Sharing is Caring: Stay-at-home tips from the DeMellier team
We hope you find them helpful!
Mireia, founder & creative director
I have just finished the book I am Malala, which I highly recommend for both adults and children. Both my 11 and 9 year-old daughters are reading it now. I love discussing with them what they are learning from it and the issues that other girls in the world are facing and what they are doing to improve their situation. A true story of courage, determination and giving back that I hope will inspire them.
After watching The Crown I wanted to go deeper into some of the political stories covered so I watched the docuseries Thatcher: A very British Revolution, which I have very much enjoyed. Regardless of her political views, her achievements as a woman in the front line of politics were remarkable being the longest-serving Prime Minister in the UK of the past 130 years.
My sister in law who is an avid cook, passed me this recipe of “torrijas”, a Spanish version of French toasts that are just to die for and very easy to make. Ingredients: A 500g brioche loaf, 750ml of milk, 2 eggs, 3 teaspoons of sugar, 1 cinnamon stick, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. If you like a touch of lemon flavour you can also add the zest of one lemon in large pieces so they can be easily removed.
First, you mix the milk with the sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and lemon zest in a boiling pan and let it boil for a couple of minutes. Then put aside and strain to remove any large pieces of lemon and cinnamon. Whisk the eggs and add them to the mix once the milk has cooled down a bit. Cut the brioche loaf in slides and put them in a large deep plate, then pour the milk mix on top so it covers all the slices and make sure they are thoroughly soaked. Leave to rest for 1 hour. Heat some butter in a pan and sprinkle a bit of sugar on top (about a teaspoon), add the first loaf and when you see the sugar is caramelised, add a bit of sugar on top and turn to the other side, until both sides are golden. They can be eaten on their own or with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream or chocolate sauce on the side. A delicious dish that will bring you a bit of joy and comfort in these gloomy days!
With my younger daughters, we have been making some “lift the flap mini-books”. We created little booklets using thick paper and glued two pages together to be able to create windows and other openings. We painted and decorated them and are sending them to their younger cousins who will receive them in the mail shortly!
I love discussing the book “I am Malala” with my daughters, a true story of courage, determination and giving back that I hope will inspire them
Saba, Customer Service Coordinator
Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber. It’s a novel centred on a young woman that tries to cope with the loss of her family and bit by bit she manages to restore her life.
I have been walking a lot around my neighbourhood in west London that thankfully has loads of parks and I have been doing some yoga in the morning when I dare to wake up a bit earlier.
I am a super fan of Killing Eve a BBC show, it’s centred around 2 women: an investigator that tries to catch a killer, it has loads of moments of drama, suspense and a few fashion tips as I love the clothes worn by one of the actresses.
I recently made some meringues. You just need 4 egg white and 150 g sugar.
Preheat the oven to 140°C/fan120°C/gas 1. In a large, grease-free mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites to soft peaks. While continuously whisking, slowly add the caster sugar – 1 tbsp at a time – until you have a stiff, glossy meringue mixture. Whisk in the vanilla extract until combined.
Line a baking tray with baking paper. Using a metal spoon, place 6 craggy dollops of meringue on the baking paper, well-spaced apart.
Bake for 1¼ hours for mellowy centres, or 1½ hours if you prefer crispier meringues. Peel off the baking paper, then transfer the meringues to a plate to cool.
I have been walking a lot around my neighbourhood that has loads of parks and I have been doing some yoga in the morning
Jaime, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
I am obsessed with the podcast Serial by Sarah Koenig. It’s an investigative journalism podcast which slowly unfolds the gripping true crime story bit by bit each episode. Koenig provides remarkable details in her research and interviews; it makes me feel as if I was there!
I have a yoga mat and some resistance bands to work out in my living room. I usually just do ab workouts and squats using my body weight to be toned.
I get really homesick sometimes, so I've been exploring a lot of dumpling recipes. I recently made Wontons with chili oil, and they were heavenly. I buy wonton wraps from a Chinese supermarket, because doing so saves me a lot of time. Chop up fresh shrimps and mix it up with minced pork; season with Chinese 5 spice, cumin, garlic, ginger, salt, chicken seasoning, soy sauce and sesame oil. Mix it well and add in an egg for a smoother texture. Scoop a teaspoon of the meat mixture into each Wonton wrapper; fold and stick the corners together with a dab of water. Cook the Wontons in boiling water on high heat, for 7 minutes until they float to the top. Strain the water, and serve with a few teaspoons of chilli oil.
A lot of times I thrift shop on eBay for timeless clothes, and usually a lot of them don't fit me perfectly, so I'd bust out my sewing machine and tailor the clothes myself. Something about sewing just soothes my mind.
I thrift shop on eBay for timeless clothes, and usually they don’t fit me perfectly, so I’d bust out my sewing machine
Maria, Production and Logistics Manager
Killing Commendatore, by Haruki Murakami. I love this author because he mixes the domestic with the magic in such thrilling stories.
I May Destroy You. Set in present day London, tells the story of a woman’s rape experience in a very courageous and intimate way and it exposes the very little discussed issue of sexual consent.
You will need 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 cup of vegetable oil, 4 eggs, 2 cups of finely grated carrots, finely grated zest of 1 large orange, 2 cups of flour, 2 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of grated nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
For the cream cheese frosting, you’ll need 60g of butter, 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 225g of cream cheese.
Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a baking dish. In a large bowl combine sugar, vegetable oil, and eggs with a spatula. Add grated carrots and orange zest. Mix until combined. In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sift the dry mixture into the bowl with the wet ingredients. Mix together until just combined. Pour mixture into the baking dish and bake for around 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cake to cool down completely before frosting it.
To make the frosting, beat together butter and confectioners' sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and cream cheese and beat until blended. Frost cooled cake.
Sunset watching. I can watch from my terrace and of course with a glass of wine in hand. Though I know the different spots in my city where you can watch the best sunsets.
I love reading Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami, because he mixes the domestic with the magic in such thrilling stories
Martine, Junior Graphic Designer
Walking. I love walking. I try to get out of the house early before I start work, usually with a cup of coffee while listening to Norwegian radio. I was lucky to travel home to Norway over Christmas, so I've been enjoying cross-country skiing and walks outside in the snow. Oh and yoga, love a little ZEN moment.
The Undoing and Ratched are the most recent ones I’ve seen, recommend both!
Halloumi tacos with lots of guacamole, always.
Slice up halloumi, toss over taco spices, oven bake 200 degrees for 30-40min till crisp (turning them halfway).
Guacamole: avocados, lots of garlic, drop of lemon juice, chili powder (sometimes coriander but not a must) and all the toppings you want basically, Voila!
Dressing your most fab going to Tesco’s supermarket.
Halloumi tacos with lots of guacamole, always
Adele, Head of Sales & Marketing
I love books that make me travel through space, time, or both, even more so now that we’re stuck at home. I recently read a collection of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales (the next best thing as I was supposed to visit Scotland last year), and I’m now reading a book about Medieval Graffiti found in old England churches, which I found at my local bookstore.
I started joining live yoga classes, which has actually been the opportunity to (re)connect with some of my favourite yoga teachers I've been following on social media for years but who are not London-based – I guess that’s the good thing about those digital classes!
I recently discovered Mubi, an independent subscription-based online platform offering an excellent, much more curated offer, which I love as I find Netflix is a bit overwhelming sometimes. I have recently discovered the Turkish-French movie Mustang and also loved the movie Rocks more recently, a really moving story with an amazing cast of London teenagers.
I spend too much time on social media, and can easily spend an hour on TikTok without realising – people are so creative and funny! Staying indoors for so long also made me look at my place with new eyes and I started putting more attention towards my furniture, home décor and of course – plants!
I found Mubi, an independent streaming platform offering a much more curated content, which I love as I find Netflix a bit overwhelming sometimes