Sunday, March 31, 2013

organic markets, people are more and more aware of the importance of eating healthy food and luckily all over the world, in lots of small villages but also in big cities, you can find these nice small markets with veggies and fruit, fresh from the ground near by and delivered by local vang

Saturday, March 30, 2013

almost easter and i (nathalie) do hope that my husband will make eggs benedict for me. the first time i had them was for christmas on a sailboat near langkawi, malaysia. we had no fresh eggs for breakfast so we borrowed some eggs from our canadian friends on another boat. they decided to make eggs benedict for us and it was so good! very heavy, but delicious.... this easter we will have fresh eggs! leonoor, my blog partner, has chicken in her garden and they give 4 eggs a day, and... she lives almost next door!  photo: john dummer

Friday, March 29, 2013

i'm not really a cake flag person, but these are so cute....., handmade in house by heriott grace. and let's immediately make panna cotta, a delicious italian desert!

recipe panna cotta, so easy to make:

250 ml cream
250 ml greek yoghurt
250 ml milk
75 gr. sugar
1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out
9 leaves gelatin

soak the gelatin in a bowl of water for a few minutes. heat the cream, the milk, the vanilla seeds and the sugar, almost to a boil, remove from the heat. squeeze the water out of the gelatin and add to the pan,  stir until the gelatin has dissolved. let it cool for a few minutes, than stir in the yoghurt.
pour in a pudding mould or 8 small ramekins, grease them with a little vegetable oil first, cover with cling film and let it set for 3-4 hours in the fridge. dip the pudding mould or ramekins in hot water for 10 seconds, than turn out onto a big plate or 8 small ones.

serve with a simple raspberries sauce (place frozen raspberries, sugar and a splash of liquor of choice in a pan, heat while stirring until sugar dissolves), or with a dot of lemon curd for a yellowish easter feeling, garnish with mint leaves.

recipe: leonoor ottink

Thursday, March 28, 2013

the secret to madonna's success, according to the the cool hunter, long live phototshop......
a few weeks ago a photographer from australia, sharyn cairns, sent me (nathalie) this interior. what a feel-good house and so romantic! sometimes we wish we lived in australia.... thanks sharyn for sending these beautiful images!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

specially recommended:  the selby
we're such big fans of 'the selby', a blog by todd selby, for us he's one of the most inspiring interior photographers at the moment. his interior shoots are more like a portrait of the people than photo's of  an interior,  take a look at this japanese egg farm by nancy singleton and tadaaka for example.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

it's still freezing cold outside in amsterdam, (chill factor -10ºc, end of march....) but in our heads the sun is in the air......, so let's have some fun! gold flower earrings via mod cloth,  vulcano sweatshirt by fab,  legging in pixel flower print, monki, new balance trainers in lovely bright green, silver and dark aqua

Monday, March 25, 2013

and speaking of camouflage, camo prints are totally back, or where they even gone? i mean, want this couch.....!!! camo chesterfield couch via cococo home.commenswear spring 2013 according to dries van noten, sneakers by valentino

Sunday, March 24, 2013

take a look at 'the invisible artist', liu bolin, reblogged from bb-blog.  that is, see if you can find him... the ultimate camouflage!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

the newest sweet paul magazine made by paul lowe, a craft and food stylist, and all his good photographers around him, what a beautiful and wonderful magazine. i (nathalie) am working with him since 2008 and that's such a big pleasure, every time i see new work of him it's like opening a present. thanks paul!

Friday, March 22, 2013

olive oil and herb marinated feta cheese, photo: sturla bakken. if you want to know how to make it, go to read more

Thursday, March 21, 2013

still no spring here in amsterdam, better to go for a nice city trip. we would love to go back to berlin, a fascinating city, although at this moment it's freezing there too..... take a look at stil in berlin, tells you everything you want to know and everywhere you have to go, very inspiring! here some shots of a fun small colourful apartment in berlin, i like it! jochen arndt, photographer, made these images of his own apartment, please have a sneak peek.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

book of artist ursus wehrli, 'the art of clean up and tidy', the surprising way he rigorously rearranges images is fascinating and so much fun! as is his website, worth a visit!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

my dear friend m.'s boots: acne's newest version of the western boot, gorgeous! great modern interpretation of an old technique, holes in a sweater mended with bright coloured darns,  reblogged from uncultured magazine, makes me immediately want to try if i still know how to darn.... photo print bag with mysterious landscape, monki

Monday, March 18, 2013

collaboration between skrillex and g-star on their newest spring/summer 2013 campaign

Sunday, March 17, 2013

david bowie is, 23 march-11augustus 2013  at the victoria & albert museum in london. the v & a has been given unprecedented access to the david bowie archive for this first international retrospective of david bowie's career. the exhibition features more than 300 objects that include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs and bowie's own instruments. the book david bowie is available via v & a shop

Saturday, March 16, 2013

be aware, we immediately wanted to buy this bag after watching this......guild of holland

Friday, March 15, 2013

mmmm... love to make pizza. make a simple one with tomatoes, mozzerela, olive oil and basil or add the left overs from your fridge. or.......go out to a nice pizza restaurant where they make them on the traditional way; in a wood oven! photos: mikkel vang

basic recipe pizza dough
make 4 medium pizzas

500 gr. strong white bread flour, preferable 00
1/2 tbsp salt
7 gr. dried yeast
1/2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp olive oil
325 ml lukewarm water

combine yeast, olive oil, water and sugar, whisk with a fork to resolve and set aside for a few minutes.
sift  the flour with the salt, make a well in the middle and pour the yeast-mixture in the well.
stir the flour with a fork from the inner edge of the well with a circular movement into the the water-yeast mixture. continue to mix, bringing in all the flour until the dough comes together and becomes to hard to mix with a fork. 
flour your hands and knead the dough on a floured surface for at least 10 minutes until a smooth and soft dough. place the dough into a lightly greased bowl, cover with a moist kitchen towel and let it rise in a warm place for about an hour, until doubled in volume.

preheat the oven to 250ºc 
put the dough on a floured surface and knead for 30 seconds, then divide into 4 balls.
roll each ball out into a circle, about 0,5 cm thick. 
add the topping of your choice, drizzle with a little olive oil and bake in a preheated oven for about 10 minutes until golden and crispy.

recipe: leonoor ottink