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Naturelle 2012| n˚ 7

interiors | travel | Living



Threes Anna Carolyn Quartermaine

The charm of Honfleur Naturelle


‘Stop looking in the rearview mirror and start concentrating on the road ahead’ ~ unknown 2


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 won’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.


In making Naturelle I follow a few guidelines. The recipes are always vegetarian, because cooking without meat and fish is better for humans, animals and the planet. The candidates for Natural Beauty are also chosen with care: in each issue I give the floor to someone who carefully thinks about what she puts on her skin. In the interview with Joyce Heijst in this issue you can read more about the drawbacks of conventional skin care products. In most print magazines - where I’ve also worked - such criticism is not done. Advertisers such as the L’Oréal’s of this world would not be amused. I am delighted that an independent magazine such as Naturelle can openly inform readers about this subject. Because you are worth it ... Enjoy the issue!

Annemique de Kroon Naturelle


Naturelle 2012 | n˚ 7

8 Favorites of interior designer Carolyn Quartermaine.

10 Threes Anna: ‘Happy? When I chop wood in the snow.’

14 Easy living, with Natascha Koningsveld and her family.

30 Monique Verzantvoort: ‘All 50 Between beauty and kitsch: the art of Claire Begheyn. interiors need time to grow.’



13 Preferred spot in Amsterdam: Hôtel Droog.

70 Comfortable wrist warmers: knit them, win them.

The charm of Honfleur


72 Visiting the Amsterdam canal house of the Van Loons. AND ALSO 06 Gold rimmed porcelain 07 Adornments: ring of love 28 The wandering jet set 46 Cosmetics without harm 48 Natural beauty 79 Entertaining in winter 80 Kitchen secrets 90 Rosemary lemon cake

82 Heartwarming soups for cold days.

92 The delightful world of Eva-Maria Ott-Heidmann. Naturelle


Thin, tiny and handmade, Made by Manos via

With a golden lining... Porcelain and earthenware with a golden touch.

Cup from the Golden Forest series by Dibbern,

Tableware of Bailey doesn’t bark, 6


Kit with gold glue for broken crockery,

Cup with golden lips, Reiko Kaneko,


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Handmade jewelry with a story.

GIVEAWAY You can win this silver pattern of life ring (â‚Ź 79,95). Click here!

This silver ring is made by David Weitzman. The design called pattern of life can be found the world over, in Egyptian temples and ancient Kabalistic books. According to David the pattern represents all the knowledge, love and wholeness in the universe. It is an invitation to step out of the perception of separation and to experience unity. â‚Ź 79,95, via Naturelle


© Martin Morrell


Carolyn Quartermaine interior designer PHOTOGRAPHY

‘Right now I feel very strongly about photography. David Seidner always hits the spot: the freshness, the avant garde nature of his work, the subject matter. He is the one I return to the most, the one where I always treasure to discover more.’ 8



‘Cy Twombly’s paintings are all about mark making and stains and layers. I also love his interiors, his entire surrounding and photographs, it’s the total look and feel and emotion of a world. Flowers are key to my work and world. It’s all about paint marks and flowers.’ ARTIST

‘I admire the work of Pierre Bonnard. With Bonnard, again, it is all those touches, dashes, spots of colour. He is the best colorist. In my work as a designer and an artist I use colors that are alive, that are layered. Bonnard’s exquisite use of color inspires me to no end.’




‘Michael Nyman’s soundtrack for The Piano inspires, uplifts, transports.’

‘Brideshead Revisited was phenomenally well directed, Charles Sturridge is a genius: the casting, the sets, the timing. The episode when Charles first goes up to Oxford... so much of it stays in the memory. And I love reading Evelyn Waugh, the settings are just fabulous.’ HOTEL-RESTAURANT

‘La Colombe d’Or in Saint Paul de Vence I love. It is a place for artists, with a simple decor, an exquisite pool, colors, history. In this picture you see the pool and a mobile by American sculptor Calder. The cafe across the road from La Colombe is also very nice.’

‘Salter is one of the greatest living writers. I know the journey described in A Sport and a Pastime, the same French journey I made in my childhood, which adds much: I can smell and see all the places. His writing gets it, straight to the point that counts.’ MUSEUM

‘The Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, with its archaeological and ethnographic objects from all over the world, is a real treasure trove. The museum was founded in 1884 when general Pitt Rivers gave his collection to the university. It is a magical place in a magical city.’ Naturelle



© Angelique van Woerkom


* Inspired by the Proust questionnaires.

1. How tall are you? 1.75 m. 2. How much do you weigh? 68 kilo. 3. Favorite color, flower and bird? Yellow, tulip, blackbird (the robin is a close second). 4. What did you have for breakfast today? Brown rice with vegetables and fish and fennel tea. 5. What is your current mood? At the moment I feel rather happy. 6. What is the pinnacle of happiness for you? Swimming in the sea. The epitome of mega happiness for me is swimming in a luminous sea. 7. What is your greatest fear? That I am forgotten before I die, that my work is no longer seen. 8. What character trait bothers you in yourself? My eternal unrest. There is always a burning fire in me; every day I give it my all until I crash in the evening. 9. What character trait bothers you in others? Short tempers. And even though I dislike this trait, I get short tempered myself when I’m in the city. 10. Who do you admire? Nelson Mandela. 11. Who or what do you dislike the most? People who flaunt other people’s feathers. 12. What is lacking in the world? Patience.

13. When and where were you happiest? I am happy often. When I swim in the sea, when it is foggy and I hear the foghorn, when I chop wood in the snow, when I write ... 14. What would you like to change about yourself? I would like to be able to sleep late. At six o’clock I wake up, even if I went to bed really late. 15. What do you consider your greatest achievement? My long lasting friendships.

‘I can not live without my intuition’ 16. What is your most cherished possession? My intuition. Without that little machine in me I can not live, I would make mistakes. 17. What do you regret the most? I have no regrets. 18. To what question would you like to get an answer? Everyone wants an answer to the same question: is dead dead? Other than that I struggle with the same question every day: where are my keys? My partner does not even respond anymore ... 19. How would you like to die? Comfortably on a sheep skin next to the fireplace, with a glass of wine and chatting people who do not realize that you are drifting away. 20. As who/what would you like to reincarnate? As a cloud. 21. What is your life motto? You should not dream your dreams, you have to make them come true. Naturelle


BluBloxx are children’s toys as children’s toys are meant to be. They invite children to play, to move their body and to use their imagination. The soft yet strong building blocks are handmade, using recycled denim sown into a playful patchwork. BluBloxx are fun, educational, recycled and sustainable. BluBloxx love children. BluBloxx are available in the online shop at 12



DRINKS AT DRY On the first floor of design shop Droog (dry) in the Staalstraat you can now also enjoy drinks and snacks. The place is beautiful and bright and even has a fireplace. Pictured here is a corner of the cafe, with a piece of work by Berend Strik, based on the Syndics of the Clothmaker’s Guild by 17th century painter Rembrandt van Rijn. Naturelle


living Easy



The home of Natascha Koningsveld and Ramon Budike is not about brands or design. For them it is all about good times and conviviality. “Parties are great fun here, people always want to come and celebrate with us.� Naturelle




The modest 1870 mansion where Natascha Koningsveld, Ramon Budike and their children Sterre and Deva live, is situated in Landsmeer, a village very close to Amsterdam. Natascha: “It’s a nice family home where our family and friends like to gather. For christmas, easter and other holidays everyone wants to come over and celebrate. In the apartment where we used to live before we moved here, we drew much less of a crowd, so the house definintely has something to do with it. Because we don’t have any expensive designer pieces, people feel at ease. Design and brands do not interest me. It’s all about atmosphere. Anything can inspire me. The color of a cup may very well cause me to paint the wall behind it a different color. I give holistic beauty treatments and personal advice on color and clothing, and sometimes people ask me what style I use. I never know what to answer. Whether it is about my house or about clothes: I create atmosphere.” ••• Natascha’s salon: Colour & Spice,





‘For extraordinary flowers I go to Pompon’



“From my favorite spot on the couch I like to look at the amethyst on the mantelpiece. When a fire is lit in the fireplace that beautiful rock radiates a warm and glowing light which calms and soothes and makes me feel relaxed and grounded’ 20




Ramon is a supplier of wooden flooring. The floor in the living room is made of durable chestnut, which has been soaped to obtain a lighter finish. 22


NATASCHA’S FAVORITES IN AMSTERDAM • ‘Pompon’s flowers are slightly different: either huge or small and refined. And those colors ...’ • ‘Sukha has clothes that make me feel good. Nice little detail: the poems on the windows and walls.’ • ‘At deli Caulils I often buy a picnic box filled with the best cheeses, crackers and wine. This is great for a boat ride on the canals.’ • ‘Whether it is for a theme party or New Years Eve, at Laura Dols I always succeed.’ • ‘IEN Lifestyle Shop at IJburg has clothing and home accessories which make you greedy. “ • 290 Square Meters is the best clothing store in Amsterdam. Owner Ido has a progressive taste, an eye for detail and good brands.’ Naturelle




‘I like to create still lifes around the house. Even when I buy cheese I select it by color’ Naturelle


‘Even when it is colder, I’m happy to sit on the porch. With a big sweater, tea and a book’ 26




© Daniele Albright

© Daniele Albright

© Brian Hodges

The average gypsetter likes to surf.

Earthship in Mexico,built by a couple of surfers.

The island of Lamu, Kenia. 28


© Bobby Model / National Geographic / Aurora Photos

Julia Chaplin in Todos Santos, Mexico.

The wandering jet set

Trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort is predicting the emergence of a new kind of nomads: people who are less attached to their home and possessions and who want to find their luck - and themselves elsewhere. This description perfectly fits the protagonists in Gypset Travel. In this second book about people leading a gypset lifestyle Julia Chaplin shows the lifestyle of the gyp (from gypsy) set (from jet set). It might look a bit contrived, but there is also something infectious to it: moneyed adventurers and (would be) bohemians that leave their old life behind and go live in beautiful places that only the happy few know about. For inspiration? Julia Chaplin: Gypset Travel (Assouline, 2012)




is my favorite color’





What Monique Verzantvoort loves to do the most? ‘Creating, whether it is a meal or a painting.’ For herself and her family she created a cozy home with color and character. The backyard of the house where Monique Verzantvoort, husband Dick and children Thomas and Mary live, lies adjacent to the river Vecht. Monique: “We have been living here for seventeen years now and life on the waterfront is never boring. Water creates movement and a sense of freedom. I am very attached to my house and its surroundings. There are people who immediately want to move once their house is ready, but I prefer to stay in one place and gradually make the place ours. The fact that the children grew up here, visits by friends plus the parties that take place, all become part of the house. We create memories and we write history in our home.’ >



In the ground floor studio Monique paints, gives workshops and holds a ‘market’ twice a year where she sells old linens, dinnerware, and mirrors which she collects in France and Belgium. Naturelle


The garden room on the ground floor has blue and green accents. Even the books on the round table have been chosen on their color. 34


‘From this chair you look straight into the garden. Here I like to sit and muse’ Naturelle


The living room and kitchen are separated by a metal frame with glass panels. Monique: ‘This breaks the space and gives it a stronger look.’ 36




The living room and kitchen are on the first floor. The wall above the staircase paneling has been hung with paintings by artist friends and own work.



Creating is a key concept in the life of Monique. ‘I paint, draw, design and illustrate, but also in a daily activity like cooking, I see as an opportunity to make something beautiful. Even ironing and making orderly piles of laundry can give me satisfaction.’ Monique also gives interior design recommendations. Her motto: give your house a soul. Monique: ‘TV shows and magazines that give a house a rapid makeover are wasted on me. An interior must grow and be a reflection of who you are. People often possess more than they think. By moving stuff around and re-grouping furniture and accessories, you can often quickly find a solution. Usually it is not even necessary to buy something new. And if you fancy color, why don’t you just paint a wall? If you do not like it, you can make it white again in no time. The point is that your home should give you a feeling of wellbeing. I enjoy helping people to figure out how they can achieve that. •••



Monique: ‘The kitchen is the heart of the house. All four of us have busy lives with work and school, but here we gather to chat, read, cook and eat. “ 40






‘I don’t own one complete set of dinnerware. Instead I have a collection of old blue and checkered crockery. I love things with a story behind them. Stuff that already had a life gives your home character’ Opposite collection of flower paintings; Monique removed the frames. This page quail eggs in a colander and a part of the blue and checkered earthenware. Naturelle




The city garden of Monique adjacent to the river Vecht, with hydrangeas and a beech hedge dividing the garden into ‘rooms’. Naturelle


Because you are worth it Cosmetics without harm

Joyce Heijst of Health Quest by Joyce talks about the disadvantages of conventional cosmetics. More importantly, she tells you what to look for when you want to switch to more natural skin care.

Joyce Heijst is the owner of Health Quest by Joyce, a store in Amsterdam with natural skin care products and nutritional supplements. Her message: become aware and be satisfied with less. What is going on with ‘conventional’ skin care products? ‘Conventional products often contain harmful ingredients such as petroleum derivatives. Those are very cheap, which is what producers find extremely convenient. Such products seal off your skin so it can not breathe anymore. A well known example in the Netherlands is Zwitsal, a product range for babies, shockingly enough. ‘Even if you read the labels, you will not always know what you choose. For example, it is often stated that a product contains perfume. However, perfume can consist of various ingredients, including artificial and animal. Synthetic perfumes (fragrances) and other ingredients are all too often the cause of hormonal disorders, allergies or behavioral disorders such as ADD. Even if the packaging says the product is natural or organic, that is no guarantee. People often think that there are rules and that the government protects us against this. Forget it, honey!’ What do you think is the best first step towards a healthier life? ‘Start with your diet, that is the basis. Partly due to soil degradation foods today contain fewer nutrients. Thus we have the need for supplementary feeding: we eat and snack almost all day. So choose whole, ‘living’ foods. Adjust your portions and really taste what you eat. ‘Also, limit your consumption of meat. Cattle feed contains antibiotics. You will absorb those if you eat meat which is detrimental to your intestinal flora and immune system. So if you do eat meat, choose organic. To people who want to eat healthier, I often recommend starting with probiotics to enhance the intestinal function. As

the liver is vital in removing toxins from your body, a liver cure is also good. Milk thistle and turmeric can help clean and regenerate the liver. ‘We are taking in far too much sugar and salt. A glass of coke contains seven cubes of sugar.

‘People often think there are rules to protect us. Forget it, honey’ Ready-made ​​meals are also full of salt. We should examine those more carefully. ‘Once you become truly aware of the impact of a healthy diet, the rest will follow naturally. Usually you will also want to switch to cleaner products for your skin and your household. When you become aware, you will automatically become more satisfied with less. Then you will not keep on buying stuff in an attempt to forget your dissatisfaction.’ Which skin care products should we definitely avoid? ‘Make it a good habit to read the labels. Parabens for example have a bad reputation and rightly so. Manufacturers are responding by stating that their products are paraben free. Don’t let yourself be fooled by this: the product may very well contain all kinds of other harmful substances. Note the following names: phthalates, silicones, heavy metals, petrochemicals like petrolatum and paraffin, ethoxylates, glycols such as popyleenglycol, bisphenol A and triclosan. I recommend memorizing these names: you do not have to know them by heart or be able to pronounce them, as long as you recognize them on the label.’ ••• Do you want advice from Joyce? You can find her at her shop Health Quest by Joyce, Spiegelgracht 4, Amsterdam, Naturelle



Saskia van der Molen, makeup artist and co-owner of webshop Heel Natuurlijk (Very Natural). ‘For me, natural cosmetics are a must. When I started working as a makeup artist my health suffered. I would for example get eczema on the back of my hand where I always tested the makeup. I went looking for alternatives: good products with a fresh, delicate feeling, but without any synthetic ingredients. The main culprits? SLS - sodium lauryl sulfate, but it comes under many names - wax-like substances and aluminum in deodorants. To people with skin complaints I always recommend using nothing on their skin for a few weeks. Only then you can see what your skin really needs. ‘As a professional makeup artist I regularly work with celebrities. Sometimes they carry their own foundation with them, from an expensive, non organic brand. For exeample, I recently had to do Lady Gaga’s makeup. In such a case, she can apply her own foundation and I do the rest of the makeup with my natural products. Personally I hardly ever wear makeup, but if I do, then I use cosmetics by Earth’s Beauty. “ 48



‘Superfood Plus by Dr. Schulze is not a pill with vitamins from the factory, but consists of foods like wheatgrass and fruits and vegetables that are dried and ground into powder. For ten years now I have been taking 1 to 2 tablespoons per day.’ TOOLS

“The eyelash curler from Shu Uemura is the only one that really works. It is made for Japanese eyes, which are somewhat convex, and thereby give a much nicer curl. Furthermore I am a big fan of the Tweezerman tweezers, which are sharp and close perfectly. ‘



‘After years and years of searching I found the perfect face cream. For my sensitive skin Dream Cream Unscented by PureNuffStuff is ideal. In the summer I use it once a week, but in winter I use it almost every day. “ TOOTHPASTE


‘Lavera’s basic toothpaste without fluoride is nice and fresh. I haven’t used fluoride in 25 years and I’ve never had a cavity.’

‘Coconut Dreams from Lavera stays longer than most other natural deodorants. But baking soda works well too.’

‘In the shower I use Aleppo soap with 16 percent laurel oil. I wash my hair with Normal Hair Cleanser from PureNuffStuff. Since I started using this particular shampoo, I need to wash my hair only once every ten days.’ CHILDREN

‘For my two and a half year old daughter Frederique I use baby wipes by Natracare - not Zwitsal! - and the same products that I use for myself. Frederique even has a set of children’s makeup, by Earth’s Beauty, with which she can play for hours on end.’ Naturelle




Sheep & shells

by Claire Begheyn Claire Begheyn has been making art for thirty years, from a flock of sheep with homespun dreadlocks to wall ornaments made ​​from shells. ‘If I don’t create, I’ll go crazy.’



‘When the sheep are not here, the studio sounds very hollow’ 52


Claire Begheyn’s studio is full of sheep. The herd is expanding more and more. Sometimes a sheep will leave the flock, but there are always new sheep added to the group. Claire tells how it began: ‘For a work I was creating I needed the top ornament of a baroque sofa. After the sofa was demolished, the legs of the bench idly stood together against my studio wall, and suddenly I saw a sheep. That’s how the idea came about. On my spinning wheel from the seventies I spin dreadlocks. The herd has to do with repetition, with devotion. My work revolves around lines and rhythm, and balances between beauty and kitsch. You can see that in my shell ornaments and in my new work “Homage to our loved ones”, which is made up of wooden pillars, doilies and candles. It is about the rhythm of life, and that comforts me. When I am gone, life does not stop. The cycles of humans, plants and animals, in short nature, will go on endlessly.’ ••• Naturelle


‘Sheep have always fascinated me. Since the beginning of mankind, they have given us food and warmth, while they themselves need very little. Even in winter they stand outside in the fields,rooting in the snow, looking for some grass’





‘My work balances between beauty and kitsch’

This page ornament made of various types of shells and a little angel. Opposite a glimpse of a shirt on the ironing board in Claire’s studio and details of her shell ornaments. 56




Claire’s spacious and bright studio is home to four cats and a parrot. Opposite a new work in progress. 58


‘These wooden pillars covered with doilies will hold big church candles in a tribute to our loved ones’





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At the mouth of the river Seine in Normandy, France lies picturesque Honfleur. The qualification ‘picturesque’ this time is really accurate: the forerunners of Impressionism came to paint here. Naturelle


Rue de l’Homme de Bois. 62


Lithography ‘Les Parisiennes’ by Bernard Buffet in the window of gallery Le Bateau Lavoir, 26, rue du Dauphin.


hat the name Honfleur would be derived from the French word fleur (flower) seems to be obvious. But even though the town gets high scores in of the classement of villes et villages fleuris and even though it is situated on the Côte Fleurie (Flower Riviera), the name of the place refers to water and has nothing to do with flowers. Nevertheless, a trip through Normandy would not be complete without a visit to the cobbled streets, galleries and cafes of Honfleur. The picturesque town boasts over a thousand years of history and excels in French atmosphere. Honfleur’s famous sight - the old port, surrounded by slate covered houses - was built in the 19th century and has been captured on canvas by numerous artists, including Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin and Claude Monet. They were not only attracted by the charms of the port itself, but also by the light, the sky and the colors. > Naturelle


ADRESSES With a little over 8,000 inhabitants Honfleur is not a large town and you’ll see all the highlights strolling around, but there are a few addresses that you may want to know in advance. Tea & cake Do your eyes and tastebuds a favor and have tea at La Petite Chine. It’s a shop and tearoom with a view, macaroons and all things sugary. 14-16, rue du Dauphin, Honfleur Lunch or dinner If you don’t want to be caught in a tourist trap in the harbor, modern bistro L’Endroit is the place for lunch or dinner. 3, rue Paul and Charles Beard, Honfleur A good alternative: Bistro des Artistes. Try to get a table by the window. 14 Place Pierre Berthelot, Honfleur La Petite Chine.







‘The old port, surrounded by slate roofed houses, has been captured on canvas by numerous 19th century artists’



Chambres d’hôtes Au Grey d’Honfleur Josette Roudaut has two tastefully decorated rooms for guests: ‘Cinnamon’ and ‘Pepper’. La Petite Folie American hostess Penny and her Frenchman Thierry know what travelers want. Tripadvisor commentators are crazy about this B&B. Museums Maisons Satie Honfleur is the birthplace of Erik Satie. Here you can delve into the man who composed the enchanting Gymnopédies when he was only 22. Musée Eugène Boudin Boudin painted much water; not surprising for a Honfleurais from a seafaring family.



Les marchés On Wednesday there is an organic farmers’ market with regional products, on Saturday there is a traditional market and on the first Sunday of the month there is a flea market. Market place: place Sainte Cathérine. Surroundings The route south along the coast, towards mundane Deauville, is one big feast for the eyes, with lots of greenery, sea views and impressive old houses. The route north also beckons: less than fifty kilometers from Honfleur are the mighty cliffs of Etretat. A special mention deserves Librairie Le Chat Pitre, (Quai Berigny 1, Fécamp). This bookshop, near Etretat, vaut le detour, as the French say (is worth a detour): it is a nice and spacious shop with a large collection of books, a tempting array of postcards and little accessories for the home. Books are of course mostly in French and some in English. •••

On the pebble beach of Etretat. Naturelle


Warm wrists

Anna Amenta of yarn shop Weldraad in Amsterdam made these comfortable wrist warmers using super soft, organic wool. Required knitting skills: casting on, knitting, purling, binding off. Easy does it!


PATTERN (circular or back and forth knitting) material: 100g Alpaca wool, knitting needles no. 4

Really not a knitter? Naturelle may give away this pair. Click here!

Circular knitting: Cast on 46 stitches and knit 14 cm in rib, K1 - 1 purl. Then knit 4 cm back and forth for the thumb opening, and then another 7 cm around. Bind off loosely after 25 cm. Back and forth knitting: Cast on 46 stitches and knit 25 cm in rib, K1 - 1 purl. Cast off loosely. Sew the sides together with a flat stitch but keep an opening at thumb height of 4-5 cm for the thumb. Weldraad, Amsterdam:; dark green coat of wool and mohair: Samuji, available at Koko in Amsterdam, 70




Nice and classic

on the canal 72


Visit the home of the Van Loons, a museum with homely touches. Antiques, family portraits against a background of rich wallpaper, silverware and porcelain: Museum Van Loon in Amsterdam is full of history. The Van Loons were an illustrious family. In 1602, Willem van Loon was one of the founders of the Dutch East India Company. The last descendant of this family of regents - an artist and president of the Van Loon foundation- lives in France most of the year, but when she is in the Netherlands, she and her family reside on the top floor of the house on the Keizersgracht. After closing time her children skate on the marble floor of the museum. The newly renovated carriage house now hosts exhibitions. Until early 2013, there is an exhibition of photographer Danielle van Ark, organized by photography museum Foam, the neighbors. All in all reason enough for a visit. •••





Antique furniture, portraits against a background of rich wallpaper, chandeliers, silverware and porcelain: Museum Van Loon is full of history, but occasionally there are children skating on the marble floor







The art of green luxury

natural & organic skincare, fragrance & make-up | online store: 78


EASY ENTERTAINING: BRING YOUR OWN Stuffy dinner parties are out; relaxed entertaining is in. A good example is the Slide Luck Potshow which is held with some regularity in Amsterdam and elsewhere in the world, where hundreds of guests bring homemade food with them. Also the American magazine Kinfolk focusses on the natural approach to entertaining (‘entertaining should be simple and uncomplicated’). And now there’s Winterfest - bring your own, a simple but engaging booklet by Dutch styling agency Room 465, with ideas (make napkin rings from clay), recipes and photos taken with an iPhone. Kamer 465: Winterfeest (56 pages, in Dutch, € 14,95, Snor publisher) Naturelle



The Field Kitchen Restaurant was recently chosen as purest restaurant in the Netherlands. Field Kitchen-founder René van der Veer reveals his kitchen secrets in Naturelle. ‘One of my great passions is baking bread. Bread baking is done with very simple ingredients - flour, water and salt - and by an ingenious process a rich product is created. It is a natural way of chemistry. I have been baking bread professionally for twelve years, but I started baking when I was a boy, just like my mother. It is in my genes. ‘Over twenty years ago I became a vegetarian. I had trouble with the heaps of unrecognizable animal wrapped in plastic in the supermarket. In our restaurant in Culemborg we do serve meat and fish, but added to a dish in which vegetables also play a leading role. The meat and fish come from selected farms where the animals have had a good life and we enjoy telling this to our customers.’ 80



‘In our bakery we all use a scraper, a plastic hemisphere thingy with which you can easily scrape out your cymbals and mixing bowls. It is a kind of spatula without a handle. Even for cooking it is functional, for example, to get every last bit of soup out from your pot. It costs one euro and if you don’t accidentally drop it in a hot pan, it will last a long time.’ ESSENTIAL

‘Eggs are fantastic, there is so much you can do with them. Egg yolk acts as a binder for fats and liquids and is useful for making mayonnaise, cakes, savory and sweet soufles and quiches. If you want to give a dish a nice and fluffy texture, beaten eggs are much better suited to the job than baking powder.’



‘Yvette van Boven has a nice, accessible way of writing and her illustrations are also amazing. If you really want to learn how to cook, you must read On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee. It explains how cooking works. Once you understand it, you can really get to work.’ DRINK

‘I drink espresso every day and I really love wine, but I start the day with a cup of Earl Grey tea from Simon Lévelt.’ TIP

‘If you cooked too much spaghetti, you can use it the next day to make spaghetti aglio & olio: heat good olive oil in a pan, add chopped red pepper, press a few cloves of garlic over it, stir the pasta through and season with salt and pepper. If you also make the mushroom frittata and a green salad, you’re all set.’

“Mushroom frittata can be made as follows: bake different types of mushrooms in a large pan with butter or olive oil. Squeeze a clove of garlic over the mushrooms and grind the pepper and salt mill a few times. Beat a couple of eggs with salt and pepper and a dash of cream. Add grated Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley - or other fresh herbs you have lying around - and a spring onion. Put the mushrooms and the egg mixture into a lined baking dish and place it 20 minutes in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius. Serve the frittata as a sandwich filling or as a starter.’ Naturelle


Soup &Co R

This time of year begs for velvety, heart-warming soup, preferably made ​​from organic vegetables from our own garden. Natascha Boudewijn is leading the way in her new book Greendelicious. The book is an extraordinary one woman show: Natascha sows and harvests, devises recipes, cooks, styles and photographs. In this issue soup and chili from this ultimate do-it-yourself book on growing your own and cooking with vegetables. 82


© Natascha Boudewijn

Natascha Boudewijn: ‘My tiny balcony used to be filled with pots in which I grew all kinds of good stuff. Now I have a “jardin potager” in our garden. This is a French concept in which edible flowers are combined with vegetables and herbs’



‘My Italian mother in law loves homemade soup. This beet soup is her favorite’ 84


Beet soup

with apple & balsamic vinegar Natascha: ‘My Italian mother in law of 85 loves homemade soup. Whenever she comes over I make some extra for her, so that she can take it home with her to enjoy. This particular beet soup with apple is her favorite.’ Lunch or light main dish for 4 persons 500 g beets • 350 g potatoes • 1 red onion • 1 apple (Pippin for example) • 3 tbsp olive oil • 1 teaspoon ground cumin • 1 bay leaf • fresh thyme leaves • 600 ml vegetable stock • balsamic vinegar • cream or creme fraiche


Boil the beets until tender, cool and remove the peel. Peel the potatoes and cut into wedges. Chop the onion, peel the apples and cut into wedges. Heat some olive oil in a saucepan with a thick bottom and fry the onion for about 10 minutes. Add the potatoes and cumin and cook briefly. Mix in the beets and apples and pour in the vegetable stock. Add the bay leaf and thyme to taste. Let the soup simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and puree in a blender until you have a smooth soup. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Drizzle some balsamic vinegar on top before serving and stir in some cream.



Creamy parsnip soup with garlic croutons

Natascha: ‘In the fall put sticks in the places where your parsnips grow. Just so you know where you need to dig if there is snow. Parsnips harvesting should be done at the last moment, because the longer they are in the ground, the sweeter they are. Enjoy this delicious soup to warm up after a long, brisk walk.’ Meal soup for 4 persons 800 g parsnip • 2 tablespoons butter • 1 large onion • few sprigs of thyme • 1 clove garlic • 750 ml vegetable stock • 100 ml cream For the garlic croutons: 4 slices • 1 large garlic clove • few sprigs of thyme • olive oil


Peel the parsnips and cut into cubes. Heat the cream-butter in a large pan and fry the chopped onion. Squeeze the garlic clove in there, add the thyme leaves and fry briefly. Add the parsnips and cook for a few minutes on low heat fry. Add the stock and bring to the boil. Cook until the parsnip is tender, about 15 minutes. Let the soup cool. Meanwhile, make the garlic croutons. Remove the crusts and cut the bread into cubes of about 1 by 1 cm. Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet and cook over medium heat the bread cubes. Squeeze the garlic clove over halfway there from, shake the pan and season with salt, pepper and thyme. The croutons are ready when they are golden brown and crisp. Let them cool on paper towels. Puree the soup in a blender and add the cream. Taste and make any with salt and pepper and thyme to taste. Serve with croutons on the soup.



‘The longer parsnips stay in the ground, the sweeter they become’



‘In the garden I found a fair amount of forgotten borlotti beans. What a beautiful gift!’



Chili con borlotti Natascha: ‘Last fall I found in the garden a fair amount of forgotten borlotti beans. I later used a part of them to make this warming chili to do and I saved a few to put back in the ground in the spring. What a beautiful gift!’ Main dish for 4-6 persons 250 g dried borlottibonen, soaked overnight • 2 onions • 2 peppers • 2 aubergines • olive oil • 2 cloves garlic • 4 tsp chili powder • 4 tsp paprika • 2 tsp turmeric • 2 tsp cumin powder • 2 cans (400 g) diced tomatoes Serve the chili with nacho chips or rice.


Remove the floating beans and discard the soaking water. Boil the beans, without adding salt in a pan with plenty of clean water in 1 to 1.5 hours until tender. A flame divider is useful if you are cooking on gas. Drain and set aside. Cut the onions, the peppers lengthwise into thin strips and the eggplants into cubes. Heat a dash of olive oil in a frying pan and fry the eggplant cubes until golden. Set aside. Heat a splash of olive oil in a casserole dish, add the onions with the crushed garlic cloves, chili powder, paprika, turmeric and cumin and cook over a low heat. Add the peppers and cook for a few minutes. Finally add the chopped tomatoes and beans and bring you to taste with salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar. Simmer everything for about 15 minutes so the flavors mix well. Serve the chili con borlotti with a yogurt sauce made ​​of 200 ml yoghurt mixed with 2 freshly squeezed garlic cloves, 2 tbsp chopped parsley and season with pepper and salt. achterplat 190 x 235 mm

rug 21,3 mm


Greendelicious shows what you can grow in your garden and cook in your kitchen each season, with many recipes and useful tips. Natascha Boudewijn, Greendelicious, Becht, 2012 (in Dutch).

voorplat 190 x 235 mm

Maak van je eigen oogst Italiaanse gnocchi van spinazie, courgettebloemen uit de oven of pompoenrösti en geniet van de intense geuren, kleuren en smaken. Zonder vlees of vis, want groenten spelen hier de hoofdrol.

Natascha Boudewijn

Natascha Boudewijn laat je met dit boek genieten van de pracht en culinaire veelzijdigheid van groenten, verse kruiden en eetbare bloemen. In elk seizoen kun je op je balkon of in je tuin iets heerlijks kweken. Ingewikkeld is het niet, dus ga vooral aan de slag!

Natascha Boudewijn is de bedenker van Greendelicious. Zij zaait, oogst, bedenkt recepten en kookt, stylt en fotografeert haar tuin en gerechten. Zij maakt iedereen enthousiast om meer te leven volgens het ritme van de seizoenen via haar blog Greendelicious, Twitter, op foodsites en natuurlijk met dit boek!

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ROSEMARY LEMON CAKE Annemique: ‘Since my girlfriend Ruth Maas ever baked this cake for me, every time I see her I beg for an encore. For this irresistible rosemary lemon cake Ruth uses a recipe by Marjoleine de Vos, who adopted it from Diana Henry, who again has it from Sophie Grigson. Forget all your set ideas about blond, overly sweet sugar-butter-cream cakes; this one is made from stale bread, olive oil, lemon and of rosemary. A true phenomenon!’ For 8 people 55 g stale bread • 100 g almonds • 2 tbsp rosemary needles • 200 g sugar • 2 tablespoons baking powder • lemon zest of 1 organic lemon • 200 ml olive oil • 4 free-range eggs For the syrup: juice of 2 organic lemons • 125 ml water • 60 g sugar • few sprigs of rosemary Grind the bread, rosemary and almonds in a food processor as finely as possible. Place in a bowl and add the sugar, baking powder, lemon zest, olive oil and beaten eggs. Stir well to combine. Grease a small (22 cm) springform cake tin, pour the mixture into it, put it in the oven and heat it to 175˚ C. Bake for approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Prick with a thin utensil to check whether the cake is baked. Heat the ingredients for the syrup, stir until the sugar dissolves and let simmer for a few minutes. Add the rosemary sprigs to the syrup. Prick the cake with a fork when it comes out of the oven and pour the syrup over it. Allow to cool. Garnish with rosemary sprigs. •••






Eva-Maria Ott-Heidmann



JOYFUL CHILDREN AND TWINKLING STARS Eva-Maria Ott-Heidmann (1938, Berlin) has been drawing and painting for nearly her entire life. ‘Not that long ago I found a book in the basement that I made when I was about six or seven years old. It was about the seasons, with short texts and colorful drawings. It is said that I told my mother that this was what I wanted to do later, even though at the time I did not exactly know what I meant.’ In the world of Ott-Heidmann, the seasons are still an important theme. The seasons have even become the subject of a four-volume series of books: Frühling, Sommer, Herbst, Winter (which are also nice if you do not read German: these are picture books with little text). The decor for Ott-Heidmanns illustrations is the countryside populated by happy children, pretty flowers, frolicking animals and twinkling stars. She says: ‘I paint the world of children that we all carry within us and that we long for. But we simply can not always stay children. If I am in a pasture, I think of the farmer who has recently deceased. A child is not bothered by such memories or associations, he or she just stands in the middle of the meadow and looks in awe at the butterflies that flutter by. I paint a world in which you can withdraw, as long as your heart desires.’ Naturelle


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