Wednesday, July 25, 2012

One of these days, after all the knitting is done and when all the exhibitions I'm working on are installed, I will get back to concrete and casting, a true love.

How beautiful is this herringbone (parquet) staircase hearth?

{Hearth House by AOC, via dezeen}

{update: I was preoccupied with the concrete that I only just NOW realized there is a cake on a cake stand on the staircase. I'm totally confused. Still love the stair but worried about that cake! And yes, I see the rabbit and I do hope he's real and not a piece of taxidermy as a prop. He's totally cute.}

Sunday, July 22, 2012

I love my  little collection of knitting needles. There are some unmatched mates here, but I can't seem to get rid of them.

p.s. I'm still knitting away as fast as I can to complete all the beast pillow orders. Slowly but surely. These days I see needles and yarn in my sleep.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

It might be hard to see, but it rained! Though only for a minute.
See those little rain drops on the right?  I was happy for the break, albeit brief, in this heat.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I tend to try to make everything from scratch. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it does not. I won't say anything more about the marshmallows I tried to make a few years ago other than they were an utter disaster. Which reminds me, so were my milk chocolate malted milk balls.I was a fool to try to replicate the Malteaser.

Suffice it to say, I am not a good candy maker... BUT... I can CAN make cheese. Truth be told, I can only make one kind of cheese: paneer.  I've been making this cheese for years (because its so ridiculously easy and tasty and in many of my favorite Indian dishes) and part of the recipe calls for placing some kind of weight atop the curds gathered in a muslin cloth. This helps to drain excess moisture.

Never having had a weight heavy enough, in the past I've made towering columns of canned beans stacked on a dinner plate over a colander in sink. Interesting looking, though not very safe or effective.In my recent move into this new apartment I rediscovered my old iron. It used to be a long forgotten book-end, but now it's a cheese press! This green beauty weighs 7 pounds and does the trick in 30 mins as opposed to hours of the leaning tower in the sink.

To make paneer all you need is:
- 1/2 gallon whole milk
- 1 quart buttermilk
- fine muslin cloth
{cheesecloth is a little too porous and your cheese will stick. Certainly not the end of the world, but so much easier with muslin}

Boil the milk in the pot, slowly. Remove any skin that might form on top and try to keep bottom from burning. When you reach a boil, turn off heat and add entire quart of buttermilk and stir constantly. The curds start to separate from the whey (which is a funny green color). When this is complete, pour the contents of the pot into you muslin cloth which is draped on the inside of your colander. Drain, and gather the ends of the cloth and tie into a knot, which also helps push out moisture. Then add a weight and drain further. I like to keep the cheese bundle on top of my colander, which I turn over and leave in the sink.

I've also made this with fresh lemon juice (bascially you need an an acid to separate the curbs from the whey) but I prefer the taste of the buttermilk for this recipe.

p.s. Blog - I'm fiddling with your layout... you may notice some changes.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Arrggghhh! So bummed I missed out on this limited edition tray by Susan of Up in the Air Somewhere. Sold out, alas. Gold leaf + chevron make me salivate.

{note to self: look more regularly at her site, then you won't miss out!}

{update!!! more trays available via Etsy!}

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Dear Blog,
I hope this note finds you well. I know you've been just sitting here for a while, patiently, with not much to say. Perhaps you've noticed that other blogs are regularly updated and have larger images? Don't be jealous though! We've got something good going. Hang in there with me.

I can pin-point a time when I started to pull away from you, Blog. It was about a year ago that things in my life caused me to shift focus. Shit happened. A lot of shit happened. And it just kept on happening. And now, finally, I feel like things are settled. It feels good to log in again and press the 'new post' button.

All this while I've been collecting things: images, objects, experiences. I want to show you some stuff. Its not everything, but a little taste.

Much love, Debi

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July 1, 2012

June 2012: New plant additions: ficus lyrata and croton.

June 2012: My work space evolves. Working from home again.

May 2012. A cake I made for my dear friend's rehearsal dinner.

April 2012. More loquat pie and pizza.

March 2012. My sister and I find ourselves in Seoul for 12 hours.
We ate very well. Wish we had more time.

Also, a stow-away escapes from my luggage during a layover in Manila. This little guy came from Negros Island, Philippines. We set him loose outside the airport and cross fingers that he lives to tell the tale. Poor thing survived the depressurized baggage compartment!