Month: February 2015

Roast Salmon with Citrus Ginger Aïoli

Salmon is not indigenous to the Caribbean but works surprisingly well when infused with Caribbean flavors like ginger and citrus. INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons olive oil Juice of 1 orange Juice of 1 lime 1 bunch fresh rosemary, chopped 1 inch ginger, peeled and grated 4 cloves garlic Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 (2- to 2 1⁄2-pound) side of salmon, skin on 2 oranges, thinly sliced For the Citrus Ginger Aïoli: Juice and zest of 1 orange 1 cup mayonnaise 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon peeled and grated fresh ginger Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper DIRECTIONS Preheat the oven to 500ºF. In a small bowl, combine the oil, orange and lime juices, rosemary, ginger and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Place the salmon in a large baking dish and pour the marinade on top. Arrange the orange slices on top of the salmon. Let marinate in the refrigerator for about 1 hour. To make the citrus ginger aïoli, in a small …

How to Dry Herbs

Via, test of home Enjoy home-grown summer flavor all year by learning how to dry herbs! Find various methods and helpful tips for how to dry fresh herbs, and how to make a fragrant fire starter after drying fresh herbs. Getting Started It’s important to harvest herbs at the right time. They should be picked before the flowers develop. Harvest on warm, dry mornings after the dew has evaporated. It’s best to pick and prepare one variety of herb for drying at a time. Discard any damaged leaves. Strip large-leaved herbs, such as sage and mint, from their stalks. But leave small, feathery herbs, like dill and fennel, on the stalks until drying is complete. Tarragon, bay, mint, lemon balm, lavender, rosemary and small-leaved herbs such as thyme take well to air-drying, so they are great for beginners. Drying Methods Effective drying relies more on abundant dry, fresh air than on heat. A well-ventilated place out of direct sunlight is ideal. If you live in a humid area, the process may be slower, and mold …

GISELE BÜNDCHEN and TOM BRADY’S LOS ANGELES HOME

Via Architectural Digest The supermodel and star quarterback commune with family and nature in a welcoming, eco-conscious residence far removed from the bright lights of the runway and the gridiron   First, a caveat: Anyone expecting the home of supermodel Gisele Bündchen and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to be a lavish pleasure dome replete with sultry sirens and gridiron gods cavorting around the pool is in for a serious letdown. Likewise, those who imagine a sprawling palace staffed with a battalion of liveried footmen proffering protein shakes on silver trays have also missed the mark. The reality of Bündchen and Brady’s life in Los Angeles’s Brentwood neighborhood is far more—dare we say it?—normal. “I like simplicity and coziness,” says the renowned Brazilian beauty. “I want to live in a place that feels like a real home, where you can put your feet up on the couch and just relax.” Brady seconds the notion: “Gisele and I have eight sisters between us, and there are lots of kids. We built this house as a …

Sizzling Shrimp Scampi

             Ingredients       2 stick(s) unsalted butter, softened 3 large garlic cloves, very finely chopped 1 tablespoon(s) chopped flat-leaf parsley 2 teaspoon(s) chopped flat-leaf parsley 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) finely grated lemon zest 1 teaspoon(s) freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon(s) chopped thyme leaves Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 pound(s) large shrimp, shelled and deveined, tails left on 1 tablespoon(s) thinly sliced basil leaves Crusty bread, for serving    Directions   Preheat the oven to 450°F. In a medium bowl, mix the butter with the garlic, 2 teaspoons of the parsley, the lemon zest, lemon juice, and thyme and season with salt and pepper. In a large gratin dish, arrange the shrimp, tails up, in a circular pattern. Dot the shrimp with the flavored butter and roast for about 10 minutes, until the shrimp are pink and the butter is bubbling. Sprinkle the shrimp with the remaining 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley and the basil leaves. Serve hot with bread.                                             serve 8

Three potato papillotes with blue cheese

Ingredients 2-3 (about 500g) long, slim sweet potatoes 1 large (about 200g) white-skinned potato 1 large (about 200g) red-skinned potato 75g butter in 1cm cubes 6 sprigs fresh thyme, rosemary or savoury Salt and pepper 150g mascarpone 75g Cotswold Blue or Blue Vinney or other blue cheese 4x36cm squaresof greaseproof paper or aluminium foil, or 4 medium oven bags Directions Step 1) Wash and paper-dry the potatoes. Slice the sweet potatoes very thinly crossways. Cut the other potatoes in half lengthways, then slice very thinly crossways. Keep the varieties separate. Step 2) Take one papillote and rub its centre with a little butter. On it place three rows of slightly stacked potatoes: sweet, white- then red-skinned. Dot with butter. Scatter over whole or chopped herbs, reserving 4 sprigs. Season. Gather up one papillote edge. Roll, twist and crimp the sides together to form a semi-circular purse shape; use heatproof clips or wooden pegs, if necessary. Do not puncture the paper. Repeat for the other 3 parcels and set in a steamer. Step 3) Cook for 30-35 minutes, if …

Mr & Mrs Clynk

Mr Clynk is Jerôme Clynckemaillie, interior designer Mrs Clynk, is Karine, independent textile designer. Bringing their talents together, they have been working for the past six years in close collaboration designing objects that mix fine crafts with industrial technics. Sensitive to simple , natural and timeless materials, they enjoy mixing purity with poetry. Motifs and colors are inspired from second hand object findings and memories they bring back from travels. This is how Mr and Mrs Clynk come up with original designs for lamps, cushions, and ceramic objetcs. http://www.mrclynk.com    

Butternut squash, kale, and crunchy pepitas tacos

   via Bay Area Bites Makes about 12 tacos; serves 4 to 6 Ingredients: Cashew Crema   2/3 cup raw cashews 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 3 limes) 1/4 cup water 2 teaspoons kosher salt Pumpkin Seeds     2 teaspoons vegetable oil 1/3 cup raw hulled pumpkin seeds 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt Filling 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 3/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion 1 clove garlic, minced 3 cups 1/2-inch-diced butternut squash 1 teaspoon chile powder 2 teaspoons kosher salt 4 cups finely chopped kale Corn tortillas, warmed, for serving Chopped white onion, chopped fresh cilantro, and salsa of choice, for serving (optional) Instructions:   To make the crema, soak the raw cashews in room-temperature water to cover for at least 1 hour. Drain and reserve. Toast the cumin in a small, dry, heavy skillet over medium heat for about 1 minute, until fragrant. Transfer to a spice grinder, let cool, and grind finely. In a blender, combine the cashews, cumin, lime juice, water, …

Why We Love Midcentury Modern Design

Dot & Bo   Via Houzz What is it about midcentury modern design that has so many of us in a decorating tizzy? In this digital age of innovation and technology, why are we scouring flea markets, antiques stores and the Internet in search of pieces that were designed 50 to 60 years ago? Eames, Noguchi, Nelson — these designers’ pieces are dominating our living rooms. I mean, my dad was 7 years old when the Eames Lounge Chair came out. And now one of the most gracious compliments we could ever hope to receive is, “I could totally see Don Draper kicking back on your sofa!” “Really? Thank you!” There are countless stores and websites devoted specifically to midcentury modern tastes. Everyone knows someone with a story about an unbelievable find on Craigslist or eBay. Believe it or not, baby boomers should get much of the credit for the recent decorating frenzy. Andrea Hsu wrote this for National Public Radio: “After World War II, home ownership surged. People who bought homes in the 1950s and ’60s would …

APPLE WATCH: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

    Apple have  just announced the launch of the iPhone 6 family (bigger, thinner, more expensive); an Apple Pay system that eliminates the truly first-world problem of credit card swiping; and its long-awaited entry into the category of digital wearables, the Apple Watch.  What you need to know: It’s good looking. Both the hardware and software are easy on the eye. There are different versions. Watch, Watch Edition (made from 18k gold) and Watch Sport (light and durable). You need an iPhone to use it. It offers new ways to communicate. You can share your heartbeat, draw pictures and send animated emojis. It wants to make you healthier. It will count your steps, track your heartbeat, count calories, suggest fitness goals… the list goes on. You can pay with it. All of the Apple Pay functionality recently unveiled will be available on the Apple Watch. You’ll have to charge it. (And who knows long it will stay charged.) It vibrates. The watch will communicate with you through vibrations. You can talk to it. The watch will work with Siri, Apple’s voice-controlled program. …

CREATE AN ART GALLERY WALL AT HOME

Via Minted   Buying and collecting art? Majorly fun. Figuring out where to hang everything? Sometimes not so fun. If you’re like me, you’ve probably come across a ton of inspiring images of art-gallery walls on Pinterest or in shelter magazine  with walls fabulously filled to the brim with beautifully framed pieces. But attempting to create something similar at home can be a little intimidating. To inspire you to create an art-gallery wall of your own, we dropped by the homes of two Minted employees: our founder and CEO Mariam Naficy (top) and associate creative director Annie Clark(bottom). “I wanted a wall that reflected my family and our love for travel and art, and that was deliberately un-stuffy. I loved incorporating a mirror I found in Paris, a piece of antique fabric I found in Turkey, and my children’s art.” —Mariam “My home is a work in progress. I love that I can easily add a new piece or pin a photo to this ever-evolving corner gallery.” —Annie San Francisco-based stylist Rosy Strazzeri-Fridman worked with the ladies to create …

Starbucks Lemon Loaf

Ingredients   1 1/2 cup(s) FLOUR 1/2 teaspoon(s) BAKING SODA 1/2 teaspoon(s) BAKING POWDER 1/2 teaspoon(s) SALT 3 EGGS 1 cup(s) SUGAR 2 tablespoon(s) BUTTER; Softened. 1 teaspoon(s) VANILLA 1 teaspoon(s) LEMON EXTRACT 1/3 cup(s) LEMON JUICE 1/2 cup(s) OIL LEMON ICING 1 cup(s) POWDERED SUGAR; Plus 1 Tablespoon. 2 tablespoon(s) WHOLE MILK; I Used 2%. 1/2 teaspoon(s) LEMON EXTRACT Instructions Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Use a mixer to blend together the eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, lemon extract and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Pour wet ingredient into the dry ingredients and blend until smooth. Add oil and mix well. Pour batter into a well greased 9×5-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until a toothpick stuck into center of the cake comes out clean. Make the lemon icing by combining all the icing ingredients in a small bowl with an electric mixer on low speed. When the loaf is cool, remove it from pan and frost the top with the icing. Let …

Bradley Cooper

Via Vanityfair.com With Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, Bradley Cooper earned star status, now on display in the Broadway revival of The Elephant Man. But with American Sniper, opening this month, Cooper reaches a whole new dimension, playing Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who was murdered in 2013. Buzz Bissinger discovers what a huge challenge the role represented.   by:  Buzz Bissinger Every day before going on location Bradley Cooper recited the six pages of exercises. They had been pieced together by his speech coach, Tim Monich, to further reinforce a Texas accent and dialect that Cooper knew, if it didn’t come to him automatically, would rob all credibility. In a film such as this, and a role such as this, the most challenging of Bradley Cooper’s career, there was no margin for error. Don’t get it right, don’t do the movie. There are many Texas accents in Texas. This particular one, because of all the places the real-life character once lived, had parts West Texas and country Texas and home-on-the-range Texas, a little bit southern, a little bit western, a …

Texture Tile

    In the current Big Idea Issue 95, the DECO Lab section is all about surfacing; everything you need to know when updating or renovating floors, surfaces and walls. There is a special focus on tiles. They are the new big thing, so don’t banish them to the Bathroom and kitchens -they are wonderfully practical and add colour, pattern and texture to any room. With so many new choices of tiles available locally, mix and match, add texture, new shapes, and use in unconventional ways and spaces. For a dramatic, unique and unexpected look, use statement tiles, which are artworks in their own right, as headboards behind beds,   or create signature feature walls by continuing a fashionable floor tile and running it up onto the wall. It’s really easy to create a magic carpet with patterned tiling and, in terms of design, anything goes.  For a custom-made look visit a supplier like Moroccan Warehouse, Tile Studio or Onsite Gallery and develop a unique pattern or combination with them.                              via Elle …