berlin, I love you, I'm starting to fade.

I'm very productive in terms of cooking these days, yesterday was wonderfully oozy and creamy wild mushroom risotto and today a lovely fresh greek salad, which was preceeded by a royal breakfast of omelette with truffles. the last two were courtesy of my favourite jamie's books - "jamie does...". it's so inspiring and cheerful, just like everything that jamie touches. his brand of cooking is the closest to my heart. sure, I like to challenge myself with an elaborate recipe every once in a while, preferably when I'm at home - spacious, light-filled kitchen with picturesque bucolic scenery outside the windows is much more suited to those kind of pursuits than the "kitchen" in my shoebox-y london flat ;) jamie's style can be desribed in the same way he talks about the aforementioned greek salad - "confident and scruffy with a bit of attitude". it's right up my alley, considering my inherent dislike for strict recipes and measurements.

anyway, I have a tv show recommendation today - "downton abbey", a "lavish period drama" set in berkshire in 1910s. nothing much ever happens and yet it is so addictive...
also, I have finished "everything is illuminated" by jonathan safran foer yesterday at 2am (just couldn't put it down!) and I must say this was probably one of the three best books I have ever read. I don't recall any other book that literally left me in pieces after such a shattering climax. at the same time, no other book made me laugh out loud like a maniac so many times either. genius, is all I say.

(if you want something lighter, why not try a new "reality" show on itv - "the only way is essex". the definition of a guilty pleasure, but sometimes after a day of working, studying and lectures I'm so brain dead I can't digest anything else ;) anyone else watching this?...)

the photos come from an interior design site freunde von freunden, publishing pictures of the houses of hip berliners. airy, clean, filled with light. very inspiring, I think.

p.s. I found out about this website via capture the castle.


  1. Beautiful photographs! Love your blog.

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  2. amazing pictures!
    you've got a great blog

  3. I love Jamie Oliver too. I blog about fashion/music/design, but I also LOVE cooking: http://www.simmershutter.wordpress.com Your blog is beautiful!

  4. what a beautiful profile of a home! and omg omelette with truffles you made sounds insanely delicious!

    xoxo Bardot in Blue

  5. Beautiful photos!! I particularly love the first photo with be teapot, its so elegant. the pictures after that all have such beautiful coloration.

  6. I'm completely obsessed with Freunde von Freunden as well. The one you posted some of (Malin Elmlid's place) is my dream. I love to cook simple food too. Mmm, hungry now...

  7. thank you all :)
    on a sidenote, Malin Elmlid also has a pretty cool blog of her own, check it out at http://elmlid.com/

  8. Hello, I'm a guy who runs one of the largest male fashion blogs. I wonder if you could tell about me in your blog so that people outside Sweden would open their eyes for me. I would of course like to thank on my blog after that.


  9. Hi Lucas, I'll make sure to give you a shout out in my next post (whenever it will come...).


  10. Mmm... I really must learn to cook.
    & these pictures are just ever so lovely.

  11. What a lovely post! I love the house; it's so clean and simple but beautiful.