From seedlings to dinner plate..


For some months now, I’ve been toying with the idea of having a veggie garden. This has proved to require more thought than you would think because, a) I don’t have a garden and b) I have very minimal window sill space. I’ve considered renting an allotment..but am not even sure if they are that easy to come by. I’ve seen a few here and there but not near my flat, and knowing me..I just won’t go after a while. That being said, the most ‘promising’ spot I saw was in very close proximity to a load of traffic and public transportation..hmm..not sure I want my tomatos tasting like exhaust.

Then today I saw this on The Brooklyn Home Companion. Crop Mob‘s seem to be popping up here and there.

Crop mob is primarily a group of young, landless, and wannabe farmers who come together to build and empower communities by working side by side. Crop mob is also a group of experienced farmers and gardeners willing to share their knowledge with their peers and the next generation of agrarians. The membership is dynamic, changing and growing with each new mob event.

It sounds fantastic! Getting to farm, get your hands dirty without worrying about renting landspace or fighting with your windowsill. I must say I am tempted to try it out..The NYC Crop Mob has a Facebook page – check it out if you are interested. It looks like the next mob will be on April 11th at the East Flatbush High School for Youth Service Farm. If you are in the area, be sure to sign up!

image courtesy of pop farming


Kitchen Envy: The TV Designer’s handywork

Sarahs cottage kitchen

One of my favourite show’s on television is ‘Sarahs House‘. It airs on HGTV and shows the renovation work of interior designer Sarah Richardson and her talented crew. Sarah’s style is very glam, yet grounded through allowing light to filter through the space via colour and encouraging available light. Also through the combination of textures she makes a ‘tactile’ touchable room.

In one season while renovating a cottage, Sarah designed a kitchen that I found truly covetable. Admittedly, my style is a little more bohemian and flea market – whereas this kitchen is very polished. Nevertheless I loved it for these specific reasons:

– Is that a pull out dishwasher I see. Sigh, there are some things that are on every NY dwellers wishlist, and after a washer/dryer, a dishwasher is mine. I love to cook but I hate. HATE to wash dishes. This petite dishwasher is perfectly compact and with a stainless steel front. Timeless!

– Open shelving and glass front cabinets. Lets face it. I’ve shown my love of open shelving before here, here and here and I’m going to show it again. Yes, its a great way to display collections of glass or dinnerware but also with the glass front cabinets…no dust! Lol, hey, it saves on cleaning eh?

Sarahs Cottage Detail

– The reclaimed wood cabinet detail. I must say, I really like this reclaimed wood featured in the island but wish there was more of it in the overall kitchen design. With it just here it looks a little disjointed when you look at the kitchen as a whole.

Sarah's Cottage Kitchen

– As well as the subtle backsplash that looks like penny tile, I of course love the openness and accessibility to the other room. I know its a tune I sing often, but hey, when you know what you like, you know what you like.

All in all, its a little bit more perfect than I’d like, but the enviable details make it warrant a place on my ‘kitchen envy‘ list.

all images from sarah richardson design

Etsy Tuesday: The yummy edition

Ahh, Etsy Tuesday. It’s a rainy one here in NY and I, your loyal craven one, am ill. My head is fuzzy (from the meds) and my nose is stuffy (from the runniness) and my body temp is up down and all over the show. But, thats not enough to stop me from trawling the wonderful world of etsy for foodie treats for you dear readers, (ok, and for me too!). Today I am featuring items from two etsy sellers. First the Brooklyn based ‘Whimsy and Spice’ and the mother of two Love Abounds. The unique twist of these two etsy seller is that they sell confection and sweet treats via etsy.

At first I was skeptical about buying food from etsy, but on second thoughts. Why not? It’s no less different than my favourite treat made in a boutique cafe or some without further ado, a few delights for you to check out:

Hazelnut Chocolate Whisky Sandwich cookies

Hazelnut Chocolate Whisky Sandwich cookies

I love biscuits (aka cookies). I just plain love them, and this one is definitely not to be shared with your kids! Whimsy and Spice is selling a set of 6 of these sandwich cookies with bittersweet Scotch Whisky-infused Madagascar chocolate filling nestled between two cookies studded with ground hazelnuts and rich chocolate chips for $9. Hurry, these sell very quickly!

Marshmallow Sampler Packs

Marshmallow Sampler Packs

Another treat from Whimsy and Spice, the ‘pick 3 marshmallow sampler’ a choice of chocolate, cardamom, caramel, or maple. You get six cubes of each flavour for a total of eighteen 1.25″ cubes of yummy marshmallow goodness! These treats are hand made and hand rolled in Brooklyn..mmm imagine a nice cardamom marshmallow floating atop your favourite hot chocolate..a gourmet treat indeed! Get ’em here while you can for only 9 bucks!

Chocolate Butterscotch Bars

Chocolate Butterscotch Bars

I have a friend who once ended her thesis with ‘After all. Everyone loves chocolate.’ Don’t ask…seriously, don’t ask. But she is right. When I meet someone who doesn’t love chocolate I look at them like they have a second head – however, that is because I am a self confessed chocoholic. The only thing better than just chocolate? Butterscotch and chocolate..These chocolate butterscotch bars from whimsy and spice have two separate layers of rich butterscotch and fudgy chocolate atop a graham cookie crust. Perfect with a tea cup of your fave cuppa or a demitasse of coffee. Four bars cost $9 at the W&S store.

Love Abounds Sipping Chocolat White Chocolate Chai

Love Abounds Sipping Chocolat White Chocolate Chai

I’m very curious about this one. I love hot chocolate and I love chai, but I have never had a combo of the two. These treat by Love Abounds is on my wishlist. Creamy smooth Sipping Chocolat made with fine Belgian style white chocolate with traditional Masala Chai spices to give you an indulgent creamy treat. There is no tea or cocoa in this Sipping Chocolat .

Comes in a heat sealed resealable bag. 8-10 servings per bag. Priced at $8.50 get it at the Love Abounds store.

White Chocolate Raspberry Caramels

White Chocolate Raspberry Caramels

I know my dentist well. Very well. What can I say? I love sweet things but I do take care of my teeth to enable me to consume as much sugary goodness as possible! ha! When it comes to caramels, yes they are creamy goodness, but who would ever have thought to make them taste like white chocolate raspberry?? Love Abounds would, that’s who. You can get 25-30 caramels for $13, a perfect munchie for the next time you have friends over.

So there you have it.

images courtesy of the respective etsy store mentioned

Bonnie’s Jam tasting at Terrain this Sat

Bonnies Raspberry Jam

I love Jam ohhh how I love Jam on a nice piece of crusty bread..Bonnie Shershow’s hand-made jams, jellies & preserves are made from original recipes inspired by the fruits of the season. The most fragrant and freshest fruits gathered around New England fill these wonderful treats. With flavours such as Orange Apricot, Peach Ginger, Raspberry Lime Rickey, Strawberry Rhubarb and more, no doubt these jams would be a party for your tongue.

This Saturday Bonnie will be doing a free jam tasting at Terrain, in PA. That’s right it costs NOTHING! So get your tastebuds ready and head over there!!

image from bonnies jams

What’s cooking my *blogships?

Last week was a nice week in the blogosphere. My fave blogs, sites, mags all offered up a lil something to keep this foodies mind racing and wishlist growing..sigh. Nevertheless, you can’t buy/make/want it all..but you can show it a lil blog lovin’ without further ado:

White Nectarine & Peach Sangria

blogroll category: foodie
blog name/url: trotski & ash
blogger: Sarah Trotter and Romy Ash
post i loved: White Nectarine & Peach Sangria

Everyone is aching for summer. Sitting outside as the rays of sunshine wash across your skin, the warmth lulling you to sleep. You reach across for a glass of white nectarine and peach sangria and take a sip, ah bliss. At least that is the mental picture I got when I saw this recipe on the trotski and ash site last week. I wanted to experiment for it for my LOST screening party but alas, it wasn’t to be. Nevermind. This is such a summery drink I don’t think I could truly appreciate it till its 80 degrees plus outside.

The commons

blogroll category: designy
blog name/url: Mr Jason Grant
blogger: Jason Grant, a stylist living and working in Sydney, Australia
post i loved: Bloom Breakfast

Mr. Jason Grant is one of my favourite blogs. This aussie stylist always features unique shops and designers that become fast favourites in of themselves. Last week he featured a foodie post about a breakfast for Bloom Organics at The Commons.The Commons is a Sydney based restaurant and bar with a simple menu and a calm environment. Housed in a 160 year old structure the local and seasonal menu is overseen by husband and wife team Christopher and Gabrielle Moore. Treats such as Parmesan crumbled pink oysters mushrooms, Mushroom consomme with exotic mushrooms, Turkey apple butter, Veg and cheese sandwiches, Duck liver pate with cornichons and Strawberries and clotted cream, pepper the lunch and dinner menu. My personal fave on the brekkie menu is the Welsh’s been some time since I’ve had that! The stonework in the old building is simply beautiful, If I ever go back to Sydney I will definitely be checking this place out.

Anthro Bowls

blogroll category: fashiony
blog name/url: effortless anthropolgie
blogger: Roxy extraordinaire!
post i loved: Scavenger Hunt contest

Although it was cut short early, Roxy had a very fun scavenger hunt contest on her site, with 5 questions posted each day about anthropologie and it’s brands with answers findable on her site and via google. It prompted MY foodie inspired wish list on – which you can read about in this post here.

Oliverio at Avalon Hotel

blogroll category: mags
blog name/url: Lonny Magazine
blogger/writer: Shawn Gauthier
post/article i loved: Avalon Hotel: Unveiled (pg 31-45)

I love Lonny Magazine, not so much the name, but the style and content which is reminiscent of DOMINO (RIP). This article about the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills was a visual treat. The interior designed by Kelly Wearstler has that retro feel that is her trademark style, but in my favourite colours of blue and white, with plenty of tactile fabrics and pieces it would no doubt be a visual as well as edible treat having brunch, lunch or dinner there. This is fine dining west coast style – check out the details here if you are so inclined to make a reservation.

Antique Black Cast Iron Mortar and Pestle

blogroll category: vintage housewares
blog name/url: Lucky Little Dot
blogger/owner: a lucky little dot..
post/email/item i loved: Antique Black Cast Iron Mortar and Pestle

This etsy store has some of the best vintage housewares and curiosities out there. This paticular item that caught my eye last week is a wonderful black pestle and mortar. I’ve been looking for a pestle and mortar for a while and have had my eye on a white marble one from Williams Sonoma, but this changes everything. It has the perfect amount of vintage ness to it with an apothecary feel – enough to make me feel like a mad scientist in the kitchen! Priced at $62 it’s currently on my wishlist…

*blogships is a rip on an email I got that opened with ‘ what’s cooking my friendships?’

all images from the respective blogs/mags/shops mentioned

A vodka twist to wash away the weekend

deli garage vodka flasks

Yeah. It’s Monday. Nuff said really, but not without mentioning these crazy, wicked, mentally kewl vodka flasks from German store The Deli-Garage. I didn’t know what to think when I saw these flasks because my mind was well and truly blown. From the design by branding agency Korefe and the artwork of Heiko Windlsch there is a bit of an edge to it that reminds me of skateboard design…(cannot substantiate why as of now), and the sort of illustration of the likes of Ghost Shrimp.

deli garage flask close up

The flavours of these vodka’s are somewhat different from the norm, melon-mint, espresso and ginger coriander. While that all sounds very adventurous I would gladly take an empty flask just to get my hands on such a kewl design. Sadly, they are only sold in Germany, but if you send the deli-garage an email, they can try and work out sending you an empty flask..for whatever tipple you chose to fill it with.

images from deli garage

Twinkle twinkle pineapple crisp..

pineapple crisp

Twinkle by Wenlan is one of my two most favourite designers to wear. There is something about their graphic prints on gentle silk that is just fun and playful – I feel HAPPY wearing it.

So how happy was I when I saw the recipe for Pineapple Crisp in the latest Twinkle newsletter? So simple to make it’s like an apple crumble with a tropical twist. Give it a try this weekend if you wish!

images from twinkle by wenlan