Year: 2015

Grilled Caesars Salad

Yes, veggies are also allowed on the grill! serve 4 Ingredients 1/4 cup roasted garlic cloves ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, divided 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce Salt and freshly ground black pepper ½ (11-ounce) slab focaccia bread, halved horizontally 4 hearts of romaine, halved lengthwise through root end 16 marinated white anchovies 1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese shavings, shaved with sharp vegetable peeler  Directions Place the roasted garlic, 5 tablespoon of the oil, the lemon juice, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce in a blender or mini food processor and blend until smooth. Season the dressing with salt and pepper to taste and set aside. Preheat grill over medium heat. Brush both sides of the focaccia slices with a little of the oil and grill until lightly browned all over, about 4 minutes per side. Cut into 1-inch cubes and set aside. Brush the cut sides of the romaine hearts with remaining olive oil and grill without moving them until slightly wilted and charred, about 3 minutes …

Nathan Reimer: the make house

After screen-printing tens of thousands of T-shirts over 10 years, it’s not surprising that Nathan Reimer has grown somewhat sick of the discardable slips of cotton. Looking to impress a more permanent print on the world, he has turned to another seemingly prosaic feature of everyday life: wallpaper. “I love wallpaper because it’s integrated and becomes part of a space,” explains Reimer. “It’s kind of functional and kind of frivolous, but it feeds the texture of everyday life.” With a long-standing interest in playing with patterns and loops using photography and audio editing software, the self-taught artist realized early in his printing career that he could make wallpaper using similar repeating patterns. But it wasn’t until he moved to Portland from LA three years ago and transformed an old house on Alberta into a shared retail and creative space called the Make House that he finally had the tools, space, and skills to experiment.  Reimer has since created eight different prints, ranging from futuristic geometric lines to richly textured fish drawings found in an ancient …

Pike Place Market

On the corner of First Avenue and Pike street  is located the Pike Place Market, the oldest continuously operating farmer’s market in the country, and one of the city’s ( Seattle) most popular attractions. With 11 buildings along the downtown Seattle waterfront, this market is as much a part of Seattle’s identity as the evergreens, the mountains, and the water. Attractions Start at the famous Public Market Center sign on the corner of First and Pike, which dates back to 1927 and is one of the oldest outdoor neon signs on the West Coast.                 For the hungry, Pike Place Market is a land of promise, a dizzying array of lunch counters, restaurants, coffeeshops, and bikers at every twist and turn.       Photo: Monica Melsness

Outdoor Kitchen

Green Living trends should be the top priority when buying  a house. Embrace the outdoor lifestyle and bring the  green elements indoors to freshen up your decor in a a natural way. How do you do this? It’s simple! Just set up a small kitchen garden! The outdoors is a worth while investment  for combining the happiness of shared meals with the wonder of nature !

Sebastian Roché

Interview: Robert Piper Robert Piper: What inspires you? Sebastian Roché: The greatest source of inspiration for me recently has been my wife; she is the love of my life, my best friend, and my most ardent supporter. I am lucky enough to be married to someone who I believe in totally and who believes in me totally. Her every-morning smiles and encouragements inspire me to be a better man and to work harder every day. RP: What is the hardest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in your life? SR: I would have to say that my divorce was an incredibly difficult experience in my life, but I am truly thankful for it. It made me a stronger and better person. RP: How do you stay healthy? SR: I am very careful about what I eat, and I exercise pretty much every day, whether it be rock-climbing, running, Muay Thai, yoga, horse riding, stand-up paddleboarding, or plain and simple working out. I am extremely active and conscious of not eating any processed foods. Everything fresh, organic, …

Everything in the Bag !

THEA THEA BAGS If you are cruising the grocery store aisles, or you need something fashionable and functional,  or just need a cute tote to carry your gear to yoga class, these  cute bags are for you!! Midori Canvas Handbag – Ghana Best of Both Reusable Shopping Bag from: Dot & Bo Cream & Rouge Tote Bag from: Zulily   Day Trip It and Reverse It Bag from: ModCloth   To avoid cross-contamination when using reusable shopping bags, designate specific bags for specific items.Choose machine-washable nylon bags for carrying meat products,since these bags need to be disinfected on a regular basis. Wash them in hot water in the washing machine to get them germ-free and clean.

Sweet Potato and Fig Tart

This delicious tart is a light dish to be served with a speedy green salad. Just perfect for summer! Serve  6 Ingredients For the pastry: 150g white spelt flour, plus extra for dusting 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt 75g organic unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing 30g walnuts, bashed to a fine crumb For the filling: 4 large eggs 100ml milk 150g crème fraiche 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 2 small sweet potatoes (approx 300-400g weight) 3 small, ripe figs 100g Comté cheese, grated 4-5 sprigs fresh thyme 3/4 tsp sea salt and freshly ground black pepper  Directions To make the pastry: Place the walnuts and half the flour in a food processor and blitz until fine. Add the processed mixture to a bowl with the flour and salt. Rub in the butter until you achieve a breadcrumb texture (or blend in a food processor). Add enough cold water to make the mixture come together to form a firm dough, and then rest it in the fridge for 30 minutes. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured …

How to Decorate a Laundry Room

The laundry room  is typically a forgotten part of the house; which is reserved to store all that we no longer use and all the mess of the house. However, a functional and beautiful laundry can give a special touch to your home.   Although it is an area that needs to be conveniently used, laundry rooms can indeed be decorated using vibrant colors, beautiful accessories, wall papers, plants, and even wall stickers.   Cabinets and shelves are totally necessary. Invest in durable and functional pieces. Wooden benches are also recommended for these areas, which in some projects can serve as support for buckets and even ironing boards. Wall stickers give a touch of fun to the environment. You can use a theme or neutral tones. Informal art is  also welcome on  laundry room walls.   The rugs are completely necessary in laundry rooms, and can leave a much more beautiful environment. There are no rules for decorating this environment. The most important thing is that a laundry room is a nice place in the house, as …

Barbecued Pineapple with Coconut & key Lime Ice Cream

Serve 8 Ingredients 125g   Sugar 25g piece root ginger, peeled and finely grated 1  Large  Pineapple, topped, tailed and peeled 500ml  Coconut & key Lime Ice Cream  Directions 1. Place the sugar, ginger and 200ml boiling water into a large shallow dish and mix until the sugar dissolves. 2. Slice the pineapple into 16 rounds about 0.5-1cm thick. Place into the sugar mixture and leave to marinate for 1 hour, turning over occasionally so that the fruit soaks in the syrup. 3. Light or preheat the barbecue, griddle or grill until hot. Cook the pineapple, brushing with the syrup throughout, for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden and char-marked. Brush or drizzle with more of the remaining syrup before serving with the ice cream. Enjoy !

“Urban Destroyed” – a new trend

Looking at all these walls destroyed, you may be thinking: “Wow, what is  that?” Destroyed walls are a new trend, and trends do not appear out of nowhere, but are built over time and follow people’s behavior changes. Looking at magazines and decorating websites, it was clear to me this   “Urban Destroyed” style is exploding in popularity, which to me is the missing complement  to the “Industrial style”. The truth is that this new trend makes much sense in modern life, because this decorating style  gives greater freedom of expression, which is a fundamental value of modern society. With this style you have the freedom to turn your home into an extension of your personality with your strengths and weaknesses, and so you will be able to have a more authentic home, where your only decorating rule is to have no rules.

Robert Plant

Maranda Pleasant: Hey! RP: [Laughing.] I’m so sorry, my calculations were a bit adrift this morning. MP: I was, like, Oh, shit, I just woke up Robert Plant. [Laughs.] Not on my top-ten list! Sorry for calling you so early. It’s months in the making. RP: I remember meeting you near the coffee-shop parking lot in Austin. MP: Yeah, I jumped in your car. RP: You’ll have to help me clean it before you get in. MP: We finally have this conversation! RP: What were you going to talk about before? Really, life is life. You do a lot of different things and you have great adventures, but there’s not a lot to talk about unless you’re in the middle of an adventure at the time. Circumspection is not one of my better, favorite conditions, really. MP: Do you want to jump right in? What is it that makes you feel alive? RP: Well, once you get the groove of your life, and you sort out the aspects of your life that you prefer, and …

Cloches : Growing Under Glass

Cloches originate from France, and are traditionally used to protect fragile garden plants from frost. These  beautiful bell jars ( cloche is French for bell) are a vintage chic piece and now they’ve made a  comeback ( Thanks  to our love of all things vintage). Cloches not only look beautiful -they are practical. Their enclosed environment acts as a mini ecosystem, so you don’t need to worry about watering frequently. Here are  some ideas to inspire you to get in the trend and put your plants under glass!                            

Pistachio and Cheese Sandwich

What is the perfect solution for a bad day? A Pistachio and Cheese sandwich! It’s comforting. It’s quick. It serves up a warm, comfy hug from the inside out. Ingredients Serves 2 1 loaf of Sicilian bread, sliced 4 slices of bacon 1/2 cup pistachios, shells removed, roasted and salted (available in our bulk aisle!) 3 oz. Mahon cheese, sliced 3 oz Piave Vecchio, sliced 1 Tbls butter Directions Preheat oven to 400º F. Lay bacon out on a rimmed baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes. Drain fat. Meanwhile, warm butter in a large skillet over medium heat, and slice  Sicilian Bread Place 4 pieces of bread in skillet and flip once, warming both sides. Add 1/2 of Mahon to each of 2 bread slices in the skillet and 1/2 of Piave Vecchio to each of 2 bread slices and place skillet into your preheated oven. Allow cheese to melt, 3-5 minutes. Pile up cooked bacon and pistachios on a cutting board and chop together into small pieces. Remove skillet from oven and back …

Decorate the House with Wooden Crates

Having a well-decorated and beautiful home does not necessarily have to do with how much you spend. Giving style to ambiance has much more to do with creativity and ability to give a unique touch to the place, and so reusing materials makes all the difference. The wooden crates used in street markets or to store wine are a good example of this. They are so versatile that you can create beautiful furniture to decorate the house. They can be used natural, varnished or painted; the sky is the limit to choose what can be created.  

Roasted Organic Rainbow Carrots

Makes 4 to 6 servings Ingredients 2 bunches of organic rainbow carrots with the tops removed, whole 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon fresh diced oregano 1 teaspoon fresh diced rosemary 1 teaspoon fresh diced  thyme 1 teaspoon fresh diced sage Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread the carrots in a large baking dish and drizzle with olive oil. Season with the salt, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and sage.Toss to coat. Bake for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until carrots are tender and beginning to brown. Enjoy!