I love bread. After all it is the staff of life, as I always say to my fiancée’ as she lovingly mocks my addiction to good fresh bread! I especially love Khubz, the bread my Tateh (grandmother) made her entire life. It is a style of bread that comes from Palestine and the Middle East. A type of Pita bread, there are several types of Khubz, this version is the Taboon style bread baked over small hot stones. My memories of my childhood and into adulthood are of her waking up in the morning getting out her trusty giant metal bowl, carefully placing it between her knee’s on a chair and vigorously kneading dough to make freshly baked khubz. She had these round river stones in her oven and she would place the fresh dough on the stones and bake the dough into a puffed, bubbly browned pillow of deliciousness! Hot fresh and stacked high for all of my large extended family to devour in one day! Well, I decided in all my years of culinary adventures to attempt to make khubz for the first time! I found a lot of stones in a nearby park. “Wild ones” as my Aunt Mary curiously noted, because the store-bought ones tend to explode more in the oven. I laughed at the thought of “wild stones”.  I washed them 3 times and then boiled them for 15 minutes to disinfect them. I then tested them in the oven at 450 degrees for 20 minutes, no explosions! I was free to bake, and excited to taste my newly created masterpieces. I think I may have a new addiction, ha!

My wok doubling as a mixing bowl.

I made 10 smaller loaves out of that big pile of dough. Six cups of flour made 8-10 loaves just depends on your preference.

My shapes were very rustic and they varied greatly, I do believe Tateh’s shapes were more round and consistent, but who’s knocking rustic!

Carefully placed 2 at a time, if I had a bigger oven it would go faster, some day.

Through the glass of my oven. A beautiful golden color developing.

Crusty, fresh and hot outta the oven, the best way to enjoy freshly baked Khubz,  yum and double yum!

Look who popped up, he couldn’t wait to take a BIG bite.

Stacked high and ready to devour.  I love rustic and these loaves live up to that, for sure. I believe Tateh would’ve loved them too. I will keep perfecting and experimenting with baking khubz (Taboon style) and look out for my future posts about the uses of this versatile and ancient style of  bread.

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Costumes, characters and ceremonies, etc. Village oven. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Khubz! The Staff of Life.

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I know my posts have been few lately, as I have recently moved to a new state and have been out of touch a bit. Hope to post a bit more now. Stay tuned.

A couple of friends of mine and I went to a very interesting and cool art installation designed to bring recognition to farms and food co-ops that are rapidly growing. ( pun intended, sort of) this was held at the Weavers Way farm in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Pa.   An artist by the name of  Meei- Ling Ng put together an inspirational art installation using recycled farm materials such as chicken coop wiring, irrigation tubes etc. here is the link  to her show Multi-Media Art Installation by Meei-Ling Ng and Farm Festival. Below are some pics I took on my old iphone (apologies on poor quality) it was cold and rainy and dark,  but it was still very cool to walk around and experience the art,  and the farm.

This farmer greeted us upon our entry to the farm. Everything was lit by “Jackson” the lighting designer with LED and solar lighting.

This is a Beekeeper, which brought attention to the plight of bees and their scary demise due to pesticides! Very sad. She piped in a documentary on this topic by an award-winning director ( sorry can’t remember the name) in the beekeepers head. Nice touch!

I can’t recall the name of this piece, but I do know it lit up the crops in a very cool looking way drawing attention to the field. Reminiscent of Christo‘s artwork http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christo_and_Jeanne-Claude

And this is what she called “The Balloon Chicken” I loved this piece!! Great installation, and her other work included paintings and wood sculptures throughout the farm like the cool woodpecker sculptures that became suddenly exposed by the solar light that was on a motion detector!! Nice touch by Jackson the lighting designer. Kudos !!

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Art installation- Down on the Farm!

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This is the real deal, old school French bakery and cafe’ in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia

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We had amazing dessert, a light fluffy moist and very coconutty macaroon with a homemade apricot and almond cake! Heavenly!!

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Little French Bakery and Cafe’

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This is, believe it or not, the first time I bought and ate a Starfruit! Here he shines in my crudite’ with guacamole. Sounds odd but I’ll eat anything with guacamole.

I used the rest of him in an eggplant stew to add a bit of tart sweetness to the pot. Very good. That is a dragon fruit underneath of him.  I wasn’t impressed by the dragon fruit as much as my fiancée was. I like the beautiful color of it but not much in the flavor department in my opinion.

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English: A red pitaya (Hylocereus undatus) fruit, also known as dragonfruit, together with a cross section. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A star is born…and eaten!

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This is a food styling gig I did with Foodstyl.com. We spent 2 long days working on set with a couple different new products. First was some new cookware, and the next day,  a new freeze dried diet food product,  developed by a company in Europe. Great crew and fun times on the set.

This is our camera guy Eric. He is an excellent shooter, very talented Photographer and professional.

Eric again working his magic.

Our Food prep kitchen and backstage area.

Lost the “O”,  this studio did a shoot with Richard Blais winner from Top Chef All Stars.

That’s Kat one of the  owner’s of Foodstyl.com working very hard as always! Below she is testing out the new product before plating it.

And the finishing touches on the freeze dried rice dish. Not bad for freeze dried pouch food, eh?

Here is a shot of an “everyday meal” in the new cookware, Sauerkraut and Kielbasa, Yum!

Good times and hard work!

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On Set Food Styling with Foodstyl.com

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Thank you summer4soul for my award! I am truly grateful for your recognition. I have made an about turn, for now,  on my posting of awards and playing along with the “chain” of nominations. I simply can’t keep up with it and am selfish and only want to post what I want.  Blah, so there you go — I said it. I have indulged my impatience for the daunting process of the awards game. I am not ungrateful, just lazy. I’d rather spend my time with quick posts or the original reason I started this blog– to showcase and discuss Food, Art and Poetry.

So for now I bow down to the blogging award gods and goddesses, and bid you farewell and happy blogging! 

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Thanks fellow blogger for my award! But I’m too lazy to play along…

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There are things that seem
never
to get done
but who cares when
I’ve waited
for you to finally come
back to me
never knowing when
that moment will arise.

Blue jays screech
in the background
reminding me to do the laundry
sweep the floors and
wash the breakfast dishes
as I teeter on this precipice
this crazy lit up place
clinging to your essence
I won’t let you go, just yet.

chores can wait
chores are boring
chores will always be there

Finally, the jays have flown off
a distant caw scratches into the breeze
now I feel this day is ours
remember the ease of this
I will.

The dog sleeps next to me
on the chair as I struggle
to peck out every word
every seed, every kernel
of thought, as I gather them
and place this story in my head.

Bit by bit, and sound by sound
I grip my brow and
wonder where you went
as fleeting as the blue jay
your incessant screeching
lingers off…
into the soft powdered haze
of this hot Florida day
alone again and waiting
for your next visit.

The vacuum hisses
and screams
sucking dust
off the floor
as the dog
convulses
and whimpers
from his daytime
nightmare.

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Chores are Boring

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This is a great way to start the morning at the Farmer ‘s Market. So Good!!

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BLT anyone? How ’bout Grouper with Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato!

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nutsfortreasure nominated my blog for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”

Here is what I had to do to accept:

1. Post the award image

2.  Link to the person who nominated you. Thank you: nutsfortreasure again

3.  Tell 7 Facts about yourself

My 7 Facts

1. I am an Artist and Poet; who craves interesting points of view artistically.

2. I am a HUGE dog lover, ( esp. love my  Chocolate Lab, Khalil )

3. I am food crazed;  cooking, eating, shopping and  dining on/for unique, whole-some foods and more (ie. beer, wine and spirits)

4. I am a ghostwriter for blogs, articles and business’s.

5. I have a very LARGE extended family with lots and lots of cousins, cousins of cousins –  and their kids (cousins).

6. I adore the grit, grime and maddening pace of a great city.

7. I have an amazing 16-year-old son who continues to inspire my hope and desire’s for humanity.

Nominate 15 other bloggers and tell them that you nominated them: ( Disclaimer: This is something I do not take lightly . I recognize that bloggers are a supportive, unique community, that shows great support for fellow bloggers, however, I see many, many awards out there. Maybe it is a bit saturated.  I chose discriminately and had to cut a few favorites out to meet the required 15. Here is my select group of inspiring blogs that range from Writers/Poets, Foodie’s/Chefs to Artists/Art-supporters.  Enjoy them all, I do.)

http://freepennypress.wordpress.com/backstory/

http://hovercraftdoggy.com/

http://bakerbettie.com/about/

http://simpleprovisions.com.au/2012/06/22/homesick-toast/

http://thisfrenchfarmhouse.com/about/

http://vegansparkles.com/

http://silverpoetry.wordpress.com/

http://francocignelli.com/about/

http://veggiezest.com/about-me/

http://eatandrelish.com/photography/

http://hellisafourletterword.wordpress.com/about/

http://retconpoet.wordpress.com/

http://jeglatter.wordpress.com/about/

http://artsyforager.wordpress.com/about-2/

http://foodmadewithlove.wordpress.com/

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Very Inspiring Bloggers Award!

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This is a great find by the Literary man’s blog, check out Frida — Hot! Love it.

THE LITERARY MAN

Thx Penny Rosen.

As it turns out, the above picture, which is already bad ass, was only half of the original picture. Thx to Robert Chastain for sending us the full picture, featuring Frida Kahlo and the Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. So now we’ve got the real deal, and it looks even more hard core excellente.

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In our household we love to eat light veggie meals in the summertime. We have lots of local fresh produce from Florida, Georgia and Tennessee available now and all the summer produce is at its peak, so we create meals around what is available at our farmer’s market.

Butternut Squash

 

Roasted with Cinnamon and Sea Salt

 

Spiced and Roasted Squash Seeds

Guacamole and Crudite’

Guacamole is a staple in our household during summer

Beets and Beer

Beets and beet tops sautéed in garlic, olive oil and sea salt served with spiced rice on top of a fresh fennel salad

Roasted Broccoli with Olive Oil, Sea Salt and Fresh Garlic 

Roasted Pablano’s

Scraping the seeds out of pablano’s 

 

Summer Salad with Garden Fresh Radishes

This is a mango from a friends mango tree. Notice the odd hook it grew, it was still a very sweet and juicy tasting mango.

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Summer Vegetables are in Peak Season: Photo’s from our kitchen, our summer meals and an odd looking mango

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Our weekly farmer’s market trips always yield a delightful new experience for my partner and I. On this trip we tasted our first Pop Craft treat.

What a great way to cool down after a trek through the hot morning sun. They have a fantastic choice of both, creamy and icy artisan popsicles to choose from.  New flavors will pop up week to week. I chose the icy” Blueberry Lemon Basil” while my partner chose the creamy “Coconut Cream.”

Both flavors were cold, full of flavor and definitely unique. Most certainly my “Blueberry Lemon Basil” was unique, it had bits of basil in the pop, hence its’ true artisan flavor.

I had to eat mine quickly before it melted, so I didn’t hesitate to bite into the icy cold treat.

Donna L. Tortorice is the “Lady Pop” herself and she is getting ready to open her first bricks and mortar pop shop here in Sarasota this July. Congratulations! I love to see small local businesses like this be successful. And I certainly love to partake in tasty, local,  artisan foodie stuff.

Make sure to visit their website www.popcraftpops.com

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Pop Craft Craze Arrives in Sarasota, FL!

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I love being liked by 100 people….and counting!  I am truly grateful to have created this blog. I have found a great community of creative minds here.

Bowing Down To The Universe 

(oil pastel on watercolor paper)

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Cha cha ching!

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Here are a some ink and brush drawings I created on newsprint. I am not sure where the inspiration came from.

They emerged one day as I was playing around with my ink and brushes.

I believe each character represents a particular mood or thought I had that day. Enjoy!

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The Ink People

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WOO HOO!!!!

Thanks to all my followers!

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50 Follows!

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This is a great painting from one of the great Masters of all time!

Elliott in Gotham

[www.frick.org]  This fall The Frick Collection will present Vincent van Gogh‘s Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier). The painting has not left its home institution, the Norton Simon Museum, in Pasadena, CA, in nearly forty years, making this a particularly rare and exciting viewing opportunity for East Coast audiences. This modern masterpiece will be shown in the Frick’s Oval Room from October 30, 2012, through January 20, 2013, and will be accompanied by lectures and gallery talks. The special loan is part of an ongoing exchange program with the Norton Simon Museum that began in 2009 when a group of five works from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries travelled to New York. Other loans have followed: the Frick’s Comtesse d’Haussonville by Ingres was shown at the Norton Simon in the fall of 2009, and Memling‘s Portrait of a Man is currently on view there, remaining…

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