Monday, 20 February 2017

Have a happy Holiday - for those of you in the USA

The Beach at Trouville – in Art

The pic at the top shows the beach at Trouville as it is today. It is in Normandy, France and is still a fashionable area.  This beach has been painted several times by famous painters including, Monet, Degas and Boudin.

This painting is imaginatively titled The Beach at Trouville.  It is by Monet (of water lily fame).  The figure on the left is probably Monet's wife Camille.  This painting dates from 1870.  I find it almost like a dashed off photo – it doesn't seem particularly composed.  In the middle of the painting there is an empty chair.  Fancy wearing that much clothing on the beach!

Beach Scene by Degas is quite different.  Much of it is thought to have been painted in the studio rather than at the beach.  It shows a young girl and her maid at the beach.

Boudin painted several Trouville paintings.  I have chosen to show you the equally imaginatively named The Beach at Trouville.  This shows quite a scene – all the fashionable ladies and men sitting quite formally at the seaside.  This painting was done in 1864.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Living a mystery....

Zucchini Fan (reprised)

Here's a simple idea for jazzing up zucchini– you might call it courgette! The key is to slice the courgette most of the way to the stalk and then press it down quite hard with the flat of your palm so it forms a fan shape.

Then simply season it with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle on paprika and parmesan cheese.  A good drizzle of olive oil and you're ready to go.

Pop it into the oven on a high heat for about 15 to 20 minutes – or, as the cookbooks say, until golden brown.

These tasted just fine but I think that if I had used smaller courgettes the fan would have worked better.