a clock without hands

i wish i had more information about marcine miller (an american living in paris, i think?) – but i do know that her blog is beautiful and her photos are gorgeous (and BIG! i love when people have tons of large photos to scroll through). do yourself a favour and go get lost in her world for a little while. she also has a great flickr stream (how i found her blog in the first place, thanks flickr)

roast red pepper & tomato soup

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i’ve been making a lot of soups lately  – even though it’s unbearably hot here right now. they’re cheap to make, i can freeze the leftovers (which end up tasting even nicer a few weeks/months down the line when you reheat them), you can eat them hot or cold, and there is little to no margin for error. i mean, it’s soup – toss it in and let it simmer.

happy pancake day

pancakes

i woke up this morning and it was raining. yay, said me. i love the rain, mostly because it’s the anti-heat (and i loathe heat) plus it also brings that lovely aaah smell in the air. it’s also pancake weather. that was our family tradition (is it yours, too?) – when it rained, mom made pancakes.

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.

nom nom nom

just had to show you the way my sister-in-law wrapped all the homemade stollen & cookies that she gave everyone at christmas (cut-out reindeer tags!):

christmas!

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ho-ho-ho-holy crap it’s christmas already!

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(that’s me, obviously happy with my christmas loot)

i hope you have a lovely day, whether you’re in the snow or the sun… my christmas is going to consist of opening gifts sometime late morning (or rather, watching as my young nieces and nephews tear open their presents, and then ask if they can open mine too).

taters

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the pioneer womana very well known blogger, ree drummond makes some seriously good looking food. probably my favourite recipe of hers is crash hot potatoes, basically the only potato dish i make these days. lots of olive oil, lots of rock salt, fresh herbs, cooked until super crispy – oh my. i think it’s probably the ideal accompaniment to summer meals – especially with some chicken kebabs from the braai & a fresh salad. go get the recipe & make it now.

i am a tart for tarts

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my sister in law made these, she’s from deutschland so they are genuine german tarts (i think they’re called obstkuchen …. or obsttorte? you germans might have to help me out here). either way it’s her mom’s recipe, one was of fresh strawberries and the other of tinned cherries. woooooweeeee. naturally, i stuffed my face (and had to go lie down afterward). but the best thing about them is that they’re not too sweet (as opposed to, say, lemon meringue pie) – so you don’t feel all bad for having 5 pieces.