Thursday, December 23, 2010

Halfu Hapa Kuri Winter

Chestnuts are normally an late autumn treat in Japan.  Kurigohan is a simple dish made with boiled chestnuts and rice.  To celebrate the end of Autumn and the beginnings of Winter, in my half/half way, I wanted to have something traditional, but with a twist.  So instead I made Roasted Chestnut Wild Rice.  There are many recipes for kurigohan.  Make wild rice substituting some of the water with 3 T. of mirin or sake or add apple cider.  It must be sweet.  Remember this is a comfort treat!  Add roasted chestnuts after rice is cooked.  Remember to serve it in the best handmade ceramic bowl you own or cherish. It will taste even sweeter.......

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Winter Rains

Winter storm coming over the Mendocino Headlands.  No one walking on any of the paths.  No one breathing in this briny air.  No wind.  Just the rumble of the ocean, just the cries of gulls.  Simple as that.  I take this photo and a few more. A mix of fog and clouds.  Soft rains turn to big, splashy drops. Soon. I can feel it.  Soon. I put my camera into my pocket and walk slowly back to the car. 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Away from clay for a day


Herr Reinhart and I decided it was time to visit Ft. Ross again.  It was a typical November day on the Pacific Coast.  Hint of rain, definitely misty and the ocean roaring its beauty at times with sound and fury.  We were celebrating our anniversary. We ate steamed mussels and slurped oysters at Tomales Bay.  Simple and wonderful.  A day away from clay.

Friday, December 3, 2010

wedging dough and kneading clay

Thoughts on making this portrait.......

happy winter


It may seem like I have hit a clay wall.  Maybe I have made one.  I did make some birds yesterday.  I also threw some cereal bowls, plates and mugs.  They are all trimmed and slowly drying for their bisque fire next week.  It is very meditative to throw simple bowls.  

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