Friday, April 18, 2014


roasted leg of lamb, great for easter and so easy. image: colin cooke, recipe leonoor ottink
1 leg of lamb, about 2 kg
olive oil
salt & pepper
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
zest of 1 lemon
preheat the oven to 200 ºc.
mix the crushed garlic with the lemon zest, thyme and olive oil.
season the lamb with salt & pepper, rub the olive oil mixture into it and place in a roasting dish.
roast the lamb for an hour and 15 minutes if you want it pink, or for an hour and 30 minutes if you prefer well done. 
take the lamb out of the oven, cover with foil and leave for 15 minutes before serving.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


apartment of fashion designer vanessa bruno right in the heart of paris in the area le marais, one of my favourite areas in paris. the house is unpretentious and 'easy' which makes it so personal. posted by nathalie. images by mikkel vang

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


a tip from paul lowe from sweet paul magazine. he recommended this book my paris kitchen and indeed, another great book to have.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


so nice, sacai luck sandals made by japans brand tatami, via dover street market resulting in platform birkie's, i'm in love. camo print sweater by dkny, via asks. posted by leonoor

Monday, April 14, 2014



absolutely great cabinet mystery house, sculptural furniture by thomas wold, visit his site, there is so much more. pink tiger print clutch by dolce & gabbana via vaunte

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014


last year i've posted a photo of the rhubarb in my garden, this year it seems to have died, it's nowhere to be seen…. i've immediately planted a new one though but i have to wait till next year before it can be harvested and eaten, i'll have to buy it at the farmer's market this year. i'm so looking forward to making a crumble with rhubarb and strawberries, but it's too early for strawberries so i roast the rhubarb stems in the oven sprinkled with sugar, zest of an orange and 2 vanilla pods, serve it with home made yoghurt ice-cream and it feels like spring has really begun. images: john dummer and mikkel vang

Thursday, April 10, 2014


fashion stylist alayne patrick lives in this tiny jewel-box apartment. a wonderful quiet refuge from the busy streets of new york city in the brooklyn area. images: ngoc minh ngo

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


colour of maroc a book by rob palmer, australian photographer, and his french-maroccan wife sophia. they made this beautiful collection of stories together, inspired by people, food and travel.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


told you, they're coming back, birkenstock arizona, via topshop. love this cactus-shaped vase, store without a home, tulips, they always make me happy, reblogged from batixa

Saturday, April 5, 2014


exhibition 'evidence'  in berlin's martin-gropius-bau by china's most famous artist ai wei wei, 3 april to 7 july 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014


ever since as a child i saw the 2- or 3-layered plateau's of fruits de mer in parisisan restaurants i've considered eating all kinds of shellfish like this as the ultimate luxurious eating-in-a-restaurant-experience. image: colin cooke. posted by leonoor

Thursday, April 3, 2014


this reminds me of the time i lived in paris. a 19th century small apartment with a lot of history, so romantic and beautiful. daniel jasiak, a fashion designer lives here in the heart of paris, the 6th arrondissement. images: ngoc minh ngo. posted by nathalie

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


sometimes i have these days that i don't have any time to shop and just hope that i have the right ingredients at home in order to make a simple but very tasteful meal. well, i found this very 'easy' dish in the book easy by bill granger . it uses ingredients like canned tuna (by fish tales, sustainable caught tuna fish), zucchini and, lucky me, fresh herbs from my small vegetable garden that i always have as a basic stock. by the way, i recently won this book via a lottery and i really never win anything! it's a nice book with beautiful photos by mikkel vang. posted by nathalie

300g spaghetti
sea salt and pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
3 small zucchini or 1 large one shaved in ribbons
2 chopped cloves of garlic 
grated rind and the juice of a lemon
a handful of roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
a handful of chives
a handful of basil leaves
1 canned tuna of 160g, leaked and in big chunks

boil the spaghetti and rinse and drain it. 
meanwhile place a large frying pan on a high heat with some olive oil.
add the zucchini ribbons for 2-3 minutes. 
take them out of the frying pan and set aside.
turn the heat down to medium heat and add the rest of the olive oil and the garlic, fry for 1 minute, 
than add the lemon zest.
add the zucchini ribbons with the parsley, chives, tuna and finally the spaghetti.
to make it more tasteful add, if you like, some lemon zest and black pepper.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


two greedy italians, a cookbook by antonio carluccio, who is one of my favorite writers about authentic italian cooking,  and gennaro contaldo. an extraordinary book containing over 100 mouthwatering recipes revealing real italian food as cooked by real italians, via amazon.

Monday, March 31, 2014


this is alway a special moment, the first day of the garden season, organizing all the seeds, planning the garden, preparing the soil, and yessss…... i've sown the first peas and broad beans. in a few weeks they'll be popping their baby-heads above the ground like this.

Saturday, March 29, 2014


british artist luke jerram installs a 90 m waterside in bristol…...

Friday, March 28, 2014


a glass of wine with a few tapas, is there a better way to start the weekend? prawns, a few scallops, some morcilla wraps….. image: mikkel vang

chili  prawns
serves 4
1 red capsicum
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
6 whole garlic cloves
pinch dried chili flakes
1 tbsp smoked paprika
500g small green prawns, peeled, remove intestinal tract

take the red capsicum and cook over a naked flame or in a very hot oven.  char the outside until the skin is burnt.  place into a plastic bag and rest for 20 minutes.  then under cold running water remove the outer skin and seeds.  tear into long strips and put aside.

place two tablespoons of olive oil into a shallow pan.  once hot add the whole garlic cloves and fry for 3 minutes.  remove and set aside.

add the other tablespoon of olive oil and the chili flakes together with the paprika.  cook for 2 minutes on a low flame.  drop in the prawns and fry for 3 to 4 minutes or until cooked.   stir in the roast capsicum slices and garlic.  add a pinch of salt and serve piping hot.

Thursday, March 27, 2014


apartment of sherry olsen, ceramist and artist situated in berkeley hills of california. love her kitchen. images: ngoc minh ngo