Day 75 – March 16th

Artichoke Heart Day

I was able to pick up a real live (actually quite dead) artichoke, now that I’m back in Vancouver, at the nearby Whole Foods

She was a beauty.

I sliced it in half and drizzled it generously with olive oil & lemon. I placed it on a baking sheet and into a preheated 375 degree oven.

It really started to smoke up the apartment after about 20 minutes so I took it out.

I drizzled it with some Balsamic Reduction, sprinkled some salt and pepper and had a few bites.

It looked great…

…but was way under cooked.

I would estimate it needed about double the time.  Lesson learned…sorta.

I really didn’t feel compelled to wipe the reduction off and re roast so I just took some nice photos and called it quits on Artichoke Heart Day. They aren’t my favourite & I’m jet lagged af.

 

Day 74 – March 15

March 15 = Pears Helene Day

Who knew?

Pears Helene is a French dessert composed of pears, peeled and poached in simple syrup, then doused in chocolate and served with ice cream.
Seems like a lot of effort to have some pear with some ice cream but I shan’t questions the National Holiday Calendar Gods, lest I upset them.

I peeled some pears, boiled them in sugar water for about 25 minutes, then transferred them to a bowl to expedite the ‘cooling’ process.

When I became restless with waiting, I scooped some vanilla bean gelato into a bowl, and then threw the pears on top of that, and poured the melted chocolate over top.

It tasted as one would imagine – warm pear-y, vanilla ice creamy and chocolatey.

My friend Meg, the lifesaver-Duncan-watcher, had some too. I think we both thought it was ok, but felt it was an unnecessary dessert and wouldn’t bother to make it again.

Another first though, which is always fun!

Sadly, Duncan was asleep so he didn’t get to try any. Bummer, dude!

 

Day 73- March 14th

 

Although I am home in Newfoundland due to ‘unfortunate circumstances’ (that just feels an all too light way to phrase it but I’ll go with it), it was pretty awesome to be able to truly celebrate this particular day – National Children’s Craft Day with my 5 year old my niece Rowan!

Clay Cafe is mine and Rowan’s special place!
We love going there!
I was able to surprise her by picking her up from school. She had no idea I was even in town and jumped up and down when she saw me.

When we got there, Rowan used my camera to take a lot of photos

But then it was time to get down to brass tacks

Rowan had selected a mermaid sitting on a rock to paint today.

She did exceptionally well – she is now old enough now to grasp the multiple coats required to get the full effect when it goes in the kiln.
I also was able to have a ‘teachable moment’ when she asked me to get ‘skin colour’ paint for her. I ask what colour skin – black, brown, white …?
She deliberated but did go with white… so just another blonde, purple eyed mermaid in the world

She took this photo herself:

It’s good practice, as an artist, to document your work!

Then we went for hot chocolate !

It was really hard to say goodbye – she said she wanted to visit me in Vancouver – that she has a passport and everything! I would love nothing more than to have her with me all the time.

She is doing really well.
She is very bright and happy go lucky.
She is quite talented and inquisitive.
Sarah would be so proud.