What happens when two artists collaborate on a project combining the visual and culinary arts? PAINT + PLATE is a project from painter Melissa Mahoney and yours truly, Bijouxs. The project celebrates the New Year 2012 and a toast to all this Valentine’s Day.
Bijouxs: Little Jewels from the Kitchen is really a marriage of sorts, since we speak of love, of my design-art-culinary professional experience, so the opportunity to collaborate with other creative individuals always brings joy. Here’s the story, via the printed cards created for the project.
The PAINT + PLATE recipe, Oysters with Champagne Mignonette, reflects Bijouxs love of simple elegance, capturing images of everyday beauty in the kitchen and is a Valentine’s Day starter that when paired with a glass of bubbly echoes the theme of LOVE & LUCK.
First, capture the freshest oysters from a quality fish market as close to serving time as possible, ask for them to be shucked – it just makes life easier. (These are Fanny Bay oysters from Bristol Farms) Serve with a simple classic Mignonette, a delicate pale pink sauce, tart and fresh with a touch of my favorite herb chervil.
What else might you serve for this simple romantic feast? Maybe a quietly elegant saffron spaghetti (add about a teaspoon of saffron threads to the cooking water and proceed as usual) tossed with butter and Parmesan cheese, a salad of rich red radicchio treviso leaves, left whole and drizzled with a rich mustard dressing and of course chocolate, perhaps something deliciously fun.
The PAINT + PLATE project has been a wonderful collaborative creative project, my sincere thanks to Melissa Mahoney! Be sure to check out all her paintings.
Bijouxs wishing you all love and luck in 2012 and a very Happy Valentine’s Day.
P.S. The PAINT + PLATE cards were mailed out – if you still would like to receive on instructions here.
As always, enjoy. B