Seven

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Between many ups and a few downs we made to year number seven together!
Admittedly, Roberto and I have been apart for a year (until last fall), which I “accidentally” failed to note here, but we realized this life sucks without each other. Now I treasure every moment I spend with him, because I know how it is not to have him around. “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone” they say, and I can testify: it’s true.

We didn’t want to celebrate with a fancy dinner, so we decided to do what we like the most: exploring; Being around nature, breathing fresh, salty air and taking in the last rays of sun of the day. We drove to the sea where we walked to a high spot from where we could see the beach below. We sat down on my hoodie and we drank some wine; just a sip, because it was awful.






So began our seventh year together. I cannot wait for the season to end, so that we’ll spend more time together.
Have a good weekend you all!

You’re the best.

Introducing Chalk Kids

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A few month ago Steph asked me to be part of her super secret and fabulous project.
She was working on a website for young families with DIYs, fashion, interiors,.. and asked me to be the contributor for the food section;
..and I said yes!

Chalk Kids is the result of all Stephanie’s work and it’s a super cool mix of trendy fashion for the little ones, cozy interiors and lots of family talk.
So what are you waiting for? Go and check it out!

I will be talking about healthy and good food, sharing recipes and giving tips to enjoy a healthy and happy life together.
But there’s also more about beauty, travel and all aspects of life with a baby (I am probably the only one of the contributors not having a kid,but I swear I love them).

Tessa

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The day before this shoot I went location scouting: I biked around the park, along the canals and through the city the whole evening, stopping every now and then to write down where I wanted her to stand, and at what time there was perfect lighting. This was a really good decision: now I had a good time schedule in mind, I knew exactly were we were going to go, and there was more time for just enjoying photographing and chitchatting. Nature was really helpful that evening. It offered us the most beautiful sunset, with the perfect temperature and just enough wind.

Tessa is a genuine life enthusiast, a queen in the kitchen (check out her cookbook), a good storyteller and an amazingly good seller.
My favorite quote of hers still is: “Ma’am, having a second spatula in your kitchen is not luxury” (that woman came in our shop to buy a little present and left with a whole bag full of kitchen essentials).

Here is the the result of our shoot together.
If you like it, please like Juliette van Eijsden Photography on Facebook and leave a comment.







Go outside

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Summer has arrived and going outside is all my soul needs.
Riding my bike along the canals or running to the lake and back empties my mind;
and when Roberto is home we go skateboarding or running and we talk about our future garden.
That’s all we wish for, a simple life, but sometimes even that seems a blurry dream.

Guys, I recently made a page for my photography on Facebook!
If you like my photography, please like the page to get more updates about my upcoming shoots and photos from our road trips.













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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

salt

pepper

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
salt
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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