Month: November 2015

Wax Collector – by Esque Studio

Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! The wax collector designed by Andy Kovel is a unique candle holder. This candle  has a divet at the lip that allows the  candle to drip inside the bottle and  transform  the  bottle into a  capolavoro. Another wonderful thing is that when the bottle is filled up, you can return to Esque Studio and they well send you a new one! Good idea for a Christmas gift!  

Fish Pie with Sorrel & Petits Pois

Serve 4 Delicious, rich and comforting a fish pie is the perfect dish for winter. Ingredient 500g Hake, Sea Trout, Prawns & Brown Shrimp 20g Sorrel, separated into leaves & stalks 120g Petits pois 1 Small Onion Bunch of Spring Onions 600ml Fish Stock Bay Leaf 550ml Cream 1kg Peeled Potatoes 100g Butter 50g Milk 50g Cream 20g Egg Yolk Salt & Pepper to Taste Directions Peel, finely dice & soften a small onion in a large pan with a little olive oil. Add the fish stock, sorrel stalks & bay leaf then bring to a boil. Dice the fish into large chunks and simmer for five minutes, then lift out with a slotted spoon and cool. Bring the fish stock to a boil and reduce by half, add 500ml of double cream then strain the sauce & season. Allow the sauce to cool then add the chopped spring onions, sorrel leaves, petits pois & gently fold in the fish. Pour either into a large pie dish or individual ramekins. Peel and cut the potatoes …

Painted Kitchen Utensils

              Displayed in jars or hung from holders, wooden spoons and spatulas are a classic component of any kitchen. Introduce a pop of colour to the handles with this simple upcycle idea.   Before you begin, wipe the utensils with a damp cloth to ensure they’re free of dust. Use masking tape to mark off stripes. Apply two coats of eggshell acrylic paint, allowing each coat to dry first. Remove the masking tape before the second coat dries to avoid the paint cracking around the edges.   Photo: Monica Melsness  

Rachael Yamagata

   What makes you come alive or inspires you? Rachael Yamagata: Beauty and heartache.  What makes you feel vulnerable? RY: My own brain. When I get it out of the way, I’m fine.  If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be? RY: “Love everything.”  How do you handle emotional pain? RY: I face it, write about it, and then sing.  How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine? RY: I treasure my mornings. I get up early and ignore everything work-related for the first few hours. It’s just me and my coffee addiction.  What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in life? RY: Follow your instincts, and handle all with respect and diplomacy. What truth do you know for sure? RY: That we all are trying—everyone is more than what you see on the cover; we all run deep and have our story. That my mother would jump in front of a train for me. That love could …

Vanilla Rice Pudding Parfait

Serve 4 Ingredient 2 cups leftover short grain brown rice 3 cups organic milk 2 vanilla beans, scraped 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon lemon extract 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 cup maple syrup 2 cups Greek yogurt 1 cup fresh raspberries 1 cup fresh blackberries 1/2 cup hemp seeds Directions Add the leftover rice, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, lemon extract, sea salt, and maple syrup to a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the rice absorbs all the liquid. Cool slightly, and then fold in the Greek yogurt. Using glasses of your choice, layer the berries, hemp seeds and rice mixture. Cover and chill before serving. Enjoy ! Photo: Monica Melsness  

Hydroponic Plant Decor Ideas

  The winter weather drives us into the house, and with that we have the perfect opportunity to bring the best of outdoor living inside. Besides the fresh, natural, and clean air that plant life provides, this beautiful foliage can also be a delicate element of decoration. With a simplicity that is in style,you can grow plants and display them indoors, especially herbs that love to proliferate like basil and mint. Rooting plants simply suspended in water   has also become a beautiful hydroponic trend.                        


It’s almost winter; in some places the weather starts to be cold and snow falls , and  when we have kids  the question becomes: what will we do today with the kids  outside of drinking hot chocolate? A good idea is making crafts, and for this reason I would like to introduce you to the book ” Playful”. This book is amazing for entertaining the kids. You can do  26 unique and modern projects like  cardboard houses, crowns, masks, wooden face necklaces and more! This beautifully presented book is the creation of Merrilee Liddiard, founder of the popular arts and crafts blog, Mer Mag. Playful – $24.99