Monthly archive November, 2010
Daguerreotype Still Life - Salt & Vinegar Sweet Potato Fries

Daguerreotype Still Life – Salt & Vinegar Sweet Potato Fries

When making chipotle sweet potato mash for our Thanksgiving table, I grossly over-estimated the number of spuds needed for the recipe. Left with a very large potato in the pantry, a batch of salty, sweet and sour fries seemed the best solution. By baking the potatoes with a bit of oil, the desired crispiness is...
Wayne Thiebaud - Pop Art Cakes

Wayne Thiebaud – Pop Art Cakes

The frosting upon Wayne Thiebaud’s 1963 painting, Cakes, is so thickly applied that I am often tempted to reach out, run my finger along one of the perfect cake-tops to taste the sugary dessert. Thiebaud cleverly uses a thick application of paint to mimic the look and texture of frosting, highlighting the idea of ‘object...
Gustavo Montoya - Eggs Galette à la Mexicana

Gustavo Montoya – Eggs Galette à la Mexicana

The flavours of this traditionally haphazard French dessert are inspired by the Mexican classic, huevos rancheros. Traditionally, the eggs are cracked into a bubbling mixture of tomato, chilli and pepper and cooked until soft. The egg and tomatoes are then scooped into a tortilla and eaten like a burrito with a bit of cheese. In...
Khoo Kongsi Stone Carving - Murtabak

Khoo Kongsi Stone Carving – Murtabak

From fried oysters to cendol, I consumed a number of delectables while travelling in Malaysia in late October. Our restaurants ranged from street food in Penang to a private beach BBQ on Redang Island. Malaysian food is an exciting blend of Indian, Chinese and Malay cuisines with regional curries and fried noodle courses. I tried...
Raphaelle Peale - Steak Salad in a Lettuce Leaf with Fresh Herbs

Raphaelle Peale – Steak Salad in a Lettuce Leaf with Fresh Herbs

Life has been hectic as of late. I am in the process of moving house and saying goodbye to my first Sydney home and the beautiful light the big windows provided. I have been dividing my time between cleaning, packing and doing a bit of home repair with only a nominal amount of time left to...
Colour Red – Hung Liu – Rhubarb Tart

Colour Red – Hung Liu – Rhubarb Tart

Hung Liu’s artistic production is a process of recollection – a symbolic excavation.  Having weathered the re-education of artists vis-a-vis Mao’s Cultural Revolution and immigration to the U.S. in 1984, Hung Liu’s influences are richly transcultural.  She is known as one of the very first Chinese artists to study within the U.S. and has since...
Colour Red – Claude Monet – Steak Tartare

Colour Red – Claude Monet – Steak Tartare

In the mid-16th century, Spain began importing a vibrant red pigment from the New World that was so highly sought after that the source was held as a national secret. The dye was extracted from the blood of a female cochineal, a wingless insect that lives upon the leaves of the prickly pear. The dye...