Sonntag, 16. April 2017
A few weeks ago, we've done a little make-over with our kitchen in Berlin. You guys already know our kitchen in the countryside and our studio kitchen (will post an update tour soon!), but we've never shown you our kitchen in our Berlin flat before. When we moved into the apartment 3 years ago, we immediately fell in love with it. But I guess as everyone knows, no flat is perfect. The most important criterion for us was the light, the view and a kitchen that is big enough to have a table in. All of that was there, so even if there were some details that didn't quite met our taste, we felt like this is the flat we've been looking for. If we were the owners (we only rent it, so we can't change whatever we like) we would prefer to have old windows, a lighter floor and would change the whole kitchen unit - but I know that this is complaining on a high level.
As we do have a lot of rough and industrial elements in our other kitchens, we wanted this one to be fresh, clean and modern, but also cozy at the same time. If you follow our interior account on instagram, you might have recognized already, that we are quite minimal, when it comes to furnish our places, so it's no suprise, that also our kitchen is quite minimalistic. We do create a lot of mess and chaos in our job during shootings, so for us it's very refreshing to live in a contrast to that and have enough room for thoughts and creativity. I know, some people need a "creative chaos" for that, but for us, it's the other way around.
So what we changed in our kitchen is actually a lot, but it was also a long process. The only before picture we have is this one, just so you have a rough impression how it looked like.
First of all and most important to us was, that we removed the kitchen drawers from the wall as they took so much light away and we don't need so much space to store things. Then we painted the whole kitchen - before it was white and one wall was in very dark blue (the one that you can see in the before picture). We decided to paint the whole kitchen in a beautiful light grey (it's called "Emma") from our favorite paint brand Kalklitir. It makes the room much brighter than before and the atmosphere is more cozy and calm now. Another thing, that was important to us was the question which chairs could fit to our beautiful round marble table from our friend Philipp from Nutsandwoods. We wanted to have comfortable ones, but at the same time they should be beautiful as well. After some research we came across the J39 - The People's Chair from Fredericia* and fell so in love with it! It looks modern, but at the same time also traditional and we think it suits the kitchen and the table so well. And the best: it's really really comfortable!
Speaking of comfortable - another thing that we wanted to have was a little sofa in the kitchen. As we have enough space for it, we've been looking for one, that is cozy, but not to big for a long time - we finally decided for the "Ace Sofa" from Normann Copenhagen and can really recommend it.
The day after the shooting we deciced to move the sofa to another wall (and then I had to make a picture again of course), so don't get confused about the two different angles. So what do you guys think, how did the kitchen turned out? Let us know, if you have any questions about specific products in the pictures, we are happy to help. Happy sunday!
Vor ein paar Wochen haben wir ein kleines make-over mit unserer Küche in Berlin gemacht. Ihr kennt ja schon Bilder von unserer Küche auf dem Land und auch von unserer Studio Küche (da gibt es übrigens bald wieder ein Update-Post, versprochen!) aber unsere Küche in unser Berliner Wohnung haben wir Euch noch nie so wirklich gezeigt. Als wir vor ca. 3 Jahren in die Wohnung eingezogen sind, haben wir uns gleich wohl gefühlt. Ich glaube jeder kennt das, keine Wohnung ist perfekt und es gibt immer ein detail, dass einem vielleicht nicht so gut gefällt wenn man auf Wohnungssuche ist. Die wichtigsten Kriterien für uns waren damals das Licht, die Aussicht und eine große Küche in der man Platz für einen Tisch hat. Da all dies vorhanden war, haben wir über kleinere Details, die nicht ganz nach unserem Geschmack waren, hinweggesehen. Wären wir die Eigentümer würden wir einen helleren Boden bevorzugen sowie alte Fenster und die Küchenzeile austauschen - aber das ist auf jeden Fall meckern auf sehr hohem Niveau.
Da unsere anderen beiden Küchen eher rough und industriell sind, wollten wir diese eher frisch, clean und modern aber trotzdem gemütlich gestalten. Wenn ihr unserem interior account auf instagram, folgt, habt ihr vielleicht schon mitbekommen, dass unser Einrichtungsstil eher minimalistisch ist. Wir kreieren in unseren Job, vor allem bei Shooting, schon so viel Chaos, das wir es sehr erfrischend empfinden wenn in unserer Wohnung genau das Gegenteil herrscht.
Insgesamt haben wir in unserer Küche ziemlich viel verändert. Das einzige vorher Bild ist dieses hier, nur damit ihr wenigstens einen kleinen Eindruck bekommt.
Vor allem wichtig war es uns die Küchenschränke, die über der Küchenzeile hingen, abzumontieren, da sie unheimlich viel Licht geklaut haben und wir einfach auch nicht so viel Stauraum brauchen.
Dann haben wir die ganze Küche neu gestichen - vorher war sie weiß und eine Wand (wie ihr auf dem vorher-Bild sehen könnt) Tiefblau. Wir haben für ein helles grau (Emma von unserer Lieblingsfirma Kalklitir) entschieden. Der Raum wirkt viel heller als vorher und die ganze Atmosphäre ist ruhiger dadurch. Wofür wir uns auch besonderes Zeit genommen haben, war die Wahl der Stühle zu unsererm schönen Marmor-Esstisch von unserem Freund Philipp von Nutsandwoods. Wir wollten wirklich gemütliche Stühle finden die gleichzeitig natürlich aber trotzdem schön aussehen. Nach einiger Suche sind wir auf den J39 - The People's Chair von Fredericia* aufmerksam geworden und haben uns gleich verliebt! Er sieht modern und trotzdem traditionell aus und ist vor allem eins: wirklich richtig bequem!
Apropos bequem - wonach wir auch länger gesucht haben, war ein Sofa für die Küche. Nicht zu groß und nicht zu klein sollte es sein und ähnlich wie bei den Stühlen comfortabel und trotzdem nicht weniger schön. Letzendlich haben wir uns für das"Ace Sofa" von Normann Copenhagen entschieden und sind sehr zufrieden.
Einen Tag nachdem wir die Küche für Euch geshootet haben, haben wir das Sofa übrigens umgestellt, vor eine andere Wand in der Küche. Da steht es nun und da wir es noch besser als vorher finden, musste ich gleich noch ein Bild machen. Wundert Euch also nicht über die verschiedenen Perspektiven. Also, was meint Ihr, ist uns das Küchen-Make-Over gelungen? Sagt uns Bescheid falls Ihr noch zu anderen Produkten in den Bildern Fragen habt, wir helfen gern weiter!
Sonntag, 9. April 2017
It feels like spring is in full swing - the sun is shining, the birds are singing loudly and you can watch how the trees turn a little bit more green from day to day. This weekend the weather was just wonderful, 17 degrees and almost no cloud on the sky. We spent most of the time in the garden, as we have a lot planned there (building a greenhouse and many other things, but more on that another time) and we enjoyed the sun so much!! But what's a sunny day without an ice-cream, right? Spring, sun and ice-cream just belong together! When we got asked, if we want to try the new lactose-free types of ice cream from Cremissimo*, that just launched in february, we got so excited! We both love ice-cream and especially during sunny days in the garden there could be nothing better. Also there are not a lot lactose free ice-creams available, so we were really curious to taste it. You can choose between bourbon vanilla, chocolate and english mint. As we wanted to try them all we decided to make an ice-cream cake! And it was such a good idea, as they all tasted great together. What we really liked was, that the consistency of the ice-cream is very creamy and even if we served it almost right from the freezer, the consistency was not to hard and the ice-cream was easy to cut.
To have a little crunch we made a glutenfree cookie crust, which was such a delicious combination with the ice-cream. We couldn't really decide for a favorite as they all tasted wonderful!
We topped the ice-cream cake with frozen berries and white chocolate and e voila it's done. Really not a big effort and such a lovely outcome. We hope you guys like it as well - enjoy the sunny spring weather, with ice-cream of course :)
Mittwoch, 5. April 2017
We love coffee. And we love breakfast. And the best ist, when you have both in one. Nespresso* had the idea to integrate coffee in breakfast recipes and asked us earlier this year, if we are interested to create several breakfast recipes, which among others include coffee. As big breakfast fans we immediately had many ideas and we developed 5 great recipes, a vegan and a glutenfree recipe and also something for fish and meat lovers. These recipes have been served during Berlinale film festival and we´ve been told, that everyone loved them. One of our favorite recipes are these hazelnut-coffee-granola bars, because they are glutenfree and have this light hint of coffee. For the choice of the right coffee type, which fits the best to the granola bars, we got a lovely support from a coffee expert, who recommended the Gran Cru Arpeggio*, because it underlines the flavours very well, since it has notes of cacao. A high quality of the coffee beans is important for Nespresso, so most of the beans are harvested from their own sustainability* program.
The combination of coffee, rolled oats, nuts, dates and cacao is just heavenly - so aromatic and delicious as a treat. We´ve made the granola bars a couple of times already, not just because they are a great option for a quick breakfast, but also they are lifesavers, when you need quick energy during a long working day. For Laura we made a different version of the granola bars, because she cannot tolerate cacao so well, but this recipe we´ll share another time.
The room, where we´ve been shooting this time, is a new discovery at the attic of our lovely neighbours and good friends. When we have been tidying up a space in the attic, the light was so magical, that Laura had to grab her camera immediately and we´ve freed some old furnitures from dust, which have been there for ages - our friend Rahel told us, that they´ve belonged to the former owner of our flat. It is so wonderful, when things have a story and we can continue it from now. Rahel got us the gorgeous blooming plum branches from the garden and after the shoot we´ve been enjoying the warm late afternoon sun with the delicious hazelnut-coffee-granola bars.
Sonntag, 19. März 2017
Last month my father married his girlfriend. It was quite spontaneous and they wanted to celebrate very private, all in all we've been only 6 persons at their wedding. Of course Nora and i wanted to give him something special, so we decided to make a wedding cake. Lucky us, that the number of guests was so limited, so the cake didn't had to be that big and everyone could have a big piece of it :) As my father is an artist and works a lot with gold leaf we wanted to create a golden cake. For the rest of the cake and the decoration we decided to stay classic and choose white. The cake batter is refined with grated coconut and vanilla and the filling is made with raspberry jam and whipped cream, which is just the perfect combination! As we finished decorating the cake on the wedding day, we had to shoot these pictures in just 15 minutes, so please excuse the small amount of pictures this time :) The wedding day itself was just as good as one could wish for - the sun was shining and even if it was still february, it almost felt a little bit like spring already. Ater the shortest wedding in the register office you can imagine, we all went home to their house in a very good mood and Nora and I suprised them with the cake and sparklers on top. They didn't expected it at all, so the surprise was luckily successful and they were so happy!
We hope you guys will enjoy this cake as well!
Montag, 13. März 2017
This weekend you could finally smell spring in the air. The sun was shining, the birds were singing loudly and it was more than 10 degrees - it just felt so wonderful! But when i think about, that it will still take 2 more months until everything is green again, i'm seriously getting impatient. To by-pass this time we keep spoiling us with beautiful spring flowers and this weekend we even got the first beautiful lilacs at our favorite flowershop! Talking about beautiful things: a few weeks ago the most gorgeous package from canada arrived - fully packed with amazing goods from mur lifestyle*, a lovely shop with a very well curated selection, that will make your heart skip a beat for sure! In these pictures you can see a beautiful linen table cloth, various linen towels, a very pretty wooden cake stand, a copper sieve, copper measuring cups, a round wooden board, brass bowls and beautiful brass cups from the shop. And we can't even decide which our favorite piece is - all the products are just so beautiful!! Do you agree? We are so happy with all of them and could almost buy the whole shop :)
Another new favorite are these delicious gluten free waffles. I think waffles in general detached my pancake addiction :D At the moment we could make waffles almost every day, as Nora just makes them so fluffy, that i can't get enough. This time we made a simple glutenfree batter and added grated apples and cinnamom. I really love that combination with coconut yoghurt and pears and the slightly strong coconut sugar syrup - it gives a very good contrast to the green pears, which are a bit sour. Our apple-waffles looked even more beautiful on the new wooden cake stand and were almost gone in a second, when we enjoyed this cozy afternoon with friends. Hope you guys will enjoy them too!
Sonntag, 5. März 2017
We spent the last week in Copenhagen, one of our favorite cities, and it could'nt have been more wonderful! We also had to work some of the days, but most of the time was just about meeting friends and strolling through the city. The weather was not on our side though, but who cares in such a beautiful city!? We found the most perfect airbnb flat (which is not always easy when you travel with two dogs) with the nicest hosts and with a dreamy view directly towards to the canal. Sitting at the breakfast table, with a window facing the canal and having breakfast with this view each morning was all one could ask for! One of the highlights was also the lovely gathering at our dear friend Signe's beautiful studio with our dear friends Marieke and Linda. We've been also shooting Signe's studio for the new series "designtales" on the blog, but more on that soon. We had the most gorgeous light when we've been shooting this beautiful set-up and after we've been all making way to many photos, we enjoyed the delicious beetroot-sweet potato-soup, a glutenfree onion quiche and a radiccio salad with pears, walnuts and goat cheese, that Signe had prepared for us. So delicioius!
At the moment we are staying in Arhus, where our dear friend Sif lives and were we all got together to celebrate some days of good food & talks, making some shootings and just enjoy the time together. Can't wait to share more pictures with you guys soon!
Sonntag, 26. Februar 2017
Maybe you already noticed, that we renovated a little flat in the countryside last summer. It's in the house of very good friends, with whom we also share a wonderful garden. We've been both born in Berlin, but i lived some years of my childhood in the countryside. Nature is very important to both of us - it calms us down, gives us inspiration and simply makes us happy! We love Berlin, but could never live there without the balance between countryside and city. We already showed you the renovation of the kitchen of our new flat in the countryside, if you haven't seen it yet, have a look here. When we started to work as a food photographer and stylist we even had our studio in the countryside for more than a year, but we always had a place in Berlin as well. It happend very spontaneously and wasn't planed at all, that we had to move out of our previous place in the countryside all of a sudden. What first felt so sad and like a big problem turned out to be the best thing (besides our studio in Berlin), that happend last year. The flat has the perfect size and we already feel so much at home. The condition, when we got the space in the countryside was very rough. No electricity, the whole bathroom had to be replaced, no heating and many more stuff, that had to be done.
Sonntag, 19. Februar 2017
For today’s post we got inspired by an old painting of Jacob Walscapelle, who was a dutch painter. We always get a lot of comments on Instagram, that some of our pictures look like paintings (which is such a wonderful compliment, thank you guys!), so, when we got asked to join a campaign, that is about art and cooking, we were so delighted!
The organic supermarket Alnatura* had the idea for a project called „#KunstKochen“, which basically means Art-Cooking. You can get inspired by selected artworks of the Städel Museum in Frankfurt* - to find out which ones and how you can participate as well (and also see the one, that we choose as our inspiration) have a look here*.
On the painting, that we choose as our inspiration for this post, you can see a huge colorful bouquet with dark tones in the back. To make the transformation from flowers to food we baked a lemon tart, which we decorated with dried edible flowers. Also we tried to keep the tart in similar colors as the flowers in the bouquet and decided to go for a lemon tart in general, as you can see citrus fruits quite often in old still life paintings.
How do you guys think it turned out? The gluten free lemon tart with homemade lemon curd was so delicious and we used organic products from Alnatura* to bake it (for example buckwheat flour, cane sugar, eggs, butter, lemons, ground vanilla powder and some more). As we do buy a lot of our food organic, we were already familiar with their products and have been very happy with the quality. Just can recommend them to you. We hope you guys enjoy this recipe and maybe get inspired by a painting as well next time you cook or bake something :).
Mittwoch, 15. Februar 2017
You guys already know, that we both love breakfast! One of our favorite breakfasts is a smoothie bowl as it's so easy and fast to prepare, there are almost endless possibilities to make it in different flavours and it gives you a lot of power and vitamins for the day. And if you have a very busy morning, you can of course also just put everything in a glas and drink it.
Some time ago we got asked, if we want to test the pomegranate beauty care series from the organic brand Weleda*.
We both know and use Weleda since a long time already, i'm even familiar with their products since my childhood, so we were both very excited to test this series. Especially as we are both huge pomegranate fans - it's one of our favourite fruits during the autumn and winter months. We really love the sweet-sour taste of it, but also the fact, that it's so healthy: it has a lot of antioxidants, vitamin c, b-vitamins and vitamin k.
Our task was to test the Weleda-pomegranate series*, but also to create a pomegranate recipe for you guys, as taking care of your body also means to feed it well of course and using good organic skin care products always goes hand in hand with a balanced nutrition.
The keyword to describe the weleda pomegranate series is regeneration! Through the antioxidants it helps your skin to be protected during the day and thanks to argan oil, macadamia nut oil and pomegranate-seed oil it helps your skin to regenerate during the night and to build a protective coat for the skin. as you can see it's full of good ingredients. Our personal favorite is the Weleda pomegranate day cream*, as it's easily absorbed and gives your skin a very nice glow, which is such a nice thing in the morning!
For the smoothie bowl recipe of course we focused on pomegranate as well. we used the seeds on top, but we also added some pomegranate juice into the smoothie, which tastes so delicious and gives you a little extra boost. Next to pomegranate we also filled our smoothie bowl with even more good and healthy ingredients like turmeric, aronia berry powder and coconut oil. It's our favourite combination at the moment and gives you all the energy for a wonderful start of the day. We hope you guys will enjoy it too!
Mittwoch, 8. Februar 2017
it's quite surprising, that we never baked our own gluten free bread before (except gluten free crisp bread), even though we are huge breakfast fans! we never leave the house without a breakfast and also love to always create different breakfasts through the week. sometimes savory, sometimes sweet, sometimes it's just a smoothie - we just love variety.
when we have breakfast with friends, it's our favorite thing to decorate a big table with lots of different food - cheese, vegetable dips, fruits, bread, eggs and so on. and when the bread is homemade, it's even more special! i have no idea, why we waited so long before we made our first gluten free bread, as this one turned out so well. it has a lot of seeds, but still it tastes like a bread and not like a cracker.
we used the new Rama* with seasalt on top of the fresh baked bread, which was so delicious, but so simple. Rama has a wonderful selection to offer and new different sorts which you can explore here*. for this post we enjoyed the one with butter and seasalt, which is my personal favorite as well. so simple and so good!
our friends rike and nico stopped by at our studio in the end of the shooting and we all enjoyed this wonderful little breakfast gathering together. and the bread is officially approved by both as well :)
we are so excited to hear how you like the bread - hope you guys enjoy baking!
Sonntag, 5. Februar 2017
Since we baked our banana cake with nut butter in the beginning of this year we are addicted to cakes with nut butter. To have a slightly variation we used sunflower seed butter for this gluten free pear-sunflower seed cake as we saw the sunflower seed butter in the organic supermarket and really wanted to give it a try. we love the taste of sunflower seeds and especially with the pears it's such a nice combination, you really have to try it!
We've been shooting this post in our neighbors dining room again - do you remember when we told you that our neighbors were about to renovate their dining room and that we've been trying to convince them to leave that one gorgeous wall just like it is? we made it and convinced them :) and they are more than happy with it! after we've been shooting this delicious pear-sunflower seed cake we enjoyed it with our dear friend and neighbor Rahel and talked the whole afternoon away about a new project that we are planning together and will start with this spring. for now all i can say is, that it has to do something with the book you can see in some of the pictures but the rest is a suprise. so let's just enjoy this wonderful cake for now!
Sonntag, 29. Januar 2017
breakfast is one of our favorite meals. we always take the time to have breakfast in the morning, no matter how busy a day might be. it just calms you down and gives you energy for the day.
our aim for this year is to share more of our simple everyday life recipes with you, next to delicious gluten free cakes of course :)
so this gluten free crisp bread is just perfect for a quick and light breakfast and i also love it as an afternoon snack. we used the new rama*, a vegan spread, for the crisp bread. we used it for the recipe and also on top of the bread, which was very delicious. sometimes it's just the simple things, that taste so good, right?! we both know rama since our childhood, our parents always used to buy it, so it was quite nice to see, that they came up with a new package design and also a bigger selection (will show you another one soon). in our everyday life we eat quite a lot of vegan meals, so the new vegan rama is a very cool alternative to butter for us. for this breakfast nora made some very easy other vegan spreads as well, like a delicious pumpkin- and a beetroot spread and a very good garlic-rucola pesto.
we've been shooting this cozy breakfast scene in our neighbors dining room, which they are actually renovating right now. as you might have noticed already, we have a love for rough walls, so we are trying to convince them to keep this special wall, maybe at least at one side of the room. what do you think? and what is your favorite vegan breakfast?
wish you all a lovely sunday guys!
Sonntag, 22. Januar 2017
the whole last week i was craving a piece of simple, but delicious cake with coconut. but as there was no time for baking (too much work and next to that, we also renovated the kitchen in our berlin apartment, which was a very chaotic project, but more on that another time). this weekend we spent some calm days in the countryside and finally made the cake i was basically dreaming of the whole week :).
when we went food shopping, we got the first blood oranges this year and as we both love them, of course, we had to include them in the recipe (though i have to be very careful to eat only a little bit of them, as citrus unfortunately is still difficult for me). we made a simple blood orange juice, which we served with ice cubes and rosmary and it's not only tasting very good, also that wonderful color always makes me so happy! for the cake we used grated coconut and poppy seeds in the batter and nora made a very delicious crust with coconut flakes and coconut blossom sugar, which just tasted SO delicious!
we served the cake with coconut yoghurt and slices of blood oranges, which is a perfect combintation with the sweet cake, that tastes a little bit like caramel, because of the coconut blossom sugar.
we hope you will enjoy it as much as we did - now we are off to shoot something for a client, which we will share with you soon and later we will have a walk with the dogs in the evening sun, it's such a lovely weather today! hope you are all having a wonderful sunday, wish you a happy one!
Sonntag, 8. Januar 2017
as we told you in our last post, we want to introduce you to a new category on the blog, named after our second and new instagram account: designtales. we want to share more about our passion for design and interior with you guys, so here is the first designtales post today, the long promised studio tour!
we moved into our new studio almost a year ago, it's crazy how time flies. as some of you might know, before we had our studio in the countryside, but it was just to small at some point and also not ideal that it was more than an hour-drive away from berlin. though i have to say that it really rescued us, since the first years of building up our own company have been so stressful. unbelievingly good, fun and rewarding, but also very stressful and filled with so much work. so working in the countryside was a very good start, because you always had such a calm surrounding in contrast to the busy work life.
but as we are mainly living in berlin it made sense to look for a studio which was closer to our home, so during summer 2015 we started to look for a studio in berlin. and we thought it would be so complicated and that we would never find what we are looking for as we had so many points that were important to us. the most important thing was to have at least one window towards north and that seemed to be enough to be looking for already. also we wanted the studio to be close to our flat and the height of the ceiling was important too, because of the tripod we wanted to buy. one day, when we had another viewing in quite a nice building (but the rooms where not ideal) i looked through its windows and could see another building, maybe only 500m away. the first thing i fell in love with were the windows :) they looked so beautiful, even from 500m distance. and the whole building looked so nice, neat, but still old and charming. a perfect mix. we just decided to pass by and ask the people, if there might be free spaces. we didn't had any hope though as from the outside it looked like every floor would be rented out. but i wasn't! the whole first floor was empty and not rennovated yet and the other renters were super friendly and helpful and provided us with a telephone number of the landlord.
Mittwoch, 4. Januar 2017
maybe a little bit late, but still we want to wish you all a wonderful and happy 2017!! "our food stories" has been an incredible journey for us so far and we are so happy to share another year of good food and stories with you guys and are more than grateful for your constant support!! 2016 has been a year of changes and though it was quite stressful and tough at times it was also filled with many wonderful possibilities, moments, improvements, new friendships and travels.
this year we will redo our blogdesign and are also planning a new category, designtales, here on the blog. some of you might have noticed already, that we started a second instagram account last year, called @_designtales_ and now it's time for us to share our love for furniture and design here on the blog with you as well. we are not sure yet how often we want to post our "designtales", but the food content will be still the main focus for sure, it will be just a little addition and a possibility for us to share more of the things we love and have a passion for with you guys. what do you think about that? and is there anything else you would love to see or read more of?
but let's speak about today's recipe now: this gluten free banana cake is truly the best banana cake i've had so far and trust me i had many good ones already. we wanted to make an easy cake recipe for the first of january, to enjoy it with our dear friends rahel and lea and also to celebrate the new year. Since we have a large variety of nut butter in our local organic supermarket, we are always more then happy to include a nut butter in some new recipes (we can recommend hazelnut butter or almond butter). i have to say the combination of banana and nut butter was just heavenly and we can really recommend you to try this cake as soon as possible, it's a wonderful way to slow down, enjoy it with a cup of coffee or tea and to celebrate all the wonderful things that 2017 has in store <3 to new happy beginnings, a year full of adventures and of course a year with delicious foodstories!