Coffee Impressionism

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What to do during energy-sucking hot and humid weekends in Hong Kong? This type of iced-coffee always gets my creative juices flowing:). Make some strong coffee with your French press, add a lot of ice-cubes and start experimenting with the secret ingredient; spoons full of sweet condensed milk:)! You can find a more detailed recipe here.

To me, coffee and creativity are always connected to each other… whether it’s fuel for conversations with inspiring people or the getting-the-right-state-of-mind drink for a productive morning behind a laptop. How’s that with you:)?

Refill Bali-style #2

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Many people consider drinking carrot juice one of the healthiest lifestyle choices possible. This awesome carrot drink is rich in multivitamins, beta-carotenes and antioxidants that cleans digestive system from toxins. It also helps the body fight against cancer and many other diseases. This recipe -that I took with me from Bali- uses lemon to balance out the sweet taste, with a surprisingly yummy result!

Edible Flowers

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One reason why I’m happy to be back in Hong Kong is because the weather is so sunny, it feels like spring already. After all the rain and cold temperatures in Europe, it’s so nice to be able to walk straight up again in the warm sunshine (no heads tucked away between shoulders anymore:)). One month from now and we’re ready for ice-cream!!

Well actually I’m ready for ice-cream any time. And even more when we’re talking about an astonishing looking ice-popsicle Iike I found on the cool Australian foodblog Chew Town. Real edible flowers are being used in their recipe, but the popsicles are super easy to make. The perfect treat to celebrate spring with!

Oddly Shaped Cutlery Stimulates Senses

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Fascinating how a blend of east and west sometimes lead to the most amazing products. Like this oddly shaped cutlery designed by Jinyun Jeon. He’s South Korean, but received his education in Eindhoven (Netherlands). I often watched my Asian friends eat and they put so much more energy and passion in the process of eating. Some people are bothered by all the noises they make along the way but I think people do have a point when they argue that everything just tastes better with a little bit more oxygen:)

Jinhyun Jeon has created a collection of peculiar-looking tableware that stimulates the senses in a different way. Believing that taste is affected by five factors—temperature, color, texture, volume/weight and form—the designer’s oddly-shaped forks and spoons are designed to turn the process of eating into something much more than only chewing and swallowing. In addition to increasing the enjoyment of eating, they are also meant to promote healthier eating habits—such as, eating slower and consuming less sugar due to enhanced taste of sweetness.

Something that can give a creative twist to the Christmas dinner next week:)?

Refill Recipe #5: Banana/Pear/Cinnamon Milkshake

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Today I spent three endless hours at the Immigration Department of Hong Kong to get an extension of my visa. You know that atmosphere when there are too many stressed people in an ugly ‘we don’t care’ space? Well that’s what happened to me this morning;-). I tried to make some conversation with people, but you had to stay focussed all the time. They could shout your name and than you had to jump up to go to a counter for more questions or forms;-). Boy, was I happy to go home and make this fresh banana/pear/cinnamon milkshake! Feel free to try it too, in stressful times;-).