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.
'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.'
'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.
"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