New Veg on the Block, Kalettes

Is it time we replaced Brussels sprouts with something we actually like? Every year we put them onto our plate at christmas and every year they are scraped off our plate into the bin, or in our case into the dogs dinner bowl (a mistake as regrettable as adding them to our dinner in the first place). It would be a shame I know, to take away something that is so entrenched in us, it would be like taking away the decorations from the tree. Without them it’s just a tree in the living room. The same with the dinner it may as well just be another roast dinner we have every Sunday. So why not change it. Kalettes, a blend of the best bits from your ever faithful brusssel sprout and your curly leafed friend, kale, give you a fantastic alternative. Different enough to be tasty but similar enough to not be unfaithful to the traditional sprout. 


They are not genetically modified before you ask, they are a hybrid of the two created using “traditional breeding techniques” to quote their website. I don’t know what this means. Maybe they water them with wine, stick on a bit of Barry White, close the doors and let Mr White work his magic. What I do know is that they taste amazing. Sweet, nutty and milder than Brussels. They a the first new vegetable to hit the shelves in over a decade and I for one welcome them with open arms.


I am going to do a few more recipes with them which I will post. For now here is a link to the Sea bass with garlicky bacon kalettes I cooked a while ago.

I’m in two minds with this one. From a distance I really like it, up close not so much. I keep trying to tell myself that I have only just started painting so i’m not going to be good at it for a long while yet. The painting I used as my guide was “Autumn Rain” by Graham Gercken which I found on Flicr follow the link to see the original. Autumn Rain (Seriously do it, it is amazing.

There are lots of things I need to work on obviously like technique and colour mixing. But, the main thing for me to learn is patience. I feel I need to finish the painting in one night. I did this in about three hours. I rushed at the end as it was gone midnight and I was shattered.

I tried painting the tree trunks with a brush. The paint was still wet underneath and I just couldn’t get it right. Any suggestions would be great

Anyway I am going to start another one tonight. We’ll see how that goes.

Oil painting number 2

Here is my second attempt at oils. Again I have used Leonid Afremov as my inspiration and a painting called “come together” I have left out the detail like the street lamp and the lighting from it. I am quite pleased with it though. I love this style of painting. 

My first time with oil paints 

This is my first ever painting with oil paints. I used Leonid Afremov’s “Aura of autumn 2” as my inspiration. This is much simpler and without the brilliance of his obviously but for my first attempt I am quite happy.

Herbs in watercolour

I have started doing some sketches for a new series of posts I want to start on growing herbs and vegetables. Here is my first attempt. Hopefully you can tell what they are.