Tuesday, June 15, 2010
THE SPICE MISTRESS
"White" market of Akka or Acre.
Follow me on a little journey, if you dare. We will let the heady aroma of spices lead us down narrow passageways where we will find the Spice Mistress selling her wares. As we stroll along, we inhale the fragrance of pungent spices from every part of the world.
Spice Mistress is a gypsy at heart. and she will always travel to where her trade leads her. Casablanca, Kashmir, Istanbul, Madagascar - these foreign places are no stranger to her.
Today, she is an itinerant peddler at the famous Akka market. Let your imagination take you there with the help of these wonderful photos.
Look at this tower of spices! Photo taken on the Souk Khan at-i-Ziet in the Muslim quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem
I was inspired to create a series dealing with spices from around the world after a friend of mine, Wayne St. Clair, visited Jerusalem last year. He knows how I love to blend flavors with spices and sent me back e-pictures of the spice markets in Akka. The photos that Wayne took had me longing to be standing right in front of those ancient stalls and inhaling the aroma of these gems.
The Spice Mistress Sculpture-first in my new series
SOLD-THANK YOU BETH!
Side view of Spice Mistress
Catlin from CSN has offered me a gift certificate for $40 to be given to one of you in conjunction with my spice posting. Perhaps you can purchase one of the mortar and Pestles to whip up your own special blend of spices. Below is a picture of the one I own and I notice it is offered by Sur La Table, one of their sites. Catlin asked me to post a link to one of their 200 stores, ’lights’ which I had no problem doing since I’m looking for lighting for my Tuscany Suite. This is the room I posted about awhile back. I’m renovating it so that I can offer classes here at Woodloft next year.
There is nothing to do to win the gift certificate but leave a comment and I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, June 22rd.
Mortar and Pestle I have used for years
A spice vendor in Akka.
Inside Damascus gate
I’m offering Spice Mistress for sale on a Etsy, where you will be able to see more details. Alternately, you can e-mail me. I take all of the major credit cards and checks.
I hope you enjoyed your spice journey. If you’d like to see more of Wayne’s photography from Jerusalem, you can click here