Wednesday, August 10, 2011

eat; raw spaghetti puttanesca

Seriously, if you don't have a spirooli in your life yet, then you really don't know what you're missing out on, do you? Today I am going to try and tempt you that little bit more with this raw zucchini spaghetti recipe. But don't worry if you don't have a spiooli in your life, this recipe can still be made. Simply use a vegetable peeler to make fettuccine instead of spaghetti. Another trick is to have the zucchini at room temperature, so it is not cold straight out of the refrigerator. I have a tonne of recipes for sauces that I've been trying out and I think I finally got it!

This Punttanesca is a variance of Julie Morris' recipe. Check out her site for recipes using superfoods. A-MAZ-ING!

In this current share house I'm living in, there is no food processor :0( I'm totally missing having one around but am grateful to my friend Natalie who has let me borrow her blender for the time that I'm here. I can just live without a food processor, but no way in hell can I live without a blender! Even for one day! This recipe calls for the use of a food processor, but I cut everything by hand into tiny little pieces, which worked well. If you have one, please use it, if not, you can do as I did.

 Serves 2
What you need;
3 zucchini, at room temperature
8 sundried tomatoes
1 large ripe tomato
10 kalamata olives
1 small glove of garlic
4 Tbls olive oil
4 basil leaves
1 Tbls nutritional yeast

Soak the sundried tomatoes in filtered water for at least two hours. If you have a food processor, add all the ingredients except for the zucchini and pulse until all chopped up. If you don't, simply chop all the ingredients into small pieces and mix in the rest.

Peel the zucchini and either use your spirooli to make the spaghetti or use your vegetable peeler to make fettuccine, remembering to go the full length of the zucchini in one long firm stride. Add a squeeze of lemon and a splash of olive oil and mix it through.

Add half the puttanesca into the awaiting pasta and mix through. Pile up a serving onto each plate and top with the rest of the puttanesca and serve.

Buon Appetito!

pink; passport to the playground, act 2

Nick Cave is an artist working in sculpture, installation, performance and video, currently practicing in Chicago. His background is in fiber textiles and modern dance and in his art practice, he brings these two influences together. The images in this post are video stills of Passport To The Playground, Act 2, which is going to be on show at Mary Boone Gallery from September 10th (I will have just missed it!)

Nick Cave creates these 'suits' with various materials and then proceeds to perform in them with other dancers in a choreographed dance. He calls them 'soundsuits' as most of the suits actually make sounds from the fiber choosen. This link will take you to the video created with the pink suit above. It's sounds are fun, reminding me of plonking infront of the TV on saturday afternoons to watch cartoons as a kid when bongs, dongs and splats were the background sounds to this time of the week. 

Or they could also bring to mind animated long haired penis' doing their dance to attract a mate in a hilarious imitation of how sex can be oh soooo funny, with the noises of love making turned into a sound artists delight! I do love that!

These soundsuits are captivating to say the least. A long haired pink think bonging up and down to annimated sounds defintiely puts a smile on my face, whilst captivating my imagination as to who is actually in there? What does it feel like to perform in the suit? Can I have a go?

His youtube channel has a collection of his suit performances. You can peruse his varying videos and sound suits and really get to enjoy what this artist intended with his creations. He wants his audience to smile, enjoy and laugh at his work, to forget their real life and real dramas, if only for a second.

Below is a short interview with the artist talking about his work and where it all began. I love his child-like spirit that comes through in this video and how he simply wants to bring joy to the world with his art. Love that!

love; ten things i love this week
1. Riding a beach cruiser along Venice Beach up to Santa Monica. You must do this when coming to L.A, but preferably not on a Sunday! LOVE!

2. Walking in the morning for an hour everyday. It's still early stages in terms of it becoming a habit but I have been doing this all week! I've been walking for half an hour since being back in L.A but decided to increase it and I feel great! It is amazing how we forget that exercise actually makes us feel better, instantly! LOVE!
3. Walking with my ipod! I'm one of those people that doesn't like listening to music in public, preferring to hear the sounds of the city around me, but since taking up walking for an hour, I LOVE IT! Especially walking to the beat! It really does inspire. LOVE!

4. Silly string! I went to see a band in East L.A on the weekend called The Maxies who offered a box full of silly string to the crowd before getting on stage! How great! LOVE!!!
5. Watching Food Matters and being inspired to eat well again. I don't need much convincing but like most, I do fall off the wagon sometimes. The movie has inspired me to introduce wheat grass into my dieta nd drink 1 liter of water the second I wake up. It is amazing what this does for you! LOVE!!
6. This article in Hyperallergic. One day my artist home will feature in an article like this and it will be way more exciting than these houses! LOVE!!!
7. Japanese artist who makes dresses out of balloons! LOVE!!!!
8. Spending a night home alone having a facial, doing my nails and drinking champagne. One of my favourite self dates!!!

9. Painting my finger nails a different colour to my toe nails! LOVE!

 10. All the great comments I've received relating to my new blog adventure. It truly is a nice feeling when your work inspires others. LOVE!!