Friday, July 31, 2015


barbequed seabass, couscous salad with preserved lemon dressing and pistachios, and roasted tomatoes  
perfect for a summer dinner party, serve with chilled white wine or rosé. image: mikkel vang via taverne agency . recipe after the break

Thursday, July 30, 2015


this wooden house by the ocean in north sydney, australia, is packed full of cool vintage finds, quirky pieces and retro touches. artist jim mitchell and ceramist suzanne read are the owners of this fantastic place. images: nathalie krag and tami christiansen via taverne agency. to see more click read more.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


travel in vintage
vintage trailer style by lisa mora. click at read more to see more of the book.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015


baked egg....
baked egg custrard. image: mikkel vang and christine rudolph via taverne agency. recipe after the break

Thursday, July 23, 2015


leonoor is in puglia, italy, and i just settled down in cadaques, spain. we'll both get back to amsterdam with spanish and italian food ideas and inspiration. lovely time we both have. have a great summer! images: hotze eisma via taverne agency

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


the food of spain

the food of spain by claudia roden, absolutely one of our favourite spanish cookbooks. claudia roden has spent five years travelling, researching and writing about the food of spain, resulting in this definitive, passionate and evocative cookbook which takes in the different regions and looks at the history, the people and the culture at the heart of this country, and at that which binds it all together - the delicious food and recipes passed down through generations. from simple delicateley flavoured soups, to elaborate celebratory dishes served on silver platters and cakes and desserts each with a story to tell. this is the book about spain to learn from and to cook from.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


spanish terracotta wine jug, hanging basket chairs & handmade straw hat

ah, we're so enjoying our summer holidays; terracotta wine jug from spain, hanging wicker chairs, ideal for spending a sunny lazy afternoon, handmade straw hat via kaufman-mercantile, perfect for strolling along the beach

Friday, July 17, 2015


fresh green beans with creamy burrata
this dish is based on a recipe from sharing puglia, burrata e fagiolini, a salad of green beans and burrata, served with figs and a dressing of olive oil and basil. burrata is a delicious cheese with a fanatastic creamy, silky texture. since it's too early in season, for figs, i served it with fresh tomatoes instead. image: hans zeegers via taverne agency, recipe after the break.

Thursday, July 16, 2015


trulli di puglia
the trulli, limestone dwellings found in the southern region of puglia, in the heel of italy, are remarkable examples of drywall construction, a prehistoric building technique still in use in this region. images: nathalie krag and tami christiansen via taverne agency see more of the interior click on read more.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


pugliese recipes
sharing puglia by luca lorusso and vivienne polak

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


italian coffeemaker, house in olive grove, and a red bikini

we're in puglia in the heel of italy, it's heaven on earth. morenita, italian coffeemaker, villa agreste near ostuni, where we're staying, red bikini by patagonia

Friday, July 10, 2015


summery salad with flowers
make a dressing of cider vinegar, olive oil, a drop of honey, and a pinch of salt. mix green leaves like spinach, with fresh herbs like parsley, mint, edible flowers and sliced radish. image: jim hensley and nina dreyer via taverne agency

Thursday, July 9, 2015


norwegian woods
after 10 years of urban life in san francisco this norwegian family found a plot in the woods, some 40 km west of oslo in norway. here they enjoy the best of both possible worlds; easy access to the capital oslo and complete withdrawal into the wild. they bought an old timberhouse, took it down and moved the timber with two large trucks from its location in the mountain to their plot in the woods and designed and build a house with it. images: dreyer hensley via taverne agency 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


cookbook fresh and light by donna hay, a must have!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


colourful pillow, tropical flipflops and baskets as planters

Friday, July 3, 2015


grilled sardines, preferably caught and eaten immediately…..
but not always possible obviously, how ever, try to buy them as fresh as possible. simply sprinkle the sardines with salt & pepper, grill them on the barbecue until golden, drizzle with lemon juice and serve with extra lemon wedges, a green salad, crusty bread and chilled white wine. summerrrrrrr…. image: dana van leeuwen via taverne agency, recipe (or 'cooking directions'): leonoor ottink

Thursday, July 2, 2015


in the small fisherman's village of churchhaven tucked away in a nature reserve on south africa's unspoilt west coast, honest simplicity, tranquility and wide open spaces soothe the soul. this is a place where time stands still and the heart is at peace. beautiful images: robbert koene and liezel norval-kruger via taverne agency. click on read more to see more.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


george mendes' portugese kitchen
in my portugal, george mendes, chef and owner of restaurant aldea, introduces us to the world of portugese cuisine. dishes like a salt cod, potato and egg casserole, and mozambique shrimp and okra with piri piri.