Ansel, Our Photoshoot Dog

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

BY JENN WEBSTER

Just in case you’re not on our subscriber list, we thought we should bring you all up to speed on our latest photoshoot, appearing in the Jan/Feb issue of Western Horse Review. Through this publication, I truly believe we are changing the world in a perhaps small, but significant manner. Even via western fashion photoshoots.

One of the ways we are doing that this issue, is by bringing your attention to the Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue Foundation out of High River, AB. WHR readers have probably noticed, fashion photoshoots have become an important part of our editorial over the last few years. This issue was no exception. The only difference this time was that we included “Ansel,” the Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute-mix, seen in the spread you can find starting on page 46. (Trust me, you’re gonna want to renew your subscription if you haven’t already: www.westernhorsereview.com).

A sneak peek of the Jan/Feb 2020 Photoshoot, featuing “Ansel” and “Pickles” the pony. Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

With a western winter and skijor theme, Ansel fit right in. He even made friends with “Pickles,” the pony belonging to my kids who casually walked inside the mansion we used for our shoot location, like she had done it a million times before. (Gotta love good-minded animals!)

Now here’s the real story. Ansel is the survivor of an atrocious hoarding situation that occurred in Milk River, AB, five years ago. He was one of 201 dogs seized by the Alberta SPCA from a property occupied by April Dawn Irving, 59. Animals found there were malnourished and dehydrated, with parasites and filthy, matted fur. Some had broken bones and gaping wounds. Five dead dogs were also found on the property.

Heaven Can Wait provided emergency care for Ansel and three other huskies, as well as three Komondors and an Irish Wolfhound. All eight were brought to health – treated for parasites, vaccinated, spayed and neutered, groomed, and fed with supplements for weight gain and coat health. After being worked with and having their personalities assessed, they were adopted into loving homes.

Ansel is now thriving and was a pleasant addition to our photoshoot. Aged six, he lives with a Calgary, AB couple and a Siberian husky companion. He is affectionate and healthy, and loves his home comforts and outdoor adventures.

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

Heaven Can Wait is a no-kill shelter and serves a wide area of rural communities in southern Alberta including farms, ranches and acreages. It has approximately 40 dogs and 150 cats in its care. Many are available for adoption, although some are considered sanctuary animals due to health or behavioural issues. The rescue has an ongoing need for donations – its biggest expense is veterinary care. For information on how to help and details of adoptable animals, visit www.heavencanwait.ca or follow their Facebook page.

We learned in December 2019 that sentencing in the Milk River case was delivered at Lethbridge Provincial Court. Irving was banned for life from owning animals in Alberta after pleading guilty to four counts of causing an animal to be in distress. Although issued $15,000 in fines, she did not have to pay due to time served in custody.

Ringing in 2020

BY JENN WEBSTER & ALL PHOTOS BY Twisted Tree Photography.

Make-up by Ivonne Arsenault of One Beauty, Calgary, AB
Hair by Michelle Walsh of One Beauty, Calgary, AB

How are you ringing in the New Year? We’re skipping the resolutions and the big bash parties this time – instead choosing to spend the evening with friends and family and the genuine people in our lives.

Here’s what our evening will look like:

Friends gathered, with drinks in hand, dressed to the nines in the amazing western lifestyle clothing now being offered at Lammle’s Western Wear.

(From Left to Right): Cruel Denim horse print burgundy women’s shirt, $79.95; Cruel shimmer duster with lace, $89.95; Rock & Roll Cowgirl Take No Bull striped women’s blouse, $79.95; Rock & Roll Cowgirl velvet bell bottom women’s leggings, $59.95; Tuf Cooper performance stretch poplin brown and cream men’s shirt, $74.95; Powder River Outfitters wool heather men’s charcoal vest, $119.95; Tribal stretch velvet burgundy rose women’s shirt, $69.95; Miss Me Abstract Life bootcut women’s jeans, $149.95; (Sitting in Front) Ariat Showtime Ancho Chile women’s top, $69.95; Ariat Lady Luck bomber White Sands women’s jacket, $109.95; and Scully floral embroidered western sport coat, $239.95; Stetson Diamond Dot burgundy print men’s shirt, $89.95.

There will be lots of food. Mostly appetizers, so people can visit and graze as they go by. Finger food is the perfect compliment for a New Year’s Eve get together. Like these chicken schnitzel and smoked salmon sliders, prepared for us by Chef Mike Edgar:

Or this plate of Arancini, which are small balls of rice stuffed with a savory filling, coated in breadcrumbs, and fried.

Or this delicious Prosciutto & Melon Caprese Salad…

Prosciutto & Melon Caprese Salad
INGREDIENTS:
• Prosciutto x 10 slices
• 1/2 cantaloupe thinly sliced
• 1/2 honeydew thinly sliced
• 5 Red vine tomatoes quartered
• 5 balls buffalo mozzarella quartered
• Fresh figs cut in half x 5
• Fresh nectarines quartered
• Fresh basil leaves x 10
• Fresh mint leaves x 10
• Extra virgin olive oil
• Aged balsamic vinegar
• Salt & Pepper

METHOD: Randomly place Prosciutto, tomato, cheese, melon, figs, nectarines, mint, basil on your choice of serving platter. Drizzle with oil and vinegar so that everything on the board has a bit of each on it. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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Before the daylight fades away, we’ll grab the horses and our skies or snowboards and charge out for a little bit of skijoring fun.

And then, it’s time to warm up a bit around the fire…

There is nothing more comfortable than Manitobah Mukluks when you simply want to unwind.

Of course – if you know us – we usually get a second wind around 9:00 pm. So then it’s time to pull out the cocktail dresses and boots…

All dresses from Blondie Boutique. Jewelry by RKR Jewelry. On Him, outfit all from Cody & Sioux. Boots all from Alberta Boot Co.; (LEFT) Blue / Gray Python ladies boots, $785; (ON HIM) Peanut Brittle Alligator men’s boots, $1,800; (RIGHT) Electric Blue Lizard ladies boots, $975.

And when New Year’s Eve finally winds down, there’s nothing better than a hot bath and a whiskey.

Wishing you all a wonderful and safe New Year’s Eve!

Horses with Heart – Sergeant Reckless

Reckless with her main caretaker, US Marine Sergeant Joseph Latham.

BY DEBBIE MACRAE

She was truly a gift of love – her life exchanged for a limb. His sister had stepped on a land mine and $250 meant that Kim Huk Moon could buy her a leg prosthesis. It was the Korean war. But to do so, he had to let his filly go… He cried.

Purchased as a pack horse on October 26, 1952, the little filly was originally named Ah Chim Hai. The translation in Korean is “Morning Flame” or “Flame of the Morning.” Moon called her Flame. She was thought to be of Mongolian blood, but she did have some Thoroughbred similarities. She weighed less than 900 pounds and stood only 56 inches or 14 hands high.

As a pack-horse, she would learn to carry 24 pound shells for recoilless rifles used by the Recoilless Rifle Platoon of the 5th Marine Regiment of the Anti-Tank Company, 1st Marine Division. Her name, Flame, was modified to reflect a contraction of the name Recoilless – and she became known to the Marines as “Reckless” – quickly becoming part of the unit and creeping into their tents, their hearts – and their meals – eating everything from scrambled eggs to potato chips and drinking Coca-Cola and beer with the best of them. At one point, she consumed about $30 in poker chips! Not your usual equine fare.

Reckless was taught to be a Marine. She was trained in battlefield survival skills; she would lie down under fire. She knew not to become entangled in barbed wire. On hearing the cry “Incoming!”, she learned to run for a bunker – and even appeared to take interest in the operation of the rifles she was carrying. She learned to deliver the guns and shells to the front lines, and when learning a new route, required to be led only a few times before she learned the route on her own. There was a standing order not to ride her, but on one occasion that order was violated and Reckless sprinted through a minefield with her mount, surviving in spite of her rider.

During the Battle of Outpost Vegas on Vegas Hill in March of 1953, she made 51 solo trips in one day, covering over 35 miles and carrying over 9,000 pounds of ammunition – rider-less, no lead, under fire. She travelled through rice paddies and steep mountain ridges, carrying her load; sometimes guns, sometimes ammunition, even the wounded. They would tie them on, send them back down, and at the bottom, they would turn her around, slap her rump and she would head out again.

The whole battle lasted 3 days. She was wounded twice. At the end of the battle her fellow Marines were so grateful for her service, they offered her a beer, which she drank down lustily, like a true soldier, and begged for more.

Sergeant Reckless beside 75 mm recoilless rifle, circa 1952 – 1955, Andrew Geer, Public Domain.

On one occasion, Reckless approached a group of Marines, and nuzzled one unsuspecting marine on the back of the neck, nipping him in the process. He jumped and started screaming obscenities at her yelling at a Marine Lieutenant to remove the nag from his presence. The Lieutenant blasted the marine, “That horse has done more for the United States Marine Corps than you have, or ever will do. And besides, she outranks you. If I ever hear you talking to that horse like that again, I’m going to have you written up and court-martialed.” 1 Sgt. Reckless, America’s War Horse by Robin Hutton

Her role didn’t end on the front lines. She packed telephone lines for her platoon – stringing as much wire on her own, as 12 men on foot. She was the first horse in the Marine Corps to have engaged in an amphibious landing.

Her platoon played on her “Reckless” reputation, challenging Kentucky Derby contender, Native Dancer, to a “Paddy Derby” on the “Upsan Downs,” over a 1.5 mile course of rice paddies and hills, carrying 192 pounds of ammunition and no riders. Their challenge went unrequited, although Native Dancer would come in second in the Kentucky Derby, thereafter winning the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, and the Belmont Stakes in New York. All in good fun, Sergeant Reckless won her own red and gold blanket with insignia, and was promoted again to staff sergeant (E-6) on August 31, 1959 at Camp Pendleton, California, where she was honored with a twenty-one-gun salute and a 1,700-man parade of Marines.

Reckless was a hero. She was awarded two purple hearts, and the battle of Outpost Vegas prompted a promotion to the official rank of Sergeant for the only animal, before or since, in history.

Sergeant Reckless was retired from active service with full military honors in 1960. Her Marine Corps documents provided her with free room and board in lieu of retirement pay. She was treated like the VIP she was, well cared for and respected. She bore two colts and two fillies, at Camp Pendleton, the last of which survived only a month.

Eight years after her retirement, Reckless would injure herself, ironically by falling into a barbed wire fence. She died under sedation for treatment at approximately 19 or 20-years-old.

As we approach the Anniversary of Remembrance on November 11th, we salute our war heroes, and war horses, with honor and respect for the service they have offered in the protection of our countries, our front lines, and our troops.

Sergeant Reckless is honored with a statue by sculptor Jocelyn Russell in Semper Fidelis Memorial Park at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, a memorial at Camp Pendleton, as well as a monument at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

Cowgirl Room Revamp

Check out this beautiful revamp of a little cowgirl’s bedroom. We are so in love with this room makeover, that is nearly finished!

This special cowgirl wanted a farm/ranch/cowgirl theme. Her grandfather assisted in bringing her mother’s vision for her bed come to life. Underneath, the shelves can house books, toys or Breyer horses.

In one corner her Grandma’s old trick riding saddle is featured, along with one of her Great-Grandfather’s bridles hanging at the entrance and a toy barn her Grandpa made for her.


It’s a special room full of love. Her mother made a lot of the pieces hanging on the walls.

There are still more plans for this bedroom, but we’re in love with how it turned out. 💕 Stay tuned to a future WHR for an update on the entire space.

Your Winter Home in AZ

Are you thinking of venturing to Arizona this winter? With blizzards already in full force here in southern Alberta, Siggins Horse Company, located in Eloy, Arizona, is a full service equine facility offering full care board services, team roping practices and jackpots, and much more. Horse training, lessons and horse sales are also part of their beautiful facility, which includes covered stalls, wash racks, tack rooms, a barrel racing arena, team roping arena, lights for night riding, RV/Trailer Hookups and an atmosphere that is sure to make everyone feel like they’re at home!

Those who choose to stay at Siggins Horse Company in one of their 11 RV hookups are invited to join them for happy hours, BBQ cookouts, and opportunities to get involved in gathering cattle from the desert, branding, and breaking in steers. Hookups are located in grass covered areas, with trees allowing for privacy if desired. 

On Mondays through Friday mornings, the facility hosts team roping practices for ropers of all levels. They also host weekly roping jackpots where they’re known to award some great money and prizes. 


The Siggins Horse Company staff ensure that your horse’s health and wellness is their top priority offering a full care program, 24-hour onsite staff, daily stall cleaning, premium feed and if requested, access to the area’s top vets, farriers, and equine body-workers. 

Siggins Horse Company is located in Eloy, Arizona, an easy one-hour drive from the urban centres of Phoenix and Tucson. The smaller communities of Casa Grande and Coolidge are in close proximity for any of the daily essentials like groceries, dining and entertainment.  


The facility offers rates for nightly layover services, short stays, and all inclusive discounted rates for longer stays. They’re inviting Canadians to enjoy more of what makes them happy this winter by inviting you to join them at Siggins Horse Company this year! 

Find them at:
www.sigginshorsecompany.com

IG: @sigginshorsecompany 

FB: facebook.com/sigginshorsecompany

Doc West on Rural Crime

Cartoon by Dave Elston.

In light of the southern Alberta story of Edouard Maurice who recently filed a counterclaim against the convicted criminal who drove onto the Maurice property south of Okotoks, AB, on Feb. 24, 2018 and rummaged through his vehicles, we thought it might be prudent to run an archive from our Doc West March/April 2017 column. The Maurice story has received national attention as Maurice was charged with gun offences and his court appearances have garnered the attention of hundreds of people supporting his right to defend his home.

This real-life nightmare experienced by Maurice has many rural folk asking, “What can we do to protect ourselves legally?

Doc West returns to help answer that question…

Q. In all the years I’ve been living out West, I’ve never encountered or heard about property theft as much as in recent times. More than several of my country neighbours have experienced thefts of varying degrees – from fuel to equipment, some have even lost their prized horses. Audacious thieves are committing their crimes in the middle of the night, while country-folk sleep soundly in their beds, and not much seems to get done about it. Maybe there’s something to be said about the Old West and it’s way of dealing with thievery. Are our current property theft laws substandard? What’s a rural property owner to do? 

Cartoon by Dave Elston.

DOC – The Old West had its own unique brand of justice cooked up just right for the frontier. Back in those days the law didn’t require a cowpoke riding solo on the high plains to holler for help before drawing down with his Colt on midnight rustlers fixing for his best horse. The lonely pioneer widow could still swing a double-barrel Coach gun from the veranda with authority on a peeping scoundrel and wouldn’t be charged with careless use of a firearm. However, those days are long gone and today we live in a more civilized and gentile age where it seems you must treat robbers, murderers, bandits, and thieves with courtesy and serve them tea as they load up your wares and ride off into the sunset. So what can you do and what can’t you do?

As a starting point, know that legalese is not ole’ Doc’s forte – so don’t go quoting me to the judge if you accidentally get a bit twitchy and start blasting away at some wayward visitors.

First off, Doc is a firm believer in the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Thieves always look for the easiest target, and will often “case” properties for a good haul and a quick easy getaway. You don’t need rows of razor wire, nor a moat to make your property an uninviting target, but there are preventative measures you can take. Thieves don’t want to be seen, they work most comfortably under the cover of darkness and anonymity. A bright, well-lit farmyard or acreage might just be the only thing he needs to see to move on to another target. Security cameras and alarms also enhance the deterrence effect – so long as the culprit knows that they are there – so if you have them, make sure they are visible and the intruder is alerted as to their existence. Gates are a terrific source of deterrence, crime statistics will attest that gated residences have significantly lower incidents of break-ins than ungated properties. A grumbly old yard hound will make a racket and if he’s mean enough might take a chunk or two out of a bandit’s backside. Remember that your acreage doesn’t have to be Fort Knox, it just needs to appear to be more impenetrable than your neighbour’s.

However, I know as a wannabe John Wayne you’re really not interested in all the panzy stuff that the police tell you to do, and hell, you’ve not moved way out to scenic acres just to hide in your closet and dial 911. You want to know (not withstanding all reasonable precautions of course), if a determined rustler breaches the sanctity of your property and is in the process of loading up your best roping horse, can you draw down? Well, the answer is – it depends.  
 
In 2012, the Conservative government passed Bill c-26 (also known as the Lucky Moose Bill after Chinatown store owner David Chen – who was charged with assault after he chased down, tied up and detained a shoplifter at the Lucky Moose Food Mart), which streamlined Canada’s antiquated and convoluted “defence of property” provisions. Overall, a successful claim of defence of property in the law requires three things:

• A reasonable perception of a specified type of threat to property in one’s “peaceable possession”;
• A defensive purpose associated with the accused’s actions; and,
• The accused’s actions must be reasonable in the circumstances.

In acreage cowpuncher terms, that translates to:
• That ropin’ horse you believe is belongn’ to you, needs to be legally belongn’ to you;
• What you do must be for the purpose of saving your roping horse from theft; and,
• The force you use to save your roping horse from theft must be reasonable in the circumstances.  

Each case will turn on its individual facts. For example, farmer Brian Knight of Lacombe, AB, pleaded guilty to criminal negligence causing bodily harm after giving chase to, running down and shooting ATV thief Harold Groening in the hiney with a shotgun. Whereas Saskatoonian Hugh Lindholm was never charged at all for firing two warning shots with his hunting rifle at a stranger who had hurled a brick through his front window, and was standing on his deck demanding his car keys.

The rule of thumb is there is no rule of thumb. Each situation is different and so is each prosecutor and each judge. There are no hard and fast rules, but a good dose of common sense which will tell you what force is reasonable and legal, and what force is going to land you a free stay at the crowbar hotel.     

Ranch Country Horse Sale 2019

The High Selling Saddle Horse – Sold to Kaleb Hofer, Rachel Hofer, and Dennis Hofer of Murray Lake Farms. Consigned by Amos Abrahamson, and Seth Abrahamson (on horse). Pictured with Ken Perrin – Pres. of the Ranch Country Horse Sale Inc, and Boaz Hofer.

The 15th Annual Ranch Country Horse Sale Inc. (RCH Sale) was held at the Maple Creek, SK, Agricultural Grounds, on Saturday, Sept 14th, 2019.

The Ranch Country Horse Sale members include the Perrins, the Parsonages, and the Bertrams.

The High Selling Saddle Horse was Lot #47, MM Docs Cowboy, a 2015 buckskin gelding consigned by Amos Abrahamson and Seth Abrahamson of Broderick, SK. This horse sold to Murray Lake Farms of Medicine Hat, AB, for $11,000. As such, they also received a handwoven saddlepad donated by Rachelle Sundeal. Seth Abrahamson too, received a $2,000 bonus from RCH Sale) for consigning the high selling saddle horse.

The High Selling Colt (L to R): Borden Sunderland – Buyer. Seller, Roger & Lou
Parsonage – Seller. Ken Perrin – Pres. of Ranch Country Horse Sale Inc. also pictured here.

The High Selling Foal was Lot #12, a bay stud colt sired by Chex My Magic and out of Yaki Jo Drifter, consigned by Roger Parsonage. The colt sold to Borden Sunderland of Maple Creek, SK, for $1,900.
 
32 Foals averaged $1,075

18 Saddle Horses averaged $5,165

Top 5 Saddle Horses averaged $8,700

Thanks to the all the volunteers, consignors, bidders and buyers for making this a successful sale. See you next year!


 


Behind the Scenes

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography. The Bainbridge Wool Jacket from Pendleton Canada; black skort from Boa-Kae Ranch; Onyx Bracelet with stainless Steele tassel, Long Tourlamated Quartz necklace, with onyx, quartz , crystal, and hematite, Vintage Phoenix pendant necklace with onyx, black stone and obsidian,
all by RKR Jewelry.

BY JENN WEBSTER

The Western Horse Review fall fashion shoot didn’t go as planned. Originally centered around a specific location, the Sept/Oct. photojournalism piece was forced in a new direction when Mother Nature rained us out. Which in turn, forced us to move the shoot location.

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography. Double D buckskin jacket from Classic Rodeo Boutique.

There was however, a beautiful consolation in moving the shoot to one of our regular sites. The surrounding fields of wheat at the time were stunning. And blessed with three beautiful models (Tara McKenze – above, Sara Bernier and Paige Wilson), it became clear that our team can pull off a shoot under nearly any circumstance.

Wild rag by Brown Creek Wild Rags. Bracelets and necklace by RKR Jewelry.

Plus, we had kittens.

We also had a convertible to showcase our “business cowgirls.” Which, we had to close up in between storms. And hide in the hay shelter when things got really intense.

Shoots like these are very time consuming and we easily worked our way in the evening hours. That was cool too, as a beautiful moon and a pink sky came out to enhance the ambience.

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

Above Sara (LEFT) is wearing the Feather and Floral Kimono, from Boa-Kae Ranch, www.boa-kaeranch.com; Moonstone, quartz and hematite necklace with feather charm and tassel, by RKR Jewerly; and Navajo pearl, large bead necklace, $375, from Classic Rodeo.

Tara (MIDDLE) is wearing the Blush Light Ribbed rose cardigan and Lariat necklace from Boa-Kae Ranch; Dragonfly lariat with moonstone, quartz and dragonfly charms necklace by RKR Jewerly, and the to die-for tall brown boots by Alberta Boot Co.

Paige (RIGHT) is wearing the HyFyve Pink Cheetah coat from Classic Rodeo; and Tiger’s eye stones with onyx , black agate and tassel necklace, by RKR Jewerly.

* Hats, tanks and belts are models’ own.

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

A big thank-you goes out to make-up artist, Ivonne Arsenault of One Beauty, Calgary, AB, and Cierra Ross also of One Beauty, Calgary, AB, for working her magic on hair!

Wild rag by Brown Creek Wild Rags. Necklace by RKR Jewelry.

And I’d like to mention the talent of Randi Hamre of RKR Jewelry at this point! Creating one-of-a-kind western and contemporary jewelry, the pieces coming from RKR Jewelry never cease to amaze me. If you want to get your unique CFR or NFR look, be sure to get in touch with RKR Jewelry immediately!

Boots by Alberta Boot Co. Bracelets by RKR Jewelry.

We’ve also got some exciting new things happening at the WHR Boutique, like this beautiful, handmade cross-body purse, designed by Janine’s Custom Creations, exclusively for Western Horse Review. Crafted from real Pendleton® Blankets, this purse is made from Chief Joseph Pendleton® blankets and finished inside with a beautiful, Kasha lining. Inside you’ll find a pocket to safeguard your small items and keep everything together with a top zipper closure. Finished with dark beige leather strap and tassel.

Summertime Pasta

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

BY MIKE EDGAR, PHOTOS BY TWISTED TREE PHOTOGRAPHY


With a silky sauce, a beautiful colour palate and all the elements of summer, this fresh pasta dish is a fun twist on a hearty meal. This cheesy, fresh, seasonal dinner showcases just how versatile a noodle dish can be.

DOUGH

6 Eggs
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
2 Cups Semolina Flour
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
Pinch of Salt

Sift together flour and semolina into a bowl.
Add salt.
Add oil.
Add the eggs. Mix the ingredients with a fork until the mixture becomes too thick to mix with a fork.

METHOD
Sift together flour, semolina and salt into a bowl. Add the eggs. Mix the ingredients with a fork until the mixture becomes too thick to mix with a fork.

Remove mixture from the bowl onto the clean work surface and start kneading with your hands.

Dust your work surface with flour to keep the dough from sticking. Remove mixture from the bowl onto the clean work surface and start kneading with your hands. Knead for eight to 12 minutes. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Starting on setting number one on the pasta roller, and roll the pasta through the machine.

NOODLES
Pasta dough
1 Cup Edible Flower Pedals
1 Cup Whole Italian Parsley (no stem)
 

Cut your dough into four pieces. Take your first piece and roll using a rolling pin to make it easier to get into the pasta machine. Starting on setting number one on the pasta roller, and roll the pasta through the machine. Then move the machine to level two and roll the pasta through again. The pasta will get longer and thinner every time you increase the number. Remember to dust the dough before you roll it each time.

Adding the fresh flowers to the bottom piece of the dough.

For this recipe I took the pasta up to number six on the machine. At this point if I put a flower underneath it, I should be able to see the colour of the flower. Then, I cut the pasta into two equal pieces. One piece will be the bottom and one will be the top. On the bottom piece, place the flower pedals and parsley all over it but be careful not to over-crowd the pasta.

Adding the top piece of the pasta over top of the flowers and the bottom of the pasta.

Then, wet the edges of the pasta with water and a pastry brush.

Place the top piece on top, roll over it with a rolling pin to help the top stick to the bottom. Then trim the edges with a knife. Move the pasta roller back one number to five, dust your pasta with flour and send back through the machine.

Sending the pasta through the machine.

Cut into eight-inch long pieces, fold in half and cut into half inch thick noodles. Place on a flowered cookie sheet to await the pot of water. Repeat these steps with the remaining pasta.

ARTICHOKES

4 Baby Artichokes
1 Litre Canola Oil

METHOD:
Trim the tops and the stems off the artichoke, the remove the outer three layers of leaves, and cut into four pieces.

Bring oil up to 350-degrees Fahrenheit, fry artichokes until golden brown and crispy, place on to paper towel and season with salt and pepper.

THE DISH

Pre-rolled and Cut Flower Pasta
1 Cup Sliced Baby Leek
2 Cloves Chopped Garlic
½ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
¼ cup Chicken Stock
2 Tbsp. Butter
4 Fried Baby Artichokes
¼ Cup Chopped Parsley

In a large frying pan sauté leeks and garlic until soft and add your butter.

METHOD:
In a large frying pan, sauté leeks and garlic until soft, add your butter, and while the butter is melting drop in enough pasta for four people into the boiling salted water. The pasta will not take longer then a minute to cook. Drain the pasta in a colander and add it to the hot frying pan with the leeks.

Take note that you need to move quickly at this stage. Add your stock and parmesan cheese and begin to toss everything together, the cheese and stock will combine to create a cream like sauce. If it looks too runny, just add more cheese and let it cook a little longer. When noodles are coated, toss your parsley in and start plating. Divide amongst four bowls, place your artichokes on top, grated some fresh Parmesan on top, drizzle with olive oil and enjoy.

And if you would like the video version of this tutorial, check out: