Our friend has the best kitchen in the world and a house to match. Today we went over to her house to snap some pictures for her AirBnB profile. I’ll share the link with you as soon as it’s up. When you’re ever in Haarlem or Amsterdam, rent this house. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Every time I miss a blogging deadline, which is often, I think about quitting this blog. I want to quit because I let myself and you down. But at the end of the day, I love blogging (and you) too much to quit. I believe in the power of blogging, sharing all that I love and building a tiny internet community filled with awesome people. And you know what, it’s all about showing up. So here I am. Posting a weekend link pack once again on a Monday night. Enjoy!
Us, about a year ago at Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia.
We didn’t buy many souvenirs when we were traveling. As you can imagine, the little things we did buy have a lot of meaning and value to us. So when I dropped our Chinese tea cups yesterday and they broke into a million pieces, I was devastated. With the cups I saw our memories shatter across the floor. “How are we going to remember China without our teacups” I asked Nick in between tears. “I was going to drink tea from them forever”. Nick, who is glueing them together right now, said to me “Babe, we’ll always remember China, no matter what.” This story has nothing to do with this picture.
These links are for the weekend and the weekend is long over. But here they are anyway. Enjoy!
A really good blog post about how travel changes you, but not always like you expect it to happen // The End of the Road
Cumin-spiked carrot and chickpea salad – This is a personal favorite. Nick kind of likes it but not as much as I do. Instead of just cooking the chickpeas I roast them in the oven with some salt, cumin powder and olive oil.
Hoisin caramelized salmon and sesame soba noodle bowl – This salmon is so good! I was never a broccoli or brussels sprouts fan but ever since this recipe I am converted. I also add some raw shredded carrot, because I love carrot. Side note: I discovered our dog Zena is very passionate about raw broccoli and will do anything to get some. It’s like doggy crack.
Mini polenta pizza’s – Polenta, I’m not sure if I like you but made into a tiny pizza you are quite delicious. Instead of rainbow chard I used spinach.
We try to make a new recipe every day. With the help of Pinterest and a lot of awesome food bloggers, we collect recipes and try them. Most recipes get used only once, but these are some of the recipes that we have made again (and again). Try them and let me know what you think. I hope you love them as much as I did!
These two. They melt my heart. Ever since we got back from our trip, Nick and our dog have been inseparable. They take long walks in the forest together and for the first time in six years, we have a dog that actually listens.
I hope you have an amazing weekend, filled with forest walks, sunshine and tranquility.
I love finding Ted Talks like this that really teach me something new and make me think things through. (I know that is the whole point of Ted Talks but today I watched one about sex in the animal world and all I learned was that ducks have a corkscrew penis) // We Need to Change the Way We Think About Changing the World
I lived in a shipping container turned student home for a few months. But that looked nothing like this // Shipping Containers
I’m a very picky croissant eater. I haven’t tried these yet but I’m hope they are yummy, making them soon. // How to Make Croissants
I had already picked out all the links for this For The Weekend, but then I saw this and I knew I had to add this. Incredibly inspiring. If there is only one link you should click, this is it. // The Story of Maggie Doyne
Something I’ve been doing for a while, just not that radical – Radical Honesty
And some things I’m loving offline right now:
// blood oranges in ridiculous amounts
// riding my bike around town
// my amazing new boots (more on these soon!)
// Nick making great playlists of our iTunes library. He is like a cool underground indie dj nobody has ever heard of.
// working by candlelight
My dearest Sparrow in Space readers, it’s weekend! Hooray!
We found this building while we were walking around at last month’s Dutch Design Week. I don’t know what it looks like from the inside, but from the outside it looks like one of my dream houses (yes I have several dream houses. I like to dream big). I love the windows, the brickwork and the location which you can’t see on the photo but trust me on that. I bet it has a big garden for my pet goat to roam freely.
In my dream garden I have a goat, some chickens, a small pig, an alpaca and a donkey. And three children, running around. Perhaps one is riding around on the donkey. Not sure if my future donkey likes that kind of shenanigans.
I believe dreams are plans waiting to happen. These dreams of my garden probably need some tweaking, but it is going to happen. I’m strong of will and if I want something, I will make it happen. As should you. If you want to quit your job and work as a freelancer, work towards that. If you want to have children, well start… you know what. If you want to have the best wardrobe in the world, stop buying cheap clothes and start buying quality stuff. If you want something, anything, go out and get it. Don’t wait for the world to hand it to you. This weekend I’m going out and I’m getting what I want. For this weekend, it’s coconut milk yogurt, because I also like to dream small.
On the photo above you see our friend Joki showing our dog Zena a jelly fish. A jelly fish that she (Zena) later tried to eat. Right before she devoured a crab. Zena has to be the most insane dog on the planet. I got her six years ago. She was a stray from Spain and I picked her based on 1 picture on the website of the organisation. My reason? She was the ugliest dog they had.
From the moment she arrived in Holland she proved not to just be the ugliest but also the best dog in the world. She is a perfect hybrid of wolf and cat. She hunts like wolf, needs a pack and loves to sleep outside in a self-made nest but also likes to cuddle like a maniac. Her stray dog days did leave their marks, she doesn’t like children and golden retrievers or any dogs for that matter and if she finds a dog she likes, she has a very distorted vision of what playing entails. (She dry humps them, front or back doesn’t matter).
This is to Zena, the best, ugliest, most insane dog in the world. You are the best puppy any one could ever want.
It’s the end of the week once more. Not that it really matters. We have been working 7 days a week for the last couple of weeks. So much we want to do, so little time! How are you spending your weekend? I hope you’re going out to enjoy the lovely fall weather. I’m going to force us to go out for a few hours to catch some sun, we need it!
Have an amazing weekend. Do whatever you want to do and please, enjoy every moment.
The other day we made Paneer cheese (recipe coming soon), next is this Halloumi cheese // Halloumi
We’re looking for inspiration for our next house. Love this shop // Merchant 4
And here it is. Another weekend. The weeks fly by, it’s incredible. It feels like time is slipping through my fingers and I’m barely holding on. I get up every morning at 7, go to bed at 11, leaving 16 hours to do what I have to do. Yet everyday feels like there is just not enough time. Do you know what I mean? Sometimes hours fly by without even noticing.
I’m trying to figure out what I can do to make my day more tangible. Get some grip on what I do and how long I do it. Any tips? I’ll trade you, here are some awesome links for you to lose some time with!
The last natural ice merchant of Chimborazo. I wish I could go there and learn his trade. There is nothing sadder than traditional trades disappearing. // The Last Ice Merchant
Pictures of forests. Not much else. It’s damn pretty. // Forest
The title is “I had no idea’ and that’s exactly what I said when I first watched it. // I Had No Idea
Their interviews with creatives are great. Plus as a bonus you get a sneak peek into their homes. I like, no LOVE, seeing how other people live. // Freunde von Freunden
A fashion designer’s travel website. So pretty! //The Voyageur
Even though I’m not a parent, I still apply the ‘Empty Boat-theory’ almost every day. // Are We There Yet?
Oh man, do you love fish as much as I do? Because I frickin’ love fish! The island we are living on (Texel) is in between the North sea and the Wadden sea and is home to many fishermen. Here at the Old Fish Market (Oude Vismarkt), they have the freshest fish. We went down there this week to eat some fresh fish. So delicious. I ate so much fish I had trouble biking home afterwards.
This weekend will be work work work for us. Not that we mind. We have some cool projects running and are looking forward to do some serious design work.
What do you have planned this weekend? I hope you’re out enjoying the last days of summer! And if not, here is something for you to read!
Monica interviewed us about our travels and we really like how the interview turned out // The Travel Hack
This travel website is all about giving you that PINCH of inspiration that you need// PINCH magazine
A shop with a slogan I love. It’s not about buying more but about buying better // The Minimalist
This couple built an amazing glass house. Super inspiring // Glass house