Melon feta summer salad

by Anna
salade pasteque melon feta
What’s your favorite summer salad? Grilling cantaloupe melon with seasoned salt got me thinking and now I can add a new favorite to my list: melon feta salad. This works with one kind of melon, it’s delicious with three kinds and yet the more varieties of melon you add the more colorful (and tasty) your salad will be.
melonen salat schafskäse
Unless you are feeding a crowd it’s a great option to buy melons in halves or quarters. That’s what I did and still have leftovers. I made this first with three kinds of melon and feta plain, without any seasoning. We loved it. This time around I decided to spice things up and make a lemony coriander (cilantro) salad dressing. Ready to dig in?
fresh feta melon summer salad
Melon feta salad

1/4 water melon
1/4 honeydew melon
1/4 galia melon (a type of sugar melon)
1/2 cantaloupe
1/3 sugar melon

1 pack of feta

juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 tbs dried cilantro/coriander
1 teaspoon dried nettle
2 tbs balsamic vinegar (I used white)

First things first: I had trouble finding exact translations for some of the melon names. In your case I would not worry about buying the exact same ones, just a variety of different kids of melons. That being said, scoop put the seeds, peel and chop the melons in bite-sized cubes. I did not worry about the water melon seeds.
sommersalat melone feta
Mix the juice of half a lemon with the herbs and the vinegar. Wouldn’t fresh coriander be so much fun here?
Cube the feta and add it to the dressing.

Add the melon cubes and toss is gently in the dressing. There you go: 5-kinds-of-melon salad with greek cheese!
melon feta salad
Did you notice, melon and lemon have the same letters in different order? A couple of times I wanted to write the name of the other fruit. But now it’s all in order… Enjoy your melon lemon salad..!

Baltic Sea – Usedom

by Anna
Möwe Mario
I thought I was back on track with blogging… But life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans. Nevertheless I managed to spend almost three days at the coast.
Usedom strandaufgang
Zinnowitz, island Usedom
Smooth sand
Endless pier
Small patches of fir forest
Always a breeze
Breathtaking sunsets
Stunning mansions
Walking everywhere

Those paths from the promenade through the fir trees – or hedges, as seen above – to the beach – this is where I leave all my worries behind!
Baltic Sea Beach

Stock taking

by Anna
I loved the concept of this kind of post when I first saw it here and felt inspired to do my own stock taking post when I read this awesome blog post idea round-up on sunday morning. I will stay within my blog’s themes – DIY, handmade fashion and home made food – will still giving you a little bit of insight in my life/mind/heart.
sewing button holes on yet another dress
mending a rainbow colored dress for my sweet little cousin
ripping apart my favorite bag to remake it
knitting still this sweater (been on a long hiatus)
drafting the perfect handbag (I am all about bags right now)

crafting (non-fashion related) nothing (!)
gathering supplies to make a paint box purse
preparing to soon make my own espadrilles, there is a design contest on Burda!
painting dots on leggins using Q-Tips could have used Hettys Oropax method as well
loving the idea of making a macrame waistcoat

cooking basic and with lots of rocket salad
baking savory scones with fresh herbs Gourmet Guerillas way
baking sweet honey thyme tarte as inspired by this
mixing a dairy-free version of “Solero”
eating too many cookies
drinking Rotling wine by Eckes Wallhausen and “Caipi Espanol” à la Moccaklatsch and lots of Chai tea

writing a presentation on the phenomenon of FLOW on the typewriter I just bought so cheap – just kidding
reading a lot of books again lately, currently Der Glückbringer found at the library booksale
listening to George Ezra (and to the rain – isn’t it supposed to be summer?)
planning a move
going on a trip to the Baltic Sea for three days tomorrow and to the Netherlands for a weekend in July
Here at Meet my at Mikes is a list by Pip with prompts for taking stock posts – so much fun!

4 ingredient creamy cheese sauce sans lactose

by Anna
four ingredient pasta sauce
I am pretty traditional when it comes to pasta sauce: All I need are tomatoes, onion and some herbs. Makes me happy every time. A couple of weeks ago when my fridge did not provide any fresh ingredients anymore, and there were no canned tomatoes either, I rocked what I got. And it was awesome. All I had was one 250 ml pack oat cream, three slices of lactose-free herb cheese, and lots of basil. Pepper is usually always on my cupboard. But just so you know, you’ll need lots of black pepper, too.
basil pepper lactose-free cheese sauce
Creamy cheese sauce
250 ml oat cream
3-5 slices herb cheese (lactose-free) I use Le coq de France by Aldi
two handful of basil
lots of ground black pepper

pasta or gnocchi

Heat the oat cream gently. Tear apart the cheese and add it. Pepper. Let it simmer for a while and stir to prevent it from sticking to the pot.

Cook the noodles or add pre-cooked gnocchi to the mix. Add more pepper. Let simmer.

Pepper some more. Seriously. Taste. Might need even more pepper. Add the basil leaves. Yum.
creamy cheese sauce
It’s kind of funny that the sauce, the thing I am talking about in this post, hardly shows in the pictures. Yet it’s there, I promise! Also, while it looks pretty in the photos, better serve this with another kind of lettuce than rocket. It takes away from the cheese and pepper taste. And speaking from experience: The sauce is even better served with gnocchi… Enjoy!

You’ve got a thing on your head

by Anna
diy fascinator

This is a post about happy and incredibly sad.

I took these photos the night before my grandma passed away. Somehow I knew it would happen the next day and still I wanted to take these pictures. I am dedicating this post to Oma “Hilde, die Wilde”, who would have never been seen in public with her hair not properly groomed. Oma, who was quiet around other people but loved to discuss (and argue about) politics in the family. Oma who always told me “Alt und grau kannst du werden, aber nicht frech!” (“You are allowed to grow old and grey, but don’t get naugty!”)

You will always be my rolemodel when it comes to cooking and baking, Oma loved to care for her family and spoiled us rotten with her Plinsen, Spinach-Pea-Casserole and veggie-millet-dish, her beloved mocha-cream-gateau and the orange-cream-gateau. You will remain in my heart forever, Oma, and you’ll always be at my side in the kitchen.
paper fascinator
During the winter I made a vintage pattern dress (not yet posted here) that practially screamed to be worn at a wedding. I asked a couple of friends if they did not want to get married in order for me to wear the dress. Surprisingly – not really – nobody wanted to get married just so I could wear the dress.

Now I have a similar case: I made this fascinator, loosely altered from this tutorial, and now I need a nice British wedding – or any other nationality where guests are asked to wear hats to nuptials. If I did go to a German wedding wearing something on my head I would steal the brides show – unless I somehow got into aristocratic circles.

In any case I would never want to steal the bride her limelight. I remember how awkward I felt when I was advised/allowed to wear my prom dress to my uncles wedding and it was equally as eye-catching than my new aunts wedding dress. I tried to stay put in my seat all evening so nobody would notice me. That was the moment when I stopped taking advice in dressing. Oh well.
handmade headpiece fascinator diy
You wil find instructions for this headpiece over here on Polka Dot Chair

I changed the supplies some, here is what I used: a hairband, 4 sheets of tissue paper, a piece of thin satin ribbon, a meter of green lace ribbon

Here on Nesting in the Bluegrass is the tutorial to make the paper flower – sooo easy! Then I basically folded my lace ribbon to the size I liked and and tied everything together. That means I tied the ribbon around the middle part of the flower, tucket the folded lace ribbon underneath and tied it all to the headband. No glue needed.

Now, can somebody please get married so I can wear both the dress and this headpiece? Thanks!

Baked rhubarb cocoa muesli

by Anna
vegan rhubarb chocolate muesli granola
Rhubarb season is coming to an end! I think I made good use of it with making rhubarb jelly again and sharing vegan rhubarb scones and coconut rhubarb cupcakes here on modewaerts. Rhubarb you will be missed dearly and the only thing that makes it easier to say “see you next year” is the fact, that strawberry season is in full swing!

I am planning on using the last stalks of rhubarb for a sorbet with strawberries mixed in as well. I had made a sorbet of these two before and then it was gone before I took a single photo. Same happened to the rhubarb liqueur…
baked rhubarb muesli
Baked rhubarb muesli
1 tbs coconut oil
1 pinch vanilla extract
2 tbs cocoa powder unsweetened
5 tbs agave nectar or apple nectar
250 g oats

rhababer schoko muesli
Heat coconut oil with vanilla and stir in cocoa powder and sweetener. Add the oats, turn off the heat and stir well. Chop the stalks of rhubarb and mix the pieces into the oats. Bake at 150 C for 30 minutes to an hour or until the rhubarb pieces have dried out. Then turn off the oven and let the muesli cool down with and inside the oven. Use within the week.
rhababer muesli
This is a rather tart muesli, but sour makes happy, funny, or at least awake, no?

My summer must do list

by Anna
allee Kopie
Summer’s here! There is no way to deny that my favorite time of year has finally arrived, we had temperatures hit the magic (to me) 30° mark (not yet 90F), there were damaging yet beautiful to look at thunderstorms and booths with local strawberries have poped up by grocery stores and next to strawberry fields in the middle of nowhere.

Among the countless things to look forward to in summer, I will just highlight those that I absolutely want to do during this season of warmth and outdoor activities. Some I have already enjoyed…

spend an afternoon at the public pools

picnics, BBQs and try grilling cantaloupe melon with seasoned salt

open air movies

pick strawberries in a field

wear handmade sun dresses like the one above that Hetty made

after work swimming

enjoy sidewalk cafés

sell and shop at fleamarkets

visit my friends’ new house and go to nearby the beach

make caramelized tomatoes and aubergine appetizers

go swimming in a lake

enjoy family time in my parents’ garden

walk barefoot

make dairy-free icecream

hang out outdoors (in a handmade loose top above)

enjoy the sun

read a book in the shade

watch the sunset

sit on the patio at night looking at the stars

drink cucumber vodka-de and other summer goodies

Simple pleasures, simply summer! What’s your favorite summer pastime?

Statement neckline top – easy to sew

by Anna
statement blouse top chemise diy sew
What do you say when I tell you I have a easy peasy to sew loose top for you! And you will construct the pattern by yourself, too! (This is the point where I as a reader suck in my breath through clenched teeth.) But relax! Take a deep breath because this top really is a breeze. The shape is basically a rectangle with some modifications. Anybody can draw a rectangle! With the help of a ruler and a measuring tape you will get there!

The pattern is for a loose German size 40, which would be a US 12. Since it’s oversize, it will fit bigger sizes as well as smaller ones. Feel free to adjust or simply use a jersey material if you feel unsure.
easy sew loose top
supplies light- to medium-weight cotton fabric, five different colors of (medium weight) felt, matching thread, ruler, measuring tape, tailor’s chalk or pencil, fabric scissors

Step 1 Fold the fabric with the face inside. Find the middle point of the half at the raw edge and mark it. Then measure 60 cm down from there and mark. This will be the middle of the blouse and hem line. From this point using a ruler draw a straight line parallel to the raw edge. It should be 58 cm long, so 29 cm on either side of the dot you marked.
diy statement blouse easy
Step 2 From the dot measure up 50 cm: this will be the lowest point of the front neckline. Measure up another 3 cm (or from the hem line 53 cm) for the back neckline. From the first marked point at the hem line measure 13,5 cm to either side, mark. Go up 57 cm from each dot and mark. These will be the start points for the shoulder seams.

Step 3 From the lowest point of the neckline (front) measure 35 cm to each side and mark. This point is the end of the shoulder seam and upper point of the armhole. Connect with the dot we found in step 2, start of shoulder seam.

Step 4 From either end of the hem line draw a line with ruler and pencil that ends at 30 cm from the bottom. This is the side seam that ends at the lower point of the armhole. The armhole should be 20 cm. So draw a straight line down from the point we marked first in step 3 making sure it is no shorter than 20 cm. This might shorten the 30 cm line, which is ok. Draw a little curve to connect side seam and armhole if you like. Or let them meet at and angle. Either way is ok since this will be loose fitting anyway.
statement collar top
Step 5 Time to draw the neckline. We have the lowest points marked so draw a curve from the beginning of the shoulder seam to the lowest point for the back neckline.

Step 6 When I started sewing I always liked to pin my pieces to keep them together. Do so if you like and cut both layers of fabric. Now we have to exact pieces. To distinguish front and back take the upper piece where there is the dot remaining for the lower neckline. Fold the fabric in half on the imaginary middle that we created in step one. You should still have that first dot there to help you. At the neckline draw a curve from the shoulder seam starting point to the lowest point of the front neckline. Cut it while folded.

Step 7 Place front and back of fabric with the right side inside and pin shoulder and side seams. Stitch with a seam allowance of 1/2 cm (1/4 inch). In case you are unsure: A slightly bigger seam allowance won’t give you a much smaller top. Try it on after you finished those seams. You can easily make it smaller at this point by using a bigger seam allowance and cropping the leftover fabric. Press open the seams.

Step 8 Hem. I just used the hemming foot of my sewing machine which makes the tiniest, cutest hem. You could also fold in (a tiny bit and doubled), press and stitch. Either way works. There you have a loose blouse!
felt applications diy top
Step 9 Using bottle caps and small glasses draw cicles in different sizes on felt. I have five colors of felt and four sizes of lopsided circles… I cut about 30 circles and ended up using 26 of them. Arrange the circles on the front of the top. Either with spaces in between them or with circles touching, however you like. Take your time. I let mine sit overnight, rearranged in the morning, made some circles smaller and adapted it another time after work until I was happy.

Step 10 Pin the felt circles. Chose a thread that matches the overall appearance of the blouse but contrasts some of the felt circles. Start to stitch at the neckline. Make sure to only stitch on side of the fabric!!! You still want to be able to wear your garment… Secure at the top and sew a straight line down so all circles in one strand will be fixed to the fabric. I thought it was fun to end some seams in the middle of the last circle and have some go further down. Fix all strands of felt circles. There it is your statement top!

Comment or e-mail me with questions and see my page for infos!

Can you tell I am still getting used to taking my own picture with the camera timer? Also autofocus is kaputt… ~Anna~

Salmon Asparagus Quiche

by Anna
spargel lachs quiche
Isn’t it great to combine two favorite foods? It’s sort of like creating a super favorite food. Or something like it. In my case it’s asparagus – hey, first asparagus idea of the season! – and quiche. I’ve mentioned it before: quiche or tarte aux légumes is a comfort food of mine. As is basically everything that comes out of the oven. Maybe it has something to do with the warmth of the oven as well?

Anyway, I just recently discovered how well salmon and asparagus taste together. From there, and with a road trip on my mind, it was not hard to get to the idea of a salmon asparagus quiche. So here it goes…
salmon asparagus quiche
Salmon Asparagus Quiche with a bearnaise style sauce
1 kg white asparagus
300g salmon
3 stalks spring onion

the usual dough as explained here

sauce bearnaise style
adapted from Chefkoch
2 entire eggs
some lemon juice
3 tablespoons oat cream
1 t mustard
1 t sugar
some salt and pepper
1 tbs provencal herbs
150 g butter

Let’s start with a tip: buy peeled asparagus! In my town every booth seeling the queen of veggies does sell it peeled, too, and it’s so worth the extra charge. If you feel like peeling yourself, go ahead and do so as the first step. Blanch the stalks for 5 minutes in the steamer.
tarte legumes asperges salmon
Prepare the dough and blind-bake it for ten minutes. I like to place a piece of parchment paper on the dough in its quiche dish and cover it in beans. Bake at 200°C.

If you haven’t done so already you would meanwhile blanch the asparagus. Clean and chop the spring onions and the salmon. It’s up to you if you use the fish skin or not, I prefer without. Heat a little olive oil in a skillet and saute onions and salmon.

In a tall vessel or a blender combine two eggs, lemon juice, oat creme, mustard and sugar and blend. Heat butter and add it to the mixture while blending. Don’t be shy to season with salt, pepper and provencal herbs.
quiche asperges saumon
Remove the beans from the quiche base and lay out the asparugus stalks. You will need to cut some of them if, like me, you are using a round baking dish. Spread the salmon and onions on the asparagus and cover everything with your bearnaise style sauce. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes on 200° celsius.

For me the mustard in the sauce really did the trick. I knew beforehand that I loved the fish and veggie flavour combination but our usual go to sauce hollandaise wouldn’t do the trick in a quiche. I can even see more mustard – or different types of it – in this for all of us who like it even more savory…

Birch disk candlestick DIY

by Anna
rustic candle holders
I was the happiest girl in the world when my dad got a cut down birch tree to use as firewood. Birch trees are hardly ever taken down (in our area?) and I so love the look of the white bark. There was no question that I would incorporate them in a DIY and I instantly knew how. Candleholders they would become. Slices of birch as rustic prickets. Rustic and rough and yet somewhat elegant via thin long candles. A dream! A dream turned reality.
modewaerts table set up
Supplies birch logs (one thin, one medium), saw, drill, thin candles, regular candles
outdoor candle scene
The actual making of these candlesticks is very straight-forward. Get yourself someone to help. If that someone happens to own an electric saw, it’s a plus. Pick the pieces of birch that you want to use and with a saw cut them in disks. One person should hold the log on a device that holds it tightly, the other person cuts. My birch disks are about 3 to 4 centimeters (1 to 1 1/2 inches) thick.
three candles birch
Get the drill out and choose a drill bit that is a bit smaller than the diameter of your thin long candles. Decide on how you want the design to look. I particularly like the disk that is a little triangular. To compliment its form I chose to drill three holes for thin candles and on for a “regular” chandelier candle. Drill the holes about half an inch or one centimeter deep, think length of a trimmed fingernail. I eyeballed which worked fine.
birkenholz scheibe kerzenständer
To make holes for the normal candles, drill three holes close to another using the drill bit you used for the thin candle holes. Using a hammer and a thin gouge, empty the holes of the leftover wood. You will have to sort of cut the wood with gouge and hammer and then scrape it out. Be sure to work a roundish shape.
wood log candle holders
I love the rough surface of the birch disks, but I guess you could sand the surface if you really wanted to. Place the candles in the holes. Melting some wax and dripping it into the holes helps against wobbling. Light the candles and do not leave them unattendend. And that’s it: my first wood project. Pretty easy, huh? Enjoy!
birch single candle stick
By the way: I played forever with the photo set up, with a feeling like I was preparing a pretty little place for a date. Ha!