step-by-step recipes :: foccacia bread

Hello my sweet sweet friends!

How are you doing? Well, just to let you know, I always write this during the week, and then late in the evening on Thursday I put the interview on air, and in these last Thursdays it has been sometimes a bit hard! Why? Because I often come from a late dinner with some friends, a bit sleepy… but this is so important and it is something that gives me so much pleasure that I cannot go to bed without this column! But today was different… I just came from a concert by Mr. Bryan Ferry!

Ok, I’m not quite from the Bryan Ferry generation, but it felt good to listen to some 80’s hits live! :) Without any considerations about his age… but from where I stood during the concert I found him still sexy!!!! :)

Well, but this ain’t about music, nor Bryan Ferry… but about food and cooking and baking!

This time we’ll have such a different recipe, and I am so excited by that! I invited a lady from the north to share with us a recipe. She was a bit busy, because she had a beautiful baby girl a few days ago (can you guess who is this lady from the north?), but she was still able to share some cooking lessons and pictures.

She has this as a presentation in her Flickr account…

“alle kolmekymppisten oma koti, ruoka, matkustelu, haaveilu, ostokset ja löydöt – ja kaiken valokuvaus. Inspiroitumista milloin mistäkin.”

Do you speak this language? Well, I don’t, but I would love so much to visit her country. I have this huge crush on northern european countries… and scandinavian interior styling… though my house doesn’t quite illustrate that orientation right now.

Ok, I will give you a help here… she has also an english version (so I think!) and it says…

“I’m inspired by many things,
Photos are mostly from my blog, where I write about food, travelling, decor, my home, beautiful things… everyday life stuff.”

{flowers & food}

Now I just handed it over you! :) Our lady for today is Risullina… or Johanna, the lady with a beautiful home and an amazing taste for food and food photography! And Johanna comes from Espoo, Finland. She will delight us with a bread recipe, which is excellent because we needed a change from all the delicious sweets we’ve been tasting these last weeks… and now it’s time for something salty!


What was the recipe?

Foccacia Bread

{johanna’s kitchen}

How to cook it?


(*1 cup = 2,84 dl)

25 g of yeast 

2 tea spoons of salt

3 and 1/2 dl* water
7 dl of All Purpose Flour
1/2 dl of good olive oil (don’t use anything bitter!!)
2 branches of fresh rosemary (at least 2!)
2 table spoons of chopped sun dried tomatoes
Add the yeast into a warm water and add salt, flour and olive oil. Then knead the dough for 10 minutes with your hand and then leave it rise for 20 minutes covered by a tea towel.

While the dough is resting, cover the oven pan (mine is of size: 36 x 24 x 6 cm!, so don’t use anything too large) with baking paper and spread some olive oil generously into the paper. Then bring the dough into the oven pan and leave it again under a tea towel to rise for 45 minutes. Hey, you absolutely want to wait the time, because this is the time the dough needs in order to become realllllly good :)

Finally, drizzle the bread dough surface generously with olive oil and add the chopped tomato into the bread as shown in pictures. I always have fun by varying this ingredient and use for example black seedless olives! Also, add the fresh rosemary and some salt in this phase.

Steam the oven at 225 degrees celsius, and bake for 25 minutes (needs to become a little brown). You can add more fresh rosemary also now that the bread is ready.

{foccacia bread ready and golden}

{enjoy with for example salmon salad as I usually do! – Johanna}

This is a bread I usually bake when I want to make something good and don’t want to do anything too complicated (for example friends are coming over, I don’t want to be in kitchen the whole evening so I do this beforehand and I put it into oven when guests arrive! How easy…!)

{set the table in a beautiful way}

Dear Kitchen, for me you are…
…my favorite place in our home. And the reason I wanted to move here when we first came to see this apartment. I especially love the light here at the top floor and the wooden counter tops in this kitchen are so scandinavian and they give me a warm and homey feeling. I love the open kitchen being a part of the living room as I spend so much time in there.

{johanna’s kitchen}

 So, this was it for today! I hope you had a great time with this delicious and golden Foccacia Bread with fresh rosemary… I think this was my favourite detail, as I grow fresh rosemary on my kitchen!

Thank you dear Johanna for having the time and putting the effort into this, among all the other things you have to do right now with your sweet and beautiful baby! You were so, but so kind for me in doing this!
Have yourselves a fabulous weekend my dears! And if you’d like to pop in to a visit on Johanna’s Flickr, just click here… or on her blog… click here!
And don’t forget… Monday we’ll have {sneak-peeks :: photography} with another talented lady!
See you around!

handmade by emma lamb

Hello my sweet friends! How are you? Did you have a sweet weekend? Truly hope so! For me this is a big day… it’s my first day at my new job! Yayyyy!!! Wish me good luck!!! But this post is not about me! Last week, I started these new columns {sneak-peeks} as a way of sharing with you some beautiful and interesting blogs, handmade things and photography by some talented people I got to know around here… boy, there is so much talent, somethimes I’m truly, truly amazed by all these beautiful things that my eyes get to see.

So… this time the main subject to get a sneak-peek is all the things that get deliciously handmade by some very talented hands, and planned by some very creative minds! Today… my sneak-peek goes to the dearest Emma Lamb!

{Emma Lamb herself}

As you know, this is not an interview… so I will just share with you what this young lady is up to for a long time! The middle name of Emma Lamb is… Crochet (so to speak!).

{Emma’s work in progress}

{Emma’s office}
Her bio wherever you find her is always very complete and here are a few words:


Hello! My name is Emma Lamb, I am an avid crocheter, knitter and embroiderer currently living and working in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The pieces I create evolve from my love of the ‘granny chic’ movement. Which for me represents quality hand crafted and vintage pieces teamed with bold but beautiful colour combinations. It is also about mixing old and new ideas, techniques, patterns, colours and textures to create something that is both fresh and modern, yet traditional at the same time.
Using primarily traditional crochet techniques I am aiming to create beautiful homeware pieces that anyone would love to live with and use in their daily life. Currently my range consists of vintage and retro inspired crochet granny cushions, floor throws, potholders, forever flower garlands, cleaning cloths, pincushions and gift cards.”

In fact, Emma has quite a taste for vintage things… or else we couldn’t find this in her home…

{via Flickr}

Besides crochet…

{via Flickr}

{via Flickr}

Emma has also…

… a store onEtsy.
{some products to purchase on Etsy}

… an account on Flickr.


{crochet garlands}



… a blog.


… an account on Facebook.

{custom order}

{miss marylin…}

And you can also find her on The Artisans Collective and Ravelry (but you need to register first!). And the last but not the least, just one more detail about Emma… it’s not handmade, but sure belongs to Emma’s heart as well… I introduce you to Spanner!



“I love crochet, embroidery, knitting, drinking peppermint tea, eating dark chocolate, sipping a good glass of wine, walking on the beach in the summer, my man and my wee cocker spaniel aptly named Spanner… :)”

And this is it, my friends! I hope you liked Emma’s work and getting to know where you can find her! Why not buying something handmade for your home? Or a special gift? I would love to get some of these for sure! And don’t forget… we’re still in July, but Christmas is just around the corner!

Take care!

number’s editorial :: nadine

Hello good friends, how are you today? It’s Friday! Yaaaaayyyy!!! 

Well, today is {number’s editorial} day and our guest is a beautiful woman, with an incredible taste in photography! Her pictures have this quiet and smooth feeling… sometimes with a few pops of colour that never seem to disturbe in any way, that peaceful mood. 

She is married and a mother of two sons, and as she says in her profile, she loves making life “a little more beautiful, cozier, tastier and funnier.” 

And this is a reason why I invited her over!

Her name is Nadine… but you’ll probably will find her under the name “herz allerliebst“, which according to google it means “charming heart”… and for me this applies to her in a complete way!

So, let’s hear Nadine!

Number :: 75
“At 75, I hope my husband and I are still happy and healthy together.  In my dreams I see me within my loved ones; my sons, their partners and hopefully some grandchildren. Maybe we are living in a cute little house nearby the sea.”

Letter :: C
“C is for… Chocolate (or cakes, or cookies) I can’t choose! I really love sweets and I never could live without them.”

A perfect day is when…
“…everything is as stress-free as possible.  I hate to hurry.”

One thing I would love to learn is…
“… to be more patient (if I want something done it has to be done right now).”

Would you rather be an English woman in New York or a New Yorker in England?
“OK, here is something embarrassing about me: I’m addicted to the TV series “Gossip Girl” and as therefore my virtual home is on the Upper East Side anyway, I would certainly choose New York.  In real life I‘ve been to New York seven years ago and I loved it from the first moment I came up the subway stairs in the middle of Manhattan. I’m still able to sense that prickle I felt back then.  I would love to go back to New York one day.”

And this was it! I must confess that I just loved Nadine’s last answer! When I got the e-mail with her answers I just laughed because she was being so genuine and… I also loooove “Gossip Girl” and I guess I have already told you about my love for New York, so I totally understood her!

You can pay a visit to Nadine and say “Hello” on Flickr and on her charming blog!

So, I would like to thank Nadine for answering these questions and becoming another lovely guest over this blog! 

Take care and have a wonderful weekend, my friends! And don’t forget, netx Monday we’ll have…

{sneak-peek :: handmade pledge}



{random} stories :: mr. twigg

Hello there my friends!

I hope you are all doing great, as it is wednesday and the weekend is almost there! As many of you may know I’m on vacations until next sunday, and I will start my new job on monday (wish me good luck!), and I have to tell you that these vacations have been a pure delight.

Although being in Lisbon all these weeks, I just found myself in peace doing all those things around the house that needed to be done… wandered around Lisbon, mostly by botanical gardens… explored my photography skills… and started new columns here on the blog!

However besides these things sometimes I felt my pictures and my work (so I call it!) were not giving me the feeling I wanted them to give… do you know when you do something and you’re pleased… but… you have that slight impression that that work is not finished yet? 

Well… these last days I worked on my blog and its character. I knew something was missing. Sometimes I don’t even want to count the hours I spend around these grafic/design things, but it’s really a passion. I’m not sure if I would like to work on something like this, I’m sure I lack so many skills… but I do enjoy it so much, that I don’t even notice the clock ticking…

So… {…a place for twiggs} has a new image/character… and the main news is that I did all by myself!

What do I mean by this?

That I drew mr. twigg on a white sheet… and transformed it on Illustrator.

Oh boy… it was not easy… but the truth is it was not that difficult! For someone who knows the ways around Photoshop, can easily learn Illustrator for some (very) basic steps!

And now… here’s mr. twigg himself!

Have a sweet week, my friends! See you around!

{sneak-peek blogs} :: ishtar olivera

Hello dear friends! I hope you had a lovely weekend! I just went away from Lisbon another weekend, but the truth is that I miss this little spot very easily! What have you done on your weekends? So… as you may all noticed, this is something new here at {…a place for twiggs}, as usual, news are becoming very common around here! I think that vacations spent at home are also good to clear our minds, we get to feel free to do those things that usually we don’t have time to… and all this time, has another benefit… we become more creative! At least I feel this way so much these last weeks! But to start… welcome to {sneak-peeks}!

{sneak-peeks} is a new column at {…a place for twiggs}, that will happen every week, on mondays! So, this weekly column has the purpose to take you into a sneak-peek on different subjects, and these will be:

{sneak-peek :: blogs}
{sneak-peek :: handmade pledge}
{sneak-peek :: photography}

This means that on a weekly basis, we’ll take you into an inspiring journey through beautiful and interesting blogs by talented bloggers, talented artists that create exquisite objects with their own hands, and present to you talented photographers, that inspire us with their unique images and perspectives. So, today we will have also a talented person that besides having a blog, it is also a talented photographer and artist. Today we will take you through…

{beautiful header with Ishtar’s drawings}

Ishtar Olivera presents herself in the most simple way…

“Illustrator, I´m an illustrator who loves all the beautiful things in life! Arts and crafts, photography, sewing… Creativity is my life! Welcome to my blog, welcome to my world!”
{a few of Ishtar’s images of her world}

According to Ishtar…
“I can tell you that my blog first started as a place to showcase my work and illustrations, but with time I wanted to give it a try writing “real posts” about things I loved. It kept evolving -always is- and now I feel more than happy, not only to share the things I love, but also to encourage people to be more creative! When people write me and tell me they are putting into practice the tutorials, feel inspired to take more photos, draw… This makes me feel like I´m really contributing and giving a small part of me to the world.”

Actually, one of the most amazing features on Ishtar’s blog is that she has created a few tutorials that besides colourful and pleasurous for the eye… they are pretty easy to follow and inspire the readers in being more creative and explore new skills.

You can learn about photography, carving, drawing… and I think that Ishtar will have more to come, because she indeed has so much pleasure in preparing these for us! You can explore your skills here!

Besides exploring Ishtar’s blog, which I really hope that you’ll do this right after reading this post, you can also feel inspired by her photography in Flickr!

So, this is it! I really hope that you liked this new feature that I have here at my place! I also would like to thank Ishtar for allowing me this guided tour into her world! Thank you Ishtar!

And to all of you, have yourselves a sweet and peaceful week!!!
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