Does your personality type influence your colour choice? Friday, Feb 4 2011 


colour wheel interior schemes decoration

Decorators and designers often refer to the colour wheel.  Well – here is the representation of one.  I like this one as it’s quite usable for interiors.

Basically the three primary colours (red, blue and yellow) cannot be mixed by any other colours.  They sit like a triangle in the wheel.  All other colours are mixed from a combination of two of these.  The mixtures are shown on the spokes between – red and yellow forming the oranges, blue and yellow the greens and red and blue mixing to create purples.

The simplest way to think about it is:

1. Colours from opposite sides of the wheel will add vibrancy to your room.  (purple and yellow, green and pink).  They will go together, and they will add spark.

2. Choosing colours that sit next to each other on the wheel are more restful.  Blues and greens and so on.

I’m developing a theory as to which appeals to who…. it seems to be that brighter colours, and opposites appeal to extroverts.  Introverts seem to prefer more muted and neutral colours.  Extroverts like a lot of stimulation and ‘noise’ from their environment, hence the desire for more colour.  

Introverts like to retreat inside themselves to relax – so that kind of ties in with a need for quieter colours.  Introverts find too much external stimulation tiring, whereas extroverts find it energising.

I have a degree in Psychology so I’m endlessly interested in this kind of thing.

What do you think?  Does this ring true for you?


Seduce your Valentine with sensational smoked salmon Wednesday, Feb 2 2011 

smoked salmon ricotta pancake valentine meal

Before I get into this today, I have to have a moan.  It is SO hot here.  It stinks.  Over 40C yesterday and not much cooler last night.  We don’t have air-conditioning (it costs the earth in too many ways) and I’m hot and tired!  We are in for a week of this (the hottest week on record for Sydney).

If you’re reading this from the depths of winter in the Northern hemisphere… how I envy you today!

Anyway – back to Valentine’s Day…. This dish looks SO fancy and so difficult and complex.  But it isn’t (sshhh).  This is the kind of thing I’d like produced on Valentine’s Day: romantic (smoked salmon and champagne is always romantic!), not too heavy (don’t want to feel too full just in case there  are ‘afters’), but very special.

I’ve looked at this recipe for years and never done it as it looked way too time consuming.  Turns out it’s about as difficult as making a sandwich.  So if you’re game…? here’s how….

smoked salmon ricotta pancake valentine meal slice

First you need to make a stack of crepes (pancakes).  Small ones are better – they are easier to manage, and make a neat little stack. You only really need 5 pancakes.  If you have your own recipe, fine… but this is the one I used:

100g Wholemeal flour

250ml milk (I used lite milk)

2 eggs

Beat the eggs into the milk and then add gradually to the flour until you have a smooth thick liquid.  If it gets lumpy, whisk it with an electric whisk.  I add a pinch of salt too as I’m a total salt addict.  Then you leave the batter to stand for 30 minutes.

At least, you’re supposed to.  I never have the patience to do this.  Does it really make that much difference?  Does anyone know?

Then you heat a frying pan over a medium heat and once it’s hot, add a tiny bit of butter, pour a half ladle of batter in and tilt the pan until the batter runs all over the base and covers it.  You’re aiming for a thin covering.  Cook it until it’s done on one side, turn it and cook the other.  Repeat until all the batter is used up.  Each pancake will only take a minute or so to cook on each side.

smoked salmon ricotta pancake valentine meal slice tomato salsa

Then mix the filling.  You’ll need about 400g of ricotta or cream cheese.  I beat mine with some lemon zest to add some flavour.  You could add capers and dill.

To assemble, place a pancake on a plate, spread over the ricotta (being careful not to tear the pancake), top with smoked salmon.  Then add another pancake and repeat.  I suggest about four layers.  This uses about 250g of smoked salmon.

smoked salmon ricotta pancake valentine meal slice tomato salsa

I served it with a tomato salsa for colour and some acidic contrast to the richness of the smoked salmon.  It’s actually a pretty healthy meal!  But looks and tastes wonderful.

For Valentines Day, serve with French Champagne, red roses and lots of diamonds. 

smoked salmon ricotta pancake valentine meal slice tomato recipe

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