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Sunday Musings

“Sundays are for relaxing”, I must have said that a thousand times. As much as I adore blogging, Sunday mornings in the LLS household are never spent in fromt of a computer screen, tapping away on those keys. These hours are for relaxing, for reconnecting, for reviving and above all for recharging. After being woken by the kids jumping on our bed, Mr B and I totter downstairs and I make a beeline for our Nespresso* to get my first coffee of the day. The scent of coffee fills the air, the kids whip up their own fruit salad for brunch and that banana bread my two mini’s and I baked together yesterday is just enticing me to dive in (if you want the recipe, just let me know donw in the comments …). Latte Macchiato in hand, love all around me, pyjama-clad flashes whizzing all though the kitchen, my favourite flowers in the corner of my eye, what else does one need? Who cares about George Clooney when I have Mr B right here …

Sweet potato casserole

This dish is something of a true champion in Casa LeenLovesStyle. Tried and tested, it works winter and summer, as a simple meat & veg dinner or as side dish when you’re hosting a dinner party. The sweetness of the potatoes and dates is countered perfectly by the slight piney and earthy aroma of the rosemary and that gentle nudge of salt of the lardons (don’t you just love that word? Sounds so much fancier than plain bacon, doens’t it). Oh, and did I mention that the prep is super easy, and that everyone is guaranteed to love it? Without further ado, let’s dig in… Ingredients:  1 kg of sweet potatoes 5 large medjool dates 1 tbsp olive oil 1 heaped tbsp fresh rosemary (about three or four sprigs) 150 gr cured lardons Cooking time: 20 min prep time + +/- 40 min in the oven Let’s get cooking: Preheat the oven to 200 °C. Peel and cut the sweet potatoes in cubes of about 2 x 2 cm.  Place them in an oven resistant …

5 Lush Recipes I’ll Be Trying This Summer

Every year around this time, when the first weeks of summer have passed, and we’ve had several days of excessive heat, I reach that very same crossroad of having no desire to cook anything warm or elaborate and having completely run out of inspiration of what to cook. Well, not this year! I am utterly bored of that umptieth Caesar salad or a bowl of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, avocado and shrimps hustled together, so I went on a little inspiration hunt and found a few recipes that I’ll be trying these next few weeks. Here’s to upping my salad-game (in a none too labour intensive way)! Healthy, filling and totally Instagram worthy.. Soba noodle & vegetable salad – in pursuit of more For those days when I feel like a wannabe Gwyneth Palthrow 5 ingredient pasta salad – gimme some oven She had me at 5 ingredients…. Spring salmon salad with Dijon mustard – Nutritionist meets chef Salmon and Dijno mustard? Need I say more… Thai zucchini noodle and quinoa salad – foodiecrush I can …

Pickled Watermelon Salad

Aka going out on a limp and experiment in the kitchen (and on this blog!)! Yes, I am venturing into food! Remember this article? I am slowly but surely pushing myself to overcome that lack of self confidence and food photography skills, and put myself and my food out there! A fresh take on a summer side dish, my interest in this recipe was first tickled, or should I say pickled (#puninteded), when I saw it on a cooking show on tv. I adapted the recipe to my family’s taste, gave it a go, and there we had it: instant hit! If you’re having a family BBQ on a hot summer’s eve these next few months, add this to your table, next to the potato salad & corn on the cob and enjoy! Oh, and please do read to the end for delicious second spin on this recipe! (#2forthepriceofone) Ingredients:  1 watermelon (preferably 1 – 1.5 kg) 275ml apple cider vinegar 500ml water 1 cup white sugar 2 tbsp salt zest and juice of 1 …

Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry…

But not for what I’ll say when I am not! It’s Friday afternoon, my eyes keep drifting outside instead of being glued to my computer screen, my limbs are aching to walk my body outside into the sun, and my mind is racing with recipes and foods I want to savour! The weekend is here, so finally time to go all out again, not think about cooking time restrictions, and just go where my taste buds take me. I attended an amazing food event yesterday, and now my head and hands are brimming with inspiration and the gusto to get cooking! Maybe go low and slow tomorrow for some pulled pork, and then a delectable club toast with the leftovers? Or maybe a red cabbage salad with shreds of Danish Blue and some slices of smoked duck breast? Keep the kids entertained by whisking up a batch of lemon madeleines? Or maybe a pickled watermelon salad with Asian style ribs to round out the weekend…. Am I the only one who’s salivating? Time to get cooking!

Instagram Life

Aaaand we’re easing back into a new work week. Our little family holiday is over, and now it’s time to jump back into the daily grind. Time for a little recap? That’s what I was thinking as well 🙂 Longing for summer days, hot nights, clear blue skies and faraways places….. A post shared by Leen Struyf (@leenstruyf) on Mar 8, 2017 at 11:01pm PST Throwback to many a glorious Spring day in Paris. Never not wanting to go back… A post shared by Leen Struyf (@leenstruyf) on Apr 5, 2017 at 10:22pm PDT Happy birthday darling mini me's. Mum and Dad love you to the moon and back! A post shared by Leen Struyf (@leenstruyf) on Apr 1, 2017 at 6:29am PDT That golden moment before the rest of the house awakes. Just me, my coffee and glorious silence! A post shared by Leen Struyf (@leenstruyf) on Apr 11, 2017 at 11:51pm PDT Everything tastes better al fresco… A post shared by Leen Struyf (@leenstruyf) on Mar 23, 2017 at 6:16am PDT "Mine was …

Luxury Christmas Wishlist

‘T is the season to be jolly… and to run around in a mad dash trying to score that perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones. I may be a little late to this gift list party, but I’ve rounded up the items on my wishlist and the bits and bobs I’ve been eyeing for Mr B, Little Miss C and Mister A. Gifts to be enjoyed on your own or together, from one single moment to every day; just to give you some inspiration before you start that last minute shopping spree. That spice grinder…. insert hear eyed emoji… EL x VB eyeshadow / Yoga By Julz top / Yoga By Julz pants / Sophie Bille Brahe earrings / Spice Grinder / Grown Alchemist Face Oil / Nespresso Lattissima / By Terry Lipstick / Sophie Bille Brahe Necklace / Dalmore King Alexander III / Cookbook / Scapa Cuff / Lego / Toy Camera / Daily Planner    

Inspiration Sunday

Time to about things differently this Sunday. Instead of focusing on a certain detail, a certain style or a certain room, how about I show you the real smorgasboard of inspiration that caught my eye this week? Food styling or a certain dishes that made me salivate just by looking at them, gorgeous tiles, images that set my wanderlust alight, cosy sweater season must haves and the most gorgeous Fall fashion colour scheme. Sundays are for dreaming….   Pics via Pinterest and Tumblr.

Insta Update

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind of late (and that’s an understatement…), and whoever said that it is easy for women to have it all, surely never has walked a day in a working mum’s high heeled pumps. I’ll stop the whining here, and just swiftly move on to the matter of today, a sneaky look into what I’ve been up to on Instagram these past few weeks. A little post, a lot of pictures, and there you are, back up to date! I drank, ate and double dated with some of our best friends, tried and tested a few beauty trinkets, and spent a bucket load of quality time with Mr B and our littles ones… Can you says bliss? Rocking some French beauty (and coquetterie) today. Light base, pearly eyes and a cherry lip, j'adore! #friday #beauty #sisley #french #guerlain #morning #phyto #lips A post shared by Leen Struyf (@leenstruyf) on May 19, 2016 at 11:34pm PDT Please can I take this sunset home with me? #beach #sunset #beachdays #batteriesrecharged #explosionofcolours #seaside …