We worked outdoors most days in January.
In low sun and long shadows and perfect shades of blue.
Among palms and bananas and really green trees.
In weather that in Toronto, we only get at the very start to spring.
It was the kind of time, around the kind of people,
that make it easy to be grateful.
This is the best honey.
These are some of the prettiest salt bowls.
I’m into these polish colours.
I like the looks of this room.
The photo doesn’t relate per se, it’s one Michael and I took a few months back, but that I really love.
You can find the mustard in this shot, here.
And I’d like to eat this for lunch.
I’ve got words and photos from recent travels soon
and notes on this and that,
plus HG is about to turn FIVE (here’s a link to our fourth).
But before all that,
I’m excited to share a bit of new work.
Images: Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriott
Props: Kaitlyn Du Ross
Food (Cookies Story): Susan Spungen
Hello, happy spring!
Remember last year when I told you about
a trip Michael and I took
to the Hudson River Valley?
I didn’t mention it then
but we had travelled there to shoot
a story about April Bloomfield
for the current issue Bon Appétit.
If you haven’t picked up a copy, you should,
April’s Pot Roasted Artichokes are life-changing.
Anyway, more from me soon!
I’ll be back with
for the love of pie posts,
new things for HG,
and some fun bits of news too.
Images: Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriott (that’s me!)
Page Layouts: Bon Appétit Magazine
Props: Amy Wilson
I can feel fall sneaking into the air here.
The days are still summer hot by the afternoon,
but the evenings are cool
and the mornings, crisp.
There’s still heat enough
for ice cream in the park
and lazy saturdays at the market.
There’s still weather
for shoes with no socks
and dresses with no tights.
But I feel that familiar fade,
that familiar tugging of fall.
It’s good though.
I’m going to make apple pies and coffee cakes.
I’m going to make crème caramel
and late summer crisps.
And in a couple weeks
I’m going to leave it all behind
for Italy. (!!)
So, I need your help with recommendations.
I’ll be in Abruzzo (about 10 minutes from Roseto delgi Abruzzi)
for the first bit of my journey
and then down in Puglia (about 20 minutes from Lecce)
for the last bit.
Anything I shouldn’t miss?
or anything at all you loved
while visiting Italy?
see you soon!
the third and last photos in this post
the strawberries in this post
a new for the love of pie post soon!
the photos in this post were taken by michael graydon and styled by me for garden making magazine.
wave white and astrid navy cuffs
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and we made the cover!
Two weekends ago now,
we spent a couple days in a small
cottage alongside a massive lake.
A place we’d never been,
but hope to return.
We ate dinner and we met friends,
and it was extraordinary.
We bought fish directly from
those that fished it.
We spent the day with the sun in our eyes
and the shoes off our feet.
We swam in that very large lake,
we walked for coffee near dawn.
And we spent time giggling with these two.
It was one of those weekends
that felt like all the perfect parts of summer
rolled into two short days.
One of those weekends
that July and August are made for.
Too, we came home with the Mjölk book.
It’s the first in a run of coming volumes
inspired in part at least by those self-published books
you find in Japanese boutiques.
And I think by craftsmanship and design.
And by passion and travel too.
And I’ll tell you what,
Find it here.
this pizza truck
these images (via)
blood orange cocktails
summer berry tarts!
and these apple fritters
also, these things from mjölk:
these little trays
these coffee scoops
all photos courtesy of mjolk
The pictures here don’t relate to my title so much
but suffice to say,
they came from a trip with equal beauty
to that of the week before last.
We arrived in the dark
to a small cottage
far off the beaten track.
A place near Cold Spring, New York
in the Hudson River Valley.
A part of the state that I hadn’t been before
but one so full of beauty,
I’m certain I’ll be back.
We awoke early Friday
to a farm so quietly beautiful
that it took a moment
to take it all in.
On our way to breakfast
we walked the wrong way
down the drive
and found ourselves smack in front
of two spotted pigs.
They ran toward us at a rate I was surprised to see
and snouts snorting.
It was awesome.
We saw fields of fireflies,
pastures with cows
and more deer
than I could reasonably count.
We saw piglets and chicks
and tiny wee goats.
We sat by a boathouse,
we drove to the city to watch a game,
we ate cookies outside
and drank champagne on the back step.
It was busy and tiring
and pretty close to perfect.
I’ll be back with pie later this week.
Until then, hope things are swell.
these sandals and these ones too
this looks fun
DIY bracelets (via)
i like the pizza here
i’d like to spend a weekend here (via)
this town looks nice
there are still tickets left to my sunday suppers workshops, you should come!
the hudson highlands are beautiful
and this looks delicious
photos in this post are by michael graydon
for, into the beguiling wild, by tara o’brady, michael graydon & me (in kinfolk magazine and including recipes)
and find tara and my campfire twist bread in video, here. yum!
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