Regrets…

09/07/11

If I had to do it all over again… this would be my wedding cake!

Rounds of cheeses piled on top of the other is very ingenious as a wedding cake, well a representation of a wedding cake anyway. But who among the guests would not enjoy this?

I tumbled upon this photo at Janis Ratnieks Photography (a cool events photographer), and it made me think how prodigious it would have been had this been a part of the my  “I’m the princess” day. Anyway, what’s done is done and all’s well that ends…

Just think about it for those of you who are pondering upon getting hitched, instead of the same old, same old fluffy, spongy, diabetic-friendly confection – how about a literal cheesecake?

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Hope = Cherry

08/20/11

“And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.” Psalm 39:7

Just when I was in heavy doubt about this Barbados Cherry Tree a co-worker of mine gave me 2+ years ago, a cherry pops out from this miniature tree’s branch. To my astonishment indeed!

All those idioms about hope, patience, good things about waiting – mundane as it is, the simple fruit of this tree made things lighter for me – in hope

Titles

07/16/11

When a woman’s life’s title is “socialite” it follows a trail of curiosity and some sort of admiration. It’s one of those things where one is either born to it or not; sort of like the “X” factor. This lady whose photo is featured is the American Socialite  Lee Radziwell and this picture, taken by The Sartorialist caused me to pause from the unpredictability of my frenetic summer.

A socialite by definition is a lady who’s life’s assignment is the leisurely task of entertaining or being entertained at  social events in the upper crust of society. Lee Radizwell would fit the bill perfectly for the title by birthright (being the younger sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis) and by association (having married a prince and a having been a PR executive of Giorgio Armani). A socialite is also a cosmopolitan with residences all around the greater metropolises of the world, like London, Paris and New York. Funny how with the word “socialite”; “London, Paris, New York, et. al” follows. I guess fine things beget even finer things and circumstances. Naturally the socialite is unreasonably wealthy and has a constant air of exclusivity, mystery and privilege about her; just look at this woman, all of us would agree that there was never a time when she had to carry a baby on her hip while hanging a huge pile of laundry in the back yard, sweaty with hair all disheveled.

A socialite is many other things as well but on my end though, I just see a woman whose sense of style and fashion is very notable,  worth stopping for and how fun it is to tumble on to a portrait of a person that’s the very expression of joie de vivre!

Recipe Time!

05/28/11

Colors in Cuisine comes in different appetizing shades, I don’t have to explain that. When I tumbled on to this recipe from Cooking Light Magazine, I instantly wanted to make it because I imagined it would be delicious just from how it looked on the photograph. It didn’t take me long to contemplate on it and I collected the ingredients (as closely as I could anyway) in our local grocer and the picture on top was what I came up with.

May I say to you, that this one tasted even better and was easier to make than how I thought it would an below is how I made the Salad, with my own spin added to it. here’s hoping you won’t be disappointed once you try it.

Shrimp Pasta Radish Salad

Ingredients:

4 ounces small shell pasta

1 cup – medium shrimp (peeled)
1 cup – cooked peas
1 cup thinly sliced radish

Dressing:
1/3rd cup buttermilk
1/4th cup mayo
1 spoonful of dill
2 tablespoons of white onions
1 teaspoon of finely chopped garlic
1 teaspoon of lemon zest fresh
1 spoonful of lemon juice fresh

Freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano – quantity as desired

Process:
Boil pasta – while waiting to complete, start with slicing the radishes (Use a potato peeler to get uniformly thin radish slices) then place in a cup. Place peeled shrimp in a separate cup, place cooked peas in another cup
2-4 minutes before the pasta gets cooked to desired consistency, add the shrimp and peas; then, drain all these on a strainer and run cold water on the mixture; allow to rest.

On the Salad bowl, add the dressing ingredients of : mayo, buttermilk, lemon juice, lemon zest, dill, onions and garlic and fold the mixture altogether. Then add the drained pasta, shrimps, pea – add the radish then mix. After all ingredients are mixed altogether, chill for 1 – 2 hours before serving. Then add freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano as much as desired before serving.

Tip: You may slice the radish ahead of time before boiling pasta as this is time consuming

Naps

05/14/11

The inscription on the photo might a bit oxymoron-ic since naps are typically a short period of sleep during the daytime. But hey, if the time is there and it’s free, why not?

 Naps in English, Siesta in Spanish, “hundaray” in my dialect, no matter how you say it, its is beneficial any day. Just take it from a NASA study which reveals that naps have been found to be just as good as a night’s sleep for memory tasks;  it is also said to improve a person’s efficacy in alertness, response time and other cognitive skills. The Washington Post reported once about a study of 23,000 subjects who took regular midday naps and these sentient beings were found to be 30% less likely to die of heart disease.

 Sadly, cost-less as it is; naps are very rare and hard to get in busy countries. A friend of mine told me once that the best mother’s day gift she could ever have is a long nap on that Sunday which is designated for women like her; this from a stay-at-home mom. What then can be said of working moms? working Dads? working workers? Elusive as it may seem, I believe we ought to do it as much as we can, if we are able. In my personal experience, I have found naps to be invigorating; it also increases my productivity and strength with chores and activities, it lightens my mood and it’s very good for the skin, take it from Paulina Porizkova, who credits naps and sleep as one of her beauty secrets. 

 The picture shown above is the site I fall a-nap to, it’s both symbolic and conducive because when we nap, we usually just hang our hats, keep calm and carry on – napping…

L.A. Woman

05/07/11

I photographed this beautiful lady at Venice Beach. This lady was pure sunshine and happily posed for me. The red hat, the stance, the smile, the joie de vivre! She represented her state very well. 🙂