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September 2014

// by Mei Kwee Chong

Berry basil iced tea popsicles

Preparation time: 15 - 20 minutes Freeze time: 2 - 3 hours or overnight Serves 4 sweeth tooths

Ingredients 1 punnet of fresh berries, eg. raspberries or blackberries 1 cup of water (depending on popsicle mould) 1 bag of flavoured tea (preferably fruit tea or white tea) 1 tbsp of sugar, to taste 1 tbsp of lemon juice Handful of loosely-plucked basil leaves, to taste

Directions Rinse berries under clean water and add 3-4 to each popsicle mould. Pour a cup of boiling water and allow tea bag to brew for 1-2 minutes. Stir in sugar, lemon juice and coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves. Taste and add sugar or basil leaves if needed. Pour tea mixture through a fine-mesh strainer to remove the basil leaves. Pour the strained mixture over berries and 1-2 pieces of basil leaves, into popsicle moulds. Place in the freezer for 30-60 minutes. Remove popsicle mould from the freezer and place popsicle sticks in the center. Then put back in the freezer to freeze until solid. When ready to eat, run warm water over the outside of the mould for 10 seconds, slowly pull the popsicles out, and enjoy!

what’s cooking? Sugar, spice and everything nice. That’s what little girls are made of? Nah. To us, they make the perfect ingredients for our dream kitchen – a homely space loaded with yummy food and adorned with literally ‘everything nice’. You may think: why bother? Well, we’ve got plenty of reasons for you to spice it up a little. More than just a space for cooking and eating, the kitchen is the place in your home where everyone gathers; hearty conversations are held; life lessons are taught over dinners and memories are shared. And did we mention waking up to the smell of bacon and scrambled eggs lingering from the kitchen? Yes, it’s the true heart of any home. And we have no reason not to add a few decorative touches every now and then. We have got some chic items to add a little freshness to your kitchen, whether it’s through nice pops of colour, durable tableware or stylish countertop accessories. A lovely curation of Irene’s personal finds, be prepared to wave goodbye to boring serveware and plain kitchen accessories. Here’s 5 of Bloesem’s must-haves to transform your old kitchen into a delicious new space.

1. Egg Press Recipe Cards

3. FineLittleDay Pot Mats

4. Mae Engelgeer ISH Tea Towels

2. Tas-ka City Bread Board

No more missing out ingredients or forgetting

Infuse some colour into your kitchen with these

New naperies are like sprinkles on top of

Every kitchen needs an unexpected and

your recipes! The Egg Press recipe cards come

chic Scandinavian pot mats from FineLittleDay,

cupcakes – they bring a new flavour to your

whimsical piece of accessory to warm it up and

in the perfect size to write down your favourite

a Swedish label. Use them to hold your piping

kitchen. Made at the Textile Museum in Tilburg,

give it personality. The Tas-ka city bread board

recipe, featuring an ‘Ingredients List’ column,

hot cooking utensils or to serve breakfast on.

Netherlands, we love how Mae’s ISH collection

will do the trick. We are big fans, not only of

and one for ‘Directions’. The set of 6 folded

The quirky and colour-blocked patterns work

spells playful, colorful, bright and festive. More

hardy beechwood material, but how it will be

recipe cards is great for passing down recipes

with every kitchen decor and will give your

than just a dish rag, use them as placemats to

a real eye-catcher in any home. It can act as a

in the family or giving to friends who love to

kitchen a more lived-in feel. Comes in various

bring new life to your table, line them on tea

stand-alone statement piece, or use it to chop

bake or cook. The lovely card design means

designs, you will be spoilt for choice.

trays for your next tea party or wrap a wine

vegetables, and even to serve cookies and

bottle in style. That’s how versatile it is!

desserts on to make it a centerpiece on your

you can even put them up on your fridge as decoration!

dining table. 5. Lucie Kaas Ceramic Bowls A shipment of ceramics has arrived at the Bloesem Shop featuring cheerful colours that will add a retro twist to your modern home. Clean and Nordic design, these bowls are both practical and beautiful for everyday use during meals or for decorating your kitchen shelves. It’s simple – almost graphic – expression of the “lotus” pattern is a remake of it’s original 1960s design from Norwegian artist Arne Clausen. Wouldn’t you love some happy colours on your dinner table?

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