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Winter Readings

In wintertime while nature sleeps, our mind is less prone to aimless wandering. It wanders more towards trying to see through questions that had no right time to be asked. It is so nourishing to read and give your mind a beautiful path to follow.

"There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you.... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself."
~Ruth Stout (American author, who wrote about gardening)

 

Hearing a new song or finding a new poem are simple joys that can make a difference in your day. Sometimes even inspire you to something great. Sharing discovered poems and quotes is a great joy for us. Carefully tucked into the pocket of each dress we send, is a bit of inspiration in the shape of a poem by Erin Hanson, a writer very dear to us. 

Simple pleasures can make more of an impact than we think. We just need to notice and take it all in. 

Don’t underestimate the power of a cup tea and sharing thoughts, dreams and a good book with your friends.

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

There is so much beauty in the world. We should not be afraid to enjoy it. 
This winter, our thoughts and feelings found reflection in a beautiful piece, which we’d love to share with you:

“To hear never-heard sounds, 
To see never-seen colors and shapes, 
To try to understand the imperceptible 
Power pervading the world; 
To fly and find pure ethereal substances 
That are not of matter 
But of that invisible soul pervading reality. 
To hear another soul and to whisper to another soul; 
To be a lantern in the darkness 
Or an umbrella in a stormy day; 
To feel much more than know. 
To be the eyes of an eagle, slope of a mountain; 
To be a wave understanding the influence of the moon; 
To be a tree and read the memory of the leaves; 
To be an insignificant pedestrian on the streets 
Of crazy cities watching, watching, and watching. 
To be a smile on the face of a woman 
And shine in her memory 
As a moment saved without planning.” 
Dejan Stojanovic

 

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us better. 

With love,

Son de Flor

Classic Christmas Recipes with a Vegan Twist

Classic Christmas Recipes with a Vegan Twist

In the middle of all the festive rush we would like to take your mind off one more point in your "to do" list. Or maybe just some inspiration to make your Christmas dinner a bit different this year. Who knows - this could be the start of a new family tradition! Without further ado: Classic Christmas Recipes with a Vegan Twist.

 

Mushroom and Spinach Wellington

1 puff pastry sheet

300g spinach

2 leeks, sliced

3 springs rosemary

2 garlic cloves, crushed

300g chestnut mushrooms

200 g shiitake mushrooms

olive oil - for frying

salt and pepper to taste

1 tbsp almond milk

Heat the oil in a pan, cook the leeks until softened. Add rosemary and garlic, fry for a minute and then add chopped mushrooms and fry until softened. Stir in the spinach, cook until wilted. Crumble chestnuts in. Leave the mixture to cool down.

Preheat the oven to 200. Lay the puff pastry sheet on a baking paper. tip the cooled mixture in the middle, mould into a log shape. Cut 2cm stripes on the pastry from both sides and make a braid. If there is any pastry leftover, cut some leaves to decorate your wellington. Glaze everything with almond milk. Bake for 30 minutes until the pastry is golden.

Enjoy with some gorgeous roasted vegetables!

 

Mince Pie Christmas tree

What can be better than edible Christmas tree with home made mincemeat! Here’s what you will need:

1 orange zest and juice

1 apple (use 2 if small!)

1 pear (use 2 if small!)

500g mixed berries (raisins, sultanas, currants, cranberries)

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp mixed spice

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp ground ginger

150 g brown sugar

50g brandy

Peel apples and pears and grate. Mix all the ingredients except of brandy, transfer to an oven safe tray, cover with aluminum foil and leave in the oven to warm for around 90min. After taking out, leave to cool and mix in brandy. Transfer mincemeat to jars and leave overnight before using!

To make the tree you will need 2 vegan puff pastry sheets, your gorgeous mincemeat, almond milk and some icing sugar if You want some “snow" on your tree. Here’s how you make it happen:

Cut 2 even triangles from the puff pastry, 2 even little rectangles for the stem and 2 even stars for the top. Lay one triangle, star and rectangle (attach them to the main “body”) on a baking paper and spread mincemeat on it. 

Put the second triangle, star and rectangle on top of spread mincemeat and press to make the filling even. Start cutting 2cm thick stripes leaving a tree stem in the middle. 

Once you have the stripes all the way to the top, start twisting them to spirals - careful with the mincemeat!! 

That’s it, if you finished twisting all the stripes, you should have your tree now! Just cut few stars from the leftover pastry, press them on the tree stem, brush everything with some almond milk, move to a baking tray and bake for 30 mins at 200 until the pastry is golden.

After the oven, leave the tree to cool down. 

Enjoy with tea or some egg nog!!

And at last but definitely not least the Egg Nog

Festive Egg Nog

600ml non-dairy milk

200ml tinned coconut milk

50g cashews, soaked overnight and drained

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1tbsp maple syrup

1tsp freshly grated nutmeg

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp turmeric

100 ml spiced rum - optional 

All You need to do is to blend all the ingredients in a high speed blender and process until very smooth. Enjoy this creamy goodness alongside with desserts or make it boozy by adding 100ml spiced rum!

 In the kitchen and while setting up the dinning table Chefs we accompanied by charming Son de Flor linen items.

 

Thank you Juste and Ramune for sharing these recipes with all of us!

 For weekly vegan recipes and inspiration, follow @theherbtable.

Chef is wearing the Long Sleeve Denim Smock Dress  and  Traditional Apron. The table was set using Son de Flor Home Linen items.

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