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What’s cooking my *blogships?

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.

Behold!

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

The Geometry of Pasta

geometry of pasta

I have a thing for uniformity. Things lined up in sequence, shapes collected together, collections of colours gradiating from one to the next in subtle degree of change. Some might call this OCD, being ‘extra’ or being just downright ridiculous. But I think that looking at things a different way allows us to process the information differently and maybe, learn something new from it. So you can imagine how my heart leapt when I saw The Gemonetry of Pasta a book by Jacob Kenedy and Caz Hildebrand.

Did you know that there are allegedly over 300 shapes of pasta, each of which has a history, a story to tell, and an affinity with particular foods? I didn’t. But I would welcome the challege to taste each one!

The Geometry of Pasta pairs over 100 authentic recipes from critically acclaimed chef, Jacob Kenedy, with award-winning designer Caz Hildebrand’s stunning black-and-white designs to reveal the science, history and philosophy behind spectacular pasta dishes from all over Italy. Looking at the wonderful black and white illustrations instead of colourful pasta shades truly makes you view this as a science rather than an exercise in gastronomy, and thus takes the focus off the taste and helps you appreciate the beauty of these thoughtful shapes of pasta.

geometry of pasta

Adding this one to my wishlist..in case you are so inclined to spoil me!


all images via amazon

To have and BHLDN: Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet

And the final board is…a classic Shakespeare tragedy with a twist. Baz Luhrmann’s rendition of Romeo and Juliet has to be one of my favourite interpretations of the bard’s work as it was the most risky attempt at presenting 16th century literature in a modern setting and making it work.

There is a very strong theatre motif in this version of Romeo and Juliet, in large part due to Luhrmann’s history in the theatre { did you know that R&J is part of Luhrmann’s “Red Curtain Trilogy“? }, as such there is a distinct extravagance. However, this is nicely balanced against the almost fairytale youthful innocence of a young couple in love, despite family rivalry. With a setting of California, the scene is hot, colourful and a little gaudy.

baz luhrmanns romeo and juliet


The bridal elements

a. cascading goddess gown – $1600
b. feathered corsage bird veil – $300
c. pave marvel earrings – $188
d. clipped corolla heels – $200

The table setting

1. flights and fancy dinnerware – $12 – $16
2. high neck vase – $38
3. filigree spheres – $373-$973
4. helianthus goblet – $8
5. bronze age flatware – $36

see also: large frog bowl – $38, rippled champagne flute – $14 and dhalia tea towel– $24

Why it works

I picture this wedding in a massive tent, with walls of layers upon layers of flowy white fabric, much like the skirt of the cascading goddess gown. While this category could be deemed as an opportunity to be bold, the fact of the participants being a young, modern couple prevents the look from being excessive or gaudy. Instead elements of clashing metals – the filigree spheres all over the ceiling – and bright bronze slender flatware provide a ‘subtle gaudiness’ so to speak.

Bold colours in the plates, the glassware and the high neck vases make this a bright colourful yet youthful setting with a measure of 20th century elegance. The additional elements such as the frog bowl I imagine as an interesting supporting layer to a multi-tier wedding cake. The leaves on the bowl has a nice curvature that is a nod to Baroque style – a style that is reflected in the clipped corolla heels. This is a look that can be easily accented with plain white tableware to make it even more subdued or with bright colourful accents to be a little bit more audacious.

I hope you have enjoyed the To have and BHLDN series. Previous boards can be found here, here and here. I cannot wait til the BHLDN line launches it’s tablewares in May…you can be sure there will be a round up and commentary about it all here at craven maven!

all images via anthropologie, terrain and bhldn

To have and BHLDN: My Chemical Romance..

The third in this weeks series of wedding table settings inspired by the launch of bridal haven BHLDN is something that really appeals to MY heart: science.

Often misconstrued as being cold, emotionless and unfeeling, Science often get’s the short end of the stick. But don’t let those beakers and thermometers fool you – for a fire burns in the science lab that is hotter than any bunsen burner. Many know the name Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the only woman to do so for two different fields – that of chemistry and physics. But what many might not realise is that Marie was married to Pierre Curie. The pair met when Marie moved from Poland to Paris to become a student of Science, Pierre, at that time director of the lab soon fell for the young Marie and a connection was formed that was only to be separated by death. As a couple, the Curies won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903, and bore daughter who later went on to become a physicists herself.

my chemical romance


The bridal elements

a. origami pleated dress – $260
b. daguerreotype necklace – $520
c. simplicity flats – $120

The table setting

1. supper exhibit dinnerware – $68-$98
2. the new terrarium book – $25
3. bubble place card holder – $6
4. ribbon of light tumbler – $14
5. bendy flatware – $98

see also: weck juice jar set – $24 and printed jar set – $28

Why it works

There is a certain simplicity to the origami pleated dress that lends itself to function { a wedding dress } rather than the often more elaborate fashion adorned on such an occasion as do the simplicity flats. The only accessory? A Daguerreotype necklace, made with antique celluloid photographs in vintage brass. Daguerreotypes are a rarity nowadays – the first type of photo development they require a heady mix of alloy, silver and mercury to produce an image..truly an adventure in science.

The objects for the table setting all have one thing in common – creating curiosity. They feature spirals of colour in glass plates { which on closer inspection looks like a whirling solar system of sorts }, ribbons of light in drinking glasses, seemingly magically bent flatware and test tube glass reminiscent, bubble placeholders. The Terrarium Book is a point of reference for the couple to create home made terrariums {or mini-worlds } as centre pieces thus satisfying their interest to create. Overall the objects welcome further inspection and investigation – a quest for answers.

Honorable mentions of the weck jars and printed jar sets are for gifts for the guests made by the bride and groom themselves – pickled peppers? Jam cooked up in the lab using unique ingredients? The possibilities are unlimited.

Only one more BHLDN inspired moodboard left…what will it be? Tune in tomorrow to find out!

all images via anthropologie, terrain and bhldn

Kitchen Envy: A gem in Melbourne

ceciles kitchen

Wednesday just isn’t Wednesday without a little kitchen envy. This weeks space comes from one of my most favourite blogs: The Design Files. The space belongs to Cecile Boston, a Melbourne based retailer of beautiful French home wares { why didn’t I know this when I was holidaying in Melb??? }. The space has a somewhat European aesthetic, in large part due to Cecile’s French roots. So bright, yet cozy I found myself instantly endeared to this place, these are all the reasons why:

Multiple light sources – This might seem like a strange thing to be envious about but as a person who hates overhead lighting and who lacks enough wall sockets for sufficient ambient lamps – I envy anyone who accomplishes a balance of natural and tungsten light. Spotlights over the countertop provide extra illumination on dusky evenings making dinner. A small sole chandelier over the dining table creates atmosphere for intimate dinners where the conversation runs into the wee hours; and the large windows wash the space in natural light perfect for lazy Sunday breakfasts. Oh to have options when it comes to illumination!

Assorted wood tones – There are a lot of wood surfaces in this space and for the most part they each have different finishes. From the picture window frames painted white, to the rich dark kitchen cabinetry. The wood floors, rustic sideboard and more. However, the eclectic mix doesn’t make the space look fussy or messy – instead they compliment each other as they are not at opposite ends of the wood stain spectrum. It’s nice to see mixed wood spaces done right.

Space – I am really impressed by the use of space in this room. Open shelves as opposed to upper cabinetry allow the light to bounce around the space freely and stop it from feeling ‘dark’ or ‘boxed in’. In addition, the roominess of the dining room caters to either very comfortable sit down dinners or, when the table is pushed aside, a great space for intimate cocktails and chat with standing room for many.

kitchen details

Marble Counter tops – White marble counter tops are a long-standing favourite of mine. I especially love it when paired with dark wood cabinets. The contrast is so pleasant, emphasizing the aesthetics of the surface well.

I could go on and on about this space..but I don’t think you would like that. Why don’t you check out more pictures of this space as well as other rooms in Cecile’s house over at The Design Files!?

images by lucy at the design files

To have and BHLDN: From India, with love

As a continuation to yesterdays punk inspired wedding borne from the launch of the new bridal one stop haven, BHLDN, today I give you part two of the series: From India, with love.

It is the love story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, married as teens in 1612, whose love surpassed the confines of death and whose story has evaded the obsolescence of time. After the death of Mumtaz, a forlorn and grieving Shah erected one of the world’s most wonderful works of architechture, the Taj Mahal, as a monument and mausoleum for his beloved wife. To this day it’s curvaceous lines and outstanding beauty continues to wow the world and has made it one of the most recognised buildings of all time.

From india with love


The bridal elements

a. greenbow lace gown – $600
b. baguette halo – $140
c. brocade d’orsay heels – $350

The table settings

1. zinnia thicket plates – $12
2. nifty napkins – $32 for six
3. opalescent tumbler { in green } -$12
4. whizbang bowl – $32
5. platinum petals coupe – $14
6. rediscovered flatware – $36

see also : glass bottle and basket – $238 and bell finial cloche – $28

Why it works

This beautiful crochet dress has a keyhole in the back, a most elegant ‘cooling system’ for a wedding in a hot location. The baguette halo as headpiece and brocade d’orsay heels add an element of exoticism and sun capturing glintz.

Translated to table setting this concept brings a mixture of brightly coloured elements and patterns that are gently restrained by the shapes and facets that give a somewhat colonial feel. The zinnia plates and whizbang bowls scream with their highly saturated hues and bold pattern. They made me think of the unabashed joviality of sari colours and patterns.

By way of contrast the rediscovered flatware, inspired by vintage flatware, coupled with the platinum petals coupe contributes a regal air that feels decidedly English and formal. The honorable mentions of the bottle and basket and finial cloche { via terrain } add an old world feel to the table and make it seem like the table scape is a collection of inherited items that have traveled from back home that have mashed-up with styles newly acquired in ones new more exotic home.

all images via anthropologie and bhldn

To have and BHLDN

As many of you by now know, the company that owns such brands as Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and Free People went live with their bridal one stop shop, BHLDN yesterday. There were sighs and cries from girls who love all things flowy and eclectic from Brooklyn to Portlandia. Trust me. I was one of them. But while I was beguiled by the dresses and shoes { oh the shoes }, my mind wandered to the table settings – plates, forks, spoons, glasses oh my! Imagine a truly Anthro table setting.

The good news is that decorations, tableware, favors, etc will be available in May and you can be sure that I will be keeping my eyes peeled for what develops. In the meantime pulling from Anthro’s current inventory of tablewares and whatnot’s I’ve gone ahead and put together my own mood boards of Anthro table settings based on some of the greatest love stories of all time. Check back each day for a new board!

punch drunk love

The bridal elements

a. ribboned silk gown – $1600
b. unabashedly gloves – $60
c. jelly slingbacks – $190

The Table Setting

1. on a whim dinnerware – $10-$48
2. damara napkin – $8
3. fleur-de-lys juice glass – $6
4. salt and pepper cellar – $22
5. milky way votives { candle votives, but for schnapps drinking! } – $6
6. radiance flatware – $19.95 { on sale }

See also: beast feet platter – $128 and laguiole steak knives – $78 for six.

Why it works

Punk is a very visually strong genre and let’s face it under the guise of a wedding celebration it’s a look than can end up looking gaudy and tacky. Bright colours and clashing patterns are tempered by using subtle colours and ‘nod’s to the genre rather than blatant interpretation. I love the on-a-whim dinnerware – a plaid design in pastels is a nice nod to the beloved fabric of all things punk: tartan. These colours add a touch of femininity to it all.

The radiance flatware is a rich dark colour but not black which could be seen as too stark. This lighter shade adds a contrast and ‘disturbance’ to the table as it is not in sync with the rest of the ‘colour scheme’ but what is punk if it doesn’t cause somewhat of a ruckus?!

A less than perfect looking votive is a nice addition for drinking shot of booze while the pink fleur de lys glass adds yet another texture.

Honorable mentions, such as the beast feet platter add a slightly gothic yet definite masculine air to the table..no room on the mood board for that one, but surely not to be overlooked!!

all images via anthropologie, bhldn and terrain