Year: 2017

Tiramisu Pancakes

Ingredients Pancake ingredients 280g plain flour 450ml whole milk 4 tbsp butter, melted 3 large, free-range eggs 3 tbsp good quality cocoa powder 3 tbsp instant coffee 2 tbsp caster sugar 2 tsp vanilla essence 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 Tsp baking soda Pinch sea salt Cream filling 240ml double cream 115g mascarpone cheese 2 tbsp Tia Maria 2 tbsp maple syrup Topping Cocoa powder Handful toasted almonds Directions 1. Firstly, make the cream filling. Beat all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and whip until you have soft peaks. Set aside in the fridge while you prepare the pancakes. 2. In a large bowl, sift the flour and cocoa powder. 3. Add the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 4. In a separate bowl, mix the milk and instant coffee powder until fully dissolved. Whisk in the eggs, melted butter and vanilla. 5. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients, mixing gently until you have a batter without any large clumps of flour. If the batter is too runny, add a …

Chocolate Ganache With Black Sesame and Miso

In this highly sophisticated confection, soft chocolate ganache and crumbly black sesame streusel sit on top of a salty-sweet black sesame and miso cream. Eaten together, the flavors veer toward the savory side — as perfect for people who don’t usually like sweets as it is for dessert lovers looking for nuance and depth. Ingredients FOR THE SESAME-MISO CREAM: 1 cup/240 milliliters whole milk 1 teaspoon powdered gelatin 1 cup/240 milliliters heavy cream ¼ cup/80 grams honey, more to taste 7 tablespoons/120 grams black sesame paste (see note) ¼ cup/58 grams sweet miso (see note, or use 2 tablespoons/29 grams white Shiro miso) FOR THE GANACHE: ¾ cup/150 grams chopped dark chocolate (around 70 percent) ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons/150 grams heavy cream 1 ½ tablespoons/30 grams light corn syrup or honey 1 ½ tablespoons/20 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature FOR THE CHOCOLATE BLACK-SESAME STREUSEL: ¼ cup/50 grams finely chopped dark chocolate (around 70 percent) 4 tablespoons/66 grams unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1/2-inch cubes ⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon/50 grams all-purpose flour …

Millennial Pink – Decor Idea

A modern shade of muted pink is taking over everything, including your home! Millennial Pink is although that does little to help describe the color. It’s technically pink with the blue removed resulting in a soft, muted shade that sits somewhere on the spectrum between peach and blush. However, the classification is not a strict one; you might prefer to think of it as any kind of muted pink used in a modern context. To incorporate millennial pink at home first off, you should not be worried that embracing this trending color will turn your home into a ‘girly’ domain that will frighten off any male within a 10-foot radius. As mentioned above, the whole point of Millennial Pink is that it’s a gender-neutral shade. A lovely color for everyone to enjoy! So much so that it’s been hailed as a ‘new neutral’ and hence, can be incorporated at home quite easily.  This year’s design fairs in Paris, Cologne, and Milan featured a lot of pink in different color schemes. You can mix with sophisticated …

Gardenista

The inspiration for how your garden grows. The next best thing to a personal tour of some of the world’s most covetable gardens is a lushly photographed tome of them that can sit on your coffee table. You’ll find yourself regularly (green) thumbing your way through the hundreds of pages of DIY projects, design ideas, planting guides for all climates and color palettes, and in-depth case studies on outdoor spaces as diverse as a yoga studio and a chicken coop. Photo: Rocky Luten

A Industrial Brooklyn Rental

A creative DIY couple has turned an industrial Brooklyn apartment into a cozy and characterful home. Jewelry designer Jessica Barensfeld, photographer Simon Howell, and their son Lakota, 21 months, live in the middle of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC. Their hip Brooklyn neighborhood Williamsburg offers a lively art and music scene, cafes and second-hand stores along with industrial buildings, humble homes, and luxe waterfront high-rises. Just over the bridge from Manhattan, this appealing mishmash has attracted creatives like Jessica Barensfeld and Simon Howell. Jessica and Simon live in a characterful building that Jessica describes as “a quilt of style, pieces and periods.” She grew up in Manhattan but moved into the 13 sq m flat share in 2006. Then she met Simon, from Yorkshire, UK, who took up residence when friends moved out. The pair turned their rented apartment into a cozy, characterful home. The landlord allowed Simon to add new walls and install more windows for light. He also made most of the timber furniture. A huge variety of indoor plants were added to enhance the fresh feel …

Easter Cookies

INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups butter, softened 1 cup powdered sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted DIRECTIONS Beat butter, sugar, and salt at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Add vanilla; beat until well blended. Gradually add flour, beating at low speed until blended. (Dough will be very soft.) Divide dough into 2 equal portions; wrap each with plastic wrap, and flatten into a disc. Chill 2 to 24 hours. Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap 1 dough disc  on a well-floured surface. Cover with a large piece of plastic wrap, and roll to 1/4-inch thickness; cut into desired shapes with 3 1/2-inch cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Chill 15 minutes. Repeat procedure with remaining dough disc. Bake at 350° for 14 to 17 minutes or just until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks, and let cool completely (about 30 minutes). Decorate cookies with Simple Icing. Let stand 1 hour or until …

Photo: Monica Melsness

Figs with Chèvre Cheese and Prosciutto

  INGREDIENTS 200g of dried fig 300ml dry white wine 150g chèvre cheese 50g of prosciutto DIRECTIONS 1 – Soak the figs for 30 minutes in the wine and then drain. 2- Cut the figs in half. 3- Place a spoonful of cheese on top of each slice and fold it gently. 4-Wrap a slice of prosciuto around figs. Put them in the oven at 350ºF  for 15 minutes. Enjoy!   Recipe: Milena Addad e Magloni Franco – Addad Franco Gastronomia Photos: Monica Melsness

DIY – Kokedama Orchids

Making a kokedama with an Orchid is a perfect choice. That’s possible since this houseplant has aerial roots for taking up nutrients and the pot is really only there to stand it up, which can be done more unusually and more naturally if you wrap the roots up in a moss ball. It’s easily done and looks amazing. You  will need: Orchids, sheet moss, winding wire or fishing line, wire cutters or scissors. Carefully remove the Orchid from the plastic pot. Fold the moss around the roots and try to keep as much of the root ball inside the moss as possible. Secure the moss by wrapping the wire around it. Keep the moss damp with a plant sprayer.  

Chicken in an Herb Garden

  Serve 4 Ingredients 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts Salt and pepper 2 1/2 cups white wine vinegar 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 cup finely chopped mixed fresh herbs, such as parsley, tarragon, basil, thyme, rosemary,sage and mint. Crusty bread, for serving Directions 1-  Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Tightly roll them up lengthwise and secure with toothpicks at 1 inch intervals. 2- In a large saucepan, combine the vinegar, 3/4 cup of water and a pinch of salt and bring to a  gentle simmer. Add the chicken and cook over low heat until just white throughout, about 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a work surface and let cool slightly. Discard the toothpicks. Slice the chicken crosswise into 1-inch-thick rounds. 3- In a large bowl, whisk the olive oil with the mixed herbs and season with salt and pepper. Add the chicken, turning to coat evenly in the herb oil. Let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. Bring to …

Homegrown Sprouts

A Fresh, Healthy, and Delicious Step-by-Step Guide to Sprouting Year Round.     Sprout Lady Rita began sprouting in 1987 and is the owner of “The Sprout House.” In her 153 page book Rita shares useful information and fantastic photos of every kind of sprout you can think of. She categories sprout varieties as she gives “step-by-step” instructions on the best ways to sprout and the best sprouters out there. The beginning sprouter will love the accessibility of information in this book and the more experienced of us will appreciate the new ideas, recipes, organization, and inspiration of why we sprout and simply what to do with all those sprouts.   Price: $25.99 Buy Now

House Wall Shelves – for Girls and Boys

A beautiful idea for the children’s room is to use house- shaped wall shelves. They have colorful backgrounds that match the decor. You can use them as a bookcase or to expose your kids’ favorite toys. It enhances a girl’s or boy’s room. They are cute, inexpensive, and easy to build yourself ! Or you can buy them in stores like DWR, Target, The Land of Nod, and Michaels. Prices range from $10-200. Here are some examples to inspire your creativity and transform your little one’s room into a magical space! These are good examples of how to use house wall shelves in boys’ rooms.

Design Within Reach – Accessories

What a great store! It looks like a studio with beautiful and original pieces from famous  designers like Ted Boerner, Giorgio Soressi, Flemming Busk, Charles and Ray Eames, Jane Risom and others. Everything looks very expensive, but I recommend this store for a window-shopping exercise and the occasional floor sample or sale item. Give attention to accessories. Last week, l bought wonderful “Puntino Demitasse Cups” designed by Giulio Capellini for just $27.00. Even in an expensive store, you can buy some pieces for affordable prices. If you don’t have enough money to buy a sofa designed by Giorgio Soressi, don’t buy it! Buy a couch that’s less expensive and dress it with accessories such as pillows or a throw designed by Ivan Pratt. This will make your living room more attractive to the eye. Below, I have some examples of Design Within Reach accessories. If you ever dreamed of having extremely well-made pieces, this is the time for your long-term dream to come true.   Reiko Kaneko Terra-Cotta Platter After training at Central Saint Martins, …