like pilates for the tongue
30 November 2010
25 November 2010
i swear this isn't turning into a food blog.
today i made a cake with fresh cranberries and raisins. the icing is pink because i mixed it with some raspberry and echinacea tea. and polka dots! (and sprinkles later, too). and vegan again of course hehe.
i applied to pastry school once.
19 November 2010
18 November 2010
having recently discovered the joys of ordering stuff from amazon, i finally got myself vegan cupcakes take over the world by isa chandra moskowitz and terry hope romero.
such delightful things to try out! i never really follow recipes word-for-word, but this book has some great stuff in it. pistachio and rosewater cupcakes? mmm. i'll probably use these recipes as reference points for other kinds of cakes/brownie-style pies too, fiddling with cupcakes can be fun but also timeconsuming. 10 cupcakes in two and a half hours? a big tray of pie seems more fruitful somehow.
the measurements are in americanish (cups) and i spent ages at realfoods, hovering about puzzled with the sales guy and trying to figure out what shortening was. in the end i just got some margarine, which is fine for frostings if you don't mind the yellowish tinge.
so the recipe i used today was gingerbread cupcakes with lemony frosting. there's some ginger bits in there too (i boiled the ginger first and rolled it around in sugar, and the leftover ginger water made a rather tasty drink, which i also added to the batter a bit). i ended up adding quite a bit more liquid than the recipe called for, maybe because i used dark sugar instead of molasses and less syrup. but the end result was still extremely tasty, well-risen fluffy cupcakes!
and best of all, baby cows and baby chickens stay happy!
17 November 2010
15 November 2010
13 November 2010
10 November 2010
08 November 2010
i used the redscaling technique for these - loading film into an empty canister the wrong way round (in the darkroom) so that when its in the camera, the base red layer of the film is exposed first, giving the whole roll a red/orange cast. the neg bags were horribly dusty and so some of the scans are as well, but right now i'm not bothered enough to clonestamp every ittybitty spec.
the results are quite disturbing and, when combined right, seem to indicate some kind of nuclear winter scotland.
03 November 2010
01 November 2010
i gave rise to the analogue geek in me and bought a roll of kodachrome 64 slide film. (price £9.99 including processing - original price £16.99)
kodachrome 64 is not being manufactured anymore.
in fact it's only processed in one single shop in the entire world.
where it will go to via switzerland,
which is where i have to send this first,
because i am in europe.
and that one single shop stops all processing on december 30th, 2010.
this roll has to be in switzerland by the end of november.
so this film has to be absolutely perfect, because it's my first and last chance to use it.
it's like having 36 little baby jesuses.
oh yeah, i've never used slide film.