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Friday, March 31, 2006
From Krakow with love
Hi everyone...greetings to the group and anyone stumbling on our Blog, from me and my SLR. This is Cloth Hall which has been in the middle of Krakow's Grand Square(Rynek) for 700 years. Textile trade started here and in the 2nd half of the 14th centuary it was extended to an imposing Gothic structure 108m x 8m after the 1555 fire, the Cloth Hall was rebuilt as a splendid Renaissance edifice with an ornate roof adorned with grotesque masks. It's where everyone hangs out. The flags in the foreground, which drew my eye, are to mark the 1st anniversary(tomorrow) of the Pope's death. So a big day tomorrow here in Cracow...
Well here she is.... I still need to do some work on the trousers and feet, but would love some feedback on the coral coloured area. I'm not sure if it needs some more detail, variation of colour or anything else. The painting is fairly busy so I don't want to add even more if it already has enough.....Help.
As part of our meetings we like to indulge in soup, here is the first of many recipes to share. These flavours inspire us and remind us of happy times together.Bean and Butternut Squash Stew with Chilli, Mint and Cream
400g tin of Cannellini beans
2tbsps olive oil
3 shallots, finely sliced
375g carrots, peeled and sliced
150g swede or celeriac cut into chunks
2 sticks of celery, sliced
1-2 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
900ml veg stock
1 bay leaf
1 cinnamon stick
6 stalks of coriander
salt and freshly ground pepper
300g butternut squash cut into chunks
150ml double cream
1-2 tbsps chopped fresh mint
Heat the oil in a roomy saucepan over a medium heat. Cook the shallots, carrots, swede and celery for 5 minutes without browning. Add half the chilli and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the beans, stock, bay leaf and cinnamon stick. Cut the stalks and any roots from the coriander and chop, add to the pan and season well, reserving the leaves for later.
Bring the stew to the boil, then simmer gently for 10-15 minutes. Add the squash, stir and cook for another 10-15 minutes, until the squash is cooked. If the stew is still very liquid, reduce it by boiling briskly for a few minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick and bay leaf. Taste the stew and add more chilli if necessary. Add the cream and cook, stirring once of twice for a few minutes. Chop the remaining coriander leaves and add to the stew with the mint and stir. Serve immediately. Serves 4.
Who's up for Trowbridge Pump Festival, for a fun-filled mini summer camping trip to Wiltshire, end of July? Theres 3 stages, session tent, yoga, beer, childrens marquee and family area. Blog your interest please? Thanks for 'P Sarah' & Jim for suggesting this.
Thought this painting might cheer us all up! I did it
last year, its a personal favourite as it was sheer
luck that the seagulls flew into shot just as i took
the photo, I knew i'd have to paint it before I even
saw the photo. I'm going to continue the seaside theme
this year, including Brighton pier and weymouth beach
which is where I took the photo for this painting.
Posted for Sarah G by Sharon
We need a name...please add your comments
I've just had a text from Sarah Booo about William Barnard's unhappiness with the group's name. I think we need to brainstorm and thought this might be a good forum. Here are some of my ideas, I look forward to seeing everyone elses and then we can have a vote.....
The Hitchin Art Group, The Hitchin Contemporary Art Group , SGArt (the A being a 4) , The Feminine Five.
Maybe we should just have a single powerful name, something really impactful. I did a bit of a search on Blogger and found, for example, an american art group of 3 ladies called Beehive. So here goes,
Cinco (is that spanish for five) , Granada (interestingly this is spanish for Pomegranate) , The Exhibitors or Exhibitionists , Fuschia , Wild Orchids .
I've dried up........
I love you all, you are all great, thanks for your support. kx
Blog Mistress has changed the settings, so anyone can make a comment...if you want to send the url of our Blog to friends etc, they too, can now add their comments. I get notified when a comment is added, so can remove it if it's not appropriate!!! B.M.
A section of a painting by Karen, Amaranta is a character from the book "One Hundred Years of Solitude". She is a rather complex lady who's lover killed himself and seemingly sent her mad, he sent her love letters enclosing dried flowers and butterflies, these will feature in the painting.