I received a lovely note in the mail from the Kinfolk team to announce the launch of their new brand Ouur, a line of ready-to-wear apparel. They wrote ‘Like Kinfolk, the Ouur collection will promote values of comfort, utility and simple living.’ The range will be launched in Japan this spring, then in the US in August later this year. Check out their website for lovely linen items with evocative names such as Linen Barista Button Apron, Linen Saturday Dress, and Linen Foraging Blouse. My favourite? The Linen Pouch would make a great bag on the go!
This beautiful teapot and sugar tongs from Analogue Life just make me want to stay at home and drink tea all day….
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When Jo, Barbara and Mayken from Flemish food blog ‘Alle Dagen Honger’ announced they would be cooking from a favourite cookbook at a different location once a month, I almost tripped over my own feet in my haste to reserve a ticket. There are few things I like better than sharing food with old and new friends. Not only are the girls amazing cooks (try their recipe for fennel leaf pesto), their blog always has interesting stories about where food comes from. For the first edition they choose a selection of recipes from Roberta’s cookbook. The dishes from the woodfired oven in this Brooklyn based eatery have achieved some sort of cult status and are made with ingredients from their roofgarden. So I was very interested to see what would arrive on our plates. The menu that night:
red beet – sour cream – bottarga
carpaccio – caviar – watercress – cranberry
walnut – pecorino – roasted garlic salad
bone marrow – samphire
apple – burrata – sorrel – honey salad
quince – ginger cake – semifreddo
It was all absolutely delicious! Next, the ADH team will take over the kitchen of Tinsel on the 3rd of march. Keep a close eye on their blog to find out how to book tickets.
If like me caffeine makes you jittery but you just can’t face another cup of tea, I have the perfect afternoon drink for you! A friend gave me this recipe ages ago so unfortunately I can’t give credit where it’s due. Just one word to the wise: do not overdo it with the peppercorns as they give your brew quite a spicy kick! As I haven’t got a teapot large enough, I pour my drink into a terracotta pitcher like this one and it seems to keep it warm for quite a long time. This goes perfectly with the coconut almond butter chocolate chunk brownie from the scrawny WOD website.
5 – 10 cm ginger, sliced thinly
1/2 to 1 teaspoon white peppercorns
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon of honey or rice syrup
Boil 1 litre of water. Take it off the heat then add all your ingredients and let it infuse for 15 minutes. Strain and taste for sweetness.
At the Maison & Objet tradefair in Paris last Friday I finally had the chance to see, touch and feel the Sfera objects in real life. I have long been coveting pretty much their whole range but my favourites are definitely the cute cups and pitcher you see above. Followed closely by the Kaikado tea canisters. They are made out of tin, copper or brass and change colour with time and use. I am seriously thinking about adding these canisters to my webshop just so I can gift one to myself. I mean now that I buy my tea at Qualitea time, I need to be able to store it properly right?
Am I the only one getting depressed by all this rain and grey weather? To lift my mood I steamed orange, red and yellow beets (15 minutes in a steamer should do it), added baby spinach leaf and scattered some crumbled feta over it all. Drizzle with olive oil and add black pepper. The beautifully simple plate is by Pieter Stockmans.
I never got around to sharing the photos of the Kinfolk around the table gathering. Those of you who are regular readers of this blog will know that Kinfolk is an American magazine that dusts off the tradition of entertaining by promoting sharing a table with new and old friends, gathering around good, simple food. Its gorgeous images make you want to call up your friends to organize a dinner party. And then there are all the lovely articles like “The art of weekend rest“, a recipe for matcha ice cream and instructions on how to dye your own textiles. The Kinfolk events take place regularly around the world along a set theme.
If you would like to join us this year grab you diaries and mark 17 May for the Spring Summer event and 11 October for the Autumn Winter event. Subscribe to the newsletter to be the first to book.