overlap: nature meets art & architecture

I have driven through the lovely campus of Nanyang Technological Institute on many occasions these past few years as Older Daughter has been pursuing her love of the word through Linguistics & Literature.

One of the most beautiful spots on campus is the School of Art Design & Media. I have such an inexplicable urge to roll down the slopes which adorn the building; but as I sadly discovered, not really do-able.

On one of these slopes features Michelangelo Pistoletto’s living art installation. I love it when worlds collide: big excitement.

This post is my contribution to One Word Sunday: Overlap and Six Word Saturday, both hosted by Debbie at TravelWithIntent

Honey Spice Cake: Healthy Holiday Bake

I have tried many of  Anita Bean‘s (The Runner’s Cookbook) recipes for healthier bakes as they are easy to make & delicious. This recipe came up on Instagram last week and I’ve made it twice already.  It is a delightfully light spiced cake that can be whipped up in no time at all.

Another bonus is that it is made with almond flour and olive oil so it is higher in fibre and lower in saturated fat. It also contains less sugar than traditional recipes.

Too good a recipe not to share. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Honey Spice Cake

Adapted from Anita Bean’s recipe found on her Instagram @anitabean1

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Drizzled with glace icing, The Feature photo was glazed with melted lemon compound drops.
  • 125g self-raising flour
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 50g brown sugar
  • 50g runny honey
  • 100ml olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3-4 tbsp milk
  • glace icing (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade.
  2. Line a 20cm square baking tin.
  3. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients until well combined.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the tin and smooth surface with spatula.
  5. Bake in oven 20-25 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.
  6. Leave the tin to cool for at least 15 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool.
  7. Drizzle with glace icing, if desired (mix a small quantity of icing sugar with a few drops of water until the desired consistency).

 

 

The Changing Seasons: November 2019

And just like that, it is December.

I have been sad this week: one friend died after a long battle with cancer. Another died unexpectedly while on vacation overseas.. Although neither are bosom buddies, I have shared time & space with both and their departures have wrenched at my being.

As I close this month with a Thanksgiving celebration with friends & family, I give thanks through tears and a heavy heart that I have the gift of health and time with loved ones. For each minute and each hand I hold, I am grateful.

As always in these times, music and the written word provide some comfort: Time Problem by Brenda Hillman speaks some peace to me, as does this classic by Simon & Garfunkel, given a new sound by Pentatonix.

This post is my contribution to The Changing Seasons hosted by Su at zimmerbitch.

The Changing Seasons: October 2019

Highlight of my October is Younger Daughter & Grandparents’ (plus Me) Trip to Tokyo. We had 5 nights at Tokyo Disney Resort, 5 nights in Chiba (千葉市 Chibashi).

I haven’t been back to Japan since 2007 so was feeling a little apprehensive over my lack of the language. A Friend who visits the country several times each year assured me that that I would be fine, and after all, I was going to The Happiest Place on Earth (and she wasn’t referring to Disneyland).

Shortly upon arrival, I was reminded of how gracious the Japanese are – immigration is the most orderly and courteous I’ve encountered ever. I found this true throughout our visit as we encountered a variety of service people and folks on the street who were eager to help despite language barriers.

And of course, starting our trip in Tokyo Disney Resort was an easy way to ease ourselves into the swing of things.

Chiba-shi is the capital of Chiba prefecture.  It afforded many conveniences without a big city feel. Running through the smaller streets gave me a chance to discover havens of greenery & beauty.

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