One of my favorite moments ever from the show Planet Earth. It kills me every time!
Most people do not eat many lentils, but they’re a great food to try and incorporate into your diet more often. Technically legumes, they are high in protein (especially great for vegetarians), and have a multitude of vitamins like magnesium, iron, zinc and vitamin B. They’re also good to lower cholesterol, but perhaps the best part is that these little guys are extremely filling which isn’t always the case with healthy foods.
I’ve been trying to eat lentils more often, and this week’s recipe is my first stab at a chilled lentil salad. I used to think that lentils were hard to cook, and generally stayed away from them. After reading up a bit, I realized I was wrong – they’re just about as easy to cook as rice. Some might think lentils can get a bit bland, but that’s why I’ve added some kick with Serrano peppers for this recipe. The onions throughout help to add a bit of crunch, and the spinach is just plain tasty. This is a great to-go lunch or side dish for dinner.
photo incorporates tomatoes which aren’t in this recipe, but feel free to add them in! (via the grub daily)
2 Cups of Dried Green Lentils
6 Cups of Hot Water
5 Cups of Spinach
3 Serrano Peppers
1 Red Onion
½ Tbsp Cumin Seeds
½ Tbsp Minced Ginger
2 Tbsp Grapeseed Oil
Pour dried lentils into a strainer and pick over for any bad looking bits.
Rinse a few times, mixing around with your hand to be sure every piece gets rinsed well.
Throw into a pot, with 6 cups of hot water, and let cook for about 25-30 minutes.
Slice onion and peppers, mince ginger, and throw into a saucepan with grapeseed oil to sauté.
While that is sautéing mix cumin seeds into your lentils, and then begin to stir in spinach. You’ll have to stir it in bit by bit as bulky spinach moistens and wilts, creating space to add more.
Once onions begin to appear transparent, mix everything in the sauce pan into your lentils. Let sit until they reach room temperature, and then stick them in the fridge to chill overnight.
Okay, it’s not the prettiest food out there, but it sure is delicious – and good for you!
Rachi Farrow is a Vermont-based artist whose work is currently on display at the Christine Price Gallery Fine Arts center in Vermont – here is her story!
I make ART with STUFF instead of throwing stuff away. It’s how I recycle. At first I gathered flotsam and jetsam from roadsides, beaches, dumpsters, trash cans, etc. I see something I can use, I take it to my studio.
10 years ago I was in Guatemala working in a make-shift studio and scrounging around for materials to use. I discovered a room in the factory full of leftover yarns and woven scraps. The mother-load!
The XXXL project began once I was back home in Vermont. I asked my welder (he’s also my husband) to make a stick figure armature from scrap steel. I wanted to make a doll.
My sister Carol was talking with a friend who asked her what kind of art I was making. Carol described what I was using to make art…Her friend works at Free People…and the rest is history. I am currently working on doll #7, which is the 4th XXXLer made from Free People’s fabulous-fantastic-funderful damages & samples.
So cool – thanks Rachi!
DO: Start a mood board
DO: Start a mood board
A couple of weeks ago I moved into a new apartment. Although I’m still not fully settled, it’s great to start fresh with a new space. My goal is to turn the place into an all inspiring place to be. I want to sit down with my sketchbook or paint brush, sewing machine – whatever – and have feel like I’m in a creative environment. I want everywhere I look to spark me with new ideas, or just be a plain pleasure for the eye to see.
So I’ve begun to fill the space above where my desk is going to go (haven’t actually gotten the desk yet) with a mood board. Not only are mood boards absolutely beautiful and inspiring, but I think they’re a great way to bring your own vision and personality together. Collecting items along your life path, choosing photos and objects that strike an emotional chord, and bringing them all together in one place is captivating.
I often save images on the computer, but these files are not tangible. To look at them I have to search through my computer. A mood board on the other hand, is there every day – physical beauty that you’ve picked out yourself, put together, and you can’t help but look at.
Start a mood board today. If you already have one – start a new one! Collect your memories, bring a vision together, or just put up images that capture you. Who couldn’t use a constant presence of inspiration and beauty in their lives?
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It’s midnight meaning it’s October calendar time!
Go to our flickr page to download the large size in regular or widescreen!
A few weeks ago I told you about a little installation we started in our lobby. Well most of our objects have been hung by now and it’s so fun looking at them and trying to guess what belongs to who! Here’s a little peek at some of the things we love about our jobs :)
Style file this week is dedicated to the design assistant on our meadow team. She’s a fabulous dresser with extremely feminine taste. Dresses are her specialty, and her collection is out of this world. Delicate lace, dainty peter pan collars, and retro polka dots are just the details that showed up in her numbers this week. Everything she wears feels like something you’ve never seen before – it looks like a vintage piece with a great story behind it, or a uniquely handmade piece. It’s like she finds special pieces and gives them a home. Her collection of feminine ankle socks is another great aspect to her style. She’s often wearing a pair, and manages to pull off the look so well. No doubt, she has a great wardrobe, and her styling is on point, but her best accessory is the huge smile that lights up every outfit she wears and brings it to life.
I fell in love with delicate beauty of this lace on her vintage dress!
She had some awesome nail art going on.
Today’s Snapshot is of a pair of photographers who wrote in their first email to me, “we are two young photographers, who live far from each other. Though we live on different sides of America, we manage to collaborate and make art together. Distance doesn’t affect our art or relationship; we’re still a dynamic duo.”
Photography by Sofia:
Photography by Luke:
Sofia – I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Luke – I call Texas home. But I travel a lot and gather so much inspiration along the way. I’m prone to adventure while on the road! In fact, I may run into Sofia in Paris this spring.
Sofia – I shoot with my Nikon D90 (digital), my Nikon D90 (film) and a Polaroid camera.
Luke – For digital, a Canon 5D Mark II and for film, a Polaroid 600 SE (although I’m about to start experimenting with medium format!). Sofia and I swap cameras a lot. We may shoot a few videos with her camera but take photos with mine. It all depends on our mood.
Sofia – My favorite subject would have to be people; models and friends help me get my story across. I love to create elaborate, conceptual ideas that tell stories, and provoke people’s imagination. People show such strong emotion, and I find it important and compelling to capture that in the photos. I also love to photograph Luke. We always end up with these personal memories and photo collections of our youth.
Luke – Sofia, of course! We know each other so well that expressing each other through photographs is almost like taking self-portraits. We’re very much a single photographer. But I’m looking forward to exploring photojournalism. I’m fascinated by people who live in rural areas and plan to make some trips out to the country to photograph such distinct characters. There’s so much complexity to play with.
Sofia- Inspiration comes from just about anything, I could see something silver and it sparks an idea for a shoot. Example: using an oversized spoon and fork for a shoot. Music is also something that has an influence. I listen to music and the songs takes me many places, creating visions in my mind. Fashion, magazines and travel also help me with ideas but sometimes, I can’t even begin to explain where ideas come from, they just appear out of thin air.
Luke – Youth, maps, Canyons and deserts in the Southwest, hibernation, Alzheimer’s, clocks, shoes across telephone lines, shadows of passing airplanes/clouds. Then again, people fascinate me. Just people. In addition to photographing, I write fiction and verse. Both involve crafting characters without losing the complexity of an actual three-dimensional person. Every person is its own story with dozens of other stories attached like branches. I want to explore these branches, snatch each leaf. Similarly, I want to express this in my photos. An artist is one who can express complexity in a single piece of work.
Sofia- I will be traveling to Paris in June. I am so excited to shoot and live there for 3 weeks!
Luke – This summer, I visited a witch doctor in Africa (called a “sangoma” by natives). It was in the back of his yard in a township near Durban. Although it was the afternoon, time seemed warped inside his healing hut. The only light was from candles. All the different bottles of potions glowed green, purple, orange. When he explained his healing methods, he kept looking down at his hands in his lap, sometimes moving a finger over the wrinkles on his palm. I left Africa with these beautiful images of the potions and his beaded headdress and his wrinkled hands.
Day by day I’m so impressed by all of the amazing fashion I come across here at the office. Everywhere there are items that make you want to melt. The styling is so fresh. I find myself staring just taking in the aesthetic of it all.
She was a little camera shy, but I had to capture this necklace for you all. How amazing?!
I love how she knotted the dress and wore it with printed boots to give this look a laidback feel.
This crazy mix match of prints is so daring and perfect. I love how the prints have a funky feel yet the look remains retro and feminine overall.
How stylish is this pairing of the ruffle legging with chambray and booties?
I love this dressed down look with the lacey layering skort for fall.