Day 27: Creative Challenge
Our resident cooking guru, Trish Urquhart, who runs Allaboutwriting, works as a documentary producer for Left-Eye Productions, and tries very hard to live up to the title chef extraordinaire, has outdone herself again today. Flush with her successful garment transformation yesterday, she's been busy in her kitchen creating an innovative new curd - beetroot, citrus and thyme.
To make the curd, she juiced about 5 beetroots from her garden (with the stalks, but not the leaves), 3 smallish oranges, 4 clementines, and 3 lemons. She reduced this by half according to the 101 Cookbooks method, boiling it with a small bunch of thyme and the rind of a lemon. She cooked the curd to 180 degrees Fahrenheit, because she thought a previous curd, cooked to 165, wasn't quite thick enough.
Here's today's mouth-watering curd, served for breakfast on an oat biscuit with feta cheese, black pepper and lemon rind. Trish thinks the curd would be great with any goats milk cheese, maybe on a little puff pastry or in goats cheese tarts. If this has whetted your appetite (and how could it not?), check out Trish's food blog for more of her exotic creations.
Opera singer and strange bedfellow, Kanen 'Gok' Breen, has been busy creating accessories for his spectacular wardrobe again. He beat a well worn path to Specsavers today, exited via Priceline, and terminated his journey at his chintzy little craft table, all revved up and ready to create. Having made a gorgeous pair of sky blue glasses on day 18, he's made a lovely little pair of pink ones today to match the shirts he dyed on day 11. Who would have thought that a bottle of nail varnish could be put to such creative use? It puts a whole new slant on the old rose coloured glasses phenomenon.
Stephen Bennett has created another micromusic composition today. He's based this short piano piece on eighth notes, using 3/8, 4/8, 5/8, 6/8 and 7/8 variously throughout. This was to create a lopsided effect with his um-papa bass line. He says the piece reminds him of a clunky old piece of unsafe machinery - a ferris wheel, for example - going around and around in circles. He's made a composite of some photos he took in Melbourne to visually represent that theme.
It's been days now since I've tried to draw a horse and I decided today was the day to remedy that. I enjoyed myself enormously and I was glad to be back in the saddle (pardon the pun), but I can't say that it's my best horse drawing. I may have peaked early with the drawing I did of Mister Mo on day 16, which is my favourite so far. Still, my skills with pastels are improving and, for a beginner, I've been having a pretty good trot (sorry - it was too good an opportunity to pass up). I've done all the colour blending in this picture with my pastels and that's a positive technical development. It's not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm definitely improving.