Monday, April 14, 2014

Basic Massaged Kale Salad

Kale beautiful kale! I pop mine into a jar of water and keep it on the counter where it stays fresh and gorgeous until I need it. It does go yellow a bit faster but it doesn't go limp. We don't like limp ha ha.
I've been making massaged kale salads recently. Yep, massaged:) Raw kale is hard to eat but massaging with dressing makes it supple and wilted and delicious. So for the salad, first wash and dry your hands, then wash and dry the kale, strip leaves from the hard stem and then chop into bite sized shreds or pieces.
Here is the fun part and the most crucial. Put the kale in a bowl, pour in your dressing (not too much) and start massaging away! Sort of  like scrunching and kneading someone's shoulders for about 5 minutes until it is soft, wilted and glossy. It will decrease in volume. You can also massage it just with lemon juice and salt and then once wilted add oil to taste for a really simple version.
Add whatever extras you would like, cherry tomatoes, sunflower seeds, grated carrot, fennel, bell peppers, snow peas, avocado,diced red onion, etc. You get the picture. Taste and add a bit more dressing if you like. Voila! Done!
The dressing I use is fat free. 1,2,3 Dressing. 1 part maple syrup, 2 parts Dijon mustard and 3 parts balsamic vinegar. ( I add garlic too) You can use ANY dressing you want. Enjoy!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Almost April

A splash of colour on my sideboard.  Wonderful how light can transform things. Today it is raining, and yesterday it was raining and tomorrow it will rain. Normally that would not thrill me but....we had a huge dump of snow last week and this rain will do it's best to make sure that it disappears and we can get on with the business of Spring!
I've been doing a few commissions lately and they have been fun. This was a request for two Siamese cats, some knitting, Autumn colours and no ocean....
 This one was a request for three cherished pets, one of whom has passed on.... I was given a rough idea of what they wanted and came up with this.. Riley's Moon
Both of these are now available as prints in my etsy shop, AliceinParis If you are interested in a commission, pleas contact me any time:)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

It's March!

Hello! It's March......finally.....came in like a cold and frosty lion and hopefully will leave like a happy dancing lamb! I am so tired of the cold but really, it's almost over so hey, use this time to enjoy the last of woolly socks, good warm soups, engrossing books and TV. Hibernation is almost over! Speaking of TV, the Oscars are on tonight! I've hardly seen any of the films this year. Did see Gravity which I LOVED and was mesmerized by. Ha ha, here's a funny joke by Tina Fey about that movie, "George Clooney would rather drift off into space and die rather than spend one more minute with a woman the same age as himself." Oh well....hehe.
 Here is a WONDERFUL list of old movies for you to peruse from one of my fave authors and artists, Susan Branch. Lots of great goodies in there. Perfect for watching with a big bowl of popcorn and a cozy throw wrapped around yourself.
 March is the month for cutting forsythia stalks, bringing them inside and watching them bloom early. Such a spirit lifter! This is the month I start starving for colour. March is also the beginning of maple syrup production! Yay. Lots of festivals around Nova Scotia. Here's the list!  My fave has always been Earltown! about 1.5 hours from Halifax. Fiddle music and pancakes in a tiny one room schoolhouse! Heaven. Two other perfect reasons are the Earltown General Store and Sugar Moon Farm to watch syrup making in action!  Here is Alicia Putnam and her dad.
Another March thing is rocks....not sure why but some of the sand beaches in Nova Scotia switch from sand to rock in the winter and then back again as the summer comes.
Also with the end of Winter comes this..... hehe. Have a great week!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


This is my latest painting.... Eventide, 12 x 24x 1.5". Sailing across the dreamy sea..... as always, if you are interested in anything you see please drop me a line.

I've decided to start a little newsletter.Sign up if you want to be part of the "in" crowd hehe.I will probably be sporadic with it and  every now and then there might be a special update. News, events, some special sales ONLY for subscribers, the occasional recipe, general chat, and who knows what else you might find in it...this is a work in progress.  Click on this link and away we go:) (P.S. I won't share your address with anyone else)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Curried Lentil Use What You Have Soup

Well there's a blizzard blowing outside so why not make soup! I haven't posted a recipe here in a long time:) Heck, I haven't really posted ANYTHING here in a long time, so I hope you enjoy:)

This is a make it up as you go  soup. There is really no recipe, just use what you have in your house. Here's what I used today... 1 large chopped carrot, 1 large onion chopped (not in above pic) 4 cloves garlic minced, 3 Tablespoons curry powder, 1 bay leaf, 2 kaffir lime leaves ( I got a bag of them at a local Indian grocery store, they impart a lovely flavour but not necessary), 3 cardamon pods, 1/2 cup of red lentils, 1 cup of lentils rice and bean mix ( they were in a bag together), 1 Tablespoon grated ginger, 1 cup of frozen mixed veggies, 6 cups of veggie broth.
First I sauteed the onions in my new Christmas present cast iron pot, you can use oil but I don't...I just stir them and as they start to stick I add a bit of broth to unstick them. When they are golden, stop.
Next step is to just dump in the rest of the ingredients,  and add the rest of the broth
Throw in a handful of mixed frozen veggies. Of course you can add some fresh veggies, anything goes. I just didn't have anything on hand today.
Add some grated fresh ginger and simmer for about 40 minutes. If you are lucky enough to find some coconut milk in your cupboard you can add that too:)
Et voila!! So yummy !! I am slurping on it as I write this post. Enjoy.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

January 12

Well it's been a crazy month and it is only January 12! We have had the most extraordinary weather, from -30 with howling winds and snow, to freezing rain ice storms with skating rink conditions to warm windy rainy nights...Quite invigorating really, I suppose I could say demoralising but we won't go there. Luckily I've got a membership to an indoor facility with an enormous track so the weather has not hampered my ability to get some exercise.
I've been working hard. 2 larger commissions and lots of ideas for new paintings. The problem is finding the time. Isn't it always! Running your own art business requires lots of mundane activities that eat up the hours....things like, purchasing supplies, ordering supplies, packaging, running to the post office, answering emails, printing, marketing, posting facebook updates, trying to stay on top of social media, research, fixing things when they don't work, accounting, banking, delivering art, .... etc. then finally once can get to the business of making art which also takes time. Priming, sketching, resketching, painting, cleaning up the spills, hunting for colours, fixing mistakes, starting over again haha, varnishing, creative brainstorming etc... So, always busy.
Loving the early morning sunrises from the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market. In January the sun has swung round to the southeast as far as it can go and is slowly moving North again. I'm only there on Saturdays this month and then back to Sundays in February. If you want to hear more
about my activities, I post much more frequently on my Facebook Page. Click & have a look:)

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Dec 26

Another Christmas done and dusted. Next up, New Year. A time for getting plans in order, figuring out how to do "it" better and "get  it"....... that elusive "it" which will make our lives easier, happier, more organized, flow better, healthier and so on .... good times ha ha. As Confuscious says "Life is simple, we make it complicated"

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

December 25th

Merry Christmas.....
As I type this, the snow is falling softly outside.We are having a white one this year. I was thinking how lovely it would be to have a day world wide where EVERYONE stops their usual routine and gives gratitude for each other and this wonderful world we live in. A non secular holiday recognized and honored by all of us everywhere. A day to slow down, pause, and enjoy the miracle that is us and this planet. Peace on Earth.

Sunday, October 13, 2013


Here in Canada it is the Thanksgiving weekend. I am grateful for many things. One of which is the gift of communication. Thanks for being part of that. xo

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Red House

This Is my latest painting....I quite like it. There is a lovely mysterious mood to it I think. It was sold to a person who said it reminded them of their summer house:)