Flying Tiger

Finally, the Danish concept store, Tiger, has hit US shores, and I paid my first visit yesterday.  What a treat!  The timing of their opening could not have been better for me, as I’m two weeks away from my daughter’s fifth birthday.  Known for their quirky, Scandinavian-style home, stationery, and personal care items, as well as their incredible affordability (seriously, 90% of their inventory is under $15), the NYC store did not disappoint.  I came away with loads of presents for the birthday girl, the most unique party favors (a real dilemma for me, but that’s another post topic), and a few goodies for myself, including the jauntiest pair of navy striped espadrilles (at only $4, I now wish I’d bought the red, too!).  A few snaps from the store:  IMG_9643 IMG_9644 IMG_9646 IMG_9634

You Found Us!

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Photo by Adam Grimshaw; Styling by Kitmodern
Valentine’s Day is upon us, and we’re preparing a simple, cozy celebration for family and friends.  With weeks of winter ahead and the holidays behind us, Valentine’s Day is a way to make your loved ones feel special.  Pinks and reds are an easy way to lift the winter blues.  Without spending a fortune, and with no big plan, you can create a special evening at home.  Presentation is key.  We don’t know yet what we’re serving for dinner–it might even be Indian takeout–but we’re pulling out our pretty china and we bought gorgeous blooms at the corner deli, which we’ve arranged in some antique silver cups.  The pressure is off this year, we are committed to using our finest, dressing our best, playing our favorite songs, and presenting the best of ourselves to the ones who mean the most.

Saffron and Cinnamon

 

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After Kerry told me about her trusted chickpea tagine, I realized I was in a dinner rut. I needed to change up my repertoire, and bring some warmth and spice to my palate.  So, I had Kerry come over, with a tote full of exotic spices, and do a cooking demo.  She says that while it can, of course, be cooked in a traditional tagine, she doesn’t actually own one, and so uses a dutch oven. Here is her delicious recipe:

5 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, roughly chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch fresh ginger, minced (or 1 tsp grounded)
2-3 cinnamon sticks (or use 2 tsp ground)
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp saffron threads
salt
2-3 tsp harissa paste (or dried harissa)
2 cups canned chopped tomatoes
1 lemon, juice and zest
a handful fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
2 small white or red potatoes, cut into wedges
3 carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces (I used orange and purple)
1 zucchini, cut into 2-inch pieces
10 dried apricots, cut into halves
1 can drained chickpeas/garbanzo beans
a handful of roasted almonds, roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Toss the cut up carrots, potatoes, sweet potato, and zucchini in 2 tbsp of the olive oil and place on large baking sheet.  Roast for about 35-40 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat remaining olive oil in a heavy stainless steel, enameled cast iron, or clay pot, and add the onion.  Sauté a few minutes.  While the onion softens, soak the saffron threads in a small bowl of warm water (about a tablespoon or so of water will do).  You can also toast the cumin seeds at this time.  I use a 5″ cast iron skillet over a medium-high flame, and move around the seeds frequently to prevent scorching, toasting about 6-8 minutes or until they become very fragrant.  Give the seeds a grind in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle, then add to the onion.  Stir for a few seconds, then add in garlic, ginger, the cinnamon sticks, and other spices.
Stir then add harissa, lemon juice, tomatoes, and cilantro.
Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, with lid on, for about 45 minutes, stirring once or twice during cooking.  Add the roasted vegetables, apricots, and almonds; stir.
Serve with Magical Rice (or couscous) and top with a bit of snipped cilantro.

You Found Us!

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Photo by Adam Grimshaw; Styling by Kitmodern
Valentine’s Day is upon us, and we’re preparing a simple, cozy celebration for family and friends.  With weeks of winter ahead and the holidays behind us, Valentine’s Day is a way to make your loved ones feel special.  Pinks and reds are an easy way to lift the winter blues.  Without spending a fortune, and with no big plan, you can create a special evening at home.  Presentation is key.  We don’t know yet what we’re serving for dinner–it might even be Indian takeout–but we’re pulling out our pretty china and we bought gorgeous blooms at the corner deli, which we’ve arranged in some antique silver cups.  The pressure is off this year, we are committed to using our finest, dressing our best, playing our favorite songs, and presenting the best of ourselves to the ones who mean the most.