Thursday, 20 November 2008

carrot cake

today i made carrot cake for the potters to celebrate things: the completion of thousands of tiles (blue, turquoise, and white -well, white-ish) for the new Mosque in Istalif, the first kiln-load of pots with the traditional glaze called ishqor (made from the ash of a desert plant that grows up in Tashqorghan, it's amazing!) that, with the good help of Brad Ponack (TM's ceramics advisor), the potters made, and also the fact that Ustad Hunaryar, the head of the school, is going on Hajj any day now. reasons enough to eat cake, i reckon.
here is the recipe (vegan, easy, and tasty):
  • 3 Cups shredded Carrots
  • 1 1/4 Cup of Sugar
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cup of Orange Juice
  • 3/4 Cup of Canola Oil
  • 1 Cup of Raisins
  • 1 Cup of Chopped Walnuts
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Monday, 17 November 2008

camera-less in a place full of things i want to take pictures of!

on my way back from syria a few weeks ago, my bag disappeared (never arrived in Dubai, it must be somewhere in the world). in the bag was my battery-charger! and the lead to connect it to the computer! alas. so i haven't taken a single picture since then (i haven't been able to buy another charger here in Kabul), which is annoying, because every day i see a million things i'd like to record on picture - my memory is not so good, and photos help me remember my life, as well as being able to show other people who haven't been little peices of here.
so, i'd like you to imagine mulberry trees glowing bright yellow in the clear autumn light. tiles glazed beautiful turquoise. children i have the pleasure to meet once in a while. potters. pahlawan the dog chasing peacocks in the garden. trees full of sparrows, and like in the poem, sky.