February 12th, 2017
Hello! I am back in the swing of things again after a long, long blog break due to a super-charged first couple of weeks back at work. There are some big changes going behind the scenes here at Avenue and I am excited to share it all with you over the coming couple of months, but for now I am excited about something else – a gorgeous book entitled How to Hygge that hit the shelves late last year, featuring my own photographs on it’s lovely pages. And to celebrate this beautiful book, I will be giving two copies away as a very small token of my thanks for your support in 2016. Knowing that there are people out there who read and are inspired by this blog motivates and drives me to be better in a creative sense, gives me courage to grow and explore and for that I am deeply grateful.
In How to Hygge, renowned Scandinavian cook and writer Signe Johansen explores the culture of hygge, shares the secrets of Nordic living and shows you how to adopt these elements into your everyday life. She explains the secret to feeling contentment, inner happiness and the art to living your best life, which Nordic countries have long been experts at despite the cold and lack of light much of the year. Translated roughly as ‘cosiness’, Hygge (pronounced: Hoo-ga) is all about warmth, conviviality and community. Its the celebration of nature, simplicity and togetherness. Get the full scoop
July 23rd, 2016
It’s been so busy these last few months I’ve strayed a bit from the pages of this blog. While my days start with vigour and enthusiasm, deadlines loom, projects demand my focus, emails keep streaming in and the days just slip away, silently rolling into weeks and then I realise I have so much to share and so little time. Remember I shared my kitchen with Ingrid from Let’s Talk Evergreen? In the midst of crazy work schedules we decided to press pause and share food, our love of photography and laughter for a day, each cooking something of our own with the goal to come away with new inspiration, renewed energy and a couple of recipes for you guys to try. I made my favourite lime infused lentil and roast veggie salad and Ingrid made this beautiful rhubarb yoghurt upside-down cake, which I know you are going to love.
Ingrid’s cake is soft, dense, and moist and it’s the subtle sweetness combined beautifully with the tartness of the rhubarb that makes it so very delicious. The perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee, and even suitable for breakfast too. Ingrid first developed this recipe in my kitchen, and then returned home to perfect it. I spied some rhubarb in the supermarket this week, so I’ll be snapping some up and giving her recipe a try this weekend! Get the full scoop
May 4th, 2016
I’ve been wanting to share this recipe with you guys for so long. I made over the Christmas and New Year’s break for the first time and have had friends literally beg me for the recipe. So when Ingrid, my sweet friend and the talented soul behind Let’s Talk Evergreen, came to hang out with me in my kitchen last week to cook and photograph together – each making our own recipe and shooting as we went along – I gathered the ingredients I needed to make my very own lime infused lentil and roast veg salad and got to work. It was such a heavenly day. We chatted, nibbled on scraps, swapped photography secrets and laughed. We made a mess and worked in the chaos and it was the very best.
This recipe is an adaption of one that I spotted in the cookbook Nopi, which my husband gave me as a Christmas present. I wanted to make something special to take with me to our New Year’s eve party – which was at the home of my food stylist friend Ajda Mehmet in Amsterdam so it basically had to be VERY good. I wanted to make a roast pumpkin dish with lime yoghurt dressing but I thought it would be a bit challenging for people to eat while mingling, so decided to adapt the flavours to a lentil salad to serve in small bowls and be eaten in a more civilised fashion. The results were so good I have made it several times since, and every time I do I get begged for the recipe. So here we go. Get the full scoop
March 17th, 2016
When Hanke Arkenbout asked me to join her in creating a series of workshops in my home based around styling and photography, we both didn’t realise how much fun and rewarding they would turn out to be. After an overwhelming response to our Inspire Sessions afternoon workshops, we have decided to offer a full day retreat to be held in a beautiful old cabin in the East of the Netherlands that is the perfect place to inspire those wanting to refine their photography skills, practise styling, play with gorgeous props and food, network with creative people who love to photograph and basically just have an awesome time. Plus we are thrilled to announce that we will be working with food stylist Ajda Mehmet for this event, an Amsterdam based foodie who is wonderfully talented, deeply passionate about food and styling and has her work published in several top magazines including Jamie Magazine NL, Delicious and Libelle. Sound good? Keep reading.
Inspire Cabins Sessions, as we are calling this one-day creative retreat, will be held on Saturday, 16 April. The programme will include food styling and photography, prop and table top styling, a garden soiree where we will feast together on home made deliciousness from Ajda, Hanke and my own kitchen, a nature walk in the beautiful surrounding forest and farmland and a visit to the beautiful and hugely inspiring By Mölle linen atelier. There will be lots of time to network, ask questions to me and Hanke at a round table discussion, share and receive tips and tricks, shoot gorgeous stuff, have fun and be silly and we promise you will leave feeling hugely motivated and deeply inspired. Get the full scoop
March 2nd, 2016
As you know, I hosted two photography workshops in my home in January called Inspire Sessions, alongside Hanke Arkenbout. Together, we are welcoming a another 19 people into my home next week and are just as excited as we were with the first two sessions! There’s something so special about being able to truly inspire people, and in such a simple way. Our afternoon sessions are all about having the confidence and making the time to shoot in your home, to look beyond the way you would normally photograph and learn some new tricks along the way with a community of other photographers.
I admittedly don’t get as excited about my own home as I see a thousand flaws followed swiftly by a hefty mental to-do list of all the things I still want to do to my interior before I deem it finished, or even inspiring, and then put off taking photographs because it’s not ‘ready’. But it was so energising watching our attendees so inspired by my home, shooting the hell out of every tiny detail, that I decided to pick up my camera and allow myself to take some of my own home, in my own time and with my own perspective. Get the full scoop