Saturday, September 15, 2012

Simple saturday...

Encouraged by the ooohs and the aaaaahs   :-)   of my loved ones who saw my earlier finished pottery pictures...
Here are some pictures that are a work in progress...
all are greenware, meaning that they havent been fired and hence are of "kachchi mitti"....
but I am loving them...
my first few tries of not wheel throwing but "handbuilding"
meaning that they have been built from slabs of clay...
check them out  :-)


a ladybird butter dish...

a textured teenie tiny tray or a platter!

A painted rooster spoon rest
 
the latest mugs and stuff ready to be measured and fired!

a flower engraved (sgraffito) creamer


same themed flower bowl


a new bowl with slip waiting to be engraved and fired!

another bowl which I will engrave with a tribal themed rim (once it gets a little dry)

 hmmmmm..... so, how did you like these my friends?
just dying to have them fired and glazed and put them up for you guys to go oooh and aaaah over!
 ;-)

honestly-love the appreciation and encouragement!  keep it coming guys....it gets me fired to do more!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

pottery update!

(my mom in law wid her dragon fly mug with "mummy" written on it.)


Its been a while since I updated on the new obsession of mine!
My pottery mania has been growing stronger and stronger and am learning by leaps and bounds... and loving every minute of it-more than I thought I would!
so here are a few pictures of my first glazed and finished work...
excuse the weird and lopsided shapes..
you have to remember that these are my first bowls and mugs...
I promise I WILL get better!!  :-)



mugs for me and my love... "me and u"



another set of mugs...love the colors

a snack bowl.. experimented with shape and love it!

an organically shaped poppy snack bowl (tried a kind of a paint on it called underglaze)

love the perfect shape and pearly colors!

another bowl with an interesting combination of colors
this is called a "yarn bowl" where you put the wool in the bowl and pull the yarn out of the hole so it doesnt tangle-the two other holes are for the needles!
a weird shaped mug wid a spout...mayb creamer?

love the intense red brown of the bowl...

my first crudely made T-lite holder


Its so much fun to see the finished product becoz till they come out of the kiln you can make a guess at the color and finish but its always a surprise how the colors/glazes mix with one another and come out absolutely beautiful!!
have made a few more stuff-still gotto get fired and glazed...
they might be a little better than this lot but I love the imperfections of my first attempt!
what do you think?

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Easiest and quickest and Yummiest Chicken Breasts!

Its been a long time that I have posted any recipes-
I have been cooking a lot recently, but not really having the time to post anything on my blog!
So today here is something quick, easy, peasy and absolutely de... li... cious!!
I usually have a few chicken breasts kept in my freezer and when I am at a loss for what to make they usually end up in the oven and I end up getting praised for my efforts!!
And believe me cooking chicken breasts is sooooo easy and you can come up with so many variants that its a new dish everytime...
whether its marinated with curd + cream, or with balsamic vinegar and orange juice or just sauteed with lemon flavored salt and pepper with a relish...
Its loved by everyone!!
now the trick to make it look and taste good is also the side dishes that you serve the chicken with...
they should compliment the flavor of the chicken...whether its sweet or sour or spicy!
Now this chicken I made was cooked in honey and Dijon mustard...
so the chicken had a nice sweet flavor that went well with the salty creamed potatoes (mashed potatoes cooked with milk/cream and cheese) and lemon zest flavored sauteed string beans!
they looked good and tasted absolutely divine!
so here is the recipe:

Sweet and Tangy Honey Mustard Chicken


Serves 4
Ingr
3 chicken breasts-sliced through so that they are not too thick!
1/2 cup Dijon mustard or any other mustard sauce, in case you dont have Dijon
1/4 cup honey or even maple syrup!
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Salt & Pepper
Rosemary

Method:

1- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2- In a small bowl, mix together mustard, honey, and vinegar.



 3- Place sliced chicken breasts into a baking dish. Season with salt and pepper.



4- Pour honey+mustard mixture over chicken. I marinated it for an hour but if you are in a hurry, you can skip the marination stage and go straight to the oven!
Sprinkle the Rosemary leaves on top... I didn't have fresh ones so I used dried Rosemary.

5- Bake for about half an hour and dont worry if a lot of the syrup is bubbling at the base of the pan...you can pour that over the chicken when you serve...it brings out the flavor!
serve with any accompanying side dish and garlic roasted bread!



YENJOY!! and lemme know if you tried it and also if you get requests for repeats!

Oh and you can use your leftovers (that is if you have any!) in your salads or sandwiches or top it on pasta!  :-)


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