Orange, Cranberries & Persimmon Clafoutis


The quintessential French dessert is clafoutis with cherries. A luke warm flan best served with a scoop of ice-cream or a cup of coffee. However, you can make clafoutis with any fruit you like, or even with veggies if you prefer a savoury clafoutis. I decided to make a typical Christmas inspired clafoutis with three seasonal fruits: oranges, persimmon, and dried cranberries. I exchanged the milk with with sweetened coconut milk. To give it an extra spike I infused the coconut milk with fresh ginger, some orange peel, ginger and cinnamon. (to get the recipe scroll down)orange-persimmon clafoutisclafoutis

You’ll need

  • unsalted butter for the dish
  • 100 gr cane sugar
  • 200 ml coconut or almond milk
  • 200 ml sweetened coconut milk
  • finely grated zest of half an orange
  • 1 vanilla bean split open and seeds scraped out
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 2 tsp of grated fresh ginger
  • 3 large eggs
  • 40 gr flour
  • 30 almond meal
  • 2 tbsp melted unsalted butter
  • 600 gr persimmon and orange slices
  • handful of dried cranberries

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  • Butter the dish
  • In a small pot heat the milk, coconut milk with the vanilla, cinnamon and orange zest, and ginger
  • Let simmer for 2 minutes then turn off heat and let it infuse for 15 min
  • Strain and set aside
  • In a bowl combine the sugar, flour, eggs and almond meal
  • Stir in the infused milk and melted butter
  • Arrange the fruit in the dish and pour the batter on top
  • Place the clafoutis in the oven and bake for 30-40 min until it turns golden
  • Serve luke warm
  • optionally: dust with confectioner powder or sprinkle with cane sugar and cinnamon

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Holiday Greeting Cards by Elske Leenstra


Raise your hand if yu still send out traditional holiday cards. Despite the social media, whatsapp and what not, I still love to spread some christmas cheer by good old fashioned hand-written post cards. This year I found some real gems. They are unique designs by Elske Leenstra, printed on shiny gold paper. They are almost to cute to send out, and I was even thinking about framing them or pinning them to my board. I also like them on top of a gift box, as a gift card underneath a ribbon. There are 4 designs available.

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My Christmas Home


Each year I get lots of remarks from people who are waiting to see my Christmas decor at home. Last year I saved my disclosure till the day before Christmas to build up anticipation. It was all soft pink and white, very feminine and inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s sophistication. This year, I went with a copper theme, with salmon, and brown accents. I probably move or add more in during the coming days, but the basics are there. So here’s a peek at my small seating area with my bar station. To live up to the plants trend I have incorporated a few greens in my decor as well. My advent candles are on a copper tray on my dining table.IMG_4047So let’s start with the most important thing, the mini bar station. I’ve created a nook to have all cocktail and wine essentials at the tip of my fingers. I will be adding some more things over the holidays like drink stirrers, a lime squeezer and olives. For now it’ll do with a few glasses, vintage decantors with rum, a shaker and gold chevron straws. I used the ice bucket as a vase for evergreen. I love my new wine glasses from Zara Home.IMG_4038Christmas home by 30s MagazineIMG_4039

Evergreen, plants and flowers are indispensable accents in a Christmas decor. Besides that they spruce up the place, they also smell awesome. On my dining table is my advent evergreen piece on a copper tray. On a side table I put a rustic vase with a whimsical amaryllis and copper ornaments. And on my coffee table I used a succulent in a copper mug under a bell jar.

IMG_4067IMG_4050IMG_4053 Advent centerpieceOn my coffee table I created a vignette with candles. The candle sticks are from Madam Stoltz and I’m so happy I found them. You can just nail them into wood or put them in a bottle. My christmas tree is filled with copper, brown and  rust brown baubles and ornaments. It pairs well with another new accessory I got last week: an accent pillow from Mariska Meijers Designs.IMG_4063IMG_4060christmas tree

The shelf above my TV where I usually have framed art on display is now temporarily a Christmas shelf with a collection of things I like. At night I turn on the happy light bulbs that I have attached on the shelf with some washi tape.IMG_4086IMG_4080IMG_4078IMG_4085

My white brick accent wall transformed into a Christmas wall as well with a deer’s head and fun and festive decorations. I spray painted his antlers gold but you can’t really see it in this picture.

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Gift Wrapping in white and gold


Nothing says Christmas more than glitters and shiny gold. It instantly makes a gift more sophisticated and festive. Today I would like to share with you how I wrapped my gift in white and gold. I used feathers and baubles with a diversity of gold ribbons. What do you think? Isn’t the package a gift in itself already?

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Luxe Gift Guide for the Discerning Woman


I’m very excited to share my favourite holiday gifts from Uncommon Goods. It’s a great web shop to find unique and highly creative gifts for friends and family, males and females. What I love about the products is that they are handcrafted and you can read up about all the makers and creatives on their blog, where they feature the people and studios behind the products. Better yet all products are crafted with care for the environment and for animals. Uncommom Goods makes it their mission to support and provide a platform for artists and designers; in fact, half of what they sell is made by hand and most of the products are created in the USA. About one-third of the collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials. Naturally I fell for the super stylish and sophisticated gifts. So here are my 8 favourite finds:

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Like what you see? Also have a look at their other Christmas gifts and their stocking stuffers.

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