Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
|photo by Chuck Pryce|
Artist Chuck Pryce, a friend and colleague of mine, and his wife Candy recently sent me a lovely gift: a half dozen eggs from his country home where he keeps ten hens. One of the most wonderful details about this story is that each breed of chicken lays a different color egg. Chuck emailed me some sweet commentary describing his brood (I wish I had more photos of these amazing chickens):
- Ancona: black and white mottled, lays the smallish white egg.
- Araucana: one lavender in color, the other in brown. These girls have huge heads, and for some reason are very friendly. They lay the blug eggs.
- Astraloop: black and white iridescent green feathers lay the brown eggs.
- La Bresse: skinny white, and nervous. These are the French Hens (good eating, says Chuck) and give white and pale brown eggs
- Buff orpington: large blond girls, also very friendly and lay the pink eggs.
After cracking your eggs in a large enough bowl to allow for some good whisking, take a fork and beat rigorously for about a minute. This will make the eggs fluffy and buttery in the end.
Next, heat up some unsalted butter in a flat pan. I cannot stress the following enough, use unsalted butter. I generally use a European or local butter. Wait until the butter almost stops bubbling completely. You'll also smell the beginning of some caramelization . . . this is when you know it's time to pour in the unseasoned eggs. Just pour the eggs. Never add any seasoning until the eggs are fully cooked.
Put the eggs on a plate and sprinkle with sea salt. I'm a big fan of Australian Murray River seas crystals. If you can multi-task as I like to do in the kitchen, squeeze some fresh oranges and put a baguette in the oven before beating your eggs. Place the baguette on the dish with the eggs, and set the table or a tray with salt, butter, jam, and your choice of beverages, and you'll have a nice send-off to weekend activities.
Monday, May 9, 2011
After the great success of Istancool 2010 (which celebrated Istanbul's status as the 2010 European Capital of Culture), the global brand Liberatum in association with Istanbul'74 and AnOther Magazine will host the second edition of the prestigious art, design, fashion, film, music, literature and architecture festival from May 27 through 29. Festival founder and artistic director Pablo Ganguli is again collaborating this year with Demet Maftuoglu who is creative head of the festival.
The festival, which features leading cultural personalities from Turkey and other parts of the world, offers a fascinating and unique cultural experience that brings together some of the world's most talented artists to Instanbul. I am honored to be a part of the festivities this year.
Please visit the website for more information.
Friday 27 May 2011
Vakko Cultural and Fashion Centre
1pm - Cinema in the Age of Marketing
Marco Mueller, Kirsten Dunst and Nurgul Yesilcay
What does Contemporary Cinema Tell Us About The World Today
2pm Murathan Mungan interviewed by Muammer Brav
3pm Io Sono L'Amore - Film Screening
3pm Haider Ackermann Worksho
5pm Q&A - Tilda Swinton and Luca Guadagnino with Serra Yilmaz
Saturday 28 May 2011
1pm Culture of The Young
Dan Colen and Ryan McGinley
Street Art and Its Effect on Counter Culture
2pm Collapse Into Now
Michael Stipe, Sophie Calle, Sam Taylor-Wood. Chaired by Jefferson Hack
Michael Stipe presents his 'Collapse Into Now' film project - A series of short films made by artists including Sam Taylor Wood and Sophie Calle to accompany each of the songs on R.E.M.'s most recent album.
3pm Fables of Turkey
Murat Daltaban and Hakan Gunday
The Impact of Turkish Literature on Theatre
4pm The English Director
Sam Taylor-Wood presents Play by Samuel Beckett. Directed by Anthony Minghella
Sunday 29 May 2011
Istanbul Modern Museum
1pm Sophie's World
A Talk with Sophie Calle
2pm Love and Revolt
Reha Erdem with Firat Yucel
The Cinema of Reha Erdem
3pm Artists Vs Brands
The Artist as A Brand
4pm Tuncer Kurtiz - A Special Presentation
5pm Voices of Hope
Amnesty International - Readings