Cut and Paste Ceramics

As some of you know, there was a time in my life when I made a whole lot of pottery (mainly earthen and stoneware thrown on a wheel). I saw this and it blew my mind…

Each item here has been individually thrown (in at least 2 parts), trimmed, and then cut apart and reassembled in order to give them my distinctive linear patterns, visible inside and out. As each piece is a unique individual artwork, I photograph them all as individuals. What you see is exactly what you get! All works are durable, and microwave/dishwasher safe.

All work is double-boxed and shipped USPS Priority or Parcel Post, depending on the size of the box. If you need faster shipping, that can be arranged for an additional charge.

For more info: www.jeffcampana.com

Lemon/Ginger Risotto with Vegetables

Lemon/Ginger Risotto with Vegetables

I made up this recipe after watching some Food Network TV and having the urge for something hot and yummy. My first time trying to make a true risotto.

Lemon/Ginger Risotto with Vegetables

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Risotto Rice (Arborio Rice)
  • 1 Cup Vegetable stock (cubed or liquid)
  • 1 Cup of water (varies)
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup of Butter
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 bundle of Asparagus (8-12 stems) pre-cooked or steamed
  • 1 Onion (medium sized) diced
  • 2 Scallions chopped coarsely
  • 2 Carrots (medium sized)
  • Fresh basil chopped coarsely
  • A piece of ginger (1 inch by 1/2 inch – should be about 2 tbsp’s minced)
  • Juice of 2 lemons (optional: Zest the skin of 1 and set aside)
  • Pinch of Parmesan

Instructions:

Step 1
Cook (steam or boil in salted water) your Asparagus “al denté” then cool quickly in cold water. Drain and set aside.

Step 2
Put the olive oil, butter, diced onion and minced ginger into a large saucepan (preferably one you have a lid for) over medium heat. Stir a couple times. Once the onions have turned translucent, slowly fold in the Risotto rice and stir around until the rice is covered by the oil/butter. Let simmer for a 3-5 minutes over low-medium at while stirring constantly. Don’t let it burn. You want to “cook/toast” the risotto slightly.

Step 3
Chop the pre-cooked Asparagus into bite sized pieces. Chop the Carrots into thin medallions. Add these to the rice along with the chopped scallions. Add the cup of vegetable stock and the juice of the lemons (and the zest if you wish). Add the salt and stir. Add more water ’til the whole mixture is a little bit more than covered. (you may substitute many other solid vegetables — I find ones that don’t mush up to much work best)

Step 4
The trick now is to keep stirring it often and adding more water (I used approximately 1 cup of additional water but you might like more or less – when learning how to make this start with less and keep adding slowly) until the rice and vegetables are as tender as you like (it took about 15-20 minutes for me). The more you stir, the “creamier” the Risotto becomes (as the starches are released). Mix in the fresh basil. Take it off the heat and let it stand covered for 5 minutes.

Step 5
Scoop some out into a bowl and grate some parmesan over top. Enjoy.

Any improvements or suggestions ? Leave them in the comments.

Quinoa salad recipe

Sarah @ work gave us this terrific salad recipe:

Quinoa Salad Recipe

  • 1 cup Quinoa (Rinse well, add to 2 cups boiling water, simmer covered for 12-15 min. let sit for 5).
  • 2 big handfuls dried cranberries
  • 1 handful sliced almonds
  • 1 handful pine nuts (optional)

Add all these ingredients into a large bowl.

Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp chopped green onion
  • 6 tbsp Orange Juice
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (optional — can sub a pinch of sugar)
  • 1 clove garlic chopped finely
  • 1/3+ cup olive oil
  • Salt, salt, salt to taste.

Make dressing separately and then mix in well.

You can modify it numerous ways; try adding orange zest; swap out cranberries for any other dried sweet fruit; use toasted almonds; add cut up veggies.

Quinoa is also good vehicle getting rid of those left over fruits and vegetables — although you’ll probably want to make the dressing less sweet depending on how you change the ingredients.

This salad is best “2nd day” – make it and leave it stand covered in the fridge overnight. The dressing soaks in.

Thanks Sarah!

Left alone on a on Saturday looking for entertainment

Left alone on a Saturday after a cancelled trip; I find myself looking for diversions and fun stuff. Just ordered;

Jumpcut could save your butt

Here’s a handy little app to install and then forgot about ’til the day comes when you’ve somehow overwritten your clipboard or possibly lost some work.

“Jumpcut is an application that provides “clipboard buffering” — that is, access to text that you’ve cut or copied, even if you’ve subsequently cut or copied something else. The goal of Jumpcut’s interface is to provide quick, natural, intuitive access to your clipboard’s history.”

Been running it now for 3 months without any problems. It’s come in handy multiple times.

http://jumpcut.sourceforge.net/