tofu the more I liked it!
My son, Kevin, lives in Seattle, and when I go up to visit we always grab lunch in the International District. A couple weeks ago I had a delicious green papaya salad with seared tofu. The tofu was so fresh and delicious with a wonderfully plump texture. I assumed their tofu was made at the restaurant, and wondered if I would have to learn how to make my own tofu! Then I found this little gem at H Mart!
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Luckily, some friends were over for dinner when I was complaining about my inability to find a nice vacation rental and stepped in with some advice: Iron Springs Resort. We looked it up. Recent updates in a rustic mid century modern style with lots of amenities and they allowed, even encouraged, dogs. We were sold.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Spring has arrived, and with it visions of fresh vegetables are dancing in my head. Here is a photo of our front yard from last year.
I've been dabbling with vegetable gardens for about ten years. First I tried growing some tomatoes and herbs in containers on the back deck, slowly expanding our garden by adding a new vegetable or two each year. When I had more successes than failures I started planting in raised beds.