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Art Outings

Bisa Butler Portraits

This summer I went to The Art Institute of Chicago. I was mesmerized by Bisa Butler Portraits. They are powerful and delicate at the same time. You can admire them from the distance, with their bright colors and striking composition, and from very close, where you see the fabric layers, the different material and threads that she uses to paint.

Random Stuff I Liked

Heavy: An American Memoir A great book. I think I got the recommendation from The Audacity newsletter from Roxane Gay, that I also enjoy reading.

This song from The Jesus And Mary Chain with Hope Sandoval.

Hillbilly Elegy on Netflix.

Another book that opened my eyes to the nature around me and put me to sleep many many nights because it can be oh so boring and so good at the same time.

Life goals now that my 45 birthday is in a couple of months.

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Art Outings

MAM: Americans in Spain

Another visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum, for an exhibition about Americans in Spain.

The kids think that all the women in the painting from the tobacco factory look like me. That painting was one of my favorites.

Here they look very interested but I think they were making fun of something. I have a Manila shawl similar to the one the second woman from the left is wearing.

This small watercolor reminded me of the south.

Same woman, two different paintings.

The painting of a bullfighter from Mary Cassat

I am planning to come back, without the kids.

And a picture of the museum.

Other random things I liked

A podcast: The creation of the first modern postal system.

A movie: The Trial of the Chicago 7.

A song: Wet Leg, Chaise Longue.

Making a postcard dear data style.

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Recipes

Lentejas con chorizo

This is a recipe for Rita and her mom.

Ingredients

  • Organic green lentils ( 16oz/450gr). We use brown lentils in Spain but the ones I have tried in the US are too hard.
  • 1 Chorizo. This is the one I buy in a supermarket next to my place, it is cheaper than the one here on Amazon.
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt (sorry, I have never measured how much)
  • A dash of olive oil
  • You probably will not have this, so skip it: A piece of bone leftover from a Spanish ham, with some ham attached. We buy a ham for Xmas then we cut the leftover bone in pieces and freeze them. In Spain you find this in the supermarkets.
  • A baguette to dip and clean the plate (optional but highly recommended).

Steps

  • On a pressure cooker, put the lentils, the onion minced small, the chorizo cut in chunks, the garlic gloves pealed and all the other ingredients.
  • Cover with water. Sorry I have never measured the water. It depends on how thick you like the stew, you will have to experiment or do some Googling?
  • Close the lead. Put on the fire on medium heat.
  • Once the steam starts coming out, lower the heat and cook for 30 minutes.

If you don’t have a pressure cooker, it doesn’t matter, it will just take longer. You cook the lentils until they are soft, add water if you need to.

Optional

After the lentils are cooked:

In a small pan, add some olive oil, fry a garlic until deep brown, throw the garlic, add a tablespoon of flour and cook until slightly brown. Take the pan out of the fire, add a tablespoon of smoked paprika and pour over the lentils. Cook around 5 minutes, it will thicken the sauce.

I don’t usually do this because it means another pan to wash but my mom and grandma always did.

Pictures

Not the best pictures, they are from different days and places, hope you get an idea.

Unrelated Things I Liked

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Art Outings

MAM: Milwaukee Art Museum

When the museums reopened I bought a family membership for the Milwaukee Art Museum. It is only 20 minutes away by car and with the membership you can go as much as you want without having to spend hours to make the most of your ticket.

Only one floor is currently open. The café that overlooks the lake, the kids art studio and the shop are closed. You need to book your timed tickets in advance. But it doesn’t matter, it is still worth it. The building is as impressive as always, the collection has a bit of everything, and they keep on having exhibits, even if some were moved online.

We go for cake after the visit, that is my bribe for the kids. I think they would still come without the cake but I am the first one that likes cake.

Other random stuff I liked:

David Hockney interviews and videos.

Shashiko mending when my favorite pajamas broke.

The Simpathizer and Luster.

Negroni cocktail.

How Do I trust That I am Enough?

How To Speak Bad English?

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Music Poetry

Before The World Was Made

Feu Chatterton has a new album. It has been something to brighten up the end of winter.

One of the songs, “Avant qu’il n’y ait le monde” is a translation from a Yeats poem, “Before The World Was Made”.

Translating poems must be really difficult. If the translation becomes a song, it is double the challenge.

The result is beautiful. This is the video with the French lyrics in the description.

I spent some time reading about Yeats, checking poems and poems analysis. I also watched a couple of old Yale courses lectures.

It was a good distraction from the February gloom.