Klooftique’s Winter Warmers

We have been watching so many episodes of Architectural Digest’s “Open Door” series – one of our favourites being Dakota Johnson’ retro home, previously owned by Ryan Murphy.

 

The space is filled with organic textures, moody tones and an array of personal touches. This has inspired us to change up our own spaces around for what feels like the 10th time since the national lockdown started; drawing renewed inspiration from our favourite designers and creatives.

To watch Architectural Digests’ Open Door with Dakota Johnson, click the link below;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwhBTrzzqeg

What we’ve found with moving pieces in our space every few weeks, is that we always find a new way to use an old, existing piece. This is such a fun exercise, because it’s a constant reminder that when you invest in a good piece, it will bring you joy for many years to come.

We are overjoyed to see the rise in support for local brands, artisans and creatives – many who produce handcrafted, exceptional quality pieces, with often decades’ experience. The narrative has changed from buying from the giants who import in bulk, to rather sourcing locally produced, heirloom treasures.

This aligns perfectly with the Klooftique ethos of producing beautiful pieces that will stand the test of time, handcrafted in a humble factory in Paarden Eiland by a team that shares a love for sustainability and design.

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For this week’s recipe, we’re doing our favourite lentil Bolognese. It’s hearty, healthy comfort food.

INGREDIENTS:
2 x tablespoons olive oil
1 x Onion, chopped
1 x rib celery
3 x large carrots, chopped
1 x whole garlic clove, peeled
1 x can tomato paste
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 x tablespoons dried sweet basil
1 x teaspoon oregano
¼ teaspoon baking soda
Salt and pepper to taste
2 x cups brown lentils
2 x cups water

METHOD:
Heat olive oil in a pan and add the onion, celery and carrots. Cook, stirring as needed, until softened about 5-10 minutes. Add garlic, while stirring frequently, then stir in the tomato paste, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes with juice, basil, oregano, baking soda and salt and pepper to taste.
Stir in the lentils and water and leave to simmer until the lentils have softened.
Serve and enjoy!