March 29, 2013

nut and seed bread

breadYou guys, this bread. It is difficult for me to find the words to describe it. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it life-changing, but definitely breakfast-changing. Chock full of nuts and seeds, it is probably the healthiest bread I’ve ever eaten (and gluten-free if you make sure your oats are gluten-free). The dense texture invites all sorts of spreads, my favorite being peanut butter, which seems odd considering the “bread” itself is so nutty. But I’m telling you, a little bit of peanut butter spread on a toasted slice of this bread is heaven. It adds a desired creaminess without compromising the nutty flavor. The toasting is also important. This bread is exponentially better when toasted.

bread-ingredientsLately, I’ve been on a bit of a health kick, so breakfast has been a green smoothie, a whole grapefruit and a toasted slice of this bread with peanut butter. Living with Phil has taught me to slow down and enjoy my mornings, as opposed to racing out the door with my makeup bag in hand after hitting the snooze button one too many times. I get in a little morning work out, catch up on my favorite trashy British tabloid, and sit down to a real, nutritious breakfast as often as I can.

bread2 bread1My New Roots’ Life-Changing Loaf of Bread
makes 1 loaf/12 slices

INGREDIENTS

1 cup / 135g sunflower seeds
½ cup / 90g flax seeds
½ cup / 65g hazelnuts or almonds
1 ½ cups / 145g rolled oats
2 Tablespoons chia seeds
4 Tablespoons psyllium seed husks (available at vitamin/health food stores)
1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt (add ½ teaspoon if using coarse salt)
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
3 Tablespoons melted coconut oil or ghee
1 ½ cups / 350ml water

PREPARATION

Combine all dry ingredients (sunflower seeds through salt) in a loaf pan, stirring well. Whisk maple syrup, oil and water together in a bowl or measuring cup. Add this to the dry ingredients and mix very well until everything is completely soaked and dough becomes very thick (if the dough is too thick to stir, add one or two teaspoons of water until the dough is manageable). Smooth out the top with the back of a spoon. Let sit out on the counter for at least 2 hours, or all day or overnight. (I’ve tried it all ways and it doesn’t make a difference.)

Preheat oven to 350°F / 175°C.

Place loaf pan in the oven on the middle rack, and bake for 20 minutes. Turn the loaf out upside down directly on the oven rack and bake for another 30-40 minutes. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool completely before slicing (otherwise it will fall apart – trust me).

Store bread in a tightly sealed container for up to five days. Freezes well, too – slice before freezing.

March 28, 2013

goop style

TWELFTH AVENUE TWELFTH AVENUE TWELFTH AVENUEBlazer: J.Crew. T-shirt: Zoe Karssen (sold out, but I’m obsessed with this one). Scarf: Roffe (similar). Jeans: Joe’s. Belt: J.Crew (old). Booties: Sam Edelman. Bag: Cole Haan (similar).

Desperately channeling Gwyneth Paltrow in this outfit, non? That is, if GP had split ends, bunchy crotch issues and a nasty industrial street corner to pose on. No, but seriously, everything I learned about blazers, scarves and suede booties, I learned from Gwyneth.

This gorgeous schoolboy blazer from J.Crew is such a wardrobe staple. I love how it dresses up a graphic tee and boyfriend jeans, and I’m looking forward to wearing it over pretty floral dresses this spring. I will not be wearing a pretty dress on Easter Sunday, by the way (not that you were wondering), because my mom and husband are dragging me out to the golf course. Helloooooooo preppy pastels!

March 27, 2013

love notes

maglev-final

{The Shanghai Maglev is one of the fastest passenger trains in the world, traveling at 270 miles per hour}

nanjing road-final {Nanjing Road, the 5th Avenue of Shanghai}

tailormade-final {Tailor made clothing in the Shanghai Technology Museum}

letter-final{Staying at the late Robert Kardashian’s old Indian Wells home}

fruits-final {The plumpest meyer lemons, oranges and grapefruits in our backyard}

March 26, 2013

chucks

side1-final

front-final

below1-finalBlouse: Splendid. Shorts: Levi’s. Sneakers: Converse. Jewelry: Cartier, David Yurman, J.Crew, Madewell.

I think I am finally over jet lag and feeling a bit more like myself. It’s nice to be back. And nice to be laying by the pool with my favorites. Just a couple more days in paradise before I head back to reality, so I’m off to sip on some beer margaritas (so deadly) and take my last dip in the pool. Hope everyone is having a fabulous start to their week!

March 25, 2013

inspired by a sunny nook

TWELFTH AVENUE | Inspired ByCrystal necklace: J.Crew. Lace shift dress: Topshop. Bow ballet flats: J.Crew. Blackberry & Bay candle: Jo Malone (my favorite scent). Tea cup and saucer: Villeroy & Boch. Shoulder bag: Botkier.

Ever since I laid eyes on this pin, I have been dreaming of creating a space like this in my home. A quaint little corner to sip tea, read novels and gaze at passersby through my picture window while wearing the perfect little sun dress and prim ballerina flats with sweet black bows on top. That, or a sunny spot to curl up in my gingham flannel pajamas with pirated episodes of the Rachel Zoe Project and a huge bowl of cereal. It’s a romantic life I lead.