Naturelle 2013 no 8
interiors | travel | Living
GREEN&HEALTHY With Kyra, Julia and Jacqueline
in a townhouse Naturelle
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Editorial In this issue of Naturelle you will encounter as many as three detox experts. I hope their stories will inspire you to make some positive changes in your life. Personally, I started drinking fresh lemon juice diluted with water first thing in the morning to jump-start my day, I exercise more (I enjoy running and yoga) and I drink more green juices. What will you do? Enjoy the issue!
Annemique de Kroon firstname.lastname@example.org PS The picture wall on the left can be found in the home of Marjet van der Linde on page 36.
â€˜And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miraclesâ€™ ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden 4
Naturelle 2013 | no 8
14 Design poet Ingrid Hulskamp makes whirligigs for grown-ups 16 Organic flowers at Butterfly&Bird 34 The missionary zeal of interior designer Abigail Ahern 36 Carefree living in a colorful townhouse 56 DIY: a shade of red
6C laire Lloydâ€™s Greek island adventure 24 B&B in Spain: a feast for the eye 58 The former manor of five damsels in Drenthe 70 Country life close to Amsterdam
22 Interview with life artist Petra Heyboer 62 Annemieke Boots and her love for ceramics 74 Wholesome food: eat yourself healthy 80 Four summer recipes from a green kitchen
8 Bags of charm 10 Natural beauty: Julia Kang 13 Adornments: Bloesem Wear 15 Favorite in Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum 73 Painting among the trees 78 Kitchen secrets: Jacqueline van Lieshout 86 The world according to Helen StrĂśm Naturelle
LIVING VICARIOUSLY What do you do when you have â€˜been there, done thatâ€™? You retreat to a Greek island and make it a home and sanctuary for both you and a handful of stray animals you meet on the isle. That is at least what Australian Claire Lloyd and her partner Matthew did. She left her work as art director and designer in London in order to enjoy a simpler, gentler lifestyle surrounded by nature and the sea. Claire has captured her adventures and observations beautifully in her book My Greek Island Home, portraying her home, her life and the people on the island, in words and in photographs. If you love living vicariouly, this book is for you. C. Lloyd, My Greek Island Home. Penguin, 2013. www.clairelloyd.com and www.clairelloydloves.com 6
â€˜I had to muster a great deal of courage not to retreat back into the safety of what I knew. In restructuring my life, my creativity returnedâ€™
of CHARM This is the season of the wicker bag: charming, casual, practical. 8
Leather straps, € 17,95, www.zara.com
With sequins, € 42,50, www.nooosugar.nl
Hand woven palm leaf, € 9,95, www.dille-kamille.nl
Round, € 25,50, www.nooosugar.nl
Seagrass, € 30, www.bloomingville.com
Basket XL € 39,95, www.nooosugar.nl Naturelle
Julia Kang, author of books (in Dutch) on how to eat and live a healthy life without chemicals. www.juliakang.nl www.natuurlijkgezondslank.nl ‘I spend more money on food than I do on housing. As a single mother I have chosen to live in a small house so we can afford healthy, organic food. Most foods, care and cleaning products and utensils contain toxins. Ten years ago, I gradually started to live a life without these toxins. Ever since I started living chemical free I have been feeling and looking better than ever. ‘Even if you watch what you eat and try to avoid toxins, you will inevitably get toxins in your body. So even though I do not eat junk food, I occasionally take chlorella to detoxify. During the winter I also take vitamin D3 once a week. ‘I run every day. Afterwards I take a shower but I never use deodorant. It is the toxins that make your sweat smell, but if you live nontoxic, the amount of toxins in your body will be limited and your sweat becomes odorless. ‘When I see pictures of myself from ten years ago, it seems as if time has stood still. I am convinced that I owe that to my healthy, toxin-free lifestyle.’ 10
‘Sometimes I use toothpaste from Urtekram, but I usually brush my teeth with coconut oil, which has bactericidal properties. My four year old daughter also brushes her teeth with it and has never had a cavity. You do have to scrub your washbasin more often, but what is more important: your sink or your teeth and health?’ SHAMPOO
‘For my hair I use Urtekram’s shampoo for normal hair. Since I started eating toxin-free and using coconut oil, my hair has more body and even a bit of a natural wave. Synthetic shampoos also give body and shine, but I do not expect miracles from shampoo. As long as it cleans my hair, it is fine.’
‘Coconut oil is something I have been using for the last ten years, not just for cooking but also for my daily skin care. In the morning I don’t put anything on my face, but when my skin is dry, I apply a thick layer of coconut oil on my skin before I go to bed. You can’t do this during the day, because the greasy oil will make your face shine like crazy. When my daughter was a baby, I put some oil on my nipples, to prevent soreness and cracks, and after every diaper change I put a bit of oil on her buttocks. She has never had diaper rash. I am not attached to a particular brand of coconut oil, but I do prefer it to be organic and cold pressed. There is also an odorless version, but that is less natural so I do not use it.’ Naturelle
FAIR+FAIR is a Social Sustainable Concept Store located in an Amsterdam canal house with high ceiling rooms and an antique kitchen. The entire house is decorated with unique furniture and accessoiries, all of them fairly produced. Everything is for sale, from sofas to lamps and from jewelry to condoms. And if you buy something at FAIR + FAIR the profit goes to a house in India. This way youâ€™ll have a nice home and they will too!
FAIR + FAIR, A GREAT HOME FOR EVERYONE! SHOP Herengracht 2II Amsterdam WEBSHOP www.fairandfair.nl
Handmade jewelry with a story.
GIVEAWAY You can win this Bloesem Wear necklace (â‚Ź 44). Click here!
Dutch globetrotter Irene Hoofs, known for her Bloesem blogs, nowadays lives and works in Singapore. Overlooking her jungle-garden she made a brilliant collection of delicate necklaces. The necklace shown here is a golden yellow drop of citrine (Irene's favorite stone), quartz stones, a cotton cord and a silver clasp. The necklace is available in two lengths (46 and 70 cm) and in three colors cotton thread (blue, pink and white), $ 59 (about â‚Ź 44). The entire collection can be viewed in the online shop at www.bloesem.blogs.com Naturelle
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DESIGN POETRY Dutch designer and self-proclaimed ‘design poet’ Ingrid Hulskamp created Daily Poetry, a series of whimsical objects which are like ‘whirligigs’ for grown-ups. Ingrid explains: ‘To pursue time for daily contemplation in an intuitive way, I have developed a series of contemplative toys for adults. The luxurious objects, made from handblown glass, remind us of the candid fun we had as a child, when we were able to fully get caught up in the moment. In order for the toys to catch our attention and create a poetic moment in time, I have created three different sensory experiences: a tactile experience using hand-blown glass, wood, brass plated gold and textiles; a visual experience using coloured pigments that transform when you start playing with the object; a sonic experience through the movement of water and glass balls.’ The result is enchanting and confirms that Ingrid is indeed a design poet. www.cargocollective.com/ingridhulskamp 14
FAVORITE IN AMSTERDAM We can not get around it: the Rijksmuseum is a definite new favorite. The (many!) stories about the renovation that lasted a decade have subsided and the monumental museum is cherished, adored and very crowded. Recently, the museum garden and a terrace have been opened to the public. In addition to the pantheon of 17th-century masters, there is an infinite number of objects which deserve admiration, from intricately decorated snuff boxes to a fully furnished ‘canal room’. This pastel is by Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702-1789) who trained in painting Turkish clothing in Constantinople; this is a portrait of his wife. www.rijksmuseum.nl
Butterflies... Birds... Flowers... Saskia de Valk of Butterfly&Bird has a great love for flowers, especially organic ones. â€˜I hardly know what to do with straight, regular flowers from the shop.â€™
T ‘I prefer organic flowers because they are not perfect.’
he pop-up shop / studio in Amsterdam is not much more than a big shop window: a narrow space with a large façade made of glass. Behind these windows, a daily flower parade takes place. Passersby can see buckets filled with wild flowers, dashing bouquets and a wall dotted with small, single flower vases clamped in clothespin holders. This is the temporary domain of Saskia de Valk and her business Vlinder&Vogel (Butterfly&Bird). Saskia, what do you make? ‘Flower arrangements for everyday and special moments. Flowers are the epitome of beauty to me. With flowers you can express just about everything. They go through all stages of life: birth, growth, full bloom, decay and death. I find them beautiful at all stages.’ Why do you use organic flowers? ‘Because of their imperfections. I do not like straight, rigid flowers, but appreciate signs of nature, for example when you can see that hail has fallen on the flower or an animal or insect has nibbled on a leaf. It is of course a welcome bonus that no chemical pesticides are used for growing organic flowers but in winter - when nothing grows here - I do have to revert to non-organic flowers which I get at the flower auction. At auction I always try to get flowers with an A-label for which the strictest environmental requirements apply. However, it is unlikely that I will ever choose lilies or roses; they are full of pesticides.’ Do you have any suggestions for people who want to pick and arrange flowers? ‘My top tip is a small, charming flower picking garden in Westbeemster (north of Amsterdam), behind an old parish: the Johanneshof. As for the arrangements: don’t arrange the flowers too neatly. Instead, get inspired by nature and pair long flowers with short, windblown flowers in one vase. Once you appreciate the imperfections, a new kind of beauty will emerge!’ www.vlinderenvogel.com Naturelle
â€˜Flowers are the epitome of beauty to meâ€™
â€˜I appreciate flowers in all stages: birth, growth, full bloom, decay and deathâ€™
â€˜These Rolex scissors are from India. I like things which are a bit abnormal in size.â€™
â€˜How can you make a lot of unhappy people happy in one fell swoop?â€™ 22
(inspired by the Proust questionnaires)
PETRA HEYBOER Life artist and fifth widow of artist Anton Heyboer 1. How tall are you? 1.69 m.
12. What is lacking in the world? Water and food.
2. How much do you weigh? I donâ€™t have a clue...
13. When and where were you happiest? On June 3, 1982 when I met Anton.
3. Favorite color, flower and bird? Red - and related shades such as fuchsia, orange, yellow ochre - the rose, the blackbird.
14. What would you like to change about you? I'd like to stand up for myself a bit more.
4. What did you have for breakfast today? Stollen.
15. What do you consider your greatest achievement? My life mission: promoting Antonâ€™s life and work.
5. What is your current mood?? Exhausted.
16. What is your most cherished possession? My health.
6. What is the pinnacle of happiness for you? Creating, giving, sunshine, but most of all: making people happy.
17. What do you regret the most? Having not been sufficiently assertive.
7. What is your biggest fear? The agony of dying. 8. What character trait bothers you in yourself? A bit more discipline would not hurt...
18. To what question would you like to get an answer? How can you make a lot of unhappy people happy in one fell swoop? 19. How would you like to die? With my boots on.
9. What character trait bothers you in others? Inertia and laziness. 10. Who do you admire? Anton Heyboer, a genius. 11. Who or what do you dislike the most? Animal cruelty.
20. As who/what would you like to reincarnate? Reincarnation is not my thing, but I do believe your energy always remains. 21. What is your life motto? Be compassionate. www.facebook.com/roemrijk
A feast for the eye
nnemique: â€˜While travelling it isnâ€™t until after I have arrived that I determine whether a location is suitable for Naturelle. A hotel or B&B can look very attractive on the website, but what is it really like? In this particular case I am somewhat conflicted: the bed and breakfast - next to a sunflower field, in the northeastern part of Spain - looks beautiful. But the reception by the host was chilly. Overcome by travel fever I had forgotten to mention at what time I would arrive and the host made it very clear that he was not amused... However, I do like to show the house in Naturelle. Not only because it is so beautiful and inspiring, but also because the responses on TripAdvisor are very positive and everyone else is very taken with the host. Apparently our tiff was an incident. If you want to know the address, you can email me (email@example.com). My advice: immediately forget what I wrote and enjoy these sun-kissed images.â€™
A feast for the eye Naturelle
A feast for the eye
British interior designer Abigail Ahern believes that decorating can change lives. ‘I often think that people stop decorating too soon. Quite rightly we concern ourselves with the practical stuff first. But the devil, as they say, is in the detail. Home accessories are the stuff that turn a pad from mundane to magical in a nanosecond.’ With missionary zeal Abigail professes her penchant for dark colors. Her motto: make your home comfortable, luxurious and elegant, but with a twist. Both her blog and recent book Decorating with Style burst at the seams with tips and advice. Here are some of her heartfelt convictions: • Decorative statements add layers, and the more layers you pile on, the better. Don’t worry about mixing everything up – add a giant lamp, oodles of rugs skimming the floor, a salon style art wall; throw in the odd kitsch figurine, inject wamth with cushions, books, vases, mirrors, flowers, scent – all those things that make your heart skip a beat the moment you walk through the door. If you rein in the colour palette there really are no limitations. • Do you have just one pendant hanging from the ceiling? According to Abigail that is a criminal offence! A happy home needs general background lighting, task lighting and accent lighting. • Revisit the colours that you dislike and try and figure out why. The more narrow minded and shut down you are about colour combos the more boring your scheme will be. Abigail Ahern, Decorating with Style. Quadrille Publishing, 2013. For a daily dose of Abigail Ahern visit her blog at www.abigailahern.wordpress.com 34
â€˜People often stop decorating too soon. Home accessories can turn a pad from mundane to magical in a nanosecondâ€™
Bohemian in a townhouse
Marjet van der Linde loves color and a carefree life. Both preferences can be seen in her house in the old Dutch town of Zwolle. 36
‘What I like most about my home? The light, and all the different colors and moods.’ Marjet van der Linde (married to Herman, mother of four and owner of yoga center Yoga You) lives in this cheerful townhouse in Zwolle, a Dutch town in the north of the country. She continues: ‘The light blue living room adjoins the garden where I like to be in the summer. My pink office is located in the centre of the house where it is darker, warmer and cosier, that’s my spot for the winter.’ Choosing these colors was not a matter of careful and lengthy deliberation for Marjet. ‘When I look at color swatches, my eye is immediately drawn to the color I'm looking for.’ Marjet lets herself be guided by impulse and ease in all areas of life. ‘Things should flow and go smoothly. If something doesn’t come easily, I stop and move on to something else. Take Yoga You for example. It started with a personal ad on a bulletin board in the supermarket and it almost automatically became a thriving yoga center. Yoga for me is a way of life based on contentment and connection. Already as a child my motto was “making do with what you have,” whether it's relationships, money or friendships. It is that feeling of contentment and satisfaction that I pass on to others with yoga.’ Whether the family will continue to live in this house forever Marjet can not say. ‘Bohemian gypsy blood runs through my veins and my grandparents were skippers. I love the unknown, can not stand monotony and want to keep on evolving and developing. I need new input continuously and go my own way. Others may see me as restless, but I thrive on new experiences and changes. Similarly, our family life is free and unconstrained. There is both order and chaos, everyone goes their own way, but of course we also see each other regularly. On Sunday morning, for example, we have a French breakfast with orange juice, coffee and croissants with butter. But even Sunday morning breakfast is not sacred to us.’ Naturelle
What Marjet likes to... Make... Paintings and good food. Drink... White wine and mojitos. Smell... Lavender! I put drops of transparent lavender oil on my pillow, in the bath tub and in the ironing water. Read... I read a lot, especially books on yoga and novels. My favorite book is Mists of Avalon by Marion Bradley, but I also like to read books like Eline Vere by Couperus and Madame Bovary by Flaubert. The protagonists are women who do not conform to social conventions. This usually has a fatal outcome because society will not tolerate it. I also like to read magazines; every week I read Grazia which, for me, is the ultimate relaxation. Listen to... Anything: the BBC, music from the thirties, house, opera, Fleetwood Mac, George Harrison. While cooking I often put on kundalini music. This always has a calming effect on my husband, the children and our pets.
â€˜Once, on a Boxing Day, Herman and I slapped these tiles on the wall, without pattern or plan.â€™
â€˜This is my office - in a very tidy state. In this room I also have my desk and shelves up to the ceiling lined with yoga books.â€™ 44
â€˜Buddhas and Madonnas radiate tranquility. My favorite is Lakshmi, goddess of domestic happiness. She really touches meâ€™ Naturelle
â€˜My office wall is filled with favorites. I really like the Pre-Raphaelites, such as Rossetti, Millais and Waterhouseâ€™ 46
â€˜I deliberately left the weathered stairs as they were. The beauty of impermanence...â€™ 48
â€˜Her dress is traditional, but her eyes and rosy cheeks will tell you that she is differentâ€™
A closet full of dresses: â€˜In a dress I feel feminine, sexy and attractive.â€™ 50
â€˜Our oldest daughter Anna loves to redecorate. She gets that from me and I got it from my mother. But Anna even takes over and decorates the rooms of her siblings and moves in. She has had to promise that she will not do it again...â€™ Naturelle
A shade of red
Savvy souls shape superior shades. Or: do you have a lamp that could use a fresh new shade? Make it yourself! SUPPLIES • A frame of a lampshade. Choose a frame with vertical support ribs. These are necessary to stretch and fold the fabric around. This frame was bought at a thrift store. • Fabric • Tape measure • Scissors • Needle and thread • An evening off
This lampshade was made by Anne Ritsema of natural fabric store Capsicum. Fabric: ikat. Capsicum, Oude Hoogstraat 1, Amsterdam, www.capsicum.nl 56
DIRECTIONS 1. Measure the largest circumference of the frame (usually the lower ring). Add approximately 3 cm. That will be the length of the fabric. 2. Measure the height of the frame. Add 5 cm. That will be the height of the fabric required. 3. Cut the fabric to your measurements and hem it to prevent fraying. (If the widest ring of the frame is wider than the width of the fabric, you need twice the height of the shade and there will be two seams in the lampshade.) 4. Turn the frame upside down and begin to pin the fabric around the widest part of the frame. Don’t pleat the bottom end too much. 5. Pin the fabric to the top. Obviously, the fabric will pleat and ruffle more on the smaller top end of the frame than on the lower end. 6. Where the fabric comes together, you can make an overlap of about 2 cm. The sides do not have to be sewn together. (If you take a straight frame - top and bottom ring are the same size - you have to decide how much you want the fabric to pleat.) 7. Secure the fabric to the bottom and top end of the shade by sowing it on with small stitches.
the damsels Lunsingh
Lunsingh was the surname of five unmarried sisters who lived together on an estate in Westervelde (in the Dutch province of Drenthe), in the 18th century. At the beginning of the 21st century, their home has been turned into a country house hotel with thirteen rooms and a restaurant serving seasonal dishes. If you rejoice upon hearing the words calm, green and fireplace, this is the place for you. www.dejufferenlunsingh.nl
Ceramist Annemieke Boots
â€˜Clay makes me intensely happyâ€™
She used to run a home decor store called Earth, but these days her life revolves around porcelain. Annemieke Boots made the transition from earth to clay... Naturelle
oth her work and her appearance are light and bright, almost frail. Two years ago Annemieke Boots discovered her love for ceramics. ‘After having worked in a home decor shop for ten years I was ready for something new, but I had no clue what that was going to be. I gave myself a year to find out. After two months I went to Sweden where I met a potter. He invited me to sit behind the wheel and the instant I sat down it happened: I got goosebumps and felt intensely happy.’ That defining moment marks the beginning of her love affair with clay and Annemieke’s work is now sold at stores like Vivian Hann and Outras Coisas in Amsterdam. ‘It is said that you can excel in anything if you put ten thousand hours into it. That is what I want: to master the craft, be able to do anything. I hope to bring beauty in the world with my work.’ www.facebook.com/pages/Annemieke-Boots-Ceramics/ 118883831568507
A sketchbook full of inspiration, made manifest in the picture on the right. 64
Cartoon by Peter van Straaten on the bathroom wall: ‘I would bet a thousand euros that you’re a potter’.
AB: Annemieke Boots.
Case with tools, including dental instruments. Naturelle
â€˜These are my glaze samples. Glazing is a boring task, but the moment I open the oven and see the result, I immediately forget all the hassleâ€™ 66
â€˜What drives me is the magic of the clay. What happens under your hands is at once earthly and heavenly; every single time it is a small miracle. Even when there is chaos or noise, behind the wheel you become quiet. It is a great meditationâ€™
Old theater binoculars.
Garden terrace at Jolandelijk: 'While the women marvel at all the things in the store, their spouses can drink coffee, eat apple pie and read the newspaper.â€™ 70
For Amsterdammers (and others) who, however briefly, want to escape squeaking trams, roaring canal boats and lingering tourists, Naturelle has the ultimate excursion tip: first go to Jolandelijk in Twisk, a half hour drive from the capital. In the barn next to her farm Jolanda sells antiques and second hand home wares, of the authentic but not overly sugary kind (coincidentally these are also keywords for Jolanda's home made apple pie). Afterwards pay a visit to the equally authentic village of Twisk and then continue onwards to the tea garden of Overleek, in Monnickendam, where - looking out over water and meadows, and surrounded by chickens, sheep and a rabbit - you can enjoy a delicious lunch. To top it off: Overleek offers boat trips. Left page: Jolandelijk in Twisk. www.jolandelijk.nl This page: Overleek. www.theetuinoverleek.nl
Painting in green
Want to express yourself on canvas or paper? This summer you can learn how. Summerschool in Amsterdam Artists Mariette Renssen and Jim Harris (painting above) will be giving courses in drawing and painting from July 17 to August 4: various techniques, personal guidance and en plein air (in or very close to Amsterdam). € 55 for one day, € 250 for a week. For more information go to www.atelierschellingwoude.nl Brush painting in the east In China they use plum blossom, orchid, bamboo and chrysanthemum to learn the basic strokes of traditional painting. From 16 to 20 September, in the forests of Twente (in the east of the Netherlands), Louise Eenenaam teaches how to paint these four plants with homemade ink on rice paper. € 499 for a midweek with accommodation in beautiful lodges, full board, and course materials. www.meimei-art.nl and www. boerderijlodges.nl/en/rust_en_ontspanning/agenda/ Naturelle
In her latest book Kyra’s Kitchen (published in Dutch), Kyra the Vreeze tackles the relation between food and health. To combat ten of the most common ailments - such as colds, insomnia and stress - the self-proclaimed body and mind chef provides tips, recipes and lifestyle advice. ‘It is not a diet book with limitations and tailor-made solutions. In the end the only person who knows and feels which foods really suit you, is you.’
Photos and recipes taken from Kyra de Vreeze, Kyra's Kitchen. Kosmos Uitgevers , 2013.
FOR A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP
Sleepy cherry smuice
Sour cherries and bananas are rich in melatonin and therefore sleep enhancing. But there is more you can do for a good night’s sleep. Make sure your bedroom exudes tranquility, go to bed at a fixed time, do some exercise every day and sit in the sun for 15 minutes each morning during a fourteen day period (to reset your biological clock). According to Kyra early birds and night owls don’t exist. People who consider themselves night owls simply drink more caffeine, have less structure lives and live in a more hectic environment. Gluten free (1 serving / 300 ml); preparation time: 5 minutes 100 g sour cherries • 100 g banana • juice of 1/2 orange • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon • 1 tsp aniseed Garnish: 1/2 banana • 5 basil leaves • a couple of cherries Soak the anise seeds for 3 minutes in 50 ml of hot water. Strain and save the water. Mix cherries, banana, orange juice, cinnamon and anise water with a mixer or blender until creamy. Pour into a tall glass. Garnish with sliced banana, cherry and basil. Naturelle
If you suspect that you are allergic to gluten, try to avoid eating it for a week and then eat it regularly for another week. Your body will tell you if it is indeed better to avoid bread and similar foods. This zucchini-coconut soup is a tasty option without gluten. Gluten free (2 servings); preparation time: 15 minutes 300 g zucchini, sliced • 500 ml water • 4 g coconut oil • 1 large pinch of cumin seeds • 10 peppercorns • 75 g white onion, sliced • 15 g coconut cream • 2 dashes of cardamom • 1 pinch ground cumin • 3 g salt • 5 g fresh coriander • 1 tsp chopped red onion • tuft leek sprouts Fry the cumin seeds in the coconut oil until they start to slightly smell. Add the onion and bake. Add zucchini and stir. Add the peppercorns and water. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes with the lid closed. Switch of after 10 min (or when the zucchini is soft). Add the coconut cream. Add salt, ground cumin and cardamom. Use the blender to grind to a creamy soup. Garnish with chopped red onion and leek sprouts. 76
Graceland puddingpie The perfect anti-stress diet is extremely rich in vitamins and minerals. Make sure that you get plenty of fresh (leafy) vegetables, nuts, seeds, seaweed, beans and whole grains. This pie contains a lot of recommended goodness. Gluten free (8 persons); cooking time: 35 minutes (plus 15 minutes freezer time) Bottom: 45 g unsalted peanuts • 45 g shredded coconut • 40 g pitted medjoel dates • pinch of salt Put peanuts, coconut and small pieces of date in a food processor or use a hand blender. Press the 'dough' firmly into a mold of 16 cm diameter. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over the dough. Place the mold in the refrigerator for half an hour. Meanwhile, prepare the filling and the topping. Filling: 150 g ripe banana • 30 g peanutbutter (two ingredients: peanuts and salt) • a few drops of lime or lemon juice Mix with a (hand) blender until creamy. Cover and put in the refrigerator. Topping: 50 g fresh coconut meat • 30 ml coconut milk • 10 g (1 tbsp) rice syrup • 5 g (about 2 tsp) liquid coconut oil • 3 g (about 1 tsp) lime or lemon juice Open the coconut, remove the brown skin and cut the white meat into pieces. Mix coconut meat, milk, syrup, juice and oil for at least 5 minutes using a food processor or a hand blender. Stir in between. The longer you mix, the creamier it will become. Put the filling and topping on the pie crust fifteen minutes before serving. First the filling, smooth it out, and then the topping. Put the cake in the freezer for 15 minutes. Remove and serve immediately so that the pastry will not get soft. Sprinkle the pie with edible flowers. Naturelle
Jacqueline van Lieshout is a detox coach and author. ‘I have always been interested in food. As a teacher at a school for massage therapy I started noticing what people had for lunch and how big the differences were. One person would eat a rice cracker with avocado and sprouts while someone else would have a sandwich with sausage and a diet coke. I wanted to offer an alternative to the stuff you can buy at the supermarket and decided to write a book on healthy eating. ‘By popular demand, I have also written a cookbook, but - even though there is much demand for it - I refuse to set up weekly programs. I do not want people to slavishly follow a program. Instead I want them to go inward and check that they are indeed hungry. That inner balance needs to be restored. ‘In my book I explain how you can detoxify by omitting coffee, alcohol, sugar, meat, dairy from cows, cereals and eggs for four weeks. Once in a while I follow my own guidelines; I'll do it for anywhere between a week to two months.’ 78
‘I prefer to cook with what I have in the fridge rather than follow a recipe, but I do love cookbooks, I read them like novels. I have heard that Ottolenghi's recipes from Jerusalem fit well into my program, so I will definitely take a look at it.’ ESSENTIAL
‘Fresh herbs are essential. Of course you can get everything dried but fresh herbs have much more flavor. I use them in salads, on rice cakes and in wraps, especially coriander and chives.’
‘Making fresh juice every day is not always feasible. So once a week I make a few liters which I then store in the freezer. For my favorite juice I put fresh spinach, celery, cucumber, parsley, ginger, five apples, a peeled lime and half a lemon in the juicer. Even my little daughter, who is not even two years old, likes it.’ TIP
‘People often think they have a varied diet, but more often than not, that is not the case. My tip is to try a new dish once a week. It is doable, fun and delicious.’
‘On very special occasions I like to drink Taittinger champagne, but in everyday life I drink tea from early in the morning to late in the evening, up to two liters a day. I prefer tea with a fresh taste, like green tea with mint or this detox tea from Pukka.’
‘This buckwheat wrap with mixed vegetables and nuts from my cookbook is a fantastic alternative to a standard sandwich for lunch. You can use all kinds of vegetables and leftovers from the day before. Tasty and filling! I make buckwheat wraps at least twice a week with all kinds of fillings.’ For a stack of wraps: mix 250 grams buckwheat flour, 1 egg (or 1 scoop No Egg) and 500 ml goat milk. For the filling (per person): 1 sweet red bell pepper, roasted • handful of fresh arugula • handful of fresh (raw) spinach • 3 green asparagus, lightly steamed • 2 chestnut mushrooms (or other type of mushroom that you like) • sheep cheese to taste (Manchego, Roquefort or any other kind) • 1 fig, soaked and chopped • 2 or 3 chopped walnuts • a few pine nuts • sea salt • ½ clove garlic • freshly ground pepper • dash of balsamic vinegar • dash of extra virgin olive oil Preparation: bake the wraps, top with vegetables and other ingredients and roll or fold. Tips: • Ideal for lunch (also at work). • Roast several bell peppers at once; what remains can be kept and used for other dishes. • Another delicious filling for buckwheat wraps: avocado, soft goat cheese, semi-dried tomatoes and chives. Naturelle
The green kitchen
David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl like to cook and eat mostly vegetarian, focusing on whole foods with a low intake of dairy, gluten and sugar. Read their blog (www.greenkitchenstories.com) and their first book The Green Kitchen, and you will want to do the same. To get you started: four recipes from the book.
Photos, text and recipes: David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl, The Green Kitchen. Hardie Grant, 2013.
Flour-Free Banana & Coconut Pancakes These pancakes are nothing less than a family classic. We always prepare a large stack of them when we make brunch. We have been making them for years and shared the recipe with most of our relatives and friends. And from what we have heard, they have passed the recipe on to their friends. The pancakes have a lovely fruity flavour and are easy and quick to make. What is also great is that they only call for very few ingredients, are completely flour-free and still very thick and rich. They also make a quick snack anytime of day, and a perfect post-workout meal. Makes 10 pancakes 3 ripe bananas • 6 eggs, lightly beaten • 50 g (2 oz/½ cup) desiccated coconut, plus extra for sprinkling • 150 g (5 oz/1 cup) blueberries (fresh or thawed if frozen) • ½ tsp ground cinnamon • 2 tsp coconut oil, for frying • 2 tbsp of maple syrup or plain yoghurt, for topping (optional) Mash the bananas with a fork. Place in a medium-sized bowl and whisk together with the eggs and coconut. Add the blueberries (reserve a few for serving) and stir well. Heat the coconut oil in a 25 cm (10 in) nonstick frying pan over a medium heat. Add two to three tablespoons of batter for each pancake. You should be able to fit 3 to 4 pancakes in at a time. Use a spatula to carefully flip the pancakes when they have set and the bottom is golden - about 2 minutes on the first side and 1 minute on the other. Stack the pancakes and top with the reserved blueberries. On weekends we like to drizzle ours with maple syrup or yoghurt and sprinkle with a little extra coconut.
Elderflower Lemonade Elderflower has the most wonderful aroma. During spring, the blossoming trees can be found everywhere around Stockholm - you can easily find a tree just by closing your eyes and following the scent. We don’t,however, recomend picking elderflowers in very urban areas. Search outside the city if you can. It has always been a mystery to us why all recipes drench the elderflowers’ wonderful flavour in sugar. There is no need for such absurd quantities. Our lemonade is therefore half as sweet, but twice as flavourful. Makes 2 litres (68 fl oz/8½ cups) lemonade 40 elderflower heads • 3 lemons • 240 ml (8 fl oz/1 cup) clear honey Gently shake the elderflowers to get rid of any small bugs or dirt. Cut the lemons into thin slices. In a wide, large pan or bucket (crock), arrange the elderflowers and lemon slices in layers. Bring 2 litres (68 fl oz/81⁄2 cups) water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add honey and stir until dissolved, then pour over the elderflowers and lemon. Leave to steep in a cool place for 48 hours, stirring once a day. Steep for longer, if you prefer a more concentrated flavour. Strain the liquid by pouring it through a cheese cloth or muslin into a large bowl. Pour through a funnel into clean bottles and refrigerate. Will keep for at least a few weeks unopened. Serve with sprakling water, according to taste. Tip: You can freeze the flowers and add to smoothies, or make more lemonade, off season.
Savoury Corn & Millet Muffins Baking gluten-free bread can be a challenge for anyone, as it often requires special ingredients and many different flours. Gluten-free muffins, however, are a lot easier. We often bake a vegan version of these as a midday snack for Elsa’s preschool. We use olives, but any savoury filling will work just as well. Makes 12 medium-sized muffins 130 g (4½ oz/⅔ cup) raw millet • 125 g (4 oz/1 cup) cornmeal • 125 g (4 oz/1 cup) rice flour • 2 tsp baking powder (baking soda) • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda • 1 tsp sea salt • 3 eggs, beaten • 225 ml (8 fl oz/1 cup) soya yoghurt, or yoghurt of choice • 120 ml (4 fl oz/½ cup) extra virgin olive oil • around 25 (3 tbsp) kalamata olives, stoned and halved • 200 g (7 oz/1⅓ cups) crumbled feta cheese • 3 sprigs of oregano, leaves picked Preheat the oven to 180˚C (350˚F/Gas 4). Line a muffin tin with muffin cases. Cover the millet with 120 ml (4 fl oz/1⁄2 cup) boiling water and let sit for 5 minutes, then rinse in cold water. This is to extract the bitter taste from the millet shell and to make it softer. Mix the millet with the cornmeal, rice flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. In another bowl, beat the eggs until fluffy. Add the yoghurt and olive oil and stir together. Add to the dry ingredients and and stir with a wooden spoon until everything is incorporated. Add the olives, feta cheese and oregano and stir well. Spoon about two heaped spoonfuls into each muffin case. Bake for about 20 minutes, rotating the tin halfway through to make sure the muffins are evenly cooked. They are ready when golden and crusty on top. Best served warm.
Fennel & Coconut Tart Fennel is a beautiful vegetable and the sweet coconut filling enhances its characteristic anise-like flavour. The gluten-free case is made with almond flour. Makes 1 large 20 cm (8 in) tart or 4 small 10 cm (4 in) tarts Tart case: 65 g (2¼ oz/generous ½ cup) rice flour • 45 g (1¾ oz/scant ⅓ cup) almond flour (or chestnut flour) • 2 tbsp potato flour, tapioca flour or cornflour (cornstarch) • ½ tsp sea salt • 3 tbsp coconut oil or ghee • 3 tbsp ice-cold water Fennel filling: 120 ml (4 fl oz/½ cup) coconut milk • 2 eggs, beaten • ½ tsp grated nutmeg • 2 sprigs of rosemary, leaves picked and chopped • sea salt and freshly ground pepper • 1 fennel bulb, very thinly sliced To make the tart case, sift together the flours, starch and salt in a bowl. Add the coconut oil and ice-cold water and use your hands to work the dry ingredients towards the centre until a dough forms. If it feels crumbly, add 1-2 tablespoons more water. Gather it into a ball, wrap in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes in the fridge. Meanwhile, make the filling. Whisk the coconut milk, eggs, nutmeg, rosemary, salt and pepper together in a small bowl until combined. Preheat oven to 190˚C (375˚F/Gas 5). Use your hands to press the dough evenly into the bottom and up the sides of the tart tin. If making four smaller tarts, divide the dough into four equal pieces before pressing into the tins. Trim the dough flush with edge of the tin and prick the base with a fork to prevent the pastry from rising as it bakes. Pour the coconut and egg mixture into the tart case then place the fennel slices on top. Place in the middle of the oven and bake for about 35 minutes or until the tart is golden and crispy. Naturelle
THE WORL D AC C O R D I N G TO
PARIS BASED ARTIST HELEN STRÖM works primarily with pencil and watercolors. Helen: ‘My grandmother in Sweden made me draw when I visited her in the summer as a child. At the time I drew quite a lot and my schoolbooks where filled with doodles. Eight years ago I started taking classes and the teacher showed me new ways of seeing and drawing. I have been taking classes ever since and I also teach.’ Helen, who grew up in Sweden and Spain, moved to Paris when she was eighteen. ‘It wasn’t easy in the beginning but it felt right to live in between Sweden and Spain. I love the Swedish summers when the air and the water are crystal clear, green is everywhere and I can swim in the lakes and walk in the woods. In Spain I love the Mediterranean sea. In France I can find both and much more. I prefer to work outdoors, even if it's harder to concentrate and less comfortable. My work is inspired by the feelings I get when I observe. I need to be able to express my emotions, otherwise the result feels false to me.’ www.helenstrom.blogspot.nl Naturelle
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