FILM: A friend of mine worked on the set of Damsels in Distress (2011), Whit Stillman's latest offbeat comedy in which "three pretty girls plan to use music, dance and perfume to brighten the lives of their fellow college students". I finally had the chance to watch it last night as it is now available to stream on Netflix. Catch my friend Clare line dancing in the second row, and screaming her line "Carey, nooooo! But I loved you!".
MAKE: Eating locally and preserving the harvest are a big part of my life, especially at this time of year. Last season I invested in a fantastic book called The Joy of Pickling by Linda Ziedrich. The book covers a wide range of recipes from traditional Sunday dinner favourites to pickles from around the world (think cabbage ferments, Kimchi, etc.) Over the weekend I made three recipes from the book; Tomatillo Salsa, Quick Dill Pickles and Quick Corn Relish. I'm also dying to try her recipe for Cranberry Ketchup, hopefully after I visit Terra Beata's Cranberry U-Pick in October.
ART: I've been fortunate in my life to have been exposed to many artists, galleries, and exhibitions, and I owe thanks for this in part to my father, printmaker Dan Steeves. As children my siblings and I were dragged from gallery to gallery on every family trip and summer vacation. I wanted to share his work with you as he's shared so much with me. His newest project, 'The Memory of Pain' was shown at the Confederation Centre of the Arts on Prince Edward Island earlier this year, and will hopefully tour to other galleries in the near future.
EAT: I love fun food projects, and while I'm not terribly talented with a carving knife, I'd love to attempt something like this Watermelon Salad Shark Carving.
HOME: The hand-me-down towels I received from my parents are about to give up the ghost, and I'm ready for something new. I've been lusting after these Turkish Bath Towels for some time now, and it might be time to take the leap. Traditionally these towels (or peshtemal) were used in Turkish Baths, and their designs specified which region a person was from. I love the history behind these objects, and the fact that they part of a long cultural tradition.
DESIGN: Reineke Otten uses sociological data to design the prints for her silk scarves. Each scarf tells a story using colour, shape and pattern resulting in a unique design representing a country. Some of the data which has been translated into these scarves includes, population density & diversity, population growth, skin colour and GDP. It's fun to pick out your favourite scarves and then decode the reasons why.
WEAR: Shabd Simon-Alexander is a purveyor of wearable art. She creates beautiful hand-dyed fabrics which in themselves are works of art but then she takes it to another level by making clothing out of it. Some of her clothing has a distinctively tie-dyed look other designs have a painterly feel or nebulous look. I am curious to see what techniques she uses to dye her fabrics and would like to order her book.
EAT: I have been experimenting with making popsicles this summer. I started off making simple juice pops for my kids. Lately, there seems to be a lot of popsicle recipes floating around, and I like to make them fast and easy, so I've come up with a few recipes of my own. A new favourite in our house is mixing fresh berries with coconut milk and some honey. We are also fans of mango, so I tried a recipe similar to this one for Mango Lassi on a stick! Mmmm.
WATCH: I kinda love a good Sci-fi movie and there is a promising one being released this fall. "Elysium" is set in the year 2154 with two classes of people, the wealthy upper class who live untroubled lives aboard a pristine space station called Elysium, and the rest of society, forced to eke out an existence amid the crime and poverty of a ruined planet. No doubt this division will lend itself to some interesting fashion choices. Max (Matt Damon) is the saviour figure on a mission to bring equality to the two worlds. I have high hopes for this movie as it is directed by Neill Blomkamp who co-wrote and directed District 9, another great Sci-fi.
MAKE: Berry season is in full swing and the U-picks are busy. I just finished making enough raspberry jam to last me all winter, and was it ever easy! Buy the fruit at your local market or go pick it yourself for less than half the price. Here is a great recipe for making raspberry jam similar to the way I made it. This post on the water bath method walks you through the steps with some great photos.