Friday, April 29, 2011


is where i want to be
pick me up and turn me round

i come home - born with a weak heart
guess i must be having fun.
well the less we say about it the better,
let's make it up as we go along

feet on the ground
head in the clouds
i'm okay
i know nothing's wrong.

got plenty of time
got light in your eyes

and you're standing here beside me
i love the passing of time

never for money
always for love
cover up and say good-night.

is where i want to be
but i guess i'm already there
i come home - you lifted up your wings
i guess this must be the place

i can't tell one from the other
did i find you or did you find me?
there was a time before we were born
if someone asks, this is where i'll be.

we drift in and out
sing into my mouth

and out of all those kinds of people
you got a face with a view

and i am just an alley cat looking for a home
to share the same space for a minute or two

will you love me until my heart stops
love me until i'm dead?
eyes that light up
eyes that look through you

lately i have been just loving the sweetness of home.

lyrics: talking heads, my favorite version is by shawn colvin
tunic: vintage jantzen, thrifted
belt buckle: gift from darin, vintage thrifted
tie dye skirt and leggings: thrifted
boots: thrifted
necklace: my lucky one, gift from marmy
headband: handmade and gifted from milla

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

baja style tempeh tacos

when the days are sunny and i have spent the afternoon outside, reading, crafting, and photo-shooting in the bright warm sunshine, my favorite thing to make for dinner is baja style tempeh tacos, from this book:

i don't actually own this cookbook (it's kind of expensive and hasn't come in used at the bookery yet)
but i copied the recipe down in my old journal a couple years ago when i had it checked out from the library.
i'll give you the recipe, but know that this is my shorthanded translation.

Taco Slaw:
sliced cabbage and carrots shredded, about 3 big cups
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 pickled jalapenos, diced
salt and pepper
(i add a bit of the jalapeno juice)
mix all these in a non-metal bowl, cover with plastic, weigh it down with cans or something and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Lime Crema:
3/4 plain soy yogurt (i use plain whole milk yogurt)
3 tbsp lime juice (i use fresh, as much as possible)
2 tbsp grapeseed or avocado oil
1/3 cup cilantro leaves (i at least double this)
blend in blender until creamy, add extra salt and lime, place in airtight container and chill for an hour.
(i added half an avocado for extra creaminess)

Chili-Beer Marinade:
3/4 cup Mexican style ale
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp peanut oil (i used jalapeno oil)
2 tbsp soy sauce (i always use tamari)
2 tbsp lime juice
2-3 tsp chili powder (or a bit more!)
1/2 tsp cumin ( i throw in a bit more)
8 oz package tempeh

prepare tempeh by boiling water in a pot, slicing the tempeh and then adding it to the boiling water, letting it simmer for about ten minutes. this softens it and allows it to soak up more marinade.
remove with tongs, place in marinade for at least an hour, flipping occasionally.

heat a skillet with oil, fry tempeh for 5 minutes, add extra marinade, 30 more seconds.

heat corn tortillas on the grill.
put it all together and gobble it up!

they had run out of tempeh at the grocery store; i got the last package and a small cube of nice firm wildwood tofu. so i marinated both and fried it all up. worked out just fine.
i used a special new olive oil that nancy my boss gifted me yesterday after a busy day at the bookstore.
it is jalapeno infused olive oil, fresh from the fancy olive oil shop, winterhill farms on main street.
it made everything delicious!

i think the reason i love this recipe is that (obviously) i love mexican food and all the associated flavors but also, i am vegetarian and prefer nice crisp fresh foods. not the more traditional heavy greasy kind of mexican food.
we eat beans and rice and salsa all the time, but this is a little change and so refreshing!
when i make this meal, i always make a huge crispy green salad with lots of cubed cucumber and cut up tons of other toppings like fresh avocado, tomatoes, white onion, green onion, cilantro. you can grate some cheese too, though it's not really necessary with the lime crema dressing.

so tonight while darin and the boys played music in the back room,
i got to work in the kitchen, cooling my warm slightly sunburnt skin with cucumbers and a corona.

the sunny whether had definitely put me in the mood for lime so i drenched everything in it.
lime squeezed on my cucumber slices, with a bit of chili and salt,
lime in my cabbage, lime on my tortillas, fresh lime juice all over my hands.
lime skin tastes like pure sunshine.

best of all, i had some super cute visitors while i cooked!
oliver was veerrrry sleepy, but he drowsily looked on as the skillet sizzled with hot onions and garlic and jalapeno. he's a good eater, no wonder he was interested!

by the time daddy was done drumming, baby o was fast asleep and mama's arms were aching!

topped off the night with some studio ghibli and my own invention of dessert after mexican food:
sliced mango and pineapple sherbet.
you can see my little sunburn, the kind that actually feels kinda good; i'm a happy girl and the days are only getting warmer!

hope you're all enjoying REAL spring days and weather!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Romantic Vintage Dresses for Easter

when you were little, did you always get a new dress for easter?

it's one of the highlights of my childhood,
that and winning a goldfish at the city park for finding the most easter eggs.

well, this is my easter treat this year!

addie was lucky enough (i never seem to be) to score these vintage 1960s dresses on ebay.
ebay of all places?!!
for hella cheap, i don't even want to tell you how much. i mean little. it's embarassing.
in any case i begged her to borrow them to try on and photograph.

just for the sheer fun of it.
it's easter.
the holiday that you're supposed to get new dresses.
i can't help but love them all the more; my heart cries out to them.

look at that amazing detail!
the 60s knew how to make a damn dress.
you simply don't see shit like that anymore: pintucks and textured fabrics with fuzzy little details and ruffles around the neck line and puffed sleeves with their own little extra ruffles and lace...
i mean please.

...these dresses were so fun to model,
(they're not for sale, addie's rules, don't even think about it, i'll be lucky if i ever get to wear one out myself!)
that it put me in mind of easter dresses, like the real kind,
the kind you used to get to wear to the egg hunts and so forth.

that i donned my own new dress to go collecting flowers.
my own version of an egg hunt.

i had to take a little reprieve in the gypsy hut out back from the rain.

i was going to sell this dress, but i fell in love.
it happens.
it's a nice comfy cotton laura ashley in spring pink with violets in floral bouquets.

i plucked some gardenias, camelia, and lilacs to bring inside for easter and place them around to keep my vintage knick knacks company.
i may not celebrate traditionally, but i love everything this holiday signifies in the old world.
my spirit sings for it.

what's that you say?
you want to see the back of my cute cotton easter dress?
please, please,
let me oblige.....

it's springtime.
i'm feelin fresh.
that's what this is all about.
i bring blossoming flowers in and strew them around my kitchen, my dining room, my wine rack, my bookshelves.

Happy EASTER lovely friends.
we're thinking up grand springish activies as we speak.