Bank Holiday Weekend: Brunch Ideas

A sunny bank holiday weekend is almost like a unicorn. Even though I fully intend to enjoy as much sunshine as possible, it is very likely that I sleep in a little bit longer.

As breakfast turns into brunch, I need something more substantial to eat than a croissant and coffee or a little muesli. In preparation I have researched some brunch ideas to ensure that I have all ingredients in the fridge.

Since I am a food and lifestyle illustrator I follow a lot of food related accounts on Instagram, where I found my first recipe inspiration on the Waitrose account.

Griddled salmon with watercress and walnut pesto: You can find the recipe here.

 
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Recently I discovered the food blog Halfbaked Harvest by Tieghan Gerard. Her recipes and creative presentation are truly a feast for your eyes and stomach.

The baked egg crepes with spring herbs and avocado (yes, avocados have to be present for brunch) have especially caught my eye. You can find the recipe on her blog.

 
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Is there a better way to start a long weekend than with great food and in lovely company?

I am heading out into the sun now and wish you a relaxing, happy weekend.

Pizza Fiorentina - Illustrated Recipe

During the day I am so focused on painting that I sometimes do not even notice when I am hungry and I forget to eat. My lunch often consists of leftovers or a quick sandwich. Also, eating heavy, warm meals around midday makes me really sleepy which in turn is not exactly good for my productivity. So it is very important to me that I take time to cook at the end of the day and eat a nice dinner. Nothing beats a homemade meal shared with your loved ones. 

Sometimes I stick to a recipe but  more often than not I research food images online and make it up as I go along. This is a great way to get inspired. Especially when you are making pizza. The creative possibilities for toppings are seemingly endless.

For the base, which I always make from scratch, I use my mum's tried and tested recipe (makes a medium sized pizza). It is super easy to make and only has a few ingredients:

- 250g pizza flour

- a pinch of salt

- 7g dried yeast

- a dash of olive oil

- some lukewarm water

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and add only as much water as you need to shape a smooth and soft (not sticky) dough ball. Knead the dough thoroughly (with lots of love) on a clean kitchen counter. Then place the dough into a bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave to rest in a warm place for one hour.

Last Sunday I made the Florentine Pizza which I found under Tesco's recipes.

 
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Recently we discovered Matthews Cotswold pizza flour at Lidl and I am loving it. This flour is extremely fine and makes a very smooth, soft dough. It was the packaging that first caught my eye. I really love the logo, the font, the colours and the vintage inspired print job. And I can say, that the product is as good as the packaging.

 
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What is your favourite pizza?

An artist's guide to denim

Yes,  it happened again. London is once more skipping a season and moving from winter right onto summer. Personally, I love all seasons and my favourite is autumn. But for the moment I am very much enjoying the sunny weather, warm evenings and the fact that I do not have to wear too many layers when going outside.

I am definitely a trousers kind of person. Simplicity and practicality are key and most days you can find me in a uniform of jeans, white (t-) shirt, flat shoes and good knitwear. Jeans are a classic wardrobe staple and I love how versatile they are. They can be casual, comfortable but also dressed up and sexy. I wear them all year round and only buy new ones if I absolutely have to. For one, shopping is not one of my favourite activities (buying art supplies exempt) and in addition I literally wear my jeans until they fall off me. The older they get, the more comfortable they are and the more I love them. Please tell me that I am not alone here.

 
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Most days I work in my studio and often sit on my chair with my legs crossed like a tailor. I move around a lot and want to be comfortable. For this purpose jeans in sweatpants style are absolutely perfect. And they can collect as many paint splashes as possible.

When I have client meetings in a coffee house or else, I prefer high waisted denim which I can dress up with a crisp, white shirt, a black blazer and a nice pair of heels. Lower rise, darker and straight legged jeans are my choice for after work and long walks on the weekend.

 
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As the temperatures are rising, nothing can beat denim cutoffs. Depending on what you combine them with, they can equally look as classy or sexy as other types of jeans. Having said that, my only personal rule with cutoffs is, the shorter the trousers the flatter the shoes.

What is your favourite jeans brand?

(Today's music: Cozy Friday Evening | An acoustic mix by MrOtterMusic)

Snowday in London

This morning I woke up to a winter wonderland. I have never seen so much snow in London. The untouched ground in the back garden and the snow covered branches of the trees were a beautiful sight. I also love the crisp, clean air after a heavy snow fall. It feels rather cleansing to take a deep breath.

So I thought there is no better day than a snowday to share some of the flower paintings I created since Christmas. May they bring some colour into your day.

 
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