Sunday, June 28, 2009

Bead & Jewelry Linky Love

Here's cauliflower from our garden, almost ready to be harvested. I come from a family with almost no talent for gardening (although I understand my maternal grandmother was quite an avid gardener, my mother and I did not inherit her green thumb). It has been a revelation to me since I met my husband just what a difference really fresh produce makes. The cauliflower H. grows is the most tender and flavorful I've ever tasted. We have a great recipe that calls for preparing it with tahini and lemon juice, among other unlikely ingredients - it's fantastic. Who knew fresh veg could be so romantic? I'll take the ones from H's garden over a box of chocolates any day.

Here are your intriguing links for the week:

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Andrew introduces eight new fine pewter pieces from his family's company, Green Girl Studios.

Jean Campbell Ink: Eureka!
Beading in the fresh air clears the mind, bringing fresh creativity

Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio
Searching for some new inspiration? Lorelei's got just the place for you to find it!

A Bead A Day
Lisa shares her selection of summery pink beads and crystals. The "Watermelon Crawl" bead mix is sure to conjure up visions of a family picnic on a warm summer day!

Barbe Saint John
Read Barbe's interview on the Objects and Elements blog

Beading Arts
Cyndi's initial thoughts on working with the new CopprClay. There'll be lots of projects coming this summer!

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
Melanie mixes up gunmetal chains and components with brass to make a necklace with one of her Toolbox Treasure pendants

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean reviews Wirework, a new book by the famous Dale "Cougar" Armstrong

Art Bead Scene
The Trendy Bead shows off wood filigree pendants.

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi hand felts a pretty bead from wool roving.

Heather sketches out some new designs using this summer's hottest color.

Cindy Gimbrone aka The Lampwork Diva
A trip to glass city doesn't go as well as planned. Yet Cindy finds inspiration and few new tools! Jewelry Making
Take these quick polls about wearing and making jewelry. Which are your favorite pieces?

Strands of Beads
Melissa shows off her new lunar phases and compass rose designs


Anonymous said...

oh that cauliflower looks awesome. i love fresh cauliflower, lucky you. that's one thing we don't have in our garden.

Unknown said...

Melissa I can just Imagine the rich taste of a home grown Cauliflower! Just like a tomato takes so remarkable from a garden. My husbands family from Scotland cook the Cf and brake it up into peices. Then make a cheese sauce and add a a teeny bit of English
(hot) mustard. Then bake it to heat up and brown the top. Talk about delicious! Your cf is a beauty I know you are proud! It sounds good how you said you will make it. Yummy!

stregata said...

That recipe for cauliflower sounds enticing - any hope of getting the whole recipe??

Anonymous said...

How about the recipe? Love Tahini and cauliflower, the two together sounds yummy!

Jenn Kelly
Hollister, CA

Melissa J. Lee said...

Home grown cauliflower is so tender, it's unbelievable! I'm going to be cooking the first head tomorrow night.

Unfortunately, the cauliflower recipe is a commercial one not a family recipe, so I can't re-print it here, due to copyright considerations. However, I can tell you where to find it. It won the 2006 Easy Ethnic Recipe Contest held by Vegetarian Times and appeared in the Oct. 2006 issue of the mag. It's called Roasted Cauliflower in Lemon-Tahini Sauce and was created by Tim Miano. It's completely brilliant - well-worth your time to pick up a back issue of the magazine!

Unknown said...

I love homegrown goods! I read a really great article on urban farming today. Just about anyone can grow their own with a little persistence.