Author: Monica Melsness

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, …

The Brazilian – Zebra Plant

This amazing plant with dark green leaves, prominent white colored veins, and wonderful yellow flowers originates from Brazil. The Zebra plant is a tropical plant, and loves humidity, therefore the best place for it to grow well is within a greenhouse or any glass room, with bright, indirect sunlight and protected from the cold.  

Arrives by Christmas – Gifts for Everyone!

The Christmas count down. But don’t worry, there is still time to find the perfect present. I gathered some gifts for everyone on your list that will arrive in time to go under the tree.   Pink Agate Coasters, Set of 4 – $99.99 from: domino Medium Black Box w/ Himalayan Crystal – $99.00 from: One Kings Lane   S/4 Gold Luster Stemless Glasses – $45.00 from: One Kings Lane   Eames House Bird by Vitra – $250.00 from: Lumens.com   The American Mule Gift Set – $39.99 from: domino   Player Turntable – $99.95 from: domino   Night Clock by Vitra – $490.00 from: Lumens.com   Kings County Guide to Urban Moonshining – $24.95 from: One Kings Lane      

Geometric Christmas Tree

You will  need:  string in chosen color, adhesive hooks and  ruler Using your ruler, create the triangle shape of your tree by marking its three outer points, and additional 5cm spaces along these points with adhesive hooks. Start your tree design by knotting the end of your string at a base hook, and wrapping it around opposite hooks on your frame. Keep wrapping up and down, and side to side till your heart’s content, fastening off your design at a base hook.   Via: The home   http://www.thehome.com.au

The Wreath Recipe Book

In the fall, wreaths are created with magnolias, rosemary, and plums, and gourds are used to create an unexpected garland. Winter highlights cedar, pine, and juniper, yielding unexpected table settings and new wreath shapes. The Wreath Recipe Book provides 100 recipes There are detailed ingredient lists and hundreds of step-by-step photos as well as chapters covering basic techniques, sourcing, and care information. These aren’t just evergreens for Christmas — the book is organized seasonally, with dozens of projects to make throughout the year.   $24 – http://www.amazon.com

Mimira Mug

  This luminescent collection represents a collaboration with Lindsay Emery, the North Carolina-based ceramicist at the helm of Suite One Studio. Each and every only-here piece is inspired by watercolor paintings and finished with a flourish of genuine gold. $14.00  –   https://www.anthropologie.com  

Alvaro Catalán de Ocón

An emerging Spanish designer redefines his role by pursuing philanthropic projects with indigenous peoples in Colombia. Turning the manufacturer-as-patron model on its head, Madrid’s Alvaro Catalán de Ocón is his own best client. The designer, who trained at London’s acclaimed Central Saint Martins College, is committed to the process of self- production—at a rate of one project per year. “In the recent past, there’s been an excess of products in the market which didn’t respond to a real demand from the public,” he says. “Manufacturers have taken advantage of this. They come to you with a brief that creates a necessity we don’t need. I am not interested in this model.” In 2011, Catalán de Ocón traveled to Colombia on holiday with his partner. He had arranged to meet Hélène Le Drogou, a psychologist and activist concerned with the plastic waste that contaminates the Colombian Amazon. Upon returning home, Catalán de Ocón came up with the idea for the PET Lamp, a pendant whose basic form comes from the reshaping of a polyethylene terephthalate bottle. …

Roast Turkey With No-Roux Gravy

Serves 8 Ingredients 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar 2 teaspoons ground fennel seeds, coriander seeds, aniseed, and/or celery seeds, or favorite spice blend (optional) 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons Diamond Crystal kosher salt or 4½ teaspoons Morton kosher salt, plus more 1 11–13-pound turkey, neck and giblets removed and reserved, patted dry 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 1 pound turkey or chicken wings (optional) 2 large onions, unpeeled, quartered 4 celery stalks, halved crosswise 1 head of garlic, halved crosswise 2 cups dry white wine ¼ cup all-purpose flour 6 sprigs thyme 4 cups (or more) low-sodium chicken broth3 tablespoons soy sauce Directions Mix brown sugar, spices, pepper, and 3 Tbsp. or 4 ½ tsp. salt in a small bowl to combine; sprinkle all over surface and inside cavity of turkey. Place turkey on a V-shape roasting rack set inside a large roasting pan (if using a disposable pan, place it on a rimmed baking sheet). Chill, uncovered, at least 8 hours and up to 1 day. Let sit at room …

Leland Duck

Before he moved to Portland and switched to upholstery, Leland Duck was a hot-rod specialist in Wyoming, chopping up classic cars with his father, an automotive welder. In 2009, after years of restitching the interiors of souped-up roadsters, Duck joined Portland’s crafty DIY ranks. “I take the same approach to furniture as I did with cars, bringing old things back to life,” the 27-year-old says.   Set above Beam & Anchor on N Interstate Avenue, Duck’s light-filled studio tumbles with swatches of old World War II tent fabric, thick tufts of foam stuffing, and the skeletons of 19th-century armchairs. “You tear open a vintage couch and it could be a nightmare inside, but as long as the bones aren’t destroyed, you can bring almost anything back,” he says. Duck combs estate sales for discarded furniture with potential, strips it down, and stitches in new life using distressed vintage fabrics, high-end threads from Denmark and New Zealand, and classic Pendleton wools. From hundred-year-old rocking chairs to contemporary inventions, Duck’s work is refined, precise, and practical. Soon, …

Caipirinha

Caipirinha is the most popular cocktail in Brazil. It’s made from cachaça, a clear distilled spirit made from sugar cane juice. If you can’t find cachaça, just swap it for vodka and you’ll have a Caipiroska cocktail instead. Ingredients 1 lime 1 tablespoon superfine sugar 2 onces cachaça Ice Directions Cut up a lime into 8 wedges. Muddle the wedges in a rocks glass with sugar. Add Cachaça and top with ice. Stir and serve. Enjoy Photo: Monica Melsness Recipe:  Bobby Flay  

Bruno Galiasso and Giovanna Ewbank Sweet Home.

This beautiful home belongs to the Brazilian actor Bruno Gagliasso, 31, where he lives with his wife, actress Giovanna Ewbank, 27, and his five dogs – golden retriever Zeca, the Corsican Menina, boxer Johnny, the labrador Peste, and their mutt Favela. The first description he makes about his  house is: “My home is where I’m happy, where I feel good with my friends and with my family, where I grow up and raise my children.” The house is located in Itanhangá, in Rio de Janeiro, and has a huge garden with space for them to play with the dogs, and a garden with a jabuticabeira (fruit tree), palm trees and a lush bougainvillea. “The environment has a very good vibe. Our friends come here and nobody wants to go, “says Giovanna. It was on a trip to New York that they were enchanted by an exhibition of Robert Mars, known for paintings that mix skulls and logos of Louis Vuitton. Bruno is fascinated by skulls and has at least seven scattered around the house. “The skull gives me a sense of reality, …