Archive for January 2010

I dream of winter

We're so into winter now that it hurts. Literally. My hands hurt from biking. But thinking about what's can still grow under greenhouse glass and seeing the dents left from warm bodies sleeping, allows me to STILL romanticize the season.
I dream of being able to afford this bedding. It's by Matteo in LA. Such beautiful styling and photography.

And right before we crawl into bed we drink Brandy Milk Punch and when we rise we have a Salted Mint Lassi... I dream.

Timmy's Brandy Milk Punch

  • 1 cup brandy
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 gratings fresh nutmeg
  • Handful of ice cubes
  • Crushed ice in 4 glasses

Put the brandy, milk, sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, and ice cubes into a blender and blend for 20 seconds.

Strain into glasses of crushed ice and serve.

Salted Mint Lassi
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 4 cups plain Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup water

Toast cumin in a dry small heavy skillet over medium heat, shaking skillet frequently, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer 1 1/2 teaspoons to a blender with mint, yogurt, kosher salt, and water.

Blend until pale green with flecks of mint and cumin. Serve lassi over ice and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds.

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Affordable Art

Rachell Sumpter, Guantlet

Jeffrey Krolick, Fence by Railroad Parcel, Ashland, Oregon

Aili Schmeltz, Embedded

Kate Bingaman-Burt, Plattsmouth Nebraska, Carts #1

Check out this website 20 x 200 jen bekman project. I came across the Jen Bekman project as I was looking up an artist I adore. The website introduces 2 new pieces a week, and you are able to purchase a print of the artwork in limited editions, various sizes, and at affordable price points as low as $20, with a signed certificate of authenticity from the artist. Now you have no excuse not to buy new art! These would make great gifts too.

Stay tuned for peanut butter tequila project:-)

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Dream vs. Reality

It's summer now in Brazil. And although this hasn't been the worst winter, I can't help but dream of warmer (read: better) places. Summer in Chicago will never be as dreamy as the above photo eludes, but maybe if I make these I can have a taste:

Photo from Gourmet, July 2009

Caipirinha Ice Pops

Yield: Makes 8 ice pops
Active time: 15 min
Total time: 1 day
• 1 cup mint leaves
• 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
• 1 cup water
• 3/4 cup superfine granulated sugar
• 1/3 cup cachacha

• Equipment: 8 (1/3-cup) ice pop molds and 8 wooden sticks

Purée all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Skim off any foam, then pour into molds. Freeze 30 minutes. Insert sticks, then freeze until firm, about 24 hours.

Actually, thinking about making these only makes me sad. You can't make your apartment hot enough to recreate the warmth of the sun. Oh and it also makes me think of the Minnie Riperton album cover.

It gets so hot in the summer.

But back to reality.

I took the above picture this weekend outside the gym. Here's how you recreate this "snow picnic".

First, don't worry about the blanket. The booze is all the warmth you'll need. Also, no need to grab utensils. You can't stab gin with a knife. Here's the shopping list:

1/5 bottle Seagram's Gin
1 pint of Seagram's Apple-flavored Vodka
1 pint of Hennessey
1/2 pint Svedka vodka
1 can of red bull (in case hypothermia seeps in)
1 package Newports (crisp air enhancer)
A few plastic cups (optional)
1 candle

And that's how you get through winter. You dream of better places (Brazil is what the future looks like, right?) and you laugh about the present reality. It's a good idea, no?

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