Author: Laura


The Lurch: my new asparagus peeler

This weekend, I was at Duikelman. For those of you who don’t know Duikelmans but love cooking, you’re missing out! This store – what, three stores in the same street – are foodlovers heaven. I was there to pickup my Kenwood Cooking Chef Juicer, but I couldn’t resist. And I found an excellent product… an asparagus peeling machine! Whoa… It is the season. I just lóóóve asparagus. A la flammande especially. They are healthy and lovely. (Okay, maybe not the sauce..) But, I hate peeling them. First of all, I am never very handy in maneuvering them so I usually cut more fingers than aspargus. And second, it takes sooo much time! Now, at Duikelmans, they explained that this was thé king among asparagus peelers. Instant result. I love timesaving lifehacks! Yep, now  The Lurch (funnily enough also The Adams Family manservant, try googling 😉 ) is installed on the kitchen table. And of course, we had to eat asparagus right away. To be honest, the time I saved on peeling them (you only need …


Book review: Being Martha

Being Martha – by Lloyd Allen What a perfect combination. While I was cleaning up my walk in closet, folding my laundry and organizing my closets, I listened to the unabridged book “Being Martha”, by her friend Lloyd Allen. I knew Martha Stewart from the stories about her perfect life, her perfect cooking and the perfect household and yes, I of course heard about the incident that got her all over the news in a less positive way. But, she built quite an empire. What can I learn from her? What is her secret to success? Those questions in mind, folding my sheets, this is what I thought. What inspired her To be honest, this book didn’t really explain. I learned that Martha came from a simple family, with parents who thought you should always work hard. Her father was apparently one that found criticism in all things, perhaps that taught her to strive for perfection. I found it really nice that Martha is an autodidact in cooking. According to the book, she was inspired …

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30 day Challenge: week 1 – point zero

The first week of my May 30 days challenge! To know what the outcome is, I needed real confrontation first. A summary of a week without planning… So, Food. The weekend started with checking out what was still in the fridge. I made a salad of all leftovers. Sunday I actually woke up to Jamie’s 30 minute meals on TV, which inspired me to make his sweet potato mash with broccoli and panga filet. Of course, in the weekend I had enough time to do the grocery shopping (Exhibit A) the same day.


Passion for Passionata

No, it’s not the lingerie. Though, it is certainly just as sweet… Meet Passionata. The bést Italian traiteur in Naarden Vesting. My sister and I like to spend our saturdays hunting for vintage treasures for my sister to sell in het webshop. There’s a place in Naarden Vesting where we always succeed. And no, I’m not going to tell you about that – it’s our little secret. But, getting back to treasures. Italian treasures. Passionata is a little store plus lunchroom. Which basically means, that you can eat a great meal and then buy more for later…  Why I love this place so much? Well, their Salade di Parma is thé best ever. We  always order the same… Made with fresh mozarella, tomatoes, excellent pesto, great black marinated olives, coppa di parma – I just can’t resist. Then, their store. Today I bought Torres crisps with truffel and herbs flavour, they are new to their collection. I was wondering whether this is the same Torres Brand, of the famous Torres wine. But when I googled them ( …

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30 day Challenge: Be prepared!

Aim higher. Constantly. That is something in my DNA. And what better way than to live by the wise words “motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going”? I have to confess. I am not a natural planner. I usually live by the day. And I usually believe that the stuff that is in my head, prioritizes itself. The upside of that, is that you act like your mood is, and your day can take turns you’d never expected. You always appear to have time. The downside is, you always feel like you’re behind schedule. And frankly, you are. Quite an improvement was already made by using my little Moleskin books, in which I now write down every day what I want to do the next. This gives me more overview. For this 30 day challenge, I want to go one step further. I want to ensure each week that on Sunday, I prepare the next week. Not just in my calendar overview, but also in what I will wear the …


Hats: dare to wear

It’s Kingsday today. Besides visits to the local flea markets and being amazed by the orange stuff people dare to wear on a day like this, one of the fun parts to me is always The Hat. The Hat – of course, Maxima’s. Next to Prinsjesdag here in the Netherlands, and the Royal Ascot event in the UK, I don’t really know of a Hat Event besides the occasionally spring or summertime wedding. Frankly, I am a little bit jealous. Wearing a hat is something that I really like to do. Although, finding the actual event for it is really hard. So… when cán you wear a hat? I am the proud owner of a Fedora, a Beret, a Cloche, a Panama, a Fur hat. I even used to own a white cowboy hat with swarovski stones. (Which seemed like a good idea when I was 16 and in London. Threw it away when back in Holland and Dutch people started to ask questions about the Naked Cowboy.) But the Sun hat is actually the only …


Macarons and Manhattan

Visiting partners is always nice, especially the ones abroad. It gives you an opportunity to see what working in London / Paris / New York / etc. would be like. This time, we were in Manhattan. It was an interesting visit, where ‘a lunch together’ meant that the assistant picked up a variety of Subway sandwiched, and we could make our pick. Um, yeah….? So, finishing up the business meeting – we found ourselves at 57th street. Where, all of a sudden – I noticed the Russian Tearoom. Do you remember that Sex and the City episode? Where Carrie and the Russian have diner? Okay, I have to admit, it may sound really tacky, but ofcourse I could not go by without an experience like that. So, I told my beau we just nééded to have a high tea there. So. Imagine… Curried chicken salad with raisins and pecans, Shrimp salad with rémoulade, Smoked Scottish salmon with chive cream cheese and cucumber, Artichoke with red pepper and a sun-dried tomato goat cheese, Smoked ham and turkey with truffle croque monsieur, N.Y smoked …

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Glass, the exhibition

Today, I  was at the opening of Glass, an exhibition which my sister organized. Funny, how someone so close to you, can work in such a totally different artsy world. She gave us the grande tour. The exhibition was part of a larger one, about the World Conference. Little did I know about this. True, I do know some of the varia: only two of the artifacts especially built for these events – the Eiffel Tower and the Atomium – still exist. How’s that for trivia, eh? When I first heard about the conference, I though of glasswork like we all drink out of. As I recently visited the Hermitage and its collection of dinnerware for the Russian empress, I thought we’d stay in the same genre. This wasn’t the case however, it was all about the added value of t he material. Glass as part of lenses, that helped discovery of foreign planets. Or as part of lab ware, which helped medicine. Glass as part of anatomy lessons. Or as light bulbs. And… Glass …