Thursday, April 30, 2009

part 3: the experience....odent day!





these incredible succulents arrangements were created by everything gardens...
a sister team of talented green thumbs who know how to rock it. they create sustainable gardens
all over the city. connect with them if you want to start your garden or for your next party...

i adorned the room with the paintings i created when i was preganant to the tablecloths, plates from friends, donated napkins & oro blanco (winter citrus) in a wooden bowl on every table. it was a totally sustainable event in terms of reusing & creating a conscious celebration. 

we CAN do it!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

part 2: in the kitchen for odent day













i started at 8am & stopped around 10pm. one dish after the next....it was amazing multiplying my ingredients by 5 & 10. 

part 3: michel odent & friends @ bini birth in north hollywood/coming soon!

part 1: gathering (what i fed michel odent & friends)














this is the poster child photo of renaissance mamas... we can do it all!

eggs - 4 dozen
chard - 5 bunches
kale - 8 bunches
purple veined spinach - 4 bunches
2 brioche 
1st pick of springs cherries
purple carrots - 85
japanese tomatoes - 12
meyer lemons - 10
limes - 8

part 2: cooking.....coming soon. 


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

italian kid cake...

i love sweet little cakes in spring.... this is one that i make all the time as it's great with a tea in the morning or after dinner for a sweet tooth something...it's one of my faves & the recipe makes 2 cakes... so i can always give one as a presie.... which i really LOVE!
here is the list....
flour - 3 1/3 cups
baking powder - 1 heaping tsp
caster sugar (or cuisineart your cane sugar to make it fine) - 1 cup
4  oranges 
olive oil (tinted glass & organic) - 3/4 cup
pine nuts - as many as you want
brown sugar - 1/4 cup
vanilla extract - 1 tsp 
4 (brown & from the farmers hand) eggs... 

i love to gather all the things i will need first (as though i am creating a little photo shoot for martha stewart living) and make it feel a little fancy with all the ingredients so i can see everything out...there is something calming to my hormonal symphony about this... gathering all the parts that will in time make a whole....also - the practical side is once they are all in one place i will not be running around in circles when it's time to mix, stir in gradually and so on.



2 round pans... olive oil massage & dust with flour... getting em' ready for the love & let em' wait for it on the side. oh and put the oven on 350. 

separate the 4 eggs... put the whites in a big bowl and whisk away until they are foamy and fluff. if it's hot in your house - put them in the fridge and if not - leave them out as we will come back to them in a few minutes. 


next..whip the yolks & the vanilla for the foamy touch.. then add the sugars... wait a bit... then add the olive oil bit by bit & mix well after each addition.  it will be getting thicker by the minute and that is good. 

now sift the flour & baking powder into the mix bit by bit.... 

i sift with this collander sifter... and hit it with a wooden spoon
it's a bit tribal and does the job.


grate the zest of one orange and 
squeeze about 4 oranges to make 1 cup of orange juice


then fold into the whites - which i usually will put the whites into 
the mixer b/c the batter is so incredibly thick ... it works best for me this way. 

then add the pinenuts & sprinkles and sparkles of all the colors you love..


put them in the oven for 35 minutes!


beauty in one cake.. 
and now you have 2...
enjoy!

(thank you to tessa kiros/apple for jam for this recipe)

Friday, April 10, 2009

hungry mother




i am starving for this conversation to begin....i want to ask questions, write lists, hear your stories... i want to understand, get underneath, turn it over & see the other side of this place where we are connecting to our kitchens...this daily piece of feeding other, our kin, ourselves.. it's deep inside. how we were fed and what surrounds that for each of us... and now we are the mamas, we are the wives, we are the women creating the meals... we are nurturing, providing, gathering, hunting, feeding, creating, birthing, businessing, parenting, saving the planet and on & on....we are the renaissance mamas...yearning for the basics in a world that is full to the brim with new, quick, easy & cheap. 

give me the ground... the warm, thick soil, roots to something deep...traditional, memories, recipes, stories told in the kitchen... we are the change... 

soft
body
radiant
beauty
beginning
wooden spoon
catalyst
light
fly
compass
yearn
union
belly
sanctuary

we are returning to this place in all of us that is screaming to be heard, that we may not even remember....with passion, fear & unbelievable courage....cooking meals in the kitchen that you love, sating these creative pieces in us, stirring in our shamanism, mixing with a new consciousness to bake on high and rise.  

creating tradition from scratch & beginning a movement....