Mnemosyne

  • » Homemade Flutes, pennywhistles, feadog - how to build your own
  • I play a few instruments. All badly. But for pure fun, it is difficult to beat the enjoyment and simplicity of the Feadog (pennywhistle). Like many people, I purchased a very inexpensive ($15) pennywhistle and learned to play it fairly well, but soon became disappointed with the tone and quality of sound of this cheap tin flute. Read More...

  • How I set up a small music studio
  • I like world music. . And I love the musical and philosophical approach of Dame Evelyn Glennie - one of the best percussionists on the planet. Music is not something which should cancel the world out, but rather enhance its beauty. It should be alive! Read More...

  • A Digital Painting Studio How-to
  • When my health collapsed to the point that I could no longer stand or sit at an easel Making a sturdy Easel) to paint, I looked around for an alternative. Digital painting was the answer. Read More...

  • Making a sturdy Easel
  • One of the challenges I had in building a stury easel was to come up with something whcih which I could lean on for support, but which would not move or vibrate when I did so. The easels I saw in art stores were too flimsy. And waaaay too expensive. Why anyone would buy an expensive beautifully oiled and stained easel, only to have it covered in paint within a few weeks of using it in the real wor Read More...

  • Homemade Energy Bars
  • I got tired of paying inflated prices for so-called energy bars which were loaded with sugar, and decided to upgrade the junk in stores, by making my own healthier version. Read More...

  • Homemade Ancient Grain Spelt Bread
  • Gluten is not the problem (unless you have celiac disease - which is quite rare). The problem is in how modern grains are bred and produced, particularly wheat. I use ancient grains, and never have a problem with gluten or with digesting them. But first, let’s talk a bit about the bread commonly available in stores: Read More...

  • Homemade Ancient Grain Oatcakes
  • Some years ago I spent a summer on my bicycle travelling through Scotland. Everywhere I stopped for food, people would offer me oatcakes. I soon became addicted. But ... they were always far too salty, usually used poor quality oats, had much too much salt, sugar and ... 1 metric tonne of butter or lard per oatcake! So when the summer was over, I spent some time coming up with an oatcake recipe wh Read More...

  • My favourite fermented pickle recipe
  • I make Kimchi (Korean spicy fermented vegetables), pickles, sauerkraut, fermented vegan ice cream, and all sorts of other delicious foods. For this quick article however, I will simply share a recipe I make all the time for pickles.I chose this one because it is extremely easy, tastes amazingly good, is packed full of healthy microbes and probiotics, and lasts a long time (months) in the refrigera Read More...