Something From Nothing and a little bit of Everything!

The art of turning "good junk" into "great design"

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
William Morris, Hopes and Fears for Art (1882)

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Risotto Con Parmigiano- Comfort Food

Although the weather has been hot and humid for late August, this past Thursday a rain storm rolled through before dinner that cooled things off considerably and led me to think of comfort food.  Salmon on the BBQ and some cheesy Arborio Rice would fit the bill.  This recipe is a little time consuming but the wait is so worth it.

I prefer the President's Choice Arborio, pictured to the left, and the recipe is actually right on the box.

In a saucepan bring 8 cups of chicken or vegetable stock ( or even half white wine if you wanted) to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and  keep warm.
In a large saucepan heat 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat add 1/4 cup diced onion and 1 clove minced garlic.  Saute for 5 mins stirring often until soft
Stir in 2 cups rice and 3/4 tsp salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Cook, stirring constantly for 2 mins.
Using a ladle add 1/2 cup hot stock at a  time to the rice, stirring constantly.  Wait until the liquid is absorbed before adding more.  Adjust heat as necessary to maintain a simmer.  Continue cooking and stirring the rice, adding stock 1/2 cup at a time for 20-25 mins or until rice is tender with a firm centre and dish is creamy.
Remove from heat.  Stir in 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese,  and 2 Tbsp butter. Garnish with parsley and serve.

 This dish is a great side for many meats, and I think is even better left over.  Try it, and let me know what you think

Thursday, September 3, 2015

"Wishes"- Pallet Art

Well I had neglected my mantle for way too long.  It was July and I still had silk forsythia in a large vase on the hearth.  It was really time to change things out. You can't still be celebrating spring in the heat of summer.
I went in search of a pallet and of course Jeff's reaction was what are you going to do with that.  Patience my friend, I have a vision.
I asked him to use his power tools and make me a tall piece.  I liked that the heads of the nails were rusty and that they show. Of course he wanted to pull them out. Sometimes we just don't see the same thing.
With a couple of scraps of lumber he fastened the 5 boards together and then it was time for my creative side to get to work.

I knew that I wanted something summery and light, but what was the right saying.
I tried out "If horses were wishes, beggars would ride" but that caused a great debate about what that actually means and because I didn't want to explain my version, that implied that wishes come true if you only wish them, I decided to keep searching.
And when I found what I wanted and a link on Pinterest of how to draw a dandelion  it was time to get to work.
I wanted to try out the transfer technique that I had also seen on Pinterest to  Transfer letters What a great way to get the letters exactly like I envisioned.  Sadly, that day our printer would not print in black.  Now what?
 I enlarged each individual word on my computer screen and free handed the script.  I think it turned out exactly like I envisioned~light and airy, just like that dandelion.  What do you think?