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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

"Famous" French Onion Soup

The other day Himself had a taste for some French Onion soup.  Not the canned stuff mind you, but good old fashioned homemade.

With a smile, I pulled out my old copy of the much beloved French Onion soup that was served that the Famous-Barr Department store in St. Louis, MO.

He cleaned out our onion supply.

And then he started them to caramelizing. 

Looking good!  And the house was smelling great too.

The finished product.

Himself likes a lot of cheese and bread on top to dip down into the broth.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Herald of Spring Ikebana

I've been studying the art of ikebana for several months but hadn't done any arrangements yet.

"Ikebana (生け花?, "arranging flowers") is the Japanese art of flower arrangement, also known as kadō (華道?, the "way of flowers").  Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is more than simply putting flowers in a container. It is a disciplined art form

As is true of all other arts, ikebana is creative expression within certain rules of construction. Its materials are living branches, leaves, grasses, and blossoms.

What distinguishes ikebana from other approaches such as "flower arrangement" is its asymmetrical form and the use of empty space as an essential feature of the composition. A sense of harmony among the materials, the container, and the setting is also crucial. These are characteristics of aesthetics that ikebana shares with traditional Japanese paintings, gardens, architecture, and design.

Another common but not exclusive aspect present in ikebana is its employment of minimalism. Some arrangements may consist of only a minimal number of blooms interspersed among stalks and leaves. The structure of some Japanese flower arrangements is based on a scalene triangle delineated by three main points, usually twigs, considered in some schools to symbolize heaven, earth, and man, or sun, moon, and earth. Use of these terms is limited to certain schools and is not customary in more traditional schools."  Wikipedia

My first arrangement is about 14 inches high.  I especially selected the left stem as it reminds me of the bushiness of a natural forsythia bush.

The second arrangement is much smaller at about 8 inches high.

My pots were made by a local Tennessee potter.