Monday, May 23, 2011

eat; raw zucchini pasta with yellow pepper cashew cheese sauce

A few weeks ago I posted how to make cashew cheese and said that I would post the amazing dinner I had using the cashew cheese as a sauce. So here it is!

Serves 2

What you need;
Cashew cheese recipe, watered down a little
2 zucchini at room temprature
2 handfulls of rocket (arugula)
2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes, cut in half
marinated artichokes, as many as you like
handful of olives, which ever flavor you like

I now have a spirooli in my life which makes making raw zucchini pasta a hell of alot easier! If you don't have on and can't really be bothered cutting it by hand, you can always make papperdelle pasta by using a vegetable peeler. Peel the skin off the zucchini first.

In a big bowl, add the zucchini pasta, rocket (arugula) and tomatoes. Pour the sauce over it all and mix well. Add as much as you like onto each plate and then lay the artichoke pieces on top. Best not to mix them in. I haven't stated how much artichoke to use as I LOVE them and always heap them on when I get a chance, but maybe four to five pieces will be fine.

Top with cracked pepper and serve!

Buon Appetito!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

pink; the total female animal

photo Elyss McCleary
Google Me This is an exhibition I am currently showing in but I wont write about my own work as it is not pink (even though it is full of glitter and even features a tiara!). Instead, I have chosen Carmen Reid's work who is co-curator of the exhibition.

Google Me This asked artists involved to google their own names and create a work based on someone else's identity. As you can imagine, the result is a mixed bag of easy to get and absolutely way out interpretations, especially as there are 53 artists from various backgrounds involved in the exhibition. 

Carmen Reid chose Carmen Miranda as her source of inspiration. Judging by the title of the work, Reid obviously wanted to have fun (lots of fun) with this work! The image above shows an installation of pink champagne, maracas, a scarf head piece and even garter belts! Full of feminine symbols, Carmen went the hack with all things pink to create the work. The funny thing is Carmen herself is not a pink person and her work never deals with the feminine. This is what was great about creating work for an exhibition with such a strong brief; it gave us permission to explore themes we would never really consider within our practice. 

You can check out the rest of the works here. The exhibition is on until June 5th at The Library Artspace, 100 Barkly St, North Fitzroy, Wed-Sun 12-5pm.

love; ten things i love this week

1. Installing for an exhibition. Yes it IS the most stressful time for an artist and exhausting but there is something kinda great about seeing your work all finished and ready for the showing. It's that satisfaction you get when something you imagined in your head finally comes to fruition. LOVE!

2. Opening night of an exhibition you're involved with. Scary yet thrilling. The idea that no-one may come is soooo overwhelming! Nice to share your work with loved ones though. LOVE!

3. Getting a phone call from the Italian radio station, Rete Italia here in Melbourne for an interview THIS FRIDAY about my work in Google Me This! They will be pod casting it so there is noooooo escape! LOVE!

4. Cannoli from Bisetto! I am thoroughly enjoying catching up on a years supply of these! My family have been going to this Italian cakeshop since it opened in 1972 and the tradition is still going. Every birthday has a 'Bisetto' birthday cake. When in Melbourne, you MUST travel out to Northcote for one of these delights! LOVE!

5. This 'spray' food dye! I've gone all gold over the last week as I'm doing research for an upcoming exhibition and came across this! How amazing to EAT gold food! LOVE!

6. Calliope music! I am a little obsessed with this right now! Yep, doing more research! You can check out some amazing clips on youtube of the machines doing there thing here.  LOVE!

7. Too funny! Sculptures made from food. Check it out here. LOVE!

8. The smell of the sea. This week, I ended up in the bayside suburbs here in Melbourne and was reminded of how great the smell of the sea actually is.  LOVE!

 9. And the sounds of the sea! These poor birds always get a bad wrap. I've had a soft spot for them ever since I was a kid, maybe because they are always targeted by people or maybe because there is ALWAYS one in the flock that has a broken, missing or distorted leg. LOVE!

10. Introducing my friends 7 year old daughter to one of my favorite kitchen equipment; the spirooli! We made raw zucchini spaghetti and she looooooved it! My friend hopped onto Amazon the second we finished eating  and ordered one. Apparently it's been working overtime since it arrived in the mail. LOVE!