these things no.51! i don’t have anything interesting to say today… i’m tired. i’m going to have a bath. i might read in there. it’s raining outside. i might try my hand at making some vegetable soup. any recipes you care to share? have a good weekend!

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a beautiful interior for Delbôve boutique by :

now i have a craving for , big time:

, a new coffee roastery in Braamfontein:

Emma-Jane’s :

have to try this :

nice new things at :

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love this dainty ring by :

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  1. I will have to try that three ingredient fudge recipe – looks delicious!

  2. I think the secret to a good soup is to cook it with a parmesan rind. Giada’s recipe:

  3. try any ribollita soup – it is my absolute favorite winter soup recipe! best part is it actually gets better as the days go by, and you can always put it back in the pot and add different veggies to spice it up later in the week!

    highly recommend putting a rind of parmesan in, and spooning the soup over chunks of toasted baguettes to serve!

  4. My favorite soup is Cream of Tomato from the wonderful Smitten Kitchen:

    Or, if I’m lazier, I chop up onion, garlic, carrots, celery, and whatever veggies I have on hand, sautee in olive oil for maybe 10 minutes, add some broth (I use chicken), cook another 15-20 minutes, add herbs or other seasonings and there you have it. Simple and very tasty!

  5. thank you so much, diana! what a great collection of images – I need to visit johannesburg one of these days and drink at that coffeehouse, amazing.

  6. What a beautiful collection of photos, I’ve gotten so much inspiration from this, so thank you!


  7. I have had great success improvising vegetable soups with whatever is in season or on hand. The secret is in adding a bit of crushed red pepper flakes to the onion and garlic that get sauteed in olive oil at the beginning, and then also adding parmesan rind along with the stock. Then just add harder veggies first and simmer, adding leafy and soft veggies closer to finish time.

  8. Sorry, working now. The bug was from Feedly I guess… My first comment btw, love your blog. cheers from Buenos Aires

  9. Bridget Reply

    Oh wow, I love that bird necklace. I have a serious love of turquoise bird necklaces, always looking for the next one to catch my eye.

    I kind of don’t like minestorne/fagiol/tomatoy vegetable soups..they just kind of taste overcooked to me.

    But! There are many other great veg soups out there – two of my current favorites:

    Door 16’s is amazing

    Love and Olive Oil’s is really different, a little parsnip-spicy – perfect with some reeealllly good bread.

    If you’re a meat-eater, a lovely pork posole (slow cooked pork shoulder, awesome) with avocado, thinly sliced radish, mango, tortilla chips, yum. Or–this really creamy chicken vegetable soup that uses cauliflower, yogurt and miso to make it like the creamy goodness in a chicken pot pie but exceedingly good for you (in , should be able to get there without logging in).

  10. Beautiful as always! Thank goodness you’ve introduced me to Vampire 9000.

  11. Too many lovely things!
    Hadn’t heard of Datter Industries before, so they are a great discovery… following their blog too!

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  13. love arden! best photographer i’ve ever had the pleasure of working with too!
    so many wonderful things in this post.

  14. the BFF inspired lookbook – such a cute idea! and that striped rug combined with the sailor mirror…love love love. thanks for the inspiration, I’m going to sleep now dreaming of lovely things!

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