Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Fruits of Labor : Redcurrant & Spinach Salad

Watching these tiny red jeweled globes appear at the markets has been on of the greatest culinary thrills for me here in London thus far. They are stunning and I felt inspired make something with them.

I had a look through some of my cookbooks at just what to do with them but everything seemed to involve Redcurrants as a dessert. Likely this is because they have a fresh and rather tart taste to them. But its been so hot here that the thought of turning on the oven was unbearable, so to find a way to use them in a savory dish. 
I wanted to maintain the fruit as much as possible both for its little burst of tartness as its gorgeous looks. 
This Redcurrant Salad does exactly that and more. It is a surprisingly robust salad for its seemingly delicate ingredients. And, it pairs exceptionally well with cold chicken or grilled steaks. So its perfect for a quick Monday night dinner. 

Redcurrant Salad with a Green Tea Miso Dressing 
serves 2
First Make the Dressing 
1/4 tsp of very finely sliced shallot 
1/2 tsp of Mirin 
Dash of Salt 

Combine these ingredients in a small bowl and let them stand for a few minutes
Then add to this mixture 
3 tsp of sweet miso 
2 tsp of honey 
4 tsp of strongly brewed green tea

Whisk throughly to combine 

Assemble the Salad
Use the desired portion of baby spinach leaves on each plate
Drizzle generously with the miso dressing 
Top each salad with 15 -20 redcurrants 
a heaping Tbsp of crumbled feta
a handful of roasted shelled pistachios 
and fresh cracked black pepper 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Mood Board

Todays entire post is inspired by the gorgeous dress of Scott Corridan. It is beautifully feminine and romantic. And this dress if filled with an old world glamour that is so seductive. That cashmere crewel work on the bodice is to die for and I love anything in a shirt style. 
Its simply lovely ~

table setting, shaving brush, ring, painting, bed

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Interior Inspiration

Its all about a gorgeous workspace today! We all need a place where we can sit and feel comfortable and inspired, whatever the task at hand. Such a space starts with two simple pieces: A beautiful, comfortable chair & a stunning surface. I especially love some of the unexpected pairings in these photos!  
All of the necessities are present on each of these desks but not much else. Being careful not to over-style your workspace is the key. I want a place that feels clean, uncluttered and full of possibility. I don't want to feel like I must clean up my work-surface before starting something. That takes away from creative energy. 

Im thinking about creating a new little work-space in my apartment soon! Where do you work from at home? 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Mood Board

well, here it is monday again! How has this summer just flown by? Im tying to remind myself to stop and smell the roses or at least sip the rosé. 
That is the inspiration for this week. As of today I have been engaged for an entire year! A year!! I cant believe its been that much time and then when I think of all of the things that have happened since then it shocks me ~ 
I hope you all are enjoying your summers and remembering to stop and take a little time too. 

Currently seeing this color everywhere and not usually drawn to pinks but this subtly feminine tone is quite appealing. I especially love the thought of pink sheets with a dove grey duvet. 

bed linens, peaches, blouse, peonies my own, tub, sandals, carafe