With the current difficulties surrounding us all with the anti Covid19 virus measures we created a simpe thirteenfridays meal for complicated times!
A 13 ingredient soup (Onion; Garlic; Carrot; Celery; Swede; Potato; Lentils; Tomato puree; Vegetable stock; Olive oil; Butter; Pepper; Pumpkin seeds) with 13 chunks of Bara Menyn sourdough bread, salad and 13 tomatoes on the vine.
Our thirteenfridays comrades, Kirsty and Sam, were isolated in their own home but made a batch of 13 ingredient brownies. We hooked up on FaceTime to enjoy our respective dishes together but apart, Absent but not Forgotten…
13 ingredient chocolate brownies with 13 fruits (Unsalted butter; Dark chocolate; Plain flour; Cocoa; Large egg; Golden caster sugar; Brown sugar; Self raising flour; Baking powder; Salt; Icing sugar; Honey; Egg white)
Thirteenfridays: Lussinatt Smörgåsbord Friday 13 December 2019
As we discovered when we began the thirteenfridays project in 2013, December 13 is Lussinatt and we’ve been inspired to celebrate the festival again this year by creating a Scandinavian Smörgåsbord of 13 dishes.
This week we were joined by a guest, musician Sianed Jones, and we shared a range of dishes served buffet-style:
Beetroot & onion salad; Soused herring; Smoked salmon with mustard and dill sauce; Cucumber salad; Poached Salmon with dill; 13 Swedish style non-meatballs; Rye crispbread; Pickles; 13 slices of dark rye bread; Seaweed pearls; Lingonberry jelly; Jansson’s temptation; Herring & beet salad.
The table included 13 candles and we accompanied the meal with a 13 ingredient Glögg (a warm spiced wine with fruit and nuts) made with – Red wine; cloves; star anise; cinnamon; orange; lemon; prunes; raisins; bay leaf; cardamon; almonds; figs; currants
Following our savoury 13 smörgåsbord we nibbled 13 Swedish ‘fika’, sweet treats with coffee to finish.
Absent but not Forgotten were very pleased to be invited to create a work for the opening event at the Afon microfestival in Abercych on September Friday 13th.
Continuing our ritual of making and sharing food to celebrate the date we baked a couple of batches of the 13 ingredient black pepper cookie cakes that we had made for our thirteenfridays picnic by the river Teifi in June 2018. These were offered to Afon visitors along with a postcard celebrating our outing to the river and listing the 13 ingredients. (recipe below)
13Ingredient Black pepper cookie cakes
(makes about 40-50 small cookie cakes)
Cream butter, spices and sugar together until smooth, beat in the egg & essences then seive in the dry ingredients and mix into a stiff dough. (I add the cocoa first and get that mixed in before adding the flour so that you can ensure you get all the chocolate in case it gets too dry to take all the flour. You can add a little water, milk, coffee, brandy to help get the flour mixed in).
The dough should be stiff and relatively dry so you can roll into 1″ diameter balls and flatten into greased bun tins or baking sheet. I like to use mini muffin tin, this makes nice bitesize cookie cakes, they are quite rich.
Bake at 190 for 12 min.
The cookie cakes were very well received by visitors who also got to watch the short video from the river presented alongside the dark chocolatey offerings.
8 October // Hydref – 16 November // Tachwedd 2018
Something Strange in The Neighbourhood
Absent But Not Forgotten is an ongoing, experimental art project formed in 2010 by west Wales artists, Kathryn Campbell Dodd and Jacob Whittaker.
“Our work explores and alludes to ideas of the paranormal, ghost hunting and the propensity to search for supernatural explanations to unexpected and unexplained phenomena. We are also interested in the associations, clichés and influences of TV and films on these issues.
As we head into the Halloween season, this new work for Oriel Blodau Bach proposes a series of seemingly simple questions to viewers to provoke thoughts about concepts of death, the afterlife and the nature of ghosts and our belief (or not) in them.
Through a series of posters the viewer is asked to consider the idea of ‘ghosts’, and how they exist in their personal belief systems.”
You are invited to tweet your responses and tag @ABNF13
Following on from our 13 picnics polaroid exhibition in Bara Menyn Bakehouse, Cardigan, we have installed a new work for the season…
With a particular interest in the visual aesthetics of the horror genre, this changing selection of records combines rock and pop, classic soundtracks, spoken word and sound effects to explore the diverse and evocative imagery in celebration of the Halloween season.
Our 13 week picnic marathon started on Friday 13 April, we’ll be visiting a haunted location every Friday until Friday 13 July 2018. Each week we set off armed with sound recording equipment, digital cameras and an original Polaroid camera – to take an unfakeable and unique Polaroid image at each location.
Our final event for the project brought together a group of friends to enjoy a feast of 13 in the garden. We decided that trying to get exactly 13 guests to commit and actually all turn up was a stress we could avoid so decided not to try and invited more. Slowly over the week before the event, our guests dropped out, one decided to bring another, our numbers were uncertain but no problem. By mid afternoon on the day we did of course end up with 13 of us!
We had a fantastic feast of 13 with a range of our favourite dishes from the picnics as well as a few more for the day and a couple of contributions from our guests.
Our collection of Polaroid photographs from the picnics went on to be exhibited in Bara Menyn, Bakehouse in Cardigan.