Archive | October, 2011

Funghi Assoluti

31 Oct

This is a very simple salad recipe, and is actually stolen from one of my all time favourite restaurants in Toronto, Terroni (www.terroni.com). When my girlfriends and I eat here, we often go tapas style and share a bunch of different items off the menu, and this one always makes the cut. It was surprisingly easy to make at home and just as tasty.

There is something extra special about a salad that has something warm on top, but it does make the timing a little tricky if you are trying to coordinate other parts of the meal with it. Stay tuned tomorrow for a yummy pasta recipe we had alongside the salad.

Enjoy!

You will need:

  • olive oil
  • oyster mushrooms
  • bread crumbs
  • parmesan
  • arugula
  • oil & balsamic vinegar vinaigrette

Toss the oyster mushrooms in olive oil, then in equal parts bread crumbs & parmesan.

Put on a baking sheet and put them in the oven and bake at 425 degrees until they start to get golden, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Toss the arugula in vinaigrette.

Take out the mushrooms, and place on top of the salad still warm and serve.

Awkward Spaces

28 Oct

Happy Friday! I thought it would be fun to share a before and after of one of our most recent home projects. Do you have any awkward areas in your house that you feel like you could be using more efficiently? We have this funny cut out, that we were using as a kind of bar, stereo spot and general place to put things. We decided that it was time to redo the space, clear out our old stuff (also know as a massive stereo from the 90’s among other things) and make the space much more attractive and useful. It was amazing what a few glass racks, a fresh coat of paint and a MUCH smaller sound system can do for a previously awkward space.

These are the only before shots I took, because it was before my blogging days….but you can get the idea.

Home Sweet Home

27 Oct
 
Artist – Elan Vital Floral Delight collection

One of my favourite things to do is get new ideas for how to decorate our place. While we unfortunately do not have a lot of extra space left to put things these days, it is fun to get inspired by beautiful things, and think of ways to incorporate variations of these into our house, using things we already have differently.  These are five items that would definitely fulfill my desire to keep our home comfortable, and fun to entertain in.

The above picture is by an artist name Elan Vital. We discovered him while we were on our honeymoon in Hawaii, and dream of one day saving up to buy one of his pieces. For now, I hope you are inspired by his beautiful use of colours and Hawaiian influences. If you are ever in Maui, be sure to check out his gallery, they are even more stunning in person. http://elanvitalgalleries.com/gallery/index.php

What inspires you in home design?

This chandelier is incredibly stunning and a modern take on a classic.

Orb Chandelier - Restoration Hardware

 
We actually have the decanter and double old fashioned glasses pictured 
below, but the whole set would be perfect for entertaining.
 

Library Barware - Pottery Barn

  
This gorgeous chair would make you WANT to do some work.
 
Desk Chair – Pottery Barn
 
This tray would be perfect for the hallway, to catch all of your keys, devices
and anything else when you walk in the door.
 

Tray - Anthropologie

 

Vintage Clothing Show

26 Oct

Vintage Bracelet

This past weekend I had a chance to swing by the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show. This event is currently held bi-annually at the beautiful Wychwood Barns. With over 30 top dealers from Toronto and Quebec in attendance, the selection of beautiful clothing, vintage furs, and jewellery was extensive. I spent a lot of time going back and forth on the beautiful furs they had at the show, but unfortunately went home empty-handed. I did however walk away with a beautiful new bracelet, and I am looking forward to the next show in April.

Here is a website that you might want to check out for all things antique and vintage in Toronto.

http://www.antiqueshowscanada.com

 

Some of the many gorgeous furs

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