Thursday, April 23, 2015

~Tears of the Sun ~GOLD ~ !!!!

To Be or Not To Be...."Worth one's weight in Gold "! 



Indeed,this phrase dates back to Roman times and appeared in English by the early 1300's.And,it's not lost on Today's Society....not one iota. Just the other night while watching a Travel channel_the Host spoke of stopping in the French-inspired Bagatelle NY restaurant,which offers its take on the $1,000 sundae .....
Bagatelle NY’s piece de resistance is called the Mauboussin Mega Sundae, named for the French Jeweler, Mauboussin. Bagatelle Exec.Chef Sebastein Chamaret combines homemade vanilla ice cream, chocolate truffles, homemade French macaroons, sorbet made from Dom Perignon rose champagne, "Gold Leaves", dark chocolate brownies gilded in edible "24 carat gold" and fresh whipped cream, all in an oversized martini glass covered in chocolate vodka sauce.And...Did I mention?  


You can chose Door #1 or Door#2  as ...Mauboussin  provides the black steel or white gold and diamond ring each diner takes home upon finishing dessert! 

"There's Gold in Them Thar Sundaes"
Similar to the famous words spoken by Mark Twain's character Mulberry Sellers. Supposedly,Twain was told the story of  the 1840's Gold Rush in Dahlonega,Georgia at the Dahlonega Mint. When the Gold Rush was over  many Miners headed to the California Gold Rush of 1849.Twain was inspired to write about the events via his character Mulberry Sellers_who often was quoted as saying _“There’s gold in them thar hills” and “there’s millions in it"! 


My excitement on the subject of Gold came about... 

A.The upcoming movie :"Women in Gold" starring one of my favorites Helen Mirren.


The film is based on the "true story" of the late Maria Altmann,an elderly Jewish refugee, living in Los Angeles who, together with her young lawyer,E.Randol Schoenberg,fought the government of Austria for almost a decade to reclaim Gustav Klimt's iconic painting of her aunt,"Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I",which was confiscated from her relatives by the Nazis in Vienna just prior to WW II. Altmann took her legal battle all the way to the Supreme Court of the USA,which ruled in her favor in Republic of Austria v Altmann (2004). In June 2006 the work was sold for $135 million to Ronald Lauder for the Neue Galerie in New York City,at the time a record price for a painting. It has been on display at the Neue Galerie since July 2006. 




It is painted in "OIL and GOLD" on canvas, showing elaborate and complex ornamentation as seen in the "Jugendstil Style"_aka_"Art Nouveau Style".


I've admired the work of  Gustav Klimt for years. I watched the movie "Klimt" in 2006 which describes the various conflicts and scandals,which were caused by the excessive life and "dolce vita" of the Artist.Loved it! 


B. The second reason for My Gold Excitement....my upcoming  "Peruvian Birthday Party Dinner" Theme in May!!! The Aztec,Mayans,& Incas had the Gold-thingie down pat!

How very fitting when you think about it ..."as "Golden Years" refers to_the time of life after retirement from active work !!!!!_that would be ME!  And..we all have heard about "Peruvian Gold"...to name & show just a few.
                    Museo Oro del Peru y Armas del Mundo 



NOW...this is the "Icing on the Cake" so to speak. Recently,I received my DNA Results from  www.23andme.com _which showed my Ancestry lines date back to the Mayan tribe of Peru. HOW COOL IS THAT ? 
   

                              My Mayan Peeps...Right? 

So...this PARTEE is on_Peruvian Food,Music and 
Decor...All things GOLDEN! I'm reading a book by 
Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa_ (He was Awarded The Noble Prize in Literature 2010)_it's called"The Dream of The Celt". 

Thought this would be a Decorative & Conversational piece _a Wooden Puzzle Box...

... found on EBay. Asked the Seller if she knew anything about it...NOT_got it for a couple of $$$. 

Guess what?????..it's signed by World Renowned Peruvian Artist Angel  Callanaupa Alverez! Angel is a well known Inca artist in Chinchero. 

 He won a National Award for his paintings of Inca life and traditions. Angel’s art has gained international attention.His work is in many of the Museums of Peru.His illustrations can be seen in a new book cld... 

 His sister Nelda has Lectured /demonstrated her Textile skills Worldwide as well.Her website is awesomeness _ www.incas.org 

And,while learning all about this wonderful Culture...might I say(part of my heritage)_I've been listening & dancing to the Music of the Afro-Peruvian Queen....Susana Baca_of which I immediately purchased!!!! Everyone will be required to not only wear BRILLANT colors to the Partee_but must also learn this Dance!!!!!

This Blog is to be continued on this subject matter....as I did NOT discuss something dear to my heart_"The History of Gold"...you will NOT believe all that I've got to share with YOU! For example_The Tradition of Golden Dentistry...& other Body Decorations of the Mayans,Aztecs & Incas...Here's Smiling at You!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Sprung,Goat-Herding,Allergies & other Spring Stuff!

Well...Spring Sprung 2015 around N.Central Texas last Friday. Here's a look at the happenings around Aaron's Hilltop Farm...

Fruit Trees in Bloom....Peach,Pear,Nectarine,Plums,Meyer Lemons and Mandarin Orange Tree_the Lemon & Orange Tree winter in the Barn w/ a light.Btw..it's already reached 80 degrees in N.Central Texas!


Anticipating Bluebonnets,Evening Primrose & Wisteria in the front yard & pastures...










...they're not all here yet...but they're coming! And the Grass is growing...so on last Saturday,a cloudy,intermittent rainy day_my Husband decides "NOT" to bring out the regular LAWNMOWER LIKE LAST YEAR....the John Deere Johnny Popper 1939 he restored to "perfection"!
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...instead...got the REAL LAWNMOWERS to do the work...as in...
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On the other hand..."NOT" anticipating...POLLEN.COM_



...Or BUGS,Worms that swing from invisible strings from the Oak trees,Copperheads,Alien Grasshoppers,Daddy Long-Legs,Texas size Spiders,etc....
The First Day of Spring...(my BFF's Birthday)_We both go on "Official Worm Watch Patrol" until after April 15th...we report to each other sightings to determine if we're going outside for a month! With 200+ trees on this farm....well...you get the picture...or maybe NOT.Let me paint it for you_they SWING from long invisible strings from tree to tree in "great numbers",crawl everywhere_should it rain the whole area is covered in red slime...GOT THAT PICTURE,YET? 

With Spring having Sprung...

I've been up to Baking with an agenda to get better at Baking Bread...this was Delicious during the Snow Days..."Chocolate Galette Des Rois"




Next up_Povitica & Ube Cupcakes and/or Ube Cake_
Saw this on "PBS Great British Baking Show"
 http://www.passionateaboutbaking.com/2011/10/baking-povitica-croatian-sweet-walnut-chocolate-bread-for-daring-bakers-better-late-than-never.html

                            Ube Cupcakes or Ube Cake?


And...a Downton Abbey Wine & Tea Tasting on the agenda...
Got my order in for Downton Abbey Cab.Sav...& Republic of Tea Lord Grantham Breakfast Blend...organic Assam black tea w/ginger....can't wait! But of course,Scottie Shortbread & DA Tea Towel,Bohemian Wine Glass & my Grandmother's teacup & saucer from the 1920's!

BTW...Let the Planning begin...this year for my May Birthday Partee_

                                "We're going to PERU"! 


                                   Machu Picchu in Peru 

Can't wait to try...Aji de Gallina


            The yellow aji pepper adds  a mild kick to several Peruvian dishes.  

Although,Spring is not my favorite Season_that would be FALL_then Winter_then Spring_ "I DON'T DO TEXAS SUMMERS"!_ it is a beautiful time of the year.Here's to Spring! 



Awaken to Spring

And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

 


Friday, March 6, 2015

TEXAS ....Kicked It Up A NOTCH!



"The Sleet Snow & Ice is White and Nice..Clap,Clap,Clap,Clap...Deep In The Heart Of Texas"! 


Just in case,Y'all are not familiar with that rhyme...here you go_




3/6/15_The overnight snowfall is officially the fourth highest snow total for the month of March in Dallas-Fort Worth area, with 3.4 inches recorded at Dallas-Fort Worth International airport as of 3 a.m.Another tenth of an inch was recorded early Thursday morning, putting the official total at 3.5 inches.The most snow recorded in the area came in 1942, when DFW airport saw just over six inches of snow...
Statistics about this snow event
  • Official snowfall at DFW Airport was 3.5 inches
  • This was our largest snow event since February 2010 (when we had 11.2" on 2/11/10)
  • This was our fourth largest snow event on record in March.
  • The last time we saw this much snow in March was 68 years ago (1947)
  • The highest snowfall amount we've seen is Grapevine with 7.0", Irving appears to be second with 6.2" 


In Case...Y'all don't know where TEXAS is located...


Then there's this...Gorgeous George...(Happiness in Jeans)...

Snapshot of the Day..Texans Don't Drive well in the Snow,Ice & Sleet_HELL,TEXANS Don't Drive Well in Any WEATHER!

 My Farm Photos
Day#1 Sleet & Ice at Aaron's Hilltop Farm  "Skating Rink"...

Day#2 Snow at Aaron's Hilltop Farm "Ski Resort"....

Day#3 "Still Life with Goats" Masterpiece Painting...

& "Still Life with Tommie Hollering for Food outside his Hilltop Farm Townhouse"....

Day#3..."It's A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"...

"Things I Did on SEVERAL....Snowy/Sleety/Icy Days"...
But of course...Movies,Reading,Quiet Zen Damn Moments, some PBS Shows & Cooking & Baking Time.

Movies :Midsomers Murders:Master Class (# 82 of 94 movies in the Series),Dear White People,The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister,Frankie & Alice,Addicted,The Grand Budapest Hotel,The Tudors Season 2,Two Fat Ladies Season 1 & 2,The Boys From Brazil,Tales from The Royal Bedchambers,A Harlot's Progress.


Reading:Finished "As Chimney Sweepers Come To Dust"(Alan Bradley) and "The Best of Everything"(Rona Jaffe)_started on "Ship Of Fools"(Katherine Anne Porter)


Zen Damn Moments... on the Front Porch Swing Bundled up with a mug of Harney & Sons Scottish Breakfast Tea enjoying this "Quiet Snow Storm"...

PBS...Downton Abbey Finale_of which I had already watched because I purchased Season 5_BUT just had to watch again! And,of course,one of my favorite shows of all times Finale_"The Great British Bake-Off"_


Which inspired my Baking of this Beauty_ "A Galette des rois"..


Made my own Almond Flour & added dark, dark cocoa




Delicious!!!

And  from the DVD "Two Fat Ladies"_


Made this dish "Kedgeree" except I used a different Fish_

What a Nice Respite from all of the BS in the World...

But I HEAR TELL THE TEXAS NATIVES ARE RESTLESS....


HAVE A BLESSED & SAFE DAY!!!