Rustic French Toast with Roasted Raspberries and Almond Ricotta

July 9, 2014

Rustic French Toast with Roasted Raspberries and Almond Ricotta

Rustic French Toast with Roasted Raspberries and Almond Ricotta

Are you drooling with that animated gif of raspberries getting a maple shower? I know you are!

Hey I made you breakfast! I know, aren’t I a good friend? And since this glorious season we all love (cue: summer) is in full swing, I thought it would be great if I used MASSIVE amounts of fresh local raspberries, ’cause ya know, when life gives you raspberries, you roast them!

Also, I so happened to have made my very first batch of almond ricotta “cheese”. to be honest there are some things (like these shortcakes) that cannot be substituted, but some others are totally doable! In here I’ll show ya how to make your very own dairy-free version of ricotta (with a citrus twist!).

Basically, I decided to make this rustic (rustic because it uses crusty french baguette) french toast smothered with the goodies seen above to celebrate the season of sunshine. Let’s make it!

Get the full recipe after the jump!

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The New Artful Desperado Branding

July 8, 2014

Artful Desperado Branding

oh hey hey hey! what’s good?! well, nothing much other than I JUST REBRANDED THE BLOG! oh heck to the yes!! *twerk twerk twerk* basically i got a cyber facelift but without any puffy scars or my-face-looks-like-a-muppet tragedies. it’s been long coming and it’s finally here!

so now that i am posting more food (which, as you probably know, is totally my jam) i felt i needed more space. the previous template felt like a tiny little kitchen where you knock everything off everytime you turn around. also, the art and interiors needed space! in short: i needed a gallery. hence the new look.

vancouver super star designer Alicia Carvalho took on the task of rebranding this virtual house of mine. below you can see the mood board that inspired it all.

Artful Desperado Branding

i said bu-bye to yellow hues and hello to minty fresh green accents. we also opened the door to welcome a new playful graphic pattern, all topped with a few pops of watercolour lettering (get it? food, design, and art!).

in this new format there are no more sidebars cluttering the content, and the categories are more organized, including a new recipe box.

artful desperado branding

also my twitter and facebook pages got their dusting of rebranding.

OH! and most importantly, i dropped “the” from my name and it’s simply artful desperado (though facebook is being a bitch and can’t change it). as you see the posts now are quite big and the latest content has been formatted for this new template, though you will see some older posts with smaller images – just pretend they’re big too.

i’m super happy with this fresh new look which will make food, art, and design look better than ever. hope you like the changes too!

resources
- designer: alicia carvalho
- remixed template: blog milk (these gals are super helpful!)

Art by Patricia Treib

July 7, 2014

Art by Patricia Treib

Art by Patricia Treib

Art by Patricia Treib

Art by Patricia Treib

Patricia Treib creates paintings that remind me of sweet summer sorbets, right? The colours and lightness of the paintings definitely set the mood for a cheerful hot season.

Here in Vancouver the weather has been kinda all over the place, one day it feels like the best summer ever, then the next it’s cold as hell, and on the next one it rains. All these dramatic weather fluctuations come with a pretty prize – the sight of flower petals being carried down the street by little streams of water. In fact, those mushy colourful petals on the sidewalk remind me of beautiful paintings like these.

Check out Patricia’s latest work and exhibition in NYC over here.

Textile Design by Suprême Bon Ton

July 4, 2014

Textile Design by Suprême Bon Ton

Textile Design by Suprême Bon Ton

Textile Design by Suprême Bon Ton

Textile Design by Suprême Bon Ton

Textile Design by Suprême Bon Ton

Textile Design by Suprême Bon Ton

Textile Design by Suprême Bon Ton

What’s the best way to end the week? With radical textile design? Why yes! And thanks to Suprême Bon Ton we can all have a joyful Friday full of pretty silk scarves.

Suprême Bon Ton is a French design studio that specializes in precious (and I say precious ’cause these things are like gems!) silk scarves with unique patterns. Each scarf is delivered in a – quote – lovely box. I mean, they are already lovely enough, so anything else on top of that is icing on the cake.

If you want to wrap your stylish neck with one of these beauties, then run to their fancy online shop to snatch one.

Spaces by Frankie Magazine

July 2, 2014

Spaces by Frankie Magazine

257 pages of pure Australian interior eye candy, that’s what the second volume of Spaces by Frankie Magazine is all about.

Take a peek right in here!

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