the time I tried to save a bee's life.

Jul 24, 2012
So, yesterday.
Yesterday was weird. Thinking about the things I have to finish in the next two weeks, my heart was racing all day. My head was spinning and it felt as though I had lost control over my thoughts, like they had a life of their own.
After a frustrating and unproductive day at home, I just left the house, walking.

On my search for a sunny patch of grass, I noticed a little bee on the sidewalk. He was on his back, with his tiny feet in the air. With a leaf, I tried to help him turn around. We succeeded, but he was weak and wobbly, tumbling over again and again. Thinking he must be hungry, I held a flower to his mouth. Nothing seemed to help. I put him on the grass far away from the street and left, feeling utterly sad.

Reaching the sunny patch of grass, I plopped down, all fours stretched out. My poor little friend.
Aren't bees just incredible creatures, worthy of ridiculous saving-attempts? I think so.
I didn't feel good, but at least my heart and mind stopped racing, because for a moment I wasn't focused on me, me, me. Yes, I'm still doubting if I can finish it all. But that's life too, sometimes.

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vegan stone fruit coconut popsicles.

Jul 18, 2012

Inspired by pictures of homemade Popsicles floating around the Internet lately, I spontaneously purchased some Popsicle molds one day and whipped up my own.
These Popsicles can be made using any kind of fruit, really. I just happened to have some leftover plums and cherries on hand. The coconut milk base is creamy and rich, attributes I find indispensable when it comes to ice cream.
This was one of those typical wing-it creations, so excuse the vague measurements. Although, there is really no messing this up. It's a very forgiving recipe.

Vegan Stone Fruit Coconut Popsicles

Handful of fruit
1 can (400ml) coconut milk
big squeeze from ½ a lemon
3-5 tbsp of brown sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
1 vanilla bean, scraped (or a few drops of vanilla extract or ½ a pack of vanilla sugar)

Preheat oven to 180°C. Cut your fruit into bite sized chunks and sprinkle with a bit of sugar. Place the fruit on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake at 180° C for around 25 min or until soft and caramelized, but not burnt.
In the meantime, warm up the coconut milk on the stove and add sugar and vanilla. Stir until sugar has dissolved completely. Squeeze in lemon juice.
Let the fruit and coconut milk cool of before putting into the Popsicle molds. I filled six regular sized molds and still had some leftover milk to put in an ice cube tray (great addition to blend with smoothies!)


Someone else clearly enjoyed it too.

today I'm inspired #2

Jul 13, 2012

by Maura Grace Ambrose, an artist from Austin, Texas.

Maura creates the most beautiful quilts, all stitched by hand!
In addition to reusing vintage fabrics she also grows her own organic natural dyes, such as Indigo, to dye some of the cloths for her one-of-a-kind quilts.
Incredible craftsmanship.

MADE HERE - FOLK FIBERS from Jay Carroll on Vimeo.

sunday in Hamburg.

Jul 11, 2012
On Sunday we got up early to go to the Fischmarkt, a big farmer's market at the harbour where everything is sold from produce to cheese; just not that much fish, ironically. After getting coffee we sat by the water to soak up some sun.
We ended up having serious difficulties bringing home all the stuff we bought on two bikes: a pair of olive wood cutting boards, 2kg peaches, 1/2 a pound of cherries, 3 artichokes, 6 avocados, countless tomatoes, half a watermelon and raspberries. It was ridiculous really.

In an effort to use up some of our loot, I made peach crumble, loosely based on this recipe.
Later that day, after having been surprised by heavy rainfalls yet again and getting soaked to the bone yet again, we took the crumble and cycled to our friend Anne for a pre-concert-meal.
Bon Iver was playing in the Stadtpark and I am still smiling from the experience. It was a night for the books. 

today I'm inspired #1

Jul 7, 2012
by Mickey Smith's Darkside of the Lens

I remember the first time I saw this video, sometime last year. Utterly impressed and speechless I emailed it to my surf crazy boyfriend so he could marvel at it as well.
Yesterday by chance, I stumbled upon that email and had a look at it again.  In a way, watching this video made me brutally aware of how limited my own talents really are. How sometimes, all you can do is watch from the sidelines, in awe, and be deeply impressed.
The pictures, the music, the narration, the voice, the accent; it's just all so beautifully and perfectly in tune. To me, this is magic.

<< If I only scrape a living, at least it's a living worth scraping. If there's no future in it, at least a present worth remembering. >>

Darkside Of The Lens from mickey smith on Vimeo.

summer so far.

Jul 5, 2012
I've had a handsome visitor here for the last week. As usual, fun has been had.
We baked black and red currant cake to bring to a picnic, but the weather had other plans. Instead, we made it an indoor picnic and went for a walk in the rain. Jumping in puddles with bare feet and soaked bones included.
Every night around 8pm, an ice cream truck makes a stop in my neighbourhood. Hearing the music, we ran down the stairs, crossing the street, to be the first ones there. That night: Vanilla, Chocolate, Straciatella, Hazelnut. Classics never get old.

Summer could be a bit sunnier in these parts, but we've been enjoying the company, the new apartment and even the rain nonetheless.

P.S: We made this Quinoa Salad from Heidi. Incredible!