weekend create away


For our next little creative endeavor, let’s try to add an artsy touch to one of our favourite recipes. If you were planning on cooking something over the weekend, why not have fun and try to add a special twist to the presentation. You can choose a special plate, add a few herbs to your presentation or just add something colorful to your table setting. See if someone notices! Add some pleasure to the experience and enjoy!

Here are a few inspiration pics.


Photo by Karen Tedesco



We would love to see what you come up with! So if you feel like it, tag us on Instagram (@babasouk@marionhousebook) so we can see.  –Stephanie

1.     Via Pratis & Traverssas
2.     Via familystyle food  
3.     Via Canelle et Vanille 
4.     Via Lemon Fire Brigade 
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colour crush – blood orange


blood orange

As a child, my grandma would buy huge oranges and she would chop them up in perfect wedges for me to devour (usually in minutes). This is probably why oranges are one of my favourite fruits. The colour, texture and scent of a sweet orange brings back fond memories. - Amy

They say orange is uplifting and rejuvenating and I’d have to agree!tangerine

Are you an orange person? What shades of orange do you love?


1. via Muuto by Anderssen & Voll
2. via Williams Sonoma
3. via Behance, by Sergi Ferrando
4. via Dispatch from L.A.
5. via Upon A Fold, By Erin Jang
6. via vtwonen, photo by Jeroen van der Spek

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strawberry pavlova


My mum loves to throw dinner parties. I have fond memories growing up of her whipping up things in the kitchen. I don’t think desserts were ever her thing so she tended to stick to a few reliable favourites. In the seventies, it was pavlova. In the eighties, baked cheesecake. In the nineties, blueberry tart.

pavlova-1 To this day, I can still hear her opening the oven and exclaiming, oh the meringues worked or oh no, the meringue has collapsed. It seemed there was always something going on with the meringue which as a child I didn’t fully understand. All I remember was the sweet taste of the gooey, chewy white clouds and the layers of whip cream and berries.


Strawberry Pavlova – adapted from Jamie Oliver

For the meringue

6 large free-range egg whites

300 g sugar

1 pinch sea salt

For the pavlova

400 g fresh strawberries

200 ml whipping cream

200 ml natural yoghurt

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tsp vanilla

a few sprigs fresh mint, leaves picked

Preheat the oven to 300°F. Put your egg whites into a clean bowl and whisk them at a medium speed until they start to form nice firm peaks.

With your mixer still running, gradually add the sugar and a pinch of salt. Turn the mixer up to the highest setting and whisk for 7-8 minutes more until the meringue is white, glossy and smooth. If it feels grainy, whisk for a little bit longer, being careful not to let the meringue collapse.

Line two baking trays with baking paper. Divide the meringue mixture evenly between them and shape each blob into a circle about 20cm in diameter. Put both trays into the oven and bake for 1 hour until the meringues look slightly golden and are fluffy in the middle.

Halve or quarter the large strawberries and leave the smaller ones whole. Whip the cream with the sugar until it forms soft peaks, then stir in the yoghurt and fold in the vanilla. Spoon half the cream mixture on top of one of the meringue halves and smooth it out. Sprinkle half of your berries evenly around the cream mixture. Place the other meringue on top and press down gently to stick them together. Spread the remaining cream mixture over the top layer and sprinkle the remaining berries on top. Scatter over a few small mint leaves and enjoy!

pavlova-3It’s the perfect, light dessert for spring parties – Easter, Mother’s Day or just Sunday dinner with friends. And just wait until the fresh strawberries are in season! I’ll be making it then again, for sure.



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colour crush – indigo



If I had to choose one colour for all seasons, it would have to be indigo.  It could be deep enough for the fall and winter and cool and refreshing for spring and summer.  I love mixing it with a neutral palette and wood tones.  Just like a good pair of jeans, it’s goes with just about anything.  Have you incorporated indigo into your life?- Amy


1. via Elephant Ceramics
2. via Residence Magazine, photo by Pia Ulin
3. via The Crafts Department, Martha Stewart
4. via Wikipedia
5. via Still Stars, photo by Jeroen van der Spek
6. via Flickr, photo by Tina Negus
7. via Still Stars, photo by Jeroen van der Spek
8. via Mikkel Vang

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