Rijsttafel revisited

Last week I wrote something about rijsttafel and why it’s a perfect meal for picky eaters. I couldn’t find any good pictures in my stock photo subscription so I decided to team up with my friend Robin because he’s a really great photographer with a passion for food photography. ūüôā

We had some great fun presenting all the different dishes (and of course eating all the food afterwards)!

Yay more pictures!

I’m getting addicted to taking pictures for the blog header! It’s a really nice challenge to look for things and colour schemes that would suit the overall blog theme. No rainbows this time, though.

This is the roof of the new bus station behind Amsterdam Central Station. The coloured panes will eventually spell out “Amsterdam CS”, I think. They’re not finished yet. I especially like the blue sky in the background here.

Close-up of a basket full of lobelia at the beer festival last Saturday.

Close-up of the multicoloured ficus plant I have in the front window. No idea what the official name is. It’s still alive and with my plant caring skills, that’s saying something.

The stained glass window in my living room. One of the reasons why I fell in love with my house.

Close-up of the Moroccan lamp in my hallway.

One of the pages from “The Ballooning Adventures of Paddy Pork” by John S. Goodall. One of my favourite childhood books, together with Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and Dick Bruna’s “The Apple” (click on bekijk trailer, Dick Bruna is awesome).

Playing with pictures

So I’ve finally gotten around to creating some header images to liven up the place.

Some flowers I bought last Wednesday to celebrate one week of not smoking. I edited the photo quite heavily in GIMP to get the vibrancy of the colours, because apparently my camera hates vibrant colours and makes everything look washed out. The flowers are really that beautiful shade of orange/red. Although of course a lot depends on your monitor as well.

Picture I took some time ago, cracked safety glass. You can’t really see it here but when it’s in the header, you can see small colour refractions especially on the right hand side. Plus I like the spidery pattern.

Spices! Well, I love to cook, especially Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food. I really like the textures and colours in this picture, I wish you could also smell it!

A close-up of my bookshelves, one of many many bookshelves. I have a bit of a book problem. But who cares. These are pretty close in height and all paperbacks and I loved the progression of colours so that was a nice shot to take.

A close-up of my window sill. I have some vases and things standing in my window sill because I read somewhere that women are supposed to collect knick-knacks and put them in random spots to “make the space more personal”. So I’ve been experimenting with that. It seems to reassure visitors and I like the colours but it is a bit of a mess. The hands belong to a very pretty wooden statue from the 40s or 50s that I inherited from my grandmother. The number of times I’ve knocked that statue down and broken its neck… Clumsy, me?

I think the books and the window sill are my favourites because. Well. Rainbows. I really am helpless when it comes to rainbows. That’s why the gay pride flag is so awesome. And why autistic pride day is so awesome.