Nifty Book Tip

Thursday, September 21, 2017

What are you reading nowadays?

As soon as I finish reading a great book, I often want to dive into a new one straight away to keep the momentum. In those cases, I mostly look up what people around me read or check out amazon for the newest releases. But thanks to Julie, I recently learnt a very nifty trick.

What she does is after she finishes a great book, she checks out the accolades that are often found on the back cover of most books. Why? Well, those reviews are typically given by authors that write in the same subject or genre. So if you enjoyed the book you just finished, chances are you'll enjoy the one that the reviewer wrote too.

Pretty simple yet so brilliant, try it! Deal?

P.S: 10 must-read food memoirs.
P.P.S: And, tons more book-goodness.

(Photo by exPress-o. Tip by/via The Beauty in Simple)

La Marinière









Fancy a bit of stripy goodness this Thursday morning? If you love a good Breton top, you'll definitely get utterly lost in my newest find, the La Marinière. It's an entire tumblr dedicated to the most photogenic and most wearable pattern on the planet! Above are a few of my favourites.

Do you wear stripes?

P.S: Also, sharing stripes and minimal stripes.
P.P.S: Plus, stripes-addict tomboy meets femininity.

(All photos via La Marinière)

Yay! It's Wednesday Cake!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017



Speaking of autumn delights, happy Wednesday cake day! If you read my post last week, you'll know what I mean, if you haven't, dive in here...

Anyway, here is my first Wednesday cake and it's a good one. It's Nigel Slater's pudding cake of honey, cinnamon and plums, adapted slightly by Molly and eaten by Balazs and I, plus a few of our friends. Everyone loved it!

Why you should make this beauty today? Well, plums are all the rage right now; cinnamon and early fall go hand-in-hand; Wednesdays deserve a cake (we already established that, haven't we?) and because one slice combined with a cup of hot coffee, a comfy sofa and a quiet house - equals pure magic!

Fancy the recipe now? I thought so:)

Pudding Cake of Honey, Cinnamon and Plums
(By Nigel Slater Tender Volume II, adapted by Orangette)

- 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour
- 1 slightly heaping teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 slightly heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 pinches salt
- 2/3 cup (200 grams) golden syrup
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- 9 Tbsp. (125 grams) unsalted butter
- ¾ cup (125 grams) lightly packed brown sugar or light muscovado sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup (240 ml) milk
- 5 (350 grams) ripe plums, pitted and quartered (Next time I'll use more - personal taste)

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease an 8 or 9 inch square baking dish, and line it with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk well.

In a saucepan, warm the golden syrup, honey, and butter over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. When the butter is melted, stir in the brown sugar. Remove the pan from the heat, and set aside to cool for a minute or two.

Break the eggs into a medium bowl, add the milk, and whisk to mix.

Pour the golden syrup mixture into the flour mixture, and stir with a spoon until just combined. The batter will be very thick at this point. Pour in the egg mixture, and continue to stir – it will resist incorporation and look weird at first – until you have a loose, almost sloppy batter without any traces of flour.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and then arrange the plums on top. (They will sink.) Bake for 35 minutes; then place a piece of foil loosely over the top of the cake, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes more. The cake should look mostly set at this point, but it might still look the slightest bit soft in the center. That’s okay. Remove the piece of foil, turn off the oven, and leave the cake in there for another 15 minutes. Transfer to a rack. Cool completely before slicing.

Ta-dah!

P.S: Oh yum...
P.P.S: Got any sweet potatoes? You should make this:)

(Photos by exPress-o)

Fall Tea




I've been cutting down on coffee for the past two weeks and trying my best to replace my morning cuppa with a nice hot tea. My latest favourite is Emily's ginger pear tea that fits perfectly with the recently cooler mornings and a mild cold that I seem to have caught. Anyway, it's sweetened with medjool dates that add a lovely undertone to the whole mix. Here is the recipe, if you fancy trying something new.

P.S: Tea rituals around the world.
P.P.S: And this.

(Photos by Gather and Dine)

Autumn Cardigan Glory

Tuesday, September 19, 2017








If you're into mastering fall layers to a T, you should get yourself a chunky and snug cardigan this season. Yup, the old favourite is making a huge return with its geek-chic connotations and I like it! I am planning to wear mine under jackets and over trench coats, denim tops, tees, sweaters and even tie them with a belt (or a scarf) for that extra dose of coziness...

Here are six beauties that might tickle your fancy:

From the top: 1. Oversized yellow cardigan - 2. Cashmere wool cardigan - 3. Mini emerald cardigan - 4. The square cardigan - 5. Fiona cardigan - 6. Morgat cardigan.

Any favourites?

P.S: Head-to-toe black.
P.P.S: Also, if you sent me an email yesterday, chances are I didn't get it because of yesterday's worldwide Hotmail glitch, so please send it again and I'll reply in a jiffy. Promise:)

(Photos by/via Jess Ann KirbyAnnika OllilaHarpers BazaarThe Fancy Pants ReportStockholm StreetstyleAtelier DoréFashion and Style and Rosangela. Layout by exPress-o)

Painted World









I don't know about you, but I am totally smitten with Danna Ray's incredible work! This brilliant artist often chooses to paint directly on location just so she can explore sensory perceptions of time and movement in changing landscapes.

And speaking of painting outdoors, she recently said something that really stayed with me...

'Painting outdoors was one of many things I swore off when I was younger. It always sounded good until I got overwhelmed by gnats, mosquitoes, fire ants, oppressive heat, bits of leaves blowing into the paint. Surely adulthood has something to do with the ability to tolerate discomfort for a chance at joy or transformation.'

We all adapt when we really want something, don't we?

P.S: Outings.
P.P.S: Museum of selfies.

(Photos by Danna Ray)

Make Your Home Smell Like Fall

Monday, September 18, 2017

With the official start of fall this week and the crisp morning air that sneaks upon Jenny and I while taking our usual walks, I’ve been slowly but surely taking advantage of this changing season. One of my new favourites is this simple trick to make our flat smell, well, like an autumn apple pie. It’s an easy combination of an apple core, sprinkled with a generous amount of cinnamon, a dash of olive oil and placed in a hot oven for about 10-15 minutes.

Try it and you’ll be surprised how something so simple will fill your space with the most comforting scent there is. Happy almost fall, everyone.

P.S: Fancy more?
P.P.S: Ah, this too!

(Photo by exPress-o. Tip via Laurie Siegel via Apartment Therapy)
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