"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Kierkegaardian



 After going back and forth on the existence of the blog in a very Kierkegaardian fashion (either/or) here we are. I seem to have corrected my spam commenting problem, although I'm not sure how.  A computer programmer I am not.  If the ugly head of constant inappropriate comments from rude robots rears its head once more I'm going to put Ole Rascal on the problem, because he actually is a programmer.

In important news around the BP house I have a new favourite fabric:


Moody lighting shot.
I've used it as a curtain in the ensuite bathroom (which functions as a bit of a dressing room as well).  I've also used it as the new wallpaper for the blog.
As you can see I did some slapdash sewing and tarted up the chair with a leopard print cushion.  Leopard being a neutral of course.

In other news I found myself some LeCreuset spatulas in a turquoise blue:
Brussel Sprouts and Chestnuts
 I've been very busy the last few months trying to figure out how to do a plant-based diet correctly.  We started in August and it's been a real eye-opener.  I love cooking more than ever now and it's been fun to discover little heroes of the plant-based kitchen, such as cashew cream:
Cashew cream ready for the freezer.
Here's a really good recipe.
All of this time in the kitchen has made me really miss my Mop Philosophy Kitchen posts!  So much good information to share and discuss.

 I've also been busy hanging out with this character:
 This is my favourite time of year for long walks, especially on days when the temperature hovers around freezing.  All that bracing fresh air, so good!

Veg to serve with black beans and grits.


Roasted carrots are delicious served with lentils and potatoes.
It's the new roast chicken dinner.
 How is your kitchen these days? What's going on at home? Doing any decorating? Having any existential Kierkegaardian moments?

I'll be back with Christmas decorating...it's all go around here.
xoxDani

22 comments:

  1. I love the fabric! Could you tell me please who makes it and a number? it is truly lovely. It is wonderful to go for brisk walks (although at the moment I have an injured knee so I am staying close to home). I am going to make a lentil, carrot, and potato stew. Thanks for the ideas.

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    1. Ellie's Friend! Oh I miss Ellie so much as I'm sure you do too. Yes that fabric is gorgeous isn't it? It is a linen-viscose blend which is nice for curtains. Here's the link:
      https://secure.designerfabrics.ca/product/kumar/

      The fabric is called Kumar and is available from Designer fabrics in Toronto, I ordered mine online. I hope your knee heals up, that is so painful. Take care of yourself! xx

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  2. Do you have any recommendations for a good plant based cookbook? My parents seem to be headed that way and I'd like to get them a nice cookbook for Christmas

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    1. KDot! Wow good for them. I have a cookbook called The First Mess that I like quite a bit, it's a bit complicated though. The Oh She Glows cookbooks seem to be the favourite choice for people new to plant-based. Actually in my post today (Monday) I inserted a link for a Caesar salad recipe from one of those books, maybe try her first one? I don't have it yet because so many of the recipes seem to be online but that might be a book your parents really appreciate! xx

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    2. They have the Oh She Glows books and love them. I will check out The First Mess. Thanks!

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  3. Only thing I am doing differently is that I am making a umami crazy filled soy sauce that I am using for everything and my husband can tell the difference. I would make cashew cream but I feel I would only keep it in the freezer. My palette is too scorched with chilis to appreciate anything subtle. Have you seen the eric ripert episode where he goes cooking iwtht the korean buddhist nun? it is on netflix - please watch i think you will enjoy.

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    1. Naomi I will watch that thanks. Scorched with chilis ha! It is quite subtle and great for making a creamy pasta sauce etc. Love soy sauce and anything salty really. xx

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  4. Your new fabric is lovely, and makes an excellent wallpaper, and I would love a leopard chair! You are such a talent. Would love to hear more about your plant based diet - may those spammers begone so we can enjoy your food posts once more.

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    1. Patricia thanks yes I've really had a hard time with the comments it was so tiresome. It's enough to make a person nervous! Thank you and yes I'll be writing about it quite a bit because it's really been a joy to tell the truth. I love cooking so much more and it's much more interesting now. Hope you're well xx

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  5. I've been a disaster in the kitchen. In January, I'm having a spending and restaurant freeze or I shall be fat and poor. I'm looking forward to your recipes! xx

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    1. Jen it's top of mind for me these days, I seem to spend all of my time thinking about recipes! Even while I'm supposed to be meditating at yoga (I'm so bad at that). xx

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  6. Love the leopard . . . I've been in a leopard mood too!

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    1. Hexicon me too and I was so enchanted by those leopard gilt frames you chose for your prints! Gorgeous. xx

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  7. I've been trying to eat less meat/dairy and more veg. Looking forward to your recipes!

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    1. Keilexandra I'm really enjoying plant-based and so nice to hear you're going that way... I'm trying to be really careful about getting enough b vitamins, proteins, omegas, good fats etc. I tried to go vegan when I was really young but I did it all wrong and didn't feel well. I'll share what I find! xx

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  8. Words cannot express how happy I was to see this blog address in my feed. You're back!!!! I am very excited to read the other new posts. Thank you, you've made my day. Your blog is an oasis of kindness and civility and it makes my heart lighter to be here.

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    1. SunnyDay thank you so much and I'm glad you didn't think "Dani is a lunatic" when you saw my post! ;) I've been back and forth on this so much but these last couple of months I've missed this blog and I finally realized why: for so long it was like a journal for me and I enjoyed it so much. I started the Stone House blog which is meant to be about the renovation of that house and the ideas around it but I'm just not feeling it.
      Thank you so much you have made MY day. xx

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  9. Yes, I really do miss Ellie. I used to write to her at midnight my Canadian time so she'd receive it as she was waking up. I only knew her for about a year and a half but we had a lovely correspondence going. Knowing that I (and all the others) was her only link with the outside world, I tried to write about things of interest, what would she keep as I sorted out my family's treasures, about my day trips to the mountains, antiques, what loves we had in common, etc. etc.
    about when to know it was time to die and how to die, I cannot believe that with all of her problems, not least of which was losing the ability to speak, she had a vast network of internet friends and that she did so much. I remember how surprised I was when she launched her store!
    I am sure in real life, if we had met each other, that we would not have had so much in common as she travelled in rarefied social circles but linked by our interests, we did.

    The fabric is lovely. I have a lot of old (but in pristine condition) Sanderson linen curtains. The Kumar reminds me of those, although mine are mostly floral designs but elephants are a favourite! It is great to learn of a great upscale fabric store in Toronto. I have quite a stash of designer fabrics that I purchased years ago but have never sewed up.

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    1. Ellie's friend I think you had such a good bond with Ellie! I think she was really amazing and I often think of what she would have done if she hadn't been sick. She was such a bright light but she is remembered well, I'm sure you and I will never forget her. I'm sure she treasured your friendship very much and how good is it that you timed your emails for her morning hours? You must miss her dearly.
      Sanderson fabrics, say no more, so gorgeous. Hang onto them until you sew them up! Good fabric is increasingly hard to find without spending a fortune. xx

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  10. The Sanderson curtains are all made up and many years old but still in perfect shape but in the unmade collection there is Liberty fabric, Irish tweed, that is not made up. You are so right –– it is so hard to get exquisite fabrics at all, let alone a reasonable price.

    I was really worried when I read that Ellie was flying home so I asked her how she was going to manage it and she wrote me back a "don't worry, it's under control" email. In a way, she was like the mother one would race home to tell about one's most recent discovery when one couldn't contain excitement. Almost at the moment of her passing (not knowing she had reached the very end), I raced to tell her that a noted photographer had taken the most beautiful b&w portrait on a bellows camera of me (I usually hate having my portrait done but it was a demonstration in at a fair in a parking lot and I waited for 5 hours while everyone else had a photo taken. The photographer said he was so glad I had waited because the last was best). I liked it because he caught a twinkle in my eye. Anyway, the moment after I emailed it off to Ellie, I had the most awful feeling and I knew she was gone. I later found out her passing was about a couple of minutes after I had emailed it. I had almost added "I love you Ellie" but I didn't. I like to think that she made it to heaven and is chatting with my mother and everyone else about antiques and recipes and interior design. And the both of them, supervising. Ann




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    1. Ann that must have been a terrible day for you especially with that premonition you had. I'm so sorry you lost such a good friend. Ellie was a singular person and cannot be replaced but you must be so happy that you knew her and had such an interesting and fulfilling correspondence. I'm sure she is chatting with your mother about all the good things that she just instinctually knew so much about! She was such an inspiration.
      She would have loved to see the photo too, a Bellows camera wow that must have been worth the wait. Big hug to you xx

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    2. And a return big hug to you. con un grosso abbraccio! Ann

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