Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ohmyguspaw


Gus's paws are so big they actually thump when he walks. ♥

Photograph copyright © 2011 Jasmine Habart.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Like naan other

Indian naan bread is a thing of beauty. Cooked in a tandoor oven until it's golden brown and bubbly, it remains ever so soft and wonderfully chewy. Ripped into pieces, it's the perfect accompaniment — or utensil — to curries and rices. This naan bread, however, is not from a tandoor oven. Prepackaged from a regular old grocery store, it was not baked until light and fluffy. While soft and somewhat chewy, it's fairly dense and flavourless. So why am I writing about it? Because alas, Jamie Oliver has come up with a solution to store bought, semi-stale bread! Using damp parchment paper, he brings his naan and ciabatta breads alike back to freshly-baked life.


For kicked up naan bread, pre-heat the oven to 375°F (180°C). Scrunch up a large piece of parchment paper and run it under the tap. Lay it out flat, and drizzle with olive oil. Add herbs and spices for extra flavour (I mixed in freshly chopped garlic, ginger, and cilantro). Add naan breads and flip to coat each side with oil. Wrap the parchment around the naans, and place in the oven until heated through. Thanks to the damp parchment paper, the revived naans should be soft on the inside with a very slight crunch on the outside. Almost...almost as good as authentic naan.


If you're still not satisfied with the state of this naan bread, make a quick order to your favourite Indian restaurant. And use the rest of your "naan" to make personal-sized pizzas!

Recipe from Jamie Oliver's website.
Photographs copyright © 2011 Jasmine Habart.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ain't that the truth.

Dan Daniloff is a designer living in Riga, Latvia (the map tells me it's near Estonia!). Remembering the quotes and sayings about love, life, and happiness that have inspired him and helped brighten his day, he shares them through the quirky illustrations he sells on Etsy. These prints were definitely designed to make the heart smile.


Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried.....


Sitting next to you doing absolutely nothing.....


My cat knows the meaning of life....

Purchase Dan Daniloff's Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried....., Sitting next to you doing absolutely nothing....., My cat knows the meaning of life...., and other feel good goodies here.

All artwork from Dan Daniloff's Etsy shop, Gayana.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Inspirational inspiration

I am completely inspired by these amazing prints by Portland-based artist and illustrator, Mary Kate McDevitt. Their words convey so much beauty not only through their messages, but through their unique hand lettering as well. With such wonderful daily inspiration, these prints would brighten up any room!


Amazing Things Will Happen


Abe Lincoln Quote - Coral/Aqua

Purchase Mary Kate McDevitt's Amazing Things Will Happen, Abe Lincoln Quote and other lovely hand lettered goodies here. Or visit her website for more information.

Photographs from Mary Kate McDevitt's Etsy shop.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Reading shawls

Cable knit reading shawls? Could they sound more warm and cozy?? Designed exclusively for Chapters Indigo, these pocketed scarves would be great for lounging around the house and keeping warm during the chilly upcoming months this winter. I love these. ♥



Cable Knit Reading Shawl - Feather Grey from Indigo. Cable Knit Reading Shawl - Linen from Indigo.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Knitting makes the Gus smile


What a multitasker. Not only is Gus working on some knitting, but he's also perfecting his ability to blend his fluff directly into the couch. Way to Barbapapa into your own seat, Gus!

Photograph copyright © 2011 Jasmine Habart.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!


From me (and Gus/Mickey) to all my Candian friends, Happy Thanksgiving! May your long weekend be filled with mashed potatoes, gravy, and more than one afternoon nap. ♥

Artwork copyright © 2011 Jasmine Habart.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Macaroni and...squash?

That's right, macaroni and pureed squash! Okay, there's a bit of cheese mixed in and sprinkled on top, but only about half a cup as opposed to...oh, I don't know, an entire brick? For this recipe I used brown rice macaroni*, acorn squash soup (an ever present leftover during the holiday harvest season!), and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.


I got the idea for this concoction the last time I made acorn squash soup (using this recipe, substituting acorn for butternut squash). Completely dairy-free, I couldn't believe how rich and creamy it was; and when I tossed in a handful of leftover macaroni, the soup clung to the pasta and became more of a hearty sauce than a simple soup. The texture was just like homemade macaroni and cheese! All that was missing was that crunchy top layer of rich melted cheese.


So if you happen to have a batch of leftover squash soup in the fridge, preheat oven to 350° F (175° C). Cook up some macaroni (I used about 1 cup of dried brown rice elbow noodles*), drain, and add back to cooking pot. Next, ladle in enough leftover squash soup to generously coat the pasta (I used about 2 cups). Mix in about a quarter cup of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and a few pinches of chili power, paprika, and nutmeg. Once heated through, pour the gooey mixture into a baking dish and sprinkle with another quarter cup of cheese. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and golden brown. It will look just like your typical homemade mac and cheese, and it will be eaten up just as quickly!

The best part about this dish? The sauce is basically all veggies, so no side dish—or guilty feelings—required! And just in time for Canadian Thanksgiving, you could add some leftover turkey to the mix. Ou, or some stuffing. Or spread leftover mashed potatoes on top...wait, that's just crazy!! Crazy delicious.

*PS: brown rice noodles are great because they're less likely to overcook and get all soggy when baking in the oven!

Photographs copyright © 2011 Jasmine Habart.

Old world inspiration


Beautiful kitchens make the heart smile, especially those inspired by old world Italy and France. Bright and open yet warm and rustic, I love this vintage kitchen design!

Photograph from batamhousing.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The switch up


Craving something hearty but not too heavy for dinner last night, I decided to whip up a giant batch of quinoa. Then with a sudden craving for my warm pasta toss with spinach and sausage, I fried up some veggie sausages and replaced the whole grain linguine with 2 cups of cooked quinoa. The result? A lighter meal with the exact same taste; and still filling and oh so satisfying!

Photograph copyright © 2011 Jasmine Habart.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Branding that makes the heart smile

When it comes to beautiful branding and packaging, this project definitely makes my heart skip a beat. Designed by Ryan Feerer for a local shop in Abilene, Texas; every bag, tag, and business card was hand stamped for added character. What a smart way to showcase a unique and ever-changing local boutique!





For more information of Ryan Feerer, visit the very talented designer and illustrator's website.

Found via Lindsey Bee.
Photographs from Ryan Feerer's website.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

October sunshine


I bought my first box of mini mandarin oranges the other day, and they're delicious! Juicy and refreshing, I'm sure they'll all be gone in a few days.

Photograph copyright © 2011 Jasmine Habart.
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