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DIY Corner Of Curiosities

April 14, 2015 in EXPERIENCE DIY by Vanessa

When I first mentioned to Chris the idea of reserving a corner of our home for a cabinet of curiosities he said, “it sounds like a romantic take on hoarding.”

In part, it is.

Originally called a “wunderkammer” or “curiosity cabinet” the highly curated collections of natural, art, and historical curiosities saw their rise during the Renaissance period. Over time evolving from collections admired in a cabinet in a corner of a room, to collections that filled an entire room, to cabinets that were a part of the founding collections of institutions, such as the British museum.

Much like the collections of the past, ours too will share a common theme: natural curiosities, specifically those found above the aquatic horizon. However, unlike most curiosity collections, ours won’t be harboured in a multi-compartmented cabinet or vitrine. Rather, thoughtfully arranged in a open-aired corner of a room, for our modest-sized apartment doesn’t welcome more. Here’s how we went about designing a corner of home that will continually be subject to editing and embellished upon in the years to come.

Step One: After defining your canvas with painter’s tape, using a circular object (we used a jar cover but in hindsight a discarded CD may work better) outline the object “point A” with a pencil.

Step Two: Three inches below Point A draw the same circle, “point B.”

Step Three: Divide three inches by two and find the halfway point between Point A and B to determine where to draw point C. The halfway point between A and B should intersect point C.

Step Four: Determine placement of point C and D by dividing the diameter of the circle by two. Repeat above to determine placement of subsequent circles.

Step Five: Drawings completed, place the circular object (jar cover/ CD) within markings and paint around all points up to edge of tape. So as to avoid dripping use minimal paint when painting around object’s edges.

Step Six: After paint has dried, remove tape.

Step Seven: Find center of each circle, place nail accordingly and hang sea urchins or sand-dollars.

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THIS + THAT // Orange Escort

April 8, 2015 in THIS + THAT by Vanessa

Doubling as escort cards, vintage postcards perched in carefully sliced oranges, as captured by Divine Light Photography.
Arranged alongside the mitridae shell, hand-written escort cards tucked in sand, as spotted at this Nassau Island “I Do.”

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Jerk Chickpeas

March 24, 2015 in RECIPES by Vanessa

Consider me a picky eater, for I prefer a balance of textures on my plate. Not one to gravitate towards leafy greens I’m always in search of ways to add crunch to a spinach salad. Hence, my latest addition: crispy jerk chickpeas. Inspired by a conversation regarding how little effort it takes to season and bake chickpeas, I coated the seed in the same jerk seasoning most Bahamians use to flavour chicken. The layer of spice is robust and the texture delivers a crunch that has me reaching for these when I need a snack on-the-go.

400 grams garbanzo
2 Tbs onion powder
1 Tbs sugar
1 Tbs salt
1 Tbs ground thyme
1 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
Olive oil spray

Preheat oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit. Line a thin baking tray with baking paper. In a mixing bowl combine all the spices. Place chickpeas on prepared tray and mist with olive oil, less is more. Using a sieve, sprinkle with seasoning and toss well to coat. Arrange chickpeas in a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes, toss well and flip. Then bake for another 15 minutes. Let cool and serve.