I love the all of beautiful handmade goods at Koromiko! Tracey does such a wonderful job stocking her shop full of special creations made small designers and makers. Here are a few of my current faves below–I especially love her ceramics and lovely textiles. I also love that Koromiko donates 5% of their profits to organizations that support arts! More HERE.
Here’s a yummy recipe for an apple crisp I made recently. I wrote it all down as best as I could remember because I really just winged it. I should have taken better photos during, but all I have are these Instagram snaps! The REALLY nice thing about crisp recipes is that they are hard to mess up–they’re just super forgiving. The only big missteps it seems like you can make is to make them too sweet or add too much/too little butter. Other than that–it’s fun to play with spices and different fruits. I made this gluten free (instructions below), but you can use regular flour if you want. And this could be made vegan with the use of non-dairy butter stick. My recipe here is for one 9″x9″ baking dish, but a double batch is always good! It’s a perfect fall dessert and it’s hard not to eat this for breakfast with a big cup of coffee when you are acutely aware of its existence in the fridge. I hope you enjoy it!
Maple Sage Cardamom Apple Crisp
Maple Sage Cardamom Apple Filling:
6 cups apples (6+ large apples. I used Hanners Jumbo, Rome and Mountain Rose)
1/8 cup sugar (I use Turbinado sugar)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
15 fresh sage leaves, roughly cut
1 1/4 cups oats
3/4 cup flour (you can even make quick gf oat flour by pulsing a 3/4 cup oats)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
7 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes + extra to grease baking pan
▸ Preheat oven to 375. Grease pan and set aside. I use a 9″x9″ pan, but a pie pan will work.
▸ For the crisp topping: Make this first and then cover and put in the refrigerator to keep the butter cold while you work on the filling next. If you want to make this gluten free, you can first pulse the 3/4 cup of oats in the food processor to make your oat flour. Sift oat flour or regular flour into a big mixing bowl and then all the rest of the ingredients. Use your fingers and hands to mix the butter cubes in. Raisin sized bits of butter throughout is nice–just make sure the color, texture and butter bits all seem pretty consistent. If the butter starts to get way too melty in your fingers while you’re working on it–place in fridge for 15 minutes or so until you can get back to pinching at the topping. When you’re done cover and put in the fridge to stay cool while you are working on the filling.
▸ Filling: Core apples and chop into different sized cubes from quarter to nickel-sized pieces. Don’t worry about peeling them unless you aren’t into apple skin for some reason. I like the texture it adds, plus added fiber AND waaaay easier to leave it on. Stir the filling ingredients together in a big mixing bowl until evenly combined. Just don’t feel stressed about being too precise–crisps are a forgiving baked good.
▸ Pour apple filling into your buttered pan and spread evenly with spoon. Use your fingers to crumble the crisp topping mixture all over the top of the apple mixture. It doesn’t need to be totally even—it’s so nice to discover various depths of crisp topping while you eat it! It should be a crumbly mountain in the middle, not a plateau. Place pan on a larger baking sheet (because it might bubble over a little while baking) and bake for about 45 minutes–depending on your oven. You want to it browning and to feel crisp when you tap it with a spoon before you take it out. Just keep checking it until it seems nicely browned and crisp.
▸ Take out of oven and let sit about 10-20 minutes before you serve. It’s lovely served up warm with whipped cream, a drizzle of half and half (or coconut creamer!) or a scoop of ice cream—I like lavender or vanilla, personally! Serves 6–8 very nice sized portions. YUM! ♥
ABOVE IMAGES: Snapshots at home from my Instagram. My dishes are a cute polka dot plate from Schoolhouse Electric and a lovely pink mug from Alder & Co.! My mixing bowls and bakeware are by Emile Henry. If you need a good food processor–I have this one.
HAPPY FRIDAY! Aren’t these photos amazing?? I want to get in a time machine and go to this party in 1965! Oh, just to hang out with sweet French singer, actress and model Zouzou (Danièle Ciarlet), Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick and Catherine Deneuve at a flat on Rue Princesse in Paris. With bunnies. WHAT. Have a lovely weekend–I hope it’s this fantastique!
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I LOVE THIS STUFF: 1. caudalie makeup remover 2. caudalie moisturizing sorbet 3. nuxe face wash 4. nuxe dry oil 5. clarisonic mia and gentle brush head 6. shiseido eye cream 7. aubrey evening primrose oil 8. caudalie beauty elixir 9. aesop body balm
My skin has been changing so much over the last year and I’ve been really focused on honing in on the products that consistently serve me best. About 6 weeks ago, I had a very sudden, horrible and painful breakout. I don’t mean just a few zits–I mean to the degree that I barely looked like myself because of the swelling, bumps, welts and discoloration. It burned and itched. I couldn’t cover it up with out looking like a bumpy powdered doughnut and I was thankful to work from home because I didn’t want to leave the house–except to get to the dermatologist that I had to wait a week to be able to see.
I didn’t know what to do, so I just camped out and tried to sooth the burning and tried to remain as comfortable as possible with little remedies I was experimenting with. I found the most relief from my green tea recipe and the Clinique Redness Solutions Kit. I steeped and then chilled batches of STRONG green tea–3 bags to a 14oz cup of water. After chilling in a mason jar in the fridge for a while, I would dunk cotton rounds in the concoction and then lay the soaked pads all over my face. I looked insane, but it felt so good. Then I would put a thick layer of the Clinique Solutions cream all over my face and hope for the best.
Once I finally got in to the dermatologist, I was diagnosed with rosacea and put on high doses of antibiotics for a month to stop the madness happening all over my face. I was glad to know what was going on, but so bummed out to find out that there isn’t really much they can do. I’ve always been one of those jerks who barely even had zits in high school, so this is all pretty new territory for me. Acne as an adult is just infuriating to anyone though, right?!? Plus, I don’t love taking medication and the disconnect between Western medicine and holistic care is still as ever apparent, baffling and frustrating as it ever was.
My skin is much much much improved–almost normal now. I’m still figuring out what my rosacea triggers are–which is confusing because they don’t seem to pop up much since the initial breakout. I’ve also been playing with products old and new to see what plays nice with my skin. The above things are what I’ve been using most often. I know not everyone’s skin is the same, but these are all lovely whether you have problematic skin or not.
WASH: To wash my face I’ve been removing my makeup (I’ll do a makeup roundup soon) with Caudalie Cleansing Water and then washing my face with lukewarm water and Rêve de Miel Face and Body Ultra-Rich Cleansing Gel by Nuxe. It’s spendy, but it lasts a very long time. Plus, it doubles as a nice shower gel. Once a week I use my Clarisonic Mia with the extra gentle brush head to slough off the dead skin.
MOISTURIZE: Most days I heat up a few drops of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse dry oil between my palms and then gently pat it into my skin. Some days I prefer to use something creamier and I’ll use Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. Before bed, after I wash my face well, I’ve been putting a couple drops of Aubrey Evening Primrose Oil in my palm with warm water and then splashing this on my face to soak in overnight. I got a sample of the Shiseido Bio-Performance Super Corrective Eye Cream and I love it! It’s great for tired, crepe-y eyes. I’ll definitely be investing in a full-size tube.
MORE MOISTURE: I love the Caudalie Beauty Elixir spray–it smells AMAZING and feels nice to mist over your face when you want to perk up. There’s a purse-sized bottle that is handy to carry around and they have a large bottle for home. Having good luck with Aesop, I just picked up a tube of Aesop Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm because I noticed that my décolletage was in urgent need of moisture and I loved the scent. It feels so good to make a conscious decision to stop neglecting these areas of my skin.
I would love to hear remedies, rituals and products that you love, too! I know this is a bit long-winded, but I thought it might help–even if it’s just a few people out there. Plus, it’s just good to get it off my chest–it’s been a lonely feeling carrying it around with me. xo Jen
P.S. If you’re in Portland, Nationale carries the amazing Nuxe dry oil and a couple more products from the Nuxe line. Alder & Co. carries a bunch things from the Aesop line–where I got my Aesop Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm.
Happy Friday! Have a super weekend! I have a lot of mind-numbingly humdrum tasks to complete, but I hope to eat more of this fig and goat cheese pizza with my husband at some point. You have to have treats to look forward to when you have tiresome stuff to tend to, right? I hope your weekend plans have nothing but wonder and delight involved! xx Jen
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Image: A gorgeous photograph by Lisa Larsen from 1949 at Capezio Theatrical Shoes, New York.