November 25, 2012

you don't have to bring your booze

        The prospect of moving out to an apartment becomes more and more real every day, and, in between looking for offers on the Internet, I've been some time clicking through countless "interiors inspiration" boards and folders. There's an infinite number of those. Wait. I've actually been doing that for most of the time, with occasional breaks during which I would visit renting sites. It's just so much easier and more fun. Everyone agrees. Good. We can move on.
          I haven't been looking for home bars specifically, but suddenly, boom! there's a collection of over twenty photos of these. I don't think that moving out of dorm will lead me to uncontrolled drinking and that I will develop an alcohol dependency; if that were to be, dorm and lack of parental supervision would have sufficed. So no worries! By the way, as you scroll down, you'll notice that there are other things that can make for a home bar in my book. Tea and the grandma side of me are a match made in heaven! 

(A dedicated cabinet that will also hold glasses + a geographically themed print)

(a simple tray with weird stuff on the side, blue-ish framed print seems to be a must)

 (a little bit industrial trolleys - they come with wheels! A mobile drinks island! Perfect!)

(girlier thanks to the splash of pink and sparkling water/soda included; we prefer our liquor softer)  

(a shelf dedicated to coffee and tea equipment - yes, that counts as a bar to me, and yes, that probably makes me more excited and would probably get more use in my home)

(a lovely picture of a tea/coffee tray - framed prints included! - just because I couldn't and didn't really want to stop myself. Ah, that sunlight!)

sources: I still need to get a hang of keeping track of sources, because my current "just saving under a random name" system doesn't prove successful. Any tips? Also, if you know the source of a photo, please, let me know, so I could credit properly.
2. the wyatt hotel // unknown
3. Rodney Graham by Jennilee Marigomen for Free&Easy // unknown
4. unknown // unknown
5. unknown // unknown
6. unknown 

November 24, 2012

#3 you can go your own way

         Here is another mix of songs that I've been listening to lately *awaits cheering*. On a mission to find a swimming pool nearby, I got lost more than once, only to remind myself that getting lost in a city is one of the best things that can happen on a fall evening (as long as your phone can navigate you). And this is what I have been listening to on those trips, some of the songs picked up in stores/cafes I went to (again, thank God for phones and Shazam). Good for walking, great for biking, but best for listening to when alone/allowed to sing along.
        Download here. 

Track list:
1. Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
2. Leave House - Caribou
3. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards - Tame Impala 
4. Before I'm Done - Toro y Moi
5. Friday Night - The Darkness
6. Take 'Em Up - Shit Robot
7. Private Affair - The Virgins 
8. Private Universe - Crowded House
9. Moonage Daydream - David Bowie
10. Chinatown - Wild Nothing
11. Brothers-  The War on Drugs 
12. Common People - Pulp
13. Magic Powder - Minitel Rose
14. Same Old Scene - Roxy Music 

November 10, 2012

if lonely, get a dog

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November 7, 2012

red currant muffins

           I consider myself to be quite lucky as it comes to my family's food preferences: they like the simplest foods the most, maybe because of how little time it takes to make them. Especially my brother isn't one to find joy in awaiting treats, and these muffins, photos of which I just stumbled upon, are, I believe, his favourite. They look so extremely plain that it might be difficult to want to make them, but it's worth a try.\

          They are really super easy and super simple to make, and if you don't have to collect the currants before, you don't need more than 10 minutes to make them (plus baking time). They don't grow, and are very buttery; to me, they taste like a cake we used to eat when we went to the seaside before my brother started school. Currants could be swapped for anything, maybe even nuts (I'll try that sometime soon and report on the results), but here in Italy, you can still buy fresh currants, so maybe you can get them in other places, too. 

Red currant muffins:
(makes 12, based on Nigel Slater's recipe)

125 g flour
125 g sugar (I used brown sugar)
125 g soft butter
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs 
125 g red currants (or any other berries)

Preheat the oven to 200C. Line a muffin tin with paper muffin cups.
Put all the ingredients but fruit in a bowl, mix until smooth. If the batter is stiff, you can add a spoonful or two of milk (I never do that).
Using a spoon, mix in the currants.
Divide the batter between cups evenly. You can sprinkle brown sugar on top to get a crust, which I didn't do  with the photographed batch but I do at other times.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, checking doneness with a toothpick before turning the oven off.