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What’s cooking my *blogships?

As with every week, last week was a good week for food focused chatter.

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It’s funny just how often the subject of food comes up in any given week. It’s even funnier how often friends give me knowing glances when I am around a conversation that has to do with food, it seems my craven reputation precedes me. The most interesting conversation I found recurring this past week was regarding cooking meals from scratch for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Working from home, I have the luxury to be able to do so. Every day a fresh brekkie, lunch and dinner { and pudding } are served with left overs lasting maybe a day or two at best. I like it that way, call me a control freak, but I like to know what goes into what I eat.

A friend of mine reckons that when I get married and have kids my penchant for cooking every day will quickly fade…I certainly hope not, it’s what my mum did, what her mum did and what I love and plan to keep doing. No fast food dinners in this house!!

A round up of some of the nicest food focused blog posts on some of my favourite blogs from the past week are as follows:

1. Dear golden featured some gorgeous pieces from the Suno collection. This specific dress reminded me of an apron; a really gorgeous-guests are coming over but i’m still in the kitchen and have to look polished – sorta apron. I know i’d wear it.

2. Kind Boutique may have just made my { and my vegan friends } week with this post about Rawtella. What’s Rawtella you ask? It contains only 3 organic ingredients: cocoa, hazelnut, and coconut sugar. I cannot wait to try this, and will be checking online for vendors asap!

3. Fabric of my life, shared the ‘two‘ project with us: two people, with two photographs, one post a week, one theme each month. The result is a diptych that is intriguing and often inevitably populated with food. Having just started in January, the project is in it’s infancy, but I for one will be keeping an eye on it.

4. Bedlam of Beefy – an amazing black kitchen that doesn’t allow itself to be defined solely by it’s shade. From an uber-glam reflective back-splash to an impressive art piece above the sink. It’s a space worth a second, third or more look!

5. Lucy at Design Files interviewed the inimitable Katie Quinn Davies. If you have looked at any food blogs in the past couple of years you will likely be familiar with Katie’s work. Her images have a vibrancy and quality that is insatiable and I get the impression she is the kind of person with whom you could quite easily shoot the breeze. Her story { and food pics } are amazing, so check out the interview! Well worth a read!

all images via respective blogs mentioned
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week ending feb 20th

I tell you what, if you’ll pretend it’s Monday so will I, and we will make it our little secret. Ok? Cos Monday’s mean one thing and one thing only over here at Camp Craven. It’s time to look back at the past week and see what gastronomic shenanigans some of my favourite blogs were up to.


1. Elevenses, by the photographically talented Brian. If you don’t know what elevenses are you need to head to Brian’s blog post stat, where you will also find a recipe for seed cake. I’m going to try this one out soon..

2. 30-second chocolate cake. I kid you not..if you are ever in a bind and happen to have some eggs, sugar, flour and bittersweet choc hanging around you will have all the ingredients for a 30 second chocolate cake.The proof will be in the tasting..and I’ve never been one to turn down taste testing. Let me know if you give it a try.

3. The lovely Coquette & Dove announced that her Tumblr will be taking a new turn in the upcomings weeks and months. Gone is the archive of all things gorgeous and instead we will see the entrance of her iphone snappings of work, rest and whatnot. Read about it on { shutter bug } tumblr. I for one can’t wait to see what develops, { pun intended }, as Kate often whips up a tasty bounty!

4. Oh my! Flowery popsicles. I want. I really really want. { when it heats up around these parts of course.. }

5. Did you see it? Tuesday at 3p est Daniel and Valeria of Hindsvik saw the release of a love etsy video tour of their home followed by a chat session. Sadly I missed the live chat but I was very pleased to watch the video of Etsy Tv: There’s no place like here. You might recall me talking about Daniel and Valeria’s kitchen in the past after they did an impressive fix up of the space. Check out the motion video of the space, giving more dimension than the still picture ever could.

6. I love den of geek, in part because, I love geeky films. But this past week they had a post that merged my love for food and geekdom into one delicious little post titled, ‘12 dinner invitations you should probably decline‘. It’s a whose who of movie dinner hosts who have interesting personality traits.

7. More from Kitka’s honeymoon tour of Asahikawa Japan. These wooden scoops caught my eye. So simple, yet so beautiful and functional.

all images via respective blogs mentioned
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eek ending feb 13th 2011

I love to see what my favourite blogs are saying about food any given week. Above is a visual round up of my favourite food rumblings in the blogosphere by some of my favourite bloggers. Check them out!

1. 24 Hours in Sapporo by Kitka Design. John and Juli the lovely, and recently wedded couple, behind Mjolk are on a honeymoon in Japan and sharing it with us! I was and continued to be intrigued by their visit to Morihiko cafe where they serve potato, ice cream or cheese on toast…YUM!

2. Chocolate Mocha pot de Creme by Chef John of Foodwishes. Such a simple recipe to make, with maximum points for taste and presentation..I salivated through the whole video and will be making this wonderful dessert soon!

3. And the Oscar goes to by Trendwelt provides a nice look at Elie Saab’s latest collection. Expect this yummy dessert inducing dress to be featured in an upcoming ‘good enough to eat‘ segment on this blog!

4. Eye candy in Birchgrove by Come over Sunday. A quick snoop around this home in Sydney led to the gorgeous white marble countertops on dark wood kitchen cabinets…be still my heart.

5. The romance of tandem by cyclestyle features a lovely engagement shoot by Paul Bangasser. Nothing induces sunset picnicing like love and romance..enjoy!

6. Fern Living got the once over by the charming Will of Bright Bazaar. I love Danish design, and accessible Danish housewares are a dangerous thing {thanks for helping me to be broke Will!}. Check out Will’s round up and the site itself here.

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What’s cooking my *blogships?

Ah, the Monday. Not my most favourite of days, but sometimes it is. One thing I love is looking back at my blogships and seeing who wrote what that was food related. Hope you enjoy what I think was the best of last week.

blogroll category: foodie
blog name/url: trotski & ash
blogger: sara and romy
post i loved: meyer lemon tart

The ladies at Trotski and Ash do it again. Meyer lemon tart. Believe it.

blogroll category: designy
blog name/url: spinadoodles
blogger: sam spina
post i loved: innovation

I forgot how I found Sam Spina’s blog, but I am a bonafide addict. I’ve begun to look forward to his daily comic strips as much as I look forward to my 11am tea break { mandatory for every English person thank you very much }. Every day Sam posts a comic strip documenting something that happened to him that day, it was only a matter of time til he posted a foodie based strip. I simply love it – as it smacks of the innovative improv that comes with cooking with what’s in the cupboard.

blogroll category: foodie
blog name/url: the unbearable lightness of being hungry
blogger: lee tran lam
post i loved: things we ate in osaka

One of my favourite foodie bloggers – lee tran lam – just got back from Japan with an abundance of pictures from the various places where they ate. If you follow her on twitter you may have seen a few of these and drooled like I have been. Expect more to come from Lee Tran!

blogroll category: designy / housewares
blog name/url: kitka
blogger: john & juli
post i loved: snow, breakfast and THOR

It’s snowing all over, including Toronto. John and Juli of KITKA didn’t let the weather deter them from having breakfast eats at a place called Poor John’s. Based on their plates alone it’s on my ‘must eat at’ list for when I am next in Canada. { Also check out the cafe THOR in the same post, link above which boasts a wicked mural } .

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all images via the respective blogs mentioned

images via trotski ash, spinadoodles, the unbearable lightness of being hungry and kitka.

What’s cooking my *blogships?

It’s no secret I love food, and last week I noticed more and more that my conversations with any and everyone eventually drifted into chat about recipes/grub/farmer market shopping. When does something stop being a pastime one loves and becomes a bona fide obsession? If you know please enlighten me…because I am flirting with the line between the two like a teen girl at a Justin Bieber concert. Sheesh.

My indulgence in food chatter is reflected in what I read every day on my favourite blogs. Whether their daily content is about fashion, design or technology at some point or another they will and do talk about eats and I am there to swoop in..only glad to share their posts with you. So enjoy..

wild rice christmas salad

blogroll category: foodie
blog name/url: trotski & ash
blogger: sara and romy
post i loved: wild rice christmas salad

I’m going to put it out there and say that the girls at trotski & ash can never do wrong when it comes to eats. Everything they have suggested that I have made elicits ooh’s and ahh’s or becomes a regular part of my cooking schedule. It’s with that reputation that i reccomend their Wild Rice Christmas Salad without having yet tried it myself. Wild rice can be tricky..for me at least.. every time I have had it or made it, it serves as a side to a dish that takes the main stage so to speak. But in this case with the rice AS main dish I have full faith that it will tantalize the palate.

bentley's via unbearable lightness of being hungry

blogroll category: foodie
blog name/url: the unbearable lightness of being hungry
blogger: lee tran lam
post i loved: bentley revisited and a book giveaway

Australian writer, Lee Tran Lam’s foodie musings was one of the first food inspired blogs I fell in love with when I myself started blogging. Her restaurant reviews often elicit the reaction of wanting to book a ticket to Sydney as soon as possible or, if the funds don’t allow – I resort to just licking my screen. For reals.

Why this chat about my first encounter with Lee Tran? Because last week she posted about her first – Bentley Restaurant and Bar in Surry Hills, Sydney – the inspiration that started her blog three years ago. Not only are theirdisheselection uber creative, (when the term ‘DNA of Cherry ripe is in a sentence you know the eats are going to be experimental to the max), but Bentley has just launched a cookbook and Lee Tran is giving one away! So hurry over to The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry to enter to win!

Twice Baked Potatoes by Matt Armendariz

blogroll category: foodie
blog name/url: devour: the cooking channel blog
blogger: mark levine
post i loved: FourCoursemen Special: RSVP Now

I love people who are ‘self taught’ and excel. Maybe because I’ve met so many of them whose passion and voracity for what they do makes their eyes shine and endears my heart to them. Devour, the Cooking Channel blog announced an upcoming special with The Four Coursemen:

The Four Coursemen are a mix of self-taught gourmets and rising young stars with a commitment to using local and sustainable ingredients.

Follow them over three days as they take to the road to plan a menu and gather ingredients from the best producers and farmers across Georgia. The goal: prepare a fresh, seasonal meal comprised of one-of-a-kind dishes for twenty-four strangers.

I can’t wait!

jens lekman poster

blogroll category: designy
blog name/url: its nice that
blogger: various savvy designy creatives
post i loved: klas ernflo

When I was a kid I loved Bassetts Licorice Allsorts…the mix of licorice and sweetie layers were a heady mix for a 7 year old believe me. So how better to relive and remember my candy-lovin’ past than with these brilliant posters by Klas Ernflo.

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What’s cooking my *blogships?

I’m was stricken with flu last week *cue dramatic collapse onto my fainting couch*, except it wasn’t quite that refined. I will spare you the gory details, but I am much better now – thanks for asking. Last week, some of my favourite food focused posts on the interweb included a soup recipe that should kill any cold and a potato that made me want to lick my screen. Seriously. Enjoy:

john midgley mast bros

blogroll category:designy & foodie
blog name/url: remedy quarterly
post i loved: issue 3: growing up is here!

RQ is an independently published magazine of food stories with recipes that might cure any and everything that ails you. Issue three just dropped and features photography by Michael Harlan Turkell as well as a graphic recipe for Thai ginger drink. I especially love the ‘remedy’ page on RQ’s blog, as it reminds me of my childhood when my mum would whip up some soup/tea/concoction to get rid of colds, mumps or whatever. I am paticularly intrigued about this Sopa de Aja recipe to ease the common cold.

kami mug and tray

blogroll category: designy / design housewares
blog name/url: kitka
blogger: juli & john
post i loved: tea time

I have always found things made from wood exceptionally beautiful, so you can imagine how breathless I was when I spied this tray and mug on the Kitka design blog. The wooden tray is from Mjolk’s recent Masanori Oji exhibition and is made from Japanese Walnut; the mug is available in store for $75. The natural lines and variations in tone make these items unique, textured and quite simply beautiful. However, what I love most is that John and Juli take time for tea every day which has been a ritual i’ve followed for years. I always brew a pot get out my favourite mug and nibble on my baked invention of the week. Divine!

Twice Baked Potatoes by Matt Armendariz

blogroll category: foodie
blog name/url: devour: the cooking channel blog
blogger: matt armendariz
post i loved: matt’s twice baked potatoes

There are several very particular reasons why I loved Matt’s post last week:

– During the years when I learned German ‘Zwieback’ or ‘ZweiBack’ was one of my most favourite words.
– My sister and I used to be baked potato fiends when I was a teen and our potatoes got more and more elaborately topped as we tried to out-do each other.
– Matt said that vegetarian Mexican chorizo exists. Which I didn’t know and will subsequently gorge on.
– This picture makes me want to lick my screen. Seriously.

chef john turkey meatballs

blogroll category: foodie
blog name/url: food wishes
blogger: the adorable chef john!
post i loved: Turkey Cocktail Meatballs with Orange Cranberry Glaze – A Holiday Take on One of the Most Absurd Appetizers Ever

I love Chef John’s weekly granting of foodwishes.. and this past week his recipe for Turkey Cocktail meatballs with Orange Cranberry Glaze nearly shook me off my vegetarian pedestal. It. Looks. Like. It. Tastes. Like. Dreams. When I told him so he replied that he had a “a confirmed and documented vegetarian conversion to his credit.” That Chef John…he’s a dangerous man I tell yah!

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What’s cooking my *blogships?

The temperature is dropping dear readers, but my blogships are keeping me warm with their food inspired posts and drool inducing kitchen spaces. A round up of this weeks blog posts around the web that got me going:

john midgley mast bros

blogroll category:designy
blog name/url: bedlam of beefy
blogger: uncle beefy
post i loved: john midgley

I’d never heard of John Midgley before until I rolled upon him on Uncle Beefy’s blog, but boy does the guy know how to shoot one heck of an atmospheric shot?! His picture of bean to bar chocolate makers, the Mast Brothers is just spot on. Creative, beautiful, unpretentious and just oozing the epicness that comes with being in Brooklyn.

bircher museli

blogroll category: foodie
blog name/url: trotski and ash
blogger: sarah and romy
post i loved: bircher museli

Ever experienced hearing about something for the first time in your life and then not being able to live without it? I feel that way about nearly every recipe that trotski & ash post. Bircher Museli is no exception, a museli that is ‘soaked’ overnight for morning consumption is my new obsession thanks to them.

glen proebstel

blogroll category:designy
blog name/url: the design files
blogger: lucy
post i loved: interview-glen proebstel

Lucy never seems to fail in finding some amazingly talented designer/stylist/photographer for her ongoing interview series. Last week she interviewed stylist Glen Proebstel whose food focused work had my heart racing and my tummy singing.

boform kitchen

blogroll category: designy
blog name/url: trendwelt
blogger: an interiors addict
post i loved: Dänische Wohnformen

I love trendwelt, even though it’s not written in English it doesn’t matter. I’m able to understand the appeal of the beautiful interior spaces that are featured. This past week the kitchen spaces of Danish company Boform were on display..though very ‘white’ i loved their moderate industrial accents and sleekness. The one above was my favourite but check out more here.

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