Archive for August, 2010

Poached Eggs

August 6, 2010

Of the 20 laying hens we are raising and keeping, 11 of them are consistently laying an egg a day. Do the math, that is about 7 dozen eggs a week. Once school starts, the girls are going to be selling these eggs to neighbors and friends for their college accounts, but for the next couple of weeks, we are doing our best to give away the “mother load” of eggs we are accumulating.

In order to keep up with the demand, we are eating a lot of eggs. No matter how many ways I try eggs, poached is my all time favorite.

Here is how I cook my favorite egg:

In a shallow pan bring water and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a boil, turn down to simmer and gently slide the egg into the water. With a slotted spoon, carefully fold over the edges of the egg and cook to desired center. I like medium which only takes about 90 seconds.

When done, place egg on piece of toast and salt and pepper.

Paris and Paparazzi

August 5, 2010

Like many who visit Paris for the first time, seeing “Mona” was at the top of my list of things to do.
I had heard that she was smaller than one might expect and I would agree with that statement. While I am glad to have visited her, what really fascinated me about seeing her was the sociological behavior of all of the others who had put “visiting Mona” on their list too.
I would describe it as an organized/disorganized herd of 200-300 people filling a room in a semi-circle (not a line) to get a glimpse of a great painting which is housed in a glass box. Naturally, not everyone could have a clear and close view of “the Mona” and this lead to some very interesting push and pull moments in the crowd. Little regard for personal space was observed while the multicultural mix of people ran their video cameras and flashed their SLR’s in unison trying to get “the picture”. Had everyone been yelling, “Mona, Mona, look here”, I could have mistaken the experience as a Paparazzi moment trying to get the latest shot of Justin Bieber.

To me, the observation of the people looking at Mona was as interesting as actually looking at her myself. I mean, watching hundreds of people from all over the world (push) fight for the chance to see a piece of ART… well….it was a moment that could spur a several hour conversation weaving human behavior related to expectations (thinking that the this piece of art is worth the extra trip), storytelling (the messaging that goes around the mystery of Mona), entitlement (I deserve to be in the front of the circle more than the person in front of me), and the appeal of art (what makes art appealing to one individual versus another). Of the 1,000 pictures I took in Paris, this is one of my favorites…this moment made me think.

Side note: Look behind the crowd at the paintings on the wall. In order to get to Mona, we were paraded by 10 hallways of the MOST GORGEOUS realistic paintings including a room of religious icon paintings that may have been some of the most beautiful I have ever seen.

Molly Cantor Bowl

August 4, 2010

On my recent travels, I happened upon Shelburne Falls, MA, a lovely little artist community in western Massachusetts. To my delight, I passed the most darling pottery shop run by artist Molly Cantor. Her shop is filled with gorgeous vases, mugs, cookie jars, and animal sculpture. Each piece is created by carving beautiful animals and scenery into the clay before it is fired. The colors and textures are EXTRAORDINARY.

I treated myself to this bowl and have been enjoying its many uses at the farm.

To learn more about this artist, check out Molly Pots.
Here are a few of her other amazing pieces…
Mugs and Cups

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