Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I love toast

I am really loving grilled bread lately. When the days are hot and hazy, and I've maxed out on salad and all it's combinations and permutations of grains, nuts, seeds and greens, my go-to meal is grilled bread. I've shown 2 variations of tartines above, one sweet and one savoury. Your choices are limited by your imagination... Just be absolutely sure to use top quality (organic if possible) ingredients. drizzle both sides of slices of artisan bread (I used walnut for the sweet toasts, and black olive for the savoury ones) with cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil and grill, either on a grill pan or on the barbecue. Do one side first, flip when brown and crispy, then add cheese if you are using. Remove when cheese has melted, then add fruits, roasted peppers, tomatoes, olives and snipped fresh herbs. Delicious!!!

Top photo: sweet grilled walnut bread with Brie, blueberries and a drizzle of honey (left); chèvre, sliced peaches, basil and a drizzle of honey (right)
Bottom photo: savoury grilled black olive bread with vegan cream cheese, roasted red pepper, Sicilian spiced olives and basil (left); Brie, grilled tomatoes, rosemary and chives (right)

Monday, July 21, 2014

my list of 10 things to do every day...

1. practice yoga
2. take a walk
3. read voraciously
4. create (write, paint, bake, cook...)
5. take at least one good photograph
6. breathe deeply, often
7. spend as much time outdoors as possible
8. don't sweat the small stuff
9.  look at the stars every night 
10. be grateful

Monday, July 14, 2014

DIY rose water

If you are lucky enough to have rose bushes in your garden, now is the time to harvest some blooms to make your own lusciously scented rose water. I keep a spray bottle in the fridge and spritz my face and neck and décolletage whenever the temps hit the high 30's and I need a little refreshing. The longer you keep it, the more intense the rose fragrance becomes. It's super-easy to make too, and I know y'all have heard about how good roses are for beauty, so giddy-up!! 

If you don't have any roses, you could always buy from a florist who gets her stems from an organic gardener. You don't want to use ones that have been sprayed...

parisgirl's DIY rose water

What you need
Petals from about 7-10 organic roses in full bloom
Distilled water
Spray bottle
Mason jar
Small pot and lid

How to do it
Carefully remove petals from rose hip (that's where they attach). You should have about 2 cups of them. Place in pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then immediately lower to simmer, and cover with the lid. Gently simmer for about 20 minutes. You will know the rose water is done when all the colour is leached from the petals, leaving them white, and the water is a lovely rosy hue. Pour into a sieve placed over a heat-proof bowl. Discard petals. Let rose water cool to room temperature, then decant into spray bottles for spritzing or into a brown bottle for a rose water toner. 
It's just that easy!

Monday, July 7, 2014

what i'm reading...

those of you who follow me on Instagram, will know that i recently posted a picture of my weekend read. holy shit, this book is rivetting. rivetting. and today the official trailer for the film, which comes out in october 2014, was released. read the book first, then go see it.

absolutely rivetting...

here's the trailer (this one works)