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Blog — Voyage

ecru's inspiration and a look behind the scene of how we make our products

Travel With Nur

Home is where your heart is, where the laughter is, where the fantasy is. I found a piece of my home last month at the Gruningers, an extension of our family, between the vineyards of Burgundy.  Three days of pure warmth and generosity and I’m rejuvenated. Viva La Familia! Nur Elizabeth wearing our Striped Queen Dress.  
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Fauna

I've been always fascinated by vintage encyclopedias.  The fact that images of animals were illustrated or etched into the pages for armchair explores is quite astounding.  People had to travel to exotic locations and illustrate and write about what they saw adds to the magic.  As I was researching for this post, I stumbled on the British Library's Flicker site.  They have over a million images available to the public from their library!  I got very excited by their Fauna album that has thousands of images of different animals and creatures.  Below are a few favorites.   We love creating our own Fauna such as Meenu our Tiger Chair, Tiger Tray and collected Fauna Antiques:    (Images courtesy of British Library)  Hussah...
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Artichoke Risotto

Join us on the last day of our voyage. We travel to Tuscany with Livio's Artichoke Risotto.  Livio learned everything about cooking from his Italian mother. Ingredients for 6 people 5 to 6 small artichokes 3 cloves garlic 2 onions olive oil salt and pepper arborio rice bouquet garni 1 carrot 1 leek 1 cube vegetarian stock 1 cube beef stock 50g salted butter 100g parmesan  Prepare the artichokes Sauté the sliced artichokes in 1 tbs spoon of olive oil, 3 finely chopped garlic cloves, salt and pepper. Once cooked, reserve it. Make the bouillon for the risotto Add 1.5 liter of water to a pot with: bouquet garni (a bundle of aromatic herbs) 1 onion, chopped in half 1...
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Ottoman Sou Boureg

Today Nur is taking us to Turkey through her Sou Boureg recipe.  She was introduced to Sou Boureg at her favorite Armenian restaurants in Beirut, as well as charming breakfast spots in Istanbul. All her research has led her to realize that it is an Ottoman dish that made its rounds evengoing as far as Eastern Europe. It's easy, and great served hot and cold!  Make sure to serve it on block printed Table Linens.   Ingredients 6 pieces of phyllo pastry 3 eggs 2 cups of milk 1 cup of vegetable oil 1 cup of water Pinch of salt  Filling 400 grams of feta cheese crumbled 2 bunches of parsley  Dried mint  For the filling  Sou Boureg Put the 3 eggs in...
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Arabic Bread from Kuwait

Today we are back at the Kuwaiti desert to make bread that is usually made at the neighborhood baker, but Sara is teaching us to make it at home.     Bread Recipe: Ingredients: 3 1/2 cups four 1 1/4 cups water 1 tsp salt 1 tsp instant yeast 1 tbs sugar 1/4 cup warm water 1 tsp sesame Tools: Rolling pin Cloth Pan lid Wok or flat pan Mixer with dough attachment (if available) Making the yeast mixture: Incorporate the 1/4 cup warm water with the yeast and sugar let it rise for a few minutes. For the dough: Add the salt to the flour. Add the water and the yeast mixture and mix together when the dough forms knead...
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Indian Crispy Roti Chaat

Today we are going into the kitchen of Indian households and making Crispy Roti Chaat with the talented food photographer Kulsum Kunwa.  For a healthier version, she roasted the chaat instead of frying it!  Crispy Roti Chaat: How to make crispy spicy roti bites (croutons) 5-6 chapati, broken into small pieces ( or any thin flatbread including pita bread) 2 tsp olive oil 1/2 tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp red chili powder 2 tsp cumin powder Salt to taste 1/2 avocado, cubed 1 cucumber, sliced into thin rings 1 potato, boiled and cubed 1 tbsp lemon juiceA handful of coriander leaves 2 tbsp tomatoes, finely chopped and deseeded 2 tbsp onions, finely chopped 1 tsp of chaat masala 1 tsp...
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Kuwaiti Yaresh

Today we travel to Kuwait with our certified chef Hadeel.  She's making us the comfort food we grew up with at our grandmother's house, Yaresh.  Ingredients: 2 chicken breasts (cut in cubes) 3 cups oat 5 cups water 2 onions finely chopped  3 cloves of garlic (smashed) 4 tomatoes finely chopped  1 packet tomato paste (4 TBSP) 1 lemon Salt & pepper to taste 2 tbsp mixed spices (Machboos spice) Machboos Spice: 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon  1 teaspoon of dried chili flakes  1 teaspoon of ground cumin 1 teaspoon of ground cardamom  1 teaspoon of ground coriander seeds  1 teaspoon of ground cloves  1 teaspoon of ginger powder  1 teaspoon of ground turmeric  1 tbsp cumin 1 tsp dried lime 1 tsp turmeric  Olive oil Hashew Ingredients...
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French Lemon Strawberry Tart

Today we fly to France with Juliette's sweet Strawberry Lemon Tart.  Juliette loves gemstones as much as she loves to bake.  Please enjoy her recipe below.  Lemon Strawberry Tart  For the crust (shortbread): 250g wheat flour  (T65) 100g icing sugar (you can blend normal sugar to get it thinner) 135g unsalted butter (room temperature) 50g almond powder 1 egg 1 pinch sea salt Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. In a bowl, mix the flour, the almond powder, and the salt. Add the butter in small pieces and crumble it to the get a texture of sand (in french we call this crust pâte sablée which means sand). Make a hole in the center and add the egg. Mix...
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Indian Coastal Curry

Our recipe today is from Kichu, and it is a delicious and spicy Indian Coastal Curry.  INGREDIENTS  For this recipe, we shall make 2 pastes. Ingredients listed below.   CILANTRO PASTE Fresh Bunch of Cilantro Green chilies - 1 GARLIC ONION PASTE Onion - 2 Large Garlic - 5-7 Cloves Ginger 2 inches Coconut Milk - 1 can Curry Leaves - 1 full stem Cinnamon - 1/2 bark Mustard seeds - 1 tsp Red Chili Powder - 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder - 3/4 tsp Coriander Powder - 1/2 tsp Whole Pepper Freshly Ground - 1 tsp Prawns - 1 cup Salt and Lemon Juice for Seasoning Oil - 4-6 tbsp METHOD  Add salt, turmeric, and chili to lemons and keep aside to...
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Coney Island's Funny Face

While visiting Coney Island last month, I noticed all the fun signage around the amusement park Luna Park.  Especially the large smiley face at the different entrances.  It turns out this face is the Steeplechase Funny Face.  Steeplechase Face first originated in the Steeplechase Park in Coney Island.  After the park closed down, the sign is still used in Coney Island, and now found in Luna Park.   Hussah (Images courtesy of Hussah Al Tamimi) 
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