Posts Tagged ‘Ruby Tuesday’

Pretty in punk – Ruby Tuesday

February 25, 2009


I haven’t participated in Ruby Tuesday, hosted by Mary/The Teach for a while, but a wonderful woodpecker here reminded me that I had a “red” photo to share.

Punk princess

Punk princess

The divine MissN attended a fancy dress “P” party on Saturday.  She went as a punk, as did the party girl (they are soul sisters?) but MissN’s was a much tamer punk than MissA who was authentically outfitted with black wig and chains.  They ate “p” food, pizza, potato wedges, pretzels, pythons, pavlova, drank pink lemonade, pub squash…

Don’t you love the necklace (aka my quilting safety pins?)

Ruby Tuesday #4 – Constanta, Romania and Judgement Day?

August 26, 2008

Today’s Ruby Tuesday photographs (hosted here) are some I took in Constanta, Romania in 2006 when we were on a cruise that visited Greece, Turkey and the Black Sea.  The local press were there to meet the ship – it was the first time a cruise ship had been to Constanta in years! Constanta was dreary and depressing and we were nearly run over.  This car hit the traffic lights not 2m from where we were standing!

almost got hit!

almost got hit!

After an uninspiring time wandering in the town, we were on the bus back to the ship, but I jumped off the bus and went to have a look at this church, St Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral, mainly because I was so disappointed with Constanta and was hoping to have one rewarding experience.  The church was interesting, ornate and different.  The frescoes were alarming! The first one depicts a very different view of the afterlife to the one I envisage and hope for!  Here are my RED photos.  It looks like a river of blood is being swallowed by the fish or snake monster in the first.  Scary stuff!  It reminds me of the gruesome Last Judgement by Taddeo di Bartolo in the Collegiata in San Gimignano. The second is less nightmare-ish.

St Peter and paul Orthodox Cathedral

St Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral

St Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral

St Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral

I probably visited 50 or more churches, cathedrals and chapels in the 10 weeks we were in Europe (maybe more) and this was one of the most unusual.

I’m glad I have the assurance of heaven!

Ruby Tuesday #3 – king parrots & crimson rosellas

August 20, 2008

Today is Ruby Tuesday, which is hosted here and involves posting a photo of your own which features red.

King Parrot

King Parrot

Not a great photo (it was taken through glass) but one of my favourite birds – the king parrot which is found on the east coast of Australia.  This was taken last December at one of my favourite places, Mystery Bay Cottages, at Mystery Bay on the far south coast of New South Wales. We have enjoyed 5 summer holidays there, having gone there the first time when MissN was 3.

These are crimson rosellas.  Well, the birds are.  The crimsons came to be fed a couple of times a day.  The king parrots were very occasional visitors, and the more special because of it.

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosellas

MissA, Wendy, MissN

MissA, Wendy, MissN

The first time I saw a crimson rosella (my fourth day in Australia way back in 1987) I could not believe the intensity of the colour.  They continue to bless me now each time I see them, 21 years later, and I never tire of the thrill of spotting or watching them.  They aren’t common around where we live (they need more bush) but I have seen both king parrots and crimson rosellas down on Majors Bay (on Sydney harbour) which is maybe 1-2 kms away.

How can one look at these birds and not thank the creator for them?

Ruby Tuesday #2 – Venezia

August 12, 2008

Today is Ruby Tuesday, which is hosted here and involves posting a photo of your own which features red.

Red is not a colour one normally associates with Venice…

laundry Venetian style

laundry Venetian style

This photo, taken somewhere in Cannaregio, evokes the wonderful few days we had in Venice on our last trip to Europe in 2006. We stayed in the most wonderful hotel, Locanda Orseolo, with the nicest people. We ate marvellously (not easy in Venice but we had the best recommendations from the Orseolo family – they would ask us what kind of dinner we would like, recommend a place, then call and book it for us, draw us a map…), saw some wonderful art (Titian’s Assumption in the Frari is one of my favourite works of art. I hope to see it again someday, along with the Bellini’s.  It was as good as I had remembered it from 1993.) We visited too many churches (according to MissN), but mainly just strolled the calle off the main tourist routes, had cafe in the campi, took photographs and enjoyed what someone we met on our first visit to Venice called “Disneyland for adults”.

I can’t finish a post about Venice without mentioning the books of Donna Leon.  (Thanks to my sister for recommending them to me).  I have read all but 2 of them.  Leon writes crime/mystery novels set in Venice, but that reduces to them to a genre where they don’t quite fit.  Her “hero” is Commissario Guido Brunetti who reads philosophy and ancient history for relaxation, can be described as “complex, moral, gracious, and fiercely loyal” and comes home to the smell of squid ink risotto or some other Venetian dish cooked by his university professor wife and worries about his children.  Guido and Paola have some interesting spiritual discussions.   This is a good introduction to the Brunetti novels. One can even do Brunetti tours of Venice!  I read each Brunetti novel with a map of Venice handy.


Ruby Tuesday #1 – Romesco de Peix

August 6, 2008

I have so far resisted this kind of post, but I like this one, which I found on Melinda’s blog. It’s hosted here… I am new to all this… learning curve ahead!

What can I share?

Firstly a photo of an amazing beetle, sent to me by an Africam friend, BigFrank. Africam was my first “home” on the www, my first introduction to message boards, live chat and virtual community. I am still a member of some lists that grew out of that experience.  Some of the community hang out here now (where the live chat is now hosted).

I love how the design (by the Great Designer) reminds me of African masks. For those of you who don’t know, I was born in South Africa and spent my first 29 years there. We have a collection of African masks on our stair landing, bought on various trips to South Africa, subsequent to our emigration to Australia.

OK, I typed all that and re-read and realised that Ruby Red has to one of your OWN photos that contains red.

So… deep breath… start again, Wendy…

I made a wonderful fish recipe a couple of weeks ago, and photographed the process. The dish is called Romesco de Peix and is amazingly easy to make but has a complexity and richness of flavour.  It’s a Catalan fish stew named after the Romesco (nut) sauce.  It’s from Moro by Sam and Sam Clark. We were taken to lunch there in 1999 by English friends, Liz and John. I still remember my first introduction to patatas bravas!

Romesco de Peix (fish stew with peppers, almonds and saffron)

6 TBS olive oil

1 large Spanish onion, roughly chopped

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

2 dessertspoons finely chopped rosemary

3 bay leaves, preferably fresh

2 red peppers (capsicum), quartered, seeded and thinly sliced

1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika

400g tin diced tomatoes

150ml white wine

100ml hot fish stock (I used vegetable stock)

50 saffron strands, infused in 4 TBS boiling water (I didn’t count them!)

150g whole blanched almonds, lightly toasted and roughly ground (I used my Bamix to grind them)

650g firm fish fillets, cut into chunks (I used blue eye cod)

500g clams, rinsed (you can use any combination of fish, mussels, prawns and clams)

sea salt and black pepper

In a large saucepan, heat the oil over a medium heat.  Add the onion and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden and sweet, about 20 minutes.

onions cooking and peppers, garlic and herbs to be added

onions cooking and peppers, garlic and herbs to be added

Now add the garlic, rosemary, bay and red pepper.  When the pepper has softened for at least 10 minutes, add the paprika and the tomatoes.

Peppers (capsicum) cooking

Peppers (capsicum) cooking

Simmer for another 10 minutes, then add the white wine and allow the alcohol to bubble away for a couple of minutes before adding the stock and the saffron-infused water.  Finally thicken with the almonds and taste for seasoning.

When you are almost ready to eat, add the fish and the clams, put the lid on and simmer until the fish is cooked through and the clams have steamed open (about 5 minutes).  Serve with new potatoes and/or a raw fennel salad.

Romesco de Peix

Romesco de Peix