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Front garden 14

Multimedia & Download Index


Table of Contents


Editorial from Toni & Thea


Our Cover Shooting

258 Outlook June


Contributor Index

259 Imprint

Bistro 18

Startup Spotlight: Nix Color Sensor

22 #FromWhereIStand

Nail polish and sandal feature 36

Startup Spotlight: Project OONA


Candy & Coffee The new sisterMAG Jacket & Coat Collection

2 68

The Coffee Guide The 12 most popular coffee drinks



122 Urban Jungle Bloggers:

Interview with Igor and Judith about their house plant initiative

The Art of the Pour How do you brew the perfect ­coffee?


Flower bed

The Roast Master: Interview with ­a roaster

128 Garden Design with Anoushka

Interview with the owner of Bestique 136 Quinoa

Berlin's Leading Food Lady

Things to know about the ­ healthy corn und recipes by Sarah Golbaz

Portrait about Cathrin Brandes 94

In the Bistro Sandwich recipes by Daniela Becker from »Flowers On My Plate«

104 The Spring Nail Care Routine

154 Beauty Food

A photo-illustration-feature by Claudia Gödke and Elisabeth ­Weber 162 Loving care:

In 4 steps to perfect nails

Thea's glimpse in the beauty case 164

»IDEALeidoscope« How does your ideal skin look like?


Dominic Flask, Dangerdom





Nest 172 Online Interior Shops

The trend about shopping furniture online 185 190

Startup Spotlight: Decorilla Urban or Rural?

Interview with the bloggers of »Stadt, Land, Mama« 195 Folate Kitchen:

Diet and kitchen organisation during pregnancy with s­ tylist Clara Moring 208 Nurseries around the world 224 Nesting For Beginners

Interior Design tips and tricks for young families 236 Nest Times Four

Recipes and DIYs for Easter from Sara Heinen 254 Startup Spotlight:

Tarte Novelle


Dominic Flask, Dangerdom


Toni: @tonneu

Thea: @thneu



A huge bouquet for cover Flower arrangements by model Lina Mallon Hürriyet Bulan 6

Editori a l from Toni & Thea

Dear readers,

Spring has arrived – just the right time sections: The Bistro, The Flowerbed for our new issue of sisterMAG! We and The Nest. had so much fun with the production Spring is the time when we can of this new edition, as it is filled with (finally!) sit outside again with a features that leave you with the desire coffee in our hand, enjoying the local for new colours, new jackets and new bistros and coffee shops. That’s why recipes. Evi Neubauer created a collection of

Starting point for this issue were the coats and jackets for our »Candy & two primary school subjects »Local Coffee Feature«, which are perfect to studies«



Garden«. throw over a spring dress and which

Coming from this idea we created three will protect you from the cold wind PHOTOS CS = Cristopher Santos TAKEN BY AL = Ashley Ludaescher TN = Thea Neubauer

in the early spring days. The perfect coffee you will find in our big coffee





with our new cover dress


»Local Studies – School Garden« section, which does not only include beautiful Easter nests as well as tips a Coffee ABC but also discusses the and ideas how young parents can new trend of pour over coffee.

decorate their home. A guide with

In our flower bed section, we take loving practical ideas and many inspirational care of our body and plants. More than pictures from all around the world

100 bloggers already participate in leaves you wanting to redecorate the the monthly initiative »Urban Jungle nursery right away. Bloggers«. We wanted to know what’s For us this new edition does not only behind all that. For our own bodies consist of digital pages. For the team we have put together a Beauty Food the magazine is pretty ›physical‹, as feature with Claudia and Elisabeth.

we have become particularly aware

Finally a cosy nest was built, in which on this issue with its many shootings there are both wonderful ideas for and productions! For our cover at

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Our first shooting for #sisterMAG12: Angela & Cris 8

auer ub Ne i Ev by e ad m s at Co & s et ck Ja Y DI

Quick change of stylin stylist Lena Schleweis

least 500 flowers were bought, that

Hereby we were helped by the Online

were used to decorate our office and

furniture Shop Fashion For Home

homes after the shooting. The cover

So now the model »Grand Premium«

is by far the most elaborate in setting

adorns the title picture and fashion

and dress that we have done up to now.

blogger Lina Mallon spent an almost

Our fashion editor Evi dismantled the flowers from the wholesale market all by hand, planned the composition out, and finally glued flower after flower on the dress. In addition, this time not only model, photographer, lighting equipment and stylist had to


leisurely day of shooting on our sofa! As with all fashion shoots the handmade pieces now fill our wardrobes. Plexiglas plates, feathers, honey, necklaces,



(Many thanks to Labor-Pilz


be organized, but also the previously

Freiberg), lemons and limes, ink,

mentioned flowers had to be picked

sequins, shoes, and much more were

and moved (many thanks to the

necessary for the product shoots.

wonderful Hürriyet from Botanic Art)

Now they fill our large office table –

and above all a sofa had to be there.

we have no clue, what to do with it



ng on Gendarmenmarkt with our s


Cover model Lina Mallon


Focus on coffee – bistro section

now ;-)! So when we ran with our new

We hope you’ll have a lot of fun with

team member Laura through Berlin's

our issue through April and May. We

shopping streets to get all the shoes

look forward to hearing or even seeing

for our #FromWhereIStand shot last

from you (Have a look at page 22

minute, the sisterMAG weighed very

you can win an essie and sisterMAG set

heavily on our shoulders and was by

with a #ShoeSelfie under the hashtag

no means a virtual light weight :-). The


issue really is packed with downloads,

We now for once get out and enjoy the

videos, goodies and ideas – as you can see on the 2-page (!) multimedia overview on page 16.

flowering trees - as we have not been able to do so in the last few days :-).

Yours, Toni & Thea Sprinter Selfie while transporting the cover sofa

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Lina Mallon

COVER Photos: Zoë Noble

Cover Dress: Evi Neubauer

Model Lina Mallon

Styling (MawH): Anna Czilinsky

Flowers: Hürriyet Bulan

Video: Cris Santos

Sofa: Fashion For Home

BehindThe-Scenes Cris Santos


Watch the video about our cover shoot setup (click on the right play button) ð

Das Team.

Fotos: Cristopher Santos

Toni sweeping.


#SISTERMAG12 Cris Santos on the Fashion For Home Sofa



Lina HĂźrriyet Bulan

sisterMAG comes back in the beginning of June. Until then please sign up for our newsletter or like our page on Facebook to get all our updates, infos and BehindThe-Scenes!

Zoe & Thea

See many Behind-The-Scene pictures of our cover shoot in a specially made gallery. Pictures for you to blog and share – Credit: Cris Santos for sisterMAG (

Contributor index Photos & Text



Daniela Becker

Laura Glabbatz

Emelie Ekborg

Simone Haffner

Sarah Golbaz

Victoria Kau

Claudia Gödke

Louise de Miranda

Sara Heinen

Thea Neubauer

Video Cristopher Santos

Jennifer Patterson Katherine Sacks

illustration & Layout Tina Bergs Emma Block Dominic Flask Thea Neubauer Judith de Graaff Elisabeth Weber

Photos Ashley Ludaescher Zoë Noble Cristopher Santos



Translation & proof Kathrin Greyer Sarah M端ller

models Angela Caro Bruchmann Lina Mallon

Hair & Makeup Anna Czilinsky Lena Schleweis

Amie McCracken Antonia Neubauer Rika Sterling Tanja Timmer



Laura Glabbatz

H端rriyet Bulan

Antonia Neubauer

Clara Moring

Sandra Rothfeld

Evi Neubauer Thea Neubauer

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Multimedia & Download Index New


12/1 – Grey Fleece Coat


Click on the image and you will jump directly to the Download PDF

12/2 – Light blue soft jacket

12/5 – Yellow Coat sMXMAS – jogging bottoms

12/2 – Rosecoloured jacket

12/3 – Green Softshell Coat

12/4 – Pink e­ mbroidered coat

sM1 – Pencil Skirt sM3 – Light yellow puffy skirt Basic Pattern


T-Shirt Illustration 1

T-Shirt Illustration 2

T-Shirt Illustration 3


Beauty Food – ­Carrots

Beauty Food – Lentils

Beauty Food – Almonds

Nutrition table for pregnant ladies NACH AID-ERNÄHRUNGSPYRAMIDE



Cover Setup


How-to Flower Wreaths

In the Bistro


Nest times four


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the Bistro


Photo: Cristopher Santos

| Kr채nze: H체rriyet Bulan

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18 Our main competitors are paint swatches. It's our job to make people realize how outdated a paper card with squares of color on it is and to help explain how ambient light affects color matching.




Have you ever tried to match a paint color with one of those awful paper swatch books? We feel your pain. Nix is a smartphone accessory that you can touch to any object and instantly know the exact color of it in any paint system in the world. It's miles ahead of any smartphone app because it blocks out all ambient light and provides it's own calibrated light source.



My Mom was my inspiration, she lugged around a huge tote bag of paint chips. It's the 21st century... it didn't make any sense. Why spend all that money on a bulky, outdated system that only works with one manufacturer?



I started Nix as a side project at first. We expanded with a small government grant and then funded our first product on Kickstarter. We raised $70k in a little over a month which allowed us to go to production.



We earn money by selling our hardware devices. Our app is free!



In 5 years I see myself in 2019... But seriously I see myself managing an Edison-esque invention factory with the intention of helping out local entrepreneurs. :) 19

Nix is different from existing smartphone apps in a crucial way. It has the ability of being properly calibrated. Apps use your smartphone camera which is drastically affected by ambient light.


Nix blocks out all ambient light and provides its own calibrated light source. Nix also works with all manufacturers and we are adding new pigments, dyes and stains on a daily basis.







Before Nix I was the electrical manager of the McMaster University Solar Car Team. We built completely solar powered cars that have raced all around the world. Our tiny budget and huge goals trained me to be an efficient inventor.

Andy Li was our first real employee. He was a great summer student from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. We spent a summer doing science, eating schwarma and listening to old-school rap in my apartment lab.

We are located in the gorgeous Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, an old steel town with a lot of heart. Search YouTube for ÂťThe Ambitious CityÂŤ and you will be pleasantly surprised. #HamOnt

My most often used piece of software is probably Excel. What can't you do in Excel? #nerd

The founding team: James St







We used to be called Chromatix, the name was too long and complicated. My younger brother came up with the idea for Nix in a brainstorming session. Nix is Latin for snow, Snow



is my great grandfather's last name and my middle name. The Nix Color Sensor is also in the shape of a diamond/crystal, I thought snow/Nix would fit with that.


Weirdly enough, as a company that specializes in color we don't have any color in our logo or product. I like to keep everything black and white to not distract from the fact that Nix is a tool to be used by creative people all over the world for their own purposes. If we picked a color for our company how would I choose?! They are all too beautiful.

track, Matthew Sheridan, and Andy Li




21 Bastoni's Schwarma basically kept the Nix team alive the few months before our Kickstarter launch. Best Schwarma in Hamilton, no doubt about it.







If you have found the right coat for this spring (see our feature on page 40 ), you still have to buy the perfect sandals. We were inspired by essie's new spring collection of nailpolish colours and created a fashion spread themed #FromWhereIStand. If you click on this hashtag on Instagram you can find a lot of inspiration for shoes and interesting perspectives. On our Instagram channel @sister_mag we are also posting our #ShoeSelfies with #FromWhereIStandsisterMAG and invite you to join in! If you mention us or use our hashtag we will gladly regram you and you can even win a whole essie set (see to the right)!

#FromWhereIStand What we learned: Fans of essie nailpolish tag themselves as #essienistas in their pictures. What a lovely idea!







ZoĂŤ Noble

Anna Czilinsky Styling: Thea Neubauer & nails:


Laura Glabbatz

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andA skirt from gr into ma was turned , but a modern skirt ren r e t t a p r e w o the fl ttom. mains at the bo taYou can find vin ine ge skirts in onl shops like oder bei n e d l o g r a e @d e @adoredvintag


Style Hunter Nail Polish in Pinky Red from essie

DKNY LINNEA High Heels sandals in Wave Blue, via, â‚Ź229,95


The names of essie's nail polishes gave us the inspiration for our outfits and settings! These names are taken from games, which we all know from our childhood: Truth or Dare, Hide & Go or Hunting (more infos you see on page ).

#Style Hunter



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Silver-coloured pencil skirts: Basic pattern in sisterMAG N°1 Pattern here


Truth or Flare Nail Polish in Pigeon Blue

Sandals with crossed leather parts and rhinestones, Zara, â‚Ź69,95


#Truth or Flare


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Mint green chiffon skirt with plastic flowers. You can see the tutorial here


mint in l e e h n e p O green leather Zara, â‚Ź39,95

Fashion Playground Nail Polish in minty green from essie


#Fashion Playground


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Open heel in pink leather, Zara, â‚Ź39,95

Romper Room Nail Polish in light pink from essie


#Romper Room

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Light yellow skirt in half transparent fabric (with underskirt) from sisterMAG N°3 – Pattern here


Wedges: private

Hide & Go Chic

Nail Polish in Dark Blue from essie


#Hide & Go Chic Hide-and-Seek

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Style Hunter Zara

Spring n o i t c e l l o C

Fashion Playground

When it comes to fashion and style, essie helps you with six new colours for spring and we want them all!


Spin The Bottle



Romper Room


Truth or Flare

Hide & Go Chic


The first 150 participants will receive a set from essie and sisterMAG! Terms and conditions



#from where istand sisterMAG

You can win the spring collection from essie! Just make a shoe selfie of your spring-like toes and shoes and send it to us: via Instagram with the hashtag #FromWhereI足 StandsisterMAG or via mail to .

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OONA means »the unique one« – and that’s exactly what we offer! Unique bags. Bags which are specifically tailored to the customers’ tastes. Our website offers a range of shapes and models – the individual colours, fabrics, linings and metal fittings (gold or silver) are individually chosen by each customer.

2 Our own love for bags and accessories. More often than not it’s one very specific detail that makes the difference between buying and not-buying something, like whether the zip is gold or silver plated.

36 We managed to secure a great group of investors so we were able to just get going with our idea.

We have created a strong brand which results in a profitable product margin.

In five years time, we’d like every fifth woman in Europe to own an OONA bag or accessory. ;-)









You’d be happy to buy a certain bag if you could change just one thing about it. And that’s what you can do in our shop: Change just one thing, or change many. Even more options are available on request.



Our first model was called TONI, a roomy, sporty yet elegant, business holdall for anything and everything the busy woman about town might need throughout her day: a laptop, a small makeup bag, a second pair of shoes, the works. It‘s still one of our best selling items.



Muted colours like grey and taupe are a must. And they go well with most outfits for most occasions, too. 37 All your standard manufacturers of handbags, of course, but also some of those who produce individualised bags.











After completing my Business Administration studies at the European Business School, Oest­ rich-­Winkel, during which I also spent some time in San Diego and Buenos Aires, I (Maru) joined the second biggest spirits & liquor company and learned how to sell things from scratch. ;-) At the end I was in charge of the Metro and Rewe Group

accounts, some of the biggest retail companies in Europe. Jürgen also studied Business Administration at WHU Vallendar and HHL Leipzig. He then first worked as an investment banker for companies like JP Morgan and Freitag & Co and later became the commercial affairs manager of Phorms, a private education provider.

Das Gründerteam: Maru ...


... und Jürgen.

Excel. Photoshop.













OONA is Gaelic and means »the unique one«.




It was a spontaneous and emotional decision. They are distinct, feminine and beautiful. 39




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THE SHOOTING Spring is finally there and thick winter jackets and coats are ready to stay in the closet. The new sisterMAG collection is perfect for those days in April and May when the sun is shining during the day, but you need a cosy jacket in the evenings: Coats and


jackets in pastel and candy colours, t-shirts with exclusive illustrations from illustrator Emma Block and a photoshoot in the heart of Berlin. One day we attended Angela during her nicest activities in spring: Wandering the streets of Berlin, drinking coffee and buying flowers. In the style of Tommy Ton's street style photography, Cristopher Santos followed her from


Gendarmenmarkt to Museumsinsel,


from BrunnenstraĂ&#x;e to Kollwitzkietz and





moments. Enjoy the pictures, which you can find on Pinterest, and the sewing patterns for download!



THE TEAM If you follow the sisterMAG blog and Facebook page

, you will

already know most of the people behind the scenes! We also had the luck to work with a few friends for this fashion feature:




Evi Neubauer


ART WORK Emma Block


(MAKEUP & HAIR) Lena Schleweis



Kindly supported


by Project OONA

… AND Many thanks to all the coffee shops in Berlin, in which we were allowed to take pictures!! Hermann Eicke (Brunnenstraße 45) Du Bonheur (Brunnenstraße 39) Elbspeicher (Sredzkistraße 41)

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THE COAT The collarless coat is made of a




Because of the slightly downwards pulling shoulders the coat gets a new form. In addition we made a scarf out of the same material. Two press buttons, sewn on and hidden, complete the minimalistic look.


T-SHIRT Emma Block

is a British illustrator,

who already has big names like Orla Kiely & Uniqlo in her portfolio. For sisterMAG and the shirts of this fashion editorial she created four Âťdigital ladiesÂŤ. You can download the motifs and reproduce the shirts really easily with printable transfer sheets at home. You can find the downloads on the following pages.


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LOOK Coat: Collarless bio fleece coat, Pattern sM12/1, Download here Belt: Mango | Jeans: private | Shoes: Zara

Coat Pattern Illustration


Sunglasses: Ray Ban | T-Shirt: Levi's


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Jacket Pattern Pants Pattern Illustration


LOOK Jacket: Bio fleece jacket, Pattern sM12/2, Download here Jogging Bottoms: sisterMAGXMAS, Download here | Shoes: Zara | Bag: Project OONA »Toni«


T-Shirt: Levi's


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THE JACKET Inspired by Burberry Prorsum's Spring 2014 RTW collection, the colourful jackets are an easy accessory which can be worn over pants and skirts.



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SKIRT The pencil skirt is made of greige-coloured leather. Special eyecatchers are the pearl embroideries and rhinestones. They can be found in all colours and versions here



LOOK Jacket: Pink jacket with pockets, Pattern sM12/2, Download here Skirt: Pencil skirt, made with pattern from sisterMAG N째1, Download here Shoes: Zara


T-Shirt: Levi's | Shopping bag:

Jacket Pattern

Kollwitzplatz Farmer's Market

Skirt Pattern

in Berlin


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CAFÉ Berlin’s Brunnenstraße develops increasingly into a promenade because of its many nice cafés and shops. The French inspired pastry shop >Du Bonheur< is a special highlight with macarons, brioches or desserts with names like »Montblanc«. Open from 8 am, Saturday & Sunday from 9 am.



LOOK Inspiration was

Coat: Green

the new Fall 2014

softshell coat,

RTW Collection by Burberry Prorsum. Christopher Bailey focusses on handmade details.

Pattern sM12/3, Download here Trowsers: private | Shoes: Zara | T-Shirt: Levi's

| Bag:

Project OONA

The dresses are


unusually long –

Souvenir shop

like our coat – and

in Dutch town

the scarves are worn casually over


| Scarf:

Bergen | Belt: private

the shoulder. Easy to recreate and a great effect!

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BAG Colour, texture, material, handles, sides and fittings of Project OONA's bags are customizable.


Coat Pattern Illustration


COAT The special detail about this coat is not just its colour – the neon green can be seen from a distance – but also the material. »Softshell« is the generic term for many functional textiles. Anyone knows the really soft and cosy but at the same time water-vapor permeable material of functional or training jackets. Consisting of two or three membrane layers, it holds warmth, but doesn’t let you feel sweaty at the same time. Because of the form and the make the coat stays elegant and chic!


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COATDRESS Probably the most work-intensive coat of our mini-collection: The flowers made of rhinestones and perals are hand-embroided and spread over the coat. The first step is to sew the coat (for this reason there is for example the flower, which reaches over the edges of the pocket). If you like you can use the coat as a dress as well â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surely smart enough!


THE CLUTCH Just large enough to carry the most important things for the evening: iPhone, banknotes and a key fit in this model of Project OONA



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LOCATION The elegant outfit calls for an adequate location – we caught Angela windowshopping at Quartier 206 on Berlin's Friedrichstraße. The pink coat is the perfect accessory!


LOOK Coat: Pink coat with embroideries, Pattern sM12/4, Download here Shoes: Zara


Clutch: Project OONA

Coat Pattern



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LOOK Coat: Yellow coat, Pattern sM12/5, Download here Sneakers: Nike | Belt: Handembroidered Mango belt Grey Jeans: private | Bag: Project OONA »Andi«


Coat Pattern Illustration



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CAFÉ ELBSPEICHER Angela's and our day ended with a delicious glass of Hugo in the café Elbspeicher in Prenzlauer Berg. You can sit outside and pass the day in review. And we were lucky enough to catch the time when they made fresh waffles outside!



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THE C FFEE GUIDE 12 of the most popular coffee types text & fotos EMELIE EKBORG , barista VIKTOR WENNERBLOM layout JUDITH DE GRAAFF

Espresso * * * * *

Ristretto * * * * * 95° C water under high pressure through finely ground and compacted coffee. Espresso is thicker than coffee brewed by other methods and contains more caffeine per unit


volume than most beverages. The pressurized brewing process brings out Is a small but strong and rich coffee. An espresso comes




single or double. A single espresso is 25-30 ml and a double espresso is 50-60 ml. Espresso is made in an espresso machine by forcing a small amount of




foam, the crema, which contains lots of flavours. Espresso is both a coffee beverage and a brewing method. It’s not a specific bean, bean blend, or roast level. It’s also the base for many other coffees such as latte, cappuccino, macchiato and americano.

A ristretto is a single or double espresso with less water. This gives a richer and stronger brew with more body and less bitterness. Ristretto is


a »short«



There are three different ways to make a ristretto.


Have you ever been standing in the coffee shops, thinking that you might try something new? But there are so many different kind of coffees to choose from. What’s the difference? And what if it’s too strong? And in the end you just order the same latte, as you use to order every day.

If that ever happened, this is the perfect coffee guide for you. We will explain the differences between the 12 most common coffees. So next time you order a coffee, you might be confident enough to try something new.

Lungo * * * * One can grind the coffee more fine or tamp, compacting, the grinded coffee harder, so less water pass through the filter with ground coffee. Or one can simply stop the


extraction early.

Lungo is Italian for »long«. A lungo is a single or double espresso but with twice as much water. First an espresso is made, then when the extraction is finished one immediately starts a new extraction through the same filter. A lungo is simply a long and weak espresso.

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Cappuccino * *

Latte * * espresso and a large cap-

Originally it’s called caffé

puccino is made with a

latte, which is Italian for

double. Today the recipe

»milk coffee«. A latte is

with the thirds isn’t always

made of a single or dou-

followed, but the minimum

ble espresso and steamed

of foam depth should be at

milk. It’s slightly foamy but

least 1 centimetre.

not as foamy as a cappuccino. A latte is often decorated with a heart, leaf or feather in the foam. In northern Europe and

A classic cappuccino contains one third espresso, 70

one third steamed milk and one third creamy foam from steamed milk. The espresso is poured into the bottom of the cup, followed by the milk and the creamy foam. The foam can be topped with chocolate powder or decorated with artistic drawings made with the milk, called latte art. A small cappuccino is made with a single




sometimes a misunderstanding that café au lait is the same as a latte. Café au lait also means »coffee with milk« but in French and it’s regular black coffee with hot milk.



The basis for a CafĂŠ au Lait is filter coffee.

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Espresso Macchiato * * * *

Latte Macchiato *

Mocha * *

Macchiato is Italian for

Latte macchiato is the

Mocha is a variant of latte



opposite from espresso

or hot chocolate with a

macchiato means »spot-

macchiato. In Italian it

single or double shot of

ted coffee«. An espresso



espresso added. It can be

macchiato is an espresso

and it indicates that the-

based on chocolate pow-

with just a spot on top that

re’s espresso in the milk.

der, syrup or real cho-

indicates a hint of creamy,

A single shot of espresso

colate. A typical mocha

steamed milk underneath

is added to a glass of stea-

is topped with whipped

the crema. Just as any

med milk. A latte macchi-

cream or a creamy foam

other espresso drinks, it’s

ato is weaker than a latte.

and cocoa powder.

served as single or double.



Cortado * * *

A cortado is half espresso, half steamed milk. Stea73

med milk is gently poured into a double espresso. Cortado is sometimes called »half, half«, »espressino«,



»Gibraltar« in the United States. A cortado is a perfect alternative for people who like a milky coffee but a little stronger than a latte or a cappuccino.

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Inferno * * * *

An inferno is served in a short glass and contains 74

steamed milk, poured into two double espressos (4 single shots). The proportions are 4/5 espresso and 1/5 steamed milk.

A well made Latte will leave you with a smile even on a cloudy day!.


Americano * * *

Pour-Over Coffee *

An americano is a double


espresso gently poured

brewing method for filter

into a normal sized cup

coffee. It’s far from new but

of hot water. It’s import-

has become trendy in the

ant that the espresso is

past few years. The coffee

poured into the water, not

is brewed in small sing-

opposite. If the water is

le-serving carafes that only

poured on the espresso,

hold the filter. Sometimes

it will destroy the crema

it’s even brewed directly

on the espresso and also

into the cup.

spoil the flavour. Ameri-

Hot water is poured in a cir-

cano is sometimes descri-

cular motion over ground

bed as a posh filter coffee.

coffee in a filter and the

The amount of water in

coffee drips down in the

an americano and a filter

carafe. The pour-over cof-

coffee is quite the same,

fee has a very light body,

but an americano is much

more flavour and less bit-

richer and bolder than

terness than regular filter

ordinary filter coffee.




a 75

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of t h e p our

Hello, my name is Jennifer and I’m a coffee addict. There, I said it. But recently my four-cup-a-day habit

wondered why someone would wait

hit a roadblock: I had my first pour-

three to four minutes for a coffee when

over coffee, and the experience was

they could be enjoying an Americano

so divine that I’m now pushing aside

in less than a minute. Pure hipster

my machine brew. Why the change

nonsense, I decided.

of heart? Well, I’d describe my daily

In my naïveté, I failed to recognize

cuppa joe as acidic, strong, bitter and, at times, smooth—but after tasting a freshly made pour-over coffee, my mouth was overcome with flavours of apricots, peaches and bergamot. I feel there’s a clear winner here. I’ve tasted coffee in its purest form, and now there’s no turning back.


that pour-over coffee is not new, as it’s been around since the early 20th century. This traditional hand-poured style




intended—in the background through the rise of espresso bars, coffees to go and single-use capsules. As is the cyclical nature of trends, what was old

My first encounter with this brewing

is now new again.

method was in Portland, Oregon, a

It was in Germany in 1908 that Melitta

city always on the forefront of trends. I watched customer after customer order this slower style of drink at places such as Stumptown Coffee Roasters and at smaller, independent shops. I

Bentz invented the paper coffee filter. She recognized that cups of coffee were often littered with grounds, and felt that cleaning linen filter bags after every use was nothing short of a hassle.

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Her inspiration came from her son’s

tins of pre-ground beans that sat on

homework—she took blotting paper

the shelf of every household in North

from his workbook to create her first

America. Next arrived global chain

paper filter. Her innovative, patented

domination (Starbucks), with gourmet,

product led her to start Melitta, a major

espresso-based drinks replacing a

coffee company that still sells paper

simple pot of coffee. Suddenly, the


plain ol’ stuff became a has-been; we

So is the return to this simple brewing

demanded two-pump, extra-foamy

style more than just a passing trend, or does it represent a bigger shift in coffee culture? In 2002, the term »third-wave coffee« was coined in reference to some of the largest coffee movements of the past century. First came the massive

caramel lattes with whipped cream— made in two minutes, or less. Now we’ve arrived at hand-poured, single cups of black coffee. Customers are paying attention to where the beans are being sourced (Ethiopia, Kenya, Colombia, El Salvador, etc.) and become jittery with excitement at the


thought of tasting their new bag of beans using the pour-over method. It has become an artisanal product, not just a commodity. Cafe owners are no longer just setting up shop to flog bags of beans and average beverages; instead they are travelling around the world, directly to the farms, to view the entire process behind growing, harvesting and roasting the beans. And it doesn’t end there: top-notch owners





try it at home: 1. Purchase a bag of freshly roasted, single-origin beans from your favourite cafe.

2. Gather up your brew equipment: scale, timer, thermometer, kett-

le, grinder (hand-cranked recommended), filter paper, mug, and choice of drip method (V60, Kone, Chemex, Bee House or Kalita Wave).

3. Grind 7 to 9 grams of coffee per 100 ml of water (the average mug

holds 300 ml). The consistency should be close to coarse sea salt.

4. Set the paper filter inside the dripper and place it over the mug. Rinse the filter with hot water to remove the flavour of paper, eliminate starch, and preheat your mug. Dump that water.

5. Add your ground beans, levelling them out, and pour a bit of not-quite-boiling filtered water (roughly 92째 C to 96째 C) over top to allow the coffee to bloom for about 30 seconds.

6. Continue pouring the hot water in slow, counter-clockwise movements until you reach the top of the brewer. This should take between 2 to 3 minutes.

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attend cupping sessions to smell, swirl

and finally pour the water over in

and sip new roasts before buying. So

delicate circular motions. When the

perhaps it’s not a passing trend but

cup arrived at my table I was advised

rather a renewed appreciation and

to let it sit another minute, allowing it

respect for the basics.

to fully bloom. My wait paid off, as the

In Berlin, where third-wave coffees houses are booming in popularity, I decided to test a single-pour coffee and made my way to The Barn, a local cafe and roastery in Mitte. I was shown the menu of beans for filter pours that day and chose the Mesele Haille, an

first sip sat heavy on my tongue and the fruity notes bathed the inside of my mouth. This is how coffee should taste. We’ve been drowning in milkbased caffeinated drinks for so long that it’s quite shocking to see how far we’ve drifted from the original flavour. In the end there’s no sugar crash from

Ethiopian roast with elegant notes of

dessert-style coffee, just the lingering

bergamot and apricot. I watched the

taste of flavourful black brew. There’s

barista heat the water to an exact

nothing between you and your beans.

degree, measure and grind my beans,

No milk, no sugar. Just a pure journey


Picture Gallery for the senses, one that changes with every roast and every origin. And it’s


not just the absence of these additives that changes the drink; the beans are different for pour-over coffee. With

Coffee Circle


espresso drinks, beans tend to be a

Everything you need to know about

darker roast, so they pack a powerful

quality coffee in Germany. Purchase

coffee punch without the flavour


profiles. The pour-over method calls

Instructional videos on how to pour

for a lighter roast, allowing for a better

the perfect cup.

release of aromas and flavours. The result is bright, not bitter.




Ozone Coffee Roasters

I’m not entirely ready to abandon my

Artisan coffee company from London

10-cup coffee machine on the side of

with an online shop and information on

the road—the convenience on a busy

everything from roasting to brewing.

workday morning is too good to pass up—but I’ll slow down on weekends,

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

and settle in with a new bag of beans

Helpful tips on how to brew. Fresh-

to enjoy my hand-poured coffee. You

roasted beans shipped internationally.

can always taste the difference a little

Coffee bean subscriptions available.

extra time and effort makes.

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text & photos EMELIE EKBORG layout TINA BERGS

The Roast Master One





The other day he’s roasting


coffee beans in an old stable in Gothenburg, Sweden. Christian Gullbrandsson has no dull job and his days are diverse as a roast master at a small coffee roastery. »Ever since I was young, I’ve been interested in food, beverage and flavours« says Christian Gullbrandsson. Ten years ago he started to work in a shop selling espresso machines and the passion for coffee was born. »After that I worked as a barista here at Da Matteo. Then I worked part time as roaster.«


Today he’s the roast master at Da Mat-

The Loring roasters are very high tech

teo Cafe in Gothenburg, Sweden. He’s

and environment friendly. The heated

in charge of everything in the small

air is recycled inside the roaster to

roastery, from purchasing raw beans,

save energy and to reduce the carbon

roasting the coffee beans, packing,

dioxide emission.

trying out new coffee profiles and pro-

»It’s almost like a convection oven«

ducts, quality controls and administration. He also does workshops and house trainings with the baristas. Da Matteo started as a small but trendy espresso bar in Gothenburg, Sweden, in the mid-90s. Since the beginning there was a desire to use the best quality and to be in control of every step of the process. Today they have six branches; they bake their own bread and roast their own coffee. The roasting crew consists of Christian, the roast master and one other guy called Patrik. After a large batch of roasted beans they also get some help packing from the baristas in the café. During one year they roast about 30 tons of coffee beans. About 12-13 tons are used in their own cafes and the rest are sold throughout Sweden to cafes and restaurants. »In 2007 we started to roast our own coffee and three years ago we bought a new Loring roaster from Los Angles, which we are very proud off.«

explains Christian. The roaster is computer-controlled which gives the roasting crew the opportunity to monitor the whole roasting process by just a touch of a button. »Even though the roaster is computer-controlled, you still have to operate it by hand. You need to know what to tell the computer to do, to turn down the temperature, roast for two more minutes etcetera. The roaster won’t know these things by itself« continues Christian. »But one of the big advantages is that it can save different roasting profiles, which are like recipes. This means that we can roast the exact way again tomorrow or in one year. » The roaster’s job is to balance out the right temperature and the right time to bring the flavours of the beans to its best. The flavours also depend on how the geography and climate inter-

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act with the plant’s genetics. Every bean has its own special requirements, making this both an art and a science. For Christian the roasting process doesn’t start in the small roastery in Gothenburg, but on the coffee estates in Central America, South America or Africa. »Last week I was in Central America to buy coffee beans and visiting the estates« says Christian passionately. »In order to get the best beans it’s very important for us to have a close


relationship with the growers. Several times a year I visit the estates.« Before the coffee beans end up in the small roastery, there’s a long process. The beans are farmed, picked, dried, packed and shipped. »After this long journey it’s time to roast the beans. We try to respect the hard labour many people have put in before we get our hands on the beans, to preserve the quality of the coffee. » Each coffee has a unique roasting pro-

Christian works at the small pack station just behind the roaster. Two hundred years ago this were the stables for the cavalry.

file. At Da Matteo they don’t use the expressions of dark, medium or light roasting. When the coffee tastes good, then it’s ready.


Christian Gullbrandsson weights up a batch of raw beans for todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roasting.

First the raw beans are being poured in a big scale on wheels and weight. Each batch contains 30 kilo raw beans and end up with 13-14 kilos of coffee


beans ready to grind. Then a hose is connected to the scale and the beans are vacuumed up into the hopper on top of the roaster. When the roaster reaches the right temperature the beans are realised into the drum. The beans are roasted for about 9-15 minutes, depending on the size of the beans and the present roast profile. During the roasting the beans lose moisture and change size. The fibres in the beans break open and expand, producing a reaction almost like a popping popcorn. The beans also change colour from greyish green to the characteristic warm brown colour.

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ready to be grinded to a fresh cup of 86

coffee or packed and sold. In Da Matteo’s roastery the roaster are working four days a week. The roastery and one of their cafés are located

This page: The bags with coffee beans are being sealed. Right: Christian Gullbrandsson the roast master at Da Matteo and his Loring roaster.

in an old building that used to house

Once the beans have reached the

preserved to bring an atmosphere to

desired roasting profile they are poured out on the cooling tray. Rotating

the cavalry’s horses back in the 18th century. Rough brick walls and old doors are the café. The open plan makes it possible for the guests to watch the roas-

arms stir the beans as cool air is dra-

ting process while having a coffee.

wn through them and cool them down

»We love transparency and to spread

in less than a minute. The coffee be-

our passion for coffee. What we do

ans are now roasted and being pou-

here is no secret magic« explains

red out in a big bin. After that they are

Christian. »Unfortunately that means


How to roast coffee beans at home 1. Preheat the oven to 250 C° (482 F°) 2. Roast 50 g beans on a tray in the middle of the oven for 5-8 minutes. 3. Stir frequently.

that we can’t work undisturbed all the time, as our café guests use to be very interested and have many questions. You have to take the good with the bad.« Roasting a batch of beans can be quite noisy, but the guests don’t seem to

4. When all the beans are popped, it’s time to take the tray out of the oven. 5. Let the beans cool properly on another tray for several hours. 6. Keep the beans in a tight container up till 2 weeks.

mind. »Honestly I don’t understand how they like to have a coffee in all that noise« says Christian and laugh. »But some of them are real coffee nerds that buy raw beans from us and roast at home.« To roast your own coffee beans at home doesn’t have to be complicated. »The important thing is to stir the beans constantly, because they roast quite quickly« explains Christian. »You also need to be prepared that it smokes a bit. After a couple of times you will get a hang of it and you can get really nice coffee.«

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Berlin’s Leading Food Lady From lawyer to supper club chef and food expert extraordinaire, Berliner Cathrin Brandes is constantly bringing a new perspective to the capital’s food scene and writes about it on her blog: www.berlintidbits. .



Creamy soup, herbed butter, green

even the most picky eater to join her

garlic pesto, pasta filling: just a few

on a woodland search for wild berries

of the many things Cathrin Brandes

and leaves to turn into lunch.

creates with her foraged Bärlauch, a

And while many of the preserves,

wild garlic she has been gathering in Berlin’s Brandenburg woods recently. As spring approaches, she’ll begin to search for red currants, to use in jams or infused liquors, as well as a variety of edible flowers and leaves, including a fragrant flower which Brandes turns into a natural vanilla.

liquors, and sauces from foragings do end up on Brandes’ table, the 42-yearold resident of Berlin’s Neukölln neighborhood isn’t only cooking home dinners. Instead her sauerkrauts are used on dishes at her monthly KrautBraut

food stand at the city’s

popular Street Food Thursday event;

Collecting wild herbs and fruits from

her preserves are traded at meetings

the woods surrounding Berlin might

of the Berlin food trading group she

sound questionable to some, but

founded, food­Xchange

with her warm smile and enthusiast

infused liquors are used for pop-up

personality, Brandes has the type of

bar events as part of her mixology

gregarious spirit that could inspire

concept, I Shot the Sheriff

; and her




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With her hands in so many pots, putting

when her parents would often bring her

a thumb on a traditional definition for

along to the kinds of relaxed Spanish

what Brandes does is complicated to

meals that are drawn out for hours.

say the least. Along with the pop-up bar,

»My parents visited a lot of bars and

food stand, and trading group, Brandes

restaurants in Spain, and I remember

also runs a successful supper club,

sitting there with all the grown-up

Speisenklub Neukölln

, and writes

people,« she says. »They were all

about food trends and explorations

talking, and I was eating all the food

on the blog Tidbits

on the table and I enjoyed myself very

. And these are

just her passion projects. »For me, it’s


my fun, my lifestyle, and it’s also my

She grew up speaking German at

passion,« she says.

home with her parents, and returned to their home country to study law in Freiburg, following their advice to


Not the sort to be satisfied with a

choose a career that would lead to

9-to-5 routine and a hobby on the side,

some financial success. After her

Brandes makes her »bread and butter«,

studies, she made her way to Berlin,

as a freelance culinary consultant.

as many did in the early 90s, to work

The foodie jack-of-all-trades works

as a lawyer for a reunification agency.

with everyone from organic grocers

But those early Spanish dinners, and

to event producers to do marketing,

a childhood of cooking at home with

public relations, and branding work;

her parents, instilled a deep passion

develops menus and concepts for new

for food in Brandes. Even during her

restaurants; and does food styling and writing for publisher Le Schicken. But as intertwined as her life is in the world of food, she surprisingly didn’t start out following a career path towards the kitchen.

university studies she worked in the industry, taking jobs in a restaurant, Champagne bar, bakery, and brewery. As she began her work as a lawyer, she felt the conventional schedule and uncreative spirit of the business world

Brandes fell in love with food during

to be stifling. After trying positions

her childhood growing up in Madrid,

working in the legal field for a software


development company and in real

says, thinking back to the dinner she

estate, she finally accepted that she

prepared for around 100 guests. »I

would only be happy working with food.

even did the wedding cake, and it was

As she turned 30, Brandes cut off all

beautiful, with roses and meringue

ties with law profession and turned

and a raspberry coconut filling.«

her full focus towards her love of


food. She began making preserves—a

catering company for four years, she

longtime favorite past time—selling

took a position with Kofler Kompanie,

items like jams, pickles, and ketchups

learning the ropes of more modern

to different markets, restaurants, and

cuisine and large-scale events and

shops in Berlin. Satisfied customers

working for clients like Karl Lagerfeld,

began asking for more products, and,

Annie Lennox, and Prince Charles.

though she lacked experience, she

From there she took on the task of

soon found herself booking catering

creating an organic catering company

jobs. One of her first gigs, a small


castle wedding for a chief manager at

Although the catering concept didn’t

eBay, helped give her the confidence

pan out, Brandes stuck with the

boost to start a full-time catering firm.

company for two years, helping to

»When I now think how brave I was

give the store a complete overhaul,

to accept it—I had never cooked for

including a store remodel, website

so many people before, and of course

redesign, and event and cooking class

it was a five-course menu,« she

organization. With this experience, and








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an introduction to some of Biolüske’s

Berlin and the community garden







services, her consulting career, and

the techniques and science behind

company Tidbits, was launched.

preservation in order to turn produce

More than a decade after Brandes

into something more.

originally started selling her preserves


in Berlin, she is still just as passionate

these skills in a collaboration with

about making them, whether they’re

Prinzessinnengarten and the Baden-

for an upcoming foodXchange meeting

Baden Kunsthalle for an exhibit that

or a dish for a Speisenklub dinner.

included a series on food. Entitled

She’s also sharing that passion

»Power of the Powerless,« the exhibit

with others, teaching preservation

discussed shifts that can be made

classes for groups like Slow Food

in day-to-day life including making





changes in eating habits such as

Pulling from every aspect of her

avoiding processed foods in lieu of


home cooked meals.

conference organizing she did as a

As part of this exhibit, Brandes

lawyer and the tapas style cuisine she

helped revamp the museum’s café menu, created large jars of preserved vegetables to be displayed in the



learned growing up—Brandes has found a successful niche for herself, and one that makes her much happier

café, and organized fermentation

than her first career ever could.

and preserving workshops for the

But between marketing and PR

Prinzessinnengarten at the museum.

operations, her supper club and pop-

»Throughout history people have given

up events, and writing and food styling,

up so much power over themselves

it’s a wonder how this passionate

and over their nutrition to the food

cook finds the time to sleep. And yet,

industry«, she says. These classes

somehow there is always enough

showed, »it’s possible to regain health

time for one more project. She’s also

and power over your body through

currently at work on a new cookbook,

eating better and by making your own

set to publish in fall 2014, about


cocktails and bar food in Berlin.

The program in Baden-Baden was a


success, and Brandes and the team

concepts, Brandes has instilled a

would like to bring similar workshops

self-imposed »project prohibition«, in

to the Prinzessinnengarten location

2014. She says, »This year will not be

in Berlin. In the past, the community

the year of new projects, but the year

space, a container garden located in

of consolidation,« but the statement

Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighbourhood,

comes with a mischievous smile that

hasn’t had a proper kitchen to use for

suggests otherwise. And with her

cooking classes. But they’ve recently

creative spirit, and wealth of energy, it

installed a kitchen container, and

is unlikely that it will be long before the

Brandes hopes to start monthly cooking

next exciting project comes along.






events and workshops this spring.

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In the Bistro Sandwiches

Regardless of country and situation: The

sandwich is an integral part of the menu or hand-painted slate of any bistro. Daniela Becker of the blog »Flowers On My Plate« therefore developed four recipes for the sisterMAG Bistro, that puts the best ingredients between two bread halves. They are, by the way, the perfect companion for a picnic in the garden or a spring trip to the countryside!

Pho tos & Recipes Daniela Becker

»Flowers On My Plate«

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Avocado Sandwich with tomato pesto

Makes 2 Sandwiches:

4 slices of bread, e.g. rye

1 avocado

100g feta cheese

1 small box of fresh cress

½ lemon

96 Freshly ground pepper, salt to taste

Roast the pumpkins seeds without oil in a pan until they turn light brown. Drain the tomatoes collecting the oil in a bowl. Blend tomatoes, parsley, garlic, pumpkin seeds and rosemary (best done using a handheld blender) adding small amounts of tomato oil or water to thin the mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.

For the Pesto:

How to Serve:

1 jar/180g dried tomatoes in oil

Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit.

½ box of fresh parsley 1 small garlic clove, peeled

2 tbsp pumpkin seeds

1 tsp dried rosemary

Salt and pepper to taste

Then first use a knife to make a lengthwise incision, then use a spoon to remove the flesh from the peel. Spread a generous dollop of pesto on each of the bread slices, then divide the avocado between two of the slices, top it with cress, pepper and several drops of lemon juice. Crumble some feta cheese on top. Finally put one of the remaining pestoed slices on top of each sandwich, respectively. Any leftover pesto will keep in the fridge for several days and/or make a great pasta topping.



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with chestnut & ricotta

Makes 4 thick or 6 thin burger:s 200g chestnuts (cooked, peeled and vacuum packed)

Finely chop the chestnuts either

1 onion

2 garlic cloves

finely and soften in a little olive

1 parsnip or carrot, peel of half a lemon

1 bunch of parsley 98

200g ricotta cheese

1 egg

breadcrumbs salt & pepper to taste, chili salt will also work well, olive oil

using a food processor or a knife. Peel the onion and the garlic, chop oil. Add the chopped chestnuts and continue softening for 3 to 4 minutes, then remove the mixture from the pan and let it cool slightly. Wash, if necessary peel, the parsnip or carrot, grate coarsely and add to the chestnut mix. Also add lemon peel, ricotta cheese and egg. The ricotta cheese will need some salt, also add pepper to taste.

For the Pesto:


4 bread rolls

breadcrumbs, form 4 to 6 patties

4 lettuce leaves, washed

and fry then in olive oil over medium heat. While the patties are

1 avocado, in slices

frying gather the other ingredients,





1 small red onion, finely cut

arrange them on the rolls to your

several dried tomatoes

taste and enjoy.

a little cress

200g sour cream



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Spring Baguette with wild garlic chèvre

For 2 small or 1 regular baguette: 100

125g chèvre (goat's cheese)

Wash the wild garlic leaves and cut them

1 tsp mustard

cheese and mustard adding salt and

6-8 wild garlic leaves 2 hard-boiled eggs

1 handful of rocket leaves

4 garden radishes

2 carrots

1 small box of fresh cress salt & pepper 2 small or one regular baguette

into thin strips, combine with goat’s pepper to taste. Peel the eggs and cut them into quarters. Wash the rocket and spin dry it thoroughly. Wash the carrots, peel if necessary, and shave them into fine stripes using a potato peeler. Wash, and then finely slice the radishes. Cut the baguette(s) in half lengthwise and top one half in the following order: Goat’s cheese, carrot strips, rocket, radishes then eggs and cress. Add a little salt and pepper, top it with the other half of the baguette and enjoy.



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Shortbread Sandwich

with rhubarb mascarpone

Makes 15 Pieces:


2 pink rhubarb stalks of medium thickness

1 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp water

200g mascarpone

2 tsp icing sugar

Heat water and sugar and let the sugar and juice, put the lid on the pot and let it boil for several minutes until the rhubarb softens and turns to sauce. Sweeten to taste and let the sauce cool

pulp of 1 vanilla pod 1 packet (30 pcs) wholemeal shortbread

the green ends as well as the leaves. dissolve then add rhubarb, lemon peel

juice and peel of half a lemon

Wash and chop the rhubarb discarding

down completely. Blend and smoothen mascarpone, icing sugar and vanilla. Carefully fold in the cooled rhubarb sauce to make a pinkand-white pattern. Spread the rhubarb mascarpone crème on one shortbread and top with another, respectively.


all recipe cards



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Loving care – not only flowers and flower beds have to be whipped into shape in spring. A long winter, dry heating air and gloves stressed our hands and feet. But a professional manicure or pedicure is a luxury only a very few can afford.


In the last issue we already were justified to discover the whole colour circle of the essice collection. For our spring issue, essie shows us how you can do professional nail care at home – in 1, 2, 3, 4 … steps!


We put together the steps and bottles with self-made floral wreaths by floral and event designer Hürriyet Bulan, who also designed the flower decorations on the ­sisterMAG-cover.


How you can combine the new colours fashionably, you can see in our #FromWhereIStand editorial from page 22.

Photos: Cristopher Santos Flowers:  Hürriyet Bulan Concept:  Thea Neubauer

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The right care is the requirement for perfect-looking, healthy und beautiful nails. With protective, strengthening and structuring care, speciality products and products for the cuticles, all nails of hands and feet are perfectly prepared and cared for intensivly.

Step 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Care







The apricot oil gets really deep into the cuticle to make it smooth and soft, refreshed and revitalized.


Cuticle Oil is a nourishing product for nail care. Preferably you put it on the cuticles with a brush, a cotton ball or bud. The cuticles are the thin, lightly rough parts of the skin at the end of finger or toe nails.

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Step 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Care


t s n i a g a s t c e t o r P rf action!


Millionails â&#x20AC;Ś that's the name of the regeneration care from essie. It contains strenghthening iron â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the ingredient makes the nail stronger and ensures a protective fibre shield and noticably more nourished nails.


! s l i a n d e n e h Strenght


For smooth, younger-looking hands. Fortified with nutra-keratin and bamboo extract, this base coat helps fill in ridges and conceal imperfections: for an extra-smooth finish, follow with ridge filling base coat.


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In step 2 the nails are prepared for the following manicure or pedicure by protecting, strenghthening and reconstructive base coats - and it also has a care effect.






Protecting 足 Pro-growing base coat

Strenghthening Pro-growing base coat


Smoothing base coat

Step 2 – The suitable base coat The right base coat can prevent ridges on the nail plate. Especially for darker nail polishes, base coats can work as a »buffer« so that the colour can be removed more easily later. The best thing for thin or brittle nails is the so-called filler to even out imperfections on the nails. Gently tinted base coats can balance out the unaesthetic yellowness, that some nails have so fingernails and toenails can appear brighter.

3-in-1 multifunctional treatment polish

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This spring, surprising combinations could be seen on the catwalks! Pastel colours with new intensity and large-format prints created an unusual touch and appeared really fresh und strong.




Essie's Spring Collection was inspired by this easyness and is dedicated to all women worldwide, who have the courage to play both in life and in fashion. For this reason there are names like romper room or hide & go chic.

Step 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The perfect trend colour






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Especially dark colours like Âťtruth or flareÂŤ require an precise application! The application works best in three longitudinal lines: first the middle, then the sides.Tip: Paint the top horizontal first, let it dry and then paint lengthwise. This way the colour lasts particulary well. Missed the spot? Your best bet would be to react fast and correct, for example with a wooden pick or with a cotton-swab soaked with nail polish remover.


COLOUR FOLLOWS FORM. Wide nails shouldn't be fully varnished. Instead it is advisable to leave a small edge on the left and the right side of the nail. That brings out a more slimmer effect and appears more elegant. With small nails it works conversely: They have to be fully varnished. Use primarily lighter shades, because darker tones make the nails smaller. Round-cut nails appeal most naturally, if the curve fits to the form of the nail moon. The nail moon is the half-moon-shaped part of the nail that borders on the cuticle.

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Step 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Top coat

Top Coat


Rapidly drying top coat seals the nail polish in seconds â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for a protecting and shining finish.


Protects the nails against chipping, peeling off and fading.



polish with shining finish helps to strenghthen the nails and protects for a long time against chipping.

This top coat contains a special amount of polymers and resins, to protect the manicure and provide the nails with an extra shiny finish. Issue 12 | April 2014


See H端rriyet make the flower wreaths in our short how-to video


How-To Video 119

Flower Wreaths

Finished! Issue 12 | April 2014


| Wreaths: H端rriyet Bulan

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Photo: Cristopher Santos

Flower Bed


URBAN JUNGLE BLOGGERS How bloggers Igor Josifovic and Judith de Graaff unleashed an online community celebrating house plants

text LOUISE DE MIRANDA »I think house plants never left, for many they were just uncool for a period,« says Munich-based Igor Josifovic. With his successful and well122

read interior publication Happy Interior Blog

, Igor I is always at the

forefront of home decor trends. The new wave of plants in interior design didn’t go unnoticed and sparked his interest. His good friend Judith de Graaff J , blogger on JOELIX


living near Paris, always had a knack for growing and repotting shoots. So when the two were brainstorming about a collaborative blog series in late summer 2013, their shared interest in greenery seemed the obvious choice to go with.


What’s in a name? They agreed on a monthly series with a shared theme and named it ‘Urban Jungle Bloggers’. Judith explains: »We both live in urban places but with different living spaces. Igor has a small apartment and I have a greenhouse and a garden. We thought ‘Urban Jungle Bloggers’ would cover the subject and it had a nice ring to it«. It only took one collaborative blogpost for other bloggers to catch on to the series and ask if they could join. Word spread and seven months, and 120 blogposts later, approx. 100 bloggers from over 15 countries

photo: Sivan Askayo


are part of the Urban Jungle Bloggers

There are plenty of practical and pro-

community. Lifestyle and interior blog-

fessional sites that target gardening

gers from Germany, to Australia, the

lovers, but none that inspire others

USA and Sweden freely participate in

visually with house plants,« Igor says.

the monthly series on their own blog.

»We also would like to encourage and

Filling the gap Although Judith and Igor never intentionally planned starting the urban jungle community, they are thrilled it developed into one. »The Urban Jungle Bloggers initiative fills an online gap that was lacking in the blogosphere.

show people that growing plants isn’t that difficult and that it’s fun«, Judith continues. »Anyone can grow plants, you just need to get to know your plant and nurture it. Google it and if you fail, you start over. I had my share of failures, believe me. But it’s so rewarding to see things grow and develop.«

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Nevertheless it is rather intriguing how so many people from dispersed locations take part in the hosted blog challenge. Judith and Igor elaborate on the success and surge. What entices bloggers to take part in the urban jungle challenges? I ÂťThey like the sense of community

and being part of a fun global initiative. Once they shared their own blog they visit other urban jungle blog posts to draw inspiration from and to discover Ilaria Chiaratti -

and meet like- minded online. Our challenge is an extra incentive to style

124 Lauren Lou Bate -

with plants you already own and grow your online community.ÂŤ How can one join the Urban Jungle Bloggers community? How does it work exactly? J ÂťJoining is easy and without obli-

gation. You can sign up via our facebook page. Each month we send out an email with the topic of that month, instructions and extra materials to share on your blog and social media. The topic can be a styling challenge, a theme, or something you have to photograph like e.g. plants in your neigh-


Ana Kamin -

Judith de Graaff -

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Barbara Ullmann -

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bourhood. Our latest challenge was to style green plants in a spring or Easter setting. Once your blog post is up, we share your photos and a link to your blogposts on our Pinterest, Facebook page, Twitter and on our own blog«. Where do you think the house plant revival derives from? I

I think it is in line with the whole

free-spirited, bohemian and hipster trend. We want to have freedom and INSPIRATIONAL RESOURCES for your urban jungle: 126


connect more to nature and the wilderness. We want to fulfill our wishes and plans. But I also think it was fed

The Sill

by Scandinavian interior styling and


Europe. Cacti and succulents espe-


sculptural look and easy to grow

design that is extremely popular in cially are a micro trend due to their




»I reckon it also derives from the DIY


and homemade trend,« adds Judith.


»People are more conscious about

Justina Blakeney

their health and cooking with fresh


Once you start growing herbs, house

The Plant Journal

herbs and home grown vegetables. plants are a logic next step.«


Is the house plant trend much different from its hay days in the 1970s?


»If you are a city dweller and live

small like I do, it’s nice to have some-

J »I would say it is. I vividly remem-

thing living in your home, especially

ber that during my childhood window

if you don’t have pets. And plants add

sills were bursting with plants and you

atmosphere and colour to a space.«

could hardly look in- or outside due to the many hanging plants in brown and orange macramé. Nowadays we select our plants to match our interior design, it is more restrained and we group them together to create vignettes, leaving the eye to rest.« But should a trend be a reason to have plants in your interior styling? J »Not at all. If nurturing and caring

for your plants is not your thing, forget it. Personally I think plants are fun to have and to grow. I bring home cuttings

Do you have any closing tips you would like to share about growing plants? I »Plants are in itself already beau-

tiful and need little styling. Just google your plant, follow the tips, love it and it will thrive.« J »Don’t make it too com-

plicated and choose plants that




Choose plants you like aesthetically and just have fun with it«.

and seeds from my travels and try to grow them in my greenhouse. Last year I tried to grow fig trees. Although it’ll take years, I like to experiment and see how far I’ll come. It takes time and you learn by trying. There is nothing more rewarding than a plant that thrives. On top of that, plants are natural air purifiers and promote a healthy home«.

Follow the Urban Jungle Bloggers on social media urbanjunglebloggers igorjosif/urban-junglebloggers/ #urbanjunglebloggers #urbanjunglebloggers

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Garden Design

with Anoushka

inter view with A N O U S H


la y out T IN A B E R G S Many thanks to



Anoushka Feiler

is an award-winning landscape and garden designer

and founder of her own design company, Bestique. We asked her to give a little insight into her work and garden design. How did you get started with Garden

really have much plant or garden

Design, coming from a marketing

knowledge when I started. I just


knew I loved being outdoors and

I did a course at KLC in Garden

appreciated beautiful gardens.

Design. I consulted in marketing

My marketing background is in cool,

part time to pay for it. I had worked

off-the-wall, even quirky marketing

in marketing for 10 years in a very

and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve applied that to greater and

creative and fun environment which

lesser extents in my design work.

was amazing but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d always known

It has really benefitted not only

that my real career was going to be

how I run my business but also

in design of some sort. My parents

having fresh ideas when it comes

were avid gardeners but I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

to garden and landscape design.


All photos: BESTIQUE

ile i h w e em e xc u s sky e h t kiss h i s g a rd e n

ed t n g i s e d a k Anoush ourt C n o t p m a 1H 1 0 2 e h t r o f h o w. S r e w o l F Pa l a c e


To what extend do Interior Design

personal space or a public space, you

and Garden Design compliment and

want to feel like everything is seemless

influence each other?

and flows. If an interior is already

The two disciplines compliment each

complete when I do a garden, I really

other. I feel strongly that you can bring the inside out and the outside in when designing. With spaces be it your own

try to make sure the garden design does not clash and I take elements of the interior through to the garden.

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Garden Design – of which people does

on behalf of the client. And I do get

the team consist of? – Do you only do

my hands dirty – I do the planting up

the planning or do you get your hands

of the schemes. It’s my favourite bit.


Which tools do you use to make the

I am an independent garden designer.


I do not do the build of the garden

My design work starts with a site survey

or landscape. The benefit of this is that I can get several competitive quotes from trusted and high quality landscapers on each job to make sure my clients get value for money. On most projects the team consists of me, a landscape company and other specialist contractors like tree surgeons, electricians, water feature 130

specialists, garden building specialists depending on the project.

I usually

manage the project from start to finish

which requires measuring tools, and then once I have an accurate plan, I put it onto the computer and use Vectorworks which is an excellent CAD programme for landscape design. What kind of gardening projects do you realize? All kinds ranging in size and type. I work all over the country too so it’s all very varied. For residential clients for example I am currently working


on a very small garden - 5 x 5m which

gardens as a key selling point. With

will take about 6 weeks from start

these, I usually have to do wow-factor

to finish, a mid-size garden which is

on a budget. I also work on public

halfway through its build which has

projects and show gardens. Last year

a cool wildflower turf gym and on the

I created a pop-up garden on Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

other end of the scale, a large 3 acre

Southbank on behalf of Cityscapes and

Rectory garden which will take about

the RHS. This year with Cityscapes I

a couple of years to complete.

am working on a collaboration with

Commercially I work for a number

Siobhan Davies dance school.



developers who like having cool


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t d e n g i s e d s a w T h i s g a rd e n me in o h l u f i t u a e b a compliment W est London.

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Most exciting project? Ooh that’s difficult because I get excited about all my projects. But I am VERY excited about the large Rectory garden as its going to be amazing. My last two show gardens at Hampton Court were exciting and career highlights. I have a Chelsea Flower Show idea that is very different … just need to find a sponsor… How would you describe your own style of Garden Design? I like to design lots of different styles (from traditional to highly

contemporary) and it really depends on my client’s wishes but I think most people would put me in the contemporary garden design category. I like finding practical yet clever design solutions and making virtue’s of things that may at first seem to be a disadvantage. If I were to design my own garden, it would be contemporary beautiful. It would push the boundaries of garden design. It would have strong shapes and surprising elements that made you smile. Above all, it would create a feeling of happiness to be in it.


Bridge over tr oubled water

This garden was Anoushka's design for the 2012 Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.


to be confident, highly organized, What is the best preparation for being a garden designer, do you have any advice for people who would like to pursue that career?

able to juggle, have a love of both plant and hard landscaping materials, business minded and happy to do admin. I went from having large teams of people working for me to just me! I

I think you need to have quite wide-

now have a design assistant and other

ranging skills. As well as having a

people who come to help me when

good eye for design, I think you need

things get busy but largely I have to do

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everything â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which I love but it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

borders. These contain a high degree

for everyone.

of grasses mixed in with perennial

What are trends in Garden design

flowers usually in large swathes.

right now/2014?

New materials that are coming

I am noticing, along with trend to

through â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3D printing is opening up a

put bi-fold doors on the kitchen,

world of possibilities.

that people want outdoor living rooms to look out onto. They want contemporary fencing, sofa areas, wow-factor water features, sculpture dining areas, green walls and roofs, and funky garden rooms. They want gardens that have a higher emotional and financial value. 134

Trends in planting, (been going for a few years) would be more naturalistic beautiful planting which is lower maintenance than traditional big


Anoushka Fe



A small pati o i n Ly f o r d R o ad, London.

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white quinoa



Every now and then we suddenly find

kitchens and also in health-conscious

ourselves aware of a foodstuff we had

consumers’ homes. I first discovered

never really heard of before. For some

quinoa browsing the shelves of an

of us this is what happened with a

organic foods supermarket near my

grain from the Andes called »quinoa«

then-new Berlin home about a

which in 2013 suddenly became the

year ago.

focus of public attention. High hopes

Now I regularly enjoy

were set in the »International Quinoa

the simple version,

Year« and even UN Secretary General

nibbling away on

Ban Ki-moon chimed in saying he

boiled quinoa and

hoped »this International Year will



be a catalyst for learning about the



potential of quinoa« and highlighting

on the sofa but

the importance of the plant for the


advancement of sustainable farming.

Sarah Golbaz (who

Even though quinoa is traditionally

regular sisterMAG

roasted and made into flour, it can also be boiled and added to soups, eaten as a cereal or used to make pasta. Even fermentation is possible yielding beer or chicha (a traditional drink of the Andes). On our side of the planet quinoa has come to play quite an important role throughout gourmet



readers will remember from issue N°3), putting a little more thought into it, has come up with four exclusive new recipes especially for us. They perfectly highlight the versatility of this special grain the Inca gave to the world. Enjoy our meals and ideas!

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Facts a

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Quinoa is related to spinach and mangelwurzel, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not strictly speaking a cereal and hence does not contain any gluten. So if you want to bake using quinoa make sure you also mix some spelt, wheat or rye flour into the dough.


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Quinoa is one of the oldest crops around and has been known as a staple to South Americans for more than 6,000 years. To avoid a bitter taste and also get rid of any contaminants or saponine the grains should be rinsed using warm water several times. An astounding fact: Even a onesided diet plan, consisting only/ mainly of quinoa could give your body all the vital aminoacidaemia. This is why quinoa is known to be a staple food in the fight against hunger.

Quinoa is known to be very healthy. It contains 21% protein plus many other important nutrients such as lysine, magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron beating the nutritious properties of wheat, rice and oats hands down. Quinoa plants are very resistant, frost and drought tolerant and thrive in Andean altitudes up to 4,300 meters.

Especially for patients with migraines, the high value of minerals in quinoa is great. Magnesium helps to relax your arteries, thus helps to prevent headaches.


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Quinoa spinach burger with wild garlic

200 g quinoa 100 g stale bread or breadcrumbs 100 g Pecorino cheese (or any other kind of hard cheese) 1 bunch of wild garlic 100 g frozen spinach 3 eggs (medium size) 2 tbsp oil for the pan




plain yoghurt and lettuce to serve


Quinoa salad with black beans

200 g quinoa 400 g black beans (pre-cooked)

200 g (dried) tomatoes

3 spring onions

1 bunch of parsley

1 bunch of rocket lettuce

1 chilli


4 tbsp olive oil

salt pepper



Rinse quinoa in warm water and bring to the boil in 500ml of salted water. Boil at medium temperature for 15 minutes until the quinoa has absorbed the water. Set aside and let it cool and soak. In the meantime finely crumble the bread. Grate the cheese, chop the wild garlic. Defrost and drain the spinach, padding any excess water up with a kitchen towel to avoid the burgers getting soggy. Thoroughly

mix all ingredients with the quinoa and the eggs. Make sure the mass is sticking together. Add salt and pepper to taste. Form 8 patties by hand and fry them in a big pan over medium heat for 4 minutes. Turn and fry for another 2 to 3 minutes. Serve warm with yoghurt and lettuce. 151

Rinse quinoa in warm water and bring to the boil in 500ml of salted water. Boil at medium temperature for 15 minutes until the quinoa has absorbed the water. Set aside and let it cool and soak.

Mix all ingredients with olive oil and lemon juice, add salt and pepper to taste.

Drain the beans. Cut the tomatoes, spring onions and chilli into fine strips. Rinse the herbs, pad them dry and chop them.

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Wraps filled with orange quinoa, beetroot and avocado For the orange quinoa: For the beetroot filling:

200 g quinoa



peel of an orange and juice of half an orange

50 g sunflower seeds

500 g pre-boiled beetroot

400 g chickpeas (from a glas)

1 trace star aniseed (optional) 1 tbsp olive oil

juice of a lemon

1 tsp cumin 1 clove of garlic 2 tbsp olive oil

100 g Indian lettuce or rocket salt

2 avocados

3 carrots

8 flatbread tortillas


Energy bar with quinoa and cocoa

200 g sun flower seeds

50 g chia seeds

50 g oats


200 g quinoa

2 tbsp edible pollen (optional)

30 g cocoa nibs

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tbsp spices (e.g. ginger, cinnamon, cardamom)

1 tsp vanilla powder

20 Medjool dates

60 ml coco oil

2 tbsp tahini

FLOWER BED Rinse quinoa in warm water and bring to the boil in 500ml of salted water. Boil at medium temperature for 15 minutes until the quinoa has absorbed the water. Switch off the stove and let the quinoa cool and absorb some more water for 10 minutes. Then marinate in orange juice, orange peel, star aniseed and olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Dice the beetroot and blend with the remaining ingredients to create a smooth paste. Add salt and pepper to taste. Squash the avocado with a fork and sprinkle with some lemon juice. Grate the carrots.

Slightly warm the tortilla flatbreads in a pan. Spread avocado and beetroot paste on each of them then add 1 to 2 table spoons of quinoa. Top with carrots and Indian lettuce. Roll up the flatbread and wrap in cling film or sandwich paper. Tie together using a thread and cut in half at an angle.


Rinse quinoa in warm water and bring to the boil in 500ml of salted water. Boil at medium temperature for 15 minutes until the quinoa has absorbed the water. Set aside and let it cool and soak. Use a blender to combine dates, coco oil and tahini in a smooth paste. Then add the remaining ingredients one by one to create a sticky doughy mass.


Roll out the dough between two sheets of cling film and let it set in the fridge for 30 minutes. Cut into bars and sprinkle with cocoa powder or pollen. Store in a tin in the fridge.

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Spring is here and everywhere you can find the best »diets« and instructions, what you shouldn't eat and kick off your daily meal plan. In our section »Flower Bed« we focus on the topic of Loving and Caring of our own body and this 154

is why Food Stylist Claudia Gödke and illustrator Elisabeth Weber have taken a deeper look into the grocery cart: What is good for me and helps my beauty? Whether it is for your hair, eyes or skin: many delicious foods help to regenerate or add to your cellular structure.



We are especially proud that this feature brings together two artists in their own fields who didn't know each other beforehand. After an idea of Elisabeth, this feature came together in many mails, Pinterest pins and the usage of other cloud services between Berlin and Nuremberg! Now we hope that we'll all meet each other soon in person and until then we will enjoy their beautiful spreads â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which you can download as wallpaper for your desktop or device at home.


Illustrations Photography Elisabeth Weber Claudia GĂśdke & Conception Issue 12 | April 2014




The natural barrier against damages from the sun hel because of its high level of you to get a great and h

Special tip: Vitamin A i your body receives bes cheese, yogurt or cream



t lps you f betacarotin. It also helps healthy skin.

is a liposoluble vitamin, which st in combination with curd m cheese!

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LEGUMINOUS PLANTS Lentils, peas or beans: These foods help you to prevent inflammation of the skin. They also help regenerating your body cells with their high value of protein, zinc and magnesium. Furthermore you can work against bad skin and hairloss because of vitamin B3 and B5. Its value of cupric sees to a more regular metabolism.

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CASHEW NUTS Cashew Nuts are true »mood-lifters«. They have a high value of tryptophan, which is rebuilt into the »feel-good hormone« serotonin in the brain. The unsaturated fats,


protein and many vitamins and minerals in cashew nuts help to prevent heart and vascular diseases, strengthen your immune and nervous systems and enhance your brain performance. Calories: 592 kcal per 100 grams.



WALNUTS Walnuts are great suppliers for the most important fatty acids. These control and effect your blood parameters in a positive way and help to


build cells. Furthermore a study by

They excel in their level of vitamin

the University of Texas shows that

E. Again they have an antioxidative

walnuts are one of the best sources

effect, protect your cells and prevent

for the hormone melatonin, that is

arterial calcification.

great for your cardiovascular sys-

Almonds are also said to be

tem because of its antioxidative ef-

strengthening for pregnant and

fects. It even is said that it helps to

nursing women. Calories: 577 kcal

prevent cancer. The walnut is one

per 100 grams.

of the most fatty kinds of nuts with 666 kcal per 100 grams.


MACADAMIA The Âťking of nutsÂŤ is full of unsaturated fats, which is good for heart and your arterial system. They also have the highest value of proteine of all nuts. At the same time they are also high in calories: 705 kcal per 100 grams.

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Loving Care:


When it comes to skincare and beauty, you could say I was a lumberjack for many years. My mom sometimes called me at night to ask if I really had washed my face. All my aunt's presents and drugstore vouchers did little to help, and I usually skipped the beauty pages of relevant women's magazines or misused them to fold envelopes. My sister was quite the opposite. She


already said in her early 20s that she would start making provisions against wrinkles when she's 25. Because of a rather poor complexion and a fight against pimples for years (sorry Toni, but I have to tell this to lend my utterances the

te xt & illustratio

n Th

uer a b u e ea N

necessary credibility :)), she had no choice but

to face up to the topic. I only listened with half an ear, when she talked about her visits to the dermatologist, and kept infuriating my family with my negligence in situations like shaking hands with grater-like hands (I was never a fan of hand cream either). I cannot quite recall when my complete indifference or rejection turned into a bored tolerance at first and later into true interest in the matter. I still skip the beauty editorials,


but the sources of information in this

for a particular purpose, situation, or

field have increased many times, and

person« and »existing as a mental

blogs, Instagram and even a despicable

image«. So it is not about completely

Google search offers you perfectly

getting rid of my flaws (dry elbows at

fitting knowledge in little bits. Because

times, typical combination skin, I never

the crux of many conventional features

look fresh in the morning and have

and care advertorials is this: I do not

small moles) but about defining my

even know the actual condition of my

own ideal image and working towards

skin. I have never given it any thought

it. And I could not care less about my

or attention and I cannot tell whether

elbows to be honest.

I have dry / oily / normal skin and

So I took a little survey in my immediate

whether I have to go up against it with a serum or tonic (I do not even know the actual difference between those products).


surroundings. I asked friends and family about their definition of »ideal skin«. I got all sorts of different characteristics, from pure to fresh to

For me, at the heart of this question

non-greasy to radiant to fine-pored to

is the difference between »ideal«

youthful. Just one thing was missing: the

and »perfect« skin. If you look up the

same answer from different women. In

definitions of those two words, the

order to emphasize this, we expanded

fundamental difference becomes clear.

our search for this sisterMAG edition

Merriam-Webster defines perfect as

and also asked different readers and

»having no mistakes or flaws« and

especially beauty bloggers to answer

»complete«, whereas the little word

the question: »What does your ideal

ideal is described as »exactly right

skin look like?«

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As Thea aleady mentioned in her introduction about the topic »Ideal skin – Loving Care« , we

asked around the Internet and questioned you - the readers - and beauty bloggers on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or via mail about a statement to the 164

question: »What does your ideal skin look like? The result is a colourful kaleidoscope full of different opinions, many adjectives and a few pictures! What does YOUR ideal skin look like? Tell us via @sister_mag



»I am really fair and not always really happy with that. A slightly tanned teint would be nice, rosy cheeks and all around tight looking skin. Fine pores around the nose and less crinkles around the eyes would be preferable. But I really like my freckles.«

Yvonne Puppenzimmer Blog


»Beautiful skin for me is really finepored, it's fair, the cheeks a little bit rosé. In no case is the skin really tanned. « »If the skin is smooth and even. Preferably with freckles but please without blemishes.«

Susanne Texterella via Skype

»The prefect skin is fine-pored and rosy, does have a fresh healthy glow and is slightly tanned in the summer.«

@clara_frost via Twitter


Laura via Facebook

»... if the face without make-up shines back from a mirror and the sweetheart wispers after a kiss on my cheek ›Hmm you smell really nice today!‹ «

Christina via Facebook Issue 12 | April 2014

What does YOUR ideal skin look like? »Because I'm always fighting against 'bad' skin, 'ideal skin' for me is feeling comfortable in my own skin!«

»Clear skin without @tyforeating irritations, that looks fresh in photos without via Twitter photo processing. I never had that, because I suffer from neurodermatitis.« @_pepperschmidt_


»Ideal skin means to me, that I really take care of it and do peelings regularily. A tinted moisturizer, concealer and a little bit of blush to give freshness are enough. Too much foundation can look mask-like and unnatural. Here less is more!«

Carina Creams Beauty Blog

via Twitter

»For myself without scal es and spots. For others I love reeeally fine hairs on the face.«

@imbackwahn via Twitter


»A fine, natural complexion, slightly tanned with a matte finish!«

Fashion Editor Evi at home

»Clear skin without spots and blackheads! Not too oily and not too dry! The skin of a baby would be nearly perfect.«

»For me the ideal skin is clean und does have this special healthy glow, even without much make-up.«

@frlweiss via Twitter

Jasmin via Facebook

»Like a pudding, skin »Skin, that doesn't must be smooth and need much care and is without clumps. In still free of blemishes humans it's really and has a great similar.« complexion.«

@MyPerfect Dream via Twitter

@Wiener broedblog via Twitter

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»My ideal skin is dewy, hydrated, smooth. Invisible pores, even skin tone and plenty of moisture are my utmost priorities when it comes to skincare and products. It's all about preserving youth and having healthy-looking skin!«

Kamara Euriental »A perfect complexion stands out due to plump skin, radiance and evenness and that you don't have to struggle with sudden breakouts or something similar.«

Jasmin Madametamtam Youtube Channel

»Ideal skin is when you get up in the morning and all you need is a fragrant cream to feel great all day«

Lou via Facebook

»Spotfree skin, that means really clean skin and also really important: no blackheads – especially on the nose! The finer the skin looks, the better, and I aim for this ideal. Otherwise, that the skin is glowy and looks just healthy.«

Talisa Blütenschimmer Youtube Channel


»Invisible pores like soft-focused with #Photoshop«

@relleomein via Twitter

»Even skin without redness or dry rough areas.«

@herebybike via Twitter

» ›Ideal skin‹ for me should be illuminatingly beautiful and soft. Especially in the face I like it, if the colour is slightly rosy shimmery and by no means hidden by too much make-up - ideal skin should simply look natural.«

LaraVictoria Her Scrapbook

»Natural healthy colour, sleek, no blemishes, as few wrinkles as possible, good supply of


moisture, looked after and clean, tight and even.«

@agasniega via Instagram

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Photo: Cristopher Santos


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Imagine if you will, the following situation: It’s been 10 years and your trusted old sofa – no matter whether you got it from 172

the furniture store around the corner or its universally popular Swedish competitor – is all scuffed and worn. It’s high time you got a new one. Not so long ago you wouldn’t have thought twice about it, made your way straight to the nearest furniture store, sat on a couple sofas and then bought the one you liked best. But nowadays a trip to the furniture store is nowhere near as obvious a solution as it used to be. Interior shops, i.e. online shops specialising in furniture and soft furnishings are becoming increasingly popular. So what’s the advantage, for you as well as the shop owner, in using these new and emerging services? How do you separate the wheat from the chaff? The following feature, introducing a variety of different interior shops will answer these questions showcasing,,, delife. de, and




The obvious question is in how far this and the designer (or manufacturer) way of online shopping is superior to much more efficiently than a brick-andits brick-and-mortar alternative. After mortar-seller would be able to which all you can’t test drive (or even sit) on a is especially beneficiary for customers sofa online. who live in the country. Interior shops Interior shops basically work in exactly are also able to offer a whole host of the same way as any other online store. special items for which there is just no Since the advent of web 2.0 the traditional room in a traditional store. For example buyer-seller-relationship has changed. specialises in Today’s customers expect quick as objects from all over the world providing well as flexible shopping options a treasure trove of interior design from independent of business hours.

varied cultural backgrounds.

And that’s exactly what online Another priority interior shops are able furniture stores can offer. Orders to set is sustainability. Lokaldesign. can be made easily and comfortably de for example places a premium on wherever you are and whenever you offering locally sourced products and like. Also, the pieces on offer tend to be those actually made on their premises. highly individualised. Mass produced But why don’t you just read on and find furniture is a dying breed. Quality out for yourselves which features and and



becoming advantages the online furniture shops

increasingly important.

we spoke to have to offer. Who knows,

Proprietors of online shops you might be decorating your flat with are often able to bridge the gap between the customer

items bought online sooner than you think.

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What is your philosophy behind the

by our haulage company right at the


customer’s home.

To inspire and make every home a

Do you have any stores? If so why?

beautiful home

No, Westwing is just an online retailer.

Describe briefly your selection of

Do you have any favourite items on


Every day we have new sales offering everything you need to make yourself a beautiful and lovely home – from candle holders to box spring beds; from the trendy industrial style to the English country house style. Is there any furniture you wouldn’t buy online?

No, as long as it is presented nicely and with a detailed description below, furniture can be bought online without hesitation. Our customers for example have the benefit of returning every product without any complications. Large products are even picked-up


We don’t really have a favourite item. Having such a wide range of unique products doesn’t make it easy to pick one as favourite. What are the current trends and your best sellers? Do they differ?

Current trends for the upcoming summer definitely are »Nordic Living«. The Scandinavian influence is finding its way into our homes. Washed-out colours, used for example as wall paint, are another trend. Moreover, metal objects and mirrors (Sunburst Mirror) are also very popular this summer.



What is your name and what’s your

by artisans across the world using

job at RoadsWellTraveled?

techniques passed down through

Minu Chawla and Sebastian Sager,

generations. Each product is true-

Co-founders and Managing Directors What is your philosophy behind the shop?

RoadsWellTraveled conscious







meaningful décor and art through our carefully curated website www.




people who veer away from mass manufactured, uninspired products in favour of fine craftsmanship, ageold traditions and a knowledge about the origins of the products they buy. Our products have been created

to-tradition and handcrafted using high quality materials. At the same time, the product is offered with extensive information about its origin, history and creator. We don’t stop at products, but extend the experience to education through our Museum where we elaborate the history of various cultures and their artisan traditions. We also chronicle our experiences from the road in the Stories section as we travel the world, scour towns and villages looking for the best artisans and their work. In doing so, we try to become a bridge between artisans who

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have no access to the global market,

strategy. We’re based out of Berlin,

and appreciators and connoisseurs of

currently shipping to Germany and

arts across the world.

the US, and aiming to ship throughout

Describe briefly your selection of

the world in the future.


Do you have any favourite items on

In general, our current offering



There are quite a few! I personally





from Sri

paintings, tapestries, masks, vintage

love the Sesath wall art

fabrics, metal artefacts and boxes. With

Lanka. Sesaths are an essential part

respect to crafts and geographies, our

of ceremonies and processions in Sri

products range from Pre-Columbian

Lanka and are not available anywhere

ceramics from Nicaragua, Mayan

else online. We had to travel to a village

tapestries from Guatemala, intricately

deep in the forests of Sri Lanka to work

hand-carved masks from Sri Lanka, to

with the few remaining artisans who

Royal miniature paintings from India.

make these.

We are planning to introduce wearable

I also love the Jaipur Blue Pottery

art as well!

from the studio of the man known as

Do you have any stores? If so why and

the Father of Blue Pottery. I had met


Kripal Singh ji over a decade ago when I

We’re solely online. Since our aim is

had got interested in pottery and learnt

to extend the reach of arts, crafts and artisan traditions to the entire world, we’ve decided to follow an online-only

to work on the potter’s wheel. I had promised to visit him again someday but by the time I could go back to his


workshop for RoadsWellTraveled, he

to customers seeking timelessness

had passed away. This small collection

and wanting to collect pieces for

is a homage to him.

life, or even as heirlooms for their

Additionally, I find our collection of

grandchildren! Having said that, many

ceramics from Nicaragua captivating - very contemporary despite being an ancient art form! What are the current trends and your best sellers? Do they differ?

To be honest, we have not noticed any trends that apply to us. Our products are for anyone wishing to project a global, well-travelled look. By definition, they transcend cursory trends, and appeal

of our products are vintage or made with reclaimed materials. Since there is a growing enthusiasm towards vintage, we’ve seen interest in our collection of ‘Rarities’, a selection of vintage and exceptional pieces. Also, our collection of Dhokra metal artefacts is made by recycling reclaimed brass and bronze, making it attractive to eco-conscious customers! 177


What is your philosophy behind the



customers and design enthusiasts

We believe in talented designers,

together and focuses on unique and



furniture, and creative ideas!

creative interior design ideas.

Our philosophy: On our website we

Describe briefly your selection of






unique furniture ideas that can also

Our product range includes furniture

be purchased via Lokaldesign. For us,

and home accessories by young

local production is highly important.

designers. If I had to define our

We cooperate with design academies

product’s style, I would describe

in order to encourage and support young designers plus to bring the most extraordinary products right into your home.

it as a modern, urban style with Scandinavian touch. We basically cover all furniture categories but also have our specialties. With us you will

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definitely find your favorite item but

the selection of our products we

not the entire furnishing equipment

sort of like every single one of them.

for your home.

Our favourite item probably is the

Is there any furniture you wouldn’t

paper-presentation-bar – a wood

buy online?

Yes, basically all furniture I have never seen before. Everyone knows classic furniture. But I want to touch, smell and sit on furniture that is completely new to me. Do you have any stores? If so, why?


lath with marbles inside that hold pictures, flyers and notes which can be exchanged at any time. This lath by Oliver Wanke was developed as part of a university cooperation project and is our first licensed product meaning that we are in charge of the product’s manufacturing



We don’t like buying furniture online

marketing and sales.

ourselves – the main reason for having

What are the current trends and your


the store. Our customers want to see the furniture for themselves before buying it. And since we don’t have a label yet, we want to maintain our close customer ties. Therefore, we have pretty long opening-hours, a terrific customer service and great events where our customers get the chance to meet our designers in person. Do you have any favourite items?

best sellers?

Besides colours and shapes, the main trends' focus lies on sustainable manufacturing




emotional connection to furniture. Customers want to hear a story about the furniture they are interested in, they like to know where it was manufactured and by whom. Furthermore, they want to feel good about their new piece of

That constantly changes. Since we

furniture and are willing to pay a bit

put a lot of thoughts and effort into

more for it. Meeting the overall new


quality and sustainability standard that now also concerns furniture is hereby highly important. From now on, off-the-shelf-furniture has to face fierce competition. We have several bestsellers in different price categories. The kkPappenhalter – a toilet paper holder by Florian Gilges that has enough room for two additional toilet rolls plus a newspaper – is definitely one of them. Our customers are also very fond of our diverse table selection. No matter what size, wood or colour – we make 179

your very own table. Our small round coffee table Beluga

by Hafenholz

for example goes down very well and is now available in many different colours. But also the DeckTish


Bastian Greim that can be ordered either as a desk or dining table and with or without a painted underside is quite popular. We also have small accessories that are very much appreciated by our customers such as the pot mat


Label 207 made out of skateboards or the screen printed tea towels


neon colours by Panama Prints.

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What is your philosophy behind the

Is there any furniture you wouldn’t


buy online? is based on a webshop

We experience that customers who

combined with 35 shops in Scandinavia.

purchases our sofas most of the time

We have a Bolia design team, which

have visited one of our stores and tried

consists of more than 65 designers. The

it out. It’s not many who spend more

designs in Bolia are by the team and

than 1.000 euro on items, which they

the furniture and home accessories

have not tried.

from us, can only be bought in Bolia.

Do you have any stores? If so why?

Describe briefly your selection of

35 Stores placed in Denmark, Sweden,



Norway and Germany. We are mostly

63% living room, 15% dining room,

located in the bigger cities in these

11% storage, 7% home accessories,


3% lightning, 1% office – That’s quite

Do you have any favourite items?

precise ;-)


FASHION FOR HOME When we do have offers, they are

What is your philosophy behind the

often only on for one week – you


have to be quick to catch your

We believe your home can’t be beautiful

favourite Bolia design on sale.






What are the current trends and

for everyone, we forgo the usual

your best sellers?

middlemen and supply our customers

The spring trends are colourful,

with high quality designer furniture

filled with new energy and often combine items from all over the world. The Scandinavia sofa series

and home accessories at a discount. Colour, style and functionality? The customers choose, we provide the new

is 100% Scandinavian design with


its clean lines. So the contrast

Our goal: You can live in the way you

between the trends of this spring

want. Therefore, we are happy to reveal

and our bestselling sofa is quite

our professional interior design tips

big ;-)

and tricks. And if you cannot decide between all the beautiful offerings, Fashion For Home design experts are happy to help: Online, by phone, in our showrooms, or at home. Design trends in uncompromising quality and inspired living go hand in hand. Describe briefly your selection of products.

People who love stylish living get the best design with our furniture and Photos:

accessories. Whether Nordic clean and pure, romantic playful country-house chic or elegant sustainability – the

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customers have the choice between

quality of our materials and products

many decor styles.

in the stores.

Is there any furniture you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

Do you have any favourite items?

buy online?

I actually have several favourites,

No, because you can simply return

especially some design classics that I

the furniture within 30 days and even

want to own some day. From our shop

order free fabric and leather samples.

I have a special connection to the

Do you have any stores? If so why?

Shipwood Collection

We have showrooms

in Berlin,




and Munich, as well as a showroom

, because the

furniture is made from old Chinese ship timber and is enhanced with modern elements such as stainless

in Vienna. We want to inspire our

steel and white high-gloss veneer.

customers with various home interiors

What are the current trends and your

and collections and show them the

best sellers?


DELIFE Pastel and pastel shades have their

What is your philosophy behind

comeback this year and can be found

the shop?

not only on upholstery, but also on

We always want to present our

the fronts of storage space furniture. They set fresh accents in the room and do not seem to overload such as a bright orange can do. (Example Sideboard Narvik

) Sustainability

is also taken up again and again and is gaining in importance: Design, so good and innovative as it may be, is no longer sufficient. Recycled products or upcycling furniture

show that

striking a balance of design and sustainability is not so difficult.

customers the latest trends in the furniture industry. We have a set of articles always in stock, so that they can be as fast as possible at the customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home. Describe briefly your selection of products.

We offer everything that can embellish




furnishing, from small home accessories (sculptures, murals, etc.) to side tables or sofas.

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Is there any furniture you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

hanging lamp Big Rhinestone

buy online?

With a little effort it brings a

No, not really. Of course it is not

glamorous flair to the room. The

possible to try out a sofa or chair.

crystals effectively break the light

But for this we have specialized

into thousands rays, thus ensuring

staff that can advise you on the

refined effects.

phone and with their help the right

What are the current trends and

items are found for sure. Do you have any stores? If so why?

No, we have no shop. However, we have a showroom, in which a variety of our pieces is on display, so you can convince yourself on-site of the quality of our products.


your best sellers?







is also

Boxspring beds capture the German market. High gloss articles are always in demand. Some of our bestsellers: coffee table Elypse,

Do you have any favourite items?

cantilever chair ZsaZsa

Personally, I like especially the


, sofa

, corner sofa Marlow






Through technological tools and advances, we are creating an intuitive online platform that helps customers engage with professional and vetted interior designers. With geography and budget no longer factors, Decorilla is making

beautiful design both affordable and accessible to people, offering them the possibility of living in their perfect space while saving lots of money on design and furniture. This is incredibly exciting and rewarding. 185

The idea of Decorilla was inspired by personal experience. Agnieszka (a co-founder), outlined the problems she faced in decorating her apartment: decorating through trialand-error, refusing the option of hiring a designer due to cost, let alone finding


the right interior designer. Agnieszka recognized that a crowdsourced solution delivering visual design proposals for customers to select from could have helped her. The seed was planted and the Decorilla concept emerged.


The elements that make up Decorillaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique package include: 3D renderings of your new room, shopping list with links, exclusive discounts from popular dĂŠcor brands, paint color palette, floorplan and furniture placement, tips and implementation guide, 30 day follow-up assistance and 100% money back guarantee.





We’ve decided to focus on traction before focusing on raising capital so the company is really built from our sweat equity. We’re lucky to have such an amazing team with a diverse skillset.




We earn our money from taking 20% of the design fee for being a market maker and various amounts (depending on the vendor) from furniture commission.

This question is what excites me most about being a founding member of Decorilla. Being that it’s a completely new concept, there are so many directions we can go in and so much room for growth. The biggest step I want to

clients regardless of which suppliers offers them (the designers) the largest incentives.

that are not photo realistic and do not give customers a true sense of what their space will look like.

In-store designers: These designers only use furniture from the store and use rapid rendering software, as they must render during the time frame that the customer is standing in the store. This results in renderings

Traditional crowd sourcing sites: These sites focus on match-making a customer with a supplier only and are frequently open to anyone posing as a designer. At Decorilla we have an interactive end to end process that

186 Traditional interior de­ signers: These designers charge far more than Decorilla




higher touch service. For our target clientele who are used to shopping themselves this is simply not worth the price. Plus as Decorilla arranges all discounts with suppliers, Decorilla designers select the best pieces for their



take is bringing Decorilla to a global audience. We already have designers all over the world including New York, Milan, London, Cape Town, etc. It only makes sense that we will soon have international customers as well! In

the future people will automatically look to crowdsourcing to source their providers. Not just as a means to get the best deals and save money, but also as a means to find the right person who best fits their specific needs.



I worked internationally as an educator for over ten years. While overseas, I recognized my love for design via global inspirations and my practice of creating home again and again. 187

guides a customer all the way through to the pieces they need to purchase and the paint colors they need to use on their walls. Not only this, at Decorilla all designers are thoroughly vetted to ensure the highest quality designs are delivered.


Examples of 3D models



Our first team member outside the founding team was Eddie Lee who has a background in advertising. He’s worked at big banks for most of his career, but

he’s a start-up enthusiast at heart. Along with most of us, he wears many hats, but focuses primarily on in-bound marketing and advertising.

10 It’s funny that you ask! A friend Nienke Budde took an entrepreneurship class at Insead, which is where she learned about a business name generator tool called businessnamegenerator. com. One night, we entered


The Team









a few keywords into their tool and got hundreds of suggestions. As soon as I saw the name Decorilla, I knew it was the right one. We actually get lots of compliments on our name so I think it was a good choice :)


For designing a room in 3D our designers love to use V-ray as it gives them the most realistic look! Sometimes it’s really difficult to tell if the image is real or rendered. 189

It wasn’t an easy choice, but we wanted our brand to feel young, contemporary and a little bit playful. We wanted to appeal to hip professionals and families. We also had accessibility in mind. By


maximizing the contrast between our colors, the grid that makes up our D logo is still recognizable in a grey/whitescale. This allows us to retain brand identity across many different spectrums.


Well, there were several times on a video call when I’d see members of the team munching on potato chips. Personally, I would get into a bag of chocolatecovered almonds and really do some damage.





Since the lifestyles urban and rural have stopped competing for the first

prize in the category of coolness, you can actually talk reasonably about how to raise a family in urban and rural areas. And this is exactly what Caroline Rosales and Lisa Harmann do on their blog »Stadt Land Mama« (Eng.: Urban Suburban Mommy). After publishing their book Ich glaub, mich tritt ein Kind (»I think I feel my baby kicking«) in which they both talk about pretty much every aspect of a pregnancy in a quite honest and funny way, Lisa moved to a rural area while Caro stayed in Berlin. Since then, they have been exchanging their experiences on


motherhood on their blog, followed by a considerably large fan community. They both took some time to give me a Skype interview. Caro, a professional book author and editor and mother of a son (2) with a second baby well on the way, talks to me from a café in the Berlin district of Prenzlauer Berg (Update: By now, little Cleo has been born). Lisa, a journalist, author and mother of a daughter (7) and two twin boys (5), is in her home office on a mountain far from the little town of Overath in



Bergisch district in western Germany.


or Rural?

VICTORIA KAU interviews for ­sisterMAG the blog authors of STADT, LAND, MAMA .

VK Lisa, you and your family have

Berg, as she is not allowed to Skype in

moved from Berlin to the middle of


nowhere. Why?


I study journalism in Cologne Classic for and now live close to the city on cities—we L

an old farm that my parents own. don't even Thanks to this, we have strong have a café.

support when it comes to taking And to be care of the kids, and I have more honest, it was very

time to focus on my studies. What hard for me at is more, I think it's great to spend first. I really had to babyhood in the city, but as soon as get used to this the kids start to walk and you can isolated life and lose sight of them within seconds, it wasn't quite you get this yearning for just being easy to really able to let them go without being make friends. The blog and worried to death. exchanging thoughts with C My son is two and a half now Caro really helped during and I can absolutely relate. We are that time. lucky to share a weekend house located directly on a lake in the rural outskirts of Berlin, and this is where we can enjoy this kind of freedom

VK Caro, you are an absolute

advocate for city life, aren't you? C

Yes, absolutely. We had

and nature during weekends, too.

thought about moving to the

This is the moment when Caro is

outskirts of Berlin, but

asked to leave the café in Prenzlauer

living in the middle

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of the hustle and bustle is just our

C There are many parents in Berlin

thing. We live among many interesting

who deliberately choose to place their

people and can witness all the new

children in a forest child care out of

developments in culture. This balance

town. I don't want to do that though. I

is very important to me as a mother.

want my son to completely experience

But I don't have to abstain from

the city life and this way also toughen

Berlin completely either. In the coming

him a little bit against it. Not some

days alone, I fly to Berlin for two

bogus peace and quiet.


appointments. So it's not completely



I am absolutely certain that

out of reach!

children don't care where they live as

VK Are your children consciously aware

long as they have a tender and loving

of their surroundings in urban or rural

upbringing. In the end, this is just the


responsibility of the parents.


Right now, my son is incredibly

interested in construction sites and there are a lot of them in Berlin, obviously. He also looks out of the window every morning when they come to collect the garbage. And when an excavator drives down the street, he instantly hears it.

C That's true. Everything is okay, as

long as mommy is there. L Or daddy. VK What does your home look like and what is typically urban/typically rural about it? C My apartment is not far from child

In our case, the excavators are

care. I can walk there every morning.

slurry tankers. My kids know every

Our hallway and the front of our door

make of tractor by now. And while

is swamped with our buggy, PUKY

my two boys used to look out onto

bicycle and the large sand digger.

the streets for hours in the city, it is

And the buggy and my purse, both

needless to say that this is not as

filled to the rim, are my main mode of

interesting here anymore.





Caro has already initiated several petitions: Against candy at the checkout counters in supermarkets and against preservatives in baby care products.

ÂťRight now, my son is incredibly interested in construction sites and there are a lot of them in Berlin, obviously.ÂŤ CARO L That was the same for me when

C I know from my French relatives,

I lived in Berlin, I used to carry the

who live in the countryside, that they

entire household with me. Now I have

mainly eat frozen food. It is common

a car, simply because we live out of

to just buy groceries in bulk a couple

town and on a mountain. This is how I

of times a month. Here in Berlin, I

drive my kids around. The way to child

can choose from a huge number of

care alone twice a day is 27 miles.

organic markets and can also have it

And at home, we have a lot of animals

delivered home.

running aroundâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including the dead mouse that our cat regularly brings home in the morning. We have a large house full of nooks and crannies, a perfect playground to get lost or play hide and seek. I also love our large table that can easily sit 20 people.

L I have to veto against that. The only

thing that is frozen in our home are the freshly picked berries. We don't have any other frozen food. Apart from that, we drive up to a farm once a week where the kids can clear the dung out and receive a glass of fresh milk

VK Talking about food, are there big

straight from the udder in return. And

differences between urban and rural

funnily, now that the boys know that


animals have to die for it, they don't


Lisa's relict from the big city life: She always carries around a coffee cupâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;her own coffee to go, in a porcelain cup.

We drive up to a farm once a week where the kids can clear the dung out and receive a glass of fresh milk. LISA 194

want to eat meat anymore. They have

L But being a little proactive is great.

first-hand experiences of that here.

C Yes, it definitely is great that they

VK How do you picture your life with

can always pursue their hobbies and


interests in Berlin.

C I hope that my son won't start to

L I'm just going to trust in my kids.

go clubbing at the Berghain (famous

I am happy when they are happy, no

club in Berlin) at the age of 17...

matter where that might be. One thing I


Mine will probably go to the

Jungbullenparty (Eng.: young bull party)! C

And I hope he won't smoke pot.

And doesn't steal away all the time, because we have a second exit on the upper floor of our apartment.

can say for sure is that the atmosphere at parties is a lot more fun here than in the city.

Foto: Darren Muir | Stocksy


Lately when address

you the

issue of »fertility«



the first time at the gynaecologist, you come across The








respectively the synthetic form »folic acid« is involved in a number of metabolic processes, e.g. it is important for cell division and growth. A folate-rich diet and the additional intake of folic acid


PHOTOS: Clara Moring (CM) aka tastesheriff

are four

already weeks

before the start of a pregnancy! To bring some order into the chaos of folate-rich foods, we have compiled tips and great ideas for your kitchen together with stylist Clara Moring.

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The generic term folate stands for a water B that occurs naturally in food.

Its main function is to promote the nat

and the formation of blood. But it also p

role for the growth of the placenta during

196 Folate and Folic Acid before or during pregnancy, we suddenly come into contact with these concepts and materials, which we have never heard of. So, therefore, before we show you on the next page a food pyramid that explains the dailyrecommended amount of foods, we have put together a short and sweet explanation, why a folate-rich diet is important and what the difference between the chemically sounding terms is.

Folic acid is the synthetic form of the B vitamin folate that is not naturally found in food. It is used for therapeutic purposes and for the supplementation and enrichment of food. Folic acid is more heat and light stable compared to natural folate.


r-soluble vitamin

Foto: Virginia Horstmann

tural cell division

plays an essential

Folic Acid Folic acid is used as a supplement and for the enrichment of food, such as table salt. Women who want to become or could become pregnant



Foto: Darren Muir | Stocksy

g pregnancy.

Broccoli and peas are especially folate-rich.


additional 800Âľg of folate or folic acid to reduce the risk of neural tube defects. The increased folic acid intake should preferably begin four weeks prior to the pregnancy and be maintained during the first trimester.

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The food pyramid helps in checking your daily eating habits. For an optimal supply of nutrients, the food pyramid is divided into different food groups. Each group has its own symbol and the circles indicate how much of it should be eaten per day. The ment for the portion size is a hand, e.g. a handful of noodles.


RED: fats, sweets, fatty

snacks, calorie-containin

beverages |

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GREEN: 足calorie-free

beverages and plant food





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To make it even easier for you, you can simply print out the food pyramid and cross out the daily servings.

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1 portion of sweets or 1 snack (ca.200kcal) e.g. 1 Corny bar.

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1 portion of fish or meat or 1 egg/day. 150g is a good portion size. Per week, two servings of meat and one serving of a meat product such as meatball or sausages and 2-3 eggs are enough. Two portions of sea fish/week, once oily fish (e.g. salmon, mackerel) are ideal.


Foto: Julien L. Balmer

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3 (+1) portions of low-fat and normal dairy products, e.g. 1 glass of milk 1.5% fat, 200g natural yoghurt 1.5% fat and 1-2 slices of cheese 45% fat

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4 (+1) portions of whole grain products from all-grain varieties, such as 1 slice of bread, 1 roll, app. 40g cornflakes, 2 handfuls of cooked rice or pasta or 3 small potatoes.



(CM) (CM) Food cravings? During pregnancy different hormones are formed. Thus, more insulin is produced, causing the blood sugar level to drop. The result are unexpected food cravings. High sugar foods raise blood sugar quickly but only temporarily saturate. If you want to counteract, you should turn to fruit, vegetables or whole grains if hungry. A loaf of whole grain bread in the storage box is also definitely recommended!

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DIY Upcycled fruit basket, instructions on the blog ellinĂŠ

5 +(1) portions of coloured vegetables and fruits: each day at least 2 handfuls of raw vegetables, salad and cooked vegetables. 250g fruit, for example, 1 apple and 1 kiwi


Folate occurs naturally in foods (such as spinach, broccoli, lettuce). To ensure during pregnancy the recommended additional intake of 400 micrograms of folic acid through diet, you would have to eat 17 oranges a day or 1.4 kg spinach. Folic acid is produced synthetically and is therefore not present in foods. Folic acid must be converted into a bioactive (effective) form by the body through several steps. Not every woman can fully process folic acid. Food folate is already present in the bioactive form and does not need to be converted.

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»Interior Design« for young families is one of the focus topics of this sisterMAG issue. Thereby we want to first draw inspiration from children's bedrooms from around the world, before getting started with practical tips on page 224 . We

have researched and found beautiful rooms in the U.S., in Norway, but also in Germany and Australia with ideas for easy implementation at home. For further inspiration see our Pinterest board »Nursery Ideas« , on which you can jo us pinning.



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Location Washington D.C., USA

3 Words Modern, graphic, fun

Favour ite Piece I love the paper mache animal heads – they are unique and when grouped together, really add to the nursery's design.

Exper t Tips for ­P arents There are so many resources available today to young families when decorating. Starting with a great rug can really pull the room together. Take colors from the rug and use throughout your design—from walls, to accessories. You also can try to use what you already have and/or re-purpose it to make it special. This could be art, a mirror, blanket, etc. Facebook Twitter

Jennifer Wagner Schmidt Interior Design Pinterest

W hat was impor tant for you when designing the nurser y? I wanted a modern, graphic nursery for the new baby boy. I loved the black and white animal theme we incorporated because it was child-like, yet not too »sweet«. The room can easily transition into a toddler’s room.


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Br itta & Emma



Location Germany

3 Words Fresh, modern, individual

Favour ite Piece The old blue stroller.

W hat was impor tant for you when designing the nurser y? To create a friendly atmosphere, in which Emma feels comfortable


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Does the st yle of the nurser y ref lect your own st yle? As far as possible yes. Everything is characterized by the Scandinavian design style.



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Nor way

Marcela & Benjamin

Benjamin, 6 months old

Location Oslo, Norway

3 Words Scandinavian, modern, functional

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The Acapulco chair, very comfortable to breastfeed, I just love it! Facebook

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W hat was impor tant for you when designing the nurser y? It was important for me to make sure I can make the best use of space in the small room I had.

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Pepper & Waldmรถwe

Location St. Leon / Germany

3 words natural, warm, individual

Favour ite product The antique crib. I hope, she won't grow out of it too quickly.

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How old is your child? Honestly: 35 weeks if you are correct. She will be born on 7th May. On my blog I will only use the translation of her name: "Waldmรถwe" (forest's mouette). W hat was especially impor tant when putting together the nurser y? I only used natural materials and it was very important to me that all the colours work together in harmony. Furthermore it is really important that the furniture is not from big warehouses. Did you put together the nurser y yourself or did you work with an exper t? The whole furniture is put together by myself and parts of it is even made by me, crafted or restored.

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Freddie, 9 months, born June 2013

Location Melbourne, Australia

3 Words stylish, simple, nautical

Favour ite Piece The grey striped rug from Crate&Barrel â&#x20AC;&#x201C; classic and modern!


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Mini Interview with Mom: AMANDA MOORE Did you decorate the nurser y yourself? I decorated the nursery myself. W hat was impor tant for you when designing the nurser y? Practicality was at the forefront - this is my second baby so I knew what I needed, what I didn't, etc. good examples of this was dimmable lights for feeding in the night, changing table with easy access creams/wipes/antibacterial hand cream, comfy feeding chair, rug to cover new carpet from inevitable baby accidents! The list could go on!!! Freddie is an old soul. For the most part, he is super chilled and a really happy baby. This space is really calm and totally reflects his nature. Does the st yle of the nurser y ref lect your own st yle? The nursery reflects my current colour and styling vibe - modern but somehow classic at the same time, simple but not boring. I love greys at the moment - in the house and also in clothing! Twitter




Amanda founded the shop ÂťHunter BabyÂŤ together with Holly Kent in early 2010, of which the aim is to offer exclusive collections for children and baby clothes that are unique, stylish and affordable. Her goal: to create the perfect outfit for the little man! :) Issue 12 | April 2014


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Foto: Meaghan Curry | Stocksy



for Beginners

Interior design tips and tricks for your home



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Not only birds do itâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;looking for the fitting pieces for a safe and cozy shelter for their hatchlingsâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;young families and those who are just becoming one do it too: Nesting, preparing babyfriendly rooms, is one of the greatest, yet at the same time, most dreaded projects ever. And still, with a little bit of planning and clear goals you can turn your home into a place that is not only functional and safe for the little ones but also comfortable and elegant for the big ones. There are a million small things to bear in mind, and a lot has to be decided and done in advance. In collaboration with furnishing expert Steven Schneider

we have put together the following tips and tricks to help, support and inspire you. Like in many cases it is a good idea to write a check list first to see how much money you have available. Also, check what furniture you might already have and what could be used for the nursery as well and how much time you have for each individual step. The best thing to do is to start from the outside to the inside of the nursery or in other words, from the walls, floor and ceiling to the little accessories on the dresser.



Foto: Lumina | Stocksy

~ Blue or Pink? ~ Blue and pink? Whether it is a girl or boy, the colour of the walls no longer has to match the baby's gender, if that ever was the case. The important thing is that the wall paint does not contain any substances that might be harmful to babies and that you put it on the walls early on for it to dry and evaporate sufficiently. Light colours and pastel shades create a friendly atmosphere and can be complemented with pictures, wall stickers or even with other colours. Large pictures and wall decorations easily draw the baby's attention and can distract them while you change them.

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Photo: Ivan Bastien | Stocksy



~ Laminate or Carpet? ~ It depends of course on what kind of flooring you already have in your nursery and whether you have enough time, money and leisure to replace it. Carpets have a soft and cozy feel and give the room a homey touch. Unfortunately, they are also real dust catchers and more complicated to clean than laminate or parquet

flooring. While you can fit smooth floors with rugs and this way add a great touch, you can also spot scratches and dents more easily on them than on carpets. So there is no such thing as the perfect floor for a nursery, and in the end you have to go with your taste, the existing flooring and the furniture you have in mind. 229

What is the difference between Laminate and Parquet? Laminate is a floor covering made oâ&#x20AC;&#x2039;â&#x20AC;&#x2039; f several layers, often with wooden decor, but much easier to clean. The lowest layer is impregnated against moisture, the middle is made of wood materials, the top layer can be decorated differently.

Parquet is real wood floor. It can be sanded, but not simply renewed. A general distinction is between multilayer and solid parquet. The latter consists of a solid layer of wood. After sanding the hardwood floor it is sealed with oil, varnish or wax. Multi-layer parquet consists of a top layer of solid wood, while its lower layers are also from non-timber. Parquet should only be wiped slightly damp with special wood cleaners.

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StokkeÂŽ Careâ&#x201E;˘ Changing Table via greenliving Shop (469,00 â&#x201A;Ź)



~ The Changing Table ~


The answer of the parents to be to the question of which piece of furniture they first thought of is always: the changing table. It is the sun that the baby and nursery universe evolves around. It has to be functional and practical, offer storage space and at the same time match the nursery's style. Please note: The height is important. Tall mothers should make sure to ask for extra high changing tables to prevent back pain. Those with a small budget can also purchase changing table pads that you can mount to a regular dresser top and later dismount again in order to keep using the dresser for storage. It does not matter whether it is a changing table, dresser or just a board. As long as the pad is cushioned and easily to wipe clean, as long as it has raised sides so that the baby does not roll over and as long as the pad

has the right height, all other aspects are of minor importance and can be chosen freely. For smaller nurseries, we recommend a combination of changer and crib, so that it does not seem overloaded and leaves enough room for decorations and to move around. The changing table should not be placed too close to the window to protect the very sensitive eyes of the baby. The most important accessory besides the changing table is the radiant heater that touches the soft baby skin with the necessary warmth while changing the diaper. Zone lighting like table and floor lamps are a good alternative to pendant lamps or ceiling spotlights that might shine too bright during the night.


Changing Tables for longer usage

Changing Board made of alder wood, white glazed by CARSelbstbau­ möbel (95.00 €)

Changing Board by CARSelbstbaumöbel (89.00 €)

ing g n a h C l a s Univ er part p o t h t i w Table barn y r e t t o p y b 5 €) kids (421.7

Chest of Drawers Basic Wood White Wash via 'herr und frau klein' (609.00 €)

Leander ­Changing Table by Leander Design via Sprösslinge Design (749.00 €)

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~ Baby Beds & Armchairs ~

Armchair Aldgate Premium by Fashion For Home (499.00 â&#x201A;Ź)



Baby Beds Babies spend most of their time lying down and sleeping. The baby crib is therefore as crucial as the changing table and should be chosen carefully. Material and colour can be neglected for the time being since functionality and safety take priority. The bars and railings must be high enough so that the baby can safely roll around and later also stand up. They grow fast and a lot—and so should the crib to some extent. The easiest option for this is a crib and playpen combo where you can lower the base of the bed according to the child's height and this way easily turn it into a playpen and playground. In regard to other storage units in the nursery, the only important thing is that they offer enough space and are convertible, meaning no dressers that are too small and that would soon overflow and no gaudy colours that will not fit a later concept for a children's room. And of course the mothers should not have to miss out either. ­After everything is set up for the baby, nursing mommies need a comfortable place to sit during short

Cottage-­style Crib by pottery barn kids (464.00 €)

BELOW: Wing Chair Ribe by Fashion For Home (599.00 €)

233 ABOVE: Killi Baby and Junior Bed by Sebra in soft blue via Sprösslinge Design (749.00 €)

nights and long hours. Wing chairs especially are perfect for nursing during the night and cuddling with the little one. You can easily rest your head on one of the sides and this way comfortably get through short nights.

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Foto: Meaghan Curry | Stocksy

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Furniture ~ The Other Rooms ~ Next come the classics: No sharp edges, cover outlets and put dangerous objects out of reach of the little monkeys. There are some other things you should also keep in mind regarding sofa covers, wooden furniture and household textiles: Even though leather sofas look incredibly nice, they are the most challenging upholstery when it comes to cleaning and care. Easy-care polyester or other fabric

covers are usually not only washable but also easy to rid of stains. Whereas untreated wood has the most beautiful grain and character, you can quickly treat and remove scratches and liquids from coated surfaces. But you should definitely pay attention to the feeling of coziness and your own living style too. As long as you feel comfortable, this feeling is also conveyed to your baby.

NEST Animal Mobile by The Land of Nod (45.00 $)

Metal Airplane by tentvintage via (31.28 €)

LUMI DOLL #176 by Le Train Fantôme (130.00 £)

The last steps are the finishing touches, adding a personal note to the room. Blankies, vintage toys from your own childhood days and harmonious colour accents with picture frames and other accessories turn the nursery into a feel-good area for both, the little ones and the parents.

Mr. & Mrs. Mouse in one House via ­ (35.25 €)

Easter Paper Plates by Land of Nod (20 piece set 5.00 $)


Little Darlings Prints by Animal Print Shop (starting from 25.00 $)




The sisterMAG spring issue would of course be incomplete, if we wouldn't have acknowledged the »Easter« theme: Sara Heinen of the Food Blog »Love nonpareil« interpreted for us the four letters of the little word NEST. The result are 10 recipes and DIY instructions, which we have fallen in love with immediately ... fortunately there are still a few days left before Easter!

Concept & Photos

Sara Heinen



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Pancakes with raspberrybuttermilk-sauce


A naturally colourful Easter: Pancakes topped with raspberry-buttermilk-sauce, a flower nest busting with raspberry colours and Easter eggs that look like they just fell out of their nest.

125 g flour 1 egg

25 g margarine + some extra for frying

2 tsp baking soda

25 g sugar

1 pinch salt

200ml buttermilk (a small cup)

1 handful raspberries (frozen)

Defrost the raspberries and set some of them aside for decoration. Melt the margarine and let it cool down a bit. Take 125ml of the buttermilk and blend with the margarine and the beaten egg. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and pepper and blend with the egg mix. Melt some margarine in a pan and fry the pancakes using 1 to 2 table spoons of dough per pancake. Turn once. Continue until all the dough has been fried. Mix the raspberries and remaining buttermilk using a handheld blender. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like seeds in your sauce make sure to strain the paste through a sieve. Stack the pancakes on two plates, pour sauce over each stack and top with whole raspberries.

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FLORAL NEST IN RASPBERRY TONES ― ― 10 – 20 buds from cut flowers in colours of the same family (e.g. white, pink, powder pink, purple) ― ― 1 bunch of baby’s breath (»bouquet filler« from the local florist‘s) ― ― several sticks of flexible brushwood (e.g. vine or clematis) ― ― a shallow glass plate or bowl ― ― florist’s wire


Spread the brushwood loosely around the plate or bowl tying more stubborn twigs down using florist’s wire. Spread the flower buds around the edge of the bowl with the tops just above the rim cutting the stems where necessary. Use the flowering stems of the baby’s breath to pad out a thick mesh inside the flower rim. Now cut the stems of the remaining flowers and carefully tuck them into the nest of baby’s breath. This way you will get a much more natural look than could be achieved using floral foam. Finally fill the bowl with water using a watering can.

EASTER EGGS BLACKBIRD STYLE ― ― white eggs ― ― dilutable, blue egg colour ― ― 1 dollop of black or brown solvent-free paint, e.g. acrylic paint ― ― newspaper to cover your work surface ― ― old toothbrush ― ― some vinegar ― ― rubber gloves

Boil the desired amount of white eggs and colour them all light blue using dilutable egg colour in a low concentration. Depending on the kind of colour you might have to add some vinegar, make sure you check the instructions. To create a sprinkle effect water the solventfree paint down to a low viscosity then put the old toothbrush into the colour and, holding it close to the egg, run your fingers along the bristles. It’s best to cover a generous amount of your working surface with newspaper before using the toothbrush.


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edible easter eggs


Anything’s edible here: It’s not just the crunchy eggs waiting to pamper the taste buds; your guests will even go for the nests.

Makes 6 easter nests

5 sheets of filo pastry

1 egg

Sweet option: some icing sugar Savoury option: a handful grated, spicy hard cheese (e.g. parmesan or manchego) fresh chives

Line a baking tray with parchment and preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F). Stack the filo pastry sheets and cut them into strips of 1cm width. This is best done using kitchen scissors. Beat the egg in a bowl. Now take 3 or 4 strips of filo at a time and carefully and loosely twist or braid them. Place the

twisted strand on the parchment forming a circle with a 3cm hole in the middle. Stack several of these layers on top of each other, high enough to make a proper nest. Spread some egg between the layers to make them stick. The dough will dry out and start to break quite soon, so you should try to be quick. For the savoury option, sprinkle the nests with grated cheese before baking. Bake the nests at 180°C (356°F) for 10 Minutes until the edge of the dough turns golden brown. For the sweet option sprinkle the nests with icing sugar after. Put a hard-boiled egg into each of the savoury nests and arrange some chive straws of various lengths to stick out between the egg and the nest. Sweet nests are a perfect container for home-made crunchy eggs though children might prefer to find a chocolate surprise eggs in them. Issue 12 | April 2014



Crunchy Eggs


HOME-MADE CRUNCHY EGGS Makes ca. 2-3 light eggs 5 0 g white chocolate ½ tsp hydrogenated coconut oil (e.g. Copha) 30 g Rice Krispies (variety pack) Separable plastic egg moulds (e.g. egg decorations from an arts & crafts store) Hundreds-and-thousands or similar topping or 2-3 dark eggs 5 0 g milk or dark chocolate ½ tsp hydrogenated coconut oil (e.g. Copha) 3 0 g Cocoas Krispies (i.e. Coco Pops) (Variety pack) Separable plastic egg moulds (e.g. egg decorations from an arts & crafts story) Sprinkles or similar topping

Using your fingers spread some hydrogenated coconut oil on the inside of the egg moulds. The heat from your fingers will melt it and it will spread easily. Melt the chocolate and the remaining hydrogenated coconut oil in a bain-marie. Take the liquid chocolate off the heat and stir in the Krispies. Fill the moulds with the mixture and put them together. Put any leftover chocolate mixture back in the warm bain-marie, but make sure it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t boil. Put the egg in the freezer for a few minutes. When the chocolate has become sufficiently solid, open the mould and take out the chocolate egg. This is best done wearing rubber gloves in order to shield the chocolate egg from the heat of your hands. Repeat the procedure if applicable. Do not clean the bowl from the bainmarie immediately when all the eggs are done! Once the chocolate eggs have cooled down completely, you can re-heat the remaining chocolate in the bowl and use it as glue for the decoration which is best added using toothpicks or wooden skewers. Decorate with sprinkles or any other edible topping. Issue 12 | April 2014


minimalistic easter nest



The minimalist approach to Easter: succulent plants, copper and ombre, three current trends for a stylish Easter. And in the same vain, understated but stylishly tasty: Crostini topped with artichoke spread. ― ― Shallow, rectangular wooden box (from the local arts & crafts store) ― ― Acrylic paint of copper or a reddish gold colour ― ― Paint brush ― ― Succulent plants of varying sizes ― ― Cling film ― ― 5 white eggs ― ― Dilutable, blue egg colour (liquid colour is the easiest variety to dispense and adjust) ― ― 5 glasses

Paint the wooden box using the acrylic paint and let it dry. If the first coat doesn’t cover the wood properly, add a second coat. Once the box has dried thoroughly, pad the inside with cling film to guard the wood from any liquid. Take the succulents out of their pots with some extra soil, arrange them inside the painted box and secure by pressing them in place. Cut of any excess cling film aligning the foil with the edge of the box. To make ombre eggs in varying shades of blue, first cook the eggs. Depending on the colours you have chosen to use, fill the 5 glasses with the same amount of water, adding vinegar if necessary (check the instructions). Now add some colour to each glass increasing the amount used with each glass. Put all the eggs into their respective colour baths for the same amount of time until they have reached the desired shades. Place the eggs between the succulent plants in the painted box. Issue 12 | April 2014


CROSTINI WITH ARTICHOKE SPREAD makes one glass of spread and crostini for 6 people

1 Baguette or ciabatta bread

1 glas Pickled artichokes in water

20 stems Flat-leave parsley 1 handfull Walnuts 248

1 Clove of garlic

Olive oil Salt & pepper

Heat the oven to 180째C (356째F). Cut the baguette into slices, each 1.5cm in width. Peel and cut the garlic clove. Rub the slices of bread with garlic. Sprinkle a few drops of olive oil on each slice. Put the bread on a baking tray and bake it in the oven for 10 minutes to make it crispy. Roast the walnuts in a coated pan until you can smell their lovely aroma starting to spread. In the meantime drain the artichokes making sure you squeeze the hearts properly. Wash and thoroughly dry the parsley then pluck the leaves off the stems. Cut a 0.5cm slice off the garlic clove and blend it with the artichokes, parsley and walnuts in a food processor. Keep adding small amounts of olive oil until the mixture has reached a spreadable texture. Add salt and pepper to taste and spread onto the warm slices of bread. Top with parsley and serve immediately.




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To make the apricot sauce, simply drain the apricots from the glass and purĂŠe them using a handheld blender. Since canned apricots are usually sweetened the sauce does not need any extra sugar.



A classical Easter with a fresh twist: A chalkboard egg for each guest plus yellow daffodils and sweet apricots brioche.

makes 8-12 brioches: 250g flour

30g sugar 1/2 sachet dry yeast

120ml buttermilk 1/2 tsp salt

50g soft butter 1 small egg, beaten

1 can apricots Mix all the dry ingredients together. Heat the butter and buttermilk in a bowl in the microwave for just a short moment. Beat the egg. Put a small amount of the beaten egg in the fridge (this will be used to spread on the brioche). Blend all the ingredients using dough hooks to make a smooth mass, cover and let it rise for 20 minutes. Then knead the

dough before dividing into 8 or 12 parts depending on the size of your moulds. Using your hands roll each portion of dough into one big and one small ball. Place each big ball into a buttered mould and form a hole in the middle into which the small ball is set. If you form a lobe on the bottom of the small ball it will sit in the hole more securely and won’t come off while it’s baking. Make sure there is some room left in the moulds as the brioche will rise when baking. Cover the moulds and leave them to rise for 45 to 60 minutes or put them in the fridge overnight. In case you opt for the latter, let them sit at room temperature while the oven is heating up the next morning. Spread the beaten egg on the dough and bake at 180° to 200°C (356° to 392°F) until golden brown. If you don’t have brioche moulds, those for muffins will do. Or you can just put the dough straight onto the baking tray. Issue 12 | April 2014


CHALKBOARD EGGS AS PLACE CARDS ― ― Wooden or polystyrene eggs (from the local arts & crafts store) ― ― Chalkboard paint ― ― Paint brush

HOME-GROWN EASTER GRASS ― ― A handful of wheat grains ― ― Cotton wool ― ― Small plates or bowls

― ― Wooden skewers ― ― Chalk


Put the polystyrene eggs on skewers to make them easier to paint. Wooden eggs will of course need a hole for this trick to work. Apply one or two coats of chalkboard paint letting the eggs dry thoroughly after each coat. Draw, colour or write on the dried eggs using chalk. They make great place cards sat on a bed of fresh Easter grass in an eggcup. This works best with polystyrene eggs as they will sit nicely on their bed of grass due to their light weight.

Let the grains of wheat soak in water overnight. Next day, line the desired container with cotton wool and soak it with water. Spread the grains of wheat on the wool and make sure to keep it moist over the next few days. It will be 2 to 3 days until the grains bud and another 5 to 6 for the sprouts to reach a height suitable for Easter grass. If you’ve left it too late you could buy cat’s tail grass from a pet store which looks similar.

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A Tarte Novelle is a special present. One that brings joy to your loved ones and that surprises them—from far away. So we combine quotes from literature with cake to send a tender and individual message— everyone likes that. Our

customers choose the kind of cake they want and design the packaging themselves. If they want they can also enter a message that we then attach in a handwritten folded letter.

254 Through the sales of Tarte Novelle.

I hope to be able to expand our product portfolio and open a shop with a café in addition to the online shop.





Photo: Paul Müller-Rhode


Photo: Paul M端ller-Rhode


I have been writing down quotes from books for years, and I always had hoped to be able to use them for something. So when one of my colleagues handed out fortune cookies after lunch I thought, why not combine it with cake and offer it with individual quotes.



Equity, grant for business start-up. 255

No one else offers what we offer. However, there is a whole number of online stores that ship cakes, chocolates and other treats.


COMPETITORS Photo: Merten Kaatz



I worked as a journalist for Financial Times Germany until Gruner + Jahr ceased the publication at the end of 2012. 256



We are currently looking for someone to help in production, for packing the cake packages. Photo: Paul M端ller-Rhode



I took me very long to come up with a name. I was looking for one that makes it obvious that it is a combination of cake and literature. I eventually had the idea to combine French and German and called it Tarte Novelle: a small cake and a short text. SilverStripe (eCommerce software), InDesign



Photo: Paul M端ller-Rhode


Founder Teresa Goebbels

Not cake :-)

My mom's lamb-shaped sponge cake.







Photo: Paul M端ller-Rhode


Outlook OutlookJune


Focus Bike: Whether you use it as sporting device or practical means of transport: We show the best outfit for biking and talk to experts in the field.

»Beauty Codes« – Beauty ideals in different countries and languages.

With this issue we send you into spring and hope you'll have a nice Easter Holiday! However the next issue won't b too long. We will come back with our June issue with the topics of Sports, Languages and Mathematics (if nothing drmatically changes and our timetable has to be altered ;)) in the beginning of June. We are looking forward to your feedback and input on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Co.

We visit our friend Emily Westbrooks in Dublin. The DIY blogger and author shows us around and we'll feature the most interesting places in her adopted home.

Photo: Julie Matkin




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Spring issue of sisterMAG with great Easter recipes, the sisterMAG spring jackets and coats collection, a coffee special, interior design fo...

sisterMAG Issue 12  

Spring issue of sisterMAG with great Easter recipes, the sisterMAG spring jackets and coats collection, a coffee special, interior design fo...