Monday, July 26, 2010

Homemade Gazpacho

Earlier today, on our balcony...

Sean tried out this recipe yesterday for gazpacho, and the results were heavenly. It took him a little while because of all the prepping required for the veggies, but other than that, I was assured it was an easy and enjoyable process. :) A chilled soup makes for just about the best summer meal, I think. We had the gazpacho as our main course with grilled cheese sandwiches last night, but it would also make a lovely starter for... say a barbecue. The recipe calls for the soup to chill in the fridge over night, but if you make a big batch - you'll have a tasty lunch/dinner option ready to go for days...

Friday, July 23, 2010

Quote of Note - Rita Hayworth

When asked what had held up her dress in Gilda, she replied,
"Two things."

Reporter: "What do you think when you look at yourself in the mirror after waking up in the morning?" Rita Hayworth: "Darling, I don`t wake up till the afternoon."

...Ahh, Rita - a girl after my own heart. :)

So, Friday already - are you doing something fun this weekend? We're headed to the beach, and I know it will be lovely. I actually haven't gone in the ocean a single time this year, (it's been cold!) but I've got a feeling tomorrow will be the day. I just bought a new swimsuit to show off (or cover up, depending on my mood ;) nothing special really, just a plain, black DKNY Fifties style number, but it does the trick...

Wishing you a Happy Friday, Friends!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Fall Fashion

...I know it's only July, and we're all busy swimming, sunning, barbecuing, vacationing, picnicking etc.  But flicking through the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar, I found myself longing (a little) for the the season of turning leaves and cooler temperatures when one can wear this type of stuff again...

Jacket: Isabel Marant. Skirt: Derek Lam. Booties: Roberto Cavalli.
Leopard print runway look: Etro.
{All images via Harper's Bazaar}

These are some of HB's picks for "quick and easy fall styling". Love the idea of combining structured military pieces with classy camel and pops of... leopard print! Now how about that?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Still here...

How lovely this world of blogging can be. As you may or may not have noticed, things have been rather quiet around here lately. I don't know... perhaps there's been a lack of inspiration...or discipline... Perhaps it's been hot hot hot in L.A and perhaps my Swedish Irish bones don't fare very well in such weather... Mostly though, it's summertime and who wants to sit in front of a laptop when the sun is shining and the beach beckons? Well, not me as it turns out. It's like my body (or mind?) is perpetually set to a fifth grader's schedule; School's - out - for - summer!!!!!

Except today. I'm staying in because I've developed some fearsome blisters on my feet (walking far distances in new heals should always and at all cost be avoided in warm weather!) And at 91 (30c) degrees outside I do worry about heat stroke... (no, I am not a 19th century damsel - I just act like one.)

With the A/C blasting and my tummy full of watermelon (so refreshing!), I dragged myself online to be amused for a while by other, more impressive/disciplined/creative bloggers... I logged in to C'est LA vie first though, just in case... and I was delighted to find two darling notes from Kerri and Shari  asking about my whereabouts. Now, this would be sweet under any circumstances, but I don't actually know Kerri or Shari. I mean, I know them in terms of their amazing talents, writing styles and aesthetics - they are fellow bloggers. But we haven't actually met. I was struck by how happy their comments made me, and I thought how wonderful it felt that they actually noticed my very impromptu absence from the blogosphere...   As is so often the case, it all comes down to the importance of being acknowledged, doesn't it?

I immediately felt spurred to pick up where I left off and say thank you to all of you who take the time to check in here regularly, whether anonymously or not. It means a lot to me, and I will do my best to honor you lovely people by posting more frequently again.

I mean, summertime schmummertime, right? Beside, one can always cool down with some nice ice cream... What's your favourite flavour? I choose pistachio, every time.

Is it hot where you are?

Monday, July 05, 2010

Making a splash

...We had such a fun and relaxed 4th of July, celebrating with a barbecue at our friends house in beautiful San Marino. It was all about playing in the pool, grilling burgers under the lemon tree, chasing Moses around the yard (he was in heaven!), red velvet cupcakes and fireworks galore... Thanks again Roland and Adri! Xx

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Dreaming of...

Alfresco dining.

{Image via House Beautiful}

It's July and I think we can all agree that summer is in full swing. (Though the overcast and slightly chilly weather here in L.A. leaves much to be desired.) One of the best things about this season -to me- is that you can have all your meals outdoors. Had I the space in the picture above, I believe I would spend most of my time right there, taking in the beauty around me, drinking, chatting and munching away...  What bliss.

...But alas, we live in an apartment with only a small terrace which barely fits a table and two chairs, so Sean and I do a lot of picnicking. We bought this great basket/cooler that came with table ware, stemmed wine glasses, bottle opener and a green and white checkered "table" cloth with matching dinner napkins. (A well set table is always so much nicer, whether inside or out :) If we're feeling lazy, we typically stop at Whole Foods on our way to wherever we're going, for sandwiches and salads. But on more organized and inspired days, I like to make a chicken salad from scratch. This is a recipe I sort of make up as I go (depending on what's in the fridge at that moment) and I encourage you to do the same. The only important part is the dressing (and that the salad contains chicken and at least one type of fruit for sweetness). The measurements are approximate and can be varied to taste.

Emelie's Summer Picnic Chicken Salad

Chopped pieces of chicken ( from 1 breast or leftover roasted chicken)

1 small apple, diced

10-20 grapes cut in halves

2 celery stems, sliced

1 handful chopped walnuts (or almonds)

1 handful dried cranberries


4 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sour cream (or creme fraiche)
11/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger (tasty but not necessary)
2 teaspoons yellow curry powder
Salt and pepper to taste.

Toss the salad with the dressing until it's completely coated. Chill.
Tastes great on sourdough with a side of vinegar sprinkled rocket (arugula)
and a glass of Rose. Serves two.

{Image via TOAST}

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