Monday, December 26, 2011
I remember being little and one of the only things that took my mind off of the sad fact that Christmas was exactly 364 days away was receiving another small set of gifts from a mysterious man named Mr. X who was never seen and only referred to as a "your grandfather's business associate". Essentially it was just a small stocking with some music, and a chocolate orange, and card trick, or a puzzle. I'm sure my grandpa got just as much pleasure at the chance of getting out of the house and away from the family for an hour or two to assemble the gifts as he did from the actual gift giving, but it's a nice tradition and a fun excuse to give and receive.
Next year why not start your own tradition? Don't feel that you have relegate it to service industries, but it's always nice to let the people that take care of you all year to know just how much you appreciate them.
Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Friday, December 23, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
1.The most gorgeous tea I've ever seen.
Not only is it absolutely delish, but the packaging is to die for
2. Earrings you hope she'll lend to you once in awhile
3. A cozy throw for her favorite reading chair
4.Who doesn't need golden playing cards?
Perhaps you'll actually beat her at gin rummy someday
5. Lovely handcream with amazing Portugese packaging.
Staying moisturized and stylish all at once!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Such pretty draping.
I admit this one isn't for everyone, but the velvet screams "HAPPY HOLIDAYS!"
The leather skirt is so cool girl, paired with a white shirt it takes you from work to dinner to your office holiday party!
Hope everyone has a Happy Holiday! And I'll see you on Boxing Day!
1.Compact From Bobbi Brown
2. These adorable teacups with a surprise inside
(Reminds me of the ones we had as kids) by Imm living
3.Amazing chevron earrings from Virginie Millefiore
4. Kate Spade bib necklace (that would look amazing with this dress)
5. iphone case from jcrew
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
1. CHOCOLATES! I think the only people that don't enjoy chocolate are the people allergic to chocolate. My favorites are from Jacques Torres and Vosges.
2. Cashmere sweaters from Uniqlo. Who doesn't love/want/need cashmere sweaters? These average at $99, which is such a steal, and come in every color imaginable. I don't think they're available on the website, but I think they're worth a run to the brick and mortar location.
3. Books and Music. I know, I know... but if you limit yourself to the albums and novels you enjoyed over the past year you've got yourself a really thoughtful gift. I mean this is why my dad now loves Rah Rah Riot and Vampire Weekend.
4. Make it yourself. Or give your loved one something to make it themselves. I would like receiving some lovely yarn from purl soho almost as much as receiving a hand knit scarf or hat, maybe more.
5. A Gift Certificate. I can hear those groans. But isn't their something great about receiving money and not being able to spend it on something sensible? Just be sure that you choose the right shop to buy a certificate at. I remember one year I received a GAP card with an obscene amount on it. In the end I was set up with underwear and socks for a rather long time.
6. Gift of the Month Club. There is a "gift" of the month for everything you can think of! I'm kind of obsessed with the Bowtie of the Month Club right now.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Dill and Salt-Cured Salmon
- 1 ½ cup (450g) rock salt+
- 2 tablespoons caster (superfine) sugar
- 1 ½ tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon white peppercorns
- 1.5kg side salmon, trimmed and pin-boned++
- 1 bunch dill, chopped
- ⅓ cup (80ml) brandy
- 1 teaspoon caster (superfine) sugar
- sea salt and cracked black pepper
- 1 teaspoon store-bought grated horseradish
- 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
Process the salt, sugar, water and peppercorns in short bursts in a food processor until just combined. Place the salmon on a tray, rub with the dill, then the salt mixture. Cover with plastic wrap, place a tray on top of the salmon, weigh down with a heavy object and refrigerate for 24 hours.
To make the brandy dressing, place the brandy, sugar, salt and pepper in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to the boil and cook for 2 minutes or until reduced by half. Stir through the horseradish and vinegar and cool slightly. Thinly slice the salmon, spoon over the dressing and serve with chunks of dark rye bread. Serves 12.
+ The type of salt used for curing is important. You should use rock salt rather than a finer salt because its coarseness cures the meat without imparting too much saltiness.
++ Ask your fishmonger to pin-bone the fish for you. Alternatively, run your fingers along the fish and remove any protruding bones with a set of tweezers.
+++ The salmon will keep, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Bleu Cheese & Caramelized Onion Brioche
- 1 x small (260g) loaf brioche, cut into rectangles
- ⅓ cup (90g) caramelised onion relish
- 1 small Granny Smith (green) apple, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 20g butter
- 200g blue cheese, crumbled
- chervil leaves and cracked black pepper, to serve
Spread the brioche with the caramelised onion and top with apple slices. Heat the oil and butter in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add the brioche, apple-side down, and cook for 1–2 minutes each side or until golden. Top with the blue cheese, chervil and pepper to serve.
Chili & Lemongrass Chicken
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 2 stalks lemongrass, very finely chopped
- 2 large mild red chillies, seeds removed and chopped
- 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
- 500g chicken mince
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 3 tablespoons fish sauce
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- ¼ cup shredded mint leaves
- 16 witlof (Belgian endive) or baby cos (romaine) leaves
Heat a frying pan over high heat. Add the oil, lemongrass, chilli and ginger and cook for 1 minute. Add the mince and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Stir through the lime juice, fish sauce, sugar and mint. Spoon the lemongrass chicken into the witlof and serve. Makes 16.
Check out these recipes and more at Donna Hay
(& I seriously recommend subscribing to her mag. It's seriously the best!)
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
"A Nice Present", I mean you can't go wrong with that. With the right ribbon (thick black yarn for the bambino and a pretty cream grosgrain for my lady friend) it's perfect to wrap any gift! You can find a great selection at Joanne Hudson. Emma Bridgewater also has great line of ceramics! I drink my coffee every morning out of her Robin mug