sabato 16 gennaio 2016
I have to write this one down because I highly modified some recipes I found on the web. See below why I modified these recipes
For the faux parmesan (recipe modified from http://minimalistbaker.com/how-to-make-vegan-parmesan-cheese/):
1/4 cup Macademia nuts
1/2 cup Walnuts
3 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
Directions: Grind all the ingredients together in a food processor for about 1 minute. Store in a glass jar in the fridge.
Rest of the dip (recipe modified from http://www.chowhound.com/recipes/garlicky-kale-and-spinach-dip-11351 and http://minimalistbaker.com/creamy-kale-and-spinach-dip/ ):
40 gr Olive Oil
200 gr Chopped Kale including stem
100 gr baby spinach (I used a mixed kale, spinach, collard green and arugola salad prewashed box
3 small cloves of garlic, or 2 medium, or 1 big ;-)
add the rest of ingredients at the end:
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
1 Tbsp dried origano
1/4 tsp Tumeric (just a pinch)
2 Tbsp Extravirgin Olive oil
in a skillet fry the garlic in the 40 gr of olive oil (never fry the extra virgin, which can be added only when the dip is cold) until gets yellow, then add chopped kale and spinach.
If you have a Thermomix or Bimby, put everything in the jug, chop for 5 sec speed 5, then cook for 3.30 min, heat 100, speed 3.
Let cool down, possibly in a cooler container.
add 1/4 cup faux Parmesan, and the rest of the ingredients.
Let the Bimby/ Thermomix mix all together up to speed 8, otherwise use a food processor.
If you want it more oily you can mix with more oil or 1/4 cup milk of your choice, but it's super good like that.
-WHY THIS VARIANT
1- faster to prepare ;-)
2- I have a number of food intolerances, including Cashews and Whey, while Nutritional yeast is a dead yeast, therefore not only works for who has yeast intolerance, but also for getting an extra dose of B12.
3- I want to have a heathy dip which uses Olive oil, because I'm intolerant to Sunflower oil, which is used in the majority of dips and bottled food, and I still love dips as snack food.
4- kale, spinach, oregano, walnuts, garlic, tumeric, arugola, collard greens, parsley are all food pretty healthy for the body: either anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, or anti-oxidants.
I found many information about healthy food properties in this website: http://nutritionfacts.org/
lunedì 5 ottobre 2015
This is for my sister in law and my niece, I found the project in "One yard wonders" and used some old print fabric from ikea, which works amazing as a Canadian gift!
NB. I had some instruction help from a sewing savvy friend, as this book has very nice ideas but not the best execution.
lunedì 31 agosto 2015
I just moved, and scrumbled the forniture I already had with the new space. We had 2 ikea stolmen units in the old living room. They're pretty great shelving system because they're completely customizable.
We ended up combining them on one wall space and adding some extra shelves. I cut some clear plastic table clot for protection over the shelves and added some of the milk crates at the bottom (with felts under them). We then covered it all with curtains ( sewed at the bottom, if you do this, only after they've been washed, they shrink considerably!). They slide very nicely with the metal rings. All ikea. I'm for fast and economic solutions, and they really minimize forniture shopping time.
So, now we finally have lots of pantry space and it's nicely hidden (and sheltered by the sun light), leaving a clean wall!
venerdì 27 marzo 2015
Here the tutorial, a must try ;-)
mercoledì 11 febbraio 2015
Here a digital sketch I did a year ago.
I was just drawing a generic guy which didn't get nowhere, so I just turned my head and start to draw Kym on the top of it, while he was playing videogames (that' why the proportions are not realistic).
The strokes of Skechbook Pro can get pretty realistic, I find them quite interesting (other than the fact that the brush I used burn the colors once I did a few overlays).
sabato 25 ottobre 2014
sabato 11 ottobre 2014
sabato 20 settembre 2014
I stop for a coffee (and for coffee i Always mean espresso)in Napanee ON, this morning with my family, as there was the scare craw festival, and the place (coffee cravings) had 2 musician, guitar and voice plus cello, entertaining the clients with nicely executed pop songs. As the others were drinking cappuccino, I took the extra time to sketch the cellist girl. Funny enough her mother was just sitting aside me, extremely impressed by my sketching on the go. So I gave her the sketch as Kym called time off. I think I made her day. Such a nice feeling ☺
sabato 14 giugno 2014
|I can see the lights - Tangled scene made from a painting tutorial at the Paintlounge in Toronto.|
domenica 1 giugno 2014
For my Christmas gifts I made a bunch of objects that required small pieces of fabric and fleece. Instead of using the sticky one, I used a lot of my old fleece scraps from when I was doing winter beanies. Although this was really not enough to finish my scraps, but then Kym asked to get some cushion for avoiding the pots to ruin the wall, and for doing some covering for his bottles.
I have to say this is a very entertaining kind of project, because it require to align all the scraps in a way that they fit nicely for shapes and colours (I still try to make them look nice somehow), therefore it becomes a bit time consuming and mesmerizing. I didn't end up finishing the covert illustrated on the table photo, but the pot cushion made its use quite well aside our kitchen pantry. In the back I sewed some cotton fabric leftover from the back of the coasters I made previously. I'm quite happy with the result and I'm glad I found a function for all these scraps. If you happen to do the same, send me a link through the comments!
sabato 3 maggio 2014
My friends didn't stop to give me corks, so I'll soon do another one for myself. I'm also very happy to do something useful while recycling all these corks that otherwise would be simply tossed in the garbage.
sabato 19 aprile 2014
domenica 6 aprile 2014
lunedì 31 marzo 2014
sabato 22 marzo 2014
sabato 1 marzo 2014
Ahhh! I really like how mike come out!
These are illustrations of Mike Wazowski and the Dean Hardscrabble made in watercolor from a still frame reference.
When I was watching MU I though... what a great modeling and lighting! So, as I had another night rental available, I start to watch it a second time, and then... o well, I basically spent the rest of the evening on getting these 2 done :-D
Hope you like them too!
sabato 8 febbraio 2014
mercoledì 8 gennaio 2014
Anyhow, here some example, many more on the bottom of my photo collection of sewing stuffs.
giovedì 7 novembre 2013
I sometime get bored of only watching TV, so I take advantage of the charismatic characters to do some art. Although is difficult, in the sense I'm not working with a posing model, but catching glimpses of the scharacter though the rolling of the film.
The mouse is instead from a picture of a gift bag (the wooden spoon was part of the bag with Remy print on it) I took advantage of some great morning lighting to do the shooting. More photo at the bottom of my sculpture and painting photo collection.
Although, the man is about 2 years old, the mouse was done last winter. I'm really bad at updating my blog :-P