Wasara

Wasara’s tableware is too pretty to eat off just once, but intended for single-use, all products are made of 100% renewable material, like bamboo, reed pulp, and bagasse.

wa4The organic forms are beautifully designed to hold comfortably in your hand. They’re perfect to add an elegant touch to casual dinner parties outdoors under the stars. wa6 wa5 wa1 wa2 wa3 wa8 wa10 wa11 wa7

Favorite Breakfast Dishes + Recipes

dcsdreamy cream scones – I used this scone recipe from America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook for my first time baking scones from scratch, and I can honestly say that I never need another scone recipe again. I couldn’t believe I pulled these out of my oven. I may not have baked many scones before, but I’ve definitely eaten many*, and I tell you, this is the scone of your dreams.  It’s at the tippy-top of scone perfection.  It’s moist, but sturdy, but still so soft and light and buttery and wonderful. The perfect scone.

*scone cred? – some of my favorites include Tartine’s buttermilk currant scone, Arizmendi’s blueberry scone/corn cherry scone, Square One’s raspberry scone.

DSC_0173baked oatmeal – I made this not too long ago, and I’ve had it every morning for the past couple months. Yes, every single day. Sometimes I use apples rather than blueberries. The amount of cinnamon in the recipe goes well with the apples, naturally, and I like to use a mix of Fiji and Granny Smith apples. Pears would be a nice alternative. Are you still perplexed by the fact that I eat the same breakfast every day? I find an incredible amount of comfort in breakfast routines, leave me alone.

giltslowly scrambled eggs – 30 minutes for scrambled eggs? Yes. Ruth Reichl says, “…scrambled eggs, cooked with great patience, have a texture like velvet and a taste that reminds you why you want to be alive.” This recipe will require your time and patience, but it’ll give back the most luxurious dish of eggs. The slow process of constant stirring not only creates a luscious texture, but the flavor of egg is phenomenally reduced and concentrated in every bite.

croicroissant + preserves + coffee

My favorite bakeries in LA for a croissant – unless you plan to make them at home – are Proof, Maison Giraud, and Europane.

avoavocado toast – No recipe needed here – simply mash half an avocado onto a well-toasted slice of a nutty, whole-grain bread, sprinkle with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Healthy, hearty, easy, quick, delicious.

2yogurt + agave + chia seeds

When the yogurt is especially good and fresh, I like to keep the toppings to a minimum. This is one of my favorite combinations.

aprilApril Bloomfield’s English Porridge – You’ve probably heard it before – it’s been praised by The Wednesday Chef, The Amateur Gourmet, Food52, among many others. This oatmeal doesn’t need me to say it, but I’ll say it. It’s special.

eggsdippy eggs and soldiers – Buttered strips of toast dipped in rich egg yolk. My favorite meal for those slow, glorious mornings of breakfast in bed, a good book, and the morning sun.

berrybreakfastcobbler3piedessert for breakfast – Be it leftover pie, cobbler, or crumble, I believe that if you put a dollop of Greek yogurt on top, it’s breakfast and it’s wholesome.

cerealcold cereal – Cold cereal never, ever gets old. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or late night snack, it’ll do. Kashi in the morning, Frosted Flakes and Lucky Charms at night.

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Happy 4th! with A Recipe Roundup

femme-belle.tumblrHappy 4th! Hope your day is filled with love, sunshine, and lots and lots of watermelon!

Here’s a recipe roundup if you’re in the need of some last minute menu inspiration-

A Summer Cheese Plate

A Summer Cheese Plate

Farro Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, and Feta

Farro Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, and Feta

Garlic-Mustard Glazed Skewers

Garlic-Mustard Glazed Skewers

Crispy, Juicy Rotisserie Chicken on the Grill

Crispy, Juicy Rotisserie Chicken on the Grill

Salmon Skewers with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

Salmon Skewers with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

Charred Pepper Steak Sauce

Charred Pepper Steak Sauce

Grilled Strawberries with Pimm's and Vanilla Ice Cream

Grilled Strawberries with Pimm’s and Vanilla Ice Cream

The Moon Safari  (pineapple + tequila + lime + tarragon)

The Moon Safari (pineapple – tequila – lime – tarragon)

 

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Breakfast and June

UntitledI was looking forward to seeing the supermoon over the weekend. I love the moon. I fall in love with it over and over again. Earlier in the week, I had set an alert on my iPhone, to remind myself that “the moon will be super” on the 23rd.
DSC_0020The moon was indeed super on the 23rd. That is, from the 22nd to the first hours of the 23rd. I had in mind the evening of the 23rd. I spent the actual night of the supermoon eating roast duck at the tiny Chinese BBQ restaurant down my street. I ate a terrific amount of it, along with its wonderfully crispy, fatty, duck skin. I was cholesterolically fearless and happy, and I drank lots of Jasmine tea. Then I went home and passed out on the couch.

DSC_0046The month of June has been like the faintest color of lilac purple. So faint, you’d sometimes think you’re seeing white. I floated along the lightest breeze of June, and it’s bringing me to its end. When I pause now and reflect back on the month, the actualized, and concrete forms, changes, events, and ideas materialize as memory, and it makes me believe that June makes living in the moment so natural and easy.
DSC_0002Grapes are so sweet right now, and I’m consuming gigantic watermelons each week. I’ve also discovered how awesome juicing is. I’ll be sharing my favorite juice concoctions soon.

For now, here are a couple things I made over the weekend. The first- a batch of lowfat yogurt.

DSC_0154I had nearly two full gallons of milk in the fridge, a day past its printed expiration date, yet, it was still good. Milk can’t see outside of its carton. Milk doesn’t know when it’s supposed to die. The milk will spoil when it naturally will, so sniff, inspect, taste, before throwing out perfectly fine milk that has passed- within reason- its printed expiration date.

photo-48Have you made yogurt at home before? It’s simple. Heat your milk in a large saucepan and set it over medium heat, stirring periodically to make sure it doesn’t burn. Turn off the heat once bubbles just begin to break at the edge- right before it gets to boil. Let the milk cool until you can dip your clean finger in and is warm to the touch. In that meantime, preheat your oven to 110 degrees, and then turn the oven off.

When the milk has cooled, stir in a few spoonfuls of good yogurt with active cultures. You can use supermarket yogurts like Fage for this, and it’ll still be great, but if you can get your hands on fresh yogurt from a local dairy farmer at your farmers’ markets, even better.

After everything is stirred together, cover the saucepan with its lid, wrap it with a towel, and let it sit in the warm oven overnight. I keep the oven light on for warmth. Incubation.

photo-49By morning, you’ll have fresh, homemade yogurt. It’s different from anything else. It’s like the smoothest custard. DSC_0173

And then I made Heidi’s baked oatmeal. I was motivated to make it after making these blueberry bars that I had mentioned last week, because I spent the following days eating warmed up leftover blueberry bars for breakfast with coffee. Blueberry bars for breakfast made me happy, but I figured I ought to have something a bit more wholesome as a morning meal, so I turned to Heidi, and her baked oatmeal recipe is it. It’s easy to put together, it’s wholesome, delicious, sweet, but not too sweet. It’s wonderful with a dollop of fresh yogurt on top.

The recipe is from Heidi’s latest cookbook Super Natural Every Day, and you can also find the recipe online here.
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How Not to Be Alone

Links for midday Monday…
DSC_0021“The flow of water carves rock, a little bit at a time. And our personhood is carved, too, by the flow of our habits.” – A terrific NY Times Opinion article about how communication technologies have affected human connection. butter

Have you tried butter coffee? I’m intrigued.

blueberryPlanning to make these blueberry crumb bars for friends coming over tomorrow night.yoy2 yoy3 yoy1

Studio YOY made me look twice.

And in case you missed this, Apple describing their thoughts and emotions behind their creation process. Beautiful.

10¹² Terra

1012d 1012-terra-terrariumsMy heart gasped when I first came across these modern terrariums by 10¹² Terra. Founded in Japan by Daisuke Tsumanuma and Kenichi Yamada, 10¹² Terra aims to create products that reflect the constant flux and changes in life. The name 10¹² Terra was inspired by the number of cells reproduced per day (10¹²).

The rectangular chrome and glass vessels suspend the plant over a small basin of water. The transparency- to be able see the entirety of the plant- is stunning. There’s a purity and rawness to see the roots, which are usually hidden under dirt, to see them extend and uninhibitedly drink in the water to stay alive. To live. It’s like seeing the heart.1012a 1012b 1012c

Something Magical

DSC_0003Something magical happened this past weekend.

I stepped out onto my backyard to wrestle with the giant puppy. And then I found this.

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It was just lying there, on the grass. Gold.

I don’t know where it came from, and I don’t know what I did to deserve this. But it’s mine now, and I love it so much.

My eventual plan is to mount it above my bed, like this-

branchbranch2 lisa madigan via thedesignfiles.net branch3 via eldrids.blogspotI think I’ll need some reinforcements (both in materials and bodies) to help mount this beauty, so in the meantime, it’s sitting above one of my bookcases, with a string of lights tangling through the branches. DSC_0016

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Sweet Home

whatiloveSometimes I imagine what it will be like to build a home together with my future husband. I think about going to the flea market together on the weekends for secondhand furniture, with overambitious plans set by overestimated expectations of our DIY restoration skills. I think about warm dinner parties together with our loved friends, using makeshift chairs, makeshift cutlery, makeshift space, because the things we have can not capacitate the things we want to give.nice things codyfornow.com

I think about living together, praying together, reading together, eating together, sleeping together. And it makes me feel so happy.white7 kylinuntitled.tumblr.com

If there’s one thing I can choose about the interior of my future house, it would be white wooden floorboards in the bedroom. I love the rustic look of them, how they make a room feel so cozy and comforting. They brighten up so wonderfully by the morning sunlight, and create a fresh, open, and airy sense of space. I like the thought of walking across the white wood with my bare feet. white2 nordicskinny white3 stylefiles white7 milenachka.tumblr.com:post:19630341642 white8 youhatethis.tumblr.com:post:22385763572 white amerrymishap

Lovely, right?

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Have a wonderful weekend!

 

(Image source: 1. Tad Carpenter, via DesignSponge; 2. Cody VanderKaay; 3. via adoreann; 4. via nordicskinnylove; 5. the style files; 6. via milenachka; 7. via youhatethis; 8. via A Merry Mishap; 9. via jsmn)