Painting in the style of Kandinsky

Yesterday I attended a painting workshop. We used acrylics and designed our Painting and styled our palette on the Artist Kandinsky’s works. I was totally out of my comfort zone using bright colours however Kandinsky’s interest in spiritual and evoking mystery and atmosphere inspired me to paint this canvas, untitled at the moment!

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Lingering sultry spring day

Lingering on a sultry spring day,

Mesmerized by the shimmering gentle woodland light;

Silky Buttercups bob about grinning!

Apple blossom petals float like magical letters from fairies of wisdom onto the lush green floor;

Dandelion seeds flutter through tree nymph doors, under Hawthorn blossom garlands cascading into a hushed darkness

Where a tiny sprinkling of piercing blue periwinkles blink faraway in the memory of dew.

Rainy baking afternoons.

A rainy spring afternoon is ideal for searching through your store cupboards for baking ingredients. I found freeze dried Raspberries and ground almonds and decided to concoct a recipe for teatime. I’ve now had a couple of small slices; the cake is moist, tasty and light.

Raspberry loaf cake

A big thank you to Sue Dreamwalker for inspiring me to get baking again. She sent me her delicious Rhubarb crumble recipe which has I inspired me to make a successful gluten and dairy free crumble topping.😘

2 cups self raising gluten free flour

1/2 cup of ground almonds (optional)

1tsp gf baking powder

1/2 tsp Xanthan gum

1 1/4 cup of sugar or alternative such as coconut sugar

1/2 cup of dairy free spread

1 egg

1 tsp Vanilla essence

1 cup of almond milk

1 1/2 cups of fresh or freeze dried(reconstituted in hot water)

170°C/ 350F

Sift dry ingredients except sugar into a large bowl.

Cream spread with sugar, add egg, milk and vanilla extract.

Fold in the flour mix.

Fold in gently the raspberries.

Spoon into a lined and greased loaf tin

Cook for 40 mins but check after 35. Use a metal skewer to check the cake is cooked through. The skewer should come out clean if it is ready.

Cool completely before lifting out of the tin.

Enjoy with a cup of Earl Grey or Afternoon Tea blend.