Today my partner Rolf turned a Kohlrabi, a Fennel bulb, a Leek and an Endive into a flavor full veggie feast, rich in fibers, vitamins and minerals and a tasty treat for our palate. All veggies were simply steamed to an “al dente” level, then a little sea salt and black pepper were freshly ground over it, and last he added a little organic olive oil and some drops of aged (18 years) Balsamic vinegar. And yes – not to forget, he also cut some fresh Dill and sprinkled it over the vegetables. Delicioso!
And check this out:
Kohlrabi 300gr ~ 85 calories, 1 Endive ~ 20 calories, 1 Fennel bulb 230g ~ 73 calories, one whole Leek ~ 89 calories, 1 table spoon olive oil ~ 119 calories, 1 table spoon balsamic vinegar ~ 14 calories = 400 calories total, 200 p.Person
P.S. Enjoy it with a glass of dry Vouvray wine, from the banks of the Loire Valley in France.
Anybody out there, who has not heard of these “fatties”, which, as analyzed in many studies, seem to have a very beneficial impact on the health of our body. Find here the link to a quite informative slide show, which documents the latest revelations in context with these essential components of a healthy diet.
The Saturday edition of the L.A. Times included this article, which I like to share.
Check out this article and learn how much of an impact even a mild form of dehydration already has. One of my students was kind enough to share it with me and so I’m spreading the word as well.
P.S: Thanks, Tom!
The White Stork
Storks from all over Europe (that used to migrate to the sub-Sahara in the winter) have flocked to Portugal in the last 20 years to the point where the population has grown from about 1,000 in 1995 to 14,000 in 2014. In the past the storks would fly south to Africa in the summer, and return to Europe at the end of the winter, however in the last 20 years white storks have begun to stay in Portugal all year round. White Storks are faithful to both their partner and nesting place each year and the building of the nest is carried out by the male and female together. The nests made are usually huge in size, constructed of sticks and branches, grasses, twigs, and other materials. The White Stork could never be mistaken for any other European bird. The adult reaches a standing height of 80 to 115 cm and has a wing span of 195 to 215 cm. It is easy to recognize by its white plumage, with black on its wings and shoulders, with a long red beak and red shanks. It is hard to distinguish between the male and female, and indeed often the youngsters can be almost as tall as the adult – the youngsters however have a black bill to differentiate them. (source algarveblog.net)
The picture above was taken by my partner Rolf, during our location scouting at the Algarve Coast, in the town Silves.
At least once a month we try to check out, what L.A. offers in contemporary art, architecture, design and always return inspired, enriched and motivated. This time we visited an exhibition, titled “Blood & Soil”, presenting new works by internationally renowned Los Angeles-based artist Cleon Peterson at the Over The Influence Gallery, on 833 East 3rd Street. WOW – What a thought provoking and engaging exhibition that is! A Must See!
“A fearless artist, Peterson, in this new body of work intends to reconcile our violent history with present day violence prevalent across the country… A celebrated painter of the distressing anxiety and sinister violence in contemporary society, Peterson’s bold black, white, and arresting bright red palette ominously complements the savage cruelty he portrays. Harkening the ghosts of past evil, Peterson’s works recall the horror in Goya’s ‘The Third of May 1808’. The resulting paintings are brutal in their depictions of violence which also bring contemporary atrocities to mind… With his skillful, strange, and unforgettable large figurative tableaux, Peterson forcefully translates the consciousness of carnage and chaos, issuing a powerful indictment against universal violence, past and present. His nightmarish vignettes demand examination; in his works, violence is a nightmare from which we have not awakened.” (- Over The Influence Gallery)
Hope you can make it. It’s still open until August 5.
Ruth Bernhard, Photographer (1905 – 2006)
My everyday life is not just walking around on clouds. But you have to give the really special things in life importance and not let the temporary things roll you off the road.
Anat Cohen, Musician (1979*)
Today I found this quote, which I like to share with you: “Life on earth is a whole, yet it expresses itself in unique time-bound bodies, microscopic or visible, plant or animal, extinct or living. So there can be no one place to be. There can be no one way to be, no one way to practice, no one way to learn, no one way to love, no one way to grow or to heal, no one way to live, no one way to feel, no one thing to know or be known. The particulars count.”
― Jon Kabat-Zinn
as you might know, I used the break between spring and summer session to visit family and friends in Europe. Starting in the UK, my partner Rolf and I also traveled to France, Portugal and Germany. Now I’m back, inspired and with recharged batteries, looking forward to see all of you in class again next week, starting Monday, June 25, at the Founders Center and in my studio.
Find below some visual memories of our trip.
above: Murakami Installation
Yesterday we visited an amazing exhibition in Los Angeles, which we highly recommend to anybody, who is interested in Contemporary Art.
“BEYOND THE STREETS focuses on artists with a documented history of mark making and rule breaking as well as a current, robust studio practice primarily derived from the graffiti and street art movements.
It is not intended to be a historical retrospective but rather an examination of cultural outlaws who embody the spirit of the graffiti and street art culture. The exhibition includes well-known artists whose work is influenced or inspired by these risk takers and whose efforts have elevated the movement to new heights.”