Last night I attended a really great event…. Our photographer from SKOVDAL & SKOVDAL organized a pop-up restaurant in their studio.I am in love with the idea of things, concepts dinners parties, shops - anything that happens spontaneously – that pops-up out of the blue…….
The seats were sold out in 2 hours and we all had a fantastic, relaxed and cozy time – we sat at a table mixed with friends and a few people we had never met before.
True Everyday Magic……
Hopefully we will participate in a lot more events like this and take part in other exciting initiatives as well. If you organize one, I am happy to lend you a box of Rice stuff to serve the food and decorate the room with…. and of course I’ll come and join the fun…..
My name is Monique. I am part of one of the coolest RICE Sales Teams…GERMANY. Usually I am in charge of Sales and PR and not only for that matter a huge fan of blogs, pinterest, Instagram…you name it. Over my work for RICE I met a very nice girl named Clara. I am a daily addict to her lovely blog http://www.tastesheriff.com/ . She invited me to be part of her blog. I felt as if somebody offered me a small part in my favorite soap on TV. Exciting!
We decided to bake together. I told Clara about the easiest recipe (ever) for a dough that I am always using baking cupcakes and cake. My mom wrote it down 30 years ago and I inherited her recipe book. The dough is made with fizzy water and we were thinking it would be less kids party and more us to replace water with champagne. One rainy Saturday in December Clara, her friend Nicole host of the lovely blog: www.livelifedeeply-now.blogspot.de and I met up in the RICE Showroom and mixed and mixed and…. et voilá. We had a blast and way to much champagne. The session was mentioned in two HAPPY NEW YEAR blogs. One of my everyday magic moments in 2012!
For 12 normal size cup cakes.
Here u go:
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of oil
3 cups of flour
1 pckg. (should be approx. 2 tbs.) of baking soda
In the end pour …
1 cups of fizzy water or champagne
Mix the dry ingredients first, add the eggs, add the oil…add the water/ champagne. You can add all kinds of fruit, candy or whatever you like to the dough now. Bake until there is no dough sticking to the wooden pick.
All the best,
A few grilled asparagus, 1 leek, 6 cooked beetroots – and some homemade pesto -
Pesto is my thing – I have a friend who is also a real pesto queen we often share ideas – and inspirations -
this one is rather old school – made with a mix of parsley, basil and coriander – and a a handful of pinenuts, some olive oil and a bit of emmental cheese (only because I found out in the last minute that there was no more parmesan cheese in my fridge.)
Placing this salad together on a bright pink dish – is a joy for the eyes… a small moment of mindful everyday magic…. and it even tastes good….
Cooking is my thing – when I’m happy I cook…
Going to the market in France or Italy is the best date I can be taken on – I just love love love it.
Every fruit, fish and vegetable is calling my name – all wanting to come home and play – at least that is how I feel. When we lived in Paris – I would often end up with way too much food and had to invite friends and more friends to help eat everything.
Simple honest food with a funky twist is my joy – I am not so fond of foam and a bits of this stacked on top of that – and when you put your fork into it it all falls apart…
I have written 2 cookbooks with my friend Chef Carsten Kyster - Funky is our word. We always search for ideas that make everybody happy around the table – young, old, men and women… We want to inspire people to invite friends over for informal dinners – even on a Monday night. Make a little plan with a few of your favorite friends to meet, eat and bugger off… at “tour de role” you go to each others house. Most of our recipes are just as easy to make for 2 people as for 10.
Todays everyday magic recipe is Funky Carbonara with Kale. Try it out and let me know what you think….
600 g kale
100 g bacon
2 cloves of garlic in thin slices
1 tspn chili flakes
2 dl cream
400 g fresh parpadelle
4 eggs for frying
50 g grated parmesan cheese
salt and freshly ground pepper
Clean the kale thoroughly – boil it for 2 minutes in slightly salted water. Drain and cool the kale down in cold water. Squeeze out the excess water from the kale and chop it coarsely. Cut the bacon in bite size pieces, fry it in a hot pan and remove from the heat. Fry garlic and chili in the pan with the remaining bacon fat, add kale, cream – salt and pepper. Boil the parpadelle according to the instructions on the package. Mix the pasta with the kale and the bacon. Serve in 4 plates. Fry the 4 eggs – and place 1 on each pasta plate with grated parmesan cheese and extra pepper.
Signe Wenneberg is an urban farmer and foodie from Copenhagen. She is also a dedicated author, speaker and freelance journalist / communication strategist specialized in green consumerism and strategic use of social media. When not working, cooking or gardening Signe travels the world as a humanitarian ambassador/ freelance writer. Signe and Charlotte met when they were appointed as members of the Danish club 100 /2009/Danish Red Cross. And they have kept contact, as they are both members of the same female network: The Danish Albright gruppen – named after former secretary Ms. Albright.
The top pic was taken when AFTENSHOWET – the evening show at danish national television had pizza in the Kings Garden last week. Signe works for the evenings show as an expert on communities and gardening. Look at all the great stuff on the table. All from RICE.
Thank you so much Charlotte for giving me the opportunity to talk about everyday magic. You know very well that I will leave your blog green an edible…
The most important thing in a garden is – and I’m sure you will agree: To eat, to party, to make room to have a garden party (a relaxed one that is), to invite with friends and family, to chill, to grow what you eat – and eat what you grow. This is everyday magic.
Last night I made pizza’s for my next-door-neighbors in the garden (there was a bit of rain, but that was fine, especially as I have just planted new flowers, that I did not have to nurse, as the rain did the job). The pizza’s was delicious, hot and popular – and all of them served with not only tomatoes and herbs from the garden, but also a green mix of salad, edible flowers and kale on the top.
- And the neighbors…? They were watching the Olympics. This is everyday magic to me: To share and care – and bring a warm home cooked green and spicy pizza (from the pizza oven in the garden) to the nice neighbor.
My last book on gardening – EAT YOUR GARDEN – was out April 1. I somehow hit a nerve (I have been ever so busy ever since). My book was about – not only urban farming/ urban gardening – but also about community gardening and our mutual green future – it was about organic options, eco-conscious choices, bio diversity and bio dynamics, holistic and edible sustainability, innovative design – plus a little kitchen garden wisdom – and many, many recipes… And our need to care for each other on a global level.
To me everyday magic is gardening, urban farming and cooking for friends and family – and for the pizza loving neighbors…
As a friend in New York once wrote in a painting – now hanging on the wall in my kitchen: “If we all just do one random act of kindness daily – we just might set the world in the right direction”.
Salad, kale and edible flowers from the garden.
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