Posts Tagged ‘Oxfam’

Gift giving! I love it love it love it !

I consider buying or making gifts, wrapping them and attaching a small note as a very pleasurable and feel-good experience, especially when you don’t know the person and you need to make sure you got it just right.

Recently, I am in love with charity shops and all the bargains you can get there. Last weekend I spotted an amazing vintage tin box at Oxfam. I bought it immediately because the box was so unusual and original and I knew it would work perfectly as a cookie box for my friend’s parents whom I was just about to visit in Germany. I baked a dozen of soft and finger-licking raspberry cookies (recipe by Princess Misia, the baking guru from Let’s get stupid together) and put them in the vintage box. I have to say, those brown-pinky cookies in this old fashion box turned into a very charming present

Keep your eyes open for authentic tin boxes – they can be quite useful nearer Christmas time…

I can already imagine those beautiful Xmas cookies in your jars, tins and paper boxes you sourced yourself in charity shops, markets or grandma’s attics! Besides, it can be quite an interesting credit crunch yummy gift idea

Raspberry cookies a la Princess Misia


by Asia(Jo)

You will need:
150g butter, soft
150g brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup spelt flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)

Preheat oven to 200°C. Sift flour and baking powder in a medium bowl. In separate bowl, cream butter with sugar using an electric mixer. Add vanilla extract and eggs and mix until smooth. Add dry ingredients and mix until fully incorporated. Stir in raspberries (watch out not to break them too much). Chill the dough in the fridge for about 30 min. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop about 2 tablespoons of the dough per cookie into the baking sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes until golden brown. Enjoy!

by Asia(Jo)

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“Rankin Live”

Photography People (Self)Portrait

Documentary Fashion Beauty … looking back

Rankin, fashion and documentary photographer, takes a retrospective voyage through his art work and runs a great exposition at London’s Brick Lane from July 31 till September 18.

Based in an excellent venue, The Truman Brewery, the 600 iconic images, feature factual, creative, provocative, erotic, sometimes absurd or obsessive observations of the human face and body.

I admire Rankin for his unique, ambitious and subversive study of bodily expressions and human nature. He gives priority to an individual, letting him or her be who they really are in front of his camera. Rankin unveils, not his, but their inner lives, feelings and dreams. Acting and posing  for him seems to be untaught, instinctive and pure.

Along “Rankin Retrospective” there is  “Shoot Me Rankin” that gives 1000 selected people in the UK an opportunity to participate and contribute to his major exhibition. All profit from this interactive project will go to Oxfam.

Many thanks to Rankin for his generous heart and for making ordinary people believe in their own beauty!

by Asia(Jo)


I will be writing about Brick Lane soon. This is a please were time runs slower, where conservativeness, individuality, cultures and businesses clash and evolve together, where inspiration is at hand!

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