Month: March 2015

sweet liquorice toffee

As a Finn I love liquorice, especially salt liquorice. There were times we could’ve spoken about an addiction, but luckily living abroad with no regular access to my favorite drug, I have gradually gotten rid of this habit and liquorice has become an occational treat. On my recent trip up north I got some liquorice root powder with an experiment in mind; Would it be possible to produce my own, healthier liquorice treats? After some thought and experiments, I can now share my first liquorice sweets recipe with you other liquorice lovers! Sweet Liquorice Toffee 1 dl organic honey 0,5 dl blackstrap molasses 3 heaping table spoons of liquorice root powder 1 teaspoon ground star anis 1 dl natural peanut butter (or use almond/cashew butter for a more neutral taste) 0,5 dl almond milk (or oat milk) 1 tbsp psyllium husk half a tsp ground vanilla pinch of salt (fleur de sel) Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and cook over low heat for 5-10 minutes stirring constantly. You will notice the paste becoming more elastic …

March staples

I’m so not “à la mode”. I don’t follow fashion and most of my clothes are years, or decades old. I spend most of my time in yoga pants and big sweaters. But I do like interesting cuts and silhouettes, I like discovering designers who are passionate not only about their brand and sales but also about sustainability and new ways of creating beautiful, ecological products. And I like the power of colours. In March it has been mainly about smoky blues. Top picture: Vintage Longchamp bag. I got the edgy top one-of-a-kind by Lamda Alpha directly from the designer in Athens. COS cardigans have become a cornerstone of my wardrobe. The Zadig & Voltaire jacket is living it’s third spring now and the beautifully cut power dress by Année érotique has served me through many office-emergencies. The dream soft cashmere scarf from Sian Jacobs has been in so much use that I wonder it is still in one piece, I simply love it! The Dr. Martens’ were a genuine must-buy when I got caught in a snow storm in …

summer night

When I think that I’m riding my bike through the warm misty night in complete solitude, admiring the sleeping fields and quiet skies, I see a moose couple, admiring the sleeping fields and open roads. For a passing moment, the whole world is taken by surprise, gravel crunches under the wheels and I, I smile.

now, wait a minute!

I recall times when I could stand at a bus stop watching the cars drive by and clap my hands together to stay warm. I was able to queue in line at the cheese counter pondering my choices between the Parmesans, Manchegos and Goudas peeking out between the shoulders in front of me. I could survive my friend popping into the ladies room between the main course and dessert by sipping my wine and observing my fellow diners and the waiters at work. I was even able to pass a couple of hours on a train by simply staring out the window to the changing landscape, imagining how it would be to live in those towns or walk those roads or sit by the fire in one of those cottages by the lake. And then I got a smartphone, with internet, and waiting became unbearable. The first thing I do when I’m left alone with nothing obvious to do is to take out my phone and start browsing Facebook, the news, blogs, you name it. And I’ve noticed …

divine avocado & chocolate face mask

While superfoods work wonders from the inside, there is no harm in turning to the pantry for a luxurious skin treatment every now and then. And that’s just what I did yesterday morning when I felt like giving my skin a beauty boost. This rich face mask feels wonderful and smells divine, leaving the skin moisturized, soft and radiant.  Avocado has important vitamins (C & E) that nourish the skin, oleic acid that moisturizes, regenerates and reduces irritation and it’s antioxidant carotenoids can help to protect the skin from environmental damage. Raw cacao powder is another superfood that your skin will love: Rich in minerals and polyphenol antioxidants raw cacao nourishes the skin and can protect it from premature oxidation (= younger looking skin for longer!).  The healing and moisturizing effects of Argan oil are well-known, so let’s add a drop or two of that too. This recipe makes enough for two people: 2 heaping tbsp of soft, organic avocado 1 heaping tbsp of raw organic cacao powder 1 tsp organic argan oil Mix & stir all ingredients in a small …

nutty breakfast bars

I always avoided commercial breakfast bars as they usually have a lot of hidden sugars and other unnecessary ingredients in them, even the ones with the word “healthy” or a picture of a slim female figure on them. Again, homemade is better. These easy-to-make breakfast bars make an energy-boosting breakfast, but they work equally well as an afternoon snack. Did I mention that they taste gorgeous? Well they do! Nutty Breakfast Bars 4 dl rolled oats 2 dl nuts & seeds (I used walnuts, cashew nuts, pecan nuts & sunflower seeds) 200 g pitted dates 0,5 dl honey 0,5 dl natural peanut butter vanilla & cinnamon to taste Soak the dates for 30 minutes and while waiting, heat the oven to 175c and toast the oats in the oven on a parchment covered baking tray for about 10-15 minutes. Sprinkle some vanilla powder & cinnamon on the oats once they are out of the oven. Turn off the oven, mix the honey & peanut butter in an oven proof bowl and let them melt in the remaining …

friday flower

Happy Weekend Everyone! I’m doing some renovations at 3Rooms + Kitchen, so sorry in advance for any disturbance; Plaster dust, noise, and I can’t seem to hang the paintings right with this new theme. But we’ll get there and hopefully the newly renovated & decorated blog will look better than ever, fingers crossed 🙂

a cat’s life

This morning as I was struggling to get out of bed I saw the neighbor’s cat gracefully stretching on the stone wall between the gardens. His manner was full of purpose and ease; yet one eye on the birds. Could I have a cat’s heart full of grace and unpredictable joy? A cat’s will to go my own way? A cat’s curiosity to explore the world and a cat’s flexibility on my yoga mat? Today, for a passing moment, I dreamed of having a cat’s life. The fat cat on the mat may seem to dream of nice mice that suffice for him, or cream; but he free, maybe, walks in thought unbowed, proud, where loud roared and fought his kin, lean and slim, or deep in den in the East feasted on beasts and tender men. The giant lion with iron claw in paw, and huge ruthless tooth in gory jaw; the pard dark-starred, fleet upon feet, that oft soft from aloft leaps upon his meat where woods loom in gloom — far now they be, …