Archive for February, 2010

Kimono Portraits

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Tea Sweets (Higashi) Take I – Ofuku Rakugan

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Here are some pictures from my first attempt at carving a mould for and making dry tea sweets (higashi). These are served with thin tea (usucha). The design is of ofuku-san, a happy chubby faced lady, who is a traditional symbol for February. My carving skills still need a bit of work, as does our recipe, so stay tuned for updates.

CUWS Annual Dinner w/ Maison Joseph Drouhin

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

After our day of painting, we got to enjoy a fabulous meal at the wine society’s annual dinner. We started off with our first taste of Pol Roger’s newly released 2000 vintage. We were then seated in the grand surrounds of Clare College’s Great Hall for 5 courses paired to Maison Joseph Drouhin’s fine wines. Good food, great wine, great company. Rounded out a fabulous Saturday pretty well.

Peter’s Painting workshop in Burwell

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Two weeks ago we started taking sumi-e (asian brush painting) classes with our tea (and now painting) teacher Peter Cavaciuti. We’ve always admired his paintings and are appreciating them all the more, now that we realise just how difficult it is. If you have a look at some of the photos of our flat, you’ll see some of his paintings. Yesterday, we went to an all day workshop of Peter’s on painting in the village of Burwell. It was extremely enjoyable, relaxing, and productive. We have a long way to go, but I think we managed to improve our skills over the course of the day.

Here are a few of our better efforts.

Christmas Gifts in our flat

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Here are some of our christmas gifts that we’ve been enjoying immensely. Thought you might enjoy seeing them in their native habitat in our flat.

Carnaby Street at Christmas

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

A few photos from our trip to London to look at the Christmas window displays.

Fungi Foray

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

We’ve been wanting to join a Fungi Foray on Hampstead Heath for a long time and finally signed up. It was very educational, a ton of fun, and we found lots of interesting mushrooms with the help of our guide Andy Overall (mycologist extraordinaire). We even found ones that we took home to eat: chicken and hen of the woods… they weren’t fowl ;)

Who knew you could forage so much in the center of London

Anniversary weekend in London 2009

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

For our anniversary, we headed down to London for a day. We started off by visiting the Roundhouse in Camden to see David Byrne’s installation “playing the building”, which involved using the actual structure of the building as a musical instrument, all mechanically controlled from an old pipe organ apparatus. After that we enjoyed the perfect weather on Hampstead Heath, accompanied by some of Louis’ famous Hungarian tea cakes. Finally, we finished off by enjoying some shojin-ryouri and shouchu at saki in smithfield.

Enjoy the photos!