The latest collection from Sessun couldn’t be more suited for spring and summer! Sure, there’s the sundresses in novelty prints, the shorts and the gorgeous sandals, all of which I love, but there’s also the casual, tomboy side of things. Loose button-downs, boyfriend blazers, chinos and jeans are all featured in the spring-summer 2014 line of the French label. And despite me being a dress-girl all the way, my favorite item has to be that beautiful navy raincoat (last picture below, left).
Ina is the talented gal behind Lifestyle Blog, a mother of one, and a nature lover. She posts healthy, vegetarian recipes on her blog, and she was sweet enough to share one of them with us. She says it’s the world’s tastiest vegan pizza… and I think she may be right!
When Daria first asked me to write a guest post for her, I was totally in awe, mainly because I love her style and her ideas, and because I’ve never had a guest post invitation until now. So I gladly accepted without even knowing what to prepare. I really had no idea! Right now I like to cook mainly from cookbooks, because I feel like I have no time and inspiration (I have a toddler to raise). But last week I broke the rules and I’ve made the most delicious vegan Bolognese sauce ever! I was amazed to see that my inspiration didn’t leave me forever 🙂 and I could come up with such a wonderful recipe. It was so good, I thought it would be a great idea to share the recipe that became my favorite lately, something I like to call “World’s Tastiest Vegan Pizza”! And yes, the secret ingredient for this delicious dish is my vegan Bolognese sauce!
- 1/3 cup textured soy flakes
- 1 cup hot water
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 small carrot, finely grated
- 1/4 red bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, finely grated
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 1/3 cup tomato juice
- 1 teaspoon Himalyan salt
- Start by making the bolognese sauce prior the pizza dough.
- Put the textured soy flakes in a bowl, cover with 1 cup hot water and let it sit for 20 minutes.
- Drain the hydrated flakes in a fine sieve and press them with a spoon. The flakes should be moist but with no water excess.
- In a pot combine the vegetable oil, 1/4 cup of water, soy flakes, onion, carrot, red pepper, garlic and basil. Cook on medium high heat, stirring constantly.
- When the vegetables have absorbed the enitre quantity of water, add the tomatoes and the tomato juice and cook on low heat for about 5-7 minutes. Stir constantly.
- When the sauce has thickened, add the salt and set aside.
- 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 package (7 grams) dry yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup (or honey, sugar)
- 1/2 teaspoon Himalyan salt
- about 1/3 cup warm water
- Combine yeast, maple syrup, 2 tablespoons of flour and 2 tablespoons of water in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside in a warm place so the yeast can rise and double its volume.
- In a bowl mix the flour, the yeast and water (notice that you may need to increase or descrease the quantity of water depending on the brand of flour you're using). Knead the dough until it becomes soft and elastic.
- Put the dough in an oiled bowl and let it rise in a warm place for an hour.
World’s Tastiest Vegan Pizza
- Turn the oven to 425 degrees F (220 Celsius). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- On a floured surface, knead the risen dough a few times. Using your hands (not a rolling-pin! We want a tasty, elastic dough), flatten the dough and give it the traditional pizza shape. Don’t worry if you won’t be able to make a perfect rounded pizza! It looks even prettier when it’s rustic!
- Put the dough on the baking sheet. Top the dough with vegan Bolognese sauce and the toppings you prefer. I used corn, kalamata olives, pepper and cauliflower, but feel free to add grilled zucchini or eggplant, mushrooms, peas etc.
- Bake the pizza for about ten minutes.
- I like to crumble some smoked tofu and add some fresh rucola on top after it’s done.
- Enjoy it! It’s delicious!
Alice runs one of my new favorite blogs, Whisketeers, with absolutely stunning imagery. She shares glimpses of her life, including three (gorgeously fluffy) cats, a vegetarian kitchen and a passion for design. Fortunately for us, she agreed to guest post on Kittenhood while I’m away in Amsterdam.
Hi everyone! When Daria asked me to do a guest post and told me I could put my own spin on one of her regular blog sections, I just had to do it and I immediately thought of the Style Files. With Mad Men returning in April, I think Peggy is perfect for this. She’s a character I really like and admire, and I even have a cat with the same name! I hope you enjoy the post.
1. Brass bracelet by Starry Basement Co. A minimal and elegant brass cuff, with the word “wanderlust” engraved. I love it.
2. What to pack cards by Small Adventure. A set of 8 cards, featuring drawings of what to take when going backpacking, ice hiking, canoeing or fly fishing.
3. Camp fire brooch by Finest Imaginary. To be worn when eating marshmallows or whenever wanting to do so.
4. Caravan print by Kittenhood. Ok, well, I made this, and I’m pretty proud of it. It’s also my most popular item on Etsy.
5. Plane notebook by 2 Bees Press. The perfect travel journal, featuring a plane on the cover and lined pages as well as a pocket inside.
6. Backpack by Mum and Company. A fine, sophisticated leather backpack that’s still functional, right for the urban explorer.
Shirt – c/o 6KS | Dress – c/o 6KS | Pins – vintage & flea market | Shoes – Kitten
When I saw how these pics turned out, I thought this is the quintessential (vintage) blogger outfit: a fit and flare dress with a shirt underneath, tights and heels. It was all the rage when I started reading style blogs, and many of my favorite bloggers wore similar looks over the years. I can even say that this type of red dress was some kind of blogger staple. I guess it’s more about ripped denim and cutout booties now, but I’m still into the good ol’fashioned combos from when I started Kittenhood.
You should also know that I’ll be in Amsterdam starting tomorrow. I’ll be sure to update you on how beautiful the city is (I’m guessing really beautiful), and I’ve scheduled some posts and guest posts for the next two weeks. Oh, and do you have any tips about the city, have you been there?
The spring-summer 2014 collection from Muveil is called “Alice in Hawaii”. It’s a combination of Alice in Wonderland and tropical Hawaii, including motifs from the book (cat, flamingo, clock) and the feel of the island (Hawaiian shirt print, wetsuit, parrot). The collection is colorful and fun, just right for spring, and it also includes a few children’s pieces (so cute). My favorite items have to be the flamingo round bag and umbrella, followed closely by the lobster clutch.
See previous collections here.
I finally gave in and bought succulents. Call it internet peer pressure, if you like. But the truth is, they’re really good looking and low maintenance. What more could you ask for from a plant? Ok, maybe colorful blooms, but I’ll make this compromise. Since succulents are so tiny (at least when you first buy them), I thought they’d be perfect for this old toothbrush holder I’ve been meaning to repurpose. It’s nice, white ceramics, but the rest of the set broke and now it was just sitting there. Of course, some gold spray paint was in order…
What you need:
- ceramic toothbrush holder
- gold spray paint
- masking tape
Start by masking part of your toothbrush holder with tape, then spray paint it gold. When the paint is completely dry, remove the tape. Start filling the future planter with soil – I used the lower hole for this, which is also good for drainage. Plant a succulent in each hole and enjoy!
I’m in complete awe over Itoyoshi’s Pinterest board, stamps. There’s so much retro goodness, I simply needed to do something with the collection. So I had a look at my street style folder (it’s not really a folder, more like a board + Google images, but I can’t say that, now can I?) and found that many of the stamps could be updated in fashionable looks. And here they are now:
stamp + street
stamp + street