March: S for Spring
1. Mireira – Variety Lab
2. You are my Sunshine – Don Carlos Music
3. One Sound – Alborosie
4. At the Edge – Rythm in Shoes
5. The Beat goes on – Jojo Effect
6. Lonely & Cold – Gramatik SB2
7. Insane in the Brain – Prince Fatty RMX
8. ALF – Antilopengang
9. Sekundenschlaf – Marteria & Peter Fox
10. Patientenkollektiv – Antilopen Gang
11. Told you so – Cameo Culture
12. Zitarrosa – Bajofondo
13. Here it is – Leonard Cohen
Freshly baked stroop waffles, poffertje, slurping oysters at the organic farmer’s market on Noordermarkt, drank never tried before fruit juice combinations, seeing Ren Hang’s photos at foam – Amsterdam rocks!
Sea inspired weekend
Some nature on the wall collected over the last years: a crab back I found in Ecuador, a driftwood branch also from Ecuador, a feather from the beach of St. Peter Ording, a eucalyptus blossom from the local market and a japanese paper knife shaped like a whale. I love my home growing with our memories.
Celebrating Chinese New Year’s with cucumber seaweed salad with roasted sesame seeds from Olafur Eliasson’s cookbook “The Kitchen”. Eaten to fast to take a picture we also had: freshly steamed and fried dumplings (also from Olafur’s cookbook), a miso soup and mochi for dessert.
The celebration was in some ways a premiere and also left a mystery. Well, what do I mean? I have never drunken so many different teas on one evening (each tea fitting best to one plate), superfood all around with the seaweed and the jiaogulan tea, a Chinese herbal tea that is meant to make you live forever, and the question: who ate the dumpling that was stuffed with a wasabi nut and was meant to crown the emperor of the night?
Mixtape: Back to Start
1. Death of the Ego – Jozef van Wissem
2. Some Sunsick Day – Morgan Delt
3. You (Radio Edit) – L’aupaire
4. All the Things – Dual Core
5. Impossible Things – Looper
6. X-Hale – Pupkulies und Rebecca
7. Murmelbahn – Schnipo Schranke
8. Panama – The Avener
9. Revival! – Me Phi Me
10. Champagner & Schnittchen – Käptn Peng feat. Die Tentakel von Delphi
11. Tindermatch – Antilopen Gang
12. Y Ahora Tu – Up, Bustle & Out
Afternoon tea: scones, jasmin pearls and sandwiches
One British tradition I really love is afternoon tea.
Well, this is my version: traditional scones wit strawberry jam and clotted cream accompanied by hummus cucumber sandwiches with cress and tuna tomato lime sanwiches. As tea I chose jasmin pearl tea.
Luckily we have an English teashop here where I can get clotted cream and the jasmin pearls. Visiting The English Tearoom is like diving into another world – keeping everyday stress outside and calming down while sipping on a freshly boiled tea and talking to the lovely owners Lynn and Christian before deciding what to buy.
Ingredients for the scones:
- 2 eggs
- 50 g of white sugar
- one pinch of salt
- 100 g soft butter
- 100 ml of whole milk
- 300 g plain white flour
- 2 tbsp. baking soda
1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees centigrade (gas 5)
2. Beat one egg, one egg yolk and sugar for two minutes to a foam
3. Combine with salt, butter, milk, flour and baking soda
4. Spread the dough on a flourly surface about two centimetres thick and punch out round scones with a diametre of about five centimetres
5. Put the scones on a tray with baking paper and brush with the remaining egg white
6. Bake for 10 to 15 min. until the scones reached the desired light brown colour.
Serve them freshly out of the oven with clotted cream and jam.
-12 Centigrade: Gettn’ cosy inside
Hardly any market stalls on this Saturday with freezing -12 centigrade outside. But I am proud I made myself go outside to grab some winterly flowers. Back home I continued with my knitting piece. For many knitting a beanie might be routine but for me it is my first creative challenge of the year – my first round circle knitting piece – a beanie for my love. Well, originally it should have been this pattern, but I somehow did it wrong so I go on with my interpretation and hope it will be a beanie in the end (that fits). I chose baby alpaca yarn in creme and marine colour for it.
Every once in a while I snack one of those tasty roasted almonds and chocolate prezels out of this cute ceramic bowl. I got both of them from our friends for christmas. I really need to know how they roasted those almonds.
Every time I go to the flower market I find seasonal flowers I haven’t seen before and I fall in love with. I hope those little surprises will never end.
New Year’s oufit for London
In few hours I am heading off to London to visit my dear friends Medi and Dave for New Year’s. I am so excited and looking forward to some relaxing and inspiring days in bohemian London.
1. Necklace from Isabel Marant that I found at Ave
2. Black hightech turtleneck by UNIQLO
3. Incense hut by Forged & Found. My favourite flavour is pine scent that I buy from our local christmas market.
4. Tacel Skirt with a dotted print by GESTUZ
5. White “Joanne” sneakers by Won Hundred that I bought in February at Hutspot in Amsterdam
Wishing you all the best start for 2017!
November Mixtape: Rollercoaster of life
1. Mother Earth – Jonah Lake
2. Hard to Clean – Chook Race
3. On ira tous au paradis – Da Silva
4. Elle ne t’aime pas – La Femme
5. Sie mögen sich – Shaban & Käptn Peng
6. Statistics (feat. Invincible) – The Left
7. Chains – R.A. The Rugged Man
8. Dancing with the moon – Balkan Beat Box
9. Happened from the Void – LeRoy
10. Liebes Leben – Käptn Peng & Die Tentakel von Delphi
11. You want it darker – Leonard Cohen
Also take a look at the very cute hand scribbled video of Shaban & Käptn Peng’s song “Sie mögen sich”:
Roasted eggplant with fresh herbs and honey
A perfect snack on a weekend, after a long breakfast, before a massive dinner or as a starter…
First recipe I tried from the cookbook “Chili” I got from a friend. Very easy to make but providing new flavours for your tongue…
Ingredients (snack for two persons):
- 2 eggplants
- olive oil
- ground salt and pepper
- half a lemon
- five fresh branches of basil, peppermint and parsley
- runny honey
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Cut the eggplants into one cm thick slices and brush them from both sides with a little bit of olive oil and add pepper and salt. Put the slices on baking paper in the oven. After ten minutes flip them over.
2. In the meantime: Finely chop the herbs, grind the lemon skin and squeeze out the juice.
3. Remove the eggplants from the oven and put them on a plate. Add the lemon juice, honey, lemon skin and herbs equally to all slices. Let it sit for 30 min more to let all the flavours soak into the eggplant.
4. Enjoy the dish with some crusty “Simit” (The Turkish version of a sesame donut) and hummus.
I drank a Turkish apple tea with it…
A vida portuguesa for home
1. This cup has a long life behind it before I found it at the little vintage shop Muito Muito in Lisbon at the LX Factory and it already experienced new adventures with me as noodle pot, fresh verbena tea cup and herb holder during our road trip. Now it’s a plant pot for one of my succulents.
2. From which house of Porto might this tile be from? I will never know but now it will be at a special place in my home. I found it at a really cool little shop in a quiet side-street of Porto called Coração Alcerim.
3. This soap from A vida Portuguesa is made of donkey milk which is meant to keep your skin not only clean but moist. We will see. I just liked the design so much.
4. A little box made from a shell. A very clever idea. It will shelter my most important ring when not on my hand.
5. I really like the design of this postcard featuring a children’s book illustration. It says: What’s difficult becomes easy. Well, is life not just a game where we constantly enter a new level getting new challenges to overcome? I will try to constantly remind myself of this picture which symbolizes confidence: Don’t worry you will make it. I found the postcard at A vida Portuguesa.