Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song) by Bing Crosby & the Andrew Sisters

My favorite christmas song this year comes along with some Tiki flair!

Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song)

christmas desserts from East and North

Every country or even region has its own christmas tradition and many of them are related to food. Even in my close family we have different ideas of a traditional christmas dinner. While in most cases we have a lighter dinner on christmas Eve followed by goose on the other christmas holidays, in Finland there is the traditional ham with different sweet casseroles. When I stayed the first christmas here I introduced my lovely Finns to one dessert, which is a christmas must-have for my family. The recipe can be found all around Poland and especially in Slesia, but also in Eastern Germany and Hungary. But this is my version of the dish which I have adapted according to the recipe my mom has given me. You might know from own experience that mothers cook and bake with feeling and not with strict measures.
Makówki or Mohnklösse

250g ground poppy seeds
approx.1.5l milk
vanilla pod
100g sugar
5 white rolls
50g chopped hazelnuts
100g chopped almonds
100g raisins

1. cut the rolls into mouth size cubes. If you have the same problem as I have hear in Finland that there are no real simple wheat buns, an Italian Ciabatta might also work for example (I can hear my mom already scream "NO!", but one has to be flexible at times). The main thing is that it has a crispy crust and not just the soft white part.
2. bring the milk together with the sugar and the poppy seeds to boil. let it simmer on low heat for approximately 10 minutes.
3. add the nuts, almonds and raisins and boil for another 5-10 minutes, then put it in a nice bowl and let it cool down.

We eat them in small portions during the christmas holidays and add some boiled milk when they get too dry. They should have a moist consistence without being soggy.

On my first christmas in Helsinki I was also introduced to a traditional dessert which is very common in the family of my lovely man. It is based on cooked dried fruits and whipped cream which you can find all around the Baltic Sea.

Klinkkumiiru or Hedelmäkiisseli

400g mixed dried fruit (apple, pears, apricots, etc)
100g dried plums
3dl of acidic juice, such as lingonberry or currant juice
1.5l of water
2-2.5 big spoonfuls of potato starch
2.5dl of whipcream

1. boil the fruit in 1 liter of water on low heat for about an hour, replace evaporated water little by little with the remaining half a liter
2. add the juice and plums and let boil for another 20minutes
3. separate the fruits and the liquid carefully and place the fruits on a serving plate 
4. now mix the starch with a small amount of the liquid until it is solved, add to the rest of the liquid and bring to boil shortly so that the liquid thickens
5. pour the liquid over the fruits and let cool down
6. whip the cream and serve the kissel with some blobs of cream

Probably not many people outside Turku know this dish by the name "Klinkkumiiru", but supposedly the "klinkku" refers to the "lumps" made by the fruit bits. The more common name is Hedelmäkiisseli, fruit kissel, which you can find all around the year made from different fruits. While in winter it is enjoyed with the strong tastes of plums, in summer you might have a lighter version with strawberries for example.

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A wonderful christmas time to all of you!

Sunday, 21 December 2014

christmas look #9

And the last look for today is of course a little red dress. I have combined it here with a star necklace and a bag in the shape of a classical christmas tree decoration for the right spirit. I hope you have enjoyed my look inspirations.


Charlotte Olympia
Manolo Blahnik
Noor Fares

christmas look #8

For those of you who prefer rather some softer hues I have chosen this beautiful dress with golden floral embroideries and feather sleeves. A pair of elegant heels and a small ring in matching colors complement the look. The feather bag adds another highlight to the look.

                           Jade Jagger

christmas look #7

So just couple of days till christmas and I have the last three christmas look inspirations for you today. There will be a lot of red involved, I can promise. Like in the first look based on a full skirt with carnation florals and polka dots. Combined with simply elegant heels and a cardigan, I have chosen more florals for the bag and jewelry.

                  Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana

                             Dolce & Gabbana
Charlotte Olympia

Jimmy Choo

Friday, 19 December 2014

christmas look #6

With the last look for today we go back to a classy black and gold look with a festive and playful tulle cocktail dress. The glamourous dress doesn't need more than a cool pair of heels and a little clutch. As jewelry I have chosen a fancy ring  in the same black and gold stripe theme.

Marc Jacobs

  Jimmy Choo
Monique Péan

christmas look #5

The second look for today is an elegant combination in dark green and silver with an amazing dress by Jason Wu. Although the dress is simple, the gathering in the front makes it quite special and emphasizes the female silhouette. To complete the look I have chosen accessories in silver and held the jewelry reduced with two rings.

Jason Wu
                    Maison Martin Margiela
Gianvito Rossi
Maison Martin Margiela

Nancy Gonzalez

christmas look #4

Today I have three more look inspirations. The first one is a jumpsuit combination in black and gold. With its easy cut and delicate material it is a casual but elegant dress alternative. I have combined it here with flats and a simple clutch, for a relaxed style.

Stella McCartney 
Miu Miu
Monique Péan

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Don Petri - a winter dream

After a summer with some nice Tiki drinks, my lovely man (now also known as Don Petri) created an amazingly nice version of the classic Golden Dream Cocktail. With the tastes of cream, vanilla and orange, it also fits perfectly to this time of the year! So here comes the recipe:

4 cl cream
2 cl orange juice 
1 cl Galliano Autentico 
1 cl Don Papa Rum
and the mark of half a vanilla pod

Shake all ingredients in a shaker with ice, then strain into a cocktail glass and enjoy!

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Pre-Fall 2015 - Alice + Olivia

New York - 17.12.2014

For her Pre-Fall collection Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet concentrated this time on one inspiration, the 1970s icon and muse to Yves Saint Laurent Loulou de la Falaise. With her eccentricity, strength and style, she gave Bendet a broad spectrum to choose from. The atmosphere of the setting reminded with its opulent colors, patterns and fabrics of the Moroccan home of Yves Saint Laurent which de la Falaise frequented in the glorious '70s. The looks were as opulent in their autumn colors as the setting, varying from printed palazzo pants, olive green denim with snake skin accents and fitted jacquard dresses though Bendet managed to give them a modern twist.







Tuesday, 16 December 2014

christmas look #3

For the last look of today, I have chosen a pencil skirt with oversized sequins and a pearly finish. To emphasize the texture of the skirt, I have chosen a simple and elegant blouse with matching accessories in a soft powder shade.

                    Miu Miu
Burberry Prorsum 

                       Mansur Gavriel
Miu Miu

christmas look #2

The second look for today has a lot of bling bling and is based on a cute, red dress by Marc Jacobs. As we don't want to compete with the christmas tree and the dress is a strong statement on its own, just combine it with some nice earrings, a small bag and matching shoes.

Marc Jacobs

           Kenneth Jay Lane
Alexander McQueen