Sunday, February 6, 2011

eat; raw curry pumpkin soup

Day 2 of my raw week was this raw Curry Pumpkin soup. I used the left over bits from the pumpkin pappardelle pasta I made and the other half of the pumpkin. Nuts are a huge part of raw 'cooking' and this recipe calls for raw cashews. They are always soaked before using them as it brings out the enzymes that aid in digestion.

Serves 4

What you need;
2 cups peeled and chopped butternut pumpkin
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 cups cashew milk
1/2 cup  fresh orange juice
1 granny smith apple, chopped
1/4 cup chopped shallots
2 Tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp fresh ginger, chopped
1 tsp curry powder
salt and pepper to taste
finely chopped fresh corriander (cilantro) and paprika to garnish
Cashew milk
1 cup raw cashews
2 cups filtered water

To start, soak raw cashews in filtered water for 2-4 hours. Drain and place in a food processor with 2 cups of filtered water. Whiz away until smooth. Strain through a sieve into an awaiting bowl.

In a blender add all the ingredients except garnish ingredients and blend until smooth. Add more filtered water if the consistency is too thick. You may need to do it in batches so have a big bowl waiting.

Once smooth, pour into individual servings and sprinkle with a little paprika and top with chopped fresh coriander.

Buon Appetito!

pink; casting call

Charlie White is a Los Angeles based artist who created a one day performance at LAX Art last year in September. Casting Call was a prelude performance to find a 'typical' Californian girl; blonde hair, blue eyes, for an upcoming Billboard project, organised through LAX Art. You can check out the images of the performance here.

What I find interesting about White is his fascination with the American pop culture that is projected out onto the world, especially his interest in teen girl culture as a 30 something male.  He makes us aware of the cliche images of American society that is created by the media and throws those images back at us with irony. The truth is that the typical Californian girl has dark hair, dark eyes and olive complexion often coming from a Hispanic background. But this is not the image that has been projected onto the world of the typical Californian girl. We almost resist this idea as being true as we have been subjected, for a very long time, that blonde hair and blue eyed babes are Californian. Even movie stars of the 1950's and 1960's were advised to pull out the bottle of peroxide if they wanted work in Hollywood.

There is definitely a weirdness that happens when teenage girls are involved in any form of projection into the media. For some reason, we (including males) can all connect with the 'crossover' they are about to experience between childhood and adulthood. Of course it has everything to do with sex and we, both male and female, seem to relive our own experiences through an image of a teenage girl. But is our own experience of the 'crossover' really as bad as we think or is it societies prescribed story that it is a loss of some sort that we carry with us? And why is it that when we do see an image of a teenage girl we think about sex almost straight away? I certainly don't know but I am jolted a little and can't seem to find out why I am when I do see images of young teenage girls in their swimwear or presented in such a way as White has done here. It urkes me too, that these images do that as I feel I am somehow being seduced into a way of thinking that may not even be my own.

This strange feeling of not really knowing how I feel, or how I should react, came upon me when I checked out Whites Casting Call performance. I wasn't at the performance unfortunately, but judging by the images and the little that has been written about it, it seems the audience were not sure how to react either. Here they were, within a gallery space in the dark, invited to sit back and watch through a dividing glass wall, a room lit up with teenage girls and the casting process of viewing 100 girls. The audience could only watch what was going on as there were no speakers to eavesdrop on the verbal process. This forced the audience to create their own dialogue with what they were seeing. As we watch these teenage girls being judged by their physical features, we are listening to ourselves judging them being judged, judging the judges doing the judging and judging ourselves for judging everything! Confusing? Yes! I can only imagine the cliched dialogues the audience were creating, as I suspect this was Whites intention by shutting off the audience from the verbal communication. The audiences internal dialogue about the event would have come from many places, mainly from what they had been told to feel about such an experience through the media. I suspect this is exactly what White wanted to create as an experience for the audience. The process and the environment makes us aware of our own thinking and where that thinking may be coming from.

Below is the final image that was chosen to appear on the Billboard. The gridded background is reminiscent of the mug shots these girls would have for agencies to judge the proportions of their features. The girl stares at us staring at her with an expression that may ask why are we judging her. No text is needed as the simple image says everything as a billboard.

In 2006, White created the video below as part of Adidas:Adicolor campaign. He uses pink in alot of his works when commenting on the American teenage girl culture and this video, titled Pink, is no exception. It has a very melancholic feel to it as if how sad (?!?!?!) it is that the girl has transitioned, through the act of sex, to become a woman. It appears to reflect our (societies) projections of what the transition is to be for a girl from adolescence to adulthood. How sad indeed that this is how we are 'told' the transition will be like; a loss of some sort.

love; 10 things I love this week
1. This website! My friend Julishka from Berlin sent me the link and I love it! He is a French designer and his site reminds me of my favourite book covers as a kid...remember the ones with a hologram on the cover?!?!?! I used to put them up close to my face and get lost in their 3D worlds. LOVE!

2. Speaking of friend Kiera got me onto this one last year but I have just rediscovered it this week after talking about it with another friend. Alannah Hill is an Australian fashion designer and her website is definitely a reflection of her style. LOVE!!!
3. Jackalope. It is a mythical animal of North American folklore, being described as a cross between a jackrabbit and an antelope I love this sooooo much! Last night we came across two of them (well kinda) taxidermy on the walls of the places we visited. I love the idea of creating hybrid animals that don't exist (well in photoshop of course!). LOVE!!!
4. Cheshire Moon. Am I like the ONLY person in the world that has never heard of the moon being referred to as the Cheshire Moon?!?!?! Have I been hiding under a rock or what! I always called it a sickle (which is awful!). My friend Greg referred to the moon as the Cheshire cat moon a month ago and now, every time I see it like this, I give the moon a big huge grin back. LOVE!!!!

5. This bag my friend Katya gave me for Christmas. She was in the gay district in Chicago and happen to stumble across this bag in a drag queen shop and thought of me....ummm....YES!!!!! I took it with me to Vegas and everyone commented on it!  Any which way you look at it, it has a face with a big smile on it! LOVE!

6. My souvenir from Vegas. I'm not much of a trinket person but I do love to bring back something for myself that is not your average souvenir. I found this in the gutter in Vegas and it is perfect! It seems to be a pipe of some sort that has been flattened by a car (or few!). LOVE!!!!

7. Talking about souvenirs...this is mine from Los Angeles. It is road kill! Well, doll road kill! I imagine some girl throwing a tanty at her parents and in retaliation, throwing out her doll from the car window. Looks like the doll had a few lives under its belt even if she don't look to good right now. LOVE!!!!

8. And San Francisco is this headless, armless tin toy. I found it in a recycling place and couldn't leave him behind! He is even wearing his price tag on his chest; 10 cents! LOVE!!!!

9. Palms restaurant here in L.A. It is a Thai restaurant in Thai town and they have a Thai Elvis impersonator who is very pleased with himself. It is super cheesy and really fun to watch! Oh and the food is really good too! LOVE!!!

10. Mexican Gay Bar. Last night as we were heading to get something to eat at 1.30 am after starting our night early downing the drinks, I dragged everyone into a bar we were passing and it turned out to be a Mexican gay bar!!!!! Something soooo hot about seeing two Latino men pashing on the dance floor! LOVE!!!!