April 2, 2012

CARROT GINGER SOUP

The fresh ginger and lemon give this soup a vibrancy and the cayenne a spicy depth, all which help to welcome in the fresh warm spring sun.

ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 6-8 carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • salt
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • ground cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped (optional)

method

  1. In a large soup pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, cover and cook until softened, for about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the carrots, potato, ginger, and salt to taste. Cover and cooke for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the broth and cayenne to taste, bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered for about 30-40 minutes, until the vegetables are soft.
  4. Puree the soup n a food processor. Return soup to the pot.
  5. Stir in lemon and taste, adjusting seasonings if necessary.
  6. Serve garnished with chives or pumpkin and toasted sesame seeds.
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March 31, 2012

The Onesie Model – Isabel

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Isabel 1 week, a set on Flickr.

Congratulations Annemarie and Fillipo, and it was a pleasure to meet you Isabel, who was sweetly dreaming the day away…

March 5, 2012

DIY – FABRIC PAINT & ONESIE DESIGNS

I don’t usually post my more artsy projects, but I thought I would share these designs because….well they are sort of cute, non? We had a baby shower here for Annemarie and Fillipo and I couldn’t resist painting some custom onesies. Keep in mind that the mamma is Dutch (hence the tulips, bike and windmill) and the papa is Italian and in a blues band. I think my favourtie is “tiramisu”, which literally translates to “pick me up”. Their baby is due in just 3 short weeks – can’t wait to meet her!

Painting on fabric is easy. I just used acrylic paints and a tiny brush. Just be sure to place wax paper, aluminum foil, a plastic bag underneath what you are painting so it doesn’t soak through any unwanted layers of fabric. The paint also holds better if you wash the fabric first (without softener). And when you have finished painting your design, and it has dried, just iron it from behind to really set the paint into the fabric….that’s it….simple