This is the last few ounces of a kvass we brewed a couple of weeks ago. The entirety of its fermentable sugars came from @bakeshoptulsa bread, @bobsredmill Muesli, and local honey. It was then fermented with baker's yeast. Those of you who haven't used baker's yeast before, should consider trying it out. It's attenuation and flocculation is more efficient than just about any yeast or culture you can imagine. It smells like hefeweizen and lemonade. The base kvass was then added to 1.5 gallons of prickly pear wine.
The wine was made by starting with crushed prickly pears that were punched down over the course of 9 days. They were punched down twice daily with more pears added every 3 days. No yeast was added, so the fermentation was 100% spontaneous. The juice of 7 limes was added to get pH down to traditional levels. After the wine was fermented dry, it was then added to the base kvass. The wine and kvass blend then had Cuban rum soaked Vietnamese cinnamon added. It was then placed in a keg that @okpedaler had a 5 year solera culture going to condition. This mess should be ready in about a week. Whatever ready means @heirloomrusticales.
I love authentic pinhole photos, and this one really captured my imagination. It’s a photo taken in 1869 at the beginning of the Pre-Raphaelite movement by an artist named John Payne Jennings, and is titled “The Dargle Rock.” Have you ever tried to make a pinhole photo? I haven’t as yet, but am curious to try. Have a great day everyone 😘
Paavai vilakku: An Overview
Traditional South Indian Votive oil lamp depicting a lady holiding a lamp with both hands is known by various names such as Paavai Vilakku / Kai Vilakku yendiya Kaarigai / Deepa Lakshmi / Vilakku lakshmi meaning “lamps held by woman in her hands” or "Damsel with the lamp"..It signifies an unique craft made by the Yavanas (The Greeks) from a mix of metals including gold mainly for the use at the Palace of Pandya kings.
The original Yavana (Greek) designed lamps can still be seen in very old temples both in metals and in stone carvings incorporated in to the main temple structure and still being lit regularly.
Spread of the craft:
Paavai vilakku concept and making spread across cultures through out the country due to their immense beauty & appeal as a result we can now see many styles in this lamp with slight variations, alterations and improvisations done to the original concept but without changing the basic design. So now every state of India had its own style of Paavai Vilakku
Concept and design:
It was said that most of these original paavai lamps were designed based on the queen and royal ladies as the model and that the reason most of the antique paavai has elaborate detailing in attire, make over and draped with jewelry and has the crown on its head this can be evidently seen on close observation..There are a few temples where one can see the king and queen both modeled for the paavai lamps as a couple holding lamps.. Paavai lamp variants in families
Later the people who could afford made Paavai lamps designed them like the prominent female members of their family and passed the lamps across generations making them immortals and also symbolising them as family guiding angels..
what: interior of the city palace
where: udaipur, india, as seen on @dunesdoons
why: because introducing @dunesdoons, one of my favorite accounts to follow on all of instagram. if you like my posts, i know you'll love hers as well - they're relevant, refined and really really beautiful! ♡