In good company – the new Hermès Brides de Gala Love

Hermès themselves call the Brides de Gala their most celebrated carré. According to the website Hermesology, it is also “Hermes’s best-selling scarf of all time” (not that I have a reason to doubt this, but I am cautios of websites not being able to spell Hermès properly, just saying). According to Wikipedia, there are more than 70 000 Brides de Gala-scarves out there. Fact is that it was designed by Hugo Grygkar in 1957. It’s name is translated into “Bridles for the gala” and it undoubtedly gives that wonderful glamorous equestrian feeling that Hermès does oh so well. Brides de Gala has adorned the neck or head […]

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The future of fashion = the end of sewing?

“I have nothing to wear today! Oh well, I’ll just turn on the printer and download me a Chanel.” This could be your future self according to this article on Bloomberg. Now, 3D-printing is not a new concept, but according to the article, a couple of companies are at the present working on home-printable versions. Just think of this for a moment – it will change everything! Why bother running to a store or ordering something online (and waiting for it to arrive only to be dissapointed of the quality and fit to send it back) when you can download something, print […]

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A weekend in winter wonderland – my travel tips to Stockholm

If you are looking to get into some holiday spirits, forget the classic trips to Christmas markets in Germany or even hunting down Father Christmas in Greenland/ Lappland/ Rovaniemi/ North Pole or whatever Internet site you happened to stumble across (I am not judging..) claiming to be the real home of Santa. Go to Stockholm! Although here comes the obligatory disclaimer: as it is Sweden, the weather is moody at best so no guarantees for snow and sunshine. It was a combined business and weekend trip (those are the best, not for the business part though, haha) that had us visiting […]

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Autumn in a dish – a hearty vegetable stew with aubergine and lentils

There can be no doubt, autumn is upon us. In fact, it is rapidly approaching Christmas. Before we go in to the holiday season however, let’s celebrate the beauty of fall. The beautiful thing about a stew is that you can basically add anything and it will turn out great. This makes good use of the vegetables in the garden (if you are lucky enough to have one; it’s on my wish list) and you can easily substitute with potatoes, parsnips, cabbage, leeks.. The list is endless. A hearty vegetable stew with aubergine and lentils Serves 4-5 3 dl (300 ml) rice  1 […]

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Shake your pommes pommes (part 4) – a spicy tomato and apple chutney with raisins

Ok, fine, I’ll admit it. I am getting tired of that word joke in the heading myself now. It’s the last post in this theme, I swear. But what a post it will be! I combined the few remaining apples of my generous gift from both my mom and my mother in law (though it seemed that they were both equally elated to get “rid off” some apples as I was receiving several bags of them..) with the most wonderful locally grown tomatoes in a wide range of colurs and flavours. They looked like red, yellow, pink and green jewels. I love flavour combinations […]

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Shake your pommes pommes (part 3) – a French apple tart

Any self-respecting (aspiring) French woman or man must have a recipe for an apple tart up one’s sleeve, right? The tarte tatin being a far too obvious choice (to be honest I have yet to try it as I have to get me a new pan for that), I decided to bake another version of a French apple tart. I wanted a lighter and not so sweet dessert. I am also a sucker for beautiful presentations and fell for the rose petal-shaped arrangement of the apple wedges in this recipe. This tarte aux pommes is wonderful and a new favourite in my recipe collection. It lets […]

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Shake your pommes pommes (part 2) – le beurre de pommes (apple butter)

The first time I heard about a thing called apple butter, I was immediately intrigued. Suffice to say, it had me on “butter”. If you have never heard of le beurre de pommes or apple butter before, you might however – like me – be mistaken in thinking it actually contains butter. Mais non! This is in essence a slow-cooked apple sauce which transforms into a thick amber coloured cream. Short of being actual butter, this is apple heaven on a spoon. I added ground cinnamon and cloves, which gives it a slight Christmasy flavour. This is good on bread (with some […]

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The eternity jacket – and the incredulous story of how I got the fabric (in Paris!)

…in like “it took me an eternity” to make it. Or three months. Well, it felt like an eternity. I mean it was a completely different season when I started. “It’ll take me a week if I just buckle down”, I said. When will I ever learn? Granted, I haven’t worked on it every day for three months, of course. I do have a job, you know. Fellow sewers, you get the point. We don’t mind going slow or letting stuff take time because we know that sometimes stuff that is worth doing will take time. It’s just the frustration […]

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Shake your pommes pommes – a delicious apple compote with a mascarpone and crème fraîche cream

Ok, granted, mascarpone is not a French cheese. I have searched for a French equivalent to this thick, creamy fresh cheese, but haven’t found one I can recommend. If you have a good suggestion, please let me know. I bet however that even the French can live with this (un-)holy alliance of the milk products of France and Italy. I was lucky to receive several kilos of apples from both my mother and my mother in law. Both apple batches are sweet but tangy with firm flesh and a bright red skin. There just might be one or two apple recipes […]

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If happiness is a colour it would be pink – Macarons with fresh raspberries

Now, actually it would be orange. But you get my drift with this post. My macarons adventure, a.k.a. “My quest to find the perfect macarons”-recipe (which also doubles as “What I tell myself to have an excuse to eat an obscene amount of macarons in the process”), is improving by leaps and bounds. My latest – and proudest – version are these  macarons with raspberries. The latter were the very last of the late summer raspberry season that were sold in my local farmers’ market. Raspberries are amongst my Top 3 of favourite berries. For many years, whilst visiting my mother in […]

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