December 22, 2011
The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor

Likely the highlight of my career !

I work with the best colleagues in the best jewelry department in the world at Christie’s. The truly special exhibitions around the world and magical auction in New York will be hard to beat. Here’s to spectacular conclusion to 2011 — the year I worked harder than ever before.

November 21, 2011
claireverity:

20% off Pre-holiday Sale on any purchases here! 

claireverity:

20% off Pre-holiday Sale on any purchases here

October 23, 2011
"Luck is where opportunity meets preparation."

— Bobby Evans

October 23, 2011

Michael’s best friend turns 30 this week, so I made him a selection of our two favorite sweets to share with his girlfriend: mint chocolate chip cookies & pistachio butter cups.

Here is the recipe for my mint chocolate chip cookies. I follow the basic drop cookie recipe from the ‘Joy of Cooking’ cookbook but make a few alterations for a scrumptious twist on a classic recipe.

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (its ok if another drop or two of the extract falls into the batter as well!) 
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt (its ok if you add a little more than 1/2 tsp, especially if you like your cookies a little salty!)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips*
1/2+ cup chopped mint dark chocolate*

Preheat oven to 375

Cream butter. Gradually add brown sugar and white sugar and beat three ingredients until creamy. Then, beat in egg and peppermint extract.

Sift flour, salt and baking soda twice into a separate bowl. Gradually stir the sifted dry ingredients into the wet mix (butter, sugar, egg and peppermint). 

Stir in chocolate chips and chopped dark chocolate chunks.

Shape the batter into balls and drop them onto a greased cookies sheet. Bake about 10 minutes or until edges turn golden. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack immediately. The cookies will continue to bake on their own for a few more minutes. Enjoy!

* I prefer the Guittard real milk chocolate chips (silver packaging) and Green & Black organic dark chocolate, which is infused with peppermint oil:
www.greenandblacks.com/us/our-chocolates/bars/mint.html 

September 24, 2011
Popcorn from my stove top with Old Bay & curry seasoning. Delicious. Why haven’t I made this snack every day?

Popcorn from my stove top with Old Bay & curry seasoning. Delicious. Why haven’t I made this snack every day?

September 24, 2011
Gerty’s new accessories from Amsterdam #bikenyc

Gerty’s new accessories from Amsterdam #bikenyc

September 10, 2011
Bicycle Visionary

If a city believes that biking is part of a better future, it must sometimes muscle through a reluctant, rocky present.

August 29, 2011

Beautiful Alsace: Strasbourg to Colmar by bicycle.

August 29, 2011
Holiday 2011: Route des Vins d’Alsace
Michael and I hopped on our bicycles and traveled from Strasbourg to Colmar along the Alsatian wine route. We ate and drank so well and I was really happy to be so close to the land in a truly gastronomic capital.
More details on trip to come.

Holiday 2011: Route des Vins d’Alsace

Michael and I hopped on our bicycles and traveled from Strasbourg to Colmar along the Alsatian wine route. We ate and drank so well and I was really happy to be so close to the land in a truly gastronomic capital.

More details on trip to come.

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August 29, 2011
Pembroke College, Cambridge, A special place for Michael and me <3

Pembroke College, Cambridge, A special place for Michael and me <3

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