I used to dabble in jewellery making. I used to paint too, large sweeping landscapes on huge pieces of hardboard. Inevitably as real life got in the way, action packed days and countless sleepless nights ebb away into a blur of creative inactivity. Long gone are the productive outbursts I so relished in and the sense of accomplishment that goes with making something meaningful and, if only to myself, beautiful. After years of longing for my creative side to reemerge I finally have the opportunity. So back to jewellery making it is.
As I begin investing what little spare time there is in fiddling with lava, semi precious stones and evil eye beads I realise theres a tiny smile etched on my face. This is what I’ve missed; stolen moments of self indulgence away from technology and that real world which has kept me so occupied. As my mind wanders I tread the realms of fire and sea, reflections of the very elements I’m working with. In reconnecting with myself its as if reacquainting with an absent friend.
Hello dear friend, welcome back.
Fried cheese – Greek style!
Yes it really is as glorious as it sounds, even more so with a few extra embellishments. As Autumn sets in what better than something comforting and easy to make, especially if it invokes the spirit of the Med.
Usually Kefalotyri, Kefalograviera or Kasseri cheese is used, ‘Saganaki’ actually reffers to the pan in which it is fried. Yamas! have a great Saganaki cheese, widely available.
Click here for my easy peasy Saganaki recipe.
Dear readers, I am shamelessly begging you to vote for one of two of my photographs below taken in Istanbul, which I have entered in YouinTurkey‘s photographic competition run by GoTurkey.com and WOW Istanbul.
It takes just seconds to register, and if you vote you’ll be entered into a lottery whereby 100 lucky voters will win return tickets to Turkey from ANY European destination (how generous!) or Digital Camera – You have nothing to lose and a holiday to gain!
My photos have been submitted to ‘Life & Culture’ category (category 2) are named ‘Istanbul City of Dreams’ and ‘Nazar and Kahve’ seen in the slideshow below.
Step 1: Firstly you’ll need to register with the website, which will take just a minute. The login/register tab is at the top of this page: http://www.youinturkey.com/en
Step 2: Please go to this link: http://www.youinturkey.com/en/mediagallery/slideshow/category/2#
When you put your cursor at the bottom of the screen there is the option to scroll down even further as a big white arrow pointing down appears. Scroll down once – my photos ‘Istanbul City of Dreams’ and ‘Nazar and Kahve’ should be the third and fourth row up. Click on the photo you wish to vote for and press ‘vote now’
Voting closes on 15th April 2012. THANK YOU & GOOD LUCK!!