Month: December 2014

9 Mushroom Types

  Mushroom are a plentiful source of umami, the celebrated “Fifth Taste” beyond sweet, salty, bitter and sour. The rich, savory flavor of umami elevates others ingredients and evokes feelings  of satisfaction–making it essential for special meals!! WHITE BOTTON: MILD AND VERSATIL     CRIMINI: FIRM AND FLAVORFUL       MOREL: INTENSE AND EARTHY     OYSTER: MILD AND SWEET     PORTOBELLO : RICH AND HEARTY     CHANTERELLE: NUTTY AND DELICATE     TRUFFLE: FRAGRANT AND FFLAVORFULL    3 Simple ways to make mushrooms ROASTED   :    Preheat the oven to 425 f. Chop mushrooms into the hearty chunks or stem and  keep whole. Place in a baking pan and toss with a few tablespoons  of broth or vinaigrette.Roast until tender and add to sandwiches or grain salads. SAUTEED :  Heat butter or olive oil in a a large skillet over medium heat. Add a single layer of sliced mushroom with a handful of herbs and aromatics, such as oregano, marjoram and minced garlic. Stir constantly until mushrooms are soft and moisture has evaporated. Serve on pizza or toast. …

Vertical Garden or Living Wall Ideas

            Vertical gardens or “living walls” are a hot new trend among environmentally aware architects, designers, and gardeners. Great option for anyone who wants a garden at home and has no space. Besides being beautiful, they naturally purify the air and create a better living environment.               http://www.westelm.com DirectGardening.com Modern vertical garden    clean line vertical garden http://www.westelm.com Vertical garden CB2  eco-friendly home décor Planter   eco-friendly home décor Planter  vertical garden: recyclable bottles http://www.westelm.com vertical garden  (wall living )  by  Jamie Durie  

Jason Mraz

  Via Origin Magazine   Maranda Pleasant: What are some of the things that really make you feel alive? That make you feel inspired? Jason Mraz: I love the feeling of putting my feet back on the sand after I’ve been out in the ocean for a while. I love that. I guess the adrenaline calms down when the sense of balance returns in a really grounded way. I love writing songs with people, which is about really taking risks, throwing yourself over the falls and really seeing what you’re made of and seeing how it sticks. Seeing how others react to it, and seeing also how it can become a melody and how it can really take off from your experience. It’s a way of seeing life unfold on the page before me. I’ve gotten more into gardening over the past couple years. It’s a combination of patience and hustle, and I love it. MP: That’s great! JM: Sometimes I’m out there until eleven o’clock at night, making sure everything is great and no …

How to grow pineapple in pots

  Do you like pineapple ? The citrus fruit contains citric acid and has an acid taste and is refreshing.  The pineapple plant takes over a year to bear fruit, but also has great ornamental appeal in the meantime, making your home more beautiful. The landscape architect Ronaldo Kurita teaches how to grow it in pots. Materials : pineapple / knife / cutting board / medium stones / topsoil / dark container /felt  /water Take a healthy fruit and cut the crown with a knife, leaving about two fingers of the fruit at the base of the leaves. Now put the crown in a container with water just up to the base of the leaves . I recommend the container be dark, to accelerate root growth. However , nothing prevents you from using a transparent  jelly jar if you don’t have a dark one; it’s OK. Note: never let the leaves get wet or submerged . Change the water every two days. The roots emerge after about two weeks and then it will be ready for planting. Prepare …

Roasted Salmon With Potatoes An Herb Creme Fraiche

 Wild salmon isn’t cheap, but it’s worth it. It’s a fish you can feel good   about eating.                                                               Via : Bon Appétit   Ingredients Potatoes: 1 1/2 pound small waxy potatoes, scrubbed Kosher salt 2 tablespoons olive oil Salmon and assembly: 1 1 1/2-pound piece skin-on salmon 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling Kosher salt 1/2 cup crème fraîche 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, dill, and/or tarragon, plus tarragon and dill sprigs for serving 2 radishes, trimmed, thinly sliced Preparation Potatoes: Place potatoes in a medium saucepan and add cold water to cover by 1″; season with salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until tender, 15-20 minutes; drain and pat dry. Let cool slightly, halve potatoes and toss with oil; season with salt. Salmon and assembly: Preheat oven to 400°. Place salmon, skin side down, on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet; rub …

Bikini Berlin 25 Hour Hotel

    25 Hour Hotel with unique design concept !                                                                   The 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin is as diverse as the big city it is located in and as wild as a jungle. The hotel showcases cosmopolitan Berlin at its location in the listed Bikini-Haus building between the Tiergarten park and Breitscheidplatz with Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. The hotel is popular thanks to the restaurant and bar on the top floor with a 360° rooftop terrace and first-class views of the city and the Tiergarten park.   FACTS & FIGURES 149 rooms                                                        meeting space for up to 100 people rooftop terrace with views of the Tiergarten park and city Neni restaurant Monkey bar woodfire bakery bikini island …

Tartine-Style Asparagus & Spring Onion Croque Monsieur

For something a little more decadent, feast your eyes and then your mouth on this deluxe sandwich.                                                              Ingredients Asparagus and spring onions, ends trimmed Olive oil Maldon salt Good bread, cut into thick slices Bechamel sauce Grated Gruyère, Comté or Swiss cheese Fresh thyme                              Directions   Preheat the oven to 200 ºC. Toss the asparagus and spring onions with olive oil and Maldon salt on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast the vegetables until tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Preheat the grill. Place the slices of bread on a sheet pan and grill them about a minute on each side. Remove pan from the oven. Spread about a tablespoon of bechamel over each slice of bread. Top with the roasted vegetables. Top with grated cheese to taste. Grill until the cheese …

Decorate With Flowers

                     Flowers Flowers                                                                      This is a great book for anyone who wants to learn step by step how to decorate with flowers. The book teaches how to make small-scale arrangements using either blooms available at a corner market or in the garden. Decorate With Flowers offers busy readers who do not have time to fuss over flowers an opportunity to experiment and have fun !!                          Decorate With Flowers: Creative Arrangements * Styling Inspiration * Container Projects * Design Tips