Last week I returned to…..

….. NYC to spend a lovely autumn holiday with my daughter.

A year has passed since I last visited, and I thought I would give NYC a little love, and spend some time connecting with favorite places.

You properly have seen all the typical NYC landmarks - the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Wall Street - but today I wanted to bring you some of my NYC photos….. it’s a different take on the usual places.

This is the NYC, which I saw last week - some gritty, some pretty - but always artistic.

Enjoy my NYC.

Sun breaks through

Mondrian in SoHo

A nice ‘office view’

A mark of liberty

A sad but beautiful sight

Soaking up SoHo

A must see New York City landmark

Sidewalk Scene

Georgetown Cupcake

Kategorien Holiday, Lovely Quotes, Travel . Skrevet af LE 22. October, 2012 kl 22:52

Beautiful Monday morning…..

….. and I’m looking forward to spend a lovely autumn week in NY.

Have a good one.


Kategorien Holiday, Personally, Travel . Skrevet af LE 15. October, 2012 kl 5:15

It’s Raining Again…..

….. but I guess that we should be used to the Danish summer by now. One minute the sun is shining and we’re sweltering, and the next it’s pouring buckets, as it has been for the whole of this week. And it doesn’t look as though it’s going to improve over the next few days.

Therefore we have decided to spend the next week in sunny Spain.

Adiós. I wish you all a wonderful week.

Kategorien Cottage Life / Cooking, Holiday, Personally, Travel . Skrevet af LE 11. July, 2012 kl 14:03

Paris- oh la la

The past couple of weeks have been a little empty in the way of blog posts, because I have been busy and away on business to Paris, but now I’m back!

First up, here is a little information on what I did on my last day away.

I visited Brasserie Julien….. a relic from the glorious age of Art Nouveau.

It’s always a toss-up, on a brief visit to Paris, as to which brasserie to go to - either Julien’s or Flo’s - as both jewels are in the same area of rue de Fauborg St-Denis. For sheer aesthetics, Julien’s wins hands down.

I have often visited the restaurant and ate there, whenever I have been to Paris visiting the shows and exhibitions.

The food and atmosphere are still wonderful today, but the fresh flowers and the lady who used to take my coat are gone, and sadly it isn’t as busy as it once was - maybe a sign of the times we are in. The surrounding streets are still the same - filled with eastern smells, smoke and prostitutes - which makes it all the more sublime when you go inside, taste the aperitif of the day and try to decide which exquisitely traditional Parisian dish to have.

Julien’s was first opened in 1787, though it that time it was known as Le Cheval Blanc, and was converted into a brasserie in 1903. Aside from the paintings, Julien’s also has a floral stained glass roof made by the Guenne company in 1925, which highlights the famous Gismonda, depicting Sarah Bernhardt, as well as Arnaud Jean-Baptiste Segaud’s peacocks.

If you’re looking for a spot of history and a delightful place to eat next time you’re in Paris, I can recommend Julien’s as the place to go!

Kategorien Culture, Delightful art, Interior & design, Restaurant, Travel . Skrevet af LE 5. July, 2012 kl 13:04

I must apologize in advance…..

….. for giving you, what is sure to become a new appetizer addiction, but really, I had no choice.

The first time I tried this, was when we were with our friends in Miami in January. We were at a Mexican restaurant, and I remember looking at the big dish full of dip, when it was served at the table, thinking that there was no way that the 4 of us would eat all of that…… and then watching as the entire thing was completely devoured…… and I definitely ate my fair share, and probably someone else’s too.

I mean, seriously - it’s pretty much just melted cheese (which we already know I love), but then, it has all sorts of fabulous things mixed into it, like roasted red pepper, green onions and jalapeño. My mouth is watering just thinking about it now.

Last week, I decided to make it, so we could relive the experience. But this time I halved the recipe, because I knew we would be powerless to the cheese gods…… good thing too, because we demolished it in no time…… this stuff is amazing.

Baked tex-mex pimento cheese dip

All you need:
½ cup mayonnaise (or Greek yogurt)
6 oz. cream cheese (reduced-fat is fine)
¾ cup roasted red bell pepper, diced (or 1 red bell pepper, roasted, peeled and diced)
2 jalapeño peppers, ribbed, seeded and minced
2-3 scallions, chopped
1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro (plus more for garnish)
8 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (se tip)
8 oz. pepper jack cheese, shredded (se tip)
¼ tsp. red pepper
flake salt and pepper, to taste

Do this:
Preheat the oven to 200 ˚C.

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well with a spatula until evenly combine.

Spread the mixture in an even layer in a 2-quart dish.

Bake 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted and bubbling.

Remove from the oven, garnish with additional cilantro, and serve warm with tortilla chips.

Tip: Be sure to take the time to grate the cheese yourself rather than buying the pre-shredded type. Pre-shredded cheese is coated with agents such as flour or cornstarch, and results in a sub-optimal gritty texture when melted.

Kategorien Recipes, Travel . Skrevet af LE 7. June, 2012 kl 8:01

I also found inspiration for other…..

….. recipes, traveling around the States.

This is a fabulous recipe - especially if your kids refuse to eat plain oatmeal (this is a great way to give them something warm and filling before school).

When you bite into it, you may think you’re biting into a warm-from-the-oven oatmeal cookie….. this is how good this breakfast treat tastes….. it is a real treasure.

“Chi trova un amico, trova un tesoro.” Translation “He who finds a friend finds a treasure.”

Baked Oatmeal

All you need:
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
(Additional milk)

Do this:
In a large bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and butter. Stir into oat mixture until blended.

Spoon into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until set.

Serve warm (9 servings).

Tip: It’s wonderful served with milk.

Kategorien Recipes, Today's proverb, Travel . Skrevet af LE 9. May, 2012 kl 6:04

A kitchen without…..

….. fresh baking is like a home without laughter.

When I was in Florida, I loved, loved, loved doughnuts….. but getting hold of the real thing here in Denmark can be close to impossible.

This recipe is very easy and sooooooooooooo delicious….. and it beats any store-bought doughnut.

Sunny Saturday Morning Doughnuts

All you need:
4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup 2% milk
1/4 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons orange juice
4 teaspoons grated orange peel
Oil for deep-fat frying
confectioners’ sugar

Do this:
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Combine the eggs, milk, oil, orange juice and peel; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Turn onto a floured surface; roll to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. doughnut cutter.

In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry doughnuts, a few at a time, until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Dust warm doughnuts with confectioners’ sugar. (approx: 20 doughnuts).

Tip: if you enjoy homemade pastries for breakfast, but don’t have time to bake each morning. You can devote 1 day a month to bake large batches of cinnamon rolls, doughnuts and muffins. Place them in heavy-duty resalable plastic bags labeled with the date (they freeze for about 2 months). On busy mornings, it’s a snap to pop a few in the microwave to warm….. and your kids will love the fresh-baked flavor.

Kategorien Recipes, Today's proverb, Travel . Skrevet af LE 5. May, 2012 kl 7:37

I’m of to Miami;

To enjoy its:

wide sandy beaches bathed in bright sunshine,

….. play golf,

…..and to look at lot’s of wonderful pastel-colored buildings in unique Art Deco.

Miami Beach is a colorful tropic. Not only does Miami Beach have fabulous weather, its unique architecture melds to form a fantastic destination spot filled with history and contemporary fun. It is impossible to ignore the colorful buildings and their effect on the eye and heart.

Miami Beach is home to the United States’ largest concentration of Art Deco Architecture.

Kategorien Holiday, Travel . Skrevet af LE 10. January, 2012 kl 6:27

Last night, P and I made a big…..

….. bowl of popcorn, dimmed the lights and curled up on the couch together to watch “the holiday photos”.

Here are a couple favorites:

….. going surfing…..

……And it was AWESOME!!!’

….. these amazing shots, is taken by none other than my talented daughter.

Photos: Natascha Stockfleth Coester

Kategorien Holiday, Personally, Travel . Skrevet af LE 12. April, 2011 kl 21:15

Hello friends!

I am back from a lovely trip.

One of my favorite things about traveling is the opportunity to be curious, nosy and investigative….. and when I traveled I want to go everywhere, see everything, smell and taste it….. experience it all….. in short, live life fully!

Here are a few of the things that I experienced with Natascha last week….. and god it was so wonderful to see her:

It’s sooooooo lovely

Rodeo Dr. oh yeahr

Who said that shopping can’t make you happy?….. my credit card loves me!

Welcome to La-La land

Another lovely day at the beach

A little fish for lunch?

Time to go…..

Lot’s of love from LA

Kategorien Travel . Skrevet af LE 4. April, 2011 kl 17:02

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