Roasted Grapes with Labneh

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Roasted Grapes with Labneh| Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
Grapes| Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic Roasted Grapes with Labneh| Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic

I make labneh very often to use it in savour or sweet dishes.
Actually, I am very happy person if I have homemade tomato sauce and fresh made labneh in a fridge. I feel like my dinner options are unlimited with these two around .
When I am in a need for something sweet, just roast some fruits and serve it with a spoonful of sweat labneh and I get a perfect dessert.
I think my favourite options are roasted plums or grapes, but any fruit works with this.

Roasted Grapes with Labneh

(inspired by Seven Spoons, Tara O’Brady)
serves 3

1/4ts fine salt
400ml full fat plain yogurt made from goat milk
2tbs icing sugar

450g grapes
20ml honey
20ml olive oil
1ts dry rosemary
2tbs red wine

Set super fine strainer over a bowl and line with double layer of cheesecloth. Stir the salt into the yogurt and scrap it to prepared strainer. Cover and refrigerate for 24h or until the labneh reach has reached the desired consistency.

Preheat oven to 200C
Snip the grapes into clusters and place them into roasting pan. Mix honey, olive oil and rosemary and sprinkle on top of grapes. After 10 minutes take roasting pan out of oven, add wine and put back into the oven. Roast for additional 4 minutes

Add icing sugar to labneh and divide between 3 plates.
Place two roasted grapes on top of labneh and serve.

Spelt Brownies with Raspberries

Spelt Brownies with Raspberries | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic

You may find this really strange, I won’t judge you since I find it strange also.
It’s middle of August, hottest month in Lisbon and I can’t stop baking.
I bake every day … bread, pizza, cakes, cookies, granola … I get surreal ideas, and then I want to test them, I go to bed in the evening thinking about what would I bake next day.
I think it’s totally crazy. I mean, I wouldn’t find it strange if it’s autumn or colder days but … while others are enjoying beach, I bake ..
Did my inner thermometer got wrong? Where did this sudden urge for baking come from? Did you experience something like this?
With 35C outside I stand next to the oven with 180C … absolutely out of mind but I feel like possessed, with sudden rush of ideas for cakes, and crumbles and breads ..
This brownies, were one of results of this craziness and I have to tell you, they are so worth me sweating next to the oven (ahahahah).

Spelt Brownies with Raspberries | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic Spelt Brownies with Raspberries | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic

Spelt Brownies with Raspberries

200g dark chocolate (70%), chopped
40g coconut oil, plus extra for baking pan
60ml coconut milk
3 large eggs at room temperature, separated
80g coconut sugar
pinch of sea salt
35g spelt flour, plus extra for baking pan
1/2 ts ground cardamom
125g raspberries

Preheat your oven to 150°C.
Place the chocolate, coconut oil, coconut milk in a bowl and melt it in a bain-marie. Create a bain-marie by placing a metal or glass bowl over a pot of boiling water, ensuring that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water.
In the bowl of a stand mix, beat the egg yolks and sugar with salt until light and pale and doubled in volume. Gently fold in melted chocolate mixture. Sprinkle the spelt flour and cardamom over the batter and fold gently to combine.
Beat egg whites, till stiff and slowly add to chocolate mixture, without over mixing.

Butter 3x12cm round cake forms and sprinkle with spelt flour.

Pour cake batter into prepared pans and top with raspberries. Bake around 35-40min. A tester inserted into the center of the cake should come out dry.
Let cool then invert onto the rack.

LUDC Shop and it’s Makers

LUDC Shop| Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
Very often I am asked a same question, how did LUDC Shop started and when did idea came up.
In last six years I met some pretty awesome makers.
I coudn´t but feel they all do amazing job but they were not connected between each other and some of them didn’t have visibility they deserved.
Idea started taking shape in my head. What if I make a platform where I will show products of makers I truly respect? What if I help promoting their work on a same platform? What if we develop exclusive products together?

Today I would like to introduce makers I worked with in last years, who inspire me on a daily basis and whose work is stunning:

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Otchipotchi :: Otchipotchi ceramics was created in 2010 by Paula Valentim who is inspired by nature and believes in the slow pace of life.
Paula likes colour, trees and flowers, sunshine and thunderstorms, cats and dogs, books and magazines, silence and water, birds singing, the smell of fresh bread and the earth after it rains, simple details, the sea and big skies …

MF Ceramics :: MF Ceramics is a ceramic studio created by Margarida Fernandes in 2011, where each piece is unique and totally handmade with care and patient. MF Ceramics has been inspired, most of the time, in the kitchen atmosphere and in all that is relatively to this basic need of life – food and cooking. The interest in collect objects from the past, that Margarida learned with her grandmother, has influenced and enriched her craft production.

LUDC Shop| Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic

Anna Westerlund Ceramics :: Anna Westerlund Ceramics is a collection of handmade ceramics made with love. Anna started her studio in 2010 after travelling all over the world as a model. Being half Portuguese half Swedish has influenced her work a lot, making it a combination of the simple white design from the north with the colourful joy of living from the south. Each piece is handcrafted and unique wishing that when you use it you can feel the hands of who made it.

Wood Fox :: Portuguese brand that was born from the taste for Nature and from the will to do something nice with it in a harmless way. All the products are made of wood Bruno finds in forest that either broke off or was simply cut down by the time of pruning. Each product is unique. It’s one of a kind.

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SUL :: Created in very small scale editions, SUL pieces are made only with leathers which inspire. They are fond of materials that age with wearing and become worn both by hand touch, sun and rain. SUL stand for simplicity, unique pieces that endure over time, accompanying successive generations, carrying moments to be told, like carved tattoos.

ARMINHO :: ARMINHO is a brand created by the creative couple João and Raquel. Their studio is based in Oporto and their products are carefully handmade, using ancient techniques like letterpress. They love paper, wood and natural materials that they find locally to make notebooks and posters. Arminho describe themselves as compulsive makers, urge to create in every aspect of their daily life, from what they eat to what they wear, passing through their work and environment.

LUDC Shop| Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic

August and Plum Gallete

Plum Galette | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
Plum Galette | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic Plum Galette | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
Plum Galette | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
There’s something about August that makes it so special.
It’s so calm, serene, hot, sticky and sweet at the same time.
It gives me time to collect all my thoughts and so needed energy for the craziness that follows in September.
My days consist of researching, testing recipes, reading, sleeping, baking or simply sitting outside listening to the wind.
You see, I’m not that much a beach person, but I like spending time outdoors, so I found Marta’s latest posts about breakfast in the fields so inspiring. I can imagine baking this galette, packing iced coffee and head to the park for breakfast while listening my August favorite album. I would sit on the grass, cut the galette and read my book, while sipping the iced coffee.
So yes, maybe that would be a plan for the weekend… why not?
What are your plans for August weekends?

* Porcelain Plates made by Otchipotchi for LUDC Shop

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Há algo em Agosto que o torna tão especial.
É tão calmo, sereno, quente, pegajoso e ao mesmo tempo doce.
Dá-me tempo para organizar todos os meus pensamentos e obter a energia tão necessária para a loucura que se segue em Setembro.
Os meus dias consistem em pesquisa, teste de receitas, leitura, dormir, cozinhar ou simplesmente sentar fora a ouvir o vento.
Eu não sou muito uma pessoa de praia, mas gosto de passar tempo ao ar livre, por isso achei os últimos posts da Marta sobre o pequeno-almoço no campo tão inspiradores. Consigo imaginar fazer esta galette, e levá-la com algum café gelado para o parque para tomar o pequeno-almoço enquanto ouço o meu álbum favorito de Agosto. Gostava de me sentar na relva, cortar a galette e ler o meu livro, enquanto tomo o café gelado.
Por isso, sim, talvez seja um plano para o fim-de-semana… porque não?
Quais são os vossos planos para os fins-de-semana de Agosto?

* Pratos de Porcelana feitos por Otchipotchi para a LUDC Shop

Adriatic

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In the beginning of July, we traveled to Bosnia, to visit my family and meet friends, and then we left to Croatia to enjoy the Adriatic coast.
I was absent from here but active on instagram, where I shared bits of our travel adventure.
We spent a week at the beautiful island of Vis, one of our favorite.
Enjoyed hidden beaches, sun and salty water. It was totally amazing. Every morning I would wake up and go to a small market to buy fresh fruits and vegetables for the day, visit the local bakery and have a chat with the locals.
We would spend all day at the beach and, in the evening, go for ice cream, open air cinema or just have a walk.

After Vis, my sister joined us and we headed to Zlarin, a small, no cars island, where slow living is essential and everything is relaxed and calm. We would ride bicycles around the island, enjoy the beaches, sit in front of the house and just enjoy island life…

Here are few recommendation where to stay/eat on those two islands:
Lemon Vis, amazing apartment in Vis
Konoba & Bar Lola, bar and restaurant in Vis
Karijola, pizza place in Vis
Spruce House, beautiful house in Zlarin

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No início de Julho, viajamos para a Bósnia, para visitar a minha família e encontrar com amigos e, de seguida, partimos para a Croácia, para desfrutar a costa Adriática.
Estive ausente daqui, mas ativa no instagram, onde partilhei pedaços das nossas aventura da viagem.
Passamos uma semana na bela ilha de Vis, uma das nossas preferidas.
Desfrutamos praias escondidas, sol e água salgada. Foi completamente incrível. Todas as manhãs eu acordava e ia a um pequeno mercado para comprar frutas e legumes frescos para o dia, passava pela padaria local e conversava com os locais.
Passávamos o dia todo na praia e, à noite, saíamos para um gelado, cinema ao ar-livre ou apenas para um passeio.
Depois de Vis, a minha irmã juntou-se a nós e fomos até Zlarin, uma pequena ilha, sem carros, onde o slow living é essencial e tudo é calmo e relaxado. Andávamos de bicicleta pela ilha, desfrutávamos das praias, sentávamos em frente da casa a aproveitar a vida na ilha…

Aqui estão algumas recomendações para ficar / comer nestas duas ilhas:
Lemon Vis, um apartment maravilhoso em Vis
Konoba & Bar Lola, bar e restaurante em Vis
Karijola, pizzaria em Vis
Spruce House, casa linda em Zlarin

GF Chocolate Cake with Strawberries

GF Chocolate Cake with Strawberries | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
GF Chocolate Cake with Strawberries | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic GF Chocolate Cake with Strawberries | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
GF Chocolate Cake with Strawberries | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
GF Chocolate Cake with Strawberries | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic

I still can’t digest the fact that my baby, my small little girl, is going to make 13 this weekend. 13?!?! Where and how did that happened?!?!
Well… I am totally exaggerating, but the truth is, time did fly.
I can still remember the morning when I packed the bags and went to the hospital with my huge belly. I still remember the fear I felt, fear of all those unknown things that were about to happen. I read books, I heard other mums… but every story is unique as every child is.

And no, it was not easy. Motherhood brings so many doubts, new priorities, emotions… it’s a whole new world. But I always tried to think, use my own head and not listen to others.
I tried to do it my way, educate her my own way, pointing the values that I think are very important… and let her learn, from us, from others… but mainly from her own mistakes.
Teach about the world that surrounds her, help her with all those discoveries and be there, always be there for her.
I tried to be a friend but asked to be respected, respecting her…

I am very very proud of a girl she is now. I hope she will continue being who she is, believe in herself and do things she like… and I will always be here for her!!!
This week we celebrate, and the best way is with a great cake!!!

GF Chocolate Cake with Strawberries

Cake
120g coconut oil, plus extra for baking pan
150g bittersweet dark chocolate
5 large eggs at room temperature
130g coconut sugar
A good pinch of sea salt
50g rice flour, plus extra for baking pan
45 g almond meal

Preheat your oven to 180°C.
Butter two 19cm round cake forms and sprinkle with rice flour.
Melt the coconut oil and chocolate together in a double-boiler (a heatproof bowl resting on a pot of lightly simmering water). Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mix, beat the eggs and sugar with salt until light and pale and doubled in volume.
Gently fold in melted chocolate mixture. Sprinkle the rice and almond flours over the batter and fold gently to combine. Pour into prepared pans and bake around 25min. A tester inserted into the center of the cake should come out dry.
Let cool then invert onto the rack.

Cream
100g cashews, soaked for minimum 2h
50g coconut cream
25g agave syrup
1/2ts vanilla concentrate
1/2 cup strawberries
30g coconut oil
A good pinch of sea salt

Place all the ingredients, except coconut oil, into blender. Process until you get creamy mixture. Add melted coconut oil and process again.

Assembling
2cups strawberries

Put one cake layer into a cake form, spread cream on top and place strawberries.
On top , place second cake layer and spread cream on top.
Put in the fridge for the cream to get more solid.
Take cake out of form, place on the plate, and cut strawberries and place on the top.

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Ainda não consigo digerir o facto de a minha bébé, a minha pequena menina, vai fazer 13 este fim-de-semana. 13?!?! Onde e como é que isso aconteceu?!?!
Bem… eu estou a exagerar, mas a verdade é que o tempo voou.
Ainda me lembro da manhã em que arrumei as malas e fui para o hospital com a minha barriga enorme. Ainda me lembro do medo que senti, o medo de todas essas coisas desconhecidas que estavam prestes a acontecer. Li livros, ouvi outras mães… mas cada história é única, assim como cada criança o é.

E não, não foi fácil. A maternidade traz tantas dúvidas, novas prioridades, emoções… é um mundo totalmente novo. Mas eu sempre tentei pensar, usar a minha própria cabeça e não ouvir os outros.
Eu tentei fazer isso da minha maneira, educá-la como eu queri, apontando os valores que eu acho que são muito importantes… e deixá-la aprender, de nós, de outros… mas principalmente a partir de seus próprios erros.
Ensiná-la sobre o mundo que a rodeia, ajudá-la com todas essas descobertas e estar lá, sempre lá por ela.
Tentei ser uma amiga, mas pedindo para ser respeitada, respeitando-a…

Estou muito orgulhosa da menina que ela é agora. Espero que continue a ser quem ela é, a acreditar em si mesma e a fazer as coisas que ela gosta… e eu estarei sempre aqui para ela!!!
Esta semana comemoramos, e a melhor maneira é com um grande bolo!!!

LUDC Shop :: New Collection

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LUDC Shop :: New Collection | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic LUDC Shop :: New Collection | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
LUDC Shop :: New Collection | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic LUDC Shop :: New Collection | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
LUDC Shop :: New Collection | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic LUDC Shop :: New Collection | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic

I am so excited to finally announce a new collection for LUDC Shop. After a few months of work, with makers and developing new products exclusively for LUDC Shop, photo session and preparation… it’s here!!!

It was such a pleasure to continue working with MF Ceramics, SUL, Wood Fox, Arminho, Anna Westerlund Ceramics and also having Otchipotchi on board!!
Every piece is special, reflecting its maker’s style and ideas. Despite being are all different, together they make a beautiful harmony, combining with each other.

Credits:
Model : Yana
Photography : Sanda Pagaimo
Styling : Sanda Pagaimo & Filipe Frazão
Place : You in Lisbon R/C

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Estou muito entusiasmada por finalmente anunciar uma nova colecção da LUDC Shop. Depois de alguns meses de trabalho com os fazedores e a desenvolver novos produtos exclusivamente para a LUDC Shop, da sessão fotográfica e da preparação… aqui está!!!

É um enorme prazer continuar a trabalhar com a MF Ceramics, SUL, Wood Fox, Arminho, Anna Westerlund Ceramics e também ter Otchipotchi a bordo!!
Cada peça é especial, refletindo o etilo e ideias do seu fazedor. Apesar de serem diferente, juntas elas criam uma bonita harmonia, combinando umas com as outras.

Credits:
Modelo : Yana
Fotografia : Sanda Pagaimo
Styling : Sanda Pagaimo & Filipe Frazão
Espaço : You in Lisbon R/C

Kale Spelt Pizza

Kale Spelt Pizza | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
Kale Spelt Pizza | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic Kale Spelt Pizza | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
Kale Spelt Pizza | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
Kale Spelt Pizza | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic Kale Spelt Pizza | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
Kale Spelt Pizza | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
Kale Spelt Pizza | Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic

Hands … they reveal about person as much as face or smile.
My friend Dora stopped by last Saturday and we spent morning baking. I couldn’t stop looking at her hands how gracious they are dancing on the light. She complained about them and it remembers me of my mum. She does the same, sometimes even hiding them from strangers look. Her hands reveal much about her life . Curves of her fingers, result of rheumatism, remembers us on a time she lived in a small village, without running water, where she washed dirty clothes in a freezing river that was passing by. Scars of burning say how much time she spent in the kitchen baking for her family. Rough skin remind me on all the people she took cared about in her life. I could almost feel a touch of her rough skin on my face…remembering every curve and wrinkle.

Kale Spelt Pizza

Dough:
makes 2 pizzas
(adapted from Book of Baking by Isidora Popovic)

220g spelt flour
1tsp dried yeast
½tsp salt
1tblsp olive oil
1egg
60ml warm water

Topping:

2 buffalo mozzarella, torn into small pieces
1/2 cup feta, crumbled
2 eggs
4 cups kale,stemmed and cut into 2cm stripes
2tsp olive oil ( I used olive oil from shallot confit but you can use a regular olive oil)

Preheat the oven to 250°C
To make the pizza base, mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, make a well in the center and pour in the wet ingredients.
Using clean hands, bring everything together and work into a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface and knead for two minutes. If the dough is still sticky, add a little more flour.
Roll out to 3mm thickness.

Sprinkle olive oil on top. Top with kale, mozzarella and crumbled feta leaving a small space in the center of pizza for the egg.
Slide pizza on a baking trey and bake for 4-6 min. Crack the egg into a small recipient and transfer it to the center of the pizza. Continue baking until rim is golden brown, around 3-5 minutes longer.

SUL

SUL | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
SUL | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
SUL | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic SUL | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
SUL | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
SUL | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic SUL | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
SUL | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

I am so proud to be part of ‘SUL family’.
I can see this brand growing and I grow with them. Every new piece is even more beautiful then the previous one.

I know people who design them and those who made them, and knowing what care and love is involved in every stitch is also very important in feeling those pieces and trying to capture them in the best way.

Evey peace is made by hand in Portugal, with leather sourced locally.

Credits:

Bags : SUL
Photography and Styling : Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo / Little Upside Down Cake
Models : Ally Walsh & Rita Quion
Place : A Sociedade

Picnicking

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As soon as I can feel a bit of sun on my cheeks I think on how to spend more time outside. Luckily in Portugal this is possible even during the winter.

As I don’t own any country house outside of the city or having family who have one near, I start searching for nice public places where I can picnic with my family and friends.
Public parks, river fronts, beaches, forests …they can all hide a perfect spot where you can stretch your blanket and enjoy the food. And food … here comes a good part.
If you want a simple meal, without cutlery and plates, or you want a whole spread with wine glasses and ceramic plates, one thing is certain, food should be simple, light, with plenty of fruits and vegetables, that you can eat slowly and enjoy for hours.

My picnic usually has dips with fresh vegetables, cheese, homemade bread, salads, wraps and fresh fruits. Kids love to pick food with hand and run around so I try to make it easy.

And for dessert, use your imagination … fruits galette, cake or granola cups, they all suits the purpose.
Don’t forget to bring thermos with coffee (hot in winter or iced in summer), it’s always the best way to end the picnic.

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