Saturday, October 30, 2010

stop, look, listen

My roundup of what I'm reading/watching/listening to this week:

Monday, October 25, 2010

rainbows and reveries

Stained glass window, faculty club @ Brock University
Reveries, Duncan MacDonald, @ Rodman Hall Art Center
mural, Brock U

::K a t e::

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Stop, Look, Listen by Rebekah Hakkenberg


Some lovely pictures of the sky (courtesy of my talented mother) and a roundup of things on my mind this week:

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bear With Us

Now that GB is back in Toronto we have been brainstorming on how to make this blog a shiny, cohesive blog-tastic machine so look for our official relaunch complete with a regimented, alliteration-y schedule on November first.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

forest mushroom chowder

With the leaves changing colour and the weather finally cooling down a bit, I'm starting to crave some heavier fall fare.  And what could satisfy my hunger (or yours) on a cool day better than a steamy bowl of mushroom chowder?  This recipe for forest mushroom chowder does just the trick.  The corn and carrots' sweetness compliment the richness of the cream and the earthy mushrooms perfectly.  You can use any combination of 'shrooms you like, but we used shiitake, portabello, and plain old buttons for this one.  If you don't have any sherry on hand, red wine vinegar works well, too.   Don't forget to top with cracked black pepper, and serve with a nice crusty piece of bread so you can get every single drop from the bottom of your bowl.

2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup sliced onions
1/2 cup diced carrots
3 cups sliced wild mushrooms (chantarelle, morel, shitake, oyster)
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup diced potatoes
1/4 cup frozen corn
1/2 apple, peeled and diced
2 bay leaves
3 tbsp. sherry
2 tbsp. chopped parsley
salt and freshly ground pepper

In large saucepan, heat oil and sauté garlic, onions, carrots and mushrooms.  Do not brown.

Add broth and cream to vegetable mixture.  Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer.

Add potatoes, corn, apple, bay leaves, sherry and parsley to soup.  Simmer about 1/2 hour.  Remove bay leaves and season with salt and pepper.

Serves 6.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

words to live by

Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires. 

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

leopard print

At the very start of their friendship, one of the many things that Alex and Rebekah found they had in common was their mutual love of the print that is leopard.  It is the one pattern that we can think of that strikes the perfect balance between classy and trashy- and, it's timeless.  We've loved it for longer than we can remember, and it seems like every season it is declared "the new black".  There is something seductive about leopard print; it's overtly sexy and undeniably powerful, and that's why we love it.
Tom Polumbo

karla's closet
le Fashion
The coolest women always wear leopard
Romy Schneider
Found in Mom's Basement
Rebekah's grandmother

the budva riviera























A few weeks ago my parents and I spent a weekend in Budva, Montenegro for a little r&r.  Budva is known mostly as a popular beach resort destination with a busy nightlife, but it's also has a rich history, as it is also one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast.  Nearby our hotel was Sveti Stefan (the triangular-shaped island jetting out from the mainland in the second from last photo, above).  Sveti Stefan is an exclusive resort island that was once popular among celebrities such as Princess Margaret, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Carlo Ponti, Monica Vitti, and Kirk Douglas.  Montenegro is one of my all-time favourite places to visit.  It's a beautiful country, and the drive along the coast (which includes highlights such as the Bay of Kotor, one of the most beautiful bays in the world) with the expanse of the Adriatic Sea on one side, and the majestic black mountains on the other, is unforgettable.