Rusted at The Basin

Rusted – What’s a girl to do?

Rusted at the Basin

Post by Amy Middleton.

Paris Lyons is the owner and instigator behind Rusted on Forest Street in The Basin. When Paris finished school in 2012 she decided not to choose between the two worlds she loved, art and science, but embraced them both full heartedly… and full mindedly! She juggles her time between studying Neuroscience and running her store that sells imported jewelry, clothing and unusual handmade items from Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Morocco, Spain and all around the world.

I tip my hat to this lovely young lady who clearly knows what she loves and is prepared to work hard to make it work!

Shop2 / 367 Forest Rod, The Basin.

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Justine Walsh – a musical journey

Post by Zoe Amber.

Earlier this week Zoe Amber spent a few hours hanging out with Justine Walsh in Sherbrooke Forest. Armed with her camera, Zoe was able to capture a beautiful series of photographs that equally tributes the beauty of the fern laden environment, and the infectious free spirit of local musician Justine Walsh.

Zoe: How does where you grew up and where you live now affect your music?

Justine: Well I grew up in the hills just east of Perth, constantly having nature around me and being able to get out into it whenever I liked was wonderful. Especially as a teenager living in a full house, it was necessary for me to get my space and time to myself. There were quite a few creative types up in the hills, so the friends I made helped inspire my art and music making.

Zoe: What kinds of ideas and things are you working on (musically speaking) at the moment?

Justine: At the moment I am exploring how to flesh out the bones of many years’ worth of songs I’ve written. It has taken me a long time to put energy into my own songs and not just let them sit in a book anymore, and I have some very talented and special friends who are helping me on that journey. I’ve also been collaborating with some producer friends, and am very excited by the outcome… 2014 is going to be a big one! I am also looking forward to the Belgrave Buskers Festival that is only a few weeks away.

Zoe: For those readers who haven’t been to the Belgrave Buskers Festival before, what is it all about?

Justine: The festival has been running since 2012. It is a melting pot of local music that happens throughout various venues in Belgrave.  The best way to find out more is to come along on February 22nd from about 11am. The festival is a great celebration of live music and strengthens the network among emerging and established artists and industry professionals.

Zoe: What other budding artists do you love?

Justine: To be honest I am really bad at looking for new music, so most of the time I rely on what my friends provide me… And often it is their own music! So I guess Mulder, Owen Rabbit (who is one half of Mulder), Nia Black, Harmony Byrne, Ella Ruby… also some bands & artists I have met through tiffany bishop COLLECTIVE such as Disasterama and Connor Blake.

Zoe: What are your plans for the Belgrave Buskers Festival this year?

Justine: I am applying to perform and also to busk on the main street. I put on a poetry night at last year’s event and it went great but I think it has all happened so fast this year that there’s no time to promote or organize. Just going to take it easy and enjoy the day.

Zoe: Are you a full time musician or do you have a 9 to 5 job as well?

Justine: I am a full time artist. I play at least 1 gig every week and have various other artistic pursuits… it can be hard at times but it is a labour of love.

Zoe: What has been your best performance experience so far?

Justine: Oh, I don’t know… performing at Sooki has been quite incredible! I have played a few gigs there and they’ve all been awesome – there’s something magic about that place. Also performing at End of the Line festival last year was phenomenal. I got up on stage with Mulder during their set too which made me really happy!

Justine will be playing at Sooki Lounge on the night of the Buskers Festival Saturday 22nd February supporting Matt Dwyer’s Little Big Band. To find out more about Justine Walsh click here or listen to her music here.

Food? Culture? Community? YES PLEASE!

Post by Amy Middleton.

When I meet someone who is passionate about art and food, I know I am onto a good thing. Add calm confidence and an ethical conscience and I have to write about them!

Daniel Rigos is both an artist in the Hills, and the head Chef at Lentil as Anything at Abbotsford Convent. Lentil as Anything is a unique not for profit community organisation where customers are encouraged to ‘pay as they feel’ for the food they eat. Customers give what they feel the food is worth and have the opportunity to contribute towards a world where respect, generosity, trust, equality, freedom and kindness rule. (Preach it!) As well as creating amazing food, Lentil is involved in a number of community projects that bring food, community and culture together. Whilst Lentil welcomes donations and relies on their volunteers to maintain a sustainable model, it is also a very well run business that attracts great chef’s and produces an incredible fusion of Indian, Asian and middle Eastern food.

Daniel joined the Lentil team three years ago after traveling the world. He arrived back in Melbourne, needed a job and the rest is history. As well as being a generous hearted chef, Daniel is also an artist. His paintings draw inspiration from the landscape, they blend together elements of impressionism, abstraction and the surreal. His painting process is fluid and dynamic, as the paint is built up slowly in numerous subtle glazes. Life in the kitchen can be chaotic and Daniel described his studio practise as a way to slow down and be in control. When talking about living a balanced life Daniel said, “I love the freedom a creative life gives me. Every day is different and that is important to me.”

For those of you who feel inspired to create a delish treat, Daniel has shared one of his favourite recipes with us…. Yummy!

South Indian Coconut Chutney
This chutney is usually served with South Indian and Sri Lankan breakfasts such as dosas (savoury fermented rice and lentil crepes) or idlis (fermented and steamed rice dumplings).

2/3 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander (including roots), washed really well to get rid of dirt
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1/2 inch ginger, roughly chopped
1/4 medium onion, roughly chopped
1-2 fresh green chilli, roughly chopped
Spice powder
1 tsp split urid dal
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
Tempering spices
1 tbsp coconut oil or ghee
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 sprig fresh curry leaves
Dash of hing (asafoetida)

Soak coconut with water until just covered by water (it will absorb all the water in about 10 minutes)

Put the urid dal in a small pan and toast until it has turned a pinkish brown colour. Take out and toast the cumin and coriander seeds until fragrant. Blend in a spice grinder or coffee grinder until totally smooth.

Using a blender, blend this spice powder with the soaked coconut, coriander, garlic, ginger, onion, chilli and a little salt until well blended. Add a little more water to help the blending if necessary.

In a small pan heat the coconut oil or ghee until hot. Add the mustard seeds and cook for about 15 seconds – they should splutter if the oil is hot enough. Once spluttering add the cumin seeds and the curry leaves and cook for another 15 seconds. Add the hing and then immediately tip the oil into the blended chutney.

Season the chutney to taste with salt and lemon juice. It should be strong and flavoursome and very lemony.

Note: You can omit the spice powder if you are in a hurry or don’t have a spice grinder.

To see more of Daniel’s work head to, or meet him in person at the Dandenong Ranges Open Studios on the 3rd and 4th of May.