ART/ROOM 05

ART/ROOM / LYOZIN MICHAEL x STYLE AT HOME / tahsin, the good

peach, pink, black, cream.

if i had things my way, my whole house would revolve around these colours. they are bright, fun and not overly girly. right? i said not overly. and whatever man, three girls out of four people means we get final say! haha. sorry mase.

this art is gorgeous. the colours are on point. and to me, that’s a huge part of what makes art good. your strokes may be genius and done just so, but if your colours are off, then sorry chief. you do not get a pass from me. which is the funny thing about art. what may look appealing and incite a wowowowow to my eyes, may totally turn you off.

beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right?

anyway, this is a mixed media piece by russian artist lyozin michael and i really love it.

this space is styled to perfection, perhaps too perfect for me. but it’s nice aspiration/inspiration. i have always wanted open shelving, but never thought it practical with all that cooking splatter. it’s really nice though. perfect for little vignettes and displaying art and well designed items. and obviously all that white. drool on the face.

credits / art : lyozin michael / space : photography by donna griffith, styling by tara ballantyne for style at home

art/room is my pairing of a space with artwork that would look good in it. i have always dreamed of curating peoples homes with artworks and findings, so this is my place to play a little.

 

 

 

IT’S ALL GOING TO BE OK

IT'S ALL GOING TO BE OK / THE DAWN HAS COME / tahsin, the good

إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ

it’s been a just over week since a lamp dimmed in this world and started her journey into the next.

my friend nish was a beautiful soul. a dynamo daughter, sister, wife, mother, teacher, and friend to so many. who three years ago got hit with heartbreaking news of cancer running through her body. since then she’s been fighting the good fight, doing whatever it took to “win” this.

she was a good one. a really good one.

and it’s unfair and upsetting and unsettling to think about all that she has left behind and all that could have been, but the silver lining here is that she’s home. so… it’s ok.

IT'S-OKEVERY SOULD SHALL TASTE DEATH / tahsin, the good

right? they say the moment you are born is the first step in your journey to death. because that’s where we are all headed. to be enveloped in Gods presence more so than now.

home.

and at first it made me so sad to think she was not ready or willing to die; she just wanted to fight to be here with her boys. with her family.  talking with my own friends and family, as one needs to do at times like these, opened my eyes to something else. now, i think, when death happens, there is an enlightenment that goes on and you see the bigger picture and you want nothing else but that. i don’t know. and i guess i’ll never really know until it happens to me, but for now, that’s comforting. and something to have faith in.

rest in peace nish. you will be so so missed. see you insha’allah on the other side.

x

ps. please please please do your part in this. register yourself to be a donor, get swabbed, and maybe possibly save a life like the beautiful one we just lost. click here for more info and to order your swab kit online, but i’m telling you it takes almost none of your time and is painless and could yield huge rewards. one match is also running a donor drive at hillcrest mall in richmond hill this saturday november 1st from 10-1pm if you want to come out and do this in person.

x

SHORT HAIR DON’T CARE

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i’m going short. like super short. they call it a baby bob. you know, so as not to be mistaken with the lob aka the long bob. and funny enough, this is like 100 percent niyya’s hairstyle right now.

it’s been a long time coming too. just before niyya was born i did the rihanna side-shave (oh yes i did) and now that piece is the perfect length for my new look and to even things all out. and yeah, i realize that was over 18months ago – my hair grows slowly ok?

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i think its timely to do a chop now too as it’s breast cancer awareness month and i have never yet donated any of my hair. this is really the longest it has ever grown. so i’m going to do my bit and hopefully a warrior survivor queen can make good use of my locks.

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i’m taking these photos to my stylist for inspo. i’m not sure yet if i’m going to go blunt like jessie bush (pictured up top) or more choppy like yasmin sewell (brown and tousled). either way, i don’t plan on doing much with it when it is cut. this is wash and wear hair ladies.

wavy, undone, a little messy, but oh so chic.

and true, most times you wont see it – being under the toque or turban, but it will still be there. for me and i’m happy with that.

runwayandbeauty:</p><br /> <p>Jourdan Dunn outside Topshop Unique SS15, London Fashion Week.<br /><br /> Source: alixdebeer<br /><br />

x

EAT / ROASTED ZUCCHINI AND APPLE SOUP

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this is not a soup exchange soup, but i’m telling you right now, you are going to want to bookmark this.

i get inspired by what i have in my fridge.

sometimes when i cook i don’t always have a plan as to what i’m going to make and i get inspired by what i have in my fridge. or what’s lying around. the other day, this was the case.

i roasted zucchini the night prior because, well, i like to have roasted veggies around. they are great for adding into sauces for dinners or paninis for lunch. so anyway, i roasted up a bunch, with the intent of adding stock and few spices to make a soup.

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then i realized i have a whole bagful of apples from our latest field trip just sitting and waiting to be used.

so i did what i usually do when i have two random ingredients. i type them into google and see if anyone else thought to combine the flavours. like, does it exist, it is a thing. i don’t like to waste good food, so i’m not that experimental in the kitchen. only kind of…

well, lo and behold, apples and zucchini is a very common combination! with that knowledge and boost of confidence I went ahead and played with my ingredients.

the results were a creamy mix of slightly sweet full-bodied flavour.

here’s how you make this soup.

roasted zuchini and apple soup

all you need is

  • 4 zucchini
  • olive oil
  • coarse salt
  • 1 nub of butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 nub of fresh ginger, grated or minced
  • 1 apple, i used honeycrisp
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • salt and pepper to taste

and all you have to do is

  • roast zucchini. (i’ll go over this quickly, but will make a quick post about how i roast and store a variety of vegetables soon. such a simple and high impact way to add flavour to your meals.) slice the zuchini, lay on a parchment lined baking pan, drizzle with olive oil and grind some coarse salt over top. place in an oven at 350 for 45mins-1hr. you can flip or mix your batch up part of the way through or just leave them be. either way you end up with major flavour with many uses.
  • heat butter in a stock pot.
  • add in onions and ginger and sautee until onions are translucent.
  • add in the apple and continue to sautee for another 7-10 minutes or so.
  • add in the zucchini and continue to mix, mix, mix.
  • add in the stock and let it sit so that all the flavours can inufuse.
  • blend to desired consistency. i wanted a creamy soup, so i blended until there were no chunks left.
  • add salt and pepper to taste
  • serve with your favorite soup toppings such as goat cheese, pepitas, hemp seeds, sundried tomatoes or our new fave, alphabet pretzels!

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what i love about this soup is that it was so simple to make and uses seasonal produce. and obviously that it is freaking delicious. i had my oldest friend over for a playdate with our girls and it was ready in a flash and gone in about that much time too!

try it this week will ya?

x

EAT / BEET SOUP

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fall is officially here and that means more soups in our house. and now, since i had a soup exchange a few months back, there’s no shortage of recipes for me to try out. i’ll be sharing the recipes with you guys as i make them, so sit tight and get your stock pots and homemade broth ready! (ps. a post on my stock recipe is coming!)

up first, i tried my friend zehra’s beet soup. i had a surplus of this soups main ingredient suddenly in my kitchen as i was the lucky recipient of some beet carpaccio leftovers from a dinner party.

i know, fancy huh?

they were really good as they were, but i wanted to mix it up a bit and make it easy for my kids to eat as well. as you can imagine, beet carpaccio is not really their flavour!

but this soup is. just be careful when preparing and eating it. no white clothes, ok?

those beets have a mighty pigment.

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here’s a fun pic of niyya demonstrating this fact in her first foray into beet territory. she makes it look so  yum, no? 🙊

so, here is the recipe. and i promise, it’s quick and easy to make. just chop, drop and stir. well, just about.

zehra’s beet soup

all you need is…

  • 3 medium beets (about 1 pound)
  • 1 tablespoon grapseed oil
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 pound carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 6 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • freshly-ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 teaspoons sour cream (optional)

and all you have to do is…

  • under running water, peel the beets with a vegetable peeler. with a chef’s knife, cut the beets in half, then lay them flat side down and cut them into large chunks.
  • in a stock pot over medium heat, heat the oil. saute the onion until it is translucent. add the carrots, ginger, and garlic. cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • add beets, bay leaves and stock. simmer the soup, covered, for 50-60 minutes.
  • add lemon juice and zest and stir well.
  • in a food processor or blender, puree the soup in batches then stir in the salt and pepper. taste the soup, and adjust the seasonings, if you like. serve the soup hot or chilled, garnished with dollops of sour cream or feta and fresh cilantro.
  • this recipe serves 4.

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and while i planned on having this batch last me a few days for lunch, i ended up eating a few bowls throughout the day!

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what?! i really like this soup! ok?

and i think you will too. enjoy, and listen, if you end up making a batch i’m a quick phone call away. sharing is caring, right? ;)

 

PATIENCE & FAITH

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our visits to the hospital have been happy of late.

alhamdulillah.

we watch videos, eat in-season fruit, talk about life, and cheer on baby steps and big strides. yes, my father in law is doing so much better.

THANK GOD / tahsin, the good

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some may call it luck.others, the natural course of science and the body at work. but i call it a miracle. and i don’t mean to be blunt, but my father in law was on the brink.

and he came back. and i have seen my fair share of family at this point with no return, or who have suddenly passed with no explanation.

that’s God’s will.

and work at hand. He only needs to say “be”, and it is.

BE, AND IT IS / tahsin, the good

still, we were so scared. but i think hopeful and patient at the same time. is that what faith is? i’m beginning to think so.

PATIENCE + FAITH

i need to continue incorporating this into the fabric of my life.

i worry about work.

and what i’m contributing to the world. a lot. and i more often than not come down on myself for not doing enough. not bringing in enough. not living up to my abilities enough. and then that leads me to question the effects this will have on my kids. and there begins the dance.

and i know that that is not a good way to be. not the routine i want to be in.

so i’m going to remind myself that it will all be ok in the end. to have faith that He is taking care of us.

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its funny, i got an email about the concept of tawakkul, or having complete trust in God’s plan, at around this time of flux. and it’s a relieving thing, you know. when you fully give in to His will, every outcome is ok. it just has to be.

المقيت the nourisher.

الوالي the protecting friend. 

الرزاق the provider.

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but i also know that it takes work to get there. so these are my reminders and maybe they can be yours too as we’re all in this a little bit alone and lot a bit together.

x

FACE PLANTS AND FACE-GEAR

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i got myself a pair of glasses after maybe five years with my old ones (i rarely wore them. i’m more a contacts kinda girl.)

i realized if i don’t take care of my eyes by giving them a break every so often, i could lose one of my most valuable tools. and that’s not good or going to happen insha’allah.

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i always get excited when buying a new frame because i love glasses, but once the lenses are in i just don’t want to wear them anymore. my script is really high and that leads to a less than ideal look with them on.

this pair is different. they are such a classic frame, with a little edge. and the fact that they fit my abnormally small face, an issue i have had with my glasses in the past, is a huge plus! and also, now, i just don’t think it’s worth it to worry so much about how an item i require to see properly looks on my face.

I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW.

i found them in a cute boutique in playa a few months back, and the shopgirl told me johnny depp swears by this brand. haha. that didn’t sell me, but for some reason i keep telling people that little tidbit of info. lol.

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i ordered the frame online here and got my aunt to fit the lens. et voilà. my new face-gear for slow mornings, evenings and sundays!

do you wear glasses? i bet you my prescription is worse than yours!

x

ps. niyya, my thrill-seeking, daredevil-ish little rascal gave me a big scare the other night.  i had to take her in to see a doc (let’s be real, it was an er doc) for a gash she got on her lip and gums from “surfing” on, and taking a big wipe-out off the bed.

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SHE ACTUALLY LEARNED TO STAND THAT WAY. ON UNEASY, UNSTEADY GROUND.

she’s some kind of wonderful. lol. my cheeky little monkey. and knowing her, she probably had something in her mouth to cause extra damage. she’s a tough cookie, though. and it seems she can withstand a lot alhamdulillah. not too many tears despite the crazy amount of blood and my short-lived moments of panic, and a silly and playful attitude afterwards.

pic.

i think i’m beginning to get this whole second born/last born thing.

FUN-LOVING, AFFECTIONATE, REBELLIOUS.

i only worried and took action beyond what i could do for her at home, because the cut seemed big and, i don’t know… you never know.

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