Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Yellow fever

@ Guggenheim Bilbao

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The apartment

We just returned from a relaxing week in Basque Country, Spain. The idea was to drive from Bilbao all the way to Biarritz in France, but we didn't get further than Bilbao, San Sebastián and some villages in between (saving supposedly lovely Biarritz for next time). One of the highlights of our little trip was our apartment in San Sebastián (long live Airbnb!). It was in an old farm that had been in the owner's family for a century and had been completely renovated a couple of years ago. The result was quite impressive - everything inside the building is new but has been designed with respect for the traditional Basque building style. Then there were that breath-taking view of San Sebastián's bay and friendly owner Josu. Just perfect!






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Friday, 4 July 2014

From silver to classic

My sun protector for the summer: this Panama hat from Ecuador. Let it shine!


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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Monday, 23 June 2014

Gone silver

Oh... the luck! Last week I visited the ACNE shop in Amsterdam, where they happened to have 1 last pair left of their Adriana Metallic Silver sneakers in exactly my size. I wasn't really looking for silver sneakers, but remembered some images of silver sneakers that I pinned on Pinterest which I thought were really cool and suddenly wearing silver sneakers was a serious option. They fitted great and looked great AND.... were 50% off (yes!). I did some figuring out how about to combine them (m i n i m a l  is the keyword I figured out) and not long after I was the happy owner of a pair of new sneakers. (For those who wonder where the face logo lace accessory went: I removed it - a little too much for me to handle ;))


Sunday, 15 June 2014

The making of... our own elderflower sirup!

Two weeks ago, we went searching for elderflower (not a difficult task - it's everywhere right now) with our friends Fleur & Fabian, to make or own elderflower sirup (again - Daan made it the week before too, but obviously one can never have enough homemade elderflower sirup, so off we went). Finishing business was done by Fleur (our chef) and I can only say the sirup is great. With water - plain or sparkling - and, if you like, a slice of lemon it's the perfect refreshing drink for hot summer days. The recipe you can find below (from River Cottage).

Ingredients: about 25 elderflower heads | finely grated zest of 3 unwaxed lemons and 1 orange, and their juice (about 150 ml in total) | 1000g sugar | 50g citric acid 
Directions: inspect the elderflower heads carefully and remove any insects. Place the flower heads in a large bowl together with the orange and lemon zest. Bring 1,5 litres water to the boil and pour over the elderflowers and citrus zest. Cover and leave overnight to infuse. Strain the liquid through a scalded jelly bag or piece of muslin and pour into a saucepan. Add the sugar, the lemon and orange juice and the citric acid (if using). Heat gently to dissolve the sugar, then brig to a simmer and cook for a couple of minutes. Use a funnel to pour the hot syrup into sterilised bottles. Seal the bottles with swing-top lids, sterilised screw-tops or corks.











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Thursday, 12 June 2014