Mini pesto, proscuitto, & kumara loaves with walnuts & semi-dried tomatoes

Good Friday morning – woah that just made me think about Easter coming soon – where is this year going?!? Today’s recipe is one I put together for the lovely Dish magazine, and it’s an ideal super-easy autumn weekend baking project. The mini loaves (or you can make them as muffins) are moist and flavour packed with herby pesto, Parmesan, sweet kumara (sweet potato) and semi-dried tomatoes and prosciutto, with the nubbly crunch of walnuts for texture. They freeze well but are best eaten warm with an afternoon cup of tea or dunked into hot soup – and in my head the perfect scenario is after a bracing wind-whipped walk along a beach by a stormy sea! But playing cards and listening to music or lying on the couch watching Netflix will also do…
Anyhoo – what else is happening? Henry has had a gorgeous romantic weekend with the darling William to celebrate a year of dating, and very soon they will be moving in together in a fabulous new (old historic) flat in Melbourne. I have asked Pog to take before and after pictures of the apartment as I can’t wait to see how he transforms those lovely old bones. Meanwhile Hoob is getting on with the business of uni life in Welly – I love the tiny glimpses into his days I get via random pics – helping a mate with a uni film project, sitting in a lecture theatre – or very impressive home-made pizzas cooking away in the oven. Thank God for the ease of communication via social media, I miss my lovelies enough as it is, I don’t know how I’d cope with a fortnightly postcard or phone call!!!
And me – yoga (day 31 in a row today, please no more uktkatsana/chair pose my legs are shaking at the thought), and book, Cuisine, Fairfax and Dish work fill my days. The one stellar outing I had recently was to see Adele in concert, singing her heart out in torrential rain in Auckland. She is so bloody amazing, so warm, vibrant and real with that unbelievable voice and music. It was fantastic. Oh I and how can I forget (it’s becoming a dreadful habit Aida!) I had a hilarious night out with a dear Sydney mate and her lovely husband – great food, (Amano – always brilliant), many glasses of wine and late-night rum cocktails with plenty of deep and meaningful talk (that’ll be the cocktails) and much laughter. Such a huge treat. And my darling nephew Rupert (how good is his name?) stayed for a week while my big sister celebrated her birthday and a long over-due change of work with her hubby James in Brisbane. I think that’s all my scrambled brain can remember at the moment, so that’s me over-and-out…the next recipe will be up on Wednesday. See you then :)

1/3 cup basil pesto

1 2/3 cups Greek natural yoghurt
2/3 cup olive oil
2 eggs
1 cup grated Parmesan
2 1/3 cups self-raising flour
1 1/2 cups grated kumara
100 grams roughly chopped prosciutto (or ham)
1/2 cup chopped, semi-dried tomatoes
2/3 cup walnut pieces

Preheat oven to 180˚C (350˚F) and grease 14 loaf mini loaf tray or 12 hole (1/2 cup size) large muffin tin. Put pesto, yoghurt, olive oil and eggs in a big bowl. Season well with salt and pepper and whisk to combine. Add cheese, flour, kumara, proscuitto, tomatoes and walnuts and stir together – it will seem quite stiff at this point. Divide between prepared tins and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and cooked through.

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20 Striking Packaging Designs that are Total Minimalism 2.0

With everything going on in the world and the noise of messages that consumers receive on a daily basis, many brands are appealing to the desire for peace. We’ve picked 20 of our favorite designs that are a sure remedy for an overwhelmed customer who wants to shy away from endless options and too much stuff. Instead of buy one get one free, this says: buy this one, get rid of two.

Learn more about the Packaging Design Trends of 2017 with our free downloadable guide.


A Fresh Minimalist Design Approach for Plant-Based Skin Care

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Less is more, especially when it comes to those who have sensitive skin. They need products without a bunch of chemicals or irritating ingredients, like the line of plant-based Peet Rivko products. Designed by Gunter Piekarski, the packaging expresses the simple, gentle formulas used in each item. Black and white packaging along with a bold, sans serif font look incredibly modern and sleek, appealing to those who need something different from what’s on the market.

Designed by Gunter Piekarski

Country: United Kingdom

 

Bold Packaging for Natural Lip Colors that will Get You Noticed

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Kosås Cosmetics is not for those who are shy and don’t like attention. These lip colors come in rich hues like deep plum and bright strawberry that instantly draw attention. But these aren’t just fun lipsticks to wear—they’re all natural and good for your skin, too. Heavy Atelier, Inc. developed packaging that would express the brand’s values in an elegant and clean way.

Designed by Heavy Atelier, Inc.

Country: United States

 

Gard Stun Gun

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“That stun gun looks pretty cool” is certainly not one of the things we ever expected to say, but Gard has proved us wrong. Just Be Nice studio designed the packaging for Gard to give it a truly sleek and authoritative look. Gard takes a strong, confident approach with black packaging and a modern sans serif font. Avoiding extraneous text makes it easy for consumers to identify, and most of the pertinent information is actually located inside the box.

Designed by Just Be Nice studio

Country: Russia

 

C’est Ça Herbal Soap

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No surprises here: you’ll know exactly what to expect from C’est Ça Herbal Soap before you even use it. Aleksandar Cvetković, Inc. developed the soap packaging for the herbal cosmetics brand, making the brand experience incredibly clear to the consumer. C’est Ça combines a strong, angular rectangle with a perfect circle, making it fresh and modern.

Designed by Aleksandar Cvetković, Inc.

Country: Serbia

 

TANGENT GC organic soaps

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The organic garment and shoe care specialists Tangent GC is now venturing into personal care. First out is TGC100, a series of perfumed, organic soaps. One perfume oil is infused for each variety using natural ingredients only. No color, no preservatives, no petrochemicals. 

Designed by Carl Nas Associates

Country: United Kingdom

 

Primitive Cyprus

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To achieve great flavor in any dish, you have to use olive oil. But not just any olive oil–it has to be one that was named one of the best in the world. Designed by NotoriusGrey, premium olive oil is bottled in a white flask-shaped structure embellished with an abstract graphic. A fabric sleeve envelops the packaging to protect it from breaking as well as offer it a more luxurious, high-quality feel.

Designed by NotoriusGrey

Country: Greece

 

Järna Mejeri Dairy Products

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Järna Mejeri is a small and newly founded dairy based on ecological and biodynamic agriculture. Care is put into allowing the animals to live as naturally as possible, no pesticides or fertilizers are used and production is completely environmentally sustainable. The design process was quite joyful, the client trusted Priority’s competence and ability to create a unique design. The free reins of the project resulted in a relatively short process, which led to a final result that has helped Järna Mejeri become an established actor on the market. 

Designed by Priority

Country: Sweden

 

Mathias Dahlgren Edition Kitchen Appliances

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Don’t make things more complicated than they already are. Essen International helped Grand Hotel, retailer Dafra, and chef Mathias Dahlgren to develop packaging for their new set of modern kitchen appliances.“We are of course huge fans of Mathias and had the ambition to translate his culinary vision and creativity into a modern packaging concept that pushed creativity but could stand the test of time.”

Designed by Essen International

Country: United States & Sweden

 

Soylent Bar

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Snack to the future with the Soylent Bar. An all-new way for Soylent aficionados to experience the plant-based and protein-rich beverage is now available in packs of 12. 12.5% of your daily nutritional requirements is packaged in Soylent’s signature white and black colors catered to the on-the-go designer. Like it’s morning companion, Coffiest, the Bar reinforces Soylent’s mission of expanding access to quality nutrition by increasing their support for World Food Program USA, a non-profit based in Washington, D.C. that builds U.S. support and resources for the World Food Programme, the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.

Designed by Soylent

Country: United States

 

Coffiest

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Coffiest is coffee, but better. Instead of leaving you to put together a breakfast in the morning, Coffiest does the work for you, combining the nutrients you need and the coffee and caffeine you crave.

Designed in-house at Soylent, the beverage is part coffee, part soylent—the convenient and nutritious beverage that could very well be the food of the future. The company is a pioneer in food technology that aims to expand access to quality nutrition. Not only does Coffiest make breakfast a no-brainer, but for every case of Coffiest (and their newest Soylent Bars) Soylent also donates $0.25 to the World Food Programme, the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.

Designed by Soylent

Country: United States

 

Luxury Skin Cells

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Treat your skin daily with ETNIA Cosmetics’ Luxury Skin Cells. Beautifully packaged by Lavernia&Cienfuegos, you can now spoil yourself and feel like your at a spa right in our own home. The skincare range features a daywear cream, eyes & lips complex, concentrated serum, pure wear, and night cream. Each formula is packaged in an elegant pearlescent chamber that is placed in an ultra-minimal box embellished with an abstract shape and embossed copy. This flawless pampering item is a must in every beauty collection. 

Designed by Lavernia&Cienfuegos

Country: Spain

 

Oh Skin Unisex Cosmetics

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When it comes down to it, we all want to look our best whether we identify as men or women. Oh Skin recognizes the desire to look good and feel confident, and Emily Goater has developed the branding and packaging for the new unisex cosmetic brand. Oh Skin comes in relatively clean and traditional-looking packaging, implying that it’s a line of products that takes a no-nonsense approach. Amber bottles, black and white labels, and a sleek, modern sans serif font make choosing the right product simple.

Designed by Emily Goater

Country: United Kingdom

 

DÉCADA Tequila

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DÉCADA started as a journey to introduce a tequila to the world that was truly special and unique in every way possible. Something that could make a true experience. In todays rapidly expanding tequila market premium tequila has not seen any innovation. Brands along with distilleries see tequila as a commodity which shows in the nearly minimal di erences and characteristics of their pro les. Rather than innovate and explore a new approach they mimic each other and try to prove their quality by a similar claim of heritage and “mystic family secrets”.

Designed by DÉCADA Tequila

Country: United States

 

Upton Belts

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A belt made just for you requires packaging that makes the entire experience all the more special. Upton Belts is an online American-made brand that creates custom belts. Because the store only operates online, Wedge & Lever was asked to help create a physical manifestation that would engage customers, making up for the lack of an actual store location.

Designed by Wedge & Lever

Country: United States

 

TMA-2 Modular Packaging System

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The task was to create a packaging system for a modular headphone with over 20 parts and more than 500 combinations. The TMA-2 headphones are mainly sold, selected or configured online at aiaiai.dk. but also at selected stores around the world. So AIAIAI needed a scheme that could service both the SKU management, pick & pack solutions for warehouses, webshop. While still retaining an interesting unboxing experience, as well as, in some cases also have shelf presence at retailers. 

Designed by AIAIAI / Kilo Design

Country: Denmark

 

Extrem Premium

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Extrem Premium offers the finest selection of sliced Iberian ham in a completely non-traditional way. The ham comes from free-range acorn-fed Iberian pigs, which manifests itself in a superior quality. Lavernia & Cienfuegos created the packaging to place Extrem among the best brands in the category.

Designed by Lavernia & Cienfuegos

Country: Spain

 

Comme.Co

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Detox and cleanse your body for the new year with Comme.Co. Designed by Pop & Pac ultra fine activated charcoal is packaged into plastic pouch coated with kraft paper on one side. The front of the bag features the brand’s logo along with a golden sticker of authentication.The back is transparent giving consumers a seek peek to the contents inside. A batch number and corrodents of the products origins are included in a subtle way without taking away from the minimal look of the brand.

Designed by Pop & Pac

Country: Australia

 

The New Feminine Look to ZARA’s Best-Selling Fragrance

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This perfume looks so perfectly sultry, doesn’t it? ZARA Woman wanted to give their fragrance a makeover, so they turned to Lavernia&Cienfuegos for the redesign. With specific instructions to leave certain parts of the packaging alone, they made key changes that have totally transformed the scent for the better.

Designed by Lavernia&Cienfuegos

Country: Spain

 

Mr. Paw

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With pet product packaging steering in a bold and colorful direction, Mildred & Duck decided to take a daring chance on the classic black and white color scheme. As a way to represent the brand’s purity and all-natural ingredients in every product made, the design is kept simple with every ingredient listed on the front and back. Transparency is extremely important for this Melbourne-based grooming brand with a brand identity that mixes bold typography with softened round edges combined with playful brand imagery to complete the visual experience of the online retail store. 

Designed by Mildred & Duck

Country: Australia

 

Wedding Videography Delivery Box

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Wedding videography is about the closest thing you’ll get to re-living your special day, so why not make receiving the video extra special, too? Nikolas Grigoriou designed the delivery box that newlyweds get for their wedding videography from Kostas Kastanakis, including a DVD and USB drive to preserve the memories. Weddings are often black tie events, and the delivery box looks elegant and sophisticated with clean black and white packaging.

Designed by Nikolas Grigoriou

Country: Greece

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These All-Natural Ice Pops Are Adorable

We love this adorable packaging for Sunday Cats, a natural and organic ice pop brand. The Co-op Agency designed this fun packaging solution, which features cute illustrations of cats. The color scheme also reflects the refreshing flavors and brings on the summer vibes. 

“Sunday Cats are an organic and natural ice pop made with real fruit juice and whole food electrolytes. Sunday Cats doesn’t add sugar, artificial colors, or preservatives, and are vegan, GMO-free, and gluten-free. Sunday Cats pops are responsibly produced with individual pops packaged in BPA-free plastic, and six-pack boxes made from 100% recyclable cardboard. The pops are shelf stable as well, so they can go in and out of the freezer without any problems, making life easier for consumers, distributors, and retailers.”

 


Designed By: The Co-op Agency

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Treat Yo-Self With MY LITTLE SPA

MY LITTLE SPA is sure to get you to treat yo-self. Lithuanian agency étiquette designed the adorable packaging for this personal-sized spa kit. The kit has everything you would need to pamper yourself, but what really makes it stand out is the beautiful line-work illustrations and gold details that adorn the package.

“Lithuanian resorts are famous for their Spa centres and comfortable accommodation. However, they have no branded souvenirs that would be not only local themed, but designed with the Spa spirit in mind. MY LITTLE SPA was created to fulfill this niche. This set is the first in the series, and is dedicated to Druskininkai, which is famous for its pine trees, healing mud, and mineral water. It includes a scented candle, mud based soap, natural pine scented hand cream and bath salt.”

“The new brand name MY LITTLE SPA adds emotional appeal to an otherwise rather plain selection of souvenirs. The final design consists of the branded element connecting with the Druskininkai resort element. The resort element is interchangeable, and other resort themed sets (Palanga, Birštonas) are planned for the future.”

“A box format was chosen to house the set. It is convenient for both, displaying it in the Spa lobby and for putting it in your suitcase. The open box also allows the contents to be seen and inspected by the customer. It has enduring appeal even after the original contents have been used.”

“For the Druskininkai set, the green colour was chosen to represent pine trees, the key element of the resort and the souvenirs. Variations of colour were adjusted to convey the light and clean
spirit of the Spa.”

“The resort’s nature, history, and architecture served as the material for cover ornaments. The cover itself was a relatively inexpensive solution that raised the product’s perceived value and premium feel.”

 


Design by: étiquette
Art direction: Valerija Žilėnienė, Irmantas Savulionis
Packaging Design: Gintarė Ribikauskaitė 
Product Photo Shoot: Benas Navanglauskas, Andrius Penkauskas
Photography Styling: Gintarė Ribikauskaitė, Valerija Žilėnienė 
Client: MY LITTLE SPA
Location: Lithuania

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Hellmann’s Mayonnaise Gets a New Look That Celebrates its Roots

Design Bridge created the new branding and packaging for Hellmann’s, a popular mayonnaise brand known for their New York deli roots. The new design is contemporary and more straightforward, creating a no fuss product that consumers can depend on.

“Mike Stride, creative director at Design Bridge commented, ‘Our challenge was twofold: to broaden people’s perceptions of Hellmann’s as being so much more than just a mayonnaise brand, and to move Hellmann’s away from its existing bright, synthetic branding to a more natural aesthetic rooted in their belief in real food, made with real, simple ingredients.’” 
 

“Mike Stride from Design Bridge continued, ‘Our designs take people on a trip back to the first Hellmann’s deli where products are made instead of manufactured. We’ve replaced the synthetic blue and yellow branding with neutral, natural ‘colours with soul’, along with textures inspired by a welcoming deli interior: wood, brown paper, ceramics. Our new, hand-drawn illustration style brings warmth and personality to the packaging, depicting the real, raw ingredients that go into the products, instead of using hyper-realistic photography. We’ve also created a new suite of typography and fonts based on original deli signage.’” 

“The backdrop of each label takes its cue from deli counter tickets and varies in colour depending on the product type, bringing consistency to the portfolio, while the blue-ribbon logo has been simplified with a one-colour treatment and the lids of the jars given a more muted, matt finish instead of gloss. Design Bridge’s brand language team have also brought the spirit of a neighbourhood deli to life through the copywriting and tone of voice on pack, which now feels as if it’s been written by your favourite deli worker: passionate about food and always smiling.” 

 


Designed By: Design Bridge

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