Friday, February 27, 2015

Dogs, Wolves, and Mugs

Yesterday’s blog post showed some pictures of dog sculptures that I made when I was in elementary school and high school. You can see the post here if you missed it yesterday. Many of you expressed support for me making more animal related art. Thanks for the support and encouragement. You may know that I make pots with dragons and horses and sugar skulls but did you know I also make mugs with wolf images? Well, one of those wolves is actually a dog.

His name was Blue because a dog like him only came along once in a blue moon. He was a pretty special dog, very good, very sweet, and very beautiful.

A Dog Named Blue
One day a neighbor was out walking with her little boy. They passed our house and the dogs, who were in the yard ran to the fence and barked a little. The boy was interested in the dogs so we let them meet, he gave Blue lots of hugs and pets. As he was leaving he said “good-bye dogs” to the others. It seemed strange because he clearly connected most with Blue. Then he said “good-bye wolf” to Blue and we understood what he had seen.

Wolf Mug by Lori Buff
Wolf Mug

I tried to make the image on this mug be a wolf but it always came out being Blue. That’s alright, he deserved it.

Other Stuff:

Defenders of Wildlife

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Old Dogs

Does every kid that takes a ceramics class and loves animals make animal sculptures?  I know I did, it was a show of affection. My first dog and I explored all the woods and alley’s of the town I grew up in.  She was a constant companion and I have many fond memories of time spent with her. She was a really good dog so she was welcome in a lot of places. She knew that she was not allowed to cross a street until she was told it was okay. She respected this rule so I usually walked her with the leash in my pocket. That’s something I would never do today now that I know better how dogs think. But she was one of a kind. Sadly, this sculpture doesn’t do her justice, it doesn’t really look like her much at all. The main similarity is that she was black and white also.

Dog Sculpture

She died during my senior year in high school, we were all devastated, we loved her so much. A week later a neighbor saw someone giving away puppies outside the local grocery store so she sent my mom to look at them. Of course she picked out a puppy to help fill the hole in our hearts.

This new puppy was playful and energetic, she raced to greet you and jumped up to say hello. After living with an older, quieter, more submissive dog this was a big change. It felt like we were being mugged whenever we came home. So mom decided to name her Muggsy. This was a little bit of a problem because one of my friends from pottery class had earned the nick name of Muggsy due to the number of mugs she made. I had to make sure the name was okay with her but she was gracious and said she was honored not insulted.

I made this sculpture for her. It’s a good size, about 18 inches from nose to butt. It was not protected in any way while it spent a few decades in the basement so it has suffered a few breaks over the years. I didn’t try gluing her back together but I do love her face.

Ceramic Sculpture of a Dog by Future Relics Gallery
Muggsy Dog Sculpture

Maybe I should try to make sculptures of my current dog pack.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Why We Love Pitchers

This morning Meredith from Why Not Pottery asked her readers if they still use pitchers and how they use them.  I started to answer but it got too long for a comments section so I jut told her I’d answer her here.

I love pitchers.  They are easily one of my favorite pots to make. They are very functional and useful but they are also a piece that lets me play with design.  I can make pitchers in various shapes and sizes for multiple uses. Many potters do this with teapots, some even make non-functional teapots that are really imaginative. I have yet to do that, I still want to keep my functional pots, well, functional. Of course that may change at any time.
This pitcher is being used as a vase by the current owner. It was made of a white stoneware of three thrown then altered and assembled pieces. It’s a form I want to revisit.

Pottery Pitcher by Lori Buff
Altered Pitcher

I use a small pitcher, also known as a creamer every morning to steam and froth the cream I put in my coffee.  I put the cream into the creamer, microwave for 30 seconds then froth with a tiny emersion blender.  I have three little creamers for this purpose so the used ones can sit in the dishwasher until it’s full.

I use medium sized pitchers for whipping up sauces and dressings when I’m cooking. This is especially nice if the dressing is going to be served with the meal.

Bird Pitcher by Lori Buff
Bird Pitcher

When we have guests over I always put out a pitcher of cool water for them.  That way they can fill their cup whenever they want. One of my friends likes this idea so much she has asked for a pitcher to give as a wedding gift. Maybe I’ve started a trend.

An idea I got from Martha Grover is a pitcher that comes with a juicer that fits on top. This is really handy for fresh squeezed orange juice, Margaritas, and Mojitos.

Another customer bought one of my larger pitchers to use as a kitchen crock. I make a crock just for your utensils, it also doubles as a wine chiller, but she wanted to use the pitcher. Who am I to argue?I’m just happy it’s being used.

How do you use pitchers?

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Naked Raku Firing

It’s been a cold winter for Atlanta.  I know it’s been much worse for people further north but we aren’t used to temperatures in the teens here.  Call me a whimp but I don’t like to raku fire in the freezing cold.  I did it when I was the studio assistant for Linda and Charlie Riggs at Penland, and I was happy to do it but at home I can wait for warmer weather...usually. Right now I am getting ready to go back to Penland for an 8 week concentration and getting prepared to have pots at Fired Works in Macon, GA in April. Add to that list a lid for an urn for someone’s kitty that needed to be remade and I had to fire.

This weekend seemed to have the most promising temperatures and a little break between rain drops so I got everything set up and fired away.

This firing was strictly iron fumed and horse hair raku. These are my two favorite styles of naked raku so I was pretty excited to do this firing. It would have been nice if the sun was out but you don’t need nice weather to raku fire, as long as it’s not raining or snowing.

Creating Horse Hair Raku Pottery by Future Relics Gallery
Applying Horse Hair to a Jar Lid

Fumed Lidded Ceramic Container by Lori Buff
Fumed Pottery Box
I love how the colors from the fumed pots are mirrored on the foil.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Meatless Monday - Quick Lemon Pesto Penne Pasta

It’s Monday night, you’re tired, you worked hard today or maybe you’re still recovering from a very fun weekend.  That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat well.  Actually, when you’re tired is when you should really make sure you eat well.  That’s why I like to show you gourmet style meals that are quick and easy to prepare or that can be made a day or two in advance.

This dish is one very fine example of quick, easy, and delicious.  You could make your own pesto in advance if you want to do that or buy a jar of high quality pesto. Since this recipe only calls for 1/4 cup you might have some leftover to put into another recipe later in the week.

Lemon Pesto Penne

8 ounces whole wheat penne
2 cups broccoli cut into florets
1 cup oven roasted tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic, minced
¼ cup pesto
¼ cup feta cheese
juice of ½ lemon
fresh basil, cut into ribbons


Cook the penne according to package directions. Add the broccoli to the pot of boiling water for the last 2 minutes of cooking. It will turn bright green. Drain and return to the pan over medium high heat. Add the tomatoes and garlic to the pan with the pasta and broccoli; sauté 1-2 minutes. Add the pesto, half of the feta, and the lemon juice. Toss in the pan until well combined. Remove from heat and add the basil. Sprinkle with remaining feta before serving.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

New Studio

Those of us who live on the East coast are experiencing a pretty rough winter.  Potter Gary Rith says he hasn’t seen the ground in weeks due to the amount of snow they have in upstate New York. Kyle Carpenter helped Michael Kline load and fire his kiln in sub freezing temperatures.  Janet’s family lives in Idaho and have been experiencing higher temperatures than we have here in Atlanta. I’m ready for spring.

Actually, I’m getting ready for spring shows like FiredWorks in Macon. It’s extra urgent for me because I’ll be at Penland School of Crafts for a few weeks leading up to the show and after it. Then when I get home I go right into a few more spring shows including one that I’m helping a friend to organize (more on that later). So I need enough work but my studio is only heated with a small space heater. Winters are so mild, and I built the studio with enough insulation that it normally does the trick. But it can’t stand up to temperatures in the teens all day long.

Glazing Pottery in My Temporary Studio by Lori Buff
Working with an Audience

The solution for me and others has been to move into the house.  I’ve protected the dinning room table with multiple layers of protection and I’m only painting and slip trailing with underglazes so I’m not making a big mess. It’s nice to have the company of the dogs too. Can you see little Ginger in her bed in the sunbeam?

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sleeping Ceramic Kitty

When I was in 7th or 8th grade I was playing with one of my friends in a park near the Junior High School we attended when we saw one of the local bullies approaching.  I remember bracing myself for whatever taunts this kid was going to hurl at us. He wasn’t the worst of the bullies but who needs that.  As he approached I could see he was holding something in his hands. I was surprised to realize that it was a little kitten.  He told my friend and I that he had found it and couldn’t find the mother or any other kittens. He also said he couldn’t bring that kitten home and asked if we would take it. I said I would. I remember that pretty distinctly because I saw kindness and compassion in this kid that normally showed neither.

I brought the kitten home and we fed her milk with an eye dropper.  Since she had not spent enough time with her mother she liked to suckle an earlobe when someone was holding her.  My brother named her Cauli-fifi because he was into making up fun sounding words. Sadly, after several months my father’s allergies were so terribly aggravated by her presence in our home that we couldn’t keep her.  My mother was able to list her with a great rescue organization, they connected her with a very nice man who took her, loved her and even let her suckle his earlobes.

Ceramic Kitty by Lori Buff
Ceramic Kitty
This little ceramic kitty was my attempt at replicating her in my Junior High School art class. She was a sweet kitty and I have always been glad that she brought out the kindness in people.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Creating a Surface

When making horse hair raku pottery the piece has to be made very smooth when it’s thrown.  After it is almost completely dry I apply tera sigillata with a nice, soft, large paint brush then burnish to a nice sheen.  Even though it’s a little time consuming I enjoy this process.  I find something meditative about the burnishing process and I’ve noticed that the tera sig’ is really pretty forgiving if it’s not applied 100% evenly, as long as I have a few layers and have burnished between coats.

Applying the Tera Sig’

I also love the look of the surface when I’m in the process of burnishing the piece.  I think it looks very fresh with the shiny surface. That’s not the way we normally see pots that are ready to be fired.  Normally they are very dry and chalky.

This is the base to a lamp that I’m making for a customer. I enjoy making the lamps.  Since most of my pots are functional it feels right to combine the techniques that are normally associated with decorative pottery and make them into something functional.

Other Stuff:

Charlie Rigg’s Tera Sig’ Recipe

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Meatless Monday - Roasted Tomatillo Pozole

Pozole is one of my favorite soups. I love it in winter for it’s warming ability but I’ll eat it in the spring also because the flavor is delicious.  Of course I think anything with avocado and cilantro is fabulous, don’t you?

Pozole is traditionally made with pork but that doesn’t work for meatless Monday or vegetarians so this recipe is made with roasted tomatillo’s instead. Roasting any vegetable really brings out the flavor and makes them a little bit sweeter. It works well with this soup.

Pozole can be made 1 to 3 days in advance, and in fact the flavor improves after a rest in the fridge. Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.

This is one of those soups that actually pairs well with a margarita. You’ve gotta love that.

Roasted Tomatillo Pozole by Future Relics Gallery
Roasted Green Pozole

1⁄2 cup roasted, pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
10 ounces tomatillos (about 4 to 5 medium size), peeled and roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 large onion, roughly chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, halved and seeded
1⁄2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 1⁄2 to 3 cups vegetable broth,
1 15-ounce can hominy, drained and rinsed
1 lime, quartered
4 oz cotija (or similar cheese) crumbled
1 avocado, sliced


Heat a large dutch oven or stock pot on high heat then turn down heat and add the oil. Next add the tomatillos, garlic, onion, and jalapeño to the pot. Roast in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are charred, caramelized in parts, and tender.  Add the pumpkin seeds and cumin, toast for a minute or two then add the broth, oregano,  and hominy.

Let this simmer, mostly covered, for 20 minutes. Stir in the chopped cilantro. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding salt if you feel it needs it.

Serve with lime slices, crumbled cotija, and avocado on the side.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Early Flower Vase

You may remember the “What’s in the Box?” post I wrote a few weeks ago when I was at my Mother’s house.  That has led to a few posts that seemed appropriate for this throw back Thursday thing people are doing.  Have you seen anyone else’s TBT photos?  Some are really fun.  Just search in your favorite social media site #tbt and you’re sure to see lots of pictures.

This vase was probably one of the tallest pieces I threw when I was in High School.  I should have measured it but I would guess that it’s about ten to twelve inches tall.  I had seen some pots that were decorated using majolica and I was trying to replicate them but I didn’t know what I was looking at so I had to experiment. Since this was made in the dark ages before the internet and smart phones so I couldn’t just show an image to my pottery teacher and ask.  Besides, I’ve always been into trying to figure things out.  
Pottery Flower Vase by Lori Buff
Early Flower Vase

If I remember correctly I painted the flowers with blue and yellow underglazes then used a white overglaze on top of it all.  I the white glaze muted and blurred the underglaze a little bit.  It wasn’t the effect I was looking for but I still really loved the vase.  Sadly, even though it was wrapped in news paper and stored in a box it must have taken a blow to the side and has a break in the back.  I don’t think it will hold water anymore. At least the chip can be put towards the wall.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Delivering the Pots

Every now and then you have to freshen the inventory. Pottery doesn’t go bad, it has no expiration date. You can find pottery that is as old as the hills...well, it’s made from the hills so I guess even the newest pots are as old as the hills. But, in the shops that sell my work I need to keep inventory fresh so periodically I need to bring new pots to them.  As much as I love visiting with the shop owners and telling them about the pottery, finding out about how they are doing, seeing what’s new in the store, and all that their is a paperwork issue that I don’t love. This makes me procrastinate, does anyone like making inventory sheets?

I did get my act and the pots together and made deliveries around Atlanta this week. If you go to any of the shops that carry my pots you’ll find some nice, fresh pottery just in time for Valentine’s Day.  And tell them that I sent you.

Where to find Future Relics Pottery in Atlanta:

The Collective
723 Lake Ave, NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 730-3836

Charis Books and More
1189 Euclid Ave, NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 524-0304
Kaboodle Home
485 Flat Shoals Ave, SE #B,
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 522-3006
The Mercantile
1660 Dekalb Avenue Northeast #150
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 378-0096

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Cleaner Way to Make Large Bowls

Every now and then someone posts pictures to Instagram or Facebook of them throwing a 25 pound bowl. I am truly impressed but have little interest in trying it.  It just looks like more of a workout then I want. Besides, the first time I saw someone do this at Mudfire I asked him to weigh the bowl when it was completely done (glazed and fired). It weighed 12 pounds.  Yes, it was a large bowl but it also seemed like he lost a few pounds of clay in the centering process.  You can always recycle that clay but it seems like a waste to me.

The thing is, people do want large bowls.  I recently had a request for a nice, large pasta bowl. The kind of bowl that is filled with a wonderful pasta dish and placed on the table in front of family and friends.  Dig in, share, enjoy.  I love those gatherings and would be very happy to have my bowl be a part of that fun.

I saw a video on Pinterest and thought it would be worth a try in order to make this bowl.  You can see the video here. http://youtu.be/lFudiwgRcdM

Essentially it’s a great amount of pounding on the clay.  If you are ever really, really angry this would be a great way to take out those frustrations. I found it to be very tiring even with very fresh, soft clay.  I was only using 10 pounds of clay for my bowl and still it was hard work.

Large Ceramic Bowl by Lori Buff
14 Inch Bowl

I will say, it was much cleaner than trying to center 10 pounds of clay, plus the loss of clay was minimal so my 10 pound bowl will be a bit larger than it would have been if I had thrown it in a traditional way.

If I were to try this again I’d try using two paddles instead of my hands.  Currently, I don’t have any paddles that are sturdy enough to pound this much clay.  I need to get those, or make them.  I’m also thinking about making a rubber mallet that has a spherical end instead of a cylinder with flat ends.  I think that would do a great job and save the beating on my hands.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Meatless Monday - Zucchini Spaghetti alla puttanesca

Have you ever tried Spaghetti all puttanesca? It’s a delicious and easy Italian dish. It’s made with traditional southern Italian ingredients. It’s a little bit salty and very, very flavorful. It makes a great weeknight dish because it can be made very quickly.

If you don’t want the carbs or gluten of pasta you can make it with zucchini as I did, or try it with spaghetti squash. Be sure to make more than you need, it makes great leftovers.  I think if you make it with zucchini you might not even have to reheat the leftovers, just eat it like a salad.  Of course your taste may be different than mine so try it first but have a microwave at the ready just in case.

This dish seems special enough to serve to company. Have you thought about inviting some friends over for a mid-week meal. What a nice way to give them a night off form cooking during the week.  Maybe they’ll return the favor some day.  Besides, it’s fun.

Zucchini Spaghetti alla puttanesca by Future Relics Gallery
Zucchini Spaghetti alla puttanesca

3 zucchini, cut into ribbons
1/2 tsp Anchovy paste
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Handful of capers
1 Handful of pitted Kalamata olives, roughly chopped
pinch of Chili flakes
1 - 2 oz sun-dried tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 14oz can of diced tomatoes
Olive oil
Parmesan cheese, grated


Heat a heavy, large skillet over high heat, reduce the heat to medium and add a good splash of olive oil.  Toss in the garlic and sauté for a minute, add the anchovy paste, stir then add the chili flakes and stir again. Next add the capers and olives, stir and let them all fry for a minute or two then add the can of tomatoes and heat through.

Once the sauce is heated, quickly mix in the zucchini and remove from the heat. You want to just warm the zucchini, not cook it. Serve in pasta bowls with parmesan cheese topping.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Fired Works Article in Clay Times Magazine

The Macon Arts Alliance is really supportive of the arts. They have a great gallery in downtown Macon, they host Friday night art strolls and promote lots of art events on Twitter and Facebook.  Of course one of my favorite events that they host is FiredWorks.

FiredWorks seems to be all about pottery, and trust me, the MAA does a great job getting many of the area’s best potters to bring their pots to show and sell. But the event is also good for Macon, a city that is in resurgence. Since visitors come from all over Georgia and surrounding states to see the show the MAA tries to cross promote with other events and interesting attractions in the area. They also hold art related workshops and such during FiredWorks.  All this helps people to want to make the trip and even stay for a few days.

Lori Buff’s ceramics at Fired Works in Macon, GA
My Display at FiredWorks

I was thrilled when I found out that Clay Times Magazine had published an article about FiredWorks 2015 and included many reasons why someone would want to visit the area, besides the wonderful pots.  Having been a FiredWorks invited artist for a few years I can add to the list so scroll down to the “Other Stuff” links at the end of this page.

If you want to read the article I’ve published it here: FiredWorks 2015 -Clay Times Article but you can also pick up the magazine and see what other interesting clay stuff they are writing about this month. Towards the end of the article they have a picture and a few paragraphs about my friend Roger Jamison who allows me to help fire his wood kiln so be sure to read all the way to the end.

Other Stuff:

567 Center for Renewal (art gallery and more)
Herriet Tubman Museum
Museum of Arts and Sciences
Theater Macon
Live Music
Golden Bough Books

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

First Porcelain Pot

At some point near the end of the school year my pottery teacher was able to get some porcelain for her classes to try. I remember being told that it was more expensive than the stoneware and earthenware we had so we could only use a small amount so that their would be enough for everyone.    Of course I had to try it.
Early Porcelain Pot with Flowers by Future Relics Gallery
Early Porcelain Pot
This pot is one of the first pieces I made in porcelain, I don’t remember if it’s the absolute first piece, it was long ago and I’ve slept since then.  It’s wheel thrown with little flower petals attached.  The rim has gold paint which might have been leftover from when I made model cars and planes.  The handles are a gold thread rope.  I find them interesting, the holes for it must have been made before I fired the piece so I guess I had in mind to attach these handles.  I wonder if I found the rope in my mother’s sewing supplies.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Hand Crafted Corporate Gifts

Buy local, shop small, support small businesses.  You’ve heard these statements from me pretty regularly, especially if you follow me on social media as well as here.  I truly think this is important but I also realize that larger corporations are here to stay.  Many do have a place and fulfill many needs, they are here to stay.  Every corporation is not evil either.  Many of them do good deeds and many have employees that care about our society and customer service.

Several months ago I was approached by someone who worked for a large corporation.  She was putting on an event for the companies customers and she wanted to give the attendees a special gift.  She asked if I had any woodfired mugs.  I was smiling into the phone.  She likes earthy looking pottery and she had come to the right potter.  She cleaned out most of my mug inventory and placed a special order for a mug for one of her friends and didn’t ask for a discount.  That’s a perfect customer in my opinion.
Double Fluted, Ash Glazed Mug by Lori Buff
Double Fluted, Ash Glazed Mug

A few weeks later I was reading the blog of another ceramic artist Anna Ryland and found out that she had some works that were also used as corporate gifts and she even got some positive feedback from the recipients.

It feels really good when we all work together.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Art of Diplomacy Exhibit

The Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta held an exhibit of Sir Winston Churchill’s paintings which we attended this past weekend.  I was pleasantly surprised at how good they were considering he was not formally trained.  Churchill was born shortly after the first impressionist art exhibit and you could see how the style influenced his work.  He also had some ideas about painting that made me wonder if he had spent time chatting with other artists or art teachers.  One example of this is the idea of painting the same scene several times. He felt that if he did that he would see new details or see things in a different way.  He used that some philosophy in his politics, he believed that every minute of a speech should take at least an hour of writing.
Boat in Cannes Harbour by Winston Churchill
He created over 500 paintings in his lifetime, most were landscapes. Since he traveled extensively he was able to capture quite a few parts of the world. If 500 paintings doesn’t seem like it’s prolific enough discovering that he only painted one painting during the second world war makes it even more impressive.
The Beach at Walmer by Winston Churchill
Although he was known for his strong military leadership Churchill usually painted very peaceful scenes. He believed that the creativity that he used in his paintings would translate to his strategic and leadership abilities. He makes a strong argument towards keeping art education in our schools. This painting struck a cord with me, it was painted about 1938. The cannon was an old piece of equiptment that was used to protect the coast in a previous war. The bathers seem oblivious to the fact that it appears to be aimed right at them. It made me think about the juxtaposition of weapons and peace. I wonder how many of us could feel perfectly peaceful while staring down the barrel of this weapon.  Would it become commonplace and ignored? Are we doing that in a more metaphysical way right now?
Tower of Katoubia Mosque by Winston Churchill
The painting titled “Tower of Katoubia Mosque” was the only painting that Churchill created during World War II, he gifted it to President Roosevelt and was on loan to the exhibition due to the generosity of it’s current owners Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.  Churchill’s great grandson, Duncan Sandys was on hand to tell us the story of this painting and a few other interesting stories of Churchill’s artistic life.

Millennium Circle by Edwina Sandys
Winston was not the only member of the family with artistic talent. His granddaughter Edwina Sandys is also an artist who had this piece on display at the museum.  She works in various mediums including painting, drawing, and sculpture. You should check out her work, it’s very thought provoking, satirical, and fun. I really like it.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Meatless Monday - Spicy Roasted Cauliflower Burritos

Poor cauliflower, it has a bad rap.  Face it, it looks pretty boring unless you get one of the new brightly colored varieties.  I’m not sure how they make it purple and orange so I’m a little cautious around those varieties.  My first experiences with cauliflower were steamed or boiled.  That’s only good if you smother it in cheese, of course you can smother almost anything in cheese and I’ll think it’s delicious.

It wasn’t until I learned all the different ways you could cook cauliflower that I figured out it was delicious.  Roasting is one of the best things you can do to a vegetable to really bring out it’s most wonderful flavors, cauliflower is no exception.  These burritos are filled with deliciousness and great spice flavor without being hot.

Roasted Cauliflower Burritos with Avocado Cream Sauce by Lori Buff
Cauliflower Burritos

1 cauliflower head, cut into bite sized florets
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 - 2 cloves garlic, crushed
Juice from 1 lemon
1 Serrano pepper roughly chopped
Grated taco cheese such as cheddar or Monterey jack
1 package of tortillas

For the Coconut Sauce
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/8 tsp. ground cumin
1/8 tsp. ground coriander 

For the Avocado Cream Sauce:
1 ripe avocado
Juice from 1 lime
1/2 cup greek yogurt


Coat a roasting pan or cookie sheet with olive oil.  Toss the cauliflower with the seasonings, lemon juice and serrano pepper then spread out in the roasting pan.  Roast at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes stirring after about 10 minutes.

While the cauliflower is roasting mix all the ingredients for the coconut sauce in a small, lipped bowl and mix all the ingredients for the coconut sauce in a food processor.

When the cauliflower is cooked drizzle the coconut sauce on top and toss then arrange on soft tortilla, top with grated cheese and avocado cream sauce.

Plate by Lori Buff

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