Cornmeal Red Currant Pancakes

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Dear Readers,

I hope you all had a nice weekend.

Here it was rainy again which was just the right weather for trying out another new currant recipe: Cornmeal Red Currant Pancakes. I found the recipe by Aimée at  Under the High Chair blog, which was an adaptation of the Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes in Martha Stewart Living (June 09) .

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The original recipe included a Red Currant Syrup which also looked delicious, but I chose to go with the easier Aunt Jemima.

As I didn’t have the cornmeal it required, I decided to go with durum wheat semolina. I have no idea what the difference is, but I loved the extra flavor it gave to the pancakes. Usually I use white flour for my pancakes but I know I will be using this recipe as a base for many other fruity combinations in the future.

One thing I particularly liked about this recipe,  is that as you drop the berries into the cooking pancakes, they don’t get squashed and turn the batter pink. However, this caused a little trouble with my frying pan, but eventually we found a solution: not flipping them until the very end.

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Of course, I also made some ‘plane Jane’ ones too, for a slightly picky someone, and even those were delicious.

Well I hope you too will give the recipe a try! Let me know how it goes if you do!

I am always on the search for the perfect pancake recipe, so please let me know if you have any you would recommend!

Have a great week!

Jodie

 

 

Making a Quilt Sandwhich

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Dear Readers, I finally have some quilty business to report! Last week, I pieced the backing of my quilt and on Friday I got it off of my studio floor; that means all the quilting designs drawn and all the safety pins and thread basted. I thought I would never get to this stage; it took me ages to decide on the quilting motif alone. I remember sitting in the car on our US road trip worrying about what design I should choose. I knew I needed one that was modern and geometric, yet still maintained a touch of playfulness. In each quilt shop I visited, I spent a lot of time looking for a book of quilting designs, and eventually found “501 Quilting Motifs” in a Barnes and Noble bookstore.

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You can buy this book on Amazon here.

With a book like that you would think that I had all the designs I could dream of, right at my fingertips, and yet I could simply not decide on one of them. It wasn’t until I was pressing my finished quilt top that I came up with the idea to quilt stars in the borders, as one of the fabrics had stars on it. As the book didn’t have the sized stars I wanted, and I didn’t have a photocopier at hand, I began to look for designs on Pinterest, where I was able to find the simple star shape, I was looking for. After transferring this to transparent template sheets, I was finally on my way.

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I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed making the templates and coming up with a design for the borders. It was great to do something other than cutting fabric and piecing for a change. The process made me realize what an art the quilting design alone can be. Even if you have a motif, you still need to decide how you are going to work the design into your quilt, to enhance the piecing. It was amazing just tracing the templates and having all these ideas flutter into my head on how I could lay them out to create different designs. Perhaps next time I will take a bit more time with this part of the process, but I was just too eager to get to the quilting part.

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After spending the good part of the day on the floor, drawing on the designs, pin basting and finally thread basting the edges I had completed my quilt sandwich.

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I couldn’ t have done it without my new best friend: my purple yoga mat. Measuring a thickness of 3/8ths of an inch, it was a savior to my knees and joints. My physiotherapist recommended I use it to stand on when I am cutting fabric, to prevent my foot problem but it works great, as a cushion,  if you have to baste on your floor too! So here is a few shots of the finished quilt sandwich.

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On Saturday I started hand quilting the little half-square triangles, simply tracing the outline of the white triangles. I abandoned my hoop early on in the process, but it’s challenging enough as it is, trying to master the rocking motion, let alone fighting with the hoop.

So what have you been up to lately?  Do you have any creative projects you are working on? Send me a line or two, I’d love to hear from you!

Jodie

Bermuda Art

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Dear readers,

It’s a cool and wet day here in Switzerland, so I am quite pleased to do a little day dreaming of better days back in Bermuda.

One such day was on a lovely may morning, which certainly resembled more of a summer’s day than this one. Having some time to kill, I decided to finally take the opportunity to visit the Bermuda National Gallery (BNG), a place I had never been before, but had always wanted to go.

Understandably, it wasn’t the largest of museums, but then again, nothing is in Bermuda. Nevertheless, I did spend a good hour enjoying the work exhibited, from both locally and internationally renowned artists. While at the BNG I discovered another little gem, the Bermuda Society of Arts (BSoA) gallery which was in the same building.

As you may have guessed from the name of this blog, I have a lot of creative dreams, one of them is to do some mosaic work. My mother has been to some local classes in Bermuda and had made some amazing pieces, which I too would like to be able to make one day! So, I was pleasantly surprised to find an exhibit of the work of Corina Rego, a Bermudian graphic designer, art teacher and artist.

The Exhibit, located in the BSOA’s Edinburgh Gallery, was named “repurposed-beauty from broken” and highlighted her work as a mosaic artist.

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Having always enjoyed beachcombing, collecting broken bits of pottery, sea glass and shells from the beaches and bays around Bermuda, I was inspired by her work which included various every day articles as well as both unexpected and typical bits of flotsam and jetsam. I was particularly awestruck by this peacock.

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If you live in Bermuda or are planning a visit, I would certainly recommend a visit to both the Bermuda National Gallery and the Bermuda Society of Arts, which both have free admission.

For further information about the people and places in this post please see the information and links below:

 

Bermuda Society of Arts

The City Hall Arts Centre
17 Church Street
Hamilton HM 11 Bermuda

441.292.3824
info@bsoa.bm

10am – 4pm Monday – Friday
10am – 2pm Saturdays

http://www.bsoa.bm/

 

 

Bermuda National Gallery
City Hall & Arts Centre
17 Church Street
Hamilton, Bermuda

10am – 4pm Monday – Friday
10am – 2pm Saturdays

http://www.bermudanationalgallery.com/

 

Corrina Rego

Graphic designer, art teacher and artist

http://corrinaregoart.com/

 

As usual, please let me know if you have any questions or comments, as I would love to hear from you!

 

I hope you all have a great day!

Jodie

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