A floral carpet in the Oise
It's one of these natural phenomenons of early springtime here in France: the ground in the forests around our home get covered in wild narcissus and anemone nemorosa. In almost thirteen years I never actually went to see it up close. So yesterday was the day for a little lunch break on the floral carpet ;) Enfin!
And when you're there anyway, you make a little movie. Mais bien sûr !
Have a great weekend everyone!
Filming in the greenhouse
A few weeks ago a film crew came to visit me in the Oise. It was one of the coldest days of March and after a sunny week, it was unfortunately overcast for most of the time. But we had a fun day: I showed the team around our greenhouse, talked about my plants (even hugged one!), over-watered them for some cool slow motion shots and ran through the forest near our home.
The video is part of the IKEA Go Green campaign that we launched with IKEA Germany and Urban Jungle Bloggers. The idea was to show how we live with plants. Our home is currently a bit of a mess because of our ongoing bathroom renovation (I know... it's been 11 months...), so we filmed exclusively in the greenhouse, surrounded by my approximately 150 plants:
The film crew also traveled to Munich and followed Igor on a little trip to find yet another plant for his 32m² apartment. You'll see in the video below that he's such a natural speaker, very much at ease on (and off!) camera. It's been such an honor to work on his side for our Urban Jungle Bloggers project over the past 18 months. He truly is Mr. Happy, always clever and bright, we laugh a lot behind the scenes ;) Check out his happy Munich abode with 1 plant/m²:
Merci beaucoup Christina, Eva, Carl-Heinz and Andreas! I promise, next time you'll come visit, it will be warmer ;)
Urban Jungle Bloggers #17
Spring is here! We had some incredible sunshine this week and the first cacti in the greenhouse had a growth spurt! The Euphorbia ingens succulent (no it's not a cactus!) in our kitchen is still in hibernation, so he let me dress him up for Easter without resistance ;)
For last year's Easter styling with Urban Jungle Bloggers, I created a nest and planted succulents and cacti in egg shells. Spring and Easter means eggs & nesting to me, which is very real here at home because we have a green woodpecker couple nesting in a tree outside. They are loud and squawk day and night. I call them terror birds.
Anyway, back to our Easter styling with plants. I realized I had this box with fluffy feathers that I collected as a 7-year-old. So I turned my Euphorbia into a bunch of Indians and Easter bunnies:
A feathery nest requires a fluffy nest-like plant, like this hairy cactus, a Cephalocereus senilis (a.k.a. Old Man Cactus hahaha):
My favorites as a 7-year-old girl were the polkadotted Guineafowl feathers, the small red Ara feather and the pink one... of course! This is the entire collection:
Fluffy and ready for Easter:
Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series hosted by 2 bloggers: Igor (Happy Interior Blog) and Judith (JOELIX.com). Every month we share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs and green tips & tricks. You can find additional inspiration on our Urban Jungle Bloggers Pinterest board and keep up-to-date via our Facebook page. Want to join? Find out how on our website and use #urbanjunglebloggers on twitter and instagram. Let's bring some green into our homes and blogs!
► Fore more Easter stylings with plants, check out the gallery!
Running with flowers
Life is busy around here. I constantly have the feeling that I'm running behind, my daily to-do-list is rarely ever entirely checked off at night, and I haven't felt that precious Inbox-Zero feeling in a long time. Besides dreaming of a roadtrip, my regular runs around the neighborhood keep me from going insane. And now that spring is here, I picked up some red blossom from the side of the road. People stared at me, because running with a few branches of flowers probably looks pretty strange. But it was worth it, I like how they match the red, pink and sunlight in our cinema room.
Below you can see the top of one of my little fig trees. Our cat Wally loves nibbling on the leaves (is it the typical fig smell? or the taste of the leaves?) and the lower leaves unfortunately look more like this. I think I'll have to move them to another cat-safe room, before he eats them all... But please: if you have any tricks for keeping cats from eating plants, I'm all ears!
Sugarfree lemon meringue pie
When life gives you lemons... or when a styling project leaves you with a basket of lemons: make lemon pie! That exactly what I did when I didn't really know what to do with the lemons I used in the IKEA Go Green photoshoot. There's only so much lemon water that you can drink in a day, right?
Ever since I had this Saturday job as a teenager at a meringue factory (yes they exist!), I haven't eaten a single meringue. But a sugarfree option sounded like a fun challenge. This is my very first lemon meringue pie and because I had lots of fun making it (and instagramming about it) and it turned out pretty good, I wanted to share my recipe. I can tell: the filling is very delicious!
First, start with a simple pie crust. I went straight to The Lemony Goodness and rushed the pie crust and that was not a good idea. It's not as tasty as it should be. I simply mixed flour, butter, 1 egg and some sucralose and baked it for 25 minutes on 175°C. But you can make it as fancy as you like.
Oh and by the way I love using my Rosti Mepal Margrethe bowls. These melamine bowls were a kitchen staple in my mom's kitchen, but my husband, the chef at home, only uses professional stainless steel bowls and I cannot get used to them. Now that I'm baking sugarfree treats more often, I wanted my own mixing bowls with their clever anti-slip ring. In bright & beautiful colors of course!
My bakerella sister offered me a set for Christmas and Rosti Mepal sent me their new tower set in retro colors. I love the sturdy melamine and the clean & practical Danish design. To me it's obvious why these bowls celebrated their 60th birthday last year ;)
Now let's get on with The Lemony Goodness filling:
► 12 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
► 2 cups of water
► 1/3 of a cup of lemon juice
► 3 egg yolks
► 3 tablespoons of butter
► 1 1/4 cup of agave syrup
Mix the agave syrup and flour together and warm it au-bain-marie. Add the two cups of water. Combine egg yolks with lemon juice and beat until well mixed. Add this to the rest of the agave mixture. Cook over boiling water au-bain-marie until it thickens (it took me about 20 minutes). Add the butter and pour mixture into the pie crust, and let it all cool.
The "Meringue" topping:
► 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
► 2 tablespoons of cold water
► 1/2 cup of boiling water
► 3 egg whites (I used the ones left over from The Lemony Goodness)
► 6 Tablespoons of agave syrup
► 1 pinch of salt
Mix together the flour and cold water in a saucepan. Add boiling water, and cook, stirring until clear and thickened. Let your mixture sit until it's cold. Now wbeat the egg whites until foamy and gradually add the agave syrup and beat until stiff and add the pinch of salt. Gradually beat in the completely cold flour mixture. Spread meringue over cooled pie filling and then bake the whole thing at 175°C for 10 minutes (or until the top is lightly browned). Decorate with some slices of lemon.
A set of 3 bowls was sent to me by Mepal Rosti (they also carry durable tableware (servies in Dutch), but all photos and opinions are my own. Merci Rosti Mepal!
Recipe freely inspired by Easy Sugar Free Recipes.
my babies have pink roots <3