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Hilary and Lauren in Turkey

ON FRIENDSHIP:

Hilary:
Over the years I have known Lauren she is always coming up with new business ideas for the two of us in hopes that one day we can both get out of the production world and do something we love. Usually the ideas involve us in the kitchen and cooking. Something we do amazingly well together and are constantly inspiring one another. When I am with Lauren in the kitchen I have more confidence and take more risks with my cooking. She believes in me and is so supportive that it gives me the courage to do things I would not do on my own. And that expands past the kitchen. I have done things with her I would have never done. She pushes me in ways that make me uncomfortable though in the end Im eternally grateful. I have memories that I hold so close to my heart and so many of them are because she pushed me just that little something extra and then poof, there we are, in Turkey, staring at the fairy chimneys in Cappadocia with a beautiful cup of Turkish tea and meze, or making a fabulous Mexican dish in the middle of Mexico after a day of hiking or me waiting for her to get out of her scuba gear while I sit in the sun with a book.

Some of my favorite memories were spent in Lauren’s kitchen in San Francisco. We had a solid year of bliss living around the corner from one another and after a long day at work I would drag my tired body 4 blocks to her house with a bottle of wine that I would attempt to impress her palate with and a bag of veg from the local corner store that always carried everything fresh. Ahhh.. the days of living in California where everything is fresh and organic without even thinking about it. In the kitchen we would find ourselves laughing, crying, fighting, or maybe we accidentally drank a little too much wine while cooking only to find our meals were an absolute success or a total train wreak. We loved dinner parties and had them at least once a week. I look back now and have no idea how we found the time with our 12 hour work days. But we loved it and we made it happen and we are both better cooks and best friends for it.

Well… we are still in production but life has given us both an amazing twist and somehow, in the course of one year we went from being two girls that lived around the corner from each other in San Francisco working our asses off at Apple, to me finding myself married to a Brit and living in England and her shacked up with a hot Belgian who she now lives with in Amsterdam. I can’t walk to her house anymore but at least now she is only an hour away by plane and we do our best to see one another at least once every couple of months. Our itineraries always consist of the things we both love the most. Wondering the local outdoor markets and planning our meals with loads of site seeing in between. Always planned by my favorite tour guide and producer extraordinaire, Lauren.

Lauren:
Explosive. My friendship with Hilary is explosive, exhilarating, and intoxicating. From the time we met, we just couldn’t get seem to get enough of each other. We were drawn to each other for whatever reason (and I do believe there is a reason we meet the people in our lives) and we played with that. At Apple, on the weekends, and especially in the kitchen. I loved my kitchen in SF but I loved it even more when Hilary was in it with me and we were creating these amazing meals that we never would have had the confidence of cooking on our own. And all with a glass of wine in hand.

What I love about Hilary and I together is the undeniable energy we have around each other. It’s insidious, enigmatic, and addictive. I see it when we are on our girls’ weekends and the people that we attract without trying, and could never do by ourselves, or with other people, and I see it when we’re in the kitchen. We tend to push each other and challenge each other, all the while uncovering and learning new things about ourselves, but through each other.

ON COOKING:

Hilary:
My cooking style is a vegetarian one heavily influenced by the years I spent as a vegan macrobiotic. Eating whole foods, organic and local as much as I can. These days I spend half my week in London working and the other living in our beautiful home in the English country side. Being in England does have it’s challenges and I have to surrender to a plastic bag of rocket for my salad on occasion but I don’t feel good about what I am cooking or eating or feeding others if its not organic and healthy and cooked from scratch. Im no longer macro, or vegan for that matter and will include some eggs and cheese on occasion in my cooking. Though keeping it vegan as much as possible and always vegetarian.

Lauren:
I never really had a distinctive cooking style, but as I’ve been learning more about the environment, about where our food comes from, and how it effects our bodies, I’ve come to adopt a lot of Hilary’s sensibilities about wholesome grains, a balanced plate, and utilizing vegetables in a new and unique way. From her i’ve tried and liked so many vegetables I’ve never tasted before (ie Kale, brussel sprouts, beets, chard, etc). As I do eat meat, I try and eat it an ethically sound way, and take meat away from the center of the plate and instead use it to add subtlety and be more backstage. I like to let whole foods shine rather than covering them up, I strive for organic but I’ll always choose local. I’m more aware about how much oil it takes to produce a pound of meat and how many air miles a banana needs to fly to be at my breakfast. Oh, and I think cheese should be its own food group.

ON BLOGGING:

Hilary:
This blog is a way for Lauren and I to inspire one another from a distance and also to do something together. Surely Lauren will find a way to turn this into some amazing social networking thing while I sit back and watch and agree with whatever it is she wants to do! It’s also a way to log our travels separately and together and to express our experiences in our new worlds through food.

Lauren:
For me this blog is a great way to keep up my travel writing and my food photography (which I promise will be better than the first few pics taken from the iphone!). Also, living in Amsterdam, I wanted to be able to give insights into the food and culture of being an American in Amsterdam. And Hilary and I have the amazing opportunity to travel and have some weekends together and create some delicious dishes. So please join as we share with you our lives through food.

Contact Us:

Lauren Becker and Hilary Beckrich:
hilaryandlauren@hotmail.co.uk

For more of Lauren’s writing clips and photography                                                                                                                                                                         www.laurenbecker.net

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Amiee White Beazley October 29, 2010 at 6:07 pm

LOVE THIS! I’ll be checking in often, so keep up the great work. And do you think I love the name? Yes, I do! Love, Amiee, editor of edibleASPEN :-)

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beckerich October 29, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Amiee, I went to buy the domain name and it edibleeurope was already sold to the Edible Magazines. I thought of you!!
Miss you girl and I think you can subscribe somehow to our site!!

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Ami Krane October 29, 2010 at 7:57 pm

You’re SO brave ladies. Admitting, OUT LOUD…to the world you want to get out of the production rat race. This is a fine idea. Hats off to you both. I look forward to your adventures, inventions and concoctions. It’s always more fun with a partner!

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scottiuz October 30, 2010 at 6:38 pm

This Blog is Tops! Fun to get to know these two life-lovers and then the recipes we can all try too. Fantastic Stuff Ladies!!!!!

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Claire Sloane November 3, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Love this! Hilary – I love the halloween stuff – I’ll have to order some for Katie and ben’s party xxx

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Karin Thayer November 13, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Loving your blog! Great ideas, fantastic recipes, and so well written and imagined. Well done!

If possible, think about doing some recipes that are supportive of optimizing fertility naturally! This would likely involve yummy vegan dishes with all organic vegetables, proteins and fruits. Then I can write you up on my website, Fertility Planit! There is indeed such a thing as cooking yourself fertile — and with all of the processed food/drink we consume these days, and chemicals that find their way into our water, air and habitats — cooking for fertility is ever more vital.

I’m now 20 weeks pregnant, but would love to meet up with you both before I head back to the USA in February. Since I’m in Leeds, and Hilary is near Bristol, maybe we could meet up one weekend in London?

Keep up the inspiring posts. Hugs, Karin

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beckerich November 14, 2010 at 10:50 am

Hi Karin,

Im reading about it right now. Sort of sounds like how I cook and eat anyway but really interesting and totally believe cooking the right foods will help your fertility. I was macrobiotic for a long time and people have cooked / eaten themselves out of cancer. It’s pretty amazing. Anyway… will do some research for sure! I am in London during the week and would love to meet up sometime before you head back to the states!

Hilary

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alex haw January 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm

hi guys,

great blog!

we run a weekly food-travel thing similar to your project – tho eating the world, not just europe.
double coincidence: i’m from england, and we’re hosting one for 20 at the hub un amsterdam tomorrow; come along!

http://www.latitudinalcuisine.com/2011/01/latcui-3-01-amsterdam/

best, alex

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beckerich January 5, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Alex! I would love to come tomorrow night. Can definitely cook something and bring along. I’ll try contacting you through your website. what you guys are doing looks super awesome!

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alex haw January 6, 2011 at 9:12 am

beckerich – great! do come!! we start at 7; bring a dish, a booze & a mate ;)
best, a

Westerstraat 187, 1015 MA Amsterdam,
tel: 020 4274283,
http://the-hub.net

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alex haw January 6, 2011 at 9:19 am

ps, reading further, i just realised who beckerich is – sorry, lauren! ;) see you tonight! xx

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clare January 6, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Love the blog guys – only just seen it. please keep me up to date!

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Jenn@slim-shoppin January 19, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Hi you guys! I found your blog through 101 cookbooks and I would like to ask if you would like to share a recipe or two on a new site I am working on for http://www.ekwipper.com.

Please e-mail me @ slim-shoppin@comcast.net and I’ll give you the details. Thanks so much!

Jennifer

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Eating Abroad February 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Your blog is gorgeous, a new found favorite. Thanks for putting your thoughts, photos, recipes and ideas out there for the world to see.

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Harini February 28, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Love your concept and the site! I am a foodie as well and new to Amsterdam. Looking forward to your events..

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Jo November 21, 2011 at 2:54 am

Hi there,

I’d like to introduce to you a new website http://www.foodepix.com that we have
just recently launched. Foodepix is a photo gallery of delicious and mouth
watering food.

We’ve seen your blog and we love your pictures and recipes. We would love
to invite you to register with foodepix.com and upload your images.

Hope to see you there. :)

Thanks.

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