Naturelle 9 (English)

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Naturelle 2013 no 9

interiors | travel | Living

Lenette van Dongen ‘I wish we would start caring again’

2 house tours


white and color

in the Swiss mountains




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Welcome to Naturelle 9!

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‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that’ ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. 4


Naturelle 2013 | nr. 9



07 DIY: lavender water 08 Nature at home 12 Home tour with Iris Bloem 24 Feng shui analysis by Nina Elshof 26 Fairydust feathers 28 Beach house on the river bank


44 The Prairie, interior designer Rachel Ashwell’s B&B 56 Texel: island tips from insiders 60 B ooks about lovely places with joie de vivre 62 Indian summer in the Swiss Alps



46 Palm reader Ellen Duim: ‘Hands are always honest.’ 54 Lenette van Dongen: ‘I have untangled the knots in my soul.’ 76 Have a super good morning! Breakfast with superfoods 88 Original vegetarian recipes by Katie Quinn Davis


10 Natural beauty: Simone Hoffmann 74 Kitchen secrets: Nannet van der Ham 87 Cooking with herbs - potato soup with rosemary oil 96 Art journal: striving for the simple life 97 The world according to Marie-Chantale Turgeon Naturelle





Do you need some insight? Are you facing a difficult decision? Sara Hermanides of Eat that apple is a certified coach and can guide you.

Sara Hermanides, Eat that apple

What do you do? “I guide people in their own development, provide support in achieving personal and business goals and help people finding their core strengths and life purpose.” How do you achieve that? “You get a short awareness training that will make you know what you want and what you are good at. Your effectiveness will unmistakably increase, both in the workplace and in your private life.” What is your point of view? “Becoming aware of yourself and being in contact with who you really are are the key factors to thrive in life. Only a happy and contented person can excel!” Which method do you use? “Core Oriented Coaching. This method focuses on getting in touch with your core. If you are in touch with your core, you can go through major upheavals or difficult choices in your life, but you will always find your balance.” Do you coach people in person? “Coaching can be done through a variety of channels: in person, but also via phone, Skype or email.” And finally: why ‘eat that apple’? “In Dutch it means ‘bite the bullet’. Think of it as an encouragement. Biting the bullet is often unnecessary. In addition, the apple is the fruit of wisdom and it is also simply delicious and healthy . So eat that apple!” | | Amsterdam

Lavender in a bottle

On the website of Martha Stewart you can find a video in which the domestic goddess confesses her love for ironing and sprinkling lavender water on her linen. She then continues to show how easy it is to make your own heavenly splash of lavender. Advantages: the satisfaction of homemade and, compared to a bottle-with-beautifullabel-from-the-shop, it costs almost nothing. Martha’s recipe: using a funnel you put 2 tablespoons of vodka or distilled alcohol and half a teaspoon of lavender oil in a (glass) spritz bottle. Fill with distilled water and put the cap on. Shake. Ready. Spray. Naturelle


Spotted Yellow Feather, watercolor print, StudioTuesday, € 18,98, via Etsy.

Hand stitched blank journal with shell. Book of the Sea, € 49, Odelae, via Etsy.

Nature at home Pen made of wood and bone, € 8,95, Fair+Fair.

Wool, wood, shells, feathers surround yourself with nature and natural materials.

Bowl, acacia wood, € 14,50, Waar. Beeswax candle BSAB, from € 8,50, Leafde.

Soft merino wool blanket in gray and white, € 169, Yumeko.



The Circle, A3 print, recycled paper, circa € 43, HYSJ.

Birch bag in linen and cotton, € 28, via Fine little day.

‘Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify’

Classic Walden by Henry Thoreau is available as a free e-book via ‘Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.’ Naturelle

Handmade necklace Ona, white and gold porcelain, Calliope Collection, € 48, by Loumi via Etsy. 9



My dry, thick hair really benefits from Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Shampoo. It is good for the scalp, adds shine and the more I use it, the less often I need to wash my hair. The conditioner, detangler and brush of the same brand are also great. The brush gives my hair volume and shine, as if I have just come from the hairdresser.’

Simone Hoffmann, Lavendula (natural drugstore) in Amsterdam

BATH ‘Nature, plants and trees have been important to me all my life; they give me a lot of strength and joy. I live in the Jordaan, a busy area of Amsterdam, but three to four times a week I go to the Amsterdam Forest for a long walk with our dog. By now we know every blade of grass by its first and last name. ‘In my shop I sell nature in a bottle: good natural ingredients, and as much organic and fair trade as possible. I live a lot with and through my nose so a nice fragrance can make me very happy. How I survive fall and winter? By having a warm breakfast each morning, for example oats with nuts, seeds, coconut and cinnamon. That really does wonders for my energy level and cold hands and feet have become something of the past.’ 10

‘During the winter months I take a bath almost every night: I prepare a cup of herbal tea, light a candle and run a foam bath using Farfalla. Geborgenheit is my preferred smell, with vanilla, sandalwood and benzoin, a kind of resin. The warm and nurturing scent makes a bath a blessing for my skin and soul.’




‘For the store I try many products, but I always go back to Xingu by Santaverde. This soft, aromatic cream goes well with my dry and delicate skin. And occasionally I apply a generous layer of Neroli cream by Martina Gebhardt. I use it as a facial mask; it is so good that it saves me a visit to the beauty salon.’

‘My best moment of the year is June, when the linden trees are in bloom, a truly heavenly scent. In winter I drink linden blossom tea with linden blossom honey, as a substitute. The fragrances by Florascent are also very special: one hundred percent natural, with essential oils, resins and tinctures. Jasmine, Umami and Ko Jin are my favorites.’



‘Smooth, presentable hands are important to me and I always carry hand cream by Dr.. Hauschka with me. For my feet I use Baobab cream by Martina Gebhardt. The leaves of the baobab are harvested by women in Africa and with the proceeds they can send their children to school. A great project.’

‘Every day I take Earth Source - a multivitamin from Solgar - Marcus Rohrer Spirulina and Astaxanthin by Royal Green. Algae are revitalizing and good for the skin. Occasionally I also take chlorella by Pukka and ConcenTrace by Vitals, a seawater extract containing all 84 trace minerals that a person needs.’



Home tour with Iris Bloem:

‘Everything has value’





It is with care and attention that Iris Bloem has decorated her apartment on the edge of Amsterdam neighborhood the Jordaan. Each object that is there has found a way to her home because she values it. ‘My house is primarily a place where I

‘This is my inner museum, with a changing collection’

can unwind and relax. At home I can totally be myself and just do nothing. Through the things I collect around me, my house is a place of inspiration as well, where I create things, almost like a studio. I also use my house as a mood board, where I surround myself with objects, colors and scents. If I want to achieve something, I focus on it by hanging pictures or writing words on he wall that remind me of my values , goals and desires. For example now I have a piece of art hanging on my wall with the words “prefer gold” on it. This reminds me to go for what I really want and strive for the best.’ Iris’ home is extremely personal. She says: ‘It is my inner museum, with a changing collection.’ Materials, textiles and texture play a major role. Iris: ‘Materials are important to me, I like them to be high quality, honest and natural, such as wool, silk and antique folk fabrics. I will display a silk, beaded blouse from India as a work of art. The doors to my bedroom and dressing room have been replaced by blankets made of yak wool from Afghanistan. I’m always looking for balance and tactility. In addition to an antique wooden table and cupboard I choose a metal cabinet that is a bit tougher and more industrial.’ ‘For me, everything has value. Ordinary things - anything from nature, a butterfly, or even the whiskers of my cat - can be displayed as in a museum, to see, explore and enjoy it. If you frame something, it can go from something ordinary to something very special.’



On the floor a kilim from Amsterdam department store De Bijenkorf. The embroidered ottoman is from The Go’round at the Dotshop. The old throw rug on the chair is from Moldovia, Iris found it at Aarde in the Westerstraat. Iris made the cushion on the chair from an old kilim.





IRIS’ TIPS AND ADRESSEN Brocante ‘In brocante shop ’t Allegaartje in Franeker (Friesland) I’ve found a lot. Some people can not stand the piles of furniture and collections, but I like the challenge to find the hidden gems.’ Furniture ‘The wooden cupboard and the filing cabinet were bought at Van Dijk & Ko.’ Fabric ‘Trickle Down Fabrics in Arnhem sells fabric left over from the collections of fashion designers. A real Aladdin’s cave.’ Sheepskins ‘The sheepskin on the couch - which I’ve made myself incidentally - I chose based on its color and softness. I found it at Van Buren in Bolsward, an old family business and wholesale with a huge selection.’ Gemstones ‘I like to make jewelry, but the pieces I make are generally a bit over the top for me, so I often give them away as presents. Beautiful beads made of semi-precious stones can be found at Babylon on Rozengracht in Amsterdam.’

Clock by Bangahuys Interieur. Above right: cabinet made of six steel locker boxes (Van Dijk & Ko). Naturelle




‘My cabinet of curiosities contains shells, eggs, feathers, old silver, dried sage, a butterfly, crystal and amethyst. On top is a glass case with white orchids preserved in formaldehyde’



On this painting, made by Iris, she stuck a little heart and a lucky charm doll









‘Show me your home and I will tell you who you are’ Iris Bloem’s apartment looks beautiful, but what does the environment she so carefully created say about her? This question is answered by Dutch feng shui expert Nina Elshof.

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The home of Iris exudes calm and serenity. Many objects have been meticulously arranged and compositions have been carefully put together. This shows which elements - feng shui has five: water, wood, fire, earth and metal - are important for Iris. Through these elements we express ourselves and determine our environment. Iris has chosen an environment in which many qualities of the element metal can be recognized. The precise and meticulous selection and positioning are examples of this. But also the fact that there are a lot of dried and non-living objects in her home refer to the element of metal. This makes for a very yin interior where stillness and inactivity rule and where life and vibrancy are largely absent. This subtle balance needs very little to get upset: a newspaper or book that is thoughtlessly left on the couch can be easily experienced as something which creates chaos and disrupts harmony. This, to me, raises the question whether there is room for a relationship. To me, this interior also shows a picture of a woman who is very sensitive to the energy of her environment and of the people around her. She may want to avoid the hectic pace of yang life outside her home, and withdraw in the safety of her self-created purity. Purity is indeed an important word in this interi-


or and also a word that characterizes one aspect of the element metal. It thus represents an important theme in the life of Iris. For her, intention will be more important than the form in which something is presented. The desire for purity in life can be connected to the wishes of the metal element to gain spiritual purity and achieve a (re)connection with the divine. This pursuit can lead to the path of turn-

‘This interior shows a picture of a woman who is very sensitive to her environment’

ing inward and looking inside oneself, and a tendency to withdraw from public life. I therefore suspect that Iris is a modest woman who is attentive to the nuances of life and who prefers authenticity over flamboyance. People around her will regard her as an important indicator for the quality of the energy and atmosphere in that environment. If anything is incorrect or out of balance, then Iris will be able to expose and explain the essence of the problem quickly and effectively. Comment from Iris ‘Boy, it’s true what Nina says, but I do find it a bit overwhelming. I had of course cleaned my house before the pictures were taken, but on occasion it can be quite a chaos. Yet there is always a moment when I clean up and there is indeed a certain order in the process; the cushion on the sofa has a fixed place. ‘Since I live in this house, there is less “yang” in my life. This I do for my own balance. “Authenticity rather than flamboyance” is also true. I have worked in fashion and even though it is an exciting world, I resent that in the end only image and appearances matter. Ultimately life is about love and about caring for the people and things around you. ‘What appeals to me, is Nina’s characterization of “indicator” of my surroundings. I observe well and quickly discover the essence of a problem. Nina’s words confirm this and that inspires me to use and develop this quality more.’ Naturelle


DIY: fairydust feather

Go for a nice long walk in the woods or on the beach and collect a couple of attractive, firm feathers. Other supplies you will need: • gold paint • 1 or 2 brushes • gold glitter Clean and dry the feathers. With a small brush apply a thin layer of goldcolored paint to the outer contours (or a larger portion) of the feather. Allow to dry for a little while and sprinkle gold glitter over the part that has been painted. With a soft dry brush, wipe off the excess glitter.




eather flaunting



Beach house on the riverbank



As within, so without: a light, white foundation with accessories and flowers in bright colors. This is where Simone and her family live. On the banks of the river Amstel, near the city limits which separate Amsterdam from a more rural setting, sits the house of Simone and her family. An ideal place according to Simone. ‘I have the best of both worlds and everything is within “biking range”. Every day when I get home, I feel like I won the lottery. Rabbits, pheasants and storks in the garden, buzzards in the air, it is idyllic. Previously there was a junkyard here, and a pigsty and then came this wooden farmhouse. When we moved in, the inside was dark green and very small; at first we lived in the room that is now the kitchen. Later we had the opportunity to extend and add a proper living room.’ ‘Because the house was so small, I painted everything white. Overtime I added a bit of turquoise, pink, purple and other bright colors. Inside, our house looks just like a beach house’, says Simone. The house shows clear signs of long-distance travel. Cushions, ottomans and other accessories come from Bali, India, Morocco and Chile. Simone: ‘I know Bali well and I was always happy there. But I have a new love. By reading the magical realist work of writer Isabel Allende, I fell in love with Chile. Bali is an ‘air country”, with emphasis on the spiritual. Chile is more of an “earth country”, with good wine, horses and mountains with ancient forests. The first time I rode horses among the ancient trees, I cried. That is something I would normally never do!’ For a ‘beach house’ the place looks very neat. How does she do that? ‘Appearances are deceptive. I just tidied up. I am always trying to create peace and quiet but since our son Silas has been born I have had to give up on that. As I clean up, Silas looks around with a look in his eyes that says “gosh, this place is in desparate need of some disorder.” Naturelle


‘All hydrangeas around the house are pink, even the ones that started out blue’



‘I like to sit here with a glass of wine, watching life pass by on the dike’ Naturelle


‘I added some color with turquoise, pink and purple’ 32




SIMONE’S TIPS AND ADDRESSES Baking ‘The big success story in the kitchen is my apple cake, everyone gets excited when I make it. It is very simple: mix 250 g flour, 250 g sugar, 250 g butter and 4 eggs. Peel and slice 4 or 5 apples, the variety does not matter. Put the slices in a springform pan, cover with the dough and bake for 45 minutes at 180 ˚C. If there is a party, I put fresh fruits and whipped cream on top.’ Shopping ‘The Utrechtsestraat in Amsterdam, especially Zenza and Jan, but I also like Loods 5 and Zara Home.’ Eating ‘Van Beeren (Koningsstraat, Amsterdam) is always nice, informal and good. I also like to eat at A-Fusion on the Zeedijk.’ Outing ‘At the goat farm in the Amsterdam Forest you can eat goat ice cream, have lunch and for children there is plenty of entertainment.’ The white bridle with spurs is from Chile, the Moroccan table was found at Zenza and the blanket is by Missoni. Simone: ‘It is very soft and therefore very popular.’





‘Our home looks just like a beach house’





‘Next to the kitchen table is our wall of fame, with family photos and images of highlights from our lives: travels in Chile and Bali, riding on elephants and horses, swimming with dolphins and flying in a hot air balloon’





Bags from Thailand.



Simone’s favorite spot in the kitchen. The cushions were found in the shop of yoga center Desa Seni in Bali; the painting of Silas is by Simone’s mother, painter Conny Ostendorf. Naturelle


The big blue star is from India and the cuckoo clock is from the Black Forest in Germany. The doll is a Chinese good luck charm, made ​​of coins. On the bedroom wall: a picture of the sky, made by Simone’s husband, processed into wallpaper (Hema). The bed of Silas is trimmed with a piece of gold printed fabric used in Bali for home altars and in temples.







Her style has been imitated by many, but nobody does it better than her. Yes, it’s romantic. Yes, it can be a bit frilly. But it is also grown-up and charming. Imitators are often seen to go over the top and make an interior too pink, too sweet, too girly and fussy. Maybe it is just easier to accept this kind of style from a woman who wears jeans at all times, even when wearing a tutu... In her eighth book, interior designer and stylist Rachel Ashwell shows us her latest endeavour: The Prairie, a Texas ranch consisting of a number of buildings which she has turned into a bed&breakfast, a shop and a large workshop room. From Madow Manor to Pearl Barn, every inch of The Prairie has been decorated in Rachel’s signature shabby chic style. Couture Prairie and Flea Market Treasures by Rachel Ashwell (photography by Amy Neunsinger) is published by CICO Books at £25.00 and is available from



In the palm of your hand Interview with palm reader Ellen Duim 46


Ellen Duim has been a palm reader for nearly twenty years. ‘I don’t predict the future but I do tell people what their hands say about their character, pitfalls and personal challenges. Palmistry invites you to take responsibility for yourself.’



Favorite color: purple. Hair: red. Eyeglass frame: pink. Meet Ellen Duim, palm reader and author of the recently published Hand Reading Book (written in Dutch). With her clear vision, excellent judgment of character and comprehensible explanations, in the course of nearly twenty years she has helped many people to identify and discover themselves on the basis of the size, shape, form, lines, nooks and crannies in their hands and fingers. Ellen receives me in her allotment garden, a lush and voluptuous place overflowing with late summer greens on the outskirts of Amsterdam. Seated at a weathered, antique table heaped with succulent prunes, dates, chocolates and baklava, she encourages me to have as much as I want. With much enthusiasm she continues to talk about her passion for her profession. Did she - in all those years - ever doubt whether palmistry really was her cup of tea? ‘Never! When I read hands, I forget everything around me.’ Palmistry is not an everyday job. What made you become a palm reader? ‘When I was in my late twenties, I had a good job in advertising, a company car and I went out for lunch every day. But I was not happy. My then boyfriend also struggled with his destiny and life questions. To gain insight and to get answers I went to a palm reader for advice and it felt like coming home: she looked right through me and was extremely competent at pinpointing my struggles and qualities. I quit my job and became her student. It felt as if I had no choice: I wanted to know myself better and this was what I needed to do to accomplish that. ‘If you do what you have to do, the path comes naturally to you. When I finished my training, my teacher arranged that I could give courses and one thing led to another: consultations at esoteric bookstore Himalayas and spiritual center Oibibio and I was interviewed for magazines and television. Today I give consultations and 48


‘In the city I am always surrounded by people, noise and crowds, but in my allotment I completely unwind’ Naturelle


‘Everything that happens inside you, can be found in your hands’



courses, and this year I wrote my first book about palmistry. The book is intended for the interested layman who wants to learn more about him- or herself, not only in theory but also with many practical examples and personal backgrounds. It took exactly nine months to write the book and publish it - it really is my baby.’ Can you explain how palmistry works? ‘The beauty of hand reading is that it grants you a look at your own book. I am convinced that everything that happens inside you, can be found in your hands. I speak that language and can translate it without judgment so I can give back to you what you already know, but just can not see. You can see me as a coach with whom you can spruce. Hands are honest and show what is inside. This information gives you the choice to do something about it and get everything out of life what it has to offer. You can no longer hide behind “I can’t” or “I’m afraid”. ‘Recently a man who had lost his wife and children in an accident came to see me. He said he was on the verge to hit the booze but one morning he woke up and realized that his wife would not have wanted this to happen. He decided: I’m going to live. Palmistry invites you to take responsibility for you and your life. You may have little influence on what happens to you, but you decide how you handle it.’ Do you see hands as a crystal ball that predicts the future ? ‘No, I do not predict the future. I once gave a workshop to pharmacists including some Muslim women. They refused to let me read their hand because their faith does not allow predictions. When it turned out that my hand reading is not a prediction, but a tool to get to know yourself better, the headscarves came off and they curiously stretched out their hands to me. ‘Hands do show tendencies. These invite you to take action and manifest something in the world. Naturelle


Palmistry is a tool to gain insight into your beauty and your flaws, your character, pitfalls , challenges and desires. Hands are like a book in which it is written what you need to achieve your goals. The shape of your hand - square, round - doesn’t change anymore after you have reached the age of fourteen, but the lines and signs in hand do change. Hands are pure, if you read hands, all masks fall away.’ Do you see any general changes or developments in the last twenty years ? ‘People today are very tired and there are signs that indicate that many people are hormonally unbalanced. That is why I often refer people to a naturopath and I stress the importance of a healthy diet. Also, some twenty years ago people were not as open about something like palmistry. At the time people concealed they had consulted a palmist but now it’s a topic of conversation at the coffee machine.’ •••






(inspired by the Proust questionnaires)




1. How tall are you? 1.78 m.

13. When and where were you happiest? More and more often I manage to feel happy everywhere. I worked hard at it. Getting older helps.

2. How much do you weigh? I don’t want to know. 3. Favorite color, flower and bird? Marram grass green, peony, robin. 4. What did you have for breakfast today? It is 10.15 a.m. right now and I still have to have breakfast; I often skip it. 5. What is your current mood? Happy. 6. What is the pinnacle of happiness for you? Being surrounded by people who are dear to me and my dog. 7. What is your biggest fear? Losing my mental faculties. 8. What character trait bothers you in yourself? The ‘poor me’ and the busybody that sometimes pop up.

14. What would you like to change about you? That my eyes no longer need glasses. And about my character? I have worked on my personality long enough. This is it. 15. What do you consider your greatest achievement? I patiently untangled the knots in my soul; I was a bit of a whiner, but have become a freer and more pleasant person. But also: that I still manage to make innovative shows. 16. What is your most cherished possession? In case of a fire I would only rescue my dog. But I do not consider my dog as property, it is a borrowed privilege. 17. What do you regret the most? All the useless stuff I bought, of which I thought it was going to make me happy.

9. What character trait bothers you in others? Disinterest: no interest in others, in your environment, in nature.

18. To what question would you like to get an answer? Why do we allow it all to happen? I do not necessarily need an answer, but it is a question that concerns me. I wish we would start caring again.

10. Who do you admire? Ordinary people who bravely go ahead in difficult circumstances.

19. How would you like to die? During a fun afternoon with friends, while laughing really hard.

11. Who or what do you dislike the most? Antisocial behavior, anyone who lies and cheats, profiteers.

20. As who/what would you like to reincarnate? As nothing. Lights out, over, done.

12. What is lacking in the world? The understanding that we are all one. It may sound mushy, but it is true.

21. What is your life motto? Be real.






Discovering a Dutch island

Need some fresh air? From Amsterdam you drive in about an hour to Den Helder where a ferry will take you within half an hour to the largest of the Dutch islands: Texel. And then? Naturelle asked two people in the know with diverse interests where you should go. Tips of the Overtoom family (with four children, ages 6-13) ‘We have been coming to Texel regularly for over ten years and stay a few weeks each year in our family home. Of the 50 days we stay there, 48 are spent on the beach, but gradually we have come to know the island inside out.’ Beach ‘The beach at the Slufter, in the northwest of the island, is extremely broad and very peaceful.’ Restaurant ‘On the other side of the island, where you are not allowed to swim, is Cape North, a fine restaurant with terrace, nice service and a good menu. The nachos with cheese are delicious!’ www. And more ‘In summer the “pick your own” garden is recommended. We pick not only flowers, but also fresh tomatoes, strawberries and raspberries. Furthermore, we like kite flying at the lighthouse, cycling and horse riding. Souvenirs: shells and wool slippers and hand cream from Texel sheep.’




Discovering a Dutch island

Tips of Annalies van Eerde (felt designer) ‘Once or twice a a year I go to Texel to visit a friend and look for wool. Texel wool is gorgeous: resilient, soft, with wonderful natural colors. The most beautiful of Texel to me are the skies and clouds. It seems as if paintings are continuously passing over your head.’ Sheep farm ‘In Oudeschild, on the Skille Path - one of the oldest paths on the island - there is a sheep farm where you can attend demonstrations, cuddle lambs and buy wool, pelts and soap.’ Studio ‘My Texel girlfriend, like me, is a felt artist. Using raw wool of rare, local sheep breeds we create unique interior textiles.’ Harbor festival ‘Every summer there is a harbor festival in Oudeschild. Nice detail: the mammoth bones that fishermen find on the bottom of the Wadden Sea are then given away for free.’ Museum ‘Kaap Skil has interesting archaeological finds. The beachcombers museum is full of bottles, gloves and curiosities that are splendidly arranged by color.’






LOVE FOR NAPLES The somewhat miserable existence of Australian Carla Coulson acutely came to an end when she moved to Italy and learned photography. Carla’s newfound zest is pleasantly apparent on her blog and in her books. Her latest book, about the city of the pizza Naples, promises a lot of dolce vita. Lisa Clifford&Carla Coulson: Napels: A Way of Love. Lantern, 2013.


BOOKS full of joie de vivre Four books that make you reminisce about a life full of sun, sea and carelessness. ROMANTIC AND HASSLE FREE A pied-à-terre usually refers to an apartment in the big city, but taken literally it means “foot-to-earth” so it would actually be better suited as an indication for a (second) home in nature or a rural setting. Homes from Home shows the many different forms that such a pied-à-terre can adopt. From beach cabin to railway carriage, from shack to cave, from tipis to caravan, this book demonstrates that living outdoors in a small space is not only romantic, but also deliciously hassle free. The mini-houses are all very personal and originally furnished. Inspiration for those who dream of a place of their own, away from the crowds... Vinny Lee: Homes from Home. Jacqui Small, 2013. 60


Christian Brechneff in his studio on Sifnos.

© Roman Kuhn

DESTINATION: SIFNOS When he was 21 years old Christian Brechneff put foot on the island of Sifnos, Greece. The Swiss painter buys a house on a hill and for over thirty years he observes how the island and he change. Together with life partner Tim Lovejoy he wrote a beautiful book about it: The Greek House. The Story of a Painter’s Love Affair with the Island of Sifnos (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013).

MALLORCAN STYLE TeNeues has released a coffee table book with over 25 Mallorcan houses and interiors: from minimalist to rural and artistic. The terrace on the picture to the left is part of the 15th-century home of Uscha BehrendsWagner in the northwest of the island. Who wouldn’t want to have lunch there? Christine von Auersperg: Living in Style Mallorca. TeNeues, 2013. Naturelle


Indian summer in the Swiss Alps When the mountain landscape hesitates between summer and winter, it is pleasantly quiet in the Alps.



View from the hiking trail between Bettmeralp and Riederalp. In the background in the middle: the Matterhorn. Naturelle





hile in northern Europe the days tend towards fall, we decide to travel to the Alps. Already in the Ardennes at a mild 15 degrees and under a benevolent sun the hood of the car can go down and with the wind in our hair we meander through Luxembourg and France to Switzerland. The trip, which starts in a light coat, will be completed - via a sweater - in a T-shirt. Under the adage “it’s not about the destination but the journey” we visit a few nice places: in a castle in the otherwise deserted hamlet of Clervaux (Luxembourg) we go to the permanent photo exhibition The Family of Man. Our mood was good to begin with, but after seeing the impressive black and white photos we have even reconciled with the whole of humanity and the human condition. The things an exhibition can achieve... In France we eat pumpkin soup with farmer Michel (more on that in the next issue of Naturelle). And in Switzerland we wander along the lakes of Thun and Brienz and admire the stark Grimsel before we park the car and take the cable car to Bettmeralp, a mountain village at two thousand meters, where motorized vehicles are not allowed. At first sight >



the place looks prey to a slight identity crisis. On the one hand, it is a modest and charming village with wooden chalets, a white church and little entertainment. This is the Bettmeralp adored and appreciated by visitors. On the other hand, we see a billboard as big as a tennis court saying that Bettmeralp is the better Alp. Moreover, the sight of the town has recently been marred by the concrete façade of an enormous ski lift. That must be the work of the more ambitious part of the local population. Despite this clash of minds we seek and find peace and hiking trails. The view during our hikes: snowy mountain peaks all around. Smell: sunlit pine trees. Sound: the flapping wings of a black crow, heavy bells of cows and clear tinkling of sheep and goats. Discovery: Murmeltiere. These large and endearing marmots are the mascots of the region. If they are not stretched out on a rock enjoying the sun, they are eating. They seem very happy. Talking about food: we follow the suggestion of our Swiss neighbor and descend to Betten Dorf where, according to her, you can eat the best Käseschnitte in the whole of Switzerland. Käseschnitte perhaps can be best described as an overturned pot of cheese fondue: in a deep ovenproof plate slices of bread are withdrawn from view >







by an abundant excess of melted cheese. Heavy mountain fare indeed... On the way back we see lupins courageously standing in the last bit of summer. This will to survive is not encouraged by all, as can be read on a poster in the village: the exotic flowers supplant native species and people are asked to pick the flowers before they explosionsartig further spread their seeds. Those ‘explosions’ are not even exaggerated: if you halt near a field of lupins and ignore the persistent chirping of crickets and grasshoppers, you can actually hear the popping of the dry seed pods. If you take the time to listen to exploding flowers then you know you have reached a high degree of relaxation... Our sense of well-being is delicately represented by Thomas Mann in The Magic Mountain: “It was one of those blessed days in October, a day, warm and bright, festive and serious at the same time, with a southern dark blue sky over the valley which was still fresh and green and from whose rugged forested slopes the sounds of cows came - this tinny, peaceful, simple musical sound, that - clear and undisturbed - floated in the silent, subtle, crystal skies and deepened the solemn mood of the high regions.” • • •



Church in Greich.



MOUNTAIN READS In Wild Cheryl Strayed shares the ups and downs of her 1700 kilometer hike on the Pacific Crest Trail in the Sierra Nevada. Step by step she manages to get her mixed up life in order again. When you go for a hike after you have read this book the thought of complaining in the event of a blister will not even cross your mind. ‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going.’ Of an entirely different order is Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain, a classic for tenacious readers with a penchant for cultural history and philosophy. Protagonist Hans Castorp goes to a spa in Davos, Switzerland to visit his cousin but ends up staying for seven years, under the spell of the people he meets and their attitude towards life. 71

The last butterflies and flowers of the season. And the first mushrooms, skis and firewood. Right page: a mural in the village of Ernen.






Nannet van der Ham is a wellness coach and writer. ‘My advice for a healthy life? Pay attention to your body, listen to it and become friends with it. Stop abusing your body and treating it with indifference. Look at how you interact with your friends. If they are tired, you do not stick around, but you go home. Do the same for yourself: if you are tired, you need to send yourself to bed. ‘I recommend to eat natural and unprocessed foods. If it grows on a tree, shrub or plant, comes from the earth or from an animal, it is good for your body. Nature nourishes and saturates us. But otherwise I have few general guidelines. I’m not for or against eating bread, for example. If you often have problems with your bowels, this could be caused by wheat but also by too much fruit or vegetables. I work with a number of experts who can precisely determine such sensitivities. ‘Personally, I love food and I do not always 74

choose the healthiest option. I’m not a saint, but the following works well for me: if I have eaten, let’s say, a lot of baguette with French cheese, I will compensate as quickly as possible - the very next day or the day after that at the latest - by moving my body more. I go for a swim or I take my bicycle and cycle to a far away drug store to buy a pack of cotton pads. I know when I’m not doing well and compensate immediately. And it’s lovely to move, even when it rains. I always ask my clients: do you want to get wet or do you want to be fat? ‘People often come to me to lose weight, but I pay attention not only to diet and exercise, but also to relaxation and clearing your head. My experience is that women are often overweight because they lack a purpose in life. They do not lead the life they want to lead. Once we start examining that, usually a change occurs, so that they have less time to be bored and eat. By letting go of the problem, you also let go of those extra pounds. Only when there is room in your life, I start emphasizing the importance of a healthy diet and of nurturing rather than filling your body. At that point most women

‘Women are often overweight because they lack a purpose’

start to really “get it” and they can not live without their green juice and extra vegetables. Mind you, this is not a simple diet that you can follow indiscriminately. You have to learn to read the labels when you go grocery shopping, create more awareness, and follow your nature. That will lead to a lighter head, a lighter body and a lighter life.’




‘I often check Live Love Fruit, the website of the Canadian Carly Fraser. She eats natural, whole foods, shares easy recipes and clearly explains why fruits and vegetables are so good for us.’

‘All I drink is water and tea. Thirst should not be confused with hunger and a drink does not have to contain any calories. I have a kitchen drawer filled with Yogi Tea so I can select a suitable flavor for any time of the day.’ RECIPE


‘Seaweed is rich in vitamins and other good things. I believe that algae will become very important for us and I take a daily dose of spirulina.’ KITCHEN AID

‘There is a video on YouTube of Jamie Oliver making muesli. His muesli is so good, I could eat it all day. It is a delightful mash of oats, dried fruit, seeds and nuts, left to soak overnight in milk or water. The next morning, add nuts and fresh fruit, and you have a great breakfast.’ Click here for the Jamie Oliver video. SNACK

‘With my juicer I like to make a power drink: carrot, spinach, beetroot, apple, lemon juice and ginger. It is delicious! As soon as I put the vegetables in the machine, I’m starting to feel very healthy.’ Naturelle

‘Nuts are very good for you. They are filling, energizing and tasty. I eat them often but in moderation, for example with my granola. Almonds are a favorite.’ 75

A super good morning to you! Breakfast with superfoods Cocoa, coconut, dried berries, seeds, algae - these socalled superfoods are everywhere these days. But how do you use these ‘new’ ingredients for tasty meals? In their book Superfood recipes. 100% natural and super healthy for anyone (in Dutch) Jesse van der Velde and Annemieke de Kroon not only explain superfoods, they give ten golden rules and the necessary recipes. In Naturelle: four breakfast recipes. Do not skip! 76






Carrot cake INGREDIENTS ( for a cake of 15 cm diameter) • 2 eggs • 3 tbsp honey • 3 1/2 tbsp coconut oil at room temperature • 30 g oat flour • 50 g buckwheat flour • 1 tbsp cream of tartar • 2 tsp cookie&speculaas spices ( a special blend containing ground cinnamon, cloves and ginger) • 200 g grated carrots • 3 tbsp raisins, soaked and dried • 3 tsp lime zest • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped walnuts • 2 tablespoons butter at room temperature for greasing For the butter cream topping • 50 g butter at room temperature • 40 g finely ground goji berry powder • 1 tsp vanilla powder PREPARATION Preheat the oven to 150 °C. Mix the eggs, honey and coconut oil in your kitchen machine, add the flour, baking powder and spices and make a smooth batter. Spoon the carrot, raisins, nuts and lime zest into the batter and pour into a greased cake tin of 15 cm diameter (for a tin of 24 cm diameter you can double the recipe). Bake for 55 minutes or until tender. Stick a skewer in the cake to check whether the inside is done. If the skewer comes out clean, you can take the cake out of the oven. For the butter cream topping mash the ingredients with a fork and spread the mixture over the carrot cake as it cools. If you like, you can decorate the cake with a few halved walnuts.



Good grits INGREDIENTS (for 1 serving) • 60 g buckwheat grains / grits • 200 ml boiling water • 1 small tbsp raw cocoa powder • 1 peach or nectarine cut into small pieces • 4 prunes cut into small pieces • 1 tbsp chopped pistachios For the topping • 4 tbsp finely shredded coconut • 2 1/2 tbsp water • 1 tbsp lemon juice • 1/2 tsp honey PREPARATION Wash the buckwheat (this may not be necessary, follow the instructions on the package) and put the granules with water over high heat until it boils. Then turn the heat to low and let the buckwheat simmer for about 6 minutes, until the grains are tender, stirring occasionally. Put the pan off the heat and let the grains cool for a few minutes. All the cooking liquid should have evaporated by now. If there is still water left, pour it out. Transfer the buckwheat once it is soft and cooked to a bowl and mix with the raw cocoa. Add the pieces of fruit, plums and nuts to the buckwheat. In a separate bowl mix the ingredients for the topping and scoop onto the grits.







Vanilla banana pancake INGREDIENTS (for 1 serving) • 1 banana (not too ripe) • 1/2 tsp fresh vanilla • 4 egg whites • knob of butter • 1/2 tbsp freshly ground flaxseed • 1 tbsp flaked almonds For the cream • 80 ml coconut milk • 30 g macadamia • 2 tbsp maple syrup PREPARATION Mash the banana into a nice smooth mousse, add the vanilla and egg whites and mix to a paste. The batter should not be too light or fluffy, otherwise it will stick to the skillet. Melt a knob of butter in a medium saucepan and then pour the batter in. Reduce the heat slightly and put a lid on the pan. Once the top is ‘dry’, turn the pancake over and cook the other side for 1 minute. Place the pancake on a plate and sprinkle some flaxseed and almonds over it. Blend the ingredients for the cream until creamy and pour it over the pancake.



Oat muffins with chocolate INGREDIENTS (for 4 muffins) • 100 g oat flour • 2 eggs • 2 tablespoons butter at room temperature • 1 tbsp chia seeds • 1 tbsp cookie&speculaas spices ( a special blend containing ground cinnamon, cloves and ginger) • 1 tbsp honey • 1 tbsp coconut blossom sugar • 1/2 tbsp cream of tartar • pinch of salt • coconut oil for greasing For the chocolate topping • 1/2 large ripe avocado • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder • 1 large tbsp honey • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder • pinch of salt PREPARATION Preheat oven to 125 °C. Blend all ingredients well on low speed. Grease muffin tins with coconut oil and fill them with the mixture. Bake the muffins in the middle of the oven. Meanwhile, make the chocolate spread topping and put it in the refrigerator to firm. Blend all the ingredients for the topping until smooth. If you do not have a small blender, mash the avocado into a paste with a fork and then add the other ingredients. You can keep the topping two to three days in a sealed container in the refrigerator. After 25 minutes stick a toothpick in the muffins to see if the inside is almost dry, turn off the oven and leave for 5 minutes. Remove the muffins from the oven. Once they have cooled you can spread the chocolate topping on top, which you may sprinkle with decorations of your choice (nuts, seeds, etc.).







Natascha Boudewijn wrote a new cookbook: GreenDelicious Herbs (Gottmer, 2013, in Dutch). A taster: potato soup with rosemary oil.

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600 g potatoes 1 leek 1 clove garlic 3 sprigs rosemary (and possibly rosemary flowers)* 500 ml vegetable broth 200 ml milk olive oil sea salt

* please adjust to your own taste. Rosemary can add quite an overbearing flavor.

Cooking with herbs

[Lunch or light main dish, serves 4] Cut the leek into rings and wash thoroughly. Heat up a bit of olive oil in a large heavy saucepan, add the leek and stir occasionally. Meanwhile, peel the potatoes and cut into smaller pieces. When the leek is soft, add the crushed garlic, the needles of 1 sprig of rosemary and the potatoes. Fry the potato-leek mixture a few minutes, while stirring. Add the broth and milk and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Meanwhile you finely cut the rosemary needles of the two remaining sprigs. Crush these with a bit of coarse sea salt in a mortar to make a fine paste. Mix the paste with 6 tablespoons of olive oil in a jam jar. Put the lid on a shake well. Add pepper and salt to taste. Let the soup cool a bit before you put it in a blender or food processor and blend until creamy. Serve with rosemary oil, freshly ground pepper and rosemary flowers. Naturelle


Original vegetarian with goat cheese (no salad this time...)



Australian food photographer Katie Quinn Davis photographs food as if it were a still life of an old master. From her first cookbook - a beautiful picture book entitled What Katie ate - Naturelle selected a few original vegetarian dishes with goat cheese.



Tomato soup with goat cheese croutons Katie: ‘Colm is a very dear Irish friend of mine. For years, I’ve told him he should sell his amazing tomato soup, and when I was gathering recipes for my cookbook, I just knew I had to include this one. A handy tip: use thin rubber gloves when peeling the skin off the charred peppers, or they’ll turn your nails a horrible shade of black!’ Serves 6 14 large vine-riped tomatoes, halved lengthways • olive oil, for drizzling • 2 large cloves garlic, very thinly sliced • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper • 4 red bell peppers • 1 can (14 oz/400 g) chopped tomatoes • 1 long red chile, finely chopped • pinch good-quality smoked paprika • 1 large handful basil, roughly chopped, plus a little extra to garnish • thyme leaves, to garnish Goat cheese croutons: 1 crusty baguette, thickly sliced • 450 g/1 lb soft goat cheese Preheat the oven to 275 ˚F/120 ˚C. Place the tomato halves, cut-side up, on a baking sheet. Drizzle each half with a little olive oil, top with a slice of garlic and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 2 hours or until the tomatoes are soft and caramelized. Meanwhile, using tongs, hold the whole bell peppers over a naked gas flame on your stovetop, rotating them occasionally, until the skins are charred all over. (If you don’t have a gas stove, you can achieve a similar result by charring the bell peppers on a barbecue or grill pan or in a preheated 425 ˚F/200 ˚C oven.) Place the bell peppers in a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside until cool enough to handle, then remove the charred skin. Cut away the core and white immer membrane and discard the seeds, then cut the flesh into large pieces and place in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, along with the roast tomatoes. Add the canned tomato, chile, paprika and roughly chopped basil to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Using the empty tomato can as a measure, add two full cans of cold water. Mix together well, then simmer over low-medium heat for an hour or so until the soup has thickened. Remove the pan from the heat, leave the soup to cool for a few minutes, then transfer to a blender and pulse until smooth (or blend in the pan using a hand-held blender). Return the soup to the pan and reheat gently. Taste and season again if required. To make the croutons, toast the bread slices under a hot broiler. Spread thickly with goat cheese, then broil until the cheese is warmed through and slightly softened. Ladle the soup into bowls and place a goat cheese crouton on top. Scatter a few thyne leaves over, then add a final grinding of black pepper and serve piping hot. 90


‘I just knew I had to include this recipe’



‘These are the perfect starter for a dinner party’ 92


Caramelised onion and goat cheese tartlets Katie: ‘These make for a superb lunch; they’re also the perfect starter for a dinner party. You can make the caramelised onions in the morning, or even the night before, and keep them covered until required. Take care when cooking the tartlets ~ I have made the mistake many a time of serving a beautiful, well-risen tart only to discover upon eating it that the base isn’t cooked properly! Check by using a palette knife or similar to gently life the tartlets and make sure the bases are not soggy or soft. If they are, reduce the oven temperature to 160˚C (fan) 180˚C and return to the oven for further cooking.’ Serves 4 1 large sheet good quality puff pastry • 1 free-range egg yolk, mixed with a splash of milk • 4 heaped tablespoons caramelised onion jam (see below) • 175 g goat cheese, cut into 1.5 cm thick rounds • 3-4 thyme sprigs, leaves picked, plus extra sprigs to garnish • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper • 250 ml balsamic vinegar (use the best you can afford) • 3 tablespoons brown sugar Preheat the oven to 200˚C (fan-forced), 220˚C. Using a 12cm round pastry cutter or a small bowl as a template, cut four rounds of pastry and place on a large non-stick or lined baking sheet. Score a 2cm border around the edges of the rounds, being careful not to cut all the way through. Avoiding the border, prick the bases all over with a fork. Brush the borders with the egg wash, taking care not to let the egg run down the sides or the pastry will rise unevenly. Again, avoiding the border, divide the caramelised onion jam among the bases, spreading it out evenly. Place a round of goat’s cheese on top, then scatter with the thyme leaves and season with pepper. Bake for 20 minutes or until the puff pastry borders are golden and risen and the bases of the tartlets are cooked. Mean while, place the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until reduced by half. Add the brown sugar and simmer until the mixture becomes syrupy – it should coat the back of a spoon when it’s ready. Set aside to cook and thicken. Serve the tartlets drizzled with the balsamic syrup and scattered with thyme sprigs. To make the onion jam: Place 4 large onions, peeled and finely sliced, into a large, deep heavy-bottomed saucepan and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Using a wooden spoon, stir the onions to coat thoroughly with the oil, then season with a good pinch of salt. Cook over medium-high heat for about 15 minutes or until softened. Turn the heat down to low and continue cooking for a further 30 minutes, stirring frequently to scrape any sticky bits from the bottom of the pan. Add 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and 1.5 tablespoons of soft brown sugar and stir to coat well. Continue to cook over low heat for another 30-45 minutes, again scraping all the sticky bits from the bottom of the pan. Add a splash more vinegar if the jam becomes too sticky – the consistency should be that of a thick, luscious marmalade. Set aside to cool. Store excess in a sterilised jar and keep in the fridge for up to 1 week.



Mushrooms on toast with walnuts and goat cheese Katie: ‘My husband adores mushrooms like there’s no tomorrow. After a trip to our local farmers’ market, where I spied the most incredible range of locally grown mushroom varieties, including chestnuts, cremini, shiitake and oyster mushrooms, I thought I’d whip him up some mushrooms on toast as a treat. Cooked simply with butter and parsley, and served warm on a thick piece of toasted bread, this brekkie will warm the heart of any mushroom fanatic.’ Serves 2 1 tablespoon olive oil • 2 large handfuls mushrooms, cleaned and sliced • sea salt and freshly ground pepper • 1 tablespoon butter • small handful walnuts, roughly chopped • 3 sprigs thyme, leaves picked • 2 thick slices crusty bread • 1 large clove garlic, peeled and halved lengthways • 75 g/3 oz soft goat cheese • extra vergin olive oil, for drizzling • small handful flat-leaf parsly leaves • shaved parmesan, to garnish Pour the olive oil into a heavy-bottomed skillet and warm gently over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the mushrooms, season lightly with salt and fry for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the butter, walnuts and thyme and toss to combine, then fry for a further 5 minutes until the mushrooms are golden brown and cooked through. Toast the bread, then rub one side with half a garlic clove and spread thickly with goat cheese. Pile the mushrooms on top, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, the season with a little more salt and lot sof pepper. Finish with a scattering of parsley and shaved parmesan.

Katie Quinn Davis, What Katie ate. 2013 (it is not a vegetarian cookbook). 94


‘This will warm the heart of any mushroom fanatic’ Naturelle



Have you ever considered leading a simpler life? Less contrived. A life of simplicity and ease. In her new book Less is luxe (written in Dutch), Lou Niestadt writes and draws her way to a brighter life where less is definitely more. Her art journal contains a very personal journey, starting with many desires and too much stuff and ending with wonder, creativity and a new zest for life. Lou Niestadt, Less is luxe. Licht en avontuurlijk leven. Kosmos 2013, â‚Ź 19,95. 96



Marie-Chantale Turgeon

W H AT YOU SHOULD KNOW ‘One thing you must know about me, is that 1 - i tend to get bored really easily, 2 - i’m vegetarian and eat only gluten-free food - no flour (why? because as you’ll one day discover, most of the processed foods out there are junk for your body – but this is up to you to find out by your own means, or ignore this information).’ That’s Marie-Chantale Turgeon on her blog. Candid when possible. Outspoken when necessary. The Canadian and her partner and cats are traveling around Europe until they decide where they want to settle. ‘I love to explore the world, places and spaces, observe how people live, and see how the environment changes me...’ and Naturelle


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