Weekend Inspiration: Saul Leiter

As I am sure my blog is certainly not the focus of your daily-lives, and going through 2 Mondays and Fridays without a movie marathon and food fight is probably a normal thing, I thought I would contribute to this thought-roll I hope you enjoy.

The coming of Canadian Autumn would be a good time to talk photography; colour photography. With these wonderful colours appearing around us only once a year, I always find myself a bit more inspired. One inspiration I go back to when I think of colour photography is the work of Saul Leiter, American photographer and painter who’s work during the 1940s and 50s contributed greatly to the evolution of colour photography.

What I love about his work is the precise perception he invokes; through his street photographs that seem to capture not only the environment, but the atmosphere and emotion of the time.

Here is a sample of his work that has inspired some of the work I have done in the past and will continue to do.

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© Saul Leiter

What inspires you? Comment bellow or tweet me @warriorrenaud!

Monday Movie Marathon: I Wanna be Twelve Again

This week’s Movie Marathon features those films you loved as kids, and still love now (although maybe not openly). So let’s turn the clock back and remind ourselves of the days when taking a bike ride to the corner store to get candy was a day-long adventure.

1. STAND BY ME (Rob Reiner, 1986): I remember watching this film as a kid and having to skip certain parts because I was so scared. Watching it now, it just warms my heart to see these boys connect and interact in a way we don’t always see in modern media. Definitely a classic, and you might just notice yourself whistling the song “Stand by Me” (in it’s various versions) all day…

2. NOW AND THEN (Lesli Linka Glatter, 1995): I could probably recite most of this film’s script to you…I recall watching it 3 times in a row one day. It was one of my favourites as a child, and it still holds a very special place in my heart. It’s also really fun to see if you can recognize the 12-year old actresses.

3. A LITTLE PRINCESS (Alfonso Cuarón, 1995): It’s magical, it’s scary, it’s sad, it’s heartwarming. This film was very different than anything else I watched when I was younger; it talked about death and loneliness and drew from things like Indian Mythology; I felt so connected to the main character’s story. Despite my Indian roots, I have always lived in a Western society. It was nice to see a film that melded both in such a fascinating way.

4. THE PARENT TRAP (Nancy Meyers, 1998): I don’t know many girls who grew up in the 90s who have not watched this movie; it’s a classic! Do you still know the secret hand shake? (I might…)

5. 1981 (Ricardo Trogi, 2009): I had to add a 5th; well I could have added several more, but this one was a must. Filmed in Québec, this is a wonderful film about Trogi’s childhood. Growing up in Québec around the time the film was set, I appreciated the simple details and compelling story that I think many Québecers can relate to.

That’s it for this week’s Monday Movie Marathon. Whether you loved them back then, or are just seeing them now for the first time, I think the child in you will appreciate these heart-felt movies. Or they might just make you dust off that old tape collection.

What would your picks be? Tweet me @warriorrenaud or use the hashtag #mondaymoviemarathon!

Friday Food Fight: Mac & Cheese or Salmon?

Welcome to Friday Food Fight, where two recipes duke it out to become my supper.

This week’s contenders:

GOAT CHEESE MAC WITH ROSEMARY: Kraft Dinner should probably not be part of your regular diet…especially when the homemade stuff is almost as easy to make, and tastes so great!
*Mum’s tip: if this recipe isn’t cheesy enough, add some grated aged cheddar on top, and place in the oven on broil for a few minutes until cheese is nicely melted and slightly crispy.

1 c heavy cream
1 c milk
1 clove garlic, minced
1 T finely chopped fresh rosemary
8 oz cavatappi or other shapely pasta
1 tsp canola oil
4 oz goat cheese
1/4 tsp black pepper
pinch salt
2 T all-purpose flour (optional)

Place a large pot of salted water over high heat. While the water comes to a boil, place a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Combine cream, milk, garlic, and rosemary in the smaller pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Once the large pot of water is boiling, add pasta and cook to al denté as directed, usually 8-12 minutes. Drain pasta into a colander and allow to sit, covered, while you finish the sauce. Once pasta has been drained, add the goat cheese, pepper, and salt to the cream mixture and stir until cheese is melted. Add drained pasta to the sauce and stir constantly for 2-3 minutes. If the sauce is still too thin to coat pasta, add flour a bit at a time and continue to stir. Serve immediately, garnishing with additional rosemary.

Recipe courtesy 30 Pounds of Apples

SIMPLE SALMON TERIYAKI: Salmon is so good for you, and super flexible! It can be cooked in a variety of ways to cater to the curious taste-buds; as long as you don’t mind the smell while it cooks!
*Mum’s tip: this recipe calls for a simple marinade; for a more adventurous meal, add some lemon juice, a small amount of fish sauce and replace the sugar for maple syrup. So good!

1 pound salmon
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons mirin
2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (optional)

Cut the salmon into 4 portions. In a shallow container large enough to hold the salmon pieces, mix the soy sauce, mirin and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Coat both sides of the salmon with the mixture and arrange pieces skin side up in the container. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Arrange your oven racks so that the skillet you will be cooking in is as close as possible to the broiler flame. Turn on the broiler. Preheat a cast iron or other ovenproof skillet over high heat on the stove until very hot. Remove the salmon from the marinade and brush both sides with the oil. (If your pan is well-seasoned, you can skip this step.) Place the salmon skin side up in the skillet and transfer the pan to the broiler. Cook for 1-2 minutes and check for doneness. If it isn’t done, flip and cook for 1 minute more.

Recipe courtesy The Kitchn

*VERDICT* I’m feeling a bit nostalgic today, and this rainy weather is a perfect accompaniment for the mac & cheese and a good movie.

What are you making for supper? Tweet me @warriorrenaud, or use the hashtag #fridayfoodfight.