The Taaitaai Quest
About a month ago Dutch baking blogger Mannin posted an appeal in an online food blogger community. She had baked the traditional St. Nicholas delicacy taaitaai (“tough tough”) but thought they looked boring without the traditional shape and pattern. The bloggers began to search for original woodcuts, but they were so rare that they decided to get them custom-made. Mannin approached Jan of koekstempel.nl, who makes bespoke molds and stamps for cookies, speculaas, and recently also taaitaai. In order to create the woodcuts Jan needed clear templates, and that’s when I jumped on the bandwagon.
I made pencil drawings of a Sint, Piet, and traditional taaiman, and turned them into digital drawings so Jan could work his magic. I was overjoyed when I found the mold in my mailbox yesterday and I immediately gave it a try. I had already prepared a traditional taaitaai recipe that uses honey, rye flour and ground star anise. It was my first time making taaitaai but working with the wooden mold was plain sailing. When these good-looking taaimen came out of the oven they filled my flat with a lovely aniseed smell. I am really happy with my woodcut and very excited to see how the taaitaai figures of the other bloggers turn out!
❝And then, you ask me whether I approve of violence. I mean, that just doesn’t make any sense at all… whether I approve of guns.
I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama!
Some very, very good friends of mine were killed by bombs! Bombs that were planted by racists. I remember from the time - I was very small - I remember the sound of bombs exploding across the street, our house shaking! I remember my father having to have guns at his disposal at all times because of that fact that any moment - someone - we might expect to be attacked.
The man who was in that time, in complete control of the city government, his name was Bill Connor. He would often get on the radio and make statements like - “Niggers have moved into an all white neighborhood, we better expect some bloodshed tonight,” and sure enough there would be blood shed.
After the four girls - one of them lived next door to me - I was very good friends of a sister of another one… My sister was very good friends with all three of them. My mother taught one of them in her class.
In fact, when the bombing occurred, one of the mothers of the young girl called my mother and said - “Can you take me down to the church and pick up Carol? We heard about the bombing and I don’t have my car.”
And they went down and what did they find? They found limbs and heads strewn all over the place.
And then after that, in my neighborhood, all the men organized themselves into an armed patrol. They had to take their guns and patrol our community every night because they did not want that to happen again. ❞ Angela Davis on Violence [x]
Warning Graphic Picture
The British liked to “collect” Maori peoples heads too.
A nineteenth-century collection of preserved Maori heads that went on to form part of the Wellcome Collection, image reproduced from S. Percy Smith, Maori Wars of the Nineteenth Century (Christchurch 1910).
‘Sophisticated’ and ‘Civilized’ people…
New show opens at our gallery 1.12.2013
ART ON PAPER SHOW at NAME Gallery AmsterdamExpect 25 national and international artists who each carefully selected fresh new works on paper. Screen prints as well as originals and photography. All edition works are limited to just a few pieces worldwide. So come join us and get them while they’re hot.
Participating artists are Animal Rescue . Besok . Btoy . Carl Cashman . Danny van der Laan . Danzel . Eelco van den Berg . FatHeat . Fake . Florian Krause . Gees Voorhees . Gwen Stok . Jeroen Huijbregts . Juice . KBTR . Laser 3.14 . Mr Wany . Mr Zero . PantOne . Pinwin . Pure Evil . Niark1 . Skount . Snik . Tizer
Check for more infos: www.thisisname.com
NAME Gallery - Fannius Scholtenstraat 67 - Amsterdam
Vernissage: 1.12.2013 from 16-20
Hope to see you there!!!
Got my hands on a nice Gees Voorhees piece myself, dope show.
Daaamn, nice kitchen