Saturday, May 31, 2014

WEEKEND INSPIRATION

pharrell williams presents his first exhibition "girl" at galerie perrotin in paris till the 25th of june. it features 40 pieces from 32 artists, including 10 specially commissioned for the exhibition.


Friday, May 30, 2014

FOOD


banana ice cream with caramelized bananas, food styling and recipe by judi orlick, photography by michael marquand. bananas are found everywhere in southeast asia. this dessert is a decadent, indulgent homage to this well-known fruit. 

ingredients:

8 ripe bananas, divided
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out of pod
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp. butter, room temperature

banana ice cream:

1. peel 6 bananas, cut into large pieces, and freeze overnight in a plastic baggie. 
2. add heavy cream, ¾ cups sugar, and vanilla seeds to a small pot. stir over medium heat until sugar    
    is dissolved, and cream starts to simmer. remove from heat. 
3. pour mixture into a medium bowl. place bowl in an ice bath (large bowl filled halfway with ice and  
    water). stir occasionally, about 20 minutes, until mixture has cooled thoroughly.
4. remove bananas from freezer. thaw slightly for 15 minutes. lace in food processor bowl with lemon 
    juice. pulse 8-10 times. turn food processor on. slowly add chilled cream mixture. process until
    smooth. 
5. transfer to a bowl, cover, and chill mixture in refrigerator 3-4 hours. 
6. pour mixture into an ice cream maker and churn, following the manufacturer’s instructions, about  
    25-30 minutes.
7. transfer ice cream to an airtight container and freeze until hardened, about 3-4 hours. makes about
    1 1/2 quarts.

caramelized bananas:

1. peel remaining two bananas and slice in half. slice each half lengthwise. set aside. 
2. add remaining ½ cup sugar to large skillet over medium-high heat. cook until sugar is melted and 
    amber in color. add butter and stir until smooth.  add banana pieces flat side down. cook until
    bananas are caramelized and golden-brown, about 2-3 minutes. 
3. divide caramelized bananas equally onto 4 plates. spoon sauce over bananas, and serve with the
    banana ice cream. 



Thursday, May 29, 2014

INTERIOR

what a good feeling this house has. personally i like the wallpaper in her bedroom very much, what a beauty. this house belongs to fashion designer erica tanov, and was photographed by ngoc minh ngo. a treasure to look at, especially on my birthday, haha! posted by nathalie


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

BOOKS & MAGAZINES

the 'bible' about how to make the most delicious indonesian dishes, sri owen's indonesian food. from the age of 6 i discovered the indonesian kitchen. my parents took us often, me and my sister, to good indonesian restaurants in the hague, still love it! posted by nathalie.

Monday, May 26, 2014

FASHION ETC.



dries van noten's house, shot for vogue march 2014 by francois halliard via handpicked by chris & ron, the cutest shoes and bags, via style.com, i love peony, i have them in my garden, between the fava beans, peas and raspberries, reblogged from wit & delight

Saturday, May 24, 2014

WEEKEND INSPIRATION

the last tattoo kalinga woman, philippines, 2011, jake verzosa, artist's private collection. exhibition 'tatoueurs, tatoués' traces the history of the tattoo from the 18th century to the present-day. musee du quay branly, paris,  6th may 2014- 18th october



Friday, May 23, 2014

FOOD

vietnamese striped bass wraps, image: ngoc minh ngodelicious & authentic recipe by her mom. not a quick recipe, but it's not difficult and a very nice dish if you want to cook something special during the weekend.

for the fish
2 whole fresh striped bass (1 kg each), cleaned and dried
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1                  1 medium onion, halved and cut into half-moons 
           1 piece, about 5 cm peeled fresh ginger, cut into thin matchsticks 
           1/4 cup unsalted butter 
           1 bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped 
           60 g roasted peanuts, chopped

for the serving
650 g japanese sweet potatoes and/or regular sweet potatoes, peeled and halved lengthwise.
125 g fine rice vermicelli (use the variety that is packaged in coiled nests)
16 round rice-paper wrappers
2 small heads lettuce leaves, separated
4 hands cilantro leaves
4 hands mint leaves
lime-chile dipping sauce, recipe see below

preheat oven to 350˚. make 3 diagonal  cuts on each side of the fish. rub cavity of each fish with oil;
season with salt and pepper. rub exterior and cuts of each fish with oil; season with salt and pepper. 
stuff each cavity with half of the onion and ginger. transfer fish to a baking dish.
bake until flesh is opaque and no longer pink near spine, about 40 minutes.

 meanwhile, place sweet potatoes in a bamboo or metal steamer basket; place over boiling water in a
wide saucepan or wok. cover; steam until just tender, about 25 minutes. transfer to a work surface; let
cool slightly. cut lengthwise into 6,5 cm long sticks, about 1 cm thick. set aside.

bring a large pot of water to a boil. add noodles; cook according to package instructions. drain, and
rinse under cold water. cut into 5 cm lengths. set aside.

melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. add scallions; cook until bright green, about 1
minute. spoon over baked fish. sprinkle with peanuts.

to assemble each wrap, soak a wrapper in a bowl of warm water until softened, about 30 seconds. lay
flat on a plate. top with lettuce, noodles, sweet potato sticks, fish with toppings, cilantro, and mint. 
fold ends in and roll tightly to enclose filling. serve with dipping sauce.
serves 8, makes 16

lime chile dipping sauce

50 ml asian fish sauce
juice of 2 limes
50 g  sugar
2   garlic cloves, minced
4 1/2  teaspoons red chile sauce or 1 fresh red thai chile, chopped

stir fish sauce, lime juice, and 50 ml water in a small bowl. add sugar; stir until it has dissolved. stir in garlic and chile sauce or shopped chile. sauce can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 week.
makes about 250ml


Thursday, May 22, 2014

INTERIOR

fantastic house of a dutch guy who lives on the beautiful island bali, indonesia. images are made by prue ruscoe and tami christiansen.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

BOOKS & MAGAZINES




rethink, the way you live by amanda talbot, an autralian editor, writer and stylist, photography by mikkel vang. although i have seen only a couple of images of this book, it looks to me as a very nice unique and timely home interiors and lifestyle book. it's really something different than most other interior books. absolutely on top of my 'nice to have' list. amanda also has a very inspiring blog called snoop global. posted by nathalie

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

FASHION ETC.


sooo nice, clog inspired sandals by acne, bold necklace by nikki coupe via style indicator, do take a look, there's more... jeweled banana by luciana rondolini 

Monday, May 19, 2014

FASHION ETC.



amber chair by korean designer jaek jung via designboom, leather slingback via zara, animal house by marni at salone del mobile 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014

WEEKEND INSPIRATION

work of studio job, founded by job smeets and nynke tynagel, from their library of icons and images, existing patterns are adapted and extended to compositions of nine metres. unique and without repeat. archives will be unveiled during icff new york-booth 1325. may 17-20, 2014 at new york city's jacob k.


Friday, May 16, 2014

FOOD

it's time for asparagus, 'the white gold'. buy them directly from a farm or visit a farmer's market to make sure they are fresh, eat them with hardboiled eggs, melted butter, parsley and the best quality of ham and sprinkled with freshly ground black pepper, so good...  images: john dummer

Thursday, May 15, 2014

INTERIOR

these nice images were made by hans zeegers and marita janssen on ibiza. isabel followed her dreams and started an eco farm and b&b together with her husband. isn'it a lovely place? posted by nathalie

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

FASHION ETC.


summer basics, sheer white shirt cos, sunglasses tom ford, silver sandals calypso barth

Saturday, May 10, 2014

WEEKEND INSPIRATION

super patterns made from price stickers, reblogged from present and correct, a design blog and stationary store in london found by graphic designers neal whittington and mark smith

Friday, May 9, 2014

FOOD

last week at kingsday we ended up at the end of the day with 5 families in our backyard having dinner together. everyone brought a dish and one dish was this lovely chick pea and sausage stew, so tasteful. a good dish when you are with a group of people and especially during summertime, try it! image: mikkel vang

chick pea and sausage stew for 6

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 big onion, diced
2 garlic cloves
250 g chorizo sausage, sliced
2 cans tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
about 350 canned chickpeas, drained weight
1 tbsp paprika
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

in a deep pot heat the olive oil, add the onions and garlic and sauté on a low flame for 5 minutes. 
add the chorizo slices and sauté for a few minutes. 
stir in the tomatoes and the tomato paste and cook for 5 minutes, than add the cooked chickpeas. 
season with paprika, salt and pepper and simmer for 10 minutes longer before serving.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

BOOKS & MAGAZINES


it tells the story of a woman who broke off her engagement to a new yorker and found her way to a new life, a new man, and a new home in berlin, one recipe at a time. luisa weiss is the daughter of a father, who lived in boston, and an italian mother, who lived in berlin. luisa used to be a cookbook editor in new york. she writes about her adventures in and out the kitchen in her blog 'the wednesday chef' which became a success. well read all about it in this book my berlin kitchen.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

FASHION ETC.


leather and metallics, necklace, see by chloe via net-a-porter, silver sandals by marni, via vaunt, chair by eileen gray, reblogged from hannas room