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I have been online for a while now. But I still can not suppress my habit to wander on the web.

Please click link…

I should know better and get on with my work, but whatever I do to try to focus it is to no avail…

Blogs. All kind and colours, they bring me from one thought to another.
So thanks Olivier (mad collector himself) and Mr. van der Lee (amazing aesthetic) for bringing me to Nowness for this excellent clip.

‘Art needs to be seen by more than one person. It needs a life of it’s own…
It is like a house that is has not been lived in that has a different aura from a work that is admired and loved by many people…”

I didn’t manage to rip the video, so I really recommend that you press the simple link above. I would love to know who was the composer of the music in the video…)

Off course one can not live on high brow thoughts alone.
In order to see the sense in the senselessness of some media I am addicted to Suri Cruise’s pet hates at the excellent website Suri’s Burn Book.

Allright, now back to work!

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Every day is Root beer float day!

I know it is almost winter and I am not a small kid… but I am guilty to a new pleasure and trust me, hope floats…

… in Root beer.

It is hard to describe what is so ridiculously good about this drink/desert/dinner/treat.
Could it be the bubbles? The froth? The creaminess? The special root flavour? The zinggg or the extreme overdose of sugar?

It is just all good.

Get yourself some Root beer with a kick, some creamy vanilla ice cream, and GO!

(don’t forget the straw to alternate spoons of cream with slurps of soda!)

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Even in a haze of volcano ashes the season for pic nics has finally arrived.

So yesterday we had the great pleasure of having tea in the garden (yay first time, even if it involved extra blankets)

Apart from vast amounts of tea, the main ingredient of this event was Crumble.

For those who do not know this delicacy: it is the simplest thing on earth and also the most satisfying. What could possibly be better than warm fruit, topped with crispy sweet topping from the oven?

A raspberry experiment...

Originally it was my Irish uncle Frank who taught my brother Olivier the recipe when we were little, but over the 4 years in London I have practiced and perfected. (kids love the messy mixing of the topping, the messier the better!)

The main lesson is that it is the combination of ingredients is where the real skill lies.
If the fruit is more soggy (raspberries) > add more flower to the topping
If the fruit is more dry (old apples) > add more butter.

If the fruitis more acidic (mango) > add more sugar.
etc. etc.

Then there is the quality of the ingredients:
Chunky moscova or demerara sugar and whole grain spelt flower are brilliant in the topping, while older apples or a variety of different kinds usually help the filling. Raspberries amp up the flavour of the pie,  but are more acidic and need apple to balance.

Rhubarb with Lavender honey...

Thirdly there is the addition of something extra.
The bog standard Apple crumble is brilliant already.
But if you want to make crumble really exciting, try using fresh ground cinnamon bark instead of powder. (It is an amazing difference) Cardamom is also a great addition to apples and it also works well with raspberries.
Or experiment with honey:  drizzle lavender honey over rhubarb. Or try Lime blossom honey on apples, yum!

If you are really adventurous you could try my New England version (merging a peach cobbler with crumble) adding lavender flowers to peaches. Truly a brilliant combination.
Vanilla pods and Pears are also great friends. (but make sure not to make it too sweet)

Newton's Pride

There are millions of possibilities, each one better than the next.

I remember really enjoying one of my more successful dinners, where one of the guests had brought his own apples… There we all were after the main course, peeling and assembling our own pudding… Ha. The Apples were an ancient race called ‘Newton’s Pride’ and how proud we were of the result 🙂

Sorry I am getting hungry again…

PS. thanks sooo much Bella for climbing in through the bathroom window when we locked ourselves out yesterday. And thanks Victor for letting us in… Hope you both enjoyed the adventure and the crumble. 🙂

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Guilty pleasure no.1

Thank God it is the season for running. As I now have a new addiction:  


They are crispy, creamy, somehow salty yet sweet and incredibly moorish. Yum!

Sandy Dodgers...

However sweet UK No.1 biscuit; Jammy Dodgers might look (and have helped Dr. Who save the world Ep. 3, 2010 season) their shortbread sandiness just cant beat the creamy crispness of Oreo’s.

I just cant help eating the whole pack of biscuits in one go, with a glass of cold milk or tea…

How could I have not fallen in love with these before? They are one of many American food inventions I’ve only just gotten to know…

Cant wait to sample Oreo Icecream and any other strange  recipes they can come with.

Bring it on!

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