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.
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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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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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