A few weeks back, my sister Lauren and I spent a day designing and making this David Bowie softie, as a gift for her friend. It is based on his character Jareth the goblin king from the movie Labyrinth. It was our own design, and required the scalping of a barbie doll (ooh... so black marketish), lots of hand sewing, some face artistry and many tries at getting the crotch (a major feature of the film/character!) just right. The result was perhaps not our best work ever, but it was so hilarious and totally adored by the recipient.
Once upon a time, my friend Debb and I thought we were pretty 'rock'. But now that we are a little older and a whole lot un-cooler, what to do? Thought I'd compensate by making some groovy clothes for our kids! I began with a Birthday gift for 2 year old Asher... a pin stripe vest and rock out badges (make these with this cheap badgemaker), with some sneakers and black sunglasses to match. I'm not sure that 2 year old boys really care about clothes at all, but we liked it!
I made these cupcakes for my bollywood bash, but would quite happily have enjoyed some vegetable bhaji for my birthday cake as well as for an entree...so yummy! I didn't take a photo of mine on the night but found this almost-as-good-looking bhaji here.
50g thin eggplants, cut into thin sticks Oil, to deep-fry 4 Curry leaves
Method Place the chickpea flour, chilli powder, ground turmeric, curry leaves and 1 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Stir in 1/3 cup (80ml) water to make a thick batter, then stir in the vegetables.
Half-fill a large saucepan with oil and heat until a cube of bread turns golden in 20 seconds. In 3 batches, fry heaped tablespoons of bhaji batter for 3-4 minutes, turning, until crisp and golden. Carefully remove the bhaji with tongs and drain on paper towel.
The smallest thread of saffron turns the most mundane of foods into a vibrant, unique meal. My desire is to add that kind of spice to life! I love to create moments, esteem relationships and celebrate transitions so that the everyday is transformed into the eternal.