Sitting happily in the fridge looming over the cheese

I want to introduce to you a new project of mine.
It’s got nothing to do with painting or colours … but a lot of creativity will be involved – and a lot of sugar too.

Those of you who have known me for a few years may have noticed my

  • love of baking experiments
  • fascination for traditional christmas cakes overflowing with dried fruit
  • forays into a vegan lifestyle

If you combine all of these aspects you create a critical mass which you can trigger by throwing a baking book into it.

In this case was Cakes from around the World by Julie Duff which did the trick.

I found a recipe for a ‚Caribbean Rum Fruit Cake‘ calling for
450g currants
450g raisins and
250g sultanas among various other dries fruits, spirits – and 9 eggs.

I’ll be trying to substitute the eggs with … something (I’m thinking apple pulp or pumpkin, but I’m not really sure … ).

If you have any experiences in this area and/or can recommend any books/webpages/communities – please let me know. I will happily read/listen to anything you may suggest

For the cake – which will be readdy on christmas day – you do a fruit mix which will quite happily sit in the fridge for 2 or 3 month
needing only the occational stir.

This is what it looks by now:

cake

I’m sure it’s planing to take over the fridge.

.:.

On a personal note:
I started this blog with the intention to keep it strictly to my paintings (wall, paper and otherwise).
But my interests are so widly spread, my inspiration so diverse and there are so many other things – besides painting – which I want to tell you, which I think might interest you …

What I don’t want to do is a look-what-happend-to-me-today – diary, I just want to tell things someone might benefit from.

Any thoughts? Please tell me.

.:.

On another personal note:
I hate to post so irregular. I was planing to post every few days, but – the bit BUT – It’s just not working. I just don’t find the time, the means, the content … so please forgive me if there are times when you have to wait for me to say something.
It’s just like in real life.

last weekend

I spent last weekend meeting up with some dear friends, playing frisbee, eating cake and sitting around a campfire doing some sort of a spontaneous coalbiting.

It was really great! We sat ’till late at night, reading our favorite stories to another, listening to poetry and song (me, I don’t sing).
And all of it with a minimal amount of planing involved. We just did it .

Thank you guys, you are so great!
And since we did’t take any pictures – here’s one of a previous one.

Here’s the recipe for the pumpkin soup (should have read it to you):

You buy one small pumpkin. You need 700g of pumpkin flesh, so it’s best to buy one that weighs about 1kg.
Chop the pumpkin into medium cubes of approximately 2cm.

Also chop one onion into smal cubes and hackle three cloves of garlic and 3cm (or more) of ginger.

Fry the onion lightly using some olive oil.
Add garlic and ginger and fry for about one minute.
Now comes the pumpkin cubes which are fried for five minutes.
After that you add 1 teaspoon (or more) of ground cumin and stir-fry for one minute.

Then you add 1 tin of coconut milk and 700ml of vegetable broth and let everything cook for abour 15-20 min. or until the pumpkin is tender.
Let it cool a bit and then blend it.
You may add some more salt. But then again, you may not.

On a side note:
I started collecting walnut shells (the green ones) for brown pigment.

Good news everyone!

As of now I’m moving my gardening articles to Experiment Selbstversorgung.

Michael and Lisa have invited me I’ve invited myself to write non-regular guest posts about my experiences on urban gardening on their blog.
I’m looking forward to contributing to this extraordinary project.

My first post may sound familiar (I’m doing some recycling) – it also may sound german, do not be alarmed …

Urban Permaculture

I have a new book. It’s called ‚Jedem sein Grün‘ (which roughly translates to ‚Green for everyone‘, here’s the Amazon link.

It’s a book about permaculture. If you’re not familiar with the term, the Internet has a lot to say about it.

Basically it’s about sustainability, self-sufficiency, making do with what you’ve got and, of course, saving the world.

This book is not only about permaculture, it’s about urban permaculture, which means the same but not as an romantic, ideal dream about a big farm far out in the countryside, working in accordance with nature itself – no, it means starting right were you are, making the best of what you’ve got (a little garden, a small balcony, maybe only a window …).

It’s not a book that teaches you very much. It’s more the sort of book which reveals possibilities, shows you what others are already be doning. It gets you in the mood to do more yourself.

There’s a lot I could do with my balcony. A lot of space unused. I think next year will see some chances. More balcony boxes, maybe a salad tree, more vertical gardening, compost, insects, birds … much planing to do.

In the book there is one example of a urban farm.
There is a property in the middle of Pasadena, about 1/10 of an acre of garden, which is self sufficient. They even produce more food than they need, they sell some of it.
1/10 of an acre! That’s about 404,7 square metres!
If you don’t believe me, that’s the way to the homepage.
There’s even a short film which you find here.

This all starts me dreaming. Dreaming about turing my parents home (which is much more than 400 square metres) into a sort of village farm, maybe selling a some of my art, selling bikes too … growing stuff, transforming the whole ground, doing crater paches, sun traps, insect hotels …

Maybe …

First of all I need to turn my balcony into some kind of mini farm
– and I need less working hours to do all the stuff I want to!

Prequel to ‚The Yet To Be Named Bathroom Project‘

Some of you may remember my my last, epic adventure with windowcolor?

Back in bavaria, I decorated my bedroom window.
Sounds boring …
But I didn’t do the usual little stars and flowers , no I didn’t – I did art noveau, and I did the whole window!

The pattern came from a art noveau pattern book and I modified it just a little bit to make it fit the frame. I did it in 8-10 pieces, the whole painting would have been imposible to insert into the window.

When we moved out I it too had to go.

window

window

With these pictures in mind, I leave you wondering what I’m planing to do to the bathroom … *muah-ha-ha*

tastes like cardboard

I’m afraid when it comes to rye flour I’m a little prejudiced.
I don’t like the greyish colour, the dough is sticky and smells funnny – and I think it tasts like cardboard.

Nevertheless you need it to make such great things as bread!
Which I have.

Brot

Annika over at ‚im grünen Himmel‘ has this ongoing series on taking little steps to self-sufficiency.
Her last entry was about baking bread.
I took a simple recipe and it was indeed very easy. Time-consuming, but easy to make and I have control over every single ingredient.
AND it tastes great!

I have to do this again some time soon (if only because I have a glass of sourdough in the refrigerator …).