My real food reading essentials

My Real Food Reading and Cookbook Essentials

”People always ask me what I eat to cheat, and this is just such a weird concept for me.  I don’t negotiate with myself over food anymore.  I thoroughly enjoy eating real food and it almost feels like the strangest, nonsensible thing to eat nasty food and then feel empowered by it.”

Ine Reynierse

Whenever we see a challenge ahead, it always makes a difference when we’re surrounded by people who inspire us. Their struggles, both their successes and their failures and the way they deal with them can make us feel supported and allow us to go for it, to grow ourselves.

Here are the resources that challenged my way of thinking about food and eating. These have inspired me towards change and they’ve brought a lot of exciting new ideas and a variety of recipes to my dining table.


Michael Pollan

I love his witty texts with a scientific approach to food-related issues. The key points he highlights and deals with in his book In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto inspired me to reassess my relationship with food and, inded, do better.


Ine Reynierse – Low Carb is Lekker

I would have probably given up on the low-carb lifestyle before I even got the chance to see its benefits if it were not for this book. I came across Low Carb is Lekker by accident and what called my attention was the quote that I’ve placed at the beginning of this post. There it was, what I had been thinking and feeling, put into words. The comment continues: ”I eat mindfully, trying to keep hormones happy, hunger at bay and cravings on the side of non-existent. Also, I live by the principle of creative ‘decarbing’ . If I miss it and it is worth it, I need to ‘decarb’ it so I can mindfully enjoy it!  (I know it does not sound quite normal, but this is my personal little strategy of feeling completely content.)”


Sarah Britton – My New Roots

My New Roots is a blog where I see posts that always combine personal insight with valuable information about ingredients, their health benefits and the best ways to use them. I find her posts sincere and authentic as she shares how she goes through the constant process of change and adaptation. Her recipes are not only colourful and exciting but also nutrient dense. 


Megan May and Little Birds Organics

I only found about Megan when I visited her cafe in Auckland. The delicious food served there was what instantly won me over and I’ve been wanting to go back ever since. When I saw a couple of cookbooks on this cafe’s shelves, I didn’t hesitate to get them both and bring them back home. What I loved was the amazing and inventive vegan recipes and her focus on the preparation to achieve not only great taste but also the healthiest benefits.

 image no. 3  from My New Roots web

all the rest of the images are photos of original books’ covers 

photographed by Mili


Rescuing meticulous artisan work: Accessories by Andres Gallardo 

Rescuing meticulous artisan work: Accessories by Andres Gallardo  

“Our selected run productions and unique pieces series are handcrafted in collaboration with Spanish and Portuguese artisans, recovering traditional production methods to combine fine materials with contemporary aesthetics through an artisanal process based on high quality standards. As this decorative style has become unpopular the women sculptors and workshops are diminishing in quantity. We take pride in rescuing such a delicate and meticulous artisanal process.”   

Andres Gallardo

I first saw Andres Gallardo designs in a fashion magazine. I loved the ABC Series and decided to buy one for myself. Since I was visiting Madrid, I went to the workshop/studio to get my necklace. Over there I found much more beyond the ABC necklaces and, what’s more important, I got a chance to speak directly to the people involved in this brand design and production.

I love the way in which sustainability together with a conscious approach is embedded in these designs. Not only are they just beautiful, they actually give a contemporary look to traditional materials like ceramics and leather.

What truly stands out here, in my opinion, is the celebration of artisan production: the making of which involves local artisans and their traditional techniques and skills. This gives a unique quality and sustainability to their pieces.

I personally identified with the way their designs and business emerged, as I often have a similar approach when it comes to using (rescuing) what is available to give it a new life. In the resources below, I’ve included the video that tells how this brand design started out and how it came to be the production that they are today.

images found at Andres Gallardo official web site and Google Image Search

Here are the links to two videos where the founders of Andres Gallardo speak about the birth of their brand, their philosophy and their work process.


From Waste to Wonder - Designs by Pepe Heycoop

From Waste to Wonder: Designs by Pepe Heykoop

”I work with leftover material a lot, not only because I like it, but as well because I feel the urge to review the way we make use of our resources and materials given by this planet. Creative thinking can lead to new discoveries that will give shape to our future, both physically and mentally.”

Pepe Heykoop

I first encountered Pepe Heykoop’s work in a gallery store in Berlin where I saw his Paper Vase Covers. I thought they were both beautiful and ingenious products: paper covers that turn any glass or bottle into a vase. While looking for more information about these vases, I found out that there was much more to them than meets the eye. An additional quality, one that is especially compelling to me, is that their production creates a positive social impact by empowering people and offering them a way out of poverty. Each vase is produced through the Tiny Miracles foundation which, as stated in their mission, “enables local communities to create their own sustainable livelihood through the manufacturing of Dutch design.”

All this triggered my curiosity even further, I wanted to find out more about this designer. I ended up on his website where I found many interesting ideas and products.

What resonated with me immediately was his philosophy ‘From Waste to Wonder’ since I myself have been very keen on adopting a similar approach in my life and in my creative thinking. Pepe’s ‘From Waste to Wonder’ mission is about working with available wasted materials and pieces and ‘elevating’ them into something useful and beautiful. 

If the interesting, creative trends that this artist sets through his designs haven’t made you browse off to his web already, I have added below a few more photos of his work, those that appealed to me the most. Since each project has not only a unique design but a really interesting concept and story behind, I recommend exploring Pepe’s web for more photos and project descriptions.  

Beyond its aesthetics, I loved the inherent social aspect, its sustainability and the conscious approach of Pepe Heykoop’s creative endeavors. I wish you will do too.

all images found at Pepe Heykoop’s official website 

photographed by Annemarijne Bax

Here is the link for Pepe Heykoop’s website where you can see more of his designs and projects:

If you liked the images, you can find more info about the photographer at Annemarijne Bax Photography’s website:


Guest post : INSANITY by Nenad Petrovic

Insanity: guest post by Nenad Petrovic

I loved how Nenad wrote about love and how he was allergic to the pathetic. I often have this icky feeling he mentioned in his post whenever I see these pathectic outburst around. 

Don’t get me wrong, I do believe in fairy tales. Just not in the fairy tales that we were told by our parents, the Grimm brothers or Hollywood productions, or in the ones served to us by social media and advertisement. I believe we are all responsible not only for choosing our own fairy tale but also for creating it for ourselves, living it and believing in it. Even when it’s completely different from what is commonly considered to be a fairy tale.  

I’m still wondering what it is in our nature that draws us into embracing bad patterns and models or buying into the pathetic and the habits of consumerism that embody it. Thus I will never understand that insanity required to celebrate this and will probably many times as a consequence, like Nenad does, feel insane myself. And, like him, I will stumble and fall… and then move on because life is only worth it when you are courageous and you are actually there living it.



by Nenad Petrovic

I hope that God will forgive me for all this and I hope that you will forgive me too.

There is one thing that I’m severely allergic to and that is the pathetic.

Don’t get me wrong, this allergy is neither due to my own vanity nor to my inability to accept the modern day reality of romantic relationships. This bad reaction has a mere medical nature. This is a very rare illness.

 It’s all about my stomach. The cramps and the rolling of the stomach that certain pathetic outbursts make me experience cannot be compared to even the worst symptoms of food poisoning. Suffering through a spoiled cheap pâté that I once had experienced was nothing compared to the effects that the pathetic has on me. That’s why I fear it and that’s why I try to keep away from it.

Unfortunately, the pathetic is ever-present and we cannot escape it. And you know that. It’s common profiles on social networks, cropped pictures of arms and legs or, the most popular, pictures of food or drinks had together. All these, suddenly there to enlighten us on that harmonic pathetic relationship.

It’s horrifying, don’t you think so?

I’m afraid that the pathetic might sadly color something that I really love. Something like books or movies, or you. I’d say it would be easy to deal with the first two. I would condemn the people behind them, knowing that they sold themselves to the masses. But what about you? What could I do when it came to you?

Having gone through a lot of struggles in life, I never had the chance to experience that famous “butterflies in your stomach” feeling. The one which, according to teenage magazines, is proof that you are in love. In fact, if you were still unsure as to whether to become intimate with your new partner, this butterfly diagnosis would point to the right answer: of course, just do it.

My stomach and eye rolling, the inevitable sign of my illness, has often made me come across as a monster – unable to show emotion the way it’s supposed to be done. I have become cold, careful and stingy with words. At times, I’ve been labeled as insensitive, arrogant and even rude.

Don’t think that I’m happy or proud of that. It actually makes me feel really sad.

 So, darling, you will never hear from me that today you are prettier than yesterday. That would mean that yesterday you were not pretty, or that you were not pretty enough. If you are beautiful, then you are so always. Regardless of your hair, be it styled or messy. No matter if you just woke up or if you’re already wearing make-up. I don’t see your beauty in the mirror, as you do – I assemble it from all those small things that you do, say, think

Unfortunately, I will never tell you that you are the most beautiful woman I’ve ever met, even though I will probably think so many times. If I did say it, it would lose its sense and sincerity and it would sound as cheap flattery. So, if you agree, I’d rather keep this to myself. I think that this way I will love you more and you will see it if you are keen enough to notice. Then, instead of just words you will get hundreds and thousands of kisses. Seems like a great trade off, doesn’t it?

And this is not where it ends. This weird illness had caused a bunch of other problems. I have lost faith in popular holidays and began to disregard them. Even most important ones, such as Valentine’s Day. St Valentine: the most important saint of them all. 

So, on this loving day, instead of dragging a huge teddy bear through public transportation (collaterally earning the liking of fellow female commuters), what I am doing is sitting in a tavern, drinking wine and thinking what everything would be like if I was just a bit different, or just normal.

And I’m wondering: is it me, you or the bear?

I think it’s the bear, whose fake fur makes me feel itchy all over any time I see it. 

Sometimes I think about how thrilled a child would be to get such a nice disheveled friend. I promise, next time I see an enamored fool, I will give him a slap on the back, take the bear away and give it to a child. A child, who surely needs it more than a 30-year-old lazybones. I believe the bear would agree on it, if anyone would ever ask.

Since I haven’t posted all these numerous concerns on my Facebook status, there would be no way for you to see them, so you wouldn’t know how I feel and so you could probably argue that I know nothing about love.

And it is true.

You are right.

I never knew how to control love and I never tried to do so. I have stumbled and I have fallen thousands of times in traps of my own making. I have lost in the games that I had myself created where I would wake up with my hands tied, frozen and abandoned. In spite of all that, I would always rise up again, shake the snow off and proudly move forward.

Yes, I would be proud. Because that fall would show me that even then I was human, vulnerable and imperfect, exactly as I had always aspired to be.

Proud that I stood up. By myself.

Proud that I’ve stepped forward. Because I have faith. That I will meet you.

So don’t tell me that you’ve suffered or that all men are evil and you are all so good. No one is purely good. Some are just better than others. We all have flaws. Some of which are so dear to me that not only did I not try to get rid of them over the years – I actually became, in all my insanity, proud of them. 

Anyways, who knows anything today?

Everything is upside down and we can do little about it.

So, darling, let’s not try to understand the world. We would never be able to achieve that. Let’s just continue to spite it and to refuse all the nonsense it’s tempting us with. Let’s not accept the models of happiness of others, let’s make our own.

Let’s do things differently, in our own way. If we want to, we can succeed and we can be ourselves. We wouldn’t be bothered about what other people think.

And let them say that we don’t love each other enough and that we are terribly boring.

Let them feel sorry for us and make fun of us.

I would never exchange a second of our happiness for a year of theirs.

And if after all you ask me

Have I gone insane –

I’ll reply


Photo by Mili

Insanity story written by Nenad Petrovic





Welcome to my new web page and blog

Welcome to my new web page where I share the content that emerges through my creative work and my efforts to maintain a sustainable lifestyle. I hope the blog will inspire you to take ownership of your own life & style choices. I believe that if we all make small steps towards more sustainable and meaningful lives, together we can achieve a better and less contaminated environment.

I started this journey some time ago, amazed by the many incredible people and ideas I found on the web, wishing to make a creative and inspiring virtual space of my own. What I built then was meant to be my own version of a fashion and accessories blog.

Yet, I wasn’t “happy” with what I had created. My main aim was to share styles that included original and handmade fashion pieces. I intended to promote different brands beyond what was overly advertised and I wanted to include ideas and suggestions of my own. Only after I started blogging did I realize how unsustainable my endeavor was going to be. Also, I thought about how unrealistic it would be for the average person to actually follow a fashion blogger lifestyle. I found myself generating OUTFIT posts that didn’t really seem meaningful to me. At the same time, I was buying and collecting items that I didn’t give much use to, even though I loved them. My blog, which was meant to be different, turned out to be just another fashion blog in the end.

As a result, I reassessed my approach and reclaimed my personal values. I brought my lifestyle and behavior in line with the things that truly matter to me, and I decided to change the focus of my blog. I can still share ideas and products, but I don’t have to own them or wear them all. I can still encourage people to shop less or make smarter choices when shopping, but I can also give them ideas on how to experiment, improvise and achieve more with what they already have.

Rather than searching for a style, I am striving to curate my life. 

photo by Carlos Kesgo

necklace by Norma Rinaudo