Tomato Chilli Soup

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Winter seems to have taken a hold on my warm, summery city.
One of the things I like about winter, apart from boots and snuggling is soup.

Hot, homemade soup with croutons and love will warm the cockles of your heart!

Tomato Chilli Soup

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large celery stick chopped
1/2 a chilli
Coarse salt and ground pepper
3 cups of reduced-sodium chicken stock
2 cans whole peeled tomatoes in juice

To Serve:
Low fat plain Bulgarian Yoghurt
*Rosemary and Oregano Croutons

In a Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat; add oil and onion. After a few minutes add celery and chilli (depending how hot or mild you like it add more or less!). Season with salt and pepper. Cook until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add broth, and tomatoes, breaking up tomatoes with the spoon. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, 30 minutes.
After soup cool for a bit you can puree it. Working in several batches, puree the soup in a conventional blender until smooth; return to pot to reheat. Season with salt and pepper. Divide amongst bowls. Place a spoon on Bulgarian yoghurt in the middle and sprinkle
grated Mozzarella and croutons. Serve immediately. Or before adding decorations let cool to room temperature before dividing among airtight containers (leaving 1 inch of space at the top) and freezing.

*Rosemary and Oregano Croutons

3 slices of brown bread, left outside to dry
Olive oil
1 tablespoon Dried oregano
1 tablespoon Dried rosemary
Pinch of salt and pepper

Heat oven to 180ºC. Brush olive oil on both sides of slices. In a mortar and pestle (if you don’t have one, places spices in a bag and beat with a bottle... Fun) add the spices and grind.
Sprinkle on both sides on the bread. Save leftover spice mix! Cut the bread into soldiers and then squares. Place on a baking try and bake for 20 mins or until golden.


PS. Its great to freeze this for lunch at work with a dollop of yoghurt!

Sharon Sampson's Reflections

Monday, 21 June 2010
Press Release:

Sharon Sampson's Reflections

Opens Saturday 26 June 10 am with coffee

The SA Print Gallery is proud to show new work by Sharon Sampson, a young rising printmaker fresh to Cape Town

Sharon's unique and refreshing new approach to printmaking, has the liquid flow and freshness in her inks that she uses as if using watercolour. Her Koi and water lilies studies are something new and inspiring for Cape Town.

Reflections is Sharon's first major show in Cape Town after an extensive working periods with top local artists Judith Mason, Dianne Victor, and Cyril Coetzee, as well as an interaction with other international printmakers such as Colin Cole.

Her first solo show explores Cape light and movement creating a refreshing contemplation of Cape life and beauty through monoprints and hand made etchings.

Show closes 24 July 2010

South African Print Gallery: 107 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, (Part of the Gallery Strip)
See her work on or call Tel. 021 462 6851

From Global Art Media
PO Box 15881, Vlaeberg, 8018
Tel: 021 424 7733
E-mail: art@arttimes

Falling in love with design on a friday!

Friday, 18 June 2010
Falling in love with Design is not something I do everyday anymore. when I was young and naive I found many interesting and inspiring things all around me.

The sad thing about being educated in your field (especially when it comes to creativity) is the fact that you often get caught and lost between what you are taught, what you are told is 'good design', and what your personal opinion is.

What i found below is however is a mixture off all the above! Great design with purpose and that "Ah Ha!" moment is often hard to find. I fount it today on Relogic.

"An empty glass resembles a meaningless colorful mosaic, until a liquid is poured into it, revealing its name.

Each side of the glass is reserved for a specific drink. The Dekrypt glass though complex in appearance in fact runs on a very simple idea. Differently colored shapes are scattered across the glass surface in a seemingly random pattern, however their position is hardly accidental.

The true purpose of the glass mosaic is revealed when colored liquid is poured into it (orange juice, milk, coffee or coke) The pattern of shapes and empty spaces on the glass combined with the color of the liquid inside the glass end up forming a textual sign, revealing what exact drink or refreshment you are having, with each side of the glass reserved for a specific drink.

Besides being a novelty item with entertainment value it can also serve as a marketing item for beverage companies as it has a promotional potential."


PS. You can still fall in love with design...

Soccer world cup 2010

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Ke Nako! It is here, taste it, feel it, touch it, love it. Welcome to South Africa.

Yesterday over a million people gathered in Johannesburg central for the welcoming of the South African team; Bafana Bafana.

These beautiful photographs (Boston Big Picture) of South Africa World Cup Fever are too beautiful not to share!

Finally the worlds eyes are on South Africa, it is time to show them what we're made of.

If you're not in South Africa experiencing the fever, where in the world are you!?


PS. Vvvvvvvuuuuuuuuuuuuvuzelaaaa!

Fox #3

Another Fox art find!


PS. Schizophrenic Fox
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