Our new favorite book, “Mr. Wilkinson’s Well-Dressed Salad” has been a great resource for simple summer cooking. This recipe is an instant classic that you’ll want to make every night.

Fossie’s Charred Corn & Potato Salad

2 lbs 3oz of boiling (waxy) potatoes, such as fingerling, peeled and roughly diced

2 ears of corn, husked

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapenos

3 spring onions (scallions), chopped

1 small handful of cilantro, leaves picked, washed, chopped

juice of 1 lime

salt to taste

freshly ground black pepper

  1. Place the potato in a pot and cover with water. Bring to the boil and cook for 5–7 minutes, or until tender when poked with a sharp knife. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat a chargrill or barbecue to high. Toast the corn cobs until nicely browned all over, but not burnt (you could even toast them over a naked gas flame). All up it’ll take a good 15–20 minutes to cook the cobs. Take off the heat, leave to cool a little, then slice off the kernels using a sharp knife.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, chilli powder and jalapeño chilli.
  4. Put the potato and corn in a mixing bowl, then stir in the mayo mixture. Add the rest of the ingredients and season with salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper. Mix together gently, then serve.
  5. This is the perfect barbecue salad or lunch. A good sprinkling of fried bacon or chorizo doesn’t go astray, and adds a lovely texture.

 

ICE COLD JEWELS

Fashion July 6th, 2015 — by:

As the temperatures rise, we recommend cooling off with these chillingly beautiful jewels.

Whoever said crystal jewelry was a washout clearly hasn’t seen the “Gossip” earrings by Goshwara. All we can say is wow!

This crystal ring from Agate Ranch takes an uncut approach to the stone. We love the raw edges and elongated shape.

Keep it classic with Pomellato’s Arabesque earrings. These stunners can be dressed up and down and will quickly become your favorite earrings.

For an edgier look, try the Icicles and Rock Crystals necklace by Natalie Frigo. Brass and suede are a nice compliment to the crystal beads.

Mi Ossa’s Zanno Ze hoops are accented by Tibetan crystals and start at only $86. What a steal!

For maximum impact we recommend this chunky Susanna Galanis necklace with vintage brass chain, pearls and crystal.

 

BLUSH PINK

Shops July 6th, 2015 — by:

Is it just us or is the softest shade of pink popping up in every home magazine these days? Here are a few lovely home accessories in this deliciously delicate hue.

Set your table with this breezy tablecloth from Huddleson Linens. Cherry blossom petals and flowers drift elegantly across the fine Italian linen.

If pink still makes you nervous then we recommend dipping a toe in with a surprising accent. The soft pink ribbon on this gray chair from REVIVAL is a delightful addition to a classic piece.

A lacquered tray is a great way to turn an awkward ottoman into a functional table. This blush pink version is the perfect surface for cocktails, magazines and more.

Flowers year ’round? Yes please! These Diane James blooms will never wither.

Blush pink always has a place in a little girl’s room. This Windsor Chair is the ideal size for a child and will instantly become a family heirloom.

This applique monogrammed hand towel would be a lovely addition to any powder room.

Julia B’s Tooth Fairy pillow is sure to be the center of some of your daughter’s sweetest memories.

Go Fish

Shops June 29th, 2015 — by:

We’ve fallen hook, line and sinker for these fishy fresh finds.

These Karen Adams Note Cards feature sleek gold foil fish with orange edging and have some of the most fun envelope liners we’ve seen. Perfect for summer correspondence.

These earrings are part of House of Lavande’s Sea Goddess collection… A fitting title for these dramatic stunners.

Berti’s Filet Knive is the knife of choice for chefs all over the world.

These personalized “They Drink Like Fish” cocktail napkins are the perfect conversation starter for any party.

Catch your own dinner with the help of one of Oyster Fly Rod’s reels.

 

Summer is here and that means the farmers markets are overflowing with ripe, juicy tomatoes. Thankfully, we were able to find this delicious recipe that our friends at St. James Cheese posted that helps us put all of those tomatoes to good use!

Comté, Caramelized Onion & Tomato Tart

Serves 8-10
• 1 ½ tablespoons butter
• 2 medium red onions, thinly sliced
• Pinch sugar
• Salt and pepper
• 1 tablespoon water, plus additional
for brushing pastry
• 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme,
plus additional for serving
• 1 sheet frozen all-butter puff pastry, thawed
• 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
• 2 cups shredded Comté (4-6 ounces)
• 2 plum tomatoes, very thinly sliced

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F with a rack in the upper third of the oven. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Melt the butter in a large skillet and add the onions with a pinch of sugar, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until caramelized and golden, about 15 minutes. Add water and scrape up any bits from the bottom of the pan; cook until water is absorbed. Add thyme and transfer to a bowl.
3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry into a large rectangle, roughly 16 by 13 inches. Cut in half lengthwise. Transfer both pieces to the prepared baking sheet. Brush edges with water and fold over to form a ½ inch border. Using the back of a fork, press edges to seal. Prick holes in the bottom of the tart (not on edges) with the fork.
4. Brush the bottom of each tart with 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard. Divide the caramelized onions among each tart, followed by the shredded Comté. Arrange slices of tomato in an overlapping line down the center of each. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
5. Bake in the upper third of the oven for 22-25 minutes, or until golden. Cool slightly and sprinkle thyme leaves over the top to garnish. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe courtesy of the Comté Cheese Association USA.

I Scream, You Scream

Food & Drink June 22nd, 2015 — by:

Beat the heat with some of our favorite warm weather treats!

Honeysuckle’s Watermelon Gelato is simply wonderful. We can’t imagine anything being more refreshing.

Reminiscent of your childhood favorite with an updated twist, these hand-crafted ice cream sandwiches feature creamy strawberry ice cream brimming with fresh strawberries and complemented by two chewy sugar cookies.

Ribbons of our golden brown caramel are layered into each batch of our vanilla gelato making each spoonful of this treat perfectly smooth and slightly salty.

Can’t decide which flavor to try? Then go for the pack of classic ice cream sandwiches.

 

 

And what could be cuter than these ice cream “cone” bowls?