Naturelle 5 (English)

Page 1

Naturelle June 2012 |n˚ 5

interiors | travel | Living

Living in France • At home with an artist • Beautiful islands in Europe • Seane Corn: detox your life Naturelle


‘Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower’ ~ Hans Christian Andersen



© Michiel Kuijpers

NATURELLE Publication NATURELLE is a free online magazine that is published 4 to 6 times a year. NATURELLE is published by Annemique de Kroon, Amsterdam (the Netherlands). Contact Tel. +31 (0)6 54 205 999 Copyright Text, images and layout belong to NATURELLE/ Annemique de Kroon, unless stated otherwise. Thank you Andrea McCabe, thank you so much for your help with the English translation! Next issue There are several ways to make sure you don’t miss the next issue of NATURELLE. You can send an e-mail to or you can go to and follow NATURELLE on either Facebook or Twitter.

WELCOME! It is with great pride and joy that I welcome you to Naturelle. Naturelle is a free online magazine about interior decorating, travelling, cooking and living well, green and consciously. Naturelle is written, photographed and designed by one person (that’s me). The first four issues of Naturelle were published in Dutch, but seeing that Naturelle is viewed by people from all continents, I decided to publish an English version as well (prices and sizes are European). If you want to send me a comment on this first English edition, please do. I would be delighted to hear from you. Enjoy the issue!

Annemique de Kroon Naturelle


Naturelle June 2012 | nËš 5

11 New in Amsterdam: colors 18 Living in the south of and prints by Mariska Meijers. France, on an ecological farm.

48 Comedian Raoul Heertje on fear and happiness. 4


34 Porquerolles, an unspoilt Mediterranean island.

50 The wonderland of artist 74 Natural beauty, from the inside and the outside. Martin Paternotte.

78 Yoga teacher Seane Corn on detoxing body, mind and soul.

Discovered: East Frisian island Norderney

108 Three recipes for finger licking food from Veggiestan.


118 Finnish refinement: illustrator Anna Emilia Laitinen.

106 Eating well with Lisette Kreischer. AND ALSO 06 Light&breezy 08 Living with Shannon Fricke 12 Photography in Andalusia 13 Adornments: LoveLuha 14 Favorites 16 The style of Marrakesh 46 With a pinch of salt 83 Learning from grief 116 Recipe: vegetable tower 117 More online magazines



Pitcher of recycled milk glass, height 29 cm, € 48,

Dress designed by Elsien Gringhuis, made of hand dyed silk, € 320, Netl,

Pale blue jug by designer Piet Hein Eek, € 29, available at Fair+Fair,

Designer and illustrator Pieke Stuvel signed for these hand embroidered cushions, 40x40 cm, € 55, exclusively available at Capsicum,



light+ breezy Uchino towel, smooth cotton and terry cloth, in the colors of the sea and the sky at sunset in early summer. From 34x34 cm, € 9,90, at Leafde,

Candles made of palm oil, from € 1,95, at Fair+Fair, Necklace € 210 and ring € 300, with ceramics, Wouters&Hendrix, Glasses in many colors, Bloomingville, Naturelle



GOOD VIBRATIONS Mariska Meijers was an executive, then became a painter and now combines her commercial and creative abilities in her brand new shop on the Singel 434 in Amsterdam. There she displays and sells her paintings, pillows, lampshades and other interior accessories, everything with her characteristic prints and colors. 8


Š Prue Ruscoe

INTERIOR MATTERS Interior designer Shannon Fricke has done it again: How to Decorate is her third book, in which she shows how you can bring love and style into your home. In her home town of Bangalow, Australia, Shannon gives inspiring workshops on the subject; this book is ideal for those who find Australia a bridge too far.



© Hans Zeegers in Living

THIS SUMMER IN ANDALUSIA: PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE BY A PRO In the first decade of this century the Dutch were blessed by a wonderful print magazine called Living. In it: all things that make life wonderful, including lots of alluring travel destinations. More often than not, those travel reports were made ​​by photographer Hans Zeegers. Nowadays you can admire Zeegers’ work in other magazines, ranging from Dutch Kampioen to internationally acclaimed Condé Nast Traveller. Hans Zeegers is organizing week long workshops until November in his beautiful house in Andalusia (Spain). His ruling principle: take a closer look and you will take better pictures. For more information: 10




Hand-made jewelry with a story.

The Amsterdam designer of LoveLuha jewelry draws her inspiration primarily from nature. Natascha: “The Solids collection you see here arose from my love of diving and life in the depths of the sea. I want to capture what I see and experience when I am under water. Coral, in particular, fascinates me.” From € 65, Naturelle


© Tim Mintiens


writer Oscar van den Boogaard


“Algonquin Hotel, 59 West 44th Street in Manhattan, New York. A 1902 landmark hotel where writers, actors and jazz musicians have always met each other. Perhaps not the most comfortable hotel, but definitely one full of character.”


“The Stazione Zoologica in Naples. An extraordinary 19th-century aquarium. In darkness you watch all the fish that swim in the Gulf of Naples; afterwards you step out into the sunlight, squint12


ing to see the Vesuvius and Capri in the distance as a thrilling mystery. The perfect location for the novel I’m currently writing (De zwarte zon - The Black Sun - will appear early 2013, ed.).”


“Enoiteca Il Calice on Walter Benjamin Platz in Berlin (Germany), an Italian restaurant opposite my house in Charlottenburg. Not even in Italy will you find this high quality. I ate there yesterday and had a carpaccio of tuna served with horseradish. And an extraordinary loup de mer. And a great wine from Puglia.” BOOK


“Una giornata particolare from 1977, directed by Ettore Scola. I saw the movie when I was a teenager, and I am still impressed by the enormous tragedy of Marcello Mastroianni and the endless desire of Sophia Loren. Both remain behind in the Roman apartment building whilst everyone has gone out to watch the military parade on the occasion of Hitler’s visit to Mussolini.”


“If there is one book that must be preserved for the future, it is Ferdydurke (1937), written by Witold Gombrowicz. This Polish writer, who emigrated to Argentina, is my master: wild, irritating, ironic, adventurous, selfish, anti-literary, dialectician, logician, master architect, criminal, beyond good and evil.”

‘Keith Jarrett, Köln Concert. Sensitive, abstract, mobile, so much oxygen. The most vital and reflective pianist out there.” Naturelle




The style of Marrakesh As seen through American eyes Maryam Montague has an interesting resume: human rights specialist, world traveler, writer, photographer, mother, owner of both a textile shop and a gorgeous boutique hotel just outside Marrakesh (Peacock Pavilions). Her blog My Marrakesh - about life and living in Morocco - is so popular that a publisher gave Maryam a free hand to create a book about design in Marrakesh. In this book she shares her take on Moroccan style, color, patterns and textiles and also a number of DIY projects. Maryam: “In my book I share everything I have learnt about Moroccan decorating. In a world filled with beige interiors, Morocco seems the perfect antidote.” •••

Maryam Montague, Marrakesh by Design. Artisan, 2012.



“Nature is eternally young, beautiful and generous. She knows the secret of happiness and nobody can take that away from her.� ~ George Sand



Natural living in the south of France Less than half an hour’s drive from Nice lies the ecological farm of Isabella Salusti. Once a stylist in Paris, she now has a house with a big vegetable garden and many animals, where city children can get acquainted with a more natural way of living. Naturelle visited her wonderful home.



The high, spacious kitchen with lots of concrete and wood was added later. Isabella: “I give cooking workshops for children and adults, so I need space. Previously this was our outdoor kitchen on the terrace, but now it is a cuisine of 70 square meters.�



In and around the house you will find beautiful quotes, like this one, between the garlic bulbs on the kitchen counter: “It is useless for man to conquer the moon, if he is losing the earth.” ~ Francois Mauriac

Recipe: fruit pie from Isabella Line a pie dish with puff pastry, then cover the dough with a thin layer of almond butter (available at health food store) and a thin layer of apricot jam. Top with sliced ​​and pitted plums or mirabelle prunes and drizzle a bit of agave syrup over the cake. Put the cake in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius, for at least half an hour (depending on the oven). Delicious as a dessert. Naturelle


Energetic, charming and enterprising Isabella Sallusti.



Here you can see that the kitchen was added to the original house later on. Through the open door you can see a glimpse of the living room. The large kitchen comes in handy; Isabella regularly receives entire classes of schoolchildren whom she teaches how to bake bread or make jam (sticky fingers!). Naturelle


The old kitchen now serves as an office and a studio. Photo to the right: the living room. Isabella: “Even though I am not a stylist anymore, I still love to decorate. When summer has arrived, I replace the throws, and cushions with linen fabrics in lighter colors.�







Places that your navigation system says do not exist are often the best. The house of Isabella Sallusti is such a place. Fortunately there are signs at key points along the road which indicate ‘Graine & Ficelle’ so we can easily find the house. Once we have switched off the engine and gotten out of the car we fall silent. What a place ... The bustle of touristy Saint Paul de Vence which we passed only minutes ago suddenly seems very far away. Before us, we see a house with a studio and a pool, and a sloping piece of land with a vegetable garden and many animals. We are greeted by dogs with wagging tails and a broad smiling Isabella. This woman has created a true ecological wonder. Isabella: “I wanted to create a place where children and adults could put their feet on the soil instead of their heads in front of a screen. There are days when one hundred schoolchildren visit my place. They may help in the vegetable garden, cuddle with rabbits, guinea pigs, goats and donkeys, bake bread and sow plants. > Naturelle


This page: television and reading area in the living room. Right page: large glass doors offer a panoramic view of the beautiful surroundings. In the distance you can even see the sea glisten.





They love to visit Graine &Ficelle. Among them are children with a contact disorder and you can see them flourish when they are here. When I was living in Paris, I was absorbed in my work as an interior stylist, but here I can devotemy time to other things as well. I love cooking, I grow vegetables on the basis of permaculture, and I like to let others experience life in the country. My work is catching on and that makes me happy. If it were up to me, I would create places like Graine&Ficelle all over the world.” Do you want to live like Isabella in France? You can. In July and August Isabella helps her partner in the refurbishment of his winter sports hotel in the French Alps ( and during that time she rents out her comfortable home per week. The house can accommodate eight to ten people. In the period before or after you can stay at her lovely bed and breakfast. For more information on •••



Left page: in the master bedroom a bed with linen sheets and a soft woolen blanket, and a ladder for decoration. This page: impressions from the garden.





PERMACULTURE For a permanent planet Isabella Sallusti of Graine & Ficelle is a big advocate of permaculture. But what exactly is permaculture? Frankie de Waard, expert on the matter and author of the book Gardens of plenty (Tuinen van overvloed), answers some pressing questions. What is permaculture? “Permaculture stands for permanent agriculture. The starting point is that our life on earth as a whole is taken into consideration; everything is connected to everything. Permaculture is not only about healthy food, though for many that will often be the first introduction to permaculture. If you want to have healthy food, you quickly realize that in order to achieve that you need healthy soil. In the documentary A Farm for the Future you can see that birds are no longer attracted to farmland when it is being ploughed. That is because the soil is exhausted and drained. This must and can change. But permaculture is comprehensive: it is also about clean water and clean energy and the role that humans can play.” Why Permaculture? “There is no other way. Agriculture as it is practiced now, is completely dependent on oil. And

oil is running out. We must therefore do it differently. Then there are two ways: either we choose less nature and we build high rise flats where we grow vegetables, or we opt for a more natural approach and go back to the soil with permaculture. I for one choose to cooperate with nature.” Permaculture, how do you do that? “As a first step, you can grow your own herbs and vegetables on a small scale, for example on the balcony or on a windowsill. Sow broad beans in a large pot and see what happens. Don’t put your organic waste in the bin, but in the compost. Think about what you eat. Do you like they way it is or could it be different, better? As a consumer you do have power, it’s only a matter of regaining it. Consumers just have to say: I do not want this anymore.” Learn more? A Farm for the Future is a documentary by an English woman who takes over her parents’ farm. Because of the depletion of fossil fuel, she investigates alternatives and discovers the advantages of permaculture. ••• Click here for the documentary on YouTube. Naturelle




Pretty and pure on the Côte d’Azur







If you live by the adage “A day without shopping is a day misspent�, then Porquerolles will not be the place for you. The highlights of this island just off the shore of the south of France are peace, nature and incredibly clear water.






hat is there to report about an island where there is not much to do? Maybe that the island of seven kilometers long and three kilometers wide has the shape of a croissant. That it takes about a quarter of an hour to get there from Hyères (between Marseille and Cannes). That you should stay overnight because after the last boat to the mainland has left and all the day trippers have gone, a sense of calm descends on the island. That you can hike, bike and do water sports. That there is a wonderful smell of pine and eucalyptus. That the sea is incredibly clear. And that - apart from some pavement cafes and restaurants - there is only one supermarket, a bakery, a kiosk and a souvenir shop. Okay, we will give you one address: Le Mas du Langoustier, The restaurant was closed when we visited the island, but a French connoisseur told us that the food is ‘superbe’. •••











Inland Porquerolles is beautiful as well, with woods, vineyards and almost no cars





Salty flowers

With a pinch

The cream of all salts: fleur de sel. This one is fromDillle&Kamille, € 4,25.

Salt for cooking, scrubbing, bathing, sculpting and cleaning.



ath salts from Dead Sea salt with orange blossom oil, SissyBoy, € 9,95.



BAD SALT Refined table salt contains aluminum, a substance which can cause a few negative health effects in your body. Moreover, this type of salt - in contrast to more natural, raw salts - contains no additional, useful minerals such as potassium, magnesium, zinc, and iodine.

Mark Bitterman wrote Salted, the book about salt. GOOD SALT Examples of ‘good’ salts, with a milder flavor than refined table salt, are ‘gray’ salt (sel gris) from the Breton coast at Guérande, fleur de sel and Himalayan salt, with a light orange-pink color. These types of salts are available in health food stores.

Pure Z

outhaven (‘salt port’) on the river IJ in Amsterdam has lots of sustainably caught fish on the menu.

Why would you burden your living environment while cleaning with all kinds of synthetic detergents? On the internet you can find a lot of cleaning tips starring salt, lemon juice, vinegar and essential oils.



he seaside terrace of restaurant Zout (Salt) on the beach of Dutch resor t Zandvoor t.


To better monitor your salt intake, you can use a jar with a spoon instead of a shaker or a mill. These jars, including a small wooden spoon, are by the English ceramist Rachel Dormor.

Do you store large quantities of ‘bad’ (chemical, inexpensive) salt in your kitchen, but do you find it a shame to throw it away? Then use it for making sculpting dough. Mix 1 cup of salt with 3 cups of flour and about 1 cup of water to make a firm, supple dough and start sculpting. The greatest part: making hair for puppets with the aid of a garlic press. Bake in the oven at 100 °C until it is completely hard; baking time depends on the size and thickness of the object you sculpted. Naturelle


21 questions for comedian and writer Raoul Heertje. * Inspired by the Proust questionnaires. 46


Š Jouk Oosterhof


1. How tall are you? 1.83 m.

12. What is lacking in the world? People who treat other people as people.

2. How much do you weigh? 88,7 kilo.

13. When and where were you happiest? That I keep to myself, that’s how beautiful it was and is.

3. Favorite color, flower and bird? Purple, rose, parrot. 4. What did you have for breakfast this morning? Yoghurt with muesli and orange juice with kiwi, ginger and mint. 5. What is your current mood? Calm, thinking about how I maintain my sense of calm. 6. What is the pinnacle of happiness for you? Eating with friends, drinking and laughing, sitting in the locker room with my soccer team.

14. What would you like to change about yourself? My left leg could be better and my head shots are not that great either. 15. What do you consider your greatest achievement? To have spoken well at a close friend’s funeral.

‘Life is what it is, make the most of it’

7. What is your greatest fear? That I say something now and that that will come true. 8. What character trait bothers you in yourself? Judging too fast and expressing that judgment too quickly. 9. What character trait bothers you in others? Indifference and laziness.

16. What is your most cherished possession? My feelings. 17. What do you regret the most? I do not have many regrets, but there are some people I could have confronted sooner.

18. To what question would you like to get an answer? Why do people so often do things that they do not understand, that they do not like, and that are useless? 19. How would you like to die? I don’t. That everyone dies is partly theory. Many people who live are not dead yet and whether they die remains to be seen.

10. Who do you admire? Johan Cruijff who spends so much time and energy in helping those less fortunate.

20. As who or what would you like to reincarnate? For the time being I don’t feel inclined to reincarnate.

11. Who or what do you dislike the most? People who lie.

21. What is your life motto? This is what it is, make the most of it. Naturelle




The magical world of Martin Paternotte



Hidden in the heart of Amsterdam, artist Martin Paternotte lives and works in an immense space. Enter into his wonderland. Under a bridge, a stone’s throw away from Amsterdam Central Station, is the domain of artist, decorator and photographer Martin Paternotte. In a huge space of hundreds of square meters, he has his home, studio and gallery. Those who cross the threshold, enter a unique universe. Martin Paternotte: “I decorate with passion and inspiration. What you see here is an organic whole. It is okay to buy practical things that you need in everyday life in department stores, but the objects that give my house a soul are the things that I find while traveling, at thrift stores or on the street. The wooden elephant at the front door for example (photo below, ed.) I found on a trip in India, where it has patiently traveled on the passenger seat of my motorcycle for a few weeks.�





“Fresh flowers do not interest me at all. I like flowers when they start to wither�







Looking around in this special place you find yourself transported into another world, with a penchant for romance and faded glory. “New things are wasted on me. Fresh flowers, for example, do not interest me at all. I begin to find flowers interesting the moment when they start to wither and other people would throw them away,” says Paternotte. In recent years the artist with his special sense for aesthetics has helped others to turn their home into a soulful place, but that is in fact only for a few kindred spirits. “People often find the work I do beautiful, but I can only do it in one way. If someone likes it, but asks me whether I could do it in pink, I refer him or her to someone who can. I do not compromise. Nowadays, everyone reads and sees the same magazines and blogs, and everything you see is more of the same. That goes for clothing, homes and interiors. Whether you are in Shanghai, Timbuktu, Sydney or Amsterdam, it’s all uniform. That’s is not for me.” >





“Your home is your castle ... Or that is at least how it should be. Many people allow design and commerce to determine what their house should look like. But I think that everyone should let themselves be guided by ‘east, west, home is best.’ When you come home, you leave the hustle and bustle of the world behind you. Moreover, the way you decorate your home is an extension of your identity, which shows who you are and what you want in life.” Naturelle




“In the earlier days, if you wanted to show that you were well off, your wife would put on her fur coat, you’d light a cigar and together you would drive to a fancy restaurant in a nice car. But fur and cigars are now frowned upon and more and more people stay at home. They are cocooning because they feel threatened in the outside world. So instead of creating a home with a soul, people now want their house to show that they are well off. “Recently I returned to my old love, photography. I can shoot well. I am also good at cleaning windows, for that matter. The technical side of photography does not interest me one bit. Nice pictures, that’s all that matters to me. I would prefer to sit in a chair and give instructions as to what the image should look like. And more than anything I would like to be James Bond, with a life full of women, fun and a miss Moneypenny who controls everything, gives money and tells me what time I should be home.” ••• Naturelle






“Nice pictures, that’s all that matters to me”





“The objects that give my house a soul are the things that I find while traveling, at thrift stores or on the street� 64













Tips from Natascha Koningsveld, Holistic Beauty&Health Therapist


“Every morning I take a shower using soap with calendula and manuka honey from New Zealand’s brand Living Nature. Three times a week I take an evening bath. That to me, is the ultimate relaxation.”

DEODORANT “Beauty is not something superficial for me. My assumption is that the ‘inside’ and the ‘outside’ directly influence each other. Skin care for me is an enjoyable ritual with wonderful colors and smells. I prefer organic, natural products with a high feel good factor. On this I will not compromise, unless the product does not work. There are still no effective organic deodorants and sunscreens on the market, so in these cases I choose products that are less pure and natural. I also like to make my own beauty products. Then I choose a neutral and natural base cream or oil and add herbs or essential oils to it. Basil is very suitable for example: it is both refreshing and warming. If you dry it and grind it in a mortar, you can add it to your bath water or body oil.” 70


“The least harmful yet effective deodorant that I’ve found so far is Sanex Zero%.”


“These products from Alterna give me a sense of luxury and they work fine too. Most other shampoos make my hair limp. The dry shampoo by Alterna is a real godsend for me. In my work, my hands often get greasy and hence my hair as well. Then it is great to be able to clean my hair at the end of the day without having to wash it. For hair coloring, I have not found a good organic alternative yet; I go to the hairdressers twice a year to get some highlights done.” EXTRA


“Every day I drink a cup of Instant Basica Tea of The Herborist for a good acidbase balance. This drink is not exactly a treat, but I notice a difference and it feels good. “

“A little bit of sunlight is good, but I try to minimize the time I am exposed to the sun. I cannot endure the synthetic filters in sunscreen, I am allergic to them. You may wonder what is more harmful: the sun or the cream? The products of Sunveda / Laksimi are less harmful than the average sun cream, but they do not give much protection. The only thing that helps is putting on a hat and sitting in the shade. In order for me to look slightly tanned in spring and summer, I mix a little bit of liquid colored moisturizer from Dr. Hauschka with my body lotion.” Naturelle



“In the shower I clean my face with cleansing cream from Dr. Hauschka. After showering I like to refresh my face with Alqvimia’s orange blossom lotion and I use a homemade cream with herbs and essential oils. I don’t believe in maintaining the same beauty routine for years. You do not eat the same thing every day either, now do you? I adapt my skin care to my needs and the seasons.” MAKE-UP

“Eyeliner is one of my favorite beauty products: you can apply it in a very subtle way or slightly heavier for a night out. The eyeshadows I use are from Mac and Yves Saint Laurent. I am very excited about the nailpolish of Sparitual. It is vegan, contains no formaldehyde and comes in great colors: ‘pebble’ is the one I am currently wearing.” 72



The British queen once said: “Grief is the price we pay for love.� This painful emotion, however, can also become a life altering experience. In the case of Susannah Conway the sudden death of her beloved served as a catalyst, and she managed to write and blog her way to rediscovering and healing herself. Her writing is authentic and real, and by generously sharing her thoughts and insights, Susannah has inspired many. The wisdom she has thusfar collected on her path - about letting go and growing - can be read in her new book, This I Know, which includes exercises and Polaroid photographs made by Susannah. Recommended reading. Naturelle


Spring cleaning for


body & soul


Detox according to yogini Seane Corn Spring is the time for many to fast, cleanse and detoxify. But what is detoxing all about? Is it just about losing a few pounds? According to American yoga teacher Seane Corn we can achieve much more: a complete detox of body, mind and soul. Seane tells what you can do and shares her personal, daily detox routine.

Why detox? Your body has the natural ability to eliminate harmful substances. However, in today’s world there are more toxics: in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink and in the emotions and stress that we feel. An accumulation of such substances can lead to fatigue and illness. Contact with harmful substances has become inevitable. So detox is important for everyone: toxic substances are removed from your body and no new pollutants are introduced.

it. Substances - good and bad - are absorbed by the cells. Each body consists of trillions of cells and each cell determines our health and wellbeing. Individual cells form tissue, organs and ultimately a whole organism. We are that organism and cell, and we are just as healthy and vital as that one cell. The health of that cell is determined by 1) the quality of the nutrients (food, water and air), 2) the extent to which the cell is capable of absorbing nutrients , and 3) the capacity of the cell to dispose of waste.

Holistic approach Optimal health means that you experience the fullness and richness of life, both physically and mentally. The pursuit of optimal health is a holistic affair: it is not enough to just cleanse the body of health burdening toxins and to change bad habits. It is equally or maybe even more important to face that it is not (only) about what you eat, but also about what is eating you.These are two key factors affecting the quality of your health and your life.

Choose the best for yourself You’re the one who makes the choices, you are responsible for everything you introduce in your home, your refrigerator and your body. Unfortunately you can not assume that producers and manufacturers create products that are good for your health. Their interests lie mostly elsewhere. Be critical and inform yourself well.

Your body: temporary and precious Your body is an incredible machine. Even though it may be too fat or it may not function properly, you can be thankful each day for this precious albeit temporary machine. Your body can identify, transform and assimilate any substance that enters

Nutrition Eat whole foods, organic and local produce of the season. Have adequate ‘easy’ protein, like tofu and tempeh. Avoid sugar and everything that ends in -ose like glucose and fructose, -ose indicates sugar. Be aware that through your purchases you can act: you influence the demand and thus the supply. Enzymes are important for building, digestion Naturelle


and healing. Enzymes function no longer when they are heated above 40 to 45 degrees Celsius. So eat raw vegetables. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and fried, artificial and pre-packaged foods. Filter your water: your drinking water and the water in your shower or bath. Drink water out of a stainless steel mug. And no, bottled water is no good alternative, the water might be better for your body, but the massive amounts of plastic packaging are bad for the planet. Clean air Traffic and industry pollute the air. This air pollution poisons our whole body. It is difficult to overcome this problem, but there is something you can do: not contribute to the problem. You can forget the car and go on foot or by bike or you can buy a car that is less polluting. Over indoor air pollution you have more control. Choose carpeting and paint without toxic fumes. Make sure that your furniture and cleaning products consist of good, natural materials. Don’t turn your den or office into a photocopy or print factory. Think even about your candles and tea lights, which are generally made of paraffin and emit carcinogens while burning. Fortunately there are alternatives, such as candles made of beeswax and soy. What also helps: more plants in the house - they absorb carbon dioxide. Skincare All sorts of substances enter your body through your skin. People who have a lot of pain, may get a morphine patch on their skin. So this pain killer enters the body through the skin. This happens with everything that touches your skin. So make the right choice in skin care products. Moreover, the skin not only absorbs substances, it also excretes waste. So you don’t want to use products that block your skin. Much of the popular brands use materials from the petrochemical industry. To put it bluntly: you do not want to put gasoline on your face, do you? So read on the package 76


what is in your cream and get yourself informed on this point. Be critical of everything! Away with synthetic makeup. What’s in your deodorant? Use tampons and sanitary napkins made of natural materials without chlorine, plastic and synthetic or chemical ingredients. Body & mind In yoga there is no separation between body and mind. From that perspective all our experiences, memories and emotions affect every cell in our body. If negative feelings such as anger, hatred and guilt, are not transformed and solved with love and compassion, they manifest in the body as tension, stress and anxiety. These suppressed feelings make us susceptible to illness and depression. Even if you properly take care of yourself with the healthiest diet and daily exercise, you can still feel bad. Again: detox is not just about what you eat, but also about what’s eating you. It is easier to change your diet than your mood or attitude. For this you need spiritual discipline, because you are responsible. Spiritual perspective Everything that happens in your life, happens for your soul to transform and enlighten. If you look at life this way, you view unpleasant experiences or feelings as opportunities. But it’s not easy to view your life this way, because if you do, you can no longer be a victim, you are indeed responsible for your own life. Detoxing is not just about no more cigarettes and junk food, it is also about examining your own ideas and prejudices. When detoxing your body, mind and soul, your perspective will change and you will be guided to truth and love. Do you want to know more about detox yoga from Seane Corn? In her audiobook and DVD she goes deeper into detoxification and guides you through a long session of detox flow yoga. Audiobook and DVD are available at Amazon.

A (DETOX) DAY IN THE LIFE OF SEANE CORN Every morning I wake up early (about 6 am), kiss my fiancé and tell him I love him and then go into the kitchen and make an herbal tea called Fortune Delight. It is from Sun Rider. It has cinnamon, ylang ylang, and chrysanthemums in it and is an antioxidant. I drink it hot with soy milk and agave. I drink about 5 glasses of these herbs everyday. I don’t eat breakfast, although I believe I should.

© Tristan Von Elrich

While drinking my tea, I watch the news so I know what is happening in the world. Then I practice yoga and meditation. The length and intensity of my practice will depend on the day. Sometimes it flows with a focus on strength and flexibility, other times it may be more restorative. I try to listen to what my body needs. What never changes though is that my practice begins with a prayer, and I usually include whatever crisis I saw on the news. So, I offer a blessing that can sound something like this…”Dear Spirit, May this practice be an opportunity to healing to occur body, mind and spirit. May I release my resistance and see it transformed into surrender, my judgment into understanding and my fear into faith. May every moment and each breath of this practice be dedicated to the Universe as a prayer for unity and peace. May my brothers and sisters be happy, free and safe. May (whatever crisis or conflict locally or globally that I read or saw on the news) be healed with understanding, respect and peace for all. May this practice be blessed and open my own heart to love, within, and within all. After I practice, if I’m on the road I usually head to the studio to teach. If I am home, I will do other kinds of work, usually related to Off the Mat, Into the World, the service organization that I helped create. I am a vegetarian when I am traveling, because finding a balanced diet without dairy can sometimes be challenging in certain states or towns. When I am home, I am vegan. I would like to be vegan 100% of the time. I do not drink, do drugs, have caffeine, or smoke cigarettes. I try to eat a diet of organic fruits and vegetables, grains, legumes, and easily assimilated proteins like tofu or tempeh. I stay away from refined or processed foods with chemicals, additive or preservative in them. I don’t drink enough water. I try to avoid sugar, but that is my weakness. The cleaner my diet is, the more in tune I am with the needs of my body. Forgiveness is the most important habit to keep my mind “detoxed”. At the end of the day I give thanks to God for my blessing, for the gifts of this planet, for the food that I eat, the air that I breathe, the people I know, and the opportunities I’m given. I ask for the strength to continue moving forward on my path fearlessly, the patience to approach each experience with openness and acceptance and the faith to embrace all I experience as blessed and divine. Then I kiss my fiancé and tell him I love him. ••• Naturelle


Island in the North Sea

Norderney To the north of the Netherlands and Germany, and to the west of Denmark, lies a string of over forty inhabited and uninhabited islands: the Frisian or Wadden Sea Islands. Naturelle discovered the beaches of Norderney, one of the German islands.











Sea, sand, dunes and foam ... The beach of Norderney is vast and unspoilt



Bonus: if you keep your eyes wide open during the trip on the ferry between the mainland at Norddeich and the island of Norderney and the tide is with you, chances are that you will see dozens of seals, dozing off on a sandbank. Even at high tide you can see them: just look out for dark round heads bobbing out of the water. No luck on the seal sighting front? Then you can visit the ‘Seehundstation’, a seal shelter on the island. 84




The MarienhÜhe pavilion was built in the 19th century for Queen Marie von Hannover’s parties and picnics







In the Norderney dunes lies Weisse D端ne, the best beach restaurant on the island. A good place for lunch (nice detail: the soup is served in a preserving jar) and the wicker beach chairs on the terrace provide a wonderful place to enjoy the sunshine and the fresh air.





With 300,000 visitors a year, the island can become rather crowded, but there is always a secluded spot to be found





Seesteg hotel and restaurant belong to the Relais & Chateaux association. It boasts an excellent restaurant, great modern rooms and a heated rooftop pool. A brunch or dessert recipe from Seesteg’s kitchen: yogurt with apple (for many people!). Grate 300 g green apples, add 100 g gelling sugar 2:1 and let simmer for 4 minutes. Heat 100 g of walnuts with 50 ml of water and 100 g of sugar in a pan until they start caramelising and crystallizing. Fill small glasses for one quarter with the apple puree, fill up with thick creamy yogurt and sprinkle the walnuts on top.



The beaches in the north are miles long and consist of fine sand







The Milchbar is situated next to hotel and restaurant Seesteg. It is a magnificent little building, a good place to have breakfast or lunch, with a 270 degree sea view. This is also the place to go to see the sunset, accompanied by pleasant lounge music.



From the terrace of the Milchbar you can enjoy prime sunset views, while listening to some rippling lounge music





© Olga van Dijk


Lisette Kreischer is on a mission: she wants to reconnect people with what they eat. Her latest book Wat de pot schaft (in Dutch) is full of simple, fast and sustainable recipes. “Ideally I would be in the kitchen all day. It is my mission to help people reconnect with the natural being that they are and my way to achieve that is through food. Food is universal, people eat every day. I want to teach people to eat from the inside out. By that I mean that you do not follow one specific diet, but that you feel what you need. Personally I eat as little sugar as possible and certainly no white sugar, no dairy, no E-numbers, no gelatin and no white flour, white pasta or white rice. Therefore I now have fewer ailments, more energy and my weight is stable. I do not promote veganism - that scares people away but I show that the new vegetable kitchen is versatile, durable, healthy and very tasty.” 100 Naturelle


“Nuts, especially locally grown walnuts, are my daily snack. I also try to eat three pieces of fruit every day; for almost all of my life, I eat an apple each day. I also like seaweed, a salutary panacea full of proteins and amino acids. I gladly munch away a toasted nori seaweed sheet.” ESSENTIAL

“Peanut butter is my favorite sandwich filling and I combine it with everything: jam, mustard, tomato paste, chocolate paste, hummus, banana. It is not a good habit, but I’m addicted to what I call my Snickers Gingerbread: Gingerbread with peanut butter and naturally sweetened chocolate spread - that tastes brilliant with a soy latte.”

FAVORITE RECIPE “My latest cookbook features one of my favorite sandwiches. It makes a nice and easy lunch. For two people you need: four thick slices of coarse bread • a lot of peanut butter • sambal • a handful of peanuts, coarsely chopped • ½ apple, peeled and cut into thin slices or ¼ cucumber, thinly sliced ​​(not both!) Cover one side of all four sandwiches with a thick layer of peanut butter. Spread a little sambal onto two of the four slices of bread, on top of the peanut butter. Top those two slices of bread with the peanuts and the apple or cucumber slices and cover with the other two slices of bread. Roast the two sandwiches at 200 degrees Celsius in the oven or on both sides in a skillet.” INSPIRATION


“Women like Julia Child, Nigella Lawson and Sophie Dahl inspire me. They show that eating can be a rich experience, full of flavor and a real treat. Maybe not for every day, but for Saturday, with a nice glass of wine.”

“I can not live without soy latte, to me it is a kind of dessert, so good ... Every morning around half past ten I have one. For my soy latte I use soymilk by Provamel, which is slightly sweetened with apple concentrate.” Naturelle


Food from ...

Veggiestan the kitchen of the Middle East

In spite of her last name, Londoner Sally Butcher has made a cookbook exclusively on vegetarian dishes: Veggiestan: A Vegetable Lover’s Tour of the Middle East. Readers on invariably rave about the book. Naturelle publishes a starter, a main course and a dessert. 102 Naturelle

© Photography Yuki Sugiura

Sally Butcher: “Veggiestan. There is, of course, no such country, but to my mind the Middle East more than merits the name. The region’s constituent nations are simmering, bubbling and bursting with sumptuous vegetarian traditions and recipes”



104 Naturelle

Broad bean salad with sesame Serves 4 as a starter 2 tablespoons sesame seeds • 250 g/9 oz/2½ cups broad beans (out-of-pod weight) • 1 bunch asparagus (or 1 can, or 1 jar) • 4 garlic cloves, smashed • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chervil, if available, or parsley • 4 perfectly hard-boiled eggs • 2 teaspoons tahina • 2 tablespoons water • 50 g/1¾ oz/scant ¼ cup clarified butter • 2 tablespoons olive oil • juice of 1 lemon • salt and coarse ground black pepper


Dry-fry the sesame seeds in a wee pan and set them to one side. Shuck the broad beans if they are anything other than early summer babies, and trim the woody end bits from the asparagus (usually up to where the white part starts to merge into the green). Put the vegetables and the garlic in a steamer (or a colander suspended over boiling water), and steam for about 6 minutes, or until both beans and tips are tender. If you are using canned asparagus, just drain it. Allow the vegetables to cool a little; chop the garlic roughly and stir it back into the salad with the chervil or parsley. Quarter the eggs and arrange them prettily over the top. Now for the dressing. Beat the tahina and water together, and then whisk in the butter and the olive oil, followed by the lemon juice. If you are cooking ahead, or wish to chill the salad before use, add a little more water to the dressing, as it will set in the fridge. Season to taste. Pour the dressing over the salad, and sprinkle the sesame seeds on top.



Afghan yoghurt with aubergines Supper for 4 3 large aubergines, washed • salt • rapeseed oil or sunflower oil, for frying • 1 large onion, chopped • 4 green chillies, chopped • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric • 4 tomatoes, chopped (or use 1 large can) • 1 small bunch coriander, chopped • rice or naan bread For the yoghurt: 450 ml/16fl oz/scant 2 cups thick strained yogurt • 2 tablespoons lemon juice • 5-6 cloves garlic, minced (not pulling any punches here) • handful of fresh chopped mint (or 2 teaspoons dried mint) • salt and pepper


Purists would have you peel the aubergines. Not me. Simply remove the calyx and slice the vegetables into slices 6-7 mm (about ¼in) thick. Sprinkle salt over them, and leave to draw for at least 30 minutes, then rinse and wipe dry. Heat a slosh of oil in a deep frying pan (one with a lid is good) and sizzle the onion and chillies until the former is soft. Remove with a slotted spoon and set to one side. Now add a bit more oil to the pan, and fry the aubergine slices so that they are gently browned on both sides. Sprinkle them with the turmeric, and add the tomatoes and coriander (retaining about a quarter of it for garnish) together with the cooked onion/chilli. Add a little water to the pan (so that the ingredients are more or less covered), place the lid on it (or improvise one), turn the heat right down and leave to simmer for around 30 minutes (but keep an eye on the liquid level). In the mean time rustle up the ‘sauce’. Blend the yogurt and the lemon juice in a bowl, stir in the garlic and the mint, and season to taste. Chill well. Time to assemble the dish. Check the seasoning of the aubergine concoction - you may need to add salt. Spoon half of the yoghurt across a decent sized platter, spreading it to get good coverage. Then layer the aubergines on top, and follow that with the rest of the yoghurt. Scatter the remaining coriander over the top and serve immediately - even as you are arranging the hot and the cold elements, they will start to leach into each other. This is a treat best mopped up with warm naan, although you could eat it with rice. There won’t be any left over.

106 Naturelle



108 Naturelle

Pomegranate Eton mess Serves 4 2 egg whites • 100 g/3½ oz/½ cup caster sugar • ¼ teaspoon baking powder (or replace the previous 3 ingredients with 4-5 rshop-bought ​​meringue nests) • 2 medium pomegranates • 250 ml/9fl oz/1 cup whipping/double cream • 2 tablespoons rose syrup • handful of edible rose petals (optional decoration)


Meringues first. Preheat your oven to 160 ˚ C/325 ˚ F/Gas mark 3. Whip the egg whites until they start to peak, and then fold in the sugar little by little, followed by the baking powder. Line a baking tray with baking parchment, and then spoon the mixture on to it in random blobs - the finished product is to be broken up anyway, and so appearance and uniformity are irrelevant. Turn the oven down to 120 ˚ C/250 ˚ F/Gas mark ½ and pop the tray in there for 2 hours. If you have time on your side, and the luxury of an airing cupboard at home, take the meringues out of the oven a little earlier, cover them lightly with a cloth and leave them in the airing cupboard overnight - this will get you the perfect, light finish. Next to the pomegranates. Take one in both hands and gently knead it all around with your thumbs: you will be able to feel the seeds inside popping as you go. Do not do this too vigorously, as you may burst the skin, which will at the very least splatter you with largely indelible red juice. After a couple of minutes, make a small incision in the skin of the pomegranate and invert it over a glass: you should now be able to squeeze out the juice from all the seeds you have burst. Now that the tension in the skin has been eased, it will be easy to pry the fruit open, and you will be able to crumble all the intact seeds into a bowl. Repeat this exercise with the other pomegranate. Next, whip the cream together with the rose syrup and the pomegranate juice. Such a pretty pink, no? Assembly time. Don’t do this until just before you want to serve - the whole thing will sink slowly if you do it too early. Break the meringue roughly into the rose cream, and then stir in most of the pomegranate seeds. Arrange a few rose petals around your chosen serving dish, pile the Eton mess into the centre, and strew with the reserved pom seeds. Sally Butcher, Veggiestan: A Vegetable Lover’s Tour of the Middle East. Pavilion Books. Available at Waterstones, Naturelle




Leontien Aarnoudse, Ellen Vereijken & Anouk Wentink met een voorwoord van Floortje Dessing

ws trade, de

4 portobello mushrooms • 2 cloves garlic • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil • 1 red bell pepper • 400 g farfalle pasta • 200 g spinach • 1 eggplant • 1 zucchini • salt and pepper For the pesto: 200 g rocket • 40 g grated Parmesan cheese • 40 g grated Pecorino Sardo or old Dutch sheep cheese • 100 g pine nuts • 150 ml extra virgin olive oil • salt and pepper Clean the portobello’s with a brush. Make a marinade of crushed garlic, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and salt and pepper. Stir well and let the portobello mushrooms marinate. Preheat the grill or have a grill pan at the ready. Wash and halve the pepper and remove the seed stems. Grill the pepper until the skin has turned black. Remove the skin and cut the bell pepper into large chunks.

de groene garde


Veggie towers with rocket pesto

Main dish for 4 people

de groene garde

Leontien Aarnoudse, Ellen Vereijken & Anouk Wentink met een voorwoord van Floortje Dessing

over (h)eerlijk eten

Mix all ingredients for the pesto in a food processor or blender. If necessary, add more olive oil to obtain a smooth mixture. Put a pan of water on for the farfalle and cook until al dente. Wash the spinach and drain well. Wash the eggplant and zucchini and cut into slices of about 1 cm. Coat them with olive oil.

100 seizoensrecepten

om direct aan de slag te gaan

8 interviews

met duurzame pioniers

9 achtergrondverhalen

over de impact van voedsel op mens en milieu

101 tips

voor verantwoord eten

Keff & Dessing Publishing ism

Three young Dutch women - Leontien Aarnoudse, Ellen Vereijken and Anouk Wentink - created De groene garde, an exciting book on healthy, delicious and sustainable food. With seasonal recipes, interviews and tips on cooking as cooking is intended, without packaged or prefab food. Case in point: these veggie towers. 110 Naturelle

Remove the portobello mushrooms from the marinade. Grill on both sides for a few minutes, under the grill or in the grill pan, together with the other vegetables. Finally add the spinach (with a little olive oil). Put a portobello on each plate. Spread a layer of pesto on the portobello, top with some grilled vegetables and repeat this several times. Finish with a layer of pesto and the spinach. Mix the remaining pesto with the farfalle.

Favorite online magazines... Have you grown accustomed to reading magazines on your screen? Then you may find these online magazines also worth a look. Home decor magazine with mainly American interiors.

Great cooking, entertaining and DIY projects.

Lifestyle magazine:‘your pathway to stylish living’, as they say.

Quarterly devoted to British interiors and British lifestyle.


Home and lifestyle magazine of a German designer.

Interior magazine from Australia, with global aspirations.

Made by one woman, just like Naturelle. Beautiful! Naturelle



Anna Emilia

112 Naturelle

FINNISH REFINEMENT Anna Emilia Laitinen is a Finnish woman of not yet thirty, with a sharp eye and a sensitive heart. In her online ‘weather diary’ she shows her illustrations. Anna Emilia spent her childhood in the countryside and now nature and the weather have become her biggest sources of inspiration. Feeling so close to nature, she prefers to paint with watercolors. And though she now lives in the city, she closely watches the changing of the seasons. As Anna Emilia puts it: “The weather gives the color to my paintings.” Naturelle


Naturelle is published 4 to 6 times per year. If you do not want to miss the next issue, please send an e-mail to or follow Naturelle on Facebook or Twitter. 114 Naturelle