July Love&Inspiration

Chanterelles | my blue&white kitchen

There has been so much going on on the Internet lately. So much to get inspired and excited about. For a brief moment I actually considered to shorten this list as it looked sooo long but then I thought it would be unfair to keep you in the dark.

My vacation ended last week, so I definitely need some awesomeness in my life to keep me going (please don't hesitate to share your favorites on the comments below!). Hope you enjoy these links as much as I do.

» Lychee & Rose Boba with Pistachio Jelly – the words, the photos, the pictures, everything (more of the exciting blogger hangout can be seen here on The Bojon Gourmet)

» Valentina of Hortus Cuisine is talking about her approach on food photography. Fascinating. Also, browse the blog for more inspiring interviews!

» S'meaches!

» I love Laura's everyday meals, like these grilled sweet potato + black bean burrito bowls. Also, I made roasted vegetable + quinoa tacos inspired by her recipe. So good! You should also read this interview.

» Noodles! *slurp*

» Summer Squash Soup – such a beautifully written post and gorgeous pictures

» Two women gardening in a township just outside of Cape Town. Inspiring.

» These Sour Cherry Popsicles from The Tart Tart look so dramatic and refreshing!

» I've been a huge admirer of Nathalie and Matilda of Babes in Boyland, and I just love their new series where they visit people's summer cottages. Summer cottages are a huge part of our Nordic culture and they reflect so much of our hearts. Summer cottages aren't grand and fancy, quite the opposite actually. It's a back to the nature, back to the basics kind of thing. Most cottages don't have running water or flush toilets – you have an outhouse, you have a sauna, and most often a lake or the wide open sea. Some don't even have electricity. Summer cottages offer such a wonderful contrast to the hectic city life. For most Scandis, it's the most sacred place they know. It's a love affair, really.

» Need to throw a dumpling party.

» How have I never heard of lavender extract before? A great guide on how to make lavender extract at home.

» In love with Mazama

» Two Red Bowls' and my name is yeh's jointed post. Epic.

» This Montréal-based blog

» Why you have to refrigerate eggs in the U.S. but not in Europe

» Cocktail hour galore – Cucumber Mint Gimlets & Blueberry Mojitos. Also, we shouldn't forget these Balsamic-Roasted Strawberry Margaritas with local strawberries still available.

» Samuji

» I've been reminded to finally make the beer can chicken I've been dreaming about for way too long.

» This sweet cherry pie. And these blackberry meringues. Oh and what about grilled cherry milkshakes?

» Sneh is the creative mind behind the award-winning, Sydney-based food blog Cook Republic. This post about her kitchen renovation made me gasp for air. The before and after pictures are just mind-blowing.

» Going to make Beth's Blueberry, Buttermilk, & Rosemary Brown Butter Cake this weekend with berries from our forest.

» I think I have a crush on the Berlin-based food blog Our Food Stories and their summer cakes, such as Mini Frozen Yogurt Cakes and their Iced Gooseberry Cake

» The most empowering story I've ever heard. If you click on just one link in this post, let it be this one.

» For breakfast I would love to have Iced Coffee and Lemon, Ricotta, & Chia Seed Waffles

» Carey of Reclaiming Provincial is back!!! *happydance*

» Heidi Swanson's blog 101 Cookbooks was one of the first food blogs I started to follow yeeeeears ago. I cook from both her books, Super Natural Cooking and Super Natural Every Day, on a regular basis and her blog still inspires me tremendously. Just look at this Lemongrass Miso Soup! *gasp*

Wishing you all a wonderful August!

It's the last summer month here in the north and I've decided
to make the most of it including grill and crayfish parties
as well as late night swims.