Month: January 2017

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, …