Friday, March 30, 2012

Crunchy Asian Salad

Asian Salad
If its 81 degrees in Charleston today, I cannot imagine what the summer's temperatures will be like. I have stopped making soups and try to stay away from using the stove too much, opting for chilled salads and homemade gourmet sandwiches. I've made this salad/slaw recently and was proud of how well it kept for a week.

Crunchy Asian Salad
1 head Napa cabbage, cut into 1/4-inch strips
1 small head red cabbage, cored and chopped
2 large carrots, peeled and shredded
1 large cucumber, peeled & chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
2 cups cooked shelled edamame
2 cooked chicken breasts, cooled, and shredded
juice from 2 limes
Thai peanut bottled dressing
salt and pepper
2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1/2 cup roasted almonds

Mix the cabbage through the lime juice in a large bowl. Add desired amount of Thai dressing and salt and pepper to taste. Let marinate for a few hours before serving.
Don't add avocados and almonds until its just being served.
Makes 8 servings

Asian salad

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Venice {Bread and Tulips}

Finding a good instant Netflix movie is slim pickings these days, but I settled upon an Italian film one evening called Bread and Tulips. It was a quiet film with uncomplicated, natural acting, but what drew me in more than the language and aesthetic was the setting - Venice.
I went to Venice several summers ago, but it seems the longer you have been away from a place, the more surreal it seems and you begin to wonder if you were even there. I guess the memories are crisp and detailed upon arrival home, but time fades the specificities - of the trivial or lousy moments, ingredients in the meals, what people looked like.
Looking back through these pictures I can recall exact moments of capturing the image, but in others nothing comes to mind.
This has all made me want to start a details journal, a little notebook I carry around to jot down a random memory, thought, a tiny facet in my day, a laundry list of things I want to do or wanted to do. I was loyal to my journal from 5th grade through my freshman year of college. I think now is a good place to pick it back up.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Mixtape Monday: What I am Listening to and Why

1. Radioactive - Marina and the Diamonds (This is off her upcoming album - it's so catchy!)
2. The Suburbs (Arcade Fire cover) - Mr. Little Jeans (a haunting rendition of an already brilliant song)
3. Obsessions - Marina and the Diamonds (off her debut album, another catchy tune, this album seems like its less synthetic than her upcoming one)
4. Can't You Tell - Vetiver (If you like Washed Out, you will like this. It's super summery.)
5. Slip Time - Young Magic (They have a unique Middle Eastern sound to their indie rock.)
6. Solar Fields - The Patience (has a Sigur Ros/90's vibe to it)
7. Nothing to Remember - Neko Case (off the Hunger Games soundtrack, so glad she contributed to it)
8. Lusitania - Andrew Bird (featuring St. Vincent, a waltzy, dream-like song)
9. Rules - Jayme Dee (another favorite off the Hunger Games soundtrack - I am digging the folk-sy feel to all the albums songs)
10. Fade Into You - Mazzy Star (a perennial favorite)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Charleston Lately...

ravenelft. sumter
Touring Ft. Sumter with a visiting friend and taking scenic the ferry ride complete with dolphins ... avoiding St. Patrick's Day craziness in a secluded coffee shop ... preparing and rehearsing scenes for an upcoming play ... discovering my love for Palmetto Espresso Porter beer...
and deciding to stay in Charleston for the summer until our lease is up in August.
I need a little more time with this city, can't leave it just yet.
ravenelft. sumter

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Daffodils and Lambs

When I was home, we made an afternoon of seeing the thousands of blooming daffodils at Gibbs Gardens. En route to the flowers, we stopped by a barn the side of the road where there were adorable sheep and a newborn lamb. We often see these sheep when traveling this road. At Christmas they have red ribbons tied around their wooly necks, but it seemed to apropos that just in time for Spring, a lamb had been born. Happy beginnings of Spring, y'all!
(this little video is how I really wished winter melted into spring)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Mixtape Monday's: Theatricality

Combine my love for fun.'s new album and my current involvement of acting in a play, and you would get this week's playlist inspired from Broadway tunes to modern pop-ballads ready for the stage.

1. Some Nights Intro - fun. (This band has the best Queen-esque sound. Their albums should be made into musicals.)
2. Some Nights - fun. (loving the percussion)
3. Elephant Love Medley - Moulin Rouge Soundtrack
4. Love Today - Mika (This falsetto is undeniably inspired by Freddie Mercury.)
5. Speechless - Lady Gaga (super New York/Billy Joel influenced)
6. The Pitch/Spectacular, Spectacular - Moulin Rouge Soundtrack
7. Time Bomb - The Format (fun.'s former band)
8. Release the Stars - Rufus Wainwright (Rufus is always theatrical and dramatic to me)
9. What Is This Feeling? - Wicked Soundtrack
10. Tulsa - Rufus Wainwright
11. The Gambler - Fun.
12. King of Anything - Sara Bareilles

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Green Smoothie

green smoothie
If you're looking for an easy way to consume nutritious leafy greens - try adding a handful to your smoothie! My tip is to make sure the spinach is totally blended and you will hardly notice that there is a salad in your smoothie.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Country Clutter

Whenever I go home and bask in the wilderness that surrounds it, I realize that nature is where I shall eventually end up. For now cities are more than sufficient for me, offering more opportunities and people to meet than I would in the country. Right now I thirst for culture and being surrounded by as many people as to not feel lonely or out of place. But when I am much older, have accomplished what I wanted to in the city and found someone to live the rest of my life with, I want to live in a home encompassed by nature. The mountains. The ocean. Farms. Vineyards.
One of these, or all of these, it will make me the happiest.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Mixtape Monday: Spanglish

Tarifa, Spain
(a photo from my day trip to Tarifa this summer)

Andrew Bird's newest album, Break It Yourself, dropped last week and I have been listening non-stop. Several songs on each of his albums always seem to have a Spanish-inflence to them. With all the different sounds he can make with his violin, you can be transported country to country, muscially. This week's playlist is based off Bird's latin-flared tunes and my current desire to return to Spain.

1. Near Death Experience Experience - Andrew Bird
(this new tune has such a sultry quality to it)
2. All Eyes on You - Diego Garcia
3. Along the Way - Devotchka
4. Rio - Hey Marseilles
5. Hanuman - Rodrigo y Gabriela
6. Imitosis - Andrew Bird
7. Teeth - Thao and Mirah
8. Danse Carribe - Andrew Bird
9. Vagabond - Beirut
10. Clockwise Witness - Devotchka

Monday, March 5, 2012

Mixtape Monday: En Route

These are some songs I listened to on my way home, where I am for the week.

1. Effigy - Andrew Bird (Looking so forward to his new album that is coming out tomorrow. My favorite lyric from this song: "Fake conversations on a non-existant telephone")
2. This Tornado Loves You - Neko Case (Been listening to her a lot lately and more ironically to this song, because if I am having a nightmare, a tornado is always in it. I think it's the unpredictability factor.)
3. Come Pick Me Up - Ryan Adams
4. Crane Wife #3 - The Decemberists (I love rediscovering old favorites from high school, like this gem)
5. Circuital - My Morning Jacket (An epic 2 songs in 1 kinda tune)
6. I'm An Animal - Neko Case
7. A Falling Through - Ray LaMontagne (I always find myself listening to lots of Ray in the car too)
8. Emmylou - First Aid Kit (perfectly harmonizing Swedish sisters)
9. Kindness - Ryan Adams

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Morocco & Spain Diana F+ Exposures

Spain Diana F+
Morocco Diana F+

The excitement of getting film developed never ceases. I used The Darkroom to expose my most recent roll of Diana F+ film, which included pictures from last October in Savannah and this past summer in Morocco and Spain. (I have now learned to not leave film so long in a toy camera - light leaks and traveling has it's effects of the raw film).
I had forgotten what exactly I had even photographed with this roll of film, but when looking at the pictures, my mind was overflowing with memories and the moments of capturing them.
I miss this time last year, when I was getting excited for an upcoming trip to a "far away land." I wish I had treasured that excitement and anticipation more, milked it to exhaustion, if that's even possible...
And I love the dream-like quality the Diana cameras produce, it's very apropos to how I view my travels abroad.

Morocco Diana F+Morocco Diana F+
Spain Diana F+Morocco Diana F+
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