Creature with carrot balloon by Erin Greer. Phonebox on High St, Northcote.
I love quinces. They do take a few hours to cook, but are so delicious! Just took these out of the oven. My house is warm and smells divine – perfect on a chilly afternoon…
3 or 4 quinces (Piedimonte’s has them for $3.99 a kilo) – about 1.2 kg
250g dried apricots
2 cinnamon sticks, snapped in half
1 vanilla bean, split
200g castor sugar
flaked almonds, toasted
Preheat oven to 160C. Trim the ends off your quinces, peel and halve them. Cut each half into 2 or 3 wedges, removing all core and seeds. Add to heatproof, lidded baking dish with apricots, water, vanilla bean and sugar. Bring to the boil, stirring to make sure sugar dissolves. Put on the lid, and transfer to oven. Bake for 3 hours. Don’t stir or remove the lid during this time! Remove from oven, serve with hot or cold. Great with yoghurt or custard (or on top of your muesli or swirled though cake batter), with a scattering of toasted almonds on top. Serves four.
JR’s Inside Out Project has been running since 2011. This global participatory art movement is a stunning fusion of multimedia and self-expression, where the artist is happy to simply do the printing – leaving statement making and placement to anyone who gets involved. Last night, Inside Out : THE FILM screened on HBO. Check out the trailer and JR’s 2012 appearance at TED…
I’ve had a cold for 4 days. Yeya’s flu fighting herbal tea (with honey on the side) felt like a big warm hug this afternoon. I’m definitely breathing more easily, and my sinus headache is slightly less aggressive. If you like Greek Mountain Tea, you’ll love this. $3.50 at Gypsy Hideout.
Eurovision 2013 had yawn coloured dresses (Russia, Ukraine) ridiculous amounts of happy (Malta), and bad tattoos (Ireland), but also the (sadly underrated) leather fringed French contestant, a curiously inanimate Italian, and a giant. I did wonder why fire was raining from the sky during “Only Teardrops”, but that’s a minor quibble. Also the pink coatdress of Petra Mede, and Loreen’s interval act. In feathers. With warriors. And aerial work. Oh yes…Congratulations Azerbaijan for your Artistic Award. Ciao Malmo, thanks for a great weekend! Finishing with ABBA was a nice touch…
Welcome to Eurovision Semi Final 2 – and Petra Mede in “how does that dress work exactly?” Jean Paul Gaultier. Also hipsters (Hungary), double denim (Armenia), and guitar pyrotechnics (Albania). Israel’s dubious fishtail dress-hairdon’t – glasses combo reminded us of Skrillex (thanks T!), and twitter was a constant source of amusement. Loving the blinged up Latvians, the drum-heavy Bulgarians and the man in a box choreography of Azerbaijan. The rebetiko/ska Greek entry is high energy and wonderful. Of course, acts I like often don’t get in, so ciao to Latvia and Bulgaria. Romania was a challenge. Very Eurovision – bling, theatrics, y’know the deal, but his voice? Ouch. Countertenor does nothing for me…Thanks to whoever named Cezar “Vlad the Bedazzler”. In short, another great night!
So, what to say about Eurovision Semi Final 1? It did provide the smoke/wind machines, lighting effects, key changes, and questionable choreography I expected, but bling, big hair and cleavage hardly featured. Sadly, this meant lots of room for Mariah Carey style numbers, lots of ballads and boring gowns (yawn). Dubstep is clearly influential this year, and the dropped crotch trouser on men is clearly still in vogue. Sadly Montenegro will not be progressing to Semi Final 2, but I am pleased to see that Belarus and Moldova are. What WERE Serbia thinking with those cosplay-inspired outfits? Loving Sam Pang and Julia Zemiro, as always…
Tim Maughan’s near-future, cyberpunk tale is now a short film! Paintwork shows Bristol in drizzly black and white. A great combination of Laurie Eagle’s still photography and Alan Tabrett’s animation – think culture jamming, avant-garde style. The adventures of augmented reality graffiti artist 3Cube (played by Bobi Maughan) are narrated by MC Koast, with a dubstep soundtrack by Forsaken. The film doesn’t tell the whole story – so, if you haven’t read Paintwork ( AKA the short fiction collection), get it here!