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3191 Miles Apart | 2012 | January

21 January 12 • MAV

This week I inadvertently found my Winter 2012 color palette. Walk with me around my flat for a little moment, will you?

First … navy (above). A staple color in my life. Navy makes me feel strong, confident and grounded. It’s a color that finds its way into every season in my life. I treated myself to this mug while in Stockholm late last year. And of course you know my favorite Primoeza sweater!

Next, the clean and calming tones of grey, granite and stone. These colors make me feel comforted. They help me feel as if there is nothing else in the world I’d rather be doing; as if there is no where to go. Life Near Windows, the book seen here, includes a lot of beautiful grey tones. I find it nourishing and very inspiring in this Winter season.

Then, of course, black and shades of brown. These colors appeal to the nature girl in me. I love that although they are colors, they are somewhat colorless. There is nothing complicated about these tones. They feel powerful. The little zip pouch is a gift from my dearest friend (made by the insurmountable Fog Linen); she couldn’t have picked more beautiful colors for me this Winter.

And although I think my sweetheart, my mom and perhaps a few friends would prefer it differently (they all implore me to wear more color), reds and oranges are the only true bright tones in my palette this Winter. These tones cheer me right up; they give me a jolt I sometimes need. Whether while eating citrus or wearing my favorite red wool scarf I am very drawn to involoving these tones in my every day. Looking at the other colors I have laid out here I’m sure you can see why.

And lastly, white and cream. Clean and simple. Always a favorite in my home and any time I need to just feel just plain striped down, simplified and light. When I wake up I head straight for my kettle (a gift from my mom from last Christmas, lucky me) and start my coffee-making routine. The white just wakes me up; makes me smile. It reminds me that the day can be anything I want it to be. I need that reminder in the Winter and always.

21 January 12 • SCB

Not quite a year ago, at a dinner in Savannah, Georgia with some of my favorite people, we were served a salad with dried oranges infused with cinnamon. They were tart and crisp with just an after note of spice, a welcome surprise on the salad. Sadly I can’t remember the name of the restaurant or even what else was in the salad. I do remember that I vowed then and there that I would be getting a food dehydrator, so that I could make those oranges.

A few months later, a friend gifted me a secondhand dehydrator, but, still, I did not make the oranges.

This week, however, they popped back into my head, and I had some super sweet cara cara oranges on hand. I sliced them thin (about an eighth of an inch), and sprinkled them lightly with cinnamon. I spread them out on the dehydrator trays and let them dry for about a day. The time needed depends on your dehydrator, but they should be completely brittle (mine could have used a few more hours, actually, but I was anxious). I snapped off the peel and bitter pith (you could also peel before drying) before tasting them—they didn’t quite meet my Savannah memory, but that tart-sweet crunch was there. I used the oranges in my own salad, adding them to avocado and arugula. If you don’t have a food dehydrator, I think fresh oranges would be good in the salad as well.

Arugula Salad with Dried Oranges, Avocado and Pine Nuts

Toast pine nuts in a dry skillet until lightly browned. Plate the arugula (as many servings as needed). Top each serving with a few slices of avocado, a few pieces of dried orange, and a handful of pine nuts. Dress lightly with a splash of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and salt and pepper.