Not Ldn

No, we haven’t had any luck getting a ticket to see an Olympic event, I’m over it, not really. Meanwhile, back in the USA, a very fine man needs reelecting soon, and so my 2012 OBAMA tee (in men’s and ladies’) is up for pre-order sale. Pass it on to all your friends and families—support independent artists, and well, get out there and vote in style. BAM! Buy your tee here.



Today my baby brother is 26! We all used to be taller than he. Here are some pics—through the years—I dug out of a family album. Top left was 21 years ago, I can tell by how many front teeth he was missing. Next to it is a comparison to present day. I think he likes the gift I gave him today—a set of quoits! Happy Birthday, bruder Benny! And tomorrow, to Julianne and Grant, too. XO

When my siblings and I were little, we watched a woman demonstrate making Pysanka—Ukrainian Easter eggs. This method uses ornate bees wax applications to resist layers of dye. Many years and much interpretation later, egg dyeing is something we still look forward to each Easter. All together at our Mum’s this year, Saturday was an all-day dyeing (and baking and cooking) event, and we spent all of Easter ogling the fancy eggs. That, and eating. (Click image to zoom.)

Quick how-to: Hard boil or blow out your eggs, stick a pin in the eraser of a pencil for drawing, keep the bees wax on low on the stove, make your designs, dip egg in dye, repeat. Once the final dye dip is dry, light a candle and melt the wax with the flame, wiping off each melted area with a paper towel. 

Pretty pics from a pretty place. I left California on Monday to head back to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA for a freelance stint. We had so much fun, sun, rain, fresh citrus & other good eats, and the company wasn’t too shabby either. Even Annika flew down from Seattle to partake (bottom).
Thanks, Paris Lesley, for humouring me and translating Beach Boys lyrics awhile back.

It’s true, you can definitely bake a loaf of banana bread with just one banana (not 3.5) and it tastes perfect. I (M) made this the other day in the California sunshine. Drew, I forgot to save you a piece.

INGREDIENTS//  Scant cup all-purpose flour / 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda / 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon / 1/4 tsp salt / 1/4 cup sugar / 1 egg / 1/4 cup olive oil / 1 banana, very ripe, mashed / 1 Tbsp sour cream / 1/2 tsp vanilla extract / generous sprinkling of wheatgerm

INSTRUCTIONS//  Set oven to 175°C / 350°F. Line bottom of a loaf pan with parchment paper. Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and salt. Beat sugar and eggs with a whisk until light and fluffy. Drizzle in oil. Add mashed banana, sour cream, and vanilla. Fold in dry ingredients, plus wheatgerm. Pour into lined loaf pan and bake for about 30-40 minutes—top should be golden and knife come out clean from loaf center. Adapted from Flour Bakery, Boston, Mass., USA.