Monday, April 18, 2011

eat; raw spinach mushroom tart

One of my favourite raw websites is, managed by a women called Susan Powers. I love the look of the site, the photography and the amazing recipes posted. A few weeks ago, I tried Susans raw spinach mushroom tart. YUUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMM! Thats all I can say about that!

I have altered the recipe a little adding more mushrooms and spinach and doubling the 'cashew filling'. I do not have a spring tin here at my share house so I used what I could, which was a ring spring tin. Not great, but you do need to be able to remove the sides of the pan, so use what you can.  Susan Powers uses rings for individual servings. If you have these types of rings, go for it! They look so lovely as individual servings. There is also a bit of planning that needs to happen with this recipe.

Serves 8

What you need;
 4 cups mushrooms
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs raw honey or agave
1 cup almonds, soaked overnight
1 cup hazelnuts, soaked overnight
1/2 cup brown flax seeds
salt and pepper to taste
4 cups cashews, soaked for 4 hours
1 cup lemon juice
2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
1/4 cup shallots, roughly chopped
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups spinach leaves

Start by slicing the mushrooms and placing in a marinating container, if you have one, otherwise, a flat container will do. Mix the marinade together in a cup and pour over the sliced mushrooms. Mix it all up and place in the refrigerator overnight.

To make the crust, drain and dry the nuts with a kitchen towel. Add all the 'crust' ingredients into a food processor and pulse until a course meal texture is achieved.

Place the almond meal mixture into your spring tin. Press down with the back of a spoon until you get a nice even surface. If you have a dehydrator, you can place the pan on a low heat for 1-2 hours. I skipped this step and it still tasted amazing!

To make the filling, place well drained and towel dried cashews with the rest of the ingredients, (except for the spinach) into a food processor. Process until smooth.

Divide the mixture in half and add half the mushrooms to one bowl and half the spinach to the other bowl. Stir until combined. You may need to add a little hot water if the mixture is too stiff. 

With the remaining mushrooms and spinach, combine together in a bowl and set aside. You will be using this mixture to top each individual tart piece before serving.

Now for assembling. Pour the mushroom mixture into the prepared tin and smooth it out with the back of a spoon. Pour the spinach mixture on top of the mushroom mixture and gently spread it evenly. Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour. When chilled, un-mould the tart and cut into serving sizes. Place a piece on individual plates and top with a small handful of the mushrooms and spinach mixture.

This tart is very rich. I suggest serving a small piece next to a large salad. the salad will help to clear the palette and give the taste buds a break from this very rich piece of heaven!

Buon Appetito!

pink; person with guitar (pink)

Person With Guitar (2004) is instantly recognizable as a work by John Baldessari. Baldessari is a Los Angeles based artist who has taught at both CAL Arts and UCLA since 1970 and is a prominent figure in the Los Angeles art community. He is best known for his collages where parts of the photos are covered up or cut out. 

Baldessari started using found images because he couldn't be bothered going out to take a photo of something specifically if it already existed, wanting the image as a signifier rather than a reproduction of a specific thing. He began by using images of film stills and soon began to cover the faces of the people in these images that were lying around his studio as he felt they had a presence. 

This lead him to cutting out or covering up other parts of the image to create a dialogue that was ambiguous. Here, in Person With Guitar, we see such an example. By the removal of the actual guitar, the shape of the object is left behind. We may not see the detail of the guitar but we certainly know that it once existed within the pink shape. By highlighting the empty space with a striking pink colour Baldessari leaves us, as the viewer, to 'fill in the gaps', so to speak. Because of it's anonymity, we create our own story of what is going on within the image and relate it back to our own experiences which results in a much more personal interpretation.

By the removal of detail or the bringing of our attention to it, Baldessari uses the power of the image to question our own interpretations of the image itself and our preconceived ideas surrounding an image when we first glance at one. He makes us think more deeply about the power of the image by simply creating an absence of what we expect will be there and as a result, challenges our expectations of how an image should function.

love; ten things i love this week
1. I came across this a week or so ago and really loved the post so wanted to share. Check out these vintage flight attendants and advertisements. Something pretty cool about their outfits and hand drawn ads...bring back the hand drawn ads!!! LOVE!
2. Speaking of vintage fashions, check out these photos! LOVE!!! Well of course I do! It's Disneyland! Kevin Kidney is the guys name who has uploaded them onto his blog. What a great blog it is by the way! He used to be a Disney Designer! LOVE!
3. Esther Williams! I have sooooo gone vintage this week! I've been looking at synchronized swimming for an up coming work and have fallen in love with Esther's on-screen life and  Auqua Musicals! Check out this AMAZING blog dedicated to vintage swimwear with a post on Esther Williams. LOVE!
4. This sign being placed out in public at Dupont Circle in Virginia. Oh ok, it was part of an advertising campaign, but who cares! 
L O V E !!!

5. This random smiley sign that was by the freeway here in Melbourne, Australia. Gotta love a smiley sign while in traffic! LOVE!

6. Fluffy white clouds! I hadn't realised how much I missed them in L.A until I started to see them again here in Melbourne! There is something pretty special about fluffy white clouds against a wonderfully blue sky. LOVE!
7. Green grass! Melbourne, Australia has been in drought for such a long time that I had almost forgotten how the city looks with green grass! With all the rains recently, the city is soooo lush and green. Very beautiful indeed! LOVE!
8. Organising a studio! Next week I move into a small space that is about a half hour walk from where I currently live. I'm soooo excited about having a space to create again, while getting in some exercise by walking there everyday! My creative juices are keeping me up at night with such amazing ideas! Will keep you all posted. LOVE!
9. Borrowing a dehydrator from a friend for the week! I have already made some live burgers and flaxseed crackers. Looking forward to doing more this week. LOVE!

 10. The response I had from the Make Ai Weiwei's picture your F.B profile pic campaign. I started it during the week and the numbers just keep on climbing which is soooo great! Shows people are wanting to make a change in this world. LOVE!