I love lists, don’t you? In fact, I love lists so much, the Notes tab on my iPhone is always open as I’m constantly jotting down anything from grocery lists, songs I want to listen to, perfumes I want to smell, to-do lists, and appointments… you get the gist, I take notes, lots of ’em!
Today I thought I’d share with you a list of my 5 fave things I found on Instagram this week, you know, just in case you may find them to be really cool too.
1. Nutmeg Juice: Okay, what!? I just found out that nutmeg, a common spice that’s either ground or whole is actually the seed of fleshy, yellow-green fruit. Show of hands, how many of you knew that!? Apparently it is VERY popular in Penang, and most coffee shops serve it by the glass. Freshly squeezed nutmeg juice is described as tangy, grassy and very refreshing. Put a trip to Malaysia on your bucket list and make sure you get a taste of a nice tall glass of iced nutmeg juice.
A rainbow of warm tones from the dye pot. I used a combination of madder root, marigold, henna, and cochineal to achieve all of these colours. I'm feeling very excited about natural dyeing these days!! Any favourites? #dyersofinstagram #yarnlover #naturaldyeing #springcolors #handdyedyarn #yarnologist #pinks #indiedyer #plantbaseddyes #plantdyes
2. Plant Based Dyed Yarn: Hello gorgeous! Aren’t these colours amazing? I thought so too, well guess what? They were naturally dyed with plants. Crazy cool. West Lake Knits has been experimenting with natural dyes, and came up with these rainbow-hued yarns by using a combination of madder root, marigold, henna, and cochineal. I love the two on the end, they remind me of an icy orange Creamsicle and a creamy limoncello.
3. Faux Brick Backsplash Painted White: As a cook I love kitchens, and this sweet backsplash set against fun pops of color couldn’t escape my eye. I commented asking how this backsplash was achieved and Tiffany wrote back saying that is was a faux stone wall painted out white. Hmmmm I did some research and sure enough, I found this genius DIY using these Paintable Brick Hardboard Wall Panels from Lowes ($10 per sheet) and now my mind is spinning on where I could use this technique in my house… I’m thinking wine cellar.
4. You Care Too Much: Female Creators Explore Self-Care: Who doesn’t love a good book? As I said, I’m a list person and this book caught my eye, so I’ve added it to my book list. This book is from Toronto-based independent publisher With/out Pretend, and it brings together seventeen female creators who explore the theme of self-care in an authentic and meaningful way, stripping it from its buzzword status via a collection of poetry, fiction, confessional writing, art and photography.
Gearing up for summer parties (or weeknight dinner with a big spoon, TBH) with esquites, Mexican street corn salad. So easy. So good. Here's the recipe. 🌽 Ingredients 6 ears of corn 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (the American kind thats a spice blend) 2 scallions, white and green parts sliced Handful of cilantro leaves and tender stems, chopped Juice of 1/2 lime 2 ounces cotija cheese (or substitute feta) Salt and pepper to taste Instructions Shuck the corn and cut the kernels off the cobs. Reserve the cobs to make soup (recipe coming soon). Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a cast iron or other heavy skillet. When it shimmers, add the corn kernels and let sit for a few minutes to start browning. Stir and let sit again. Repeat this process until there is nice browning in lots of spots, 10 to 15 minutes total. Add the minced garlic to the skillet and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and let cool for at least 10 minutes, until just warm. (Place in a bowl if you like to speed cooling.) In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, chili powder, and some salt and pepper. Stir into the corn. Add the scallions, cilantro, lime juice and cotija and toss. Taste for seasoning and add more of anything you like.
5. Elote Salad: Summer is almost here and I’ve got salads on my mind. This vibrant salad composed of freshly shucked sweet corn, tangy lime, creamy mayonnaise, chili powder and cotija cheese is a must for your summer meal repertoire. I made the recipe (you should too) and it immediately brought me back to the streets of Mexico, where I happily gnawed the day away with an elote on a stick.
So, what do you think? Do you want to try, taste, DIY or read any of these way cool things I found on the Insta?