Kefir – making yoghurt video

Kefir grains are clumpy little brain like cauliflower things that turn milk into yoghurt overnight. Kefir is supposed to be rammed full of probiotics and other things of goodness but if you are just interested in the taste, think slightly zingy yoghurt. It makes great dressings with olive oil and garlic and is nice mixed with honey too. There is a nice big list here that says you can use Kefir anywhere you might use buttermilk. If, like me you are paleoish most of those recipes will need heavy adapting but you get the idea. I’m currently working on trying to make ricotta out of it.

You can’t make Kefir grains, you need to find someone who has enough to share. I got mine from Ebay and I’m happy to share mine if you want to pay for postage and hassle.

The video shows how I get the yoghurt off the grains every morning, well most mornings. Sometimes I leave it for a few days because I forget, then I just ditch the yoghurt. I use a jam jar, a ramekin bowl as a loose lid, a sieve, running water and organic cows milk. I’ve tried it with soya milk and it works but not so well. I think you can also use coconut milk and any other nut milk but the grains seem to thrive best on cow.  If you want a holiday you can leave them in the fridge in milk for a few days but they might take a day to recover from this.

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 20 – Collaborative Work

30 day creativity challenge Day  20, painting with a 10 year old.

A friend was decluttering a canvas so we got out the oil paints and painted over it. Then my son used some thingy on the camera to make a collage.

I got into smudging the colours together, he did some intricate little pictures influence, the precocious brat says, by Munch.

From top left on the top he has named them

Hell is in us all

Journey to the Underworld

The God of Destruction

Then on the bottom row

Cry

Terror

Ahh, happy childhood memories.

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Today’s Haiku

Cats scuttle around

Destroying my home and life

Kill outside instead

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 19 – Skeleton

30 day creativity challenge Day  19, Bones

I was waiting somewhere there happened to be a skeleton, so I drew it.

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The proportions are right but I was too chicken to shade it.

No Haiku today, not in the mood.

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 18 – It seems I am a fucking hippy

30 day creativity challenge Day  18, Glastonbury Tor

It seems I might be a fucking hippy after all. Sitting on top of Glastonbury Tor makes me feel good. Apart from when some wanker comes along and inflicts us all with his musical instrument, then the kill instinct comes out good and strong and I feel more like myself.

My son joined in today by racing round taking pictures.

The first sketch was of the field opposite where I was sat in the shade trying to filter out screaming children and happy fucking bastard families.

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This is what it really looked like, though the camera’s perspective is different to mine. I think I was higher up. I was playing with concentrating on shadows more than anything.

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Then I thought I was being a bit wishy washy with my line so I got out a Sharpie and drew the next field along. This was good fun to do and looked better before I tried to shade it with a fineliner.

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Lastly today was a sketch of people sitting on the hill next to the church on top of the Tor. I get so far with a sketch then I’m scared to put in detail in case I mess it up. Seems to be a bit of a block.

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These are some of the pictures my son took, before we went down the hill and got some spring water, like the fucking hippies we are.

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No Haiku today, not in the mood.

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.