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Fig & Fauna

Megan & Rose Martin are the gals behind Fig & Fauna, a blog that documents life on Megan & her husband Michael’s farm in the south of Florida (Megan and Rose are sisters-in-law). they keep chickens, cows, dairy goats and rabbits and use the ingredients sourced from the homestead and surrounding farms to make the recipes featured on the site (a cookbook is in the works). Make sure to watch the video below shot by Tiger in Jar that shows the pace of farm life so beautifully.

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The Forest Feast

i think about food all the time. and i don’t mean just eating it (of course) but always trying to answer the same questions – what am i going to eat for dinner? how can i NOT spend a crapload of cash on food? how can i not waste my food? how can i not resort to take-aways? what can i eat for lunch at my desk that isn’t a sandwich, every single day? etc. i find food blogs pretty overwhelming sometimes, and realistically i don’t want to make something that calls for more than 5 ingredients or a trip to the grocery store that fills up more than one bag.

The Forest Feast is a food blog by photographer and illustrator Erin Gleeson who, “inspired by local, seasonal ingredients in her weekly CSA box, has created a series of photographic recipe illustrations that are mostly vegetarian and laid out visually. The goal is to eventually create a Forest Feast Cookbook.” and i tell you, i’d buy that cookbook. not only for the visual aspect, but obviously for the simple & tasty looking recipes… plus Erin makes a mean cocktail.

all images courtesy of The Forest Feast

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rose bakery

i would have liked to pop into rose bakery when i was in paris recently, which is a popular eatery for lunch & brunch on the weekends (the concept of which is apparently a newish institution amongst parisians.) i’ve read mixed reviews about it online, but i suppose with any really popular place you’re going to have your fair share of lovers and haters.

since i can’t actually go to rose bakery, i might buy their book – the food looks rustic & scrumptious. though i have to admit i’d buy the book based on the cover alone, which is probably not a surprise.

photos: Rose Bakery

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fast, fresh & green

one of my favourite illustrators/designers, jessica hische, did the design for this new cookbook of vegetarian dishes – fast fresh & green by susie middleton. definitely the kind of recipe book i’d buy as i am partial to fast yet healthy food. i’m the kind of girl who’d buy a tub of hummus and find things to dip into it, rather than actually going to the effort of cooking an entire meal. it’s not that i’m a bad cook (i’d like to think the contrary) it’s just that sometimes i am extraordinarily lazy.

that being said, i did some googling around and found a couple of pages of the book over at scripd, which gives you a taste of some of the recipes. the design Continue Reading →

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wines of the cape

i discovered this rad little gem hidden in the depths of a bookcase at my parent’s house (as you do). it was printed in paarl in 1959. the entire thing is illustrated by roman waher, who i unfortunately can’t find any more information on (sometimes the internet doesn’t have all the answers, who knew?). after a bit of digging around all i could i could find out was that he contributed to a number of other africana books.

if you’re a fan of mid century illustration, be sure to check out this flickr group as well as the mid-century modernist.

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