Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Food for thought


Did you have a good Easter?  I had a great Easter sunday lunch and invited friends over for a big boozy meal of roast veg, meat and nut loaf and all the trimmings. Great fun. I also made hot cross buns experimenting with a different recipe of my creation (I try one each year) which used coconut oil instead of Nuttlex and orange water instead of orange juice and zest. Did it work? It was hard to tell as the buns were proofed for far too long after being ready to bake and I had the sense that the variations cancelled out the spices and fruit so they ended up a bit bland really. 

                                                


Things that interest me this week:



Love this recipe for vegan 'creme eggs'. I've never liked the original but I know people who are huge fans. 

These big prints by Sophie Hanson of Local is Lovely are just gorgeous. If I had the cash (and wasn't moving)...



Love this creative project of  by designer and writer Dinah Fried, who cooks, art-directs, and photographs meals from nearly two centuries of famous fiction. 




The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, 1951
'When I’m out somewhere, I generally just eat a Swiss cheese sandwich and a malted milk. It isn’t much, but you get quite a lot of vitamins in the malted milk. H. V. Caulfield. Holden Vitamin Caulfield.'


The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, 1963
'Then I tackled the avocado and crabmeat salad...Every Sunday my grandfather used to bring me an avocado pear hidden at the bottom of his briefcase under six soiled shirts and the Sunday comic.'


I love this video Frida Kahlo Diego Rivera y Trotsky from the 1930s.

This post by Underground SupperClub Creator Ms Marmalade about creating food for people undergoing dialysis for renal failure is indeed humbling

"Madonna earns the wraith of Joyce Bana", as reported by Elliot Ross. Great critique by the Malawi President on the great white saviour complex. 

"Why I'm not excited by H&M's Australian Launch" by Maddy Newman is a good summary of all the problems with fast fashion. Don't get me wrong, I don't buy all local produced organically made clothing myself, I just can't afford it and it's difficult to find in plus sizing. But it doesn't mean I can't be aware and make ethical choices where I can. 

Do you like to watch documentaries? I'm a huge fan on a range of topics. Recent ones I've enjoyed include Erasing Hate and Confessions of an Undercover Cop

4 comments:

  1. Fantastic links - thanks cate - that food in fiction project looks fantastic - and your easter feasting sounds delicious. I am sad about H&M because I loved to just walk through the old GPO building and now I just have no interest in going into the shop so will be less likely to see the lovely building - and the queues were crazy when I passed last week. If only they were queuing to see the building I would be happier

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  2. OMG creme eggs, I miss them! Thanks for the recipe!

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  3. Hi Cate, great links! I heard about the literary food project on NPR this morning and am so intrigued! Can't wait to see more!

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  4. The vegan creme eggs sound better than the original because of course you can reduce the sweetness if you make it yourself. I find them too sweet but want to give these a go :D

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