You may be familiar with the Unikko pattern, an iconic floral print from Finnish textile giant Marimekko. The bold print has been around since 1964 and graces everything from bedding to ceramics to shoes to cotton fabric-by-the-yard. It's the floral darling of the textile design world. It also, apparently, makes for a fine-tasting macaron! … Continue Reading
This is one of my favourite 'one pot' winter warmers. The lemongrass adds an aromatic freshness to the dish, which is perfect for warding off those winter chills.
I like to garnish it with deep fried sage and serve it with a Parmesan encrusted crostini, but it works equally well garnished with fresh cilantro or sour cream and fresh… Continue Reading
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Last week, I wrote about some of our inspiration and preparation for our daughter's Rapunzel-themed birthday party. To recap, we wanted to give our four-year-old the party of her dreams without purchasing everything from a princess party pack. So, we enlisted the help of Pinterest and our Silhouette Cameo cutting machine and made it magical. Read on to see what we did.
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Our little girl is turning four next week, and we're in full party planning mode. This year's planning is especially interesting since we're living in a house with no kitchen, and in various but consistent states of complete chaos. Nevertheless, it's our four-year-old's birthday, and there will be a rockin' little kids' birthday... in, um, an octogenarian par-tay room.
Each family has its own tradition over Christmas lunch, maybe you're being adventurous with a 3 in one bird, a glazed gammon or plump chicken, either way I've rounded up a few of my favorite sides to compliment your main meal.
1. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Sunflower Seeds, from Martha Stewart
2. Braised Leeks, from Simply Recipes
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At this time of year, the kitchen of my childhood home was covered in a thin blanket of flour. That's because my mom when into baking overdrive around the second week of November and didn't stop until the day after Christmas. We kids all had our favorites and Mom always obliged. These six recipes, by far, were and still are, at the top of the list of must-haves at Christmastime.
Because some of these recipes have been in my family generations, you'll notice one particular ingredient that would make dietitians faint. That ingredient is shortening/Crisco. When I make these cookies now, I swap the shortening out for butter, which my mother thinks is an expensive, unnecessary extravagance. Also, these… Continue Reading
Making your own gingerbread house is a longstanding European tradition. Gingerbread is known as lebkuchen (life cake) in German because ginger preserves the cake for a longer period of time, a classic ode to all things sugar and… Continue Reading
When you think about it, decorated Christmas cookies fall into two primary categories. There's the 'cute' category filled with smiling Santa faces and candy cane shapes and such, and then there's the 'stunning work of art' cookies. In this roundup, we're going to looking at some of those that fall into the second bunch. Gorgeous, too… Continue Reading
When I think of ceiling beams in kitchens, I imagine English country cottages. They seem to work in such places. In the kitchen above? Not so much. It looks as if the plan actually flipped the kitchen's original footprint. Whatever… Continue Reading