Tuesday, August 26

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

Lately I'm into cooking.
I mean real cooking like in; aromatics, blanch, boil and braise. Cutting Julienne and baking Pâté en croute, roux and roulades.. And I still love it.

I have a history of some years of cooking school, I've worked at some restaurants that were quite known here in Belgium. And believe it or not, I once was a sous-chef in a kitchen where we cooked for our Belgian King, Albert. But I didn't like the big kitchen that much, I love the small homy kitchen. The personal and friendly cooking. Like cooking for yourself or cooking for a handful of friends.

I was cooking last night a delicious Casserolle with chicken breast and carrots with onions and red wine sauce, singing a song I hadn't heard for years. It was this one..

So wonderful the tastes and the whole process of making something out of pure and simple ingredients. The pleasure was all mine. I think cooking and crafting are the same. You make things with your hands and your imagination. But there's always the technical abilities that make the things you make a success or a kind of failure. And the joy I have when it's finished is the same. You can share food with your friends, you can share things handmade with your friends.

It's all in the recipe and that special ingredient called love.

“Good painting is like good cooking: it can be tasted, but not explained"

And that is true. I'm also painting again with my aquarelle set, with a very fine brush. And I think the pallet of my paint are just like the herbs and spices inside my kitchen cabinet. I feel very passionate about those two colorful essentials.

Next time I'll put in a home made recipe for a good and healthy - and very important, delicious - dish called "digibudi's casserole with chicken breast, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme"




and Thyme..

I'm back to my kitchen adding some Belgian beer into the Belgian beef Stew I'm making. Yummy!

And remember: "Food is our common ground, a universal experience."

Monday, August 25

The Tale of Loeloe Langhoek - a digibudi's doll in Paris

Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Io.
She went to Paris with Els and Gaetan on a sunny day in August.
They had a lovely week, climbed the Eiffel Tower, had lunch at the Paris Bistro and visited the art collection at the Louvre Museum.
But before they arrived in Paris with the Thallys Train, Els and Gaetan gave Io a little present.
It was a Digibudi's Doll, straight out of the Digital Garden.
"How you're gonna name your doll?" asked Els and Gaetan the little girl.

"I'll name her, 'Loeloe Langhoek'." Said the little girl with a big smile on her face, looking quite satisfied with her new patchgirl friend.

And so begins the Tale of Loeloe Langhoek in Paris,

Here are some pictures of that remarkable week in France..

Els and Gaetan with the Digibudi's Doll on the Thalys on their way to Paris.

"Her name will be Loeloe Langhoek", said the little girl with a big smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye.

Io and Loeloe Langhoek in Paris, Louvre with the Eiffel Tower at the background.

Gaetan, Io and Loeloe Langhoek at the Louvre, enjoying a lovely and sunny afternoon.

Io and Loeloe at the Bistro Paris, ordering lots of icecream.
"Loeloe dolls always must have ice cream", she said quite convincing, "or else they will die of starvation."
"And you wouldn't want that to happen, would you?"

Loeloe Langhoek loves Monsieur Gaetan too, he puts her on his shoulders so she can see Paris from a little higher. "Oh what a view I have over here!" , Loeloe screamed in utter delight.

They all had a great time.

Thank you Io for adopting my doll, and thank you Els and Gaetan for those wonderful pictures!

And remember : There's always Paris.

Wednesday, August 13

The Hooray-For-Sister-Diane-Post (and no more bad hair days)

First of all, I've made two new purses;

But wait! Here's my favorite song of the day! It's Feist! (on Sesame Street that is!)
This is for you Diane!

And now for the purses...
Hold on! Just got a fax... From Sister Diane at Craftypod.com.. (She interviewed me some time ago about Men Who Craft)
What has she been up to?
She's written a book! Can you imagine that? My favorite sister on the web has written a book about.. Kanzashi. What is Kanzashi you might think now, well it's all explained inside her book. So be sure to buy or order a copy as soon as possible.. Ok? Great!

As this is a very big celebration party for our Sister Diane, we have to get back to work, because,
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
And we must work at it!

Now, on to the purses..

The Apple Pie Purse:

I love that little black cat at the side of the purrrrrrse..

And, The Humpty Dumpty Purse:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall... (look at his costume, isn't that a neat costume he has on?)

And as for the title of this post, I've been relieved from ANY bad hair day, EVER!!

It was a wild night, and full of fright (no, just kidding)
Anyway, I've shaved my head two days ago.. (during a wild night with some of my friends)
And I must say, it's ever so energizing to do such a thing. And practical in the morning too. I just put my head under the tab, plenty of cold water.. and I'm right awake. And no more bad hair days whatsoever!

Here's the result:

It will grow back eventually.. I hope.

Look what I've found in the stock at the shoppe where I work. Ribbons with numbers on them!
I love them. I will use them for lots of crazy projects. There are in fact a few ideas boiling in my shaven head at this very instant. :)

My favorite number, 75!

And I've bought this great felt set:

A felt alphabet.. mmmm... looks just like a box of candy doesn't it?

I'm watching two movies tonight, which are:

The Way we Were with Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford... yummy!

And "Desk Set" with my all time favorite (aside from Bette Davis of course) Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.. This will be a fun movie night!

Bye now Humpty Dumpty's,

And remember: We ALL got 24 hours in a day.

Saturday, August 9

Don't talk about pudding, LOVE is a soufflé!

I'm verrrrrrry busy, baking pies..

Just a quick note to tell that the purses are sent! A little overdue.. I must admit..

And remember : Don't talk about the pudding, LOVE is a soufflé!