Firewall to Greenwall

Firewall to  Greenwall Have you noticed the growing obsession with Green? Yes, emerald was the Pantone colour of the year last year, but that’s not quite the direction I’m going with this one. More and more the idea of ‘Green’ living is taking over. As far as I understand it, the term basically refers to being environmentally mindful of how and what we consume…not necessarily living in the forest as some kind of dreadlock wearing Hippie off the grid- although more power to you if you are one of those…literally… It seems that our busy bustling lives are giving way to the idea of getting back to nature and this is one trend that takes form both in food and design. Green juice is all the rage. Throw a whole bunch of green fruit and veg into a blender, blend and drink. Super healthy and actually tastes pretty good. Try it!

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Consuming something GREEN is one way to be healthy in body, but how about in mind and spirit? I recently did a piece entitled ‘the outdoor room’ which was all about how to bring the indoors OUT. The idea however of surrounding ourselves with nature and bringing the outdoors IN is becoming increasingly popular in design as well.

In recent years numerous experimental studies have be done which suggest a direct link to being in a natural environment and an overall feeling of well-being. Certain studies even suggest that the mere presence of nature diminishes feelings of exhaustion, something I believe we could all attest to feeling when in a natural environment.

The idea of creating an oasis among the hustle and bustle of modern city life has always been a popular notion and now even more so in the computer obsessed, gadget controlled, Instagramming, Facebooking, Twittering, and uhhhh, blogging World that we have become accustomed to. Enveloping yourself in a green cocoon really isn’t a bad way to get away and have a break from all the technology and one of the latest ways to do this is with a system called ‘Greenwall’. I must admit I do have a particular obsession with this trend and I am just waiting for the right project to come across my desk which I can throw one of the babies into. Basically a Greenwall is just that, a wall lined with plants flowers or shrubs. The Greenwall system is essentially a pallet with rows of holes designed to nest the greenery in, with spaces for watering and drainage. Image

A Greenwall not only creates a beautiful looking piece of natural artwork but also has many other benefits like air purification and insulation amongst many, if used correctly. The idea that we can use nature in our built environments to affect our wellbeing and overall mood is a very attractive concept for me as an Interior Designer. After all, that is what we seek to do when we design a space for people to live, work, eat or shop in and the Greenwall concept has applications across all of these fields.

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The most recent example of a Greenwall implementation in Israel is visible at the Isrotels’s newest resort Cramim in the Jerusalem forest. A beaut……………… To keep reading please visit  http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/firewall-to-greenwall/

 

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No Yak Penis for me.

Life can get pretty hectic, between work, socialising, cleaning the house (arghhh) and everything else in between BUT it shouldn’t get too busy for you to be enjoying delicious fresh healthy food every day, because let’s face it- life is too short to be eating S#^t!

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Perhaps we should leave the yak penis to the Chinese… I personally prefer (as Donna Hay- a renowned Aussie cook) likes to put it “fresh, fast and simple” cooking.

Over the past few years of experimenting with food and flavours and trying to find the way to my husband’s heart (who was henceforth meant to be known as Jason), I’ve come up with a few winners that are not only delicious but really quick and easy (under 20 minutes). Although Jason doesn’t eat anything that has hot tomato in it, or resembles hot tomato (which is so annoying because it’s one of the quickest easiest things to cook) he will eat it when its disguised with other flavours (go figure) – So here are a few tomato and non-tomato recipes to delight you taste buds!

I really like PASTA- I think its soul food, ok it may inflate the soul in your butt as well if you over-indulge but here it is anyway- enjoy!

Boil some thin flat pasta (use spelt pasta for a slightly healthier variation) Cut a handful of cherry tomatoes in half- add a splash of olive oil, salt, pepper chilli, garlic and pine nuts, toss in a pan for a few minutes until warmed through, drain the pasta and add to the pan- toss together add some baby spinach leaves, grate some parmesan over it and bob’s your uncle! (as the Aussies say). There you have it A delish, healthy, fresh dinner or lunch in less than 10 minutes! (if you are cooking for Jason, leave out the tomatoes) 😉

You can also leave the spinach out and add basil pesto for a little more zing (I make my own and then freeze it in small cubes ready to use) 

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Another great quick pasta dish is with peas, feta cheese, olive oil, chili and cherry tomatoes on pene same method, just add the feta at the end.(I sometimes add the ‘dorot’ herb cubes for a little more flavour.)This dish tastes great cold or then next day- take it to work as a ‘salad’ mmmm!

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I also have a few really quick and easy Asian recipes to get you going- but fear not! You don’t need a massive hot wok to cook them (like you might for fried yak penis?) a simple fry pan will do just fine.

  1. Boil some Basmati rice for 13 mins in a simmering pot (I like the Basmati bc it’s a long grain fragrant rice)
  2. Cut up some chilli, garlic and ginger (again you can use the frozen dorot cubes-very handy) and spring onion
  3. Once the rice is ready drain it and add it to a hot fry pan, toss it around a little with some soy sauce, mirin and the garlic, chili and ginger.
  4. Make a space on the side of the pan and pour in one whisked egg to cook a little. (you can wait until it turns into an omlet or mix it around the rice depending on if u like it a little mushy-er or more cooked)
  5. Add more soy and mirin to taste, take it out and add the spring onion.

 Serve with some sesame seeds on top and VOILA! (how do you say that in Chinese!?)  You can also add cashews, tofu and/or chicken pieces for a more robust meal. YUM!

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Another good one is for that left over chicken soup on Sunday night. I hope my Mother doesn’t think this is blasphemous- her chicken soup really is the best but this recipe is for my left over chicken soup, not hers- so here we go.

 Put just the clear Chicken Soup (capitol letters for respect!) into a pot. Add half to ¾ a tin coconut milk, and some chili to taste. Marinate shitake mushrooms in mirin and soy for as long as you have (up to 4 hours is good but 15 minutes will do the trick) and fry them. Add boiled egg noodles, coriander, bean shoots and carrot for crunch (not the cooked one form the soup-fresh carrot).  You can take the chicken from the soup and add it back in too. Serve with a squeeze of lemon or lime- yum yum yum a rich Laksa soup with all the trimmings!

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Stay tuned for more D’lish recipes…

Happy eating! xx