Summer Morning Lavender Shortbread Inspired by Randall’s Mist

Colours and images influence humans in numerous ways and appear to people in many complex forms, appearances. Research says that a person’s free vision is able to perceive  at least two thousand different shades whilst the complete picture and synergy of and image is created by combination of those colours. Humans gain almost  90 % of all sensual, mental, emotional impressions through a multi-coloured world. Throughout history humans have always used colours and images to expresses themselves with. Almost all people, even very young children have a preferred “favourite” that they are attracted to for various reasons. This attraction transforms into a very interesting focus of psychological observation when one becomes drawn to a less favoured colour.

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Colours I do not prefer… 
I love red. I love, love red. I love red, red, red, red. And that is, literally, the only colour all I like. There are many, however that I do not like.
I dislike, really do not like blue. Blue is a basic colour. In nature it is widespread in the azure sky, which is reflected in the water. The symbolism of blue: wisdom, intelligence, immortality, infinity, depth, nobility,  spirituality, mysticism. Its psychological meaning is connected to clear, fresh, light , transparent, airy, distant, quiet. Blue is able to slow heart rate, reduce respiratory rhythm, soothe, encourage mental activity, introspection, concentration, focus inwards – it is said to be the colour of peace and rest.
Violet colour is a mixture of blue and red, in what combination more of one or the other being added results in a more characteristic shade…Blue peace, remoteness, spirituality …. And red colours of movement, passion, vitality, heat, energy… Because violet merges features of such extremely different primary colours, nurturing both hot and cold, fiery and calm, peaceful and energetic, somehow it appears as magical and mysterious, that is bewitching even the one who does not like purple…

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”   Roald Dahl

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The brilliant photographer Randall Collis  digitally paints a mystical potion of blue and violet shades on his magical, breath-taking images…The gentle touch of the violet-blue air on his photographs reminds me of fresh sprigs of lavender carrying a spray of foggy dawn on early summer mornings, although majority of them probably being captured in the seductive evening blue hour. There are not a lot of surprises that can stop my heart…there are not a lot of people who can influence my mind…my soul has not fallen in love often….those images of mist have found a way to achieve exactly just that…some of Randall’s creations encourage the skeptical thinker in me to ponder: are there some wizards in the world still, who know how to cast a spell?

Lavender Shortbread Ingredients (makes about 10, depending on the size of cutter)
175 g plain flour
pinch of salt
60 g caster sugar, plus some to sprinkle
1 tablespoon fresh, young lavender
115 g butter

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Preparation
Preheat oven to 150C. Line a baking tray with baking parchment. Sieve together the flour and salt into a large bowl and then add the sugar and dried lavender.Rub the butter into the dry ingredients until resembles breadcrumb like mixture. Bring together to form a dough and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill. Roll out the dough to approximately 0.5cm and use a cookie cutter of choice. Place on the prepared baking tray, prick with a fork and sprinkle with caster sugar. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until golden on top. Cool on a wire rack.

2 thoughts on “Summer Morning Lavender Shortbread Inspired by Randall’s Mist

  1. Wow, what a beautifully written post…and it has a quote from one of my favorite authors Roald Dahl. The lavender shortbread looks delicious, such a creative concept and recipe. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Not a better tribute to a simple photographer, recipes can be treasured forever, as this one will. Cheers!

    • Dear Randall
      Both of us, “We are the dreamers of dreams.” as Dahl said, so my pleasure, indeed! You are the one who deserves thanking, for the inspiration. I, as rightly said, also by Dahl: “Don’t gobblefunk around with words.”, I meant, from my heart, in the hope that one day I will be able to see with your eyes, together with you. If not otherwise, but through dreams and words: “Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained. For those two hours he has been in a different place with totally different people.”(Dahl). Thanks you for letting the public to “be with you” through your images. J.

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