'Through new eyes'

Last week a friend sent me a link to a Dutch documentary called 'Through new eyes'. It investigates questions like: if you'd be able to see everything for the first time again, just whát would you see? Would it differ from what you see around you now? What do you really see and what do you think you see? Do you dare to doubt what you see? Do you dare to wonder? What if children grew up with this sense of wonder, rather than with opinions and judgments about themselves and each other?

In the documentary, the world is shown through the curious eyes of small children. It's also shown through the eyes of Japanese photographer Rinko Kawauchi, who works with that same kind of 'wonder'. Have a look at Rinko's beautiful work yourself. Or, if you live in the Netherlands, watch the documentary: http://player.omroep.nl/?aflID=10847974&start=00:00:00

P.S.: The photo's are taken from her book 'Aila'.


Chocolate 'milk'

I guess I'm all about food this week! Oh well, inspiration is a matter of all of our senses, including taste. If you're not into dairy, but do like (chocolate) 'milk' you'll love this recipe. Hope you've got (access to) a blender though...

Ingredients (serves 4):
1/2 cup of brazil nuts, soaked in water for 6-8 hours (or use any other nut or seed that you like)
5 cups of water
3 medjool dates
pinch of (Himalayan pink) sea salt
1 heaped table spoon of (raw) cacao powder (optional)

Put everything into a high-speed blender, blend for 30-40 seconds until really, really smooth and serve immediately. Hmmmmm ;-)

P.S.: if you haven't got a high-speed blender, put everything except the cacao into your regular blender and blend until as smooth as possible. Pour through a straining cloth. Stir in cacao powder and serve. Should be just as hmmmmm!


Eat love

A few days ago I ordered eating-designer Marije Vogelzang's book 'Eat love'. Her ideas and (food)concepts, as well as the beautifully illustrated book itself are a colourful source of inspiration to me. Be sure to have a look at her website: www.marijevogelzang.nl


'TEA-OCFE' in 4 steps

Newly custom made for a visiting lecturer in TOCFE ('Theory of Constraints for Education'). This theory uses 3 thinking tools to help solve conflicts, map targets, etc. Each of the 3 tools is visually represented by an easy to remember image: a cloud, a branch and a so called ambitious target trea. My custom made gift for the lecturer is called: 'TEA'-OCFE! (Click to enlarge.)

Step 1: "pour yourself a cup of your favorite tea". Step 2: "add a dash (= 'wolkje' in Dutch, literally meaning 'little cloud') of organic (soy)milk". Step 3: "stir with a twig/branch" (= 'takje'). I made twigs from honey-filled sticks > see last photo. Step 4: "serve with a leaf that has fallen from the ambitious target trea". This last step is accompanied by the recipe for leaf-shaped cookies. The leaves in the middle of the booklet can be cut out and used to shape the cookies.


1, 2, 3, 4 & 'A pair'

As my mother-in-law's house was filled with guests, we spent last night at her neighbour Hannelore's 'Zimmer frei'. Suddenly pictures of the amazing interior become the subject of counting.

Oh alright, and I added an extra photo entitled 'A pair'.
German beds... sigh!