Short trip to Sweden


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My friend Sonja and I met at our previous job near Amsterdam two and a half years ago and we became great friends along the way.
She is one of the best storytellers I know, she told me so many things about Sweden before she moved back there, and it was high time I experienced it first hand.

On Thursday evening, after managing to cross the bridge between Denmark and Sweden despite the trains’ strike, I arrived in Helsingborg, where she lives.
It was so nice to catch up and meet many people that are dear to her! On Friday we celebrated Midsummer, one of my favorite traditions of the Swedes. We celebrated with friends: we played games, ate good food, had a few drinks and a really good time. I didn’t even get the time to take photos. Even though it would totally have been worth it.

Saturday the weather was not very nice; it was windy, cloudy, rainy. Nonetheless, in the morning we walked around the city. I got to see all the hotspots, different buildings, neighborhoods and streets, all with a story. After walking on the harbor and catching lots of wind and rain, we went home shortly. Sonja’s boyfriend was kind enough to help us with our plan to go exploring a little, and we went on a little road trip through towns, countryside and along the coast, until we arrived at the very top of a mountain on the edge of Sweden, near the town of Mölle. Despite the weather, this was such a nice adventure! This is also when I managed to take the few pictures I took there.
In the evening we went to the cinema to watch Maleficent and then, back home, we watched some random football and an episode of Braking Bad.

This morning we all woke up pretty early and at 8.30 I was on the train heading to Copenhagen where I catched the flight back to Holland.
Obviously these few days have gone so fast, but they have been amazing!


Fresh and Citrussy Mie Soup 


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When this evening Roberto asked me what I wanted to have for dinner and my instinctive answer was soup, I knew it was the right time to post this recipe.

These days have been hot and very humid. When running felt like drowning, sleeping under a blanket becomes impossible and all you want to drink is water, you know it’s summer. These days felt like being back in Indonesia, minus surfboard, plus work.

But this afternoon it started raining and the temperature dropped a bit, the sky was so grey and I felt like having a cozy evening inside.

This is one of Roberto’s recipe, he has been loving the oriental tastes lately and is experimenting a bit;
This soup is light, yet filling, fresh and a bit spicy.

Fresh and Citrussy Mie Soup  (serves 4)


320 gr mie noodles

1 liter water

2 cloves garlic

2 shallots

4 small carrots

8 champignon mushrooms

1 lemon grass

200 gr snow peas

2 spring onions



1/4 chili pepper

extra virgin olive oil

Cut garlic, shallots, chili pepper, and two of the carrots thinly. In a skillet, heat a bit of olive oil and let the vegetables you just cut brown.

Once browned add one liter of water slowly.

Meanwhile, cut the remaining vegetables:slice the carrots diagonally, chop up the lemon grass and slice the champignons.

When the water comes to a boil, add carrots, lemon grass and champignons. Leave to boil on a low heat for about five minutes.

Add the snow peas and let boil another five minutes.

Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Add mie and let cook according to what it says on the package.

When ready, serve in a bowl and garnish with thinly sliced spring onions.

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Mi piace #4, a playlist and some photos


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“Mi piace” means “I like” in Italian. This is a series in which I will show you and link to photos, songs, videos and articles I liked the past week(s). I am constantly inspired by so many things that there will be no shortage. Often I am inspired by things that happen to me in everyday life, so be prepared to read stories of what happened to me this or that time..

We have been exploring the country a lot lately, and we haven’t really cooked or baked anything gourmet (except for the time I skipped the gym to make a gluten free apple pie from scratch but couldn’t take a picture of it because I already had eaten half of it). It also has been a while since the last Mi piace post (click here for the first three parts of this series: 1 / 2 / 3), and it is rainy today, everyone needs some inspiration on a rainy day, wether it’s just some nice music to listen to while lying on the couch, a nice movie to watch, or some words that will lift up your spirit. So here you go with Mi Piace #4.

~ Big Easy Express: If you like Mumford and Sons, country music, music documentaries or just music in general, you will like this movie. Three bands: Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, and Old Crow Medicine Show, travel across the Southern states of the U.S. on a train; at each city they stop, they perform together and during the trip they write music, play all together and create amazing art. In this video, Mumford and Sons ask a high school marching band to join them in performing The Cave; such an amazing performance!


~ Lately, I have been Instagram obsessed. During the breaks at work I always check what the people I follow have been up to, and as soon as I have a day off and get to see some nice places, I like to post a photo or a few on my feed.

Currently, these are my favorites: Kylie Turley’s, Alex Strohl’s, Homemade, and Searching for Tomorrow. Go and check these people out, they are all amazing photographers.

~ Jorian‘s blog: Een en al vrolijkheid. I met Jorian at the shop she works in; She is such a happy and enthusiastic girl! I love people like that, who doesn’t? So, go and check her blog out, especially if you like interior design: she decorates her little home amazingly! Plus, she is an avid Instagrammer too! (The blog is in Dutch, but I am sure you will appreciate the photos even if you don’t speak the language).

~ Molly‘s blog: My name is yeh!, so good, so so good. There is laughter, a lot of food and amazing photography, I love it!

~ Lastly, some of you asked me to share more of the music I like on here. I usually linked the songs to a video on YouTube, but it’s much nicer to hear directly what I am talking about on a playlist. That’s why I decided to start a Details, naturally playlist on Spotify. It is now filled with 25 songs, and I will add songs every week. You can follow the playlist if you like, so that you will receive a notification whenever I will add songs.

The playlist contains songs I would listen to on a regular basis, some old songs which remind me (and maybe you, too?) my childhood, some relaxing song, some happy songs.. a mix, basically. Take it as a mix tape you got from a friend back in school (did you ever? Am I being talking prehistoric here?);

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Vegetarian sushi at the lake


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Roberto taught me how to make sushi a few days back (you may have seen it on my Instagram).Seagulls looking at the sunset as it were the first time, a couple surfers trying to catch the last few waves of the day, and us, taking in every last second of sun, breathing the salty air and silently walking hand in hand.

Since I came back from a long day at work, he had already washed and cooked the rice and basically left the fun part for me.
Then we went to the lake to have dinner while watching the sunset. It was magical, I want to do this every day.

Vegetarian Sushi

Serves 2 people abundantly

150 g sushi rice
1 TBS rice vinegar
3 nori sheets
a carrot, some avocado and a cucumber
some soya sauce

You will also need: a pan, a tea towel, a wooden spatula, a bamboo sushi mat, some cling film (optional)

Sushi rice needs to be abundantly rinsed before being used. Rinsing the rice will take about 10-15 minutes.
It is very important you use sushi rice specifically because it contains starches that won’t make your sushi fall apart.
When the water that rinses the rice will come out clear, leave the rice to drain for another
20 minutes.

Cook the rice for 8 minutes, then leave it in the pan with a tea towel on it.
Season the rice with a tablespoon of rice vinegar, then put the rice to rest and cool down in a big oven tray or somewhere you can spread it out until it’s max 2 cm thick.

Now the fun part begins! Put the nori on a sushi mat ( we put a small cling sheet in between, cheating a little), put on the rice (our rice was a little too sticky, so Roberto was really smashing it on there, which you shouldn’t actually do).
Leave some space on the edges, put a slice cucumber, one of carrots and/or one of avocado in the middle and roll!
If, after rolling, the nori doesn’t stick, you can use a little water to help with that.
Cut you sushi and serve with soma sauce.

You will see the technique better in the video. Hope you like it!

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Sunsets after work


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Roberto and I have a new routine: whenever we get the chance, as soon I come home from work, we take the car, bike or skateboard and go.
Usually to a lake, across a canal or to the woods.

It is so relaxing, it helps to take away a few of the big thoughts and worries that I always have in my mind.
Sometimes we bring something to eat, some other times we just sit, watch and listen.

Tonight our conversation jumped from here to there, from adventures, traveling and enthusiasm, to memories of childhood, when we both were so shy.
We listened to the birds: R. said they were singing love songs. I asked what song he would sing to me and he whistled Banana pancakes – the whole song – and I joined him.

I drew a bit, silly things: rucksacks that looked like faces, streets and flowers, he put on a song that I think has been written for him.
When the sun had set, we slowly headed home.

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Longer days


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It still amazes me how long it’s light here in the Netherlands. I know the science behind it and I have been living here for more than two years now, so I should be used to it by now, but still I find it incredible. It’s so nice to be able to go out after work and have a real road trip, drive until the sun is almost setting, then drive fast to the coast and stop for a long walk on the beach.

Seagulls looking at the sunset as it were the first time, a couple surfers trying to catch the last few waves of the day, and us, taking in every last second of sun, breathing the salty air and silently walking hand in hand.


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Blueberry & Strawberry Frozen Cheesecake


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Anyone needing some color in their day? Today I am in need of some, since the weather in Holland is very dreary.
I just can’t stand to stay one whole day inside, it’s against my nature, so I will have to find a way to cover myself up (since I haven’t bought a raincoat in two and a half years I have been living in the Netherlands) and go. There’s a organic farmer’s market in town today, or I might just go to the gym, or go somewhere random to take pictures.

But first, I want to share with you this colorful little cheesecake I made a few days back. It’s the picture of summer, isn’t it? It was so much fun to make and even more fun to photograph.
I was inspired by Linda Lomelino‘s cakes, I love them and think she is such an amazing photographer. I love how she uses flowers to complement her amazing cakes.

That day I went into town looking for the right flowers to decorate the cheesecake, but I couldn’t really find anything that wasn’t tulips or other bigger flowers. I was a little discouraged, but on my way back it hit me that the trees are blossoming. So I stopped in a playground close to where I live where there were some really pretty bushes and flowers and feeling like a thief I took a few branches and flowers. (Again Juliette? Really!? I fear it’s becoming an habit now.. 😉

If you want to replicate this cheesecake, make sure to buy organic strawberries and blueberries. I swear, the difference is huge. I know it makes it a little more expensive, but my god the taste is so good! Here you go with the recipe, let me know if you like it or if you made it!

Blueberry & Strawberry Frozen Cheesecake

150 g biscuits (e.g. Digestives)
50 g butter, molten

200 g organic frozen strawberries (let them melt a little, I broke my blender because I didn’t)
200 g organic frozen blueberries
100 g sugar
juice of one lemon
250 g ricotta
300 g cream cheese
300 ml heavy cream

To decorate: Fresh strawberries and blueberries, flowers, branches stolen from playgrounds..

Cover a 20 cm springform with cling film (/plastic wrap paper) so that the cheesecake won’t stick to the borders.
In a blender mix the biscuits and the butter. Pour them in the springform over the cling film and press with a spoon. Put in the freezer while you make the cheese layers.
Now you need two bowls. Blend the frozen strawberries and pour them in one of the bowls and add half of the lemon juice and half of the sugar. Clean the blender and blend the blueberries and pour them in the second bowl and add the other half of the lemon juice and of the sugar.
In a third large bowl combine cream cheese, ricotta and heavy cream. When combined well divide the mixture between the strawberry and the blueberry bowls.
Mix until incorporated.
Take the crust out of the freezer and pour the blueberry mixture on it. Put back in the freezer until it has hardened a little (about 2 hours).
Pour the strawberry layer in the springform and put back in the freezer overnight (or for about 5-6 hours).
Take out of the freezer 30 minutes before serving. Decorate with lots and lots of fresh fruit!

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That time I stole a (food styling) treasure


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I was in Italy and I was walking to the car when I saw this basket filled with little tins. My instinct immediately told me to take it and run for my life, but I didn’t. I asked my mum if it had been there for a long time. She said it had been weeks, that it was our neighbors’, and she said that I probably could take it since it was just laying there and taking rust (and if mum gives the permission it’s not stealing anymore, right?). I was like “Mum, I cannot just take it, it’s not mine!”. But the thought of this amazing pice of food styling art kept following me.

I don’t know my parents’ new neighbors, but I have heard there are very nice people. I could have asked them. But I didn’t. The day before leaving I couldn’t stand leaving without it, so I took it. Naughty, naughty Juliette. Shame on me!

If you are reading this dear neighbors,
I am sorry, I will give it back, I am happy I was able to use it for these photos.
Also, your little tins travelled across Europe to come to the Netherlands, aren’t you proud?
I hope you’re not mad at me,
truly yours,
a guilty soul.

Pan Focaccia

As you probably understand fro the name, Pan focaccia is a more breadths focaccia. It’s a little less oily than a focaccia and you can stuff it or eat it on the side of your main dish. I highly suggest stracchino on it, but you might not know what it is, since I have never seen this delicious cheese outside Italy.

500 g flour, preferably “00”
7 g dry yeast
300 ml lukewarm water
100 ml tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3-4 tablespoons extra virgin oil to sprinkle on top
a pinch of salt
a pinch of sugar

In a big bowl mix flour, salt, sugar and dry yeast. Add olive oil and slowly add lukewarm water while mixing.
Add water until a soft dough is formed. When you touch it it shouldn’t be wet and if you press a little it should be elastic and spring back.
Let rise for about 1 hour, until the dough has doubled its size.
Preheat the oven at 170 C.
On a baking tray pour a little olive oil to avoid the Pan focaccia sticking.
Put the dough in the middle of the tray and with your finger tips spread it out until it reaches the corners and sides. You can make the sides a little thicker and in the center you should press more to form some dips.
Sprinkle the remaining oil on the dough, the oil will mainly go in the dips.
Put in the oven for about 30-40 minutes depending on the size of your tray (I made mini pan focacce) and oven, until your pan focaccia is golden.

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Homemade granola #2


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Bowls, I love them. I am always reminded of the episode of How I Met your Mother in which Ted says “Anything sounds weird if you say it a hundred times..bowl..bowl..bowl…..bowl..” when I say “bowl”.

At work (I work in the nicest shop in town, click here to get an idea of what I mean by that) we constantly get new stuff for the shop and every time we unpack new things it feels like Christmas. Even though we don’t get to keep anything unless we buy it, it’s such a happy feeling when you unpack something new and you see it’s really cool, cute or just really handy. It also usually means I am going to buy it at the end of my shift anyway.

The same thing happened when we unpacked these bowls. They come in six different pastel colors, all very very pretty and matching the textiles that we sell (and that I have at home). You probably know what that meant: that day I went home with four new bowls.

This morning I made a new batch of granola and it turned out pretty good so here is the recipe, if we can call it so.

Homemade Granola #2

2 cups rolled oats
2 tablespoons flax seeds
1 tablespoon grated coconut
1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds
a handful walnuts
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon coconut oil

Preheat the oven at 160 C.
Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan (if it is not already molten).
In a bowl mix together all ingredients.
Put a sheet of baking paper on a baking tray and pour the granola on it.
Put in the oven for about 20 minutes until golden brown. Stir every now and then.
Store in a airtight container.

I ate this granola over soy yoghurt, with fresh raspberries that reminded me of picking them barefoot in my parents’ garden in the summer and more walnuts. Perfect breakfast.
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