Friday, 1 July 2011

New friend

Long time I haven't post anything because my niece kept me terribly busy and after she left, she left a big "hole" in my daily life.
In any case I knew at the moment this blog is almost secret, I believe I am the only reader, so I am not disappointing anybody if I miss some activities.

So, if you are wondering what do expatriate women do in Bangkok, here I have an example for you.
Nice surprise 2 days ago I found a new friend trough the internet. She is from England, she is one of my inspiring jewellery artist on Etsy where we both run a shop and I happily found out that she had just moved to Bangkok.
One click and I invited her to meet me, one click and she warmly accepted although she had never heard from me before. Actually, I have gone far ahead because I have clearly told her that I would like to learn few techniques more specifically relevant to the art of silver jewelry since I am specialized in ceramic jewellery and I really want to personalize my items 100 % being able to make my own earrings hooks, for example.
Emmie, this is her name, has shown great openness in making herself available and so an Italian coffee at my place was highly preferred by Emmie over a Starbucks' one to celebrate our meeting.
To receive her worthily, I have prepared a crostata with my mum's jam.
Crostata is typically made with sweet dough (much like Dorie's sweet tart dough) and a jam topping. When the jam is home made by your mum who only uses fruits from our 100% organic garden in the country back home and who only add minimum quantity of sugar required, well, you may understand that you are already half way through the success.
I keep postponing naming the flavor of the jam because my mum often uses to mix fruits according to what she finds perfectly ripe in the garden and this is one of those cases.
Anyway I am sure that quince apples were definitely there.
The dough was made with stone grounded organic flour from Australia, organic palm sugar, free range eggs, butter from New Zealand (all available here at Tops supermarkets) and 100% natural yeast cream of tartar that I got sent from Italy.
It was all an experiment in the sense that if it is already enough to change one of these ingredients to a well experimented recipe to have a different result, imagine if you put together new ingredients never used before! But Emmie and I were quite happy with the result that I will surely replicate.
Ah! I forgot to say that I added to the mixture a pinch of grated kaffir lime as I wanted to give a local touch to my crostata. I quite like it and next time I will augment the dose.
Emmie has such a transparent, sincere and good nature personality that our afternoon together flew in a blink of an eye and it was a very relaxing and "creative" one.
I really wanted to thank her for her willingness and openness so I gave her one of my raku decorated flower that she had openly complimented earlier for her to make it into a silver/raku ring.
She can't wear it since she still has to do the silver ring but she wore two of mine that I coupled with a stretchable thread  joined by an oblong shaped silver bead. It looks wonderful on her hand!

Emmie shop:
My shop:

For a picture of the Crostata, wait till next time since we were a bit hungry and couldn't wait to eat it as soon as it came out from the oven.

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