Friday, October 30, 2009

halloween 2009

halloween2009, originally uploaded by achathampally.

Here we are at work today:

Anu: artist
Julie: mermaid
Melissa: devil woman
Crystal: little red riding hood

Acorn squash, Spinach, and Roasted Garlic Soup

This was very easy, warming and delicious. I roasted the squash and garlic the night before so things went together even faster for an easy weeknight meal. The colors are just beautiful with the golden orange yellow base and green spinach.

Acorn Squash, Spinach, and Roasted Garlic Soup

1 acorn squash
1 head of garlic
2 Tb butter
1 onion, chopped
2 cups of stock
1/3 cup dry sherry
bag of baby spinach
1/3 cup milk
kosher salt to taste
fresh pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 F. Cut acorn squash in half (carefully) and scoop out seeds and strings. Brush cut sides with olive oil and put face down on a rimmed baking sheet. Cut of the top third of the garlic and brush with garlic. Place on baking sheet. Roast both about 45 (until very tender) and let stand until cool enough to handle.

In a heavy skillet, melt the butter and saute the onions until lightly browned. Add stock, sherry and spinach and bring to a boil and let boil for about 3-5 minutes.

Scoop out squash flesh into the food processor. Squeeze out the roasted garlic and add that too. Puree until smooth. Add to the large skillet with the stock and spinach and onions. Add the milk and salt and pepper and let heat through.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

doggie social

elvis 1, originally uploaded by achathampally.

Elvis had a doggie social with Jes and Gracie
we had the best time!
Jes took this pics of Elvis :)

dog social 7

dog social 6

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Spinach Pie

Made this recipe this morning for a picnic later on...

Spinach Pie

1 Tb olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
pinch of kosher salt
1 lb baby spinach, washed and dried
1/2 lb authentic greek feta, rinsed in cool water and crumbled
6 oz ricotta cheese, fresh if you can get it
2.5 oz grated parmesan
3 eggs, beaten lightly
freshly ground pepper
1-2 Tb fresh dill, chopped

In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium low heat. Add onions and the pinch of salt. Saute until golden and starting to caramelize. Take you time with this - about 30 min. Let this cook while you prep the other ingredients. Transfer onions
to a large mixing bowl.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Return skillet to heat and saute spinach in batches til wilted and transfer to another bowl. Add a little oil if needed. I didn't need to. Coarsely chop cooked spinach and squeeze hard to get out as much water as possible.

Lightly oil an 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish. Into the large bowl with the onions, add the feta, ricotta, parmesan, eggs and black pepper. Mix well. Add spinach and dill and mix again. Spoon into baking dish and smooth out evenly and drizzle lightly with olive oil.

Bake for 30 minutes. Raise heat to 350 degrees and bake until lightly firm in the center and golden on top - about 15 more minutes. Good hot or cold.

* based on Sarah's spinach pie from NYTimes website

** I would have shown you a photo but the camera is broken :(

*** additions like garlic, sauteed mushroom or a little red pepper for color would probably be good.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Martha's glitterizing tool

Latest Martha mag has an article on "glitterizing" your photo. You upload a photo and the tool creates a glitterized version to use. I think it would be fun to use as a base for a painting.

glittered elvis

eating alone

eating alone

eating alone
beet rosti with fresh rosemary
hot & crisp, right out of the pan
it is Julia’s coq au vin
for the first time
it is solitude
and simple rice crackers with goat cheese
it is making Argentinian arepas
with spice black beans
and the adventure of rabo encendido
(Cuban oxtails in red wine)
it means an easy recovery from
the panna cotta that didn’t set
sometimes its just
sardines on toast
with a sprinkle of vinegar & black pepper
and your little dog at your feet.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

butternut squash

got a butternut squash at the farmer's market this weekend
and here is what I did:

peel, seed and cut squash in 1/2 inch pieces
(this takes the longest)
toss with olive oil, salt & pepper
roast on a baking sheet in a single layer
for 40 minutes at 350 degrees
meanwhile slice up an onion or two
and caramelize - add some chopped garlic
near the end
toss squash with the onions and garlic
sprinkle some bleu cheese over it
(1/4 cup is good - cheese is strong and the squash
is mild and you want to taste both)
mix and let the cheese get all melty

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Alcohol Inks

My friend Jes taught me how to use alcohol inks today.
They are amazing and fun.

Here is a postcard with alcohol ink and octopus embossed over it.
octo postcard

Thanks Jes!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

mummy dogs

mummydogs, originally uploaded by achathampally.

aren't these too cute for halloween?

just wrap hot dogs in crescent rolls cut into 1 inch strips.
bake at 375 F for 12 minutes

Link here:

Monday, October 12, 2009

Balloon Fiesta 2009

Balloon Fiesta 2009 3, originally uploaded by achathampally.

Here I am with Jo goofing around at balloon fiesta
its apropo that Jo is looking at a map as I have
a terrible sense of direction
good thing Elvis is in the front seat with me ;-)

October Skelly postcard

Made a bunch of postcards last night
I love mixing collage with rubber stamping

oct skelly

Sunday, October 11, 2009

I love this

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Sunday, October 4, 2009


DSC_0003, originally uploaded by achathampally.

haven't been knitting in while
so it felt good to make this scarf
it will be a christmas present :)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

stuff on my desk

sketch, originally uploaded by achathampally.

quick sketch with tape flags