Shortcrust Pie Recipe by Glen Proebstel

It’s been a long while since I last did my last post. I thought it only fair, that whilst I am home in New Zealand I start to document some of my Mother’s and Grandmother’s favourite home cooked recipes.  

Following is a simple but delicious shortcrust pie filled with apples and feijoas, all grown here on the farm. 

 Ingredients

  • 4 Large Cooking Apples
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 250g Butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 ½ Cups Self Raising Flour

 

Freshly Picked Apples

Freshly Picked Apples

Take four large apples, peel, core and slice into small pieces. Immediately place into a saucepan with 1/4 cup of sugar and stew on a medium-high heat for around 15 mins until they become soft.

Wet and Dry Ingredients

Wet and Dry Ingredients

Whilst the apples are stewing, mix together in a food processor 250g butter - cubed, 1 fresh egg, 3/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Set aside 2 ½ cups of self raising flour and sift this into the mixer as well. Blend all the gradients till a dough is formed.

Push half of the dough into a pie dish and then fill with the cooled, stewed apple.

Feijoas Straight From The Tree

Feijoas Straight From The Tree

Peel and slice 3-4 feijoas and layer onto the top of the stewed apple.

Layered Feijoas

Layered Feijoas

Crumb the remainder of the dough onto the top of the pie dish leaving small gaps between the dough.

Bake the pie in a 190 degree oven for around 40 mins.

The Perfect Apple Feijoa Pie

The Perfect Apple Feijoa Pie

When the pie is cooked, cool on a cake rack and dust with icing sugar.

Ensure that you serve it with lashings of whipped cream and vanilla bean ice cream.

illuminating by Glen Proebstel

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The mood is set in our place with lighting from a number of lamps and candles dotted around the room. On books, the sideboard and even one carefully positioned on the dining table!  After seeing this beautiful slipcase ceramic lamp from MSDS Studio it seems I might just have to make room for one more.

ware lamp available through MSDS Studio in Toronto. 

work hard by Glen Proebstel

Inspiration

Inspiration

Palette Desk

Palette Desk

We are looking to turn the alcove in our apartment to an office space. Let it be known that making a decision about which desk to select leaves much to the imagination. Enter the Palette Desk by Jaime Hayon for &tradition. Combining two different shapes together in a mix of materials resulting in a double level design reminiscent of Alexander Calder's sculptures. This piece is a definite contender for reshaping our space. 

room to grow by Glen Proebstel

Lounge Chair

Lounge Chair

Caddy

Caddy

Chair #01

Chair #01

Coat Hanger

Coat Hanger

With a penchant for modest yet timeless design one's attention is immediately engaged when viewing the works of Hung-Ming Chen and Chen-Yen, the design duo behind Afteroom. Their mission is to create beautiful products to grow old with pivoting around a philosophy of honesty and simplicity. I'm particularly taken with their Lounge Chair for Menu which takes inspiration from Thonet's Bentwood Chair and Børge Mogensen's Spanish Chair. Hopefully I age with such timeless beauty as this chair or at least be extremely comfortable whilst doing so. 

unsung hero by Glen Proebstel

Paris 1920's. Marguerite Dumont is an eccentric wealthy woman with a passion for opera, music and theatrics. She loves to sing for her friends, however she is not the best singer. Things begin to change when she finally decides to perform in front of a real audience. 

This was one of my favorite films from 2015. With such great comedy, sets and costumes a beautiful tale is told. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 

wool worth it by Glen Proebstel

edge detail

edge detail

raw rug in Midnight Blue

raw rug in Midnight Blue

Winter is well on it's way here in the NYC and what better time to update or better yet, reinvigorate what's happening underfoot. I must say that I am rather taken with the new Raw Rugs from Wrong for HayMade from wool with a cotton backing, the fringed edge detail finishes off this plush rug perfectly and priced from around $570USD it's a foreseeable possibility. Available in three colourways, Midnight Blue (shown here) Grey and Anthracite

 

tear it up, or not by Glen Proebstel

Imagine this. Hosting a dinner party where you consider dressing the table with paper cloth. Not only is this textural material beautiful and durable, you can throw it in the washing machine at the end of a sumptuous meal and it will dry in minutes, ready for your next meal. Made from Tyvek, this paper tablecloth is not just stain resistant, it is also near impossible to tear!

Paper Tablecloth available from March

hung up by Glen Proebstel

Shape Up Chandelier - Ladies & Gentleman Studio for Roll and Hill

Shape Up Chandelier - Ladies & Gentleman Studio for Roll and Hill

Mobile Chandelier 6 by Michael Anastassiades

Mobile Chandelier 6 by Michael Anastassiades

Aim Small Pendant Light by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Aim Small Pendant Light by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Downlighting doesn't need to make one feel highly strung. If budget allows, perhaps opt for something more sculptural that commands attention as soon as you enter a space. The ability to maneuver and morph these pendants into forms that suit your mood, make the interaction with your environment that much more personal. 

highly strung by Glen Proebstel

I spent a few hours today, trawling through numerous websites on the hunt for a shelving system that was simple yet stylish. All roads lead me back to the 'String' system, well known from their debut in the early 50's. Little did I know they are now available in striking new colour combinations. I'm feeling very inspired to get organised! 

For more inspiration, visit www.string.se