31 Aug

Imagine life, organized

human by design 1 comment by K.

A soup so methodical that is not even meant to be eaten. Where's the spoon?

Look around you. As humans, we systematically change our environment to satisfy our needs and desires. We could say our lives and artificially built surrounds are extremely organized. Ruled by mathematical design, orthogonal repetition, perfect parallel and perpendicular arrangements, endless cataloging: reason rules our lives. But how much reason and how much chaos, really? What’s the actual balance of each in our day to day?

It took one single look at Ursus Wehrli’s work to realize how the sweet measure of natural chaos and chance enlivens our existences. The Swiss artist gives us a fresh take on otherwise common-place scenarios by reinventing them through obsessive compulsive organization. Who would have thought it, but I found his fastidiousness surprisingly… refreshing? thought-provoking? colorful? novel? or all of the above!

Via fubiz.

29 Aug

The carrot-top-pesto experience

I ate this 2 comments by K.

Missing a kick, but still a nice, versatile pesto.

When I received my organic produce shipment this past Friday, I noticed about half of my basket was taken up by the leaves of this small bunch of carrots. My first thought was “I can’t throw all of that out!” So I was off to visit my friend Google for some advice on what to do with them. I found some recipes and quickly decided to go for the carrot-top pesto, mostly because I love pesto so much.

There are all sorts of recipes on how to turn carrot greens into pesto. I’ll quote this one for the nice, colorful pictures. But you basically want to proceed as you would to make a basil pesto. I found some advice that said you should use some acidic element, such as lemon or vinegar, to hide the bitterness from the leaves. I used lemon and it either worked or the leaves were not all that bitter to start with. A happy side effect of the lemon was that I needed to add less salt than usual to get it to taste just right.

I made my pesto with walnuts, fresh garlic, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, lemon, salt, pepper and, of course, carrot tops. I just put everything in the blender. Some of the recipes I saw cooked the tops slightly, but for me pesto equals raw, fresh herbs. This turned out to be the mildest tasting pesto I’ve made. I’ve prepared it before using fresh basil, oregano, cilantro or parsley, and in each case you can distinctly taste the base herb. Here it’s the flavors of the other ingredients that dominate.

It made for a nice companion to pasta and a yummy spread for sandwiches. I’ll be keeping this one in my repertoire.

Photo: turkey sandwich by kthread.

27 Aug

Flickr invites you to meet 100 strangers

that's a great idea No comments by K.

Approach a stranger and tell her story.

110 Strangers, a group on flickr, challenges their members to meet, photograph and tell the stories of 100 people they previously didn’t know. Definitely something that would make you grow not only as a photographer, but put to work those people skills too. I not only found the actual pictures interesting, but the stories as well, and some of the photographers’ posts on how to deal with rejection, which must be a common occurrence.

Photo: 100 Strangers 003/100 by emreterok.

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