Monday, 24 March 2008

Easter Nests

Hope everyone is having a lovely Easter! After Jen at work made everyone some rice crispie cakes I thought I'd make some cornflake cakes yesterday for Easter Sunday. I hadn't made them since I was a kid so it was fun melting the butter with golden syrup and some chocolate, then mixing in a few handfuls of cornflakes and they were done! Am currently guzzling leftover cakes from yesterday whilst trying to warm up after being snowed on!

Sunday, 16 March 2008

Vintage Shop Finds No. 2

I thought I'd post a picture of some things I bought from an antique shop I found on my trip to Reykjavik last month. I love looking round bric a brac shops, and the woman in this one was so friendly and let me take lots of pictures.

Here are the items I bought.. I have a thing for old photos and there were so many there it was hard to choose which to get. They're actually film stars photo cards. I also bought this face powder as I like the packaging and the Wendy hair grips for the same reason!


Sunday, 9 March 2008

Exhibition: Hiroshige - The Moon Reflected

Utagawa Hiroshige. Shisaku, Iki Province (Iki Shisaku) Famous Views of the Sixty-Odd Provinces (Rokujūyo-shū meisho zue), 3rd lunar month 1853

Back in January I made a trip to the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham just in time to catch an exhibition of work by the Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige, before it finished. The exhibition was curated by the British artist Julian Opie (perhaps most famous for his portraits such as the one adorning the cover of the Blur best of!)

Utagawa Hiroshige, 1797-1858, Horikiri Iris Garden, 1857

Hiroshige made hundreds of A4-sized woodblock prints of different areas of Japan. It was lovely to get a chance to see the prints up close, as well as some of his sketch books accompanying the work. The artist's final works on display were One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (1856-8), originally painted and sold to tourists, which resulted in him painting many more than the hundred originally planned. I love the compositions of his works, and the simple clean lines used. It makes me want to visit Japan and see what has changed since Hiroshige documented the mountains, lakes and bridges around him, giving us a glance at what Japan was like back in the 19th century.

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Banana & Chocolate Muffins

I finally put my cake stand to good use after baking these tasty muffins!


You will need:

3 mugs self raising flour, 1 mug brown sugar, 2 eggs, slightly beaten, 1 1/2 mugs milk, 3/4 mug vegetable oil, 2 over-ripe bananas and some cooking chocolate broken into pieces.

1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 6/180 C
2. Mash the bananas and break up the chocolate
2. Mix the dry ingredients together, then add the wet ones. Stir together.
3. Place muffin cases into a muffin tin
4. Spoon in the mixture and bake for about 20 mins. When done they should be light brown and spring back when gently pressed.

Simple enough!
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