February Favorites

OK, is it me or were the holidays a complete blur ……then in the blink of an eye the month of January was over. Yesterday while prepping Sunday lunch and gazing out the kitchen window I noticed daffodil shoots pushing through the ground in a few beds. And, if this wasn’t enough while reaching for onions from the larder they too had begun sprouting.

There is so much to enjoy with spring just around the corner; days are becoming longer, friends are sharing such cool information about food, music or art, and nothing beats learning something new.

A good friend from work shared a childhood treat from Korea called Dalgona. Its candy made with melted sugar and baking soda. Hyun said it was a popular street snack back in the day and is considered quite “retro” and these treats taste phenomenal!

Place parchment paper on counter and spray oil on bottom of a measuring cup. Add 2 tbsp sugar and 1 pinch of baking soda to a metal ladle and place over medium heat—-stirring constantly with a wooden chopstick until the sugar is melted and becomes a light amber color. Remove from heat, add baking soda……then incorporate well. Pour the mixture onto parchment paper in two equal circles then use the measuring cup to press into thin layer. Let measuring cup rest for about 8 seconds then remove and press in a cookie cutter.

Have a safe and Happy Valentine’s Day,

The Musée Rodin

Depiction of a scene from Dante’s Inferno the Gates of Hell and the bronze sculpture The Thinker [La Penseur].

I stumbled upon this post drafted two years ago after our return from Paris. A month later the city was shut down due to the pandemic, and the world developed the routine of “working from home”.

Paris in winter is a wondrous experience, walking under the gray skies with matching gray buildings adds to the illustrious charm of this city. While perusing the sites we came across the Musée Rodin which opened in 1919 to house the works of French sculptor Auguste Rodin. We had the opportunity to view many drawings, paintings, photographs, as well as objets d’art, which Rodin donated to the French State on the condition, they turn his villa into a museum. In the collection were works by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Vincent van Gogh. A room was dedicated to the works of female artists- Camille Claudel a longtime associate of Auguste Rodin. Her sculptures are most impressive.

After viewing the art my focus went to the gardens around the museum. There is a small lake in the back of the villa where you may sit and enjoy the grounds. I took out my sketch pad and began to draft a few ideas for the gardens at Heath.

View the Musée Rodin online.