Butternut squash spice cake
When in Marseille a few weeks ago, I stole one of these Halloween posters announcing the local Trick or Treat festival. It was designed by Sylvain Havec, a French illustrator. I love the clever use of neon orange and the hilarious illustration. Perfect or our kitchen door ;) Not for too long though, because you know... it's orange, my husband's trauma color!
And do you remember these bubble gum cupcakes that I made for Halloween last year? This year I decided upon something slightly less chemical: a butternut squash spice cake. So here we go for the recipe. All you need is:
► one butternut pumpkin, which looks like this:
► 500gr plain flower
► 250gr sugar (or honey or sucralose)
► 150ml sunflower oil (or any kind of butter if you prefer)
► 15mg baking powder
► 3 eggs
► salt, cinnamon, grinded white pepper, 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
It keeps surprising me that the inside of a butternut is bright orange and not white or beige like the outside:
Remove the skin and scoop out the seeds. Then grate the butternut like you would grate carrots.
Add the grated butternut to the mix of flower, sugar, oil, baking powder and eggs. And blend with a fork until you get a nice thick batter. Poor it into a buttered pan and bake for at least 50 minutes at 160°C. Bake until the cake is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. According to Kate a cake without frosting is just insane, but I really liked mine plain and gooey ;) Bon appétit!
Fall colors in Roussillon
The best thing of a belated summer holiday, is that you have touristic places like the ochre quarries in Roussillon, all to yourself. You can just wander around and be amazed by the colors and textures without any distractions. And that's just what we did.
We both visited Roussillon several times before, but how can you not be blown away by the intensity of the colors? I thought my ugly hiking boots would become all red and yellow but the ochre powder is so fine and dusty it doesn't stick.
Next time I'd love to spend more time at the ochre conservatory and learn about ochre and other color pigments. Their program of color trainings looks pretty exciting! In art school I painted quite a lot with oil paint, pastels and acrylic, but never got to use any real pigments. It would be fun to give it a try some time...
Have you ever been to Roussillon? Did you like it?
Back home from the South of France
Our 3 weeks in the South of France were super relaxing. We swam in the Mediterranean, hiked in the Alpilles and Estérel mountains, visited some exciting urban jungles and museums, and above all: soaked up all the sunshine we could. I wish I could share scents through my blog, because the Provence and Côte d'Azur always smell so wonderful. Even in october! Pine trees, oleasters, fruity apple trees, wild rosemary, fresh figs, olive trees and of course: the Mediterranean.
And because I can't believe that the december festivities are coming fast I'll share some sun drenched pictures with you today:
I know it's super cheesy, but I just love palm trees. Of course I brought home new kinds of palm tree seeds to grow in my greenhouse. And also a bunch of cactus plants and some fig tree branches.
Every morning we woke up to new colors, from pink...
... to silver ...
... and everything in between... Bliss!
But for now this sunshine will have to do. It's back to business and from a lovely Indian summer we fall right into fall with heavy rain and storms...
I hope you all are well! Are you in full pumpkin mode already?
The Typography of Travel 21
Beautiful HAND written or HAND crafted typography spotted on some of my travels:
Dynamo @ Grand Palais - Paris, France
Kliim hairdresser - Copenhagen, Denmark
Bruno & Joel shoes - Copenhagen, Denmark
Mant - Copenhagen, Denmark
Photography museum & café - Malmö, Sweden
Recycling bin Prinzessinnengarten - Berlin, Germany
Exclusiv Golf de Raray - Raray, France
► For all previous editions of The Typography of Travel, click here. Also, if you'd like to contribute beautiful type from your travels to this series, drop me a line!
La Maison Pernoise
Shopping in the Provence can be very boring: lavender sachets, ceramic cicadas, table cloths with provencal prints... not the things I'd bring home. When I heard that a concept store opened in Pernes les Fontaines, in the middle of the Provence, I was intrigued. Last week I visited La Maison Pernoise and found it such a breath of fresh air.
In this old grange-atelier, Lau de Casalil and her team propose an eclectic selection of home goodies, fashion, books, kids products and much more. Everywhere you look you find new things: inspiring moodboards, new and vintage furniture, wooden cutting boards, dresses & heels, books, magazines, super cute tutus for little ballerinas, graphic wall art, oversized mirrors, bags and baskets, kids toys, bed linen and more. Starting this fall La Maison Pernoise also organizes different interior workshops.
I particularly liked that they carry creative brands like Le slip français, tyvek® Maybebags, the diamond lights by Eric Therner and textile creations by Copirates.
Obviously my husband fell in love with these vintage lamps:
If you are in the neighborhood (Avignon, Marseille, Aix en Provence), stop by for coffee & shopping at La Maison Pernoise. I'm sure you won't leave empty handed ;)
La Maison Pernoise /// 167 avenue de la Gare /// 84210 Pernes les Fontaines - France /// +33 9 81 45 04 22
Open every tuesday to saturday 10-12:30 + 14:30-19
Urban Jungle Bloggers #2
After a very warm welcome to our new blogseries last month, today we are sharing more urban jungle love. Together with my jungle buddies Igor (Happy Interior Blog) and Jocelyn (The Little Room of Style) we decided upon a common theme for this month: urban jungles in our neighborhood. And as my current home is in the South of France (I'm on holiday here) I wanted to show you a Mediterranean jungle.
As you may or may not know Marseille is the European Capital of Culture in 2013. Since the last time I visited Marseille a few years ago, the city went through an interesting transformation to show off some of its assets and make it a more interesting place to visit. One of the larger changes, was the restoration of Fort Saint-Jean, a military complex from the 17th century. While the inside now houses a variety of exhibitions, the outdoor areas were landscaped by Agence APS into a garden promenade.
The Garden of Migration, as it's called, is a unique Mediterranean botanical footpath with amazing views over Marseille, the Vieux Port (the old harbor) and the sea. The 15 different mini gardens feature a mix of plants from across the Mediterranean to portray the diversity of culture, people and plants. Imagine orange trees, lots of scented herbs, fresh salads, myrtles, olive trees, sempervivum and more... of course it will take a while to become as green and "full" as the gardens were imagined by the landscapers, but it's very promising.
What I loved most: lots of locals were hanging out at Fort Saint-Jean, enjoying the view of their own city from the comfy lounge chairs and benches. Which shows that these gardens are not only for tourists, but for everyone!
After a sunny afternoon at the Mucem, I spotted this other urban jungle in the Le Panier area of Marseille:
Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series initiated by 3 bloggers: Igor (Happy Interior Blog), Jocelyn (The Little Room of Style) 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. Want to join? Use #urbanjungle on twitter and instagram. Or let us know and we'll send you a mini-kit with all details. Let's bring some green into our homes and blogs!
Also check out Peg London and Un23Ilaria and Pinspiration and Mouseblossom and Flora Inspiro today for more jungle love!
Bonjour from down under
Bonjour from down under! No not from the other side of the world, but "just" from the South of France. We're enjoying a belated summer holiday here, amongst apple trees, sheeps and mountains. Even though it's october, it almost feels like summer with blue skies, fresh figs and that famous smell of the Provence. Life is sweeter and slower in the South and after a busy summer I'm happy to adapt to the local rhythm. I may even slow down my blogging pace ;)
Oh and please forgive me for this random cat picture... our housecat here has the brightest blue eyes that match the blue sky perfectly. But of course she was lazy and didn't want to open her eyes for me.
You can also follow me on instagram for more holiday updates if you like.
Ever since I started instagramming in June, Thursdays are my favorites. I get to open my photoalbums and choose a picture that "throws me back in time". I feel very lucky that my dad took so many black & white pictures of me and my sister: there are enough #throwbackthursday pictures for many years to come.
And almost better than the photos is their smell. Developed by my dad in his own darkroom they have this particular smell of chemicals and thick photopaper combined with the scent of photo album paper and glue.
In the pre-digital camera era, while attending art school, I loved using one of his analog Minolta cameras that he probably used to shoot some of the pictures above. Every since I put it away in a safe place, if only I could remember where...
Check my instagram for a fresh "new" #throwbackthursday photo today! I'm very curious about your childhood pictures. Do you have any?
2 Dahlia girls
My grandmother had dahlias in her garden (click here for a peek) and I think that's the only memory I have of these flowers. As a little girl I liked the colors but not their spikey petals. Through the #2flowergirls project I rediscovered them, not far from our home in one of the community gardens. Like in my grandma's garden, there was a small flower bed along the border of the garden with numerous kinds of colorful dahlias. Some even look a bit like bundled "rolled tongues". That made me smile :)
If you want to join and spread some dahlia love in October, it's easy: read more about it on Madame-Love and Glomerylane.
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