Wednesday, May 30, 2012

thai piquant prawn salad

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This recipe comes from:
The Cook's Encyclopedia of Thai Cooking
by Judy Bastyra with recipes by Beck Johnson

This is really delicious and light.  I'd never cooked with lemon grass before.  Here's a good youtube video on how to prepare lemon grass for various cooking methods.

Thai Piquant Prawn Salad

The fish sauce dressing ads a superb flavor to the noodles and prawns.  This delicious salad can be enjoyed warm or cold, and will serve six as an appetizer.

Serves 4

200g/7 oz. rice vermicelli
8 baby corn cobs, halved
150g/5 oz. mangetouts (snow peas)
15 ml/1 T. vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2.5cm/1 in. piece fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 fresh red or green chili, seeded and finely chopped
450g/1 lb. raw peeled tiger prawns (jumbo shrimp)
4 spring onions (scallions), very thinly sliced
15 ml/1 T. sesame seeds, toasted
1 lemon grass stalk, thinly shredded

For the dressing
15 ml/1 T. chopped fresh chives
15 ml/1 T. Thai fish sauce
5 ml/1 tsp. soy sauce
45 ml/3 T. groundnut (peanut) oil
5 ml/1 tsp. sesame oil
30 ml/2 T. rice vinegar

1)  Put the rice vermicelli in a wide heatproof bowl, pour over boiling water and leave to soak for 10 minute.  Drain, refresh under cold water and drain well again.  Tip into a large serving bowl and set aside until required.

2)  Boil or steam the corn cobs and mangetouts for about 3 minutes, until tender but still crunchy.  Refresh under cold running water and drain.  Make the dressing by mixing all the ingredients in a screw-top jar.  Close tightly and shake vigorously to combine.

3)  Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok.  Ad the garlic, ginger and red or green chili and cook for 1 minute.  Add the tiger prawns and toss over the heat for about 3 minutes, until they have just turned pink.  Stir in the spring onions, corn cobs, mangetouts and sesame seeds, and toss lightly to mix.

4)  Tip the contents of the pan or wok over the rice vermicelli.  Pour the dressing on top and toss well.  Sprinkle with lemon grass and serve, or chill for 1 hour before serving.
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Sunday, May 27, 2012

converted, one-room chapels

To live in a converted, one-room church, in the country, would be dreamy.
Thank you, Apartment Therapy and Hometone.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

from out the cave by joyce sutphen

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From Out the Cave

When you have been
at war with yourself
for so many years that

you have forgotten why,

when you have been driving

for hours and only

gradually begin to realize
that you have lost the way,

when you have cut
hastily into the fabric,

when you have signed

papers in distraction,

when it has been centuries

since you watched the sun set

or the rain fall, and the clouds,

drifting overhead, pass as flat

as anything on a postcard;

when, in the midst of these

everyday nightmares, you

understand that you could
wake up,

you could turn
and go back
to the last thing you
remember doing

with your whole heart:

that passionate kiss,

the brilliant drop of love

rolling along the tongue of a green leaf,

then you wake,

you stumble from your cave,

blinking in the sun,

naming every shadow

as it slips.

– Joyce Sutphen

Monday, May 14, 2012

live, laugh, love glass, tigard, or.

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A friend and I went to Live, Laugh, Love Glass, a glass arts facility in Tigard, OR., and made these beautiful glass bowls. He says his is prettier than mine. Which one do you think is prettiest? ;)
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Initially, I was lukewarm about the idea of taking on yet another hobby, but it turned out to be a fascinating experience. Our instructor, Nick, was very knowledgable and imparted that knowledge to us throughout the hour and a half it took to create the bowls.
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The 6,000 sf facility, located off I-5 at 12230 SW Main St., Tigard, OR., which used to house a grocery store, is impressive for its sheer size. I could spend a long time in the entrance of the shop, which is adorned with tons of eye candy in the form of beautiful and colorfully finished art glass pieces; bowls, ornaments, wine-bottle backdrops, lamp shades, mobiles, decorative bowls, pitchers, wine glasses, and much more.
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The ovens and glass-working area (hot shop) are located at the rear of the building. The morning we went, it was a bit chilly so we were wearing jackets, and I had a scarf. We shed them immediately upon entering the large space as the heat coming off the ovens made the room feel like a dry sauna – very cozy on a chilly morning. As I recall, there were four ovens; the largest and hottest one runs at 2200 degrees, 24/7, and is powered by electricity, two called “glory holes” run at 900 degrees and run off gas.
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The entertainment area, located at the center of the building, provides seating for 100 with several tables and chairs, where, their flyer says, they offer “interactive lunch, dinner shows, fine dining, and optional wine tasting.” Floor-to-ceiling windows separate the hot shop and the elevated entertainment area and provide a great view of the hot shop and any glass work going on there.
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Live, Laugh, Love Glass is open Tues. - Sat., from 11AM to 6PM.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

guest house by rumi

Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness, 
some momentary awareness
comes as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all! 
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, 
who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, 
still treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out for some new delight. 
The dark thought, the shame, the malice, 
meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes, 
because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

rip maurice

1928 – 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012


While surfing for the different processes other illustrators use when creating their comic strips, I recently discovered writing software, "Scrivener".  

I found the link on Antony Johnston's site.  He has a good, concise summary of what makes it rock, but there's no way to write about all it does. 

I am so loving it!  It helps keep my urge to organize at bay while I write knowing that once I get it all down I can go back and organize it in Scrivener.  It's only $45 after a 30 "free uses" trial period.  The tutorial took me a few hours to get through, but was definitely worth it since there are so many organizational tools it has to offer.