last friday after work i took the train to paris to visit my gorgeous sister for the weekend. unbelieveably it's been a year since i was last there so it was time to make my way back for my fix of crepes, almond croissants and choux pastry (this pretty much sums up my visit). of course there's more than food to love in paris but it always leaves my tummy full (note the head sized lemon meringue pie that we queued an hour for) and my heart inspired. my first visit to paris was on my own in 2005 and i stayed in a dodgy hotel near the arc de triomphe (i wanted to be in the thick of it), lived on quiche and chocolate filled donuts for 3 days (bought from the same bakery as she understood my crappy french), avoided the metro and i came home feeling a little less than inspired. the second time around was with two of my best friends and we stayed in an eclectic (read vintage floral bedspreads and cold showers) apartment in montmarte, drank lots of wine, picniced at the eiffel tower, shopped for vintage dresses and indulged in numerous nutella crepes (see here). i had a ball and i was in love. third time around was just before i landed myself a full time job here in rotterdam so i shopped myself silly at the markets, wandered the passages and drank copious amounts of tea with my sister. i still have designs ready to be developed into screenprints from the treasure filled laneways of les puces. each time i've been i've discovered something new and found inspiration in the (parisian) ordinary. last weekend we saw koons at the pompidou, ate the best crepe of my life, dined at a restaurant that serves its dishes in a yorkshire pudding, fell in love with the pastel street of rue cremieux, wandered the tuilleries and rue cler and ate the biggest and best almond croissant. it was a dreamy weekend, and not the sort you hear about from loved up couples honeymooning there in summer. paris is raw, delicious and edgy. she's also arty, charming and soaked in history. next time around it won't be taking me a year to jump on a train. paris, je t'aime.
February 28, 2015
don't let the name fool you. or rather, distract you from what is THE most delicious cinnamon scroll recipe. i've shared grandma's scrolls before and they were like a big warm hug. these bad boys have a hit of caffiene and enough chocolate chips to knock grandma's cookies out of the park. i've been a fan of joy the baker's blog for some time but now i think it's safe to say that her recipes have solidly cemented themselves in my weekend baking schedule. with equal amounts of sass and seduction, this is one of the many recipes you're going to want to go and thank her for. enjoy friends!
QUICK AND DIRTY CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO CINNAMON ROLLS
recipe courtesy of joy the baker.
Posted by kit and nancy. at 7:15 PM
February 25, 2015
wow. it's been a while, hasn't it? i've been meaning to fill you guys in on our melbourne and sydney adventures, the wedding of 2014, boxing day snow and my latest baking antics but 4 months has just flown by and it doesn't look like it'll be slowing down anytime soon. too much has happened to break into seperate posts so firstly, let me say happy 2015! if you're still getting these blog updates or even reading this post, then thank you and hallo! i hope this finds you well, enjoying the first part of 2015 and hungry for some sweet treats and pretty pictures. the end of 2014 brought to a close an incredible 89 years of my beloved grandmother Kit's life and in early january my family gathered in london to celebrate her amazing story. she was finally reunited with her true love Charlie after nearly 25 years apart and has left us with full hearts and a love story that will be shared for many years to come. her love for baking and her family is carried with me daily. speaking of baking wisdom, boy have i unearthed some sweet treasure that i cannot wait to share. recipes are on the way shortly! in other news, the boy and i after many weeks of discussion, bit the bullet and visited an adoption centre for puppies saved from street life in spain a few weeks ago and OF COURSE, welcomed home our new family member Ringo, 3 days later. what a learning curve the last 3 weeks have been but how full my heart has grown alongside my newly found patience! i just spent an inspiring weekend visiting my sister in Paris, am off to Morocco with two of my favourite girlies next week and have about 7000 screenprint designs ready for print. 2015 is already off to an eventful and fast paced start and i hope to see you around these parts more often as i return to sharing my european adventures with you. a big heartfelt thank you for your ongoing love for Kit & Nancy.
Posted by kit and nancy. at 10:27 PM
November 9, 2014
to start our australian adventure in brisbane, my old stomping ground, was just perfect. we stayed in a beautiful old queenslander that i used to call home and where i had spent a couple of very inspiring years. leaving brisbane in 2013 wasn't easy, so the thought of taking the boy back to rediscover a slice of my past was super exciting. we ate breakfast in the sundrenched kitchen, i baked for my best friend's wedding in my old oven and spent valuable time with some of my favourite people. we dinnered, drank, thrifted and shopped our way around one of my favourite cities.
breakfast business, queensland style.
my ovaries burst.
jacaranda lined streets.
an afternoon at GoMA.
had lunch dates with celebrities. (the grates'cafe)
spot of thrifting in some favourite oppies.
i think he loved it.
Posted by kit and nancy. at 4:13 PM
August 20, 2014
they make my heart beat faster, my wallet lighter and my home prettier. i'm talking about patterns and flowers. mix them together and you have the perfect recipe for what keeps me endlessly inspired. whether it's a 70's dress, retro wall art or a bunch of beautiful blooms...if it crosses my path, there's a 98% chance it'll be coming home with me. finding what feeds your soul and nurturing it sure does make for a beautiful life.
Posted by kit and nancy. at 4:33 PM