Here in the Netherlands we celebrate 1st and 2nd Christmas Day. The second day we had dinner at my uncle and auntie’s place, together with their family and my grandpa. We would make a dessert, a salad and a vegetarian dish, and we decided to add cranberry sauce to the list as well (so many beautiful cranberries at the moment!).
Cranberry Sauce recipe:
340 grams (3 cups) cranberries
100 grams (1/2 cup) dark brown sugar
240 ml water
1 tablespoon finely grated, fresh ginger
pinch of ground cloves
Put all the ingredients in a pan and bring to a boil. Let the mixture boil down for about 10 minutes while it’s simmering and while you are stirring. The sauce is ready when it has thickened and most of the berries are cracked. Remove the pan from the heat and let the sauce cool down.
We still had a lot of cranberries left, so yesterday I made this delicious vegan Cranberry Pear Tart as well: My New Roots.
I just opened a bag of jasmine tea and on the label was written the quote stated above. It is so very true, and so simple, yet I never put it into words like that. Keep it in mind in these days of warmth and light, and thereafter.
Only this year I discovered how amazing pastels are. I found myself wanting to work with them a lot lately. It’s not just the result, your fingers turn into delicate artwork as well. I’m in love! It was on my bucketlist before, but now I’m sure I want to experience Holi at least once in my life…
In the last picture you can see the work of Yellena James. I came across this artist in a magazine last week. Her paintings are happy, yet subtile, and the colors she uses are beautiful. She says: “My latest works further explore the intricate and delicate forms of an imaginary ecosystem, twisting and floating together in an alluring environment. I attempt to create an ethereal place which is hypnotically familiar and yet hauntingly exotic, adding tiny little details in a sort of compulsive meditation, until a perfect balance is created. The intricacy and high detail, along with hints of existing organic shapes lend to the intimacy and believability of each new world.”
This lovely artwork is hanging on my wall since yesterday. I got the album ‘Warp & Weft’ by Laura Veirs and it has this image on the front. I have been wanting a nice illustration to perk up my bedroom walls for a while now and I was just thinking how nice it would be to have this one framed, when I found the print in the CD case. Lucky me!