Saturday, September 19, 2009

p is for piece

Creativity is a lot like looking at the world through a kaleidoscope. You look at a set of elements, the same ones everyone else sees, but then reassemble those floating bits and pieces into an enticing new possibility.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter (b. 1943) educator and sociologist

p is also for peace, not surprisingly peace was the first p word played when the mouse premiered the alphabet game!

this week I have been immersed in assembling and reassembling pieces - I'm not talking metaphorically but rather quite literally as I have been busily working on constructing a quilt. it is difficult to say what is my favorite part of the making a quilt, but piecing a quilt is right up there with selecting the fabrics for a project.

I'm almost finished piecing the quilt pictured above, all I have left is to add the borders; once the borders are done the piece will be ready for quilting. quilting is the perfect word for the letter q - but, alas, I used that word the second time I played around with the alphabet.

p is also for pesto.

the word pesto is derived from pestâ - and means to pound. the traditional process for making pesto is to pound the ingredients - basil, nut, garlic - with a mortar and pestle.

instead of a mortar and pestle I use a small food processor (but you can also use a blender). so one could say my sauce is made from the pieces of my ingredients. this is the time of year I put up pesto to last until next year's basil harvest.

recipe for perfect pesto:

2-3 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
3 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup of pine nuts
1-2 tablespoons of freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

first chop up basil, garlic and salt into fine bits with the small food processor. next, crush the pine nuts and then add to basil and garlic, chop some more and throw in the cheese. finally add the olive oil a small amount at a time - my appliance has a small hole on top and I slowly pour the oil through that while mixing.

use any way you like. some people say not to add the cheese if you are planning on freezing the pesto. I have both added the cheese and not added the cheese, and to tell you the truth, I haven't found that the cheese in anyway compromises the integrity of the pesto.

buon appetito!

and now for something completely different. betty hutton (as pearl white) singing the sewing machine song from the 1947 movie the perils of pauline


Anonymous said...

Kim, it's really beautiful - I love the color combinations and the abstract feel of it - very satisfying. Can't wait to see it with the border. Just great -

mum said...

gorgeous colors and pattern. Do show the finished piece when you're done.

pesto: same observation over here, it keeps just as well and tastes just as yummy either way so mixing in the cheese at the same time makes more sense to me.

Betty: love her. I'm a total klutz with a sewing machine so I could sing right along with her. On the other hand, given the top photo on this post, you find your way around a sewing machine pretty well, yes?

cheers, kimy.

Anonymous said...

kimy, you do some really great work on these. And looks like we're both doing some "reassembling". But I like yours better :) Happy week-end!

Roy said...

Wow! That's an incredible quilt!

And another pesto fan here, although I have an alternative pesto - Cilantro instead of Basil. Yum!

Elise said...

That quilt is utterly gorgeous!!

MW said...

Yummy...your quilt is a yummy work of art. I suspect the pesto is as well. I took down the recipe so that my kids and I can make it this week. Thanks for sharing.

Baino said...

Is there no end to your talents? Fantastic pattern, it looks very complicated! I too would love to see the finished product. Just gorgeous colours.

I don't store pesto, just make it as we need it. Fresh is best and all that!

Skip Simpson said...

I've known a few people who are into quilting, and IMHO, yours is the prettiest I've ever seen! And thanks for the movie clip! I thought I'd seen my share of obscure movies... but never caught THAT one! (Now I have that dang song running through my head LOL.)

Ronda Laveen said...

Perfect prose for this peaceful post on pieces and pesto.

Merle Sneed said...

That quilt is fantastic!

I wonder if all seamstresses wore Catholic school uniforms?

Did I mention that the quilt is fantastic?

mouse (aka kimy) said...

thanks everyone for the pats on the back and the songs of praise.

this quilt has been great fun in terms of playing with color and the design although I'm a bit intimidated by the deadline and the fact it's huge (queen sized bed) but inch by inch, life's a cinch or should I say stitch by stitch....

pesto, gets frozen here as winter does come and local basil harvesting is confined to a few months

I love cilantro, but never tried cilantro pesto! will have to give it a whirl.

hey, merle, I'll have to investigate that relationship... I wore catholic school uniforms for many years myself. my favorite one was the one from our lady of guam!!!!

skip, am always happy to plant an earworm!

okay up the cloth is calling ....gotta run