Is there any brave soul who would try our ‘Longest Day’ salad? We named it after last Saturday. Koldo also enjoys preparing portrait-dishes trying to capture the personality of our guests, but such strange things come out. A summer paleo salad: fetuccini shiritaki Konja (to avoid carbs) slowly cooked in oyster sauce, grilled calamari, shrimp and chives, caramelized tomato sauce with dehydrated cherry tomatoes, plus crispy squid tips battered with pork rinds and crispy cheese.
It’s been great to have a video chat this morning with Andrea Lewicki, a brave and lovely soul! She’s starting a series of interviews about creativity. It’s a pleasure and honor for Naomi and I to help other people embrace creativity in their lives.
We spent 3 days at Keuka College for the restructure of their whole online experience. It was amazing to work with such inspiring group of people who are really passionate and full of love for their work at one of the most innovative colleges in the USA.
Dear diary: I woke up this morning in Rochester; NY with the singing of the birds, then I’m going to bed listening to the cuckoos in Seattle. Today, Naomi and I crossed the US from coast to coast. We have taken two planes, drove two cars, we have seen an anacronic Quaker woman driving a horse cart, a 4 y.o. kid playing piano on a tablet device, two little deer dead on the sides of the roads in New York, a new baby born squirrel in our backyard… all in the same day.
But the image that prevails is this one: Naomi and I, dead tired after such a long trip, toasting and talking on top of each other for hours about all the LOVE that we carry in our luggage. It’s love from an amazing team of people from Keuka college who feel a passion to make our world a little better. Pete Bekisz, a guy with a vision of future from whom we’ve learned so much…Sandra Devaux, our companion designer, such a special artist whose work has been so inspiring… So many stories and individuals full of illusion, proud and passion for their work! Tonight, Naomi and I feel infinitely fortuned because, my friends, there are still so many pretty things to do…
Who wants Spanish rice? When the sun is out on Sunday mornings I just cannot resist cooking some rice while listening to Flamenco music. Then Naomi and I sit in the garden, we eat and talk about what could we do next to this crazy world a little happier!
Naomi and I were talking today about how beautiful is to be able to work in the garden on a glorious spring day like this, helping amazing people that we admire. It’s a privilege!
FIESTA!!! This is what’s going on at our studio today. We’re celebrating that we start working with two wonderful people, Amanda and Eric. We, the four of us, are on fun and creative journey together to discover the best branding for their beloved business!
A lovely client sent us this amazing hand-pressed and local olive oil for Christmas. As I help them put together an organizational chart today, I’m reminded how much people in organizations are like branches, connected and dependent on one another. Just like the olive bush. ~Naomi
Summertime…and the living is easy.
We’re been on temporary hiatus from ShiftFWD’s main endeavors the last few weeks since our Epokka Kickstarter campaign ended so that we can get some rest, recoup, and enjoy the summer. We’re still deciding what the next steps for Epokka will be and what exactly we’ll do next. We’ve got lots of ideas, but they need to simmer and get refined.
In the meantime, I wanted to share with you some of the fun things we’ve been up to outside of work.
The week before last, we bought a pop-up gazebo so that we’d have a place to better enjoy the back yard. We’ve been doing small things like adding lights and making it cozy so that it’s a nice place to hang out. And I have to say, it’s amazing! We’ve pretty much been living in it since we got it. In fact, I don’t remember the last time we ate indoors.
On Saturday, we decided to take a trip to Birch Bay, WA. We usually go at least once or twice every summer, but somehow we’ve never managed to go this exact time of year before. We were surprised to see the tides so low.
When we were coming back, I started to get tired and sun soaked and had a surreal type of feeling like we had been walking a long time in the middle of the desert. It was amazing…and a little odd!
I felt kind of sorry for it. I hope it gets to see water again some day soon!
Photography: Naomi Niles and Koldo Barroso
The weather has continued to surprise us in the best way.
Since the summer began, everyday I’ve been enjoying my morning coffee time sitting on our porch and taking notes about whatever comes to mind in my Epokka’s UNO Idea Book System. Right now, the lavender out in front of our house is blooming in all its glory!
Koldo said it reminded him of Spain and every time he says that he then has to cook up some Spanish food.
We’ll be spending the rest of the day gearing up for this year’s 4th of July fun. How about you?
Not that we need any real excuse to have fun, but I have to say that my birthday was pretty delicious this year. I turned 32, which was not in any way angst-filled and is in fact, a lovely age to turn. And we had some real sun for the first time in a few weeks, glorious sun. And a lot of food, glorious food.
This recipe, by the way, is also very popular at Javier Bardem’s restaurant La Bardemcilla in Madrid.
It’s very simple, yet spectacular. It consists of potatoes fried in extra virgin olive oil, eggs, and jamon Iberico (although sadly he had to use Italian prosciutto because it is the closest thing we can find in this area).
Koldo always reminds me that the general rule of thumb to a great dish is to keep the ingredient list as simple as you can, but use the very best ingredients you can find.
I’m happy to say, everything was a hit!
We had various types of sandwiches to choose from; homemade pâté, Spanish blue cheese with cranberries, cream cheese with pecans, Alaskan salmon cream, and smoked turkey with vegetables.
Photography: Naomi Niles
Cooking: Koldo Barroso