Inspired Kitchen: A Recipe From Sweet Paul

Inspired Kitchen: A Recipe From Sweet Paul

Sweet Paul Cauliflower - Curry Soup
Sweet Paul Cover - sm

My friend Paul Lowe of the wonderful and inspiring Sweet Paul Magazine launched his new book earlier this year. I’m a bit late with this yummy post but I know you will all enjoy Paul’s recipe and his new book. Also, keep your eyes open for the gorgeous special weddings issue from Sweet Paul. I played a big part in this project and special issue and can’t wait for you all to see it!

I really hate to admit it but I can feel a shift in the temperature when I step outside. There is a subtle change in the light and already a little chill in the air that hints at the changing season. I do love Fall and I really enjoy cooking up delicious and healthy soup recipes in my kitchen when this cozy season arrives. One of my absolute favorite soups is cauliflower. In fact, I love cauliflower in many forms (especially roasted) but it makes a delicious, smooth and naturally creamy soup for a crisp autumn night. I prefer to make my soup vegan so I use olive oil instead of butter, replace the chicken stock with vegetable and avoid the heavy cream. See below for Paul’s yummy recipe! Enjoy creating your own version when you are ready for a warm and hearty soup.

Thanks to Paul and everyone at Sweet Paul Magazine!!



Excerpted from SWEET PAUL, © 2014 by Paul Lowe Einlyng. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


Cauliflower-Curry Soup

Serves 4

For years cauliflower was exiled to the back corner of the crudité platter. It’s time to make the wonderfulness of the vegetable en vogue again.

This is a fantastic soup. You can keep it for days in the fridge, and it will get better and better—if it lasts that long!



1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets (5–6 cups)

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 medium onion, chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

1 teaspoon curry powder

6 cups chicken stock

1 cup heavy cream

Freshly ground pepper

Extra-virgin olive oil, for serving


1. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil.

2. Add the cauliflower and cook until soft, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.

3. Melt the butter in another large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook the onion and celery, stirring, until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the curry powder.

4. Add the cauliflower and stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.

5. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth and creamy, or transfer to a regular blender, puree, and return to the saucepan.

6. Add the cream, simmer for 2 minutes, and season with salt and pepper.

7. Pour into bowls and serve, drizzled with a little olive oil.



In Living Color in Martha Stewart Weddings

We are crazy about color at Matthew Robbins Design, and are delighted to see a collaboration with our friends at Martha Stewart Weddings featured in the current Spring 2014 issue.  The feature showcases how color and design can transform the mood and environment of a wedding by playing with color combinations and styles against simple white table designs and backdrops. We hope you enjoy and find inspiration in this lovely feature!

Totally Technicolor:

We love this mix of vibrant colors paired with classic white Wedgwood dishes, simple crystal stemware, silver hammered flatware, and crisp white linens.  The perfect mix of classic and contemporary!

Contrasting Shades:

One of our current favorite color combinations – purple tones mixed with splashes of orange and peach.  This palette and style could be a wedding in Santa Barbara or at Blue Hill.  It’s happy, relaxed, and a bit wild!

Complimentary Chic:

For a more contemporary garden style, we used blues, greens and hints of purple against modern tabletop items to create a clean, lush look. Matthew’s vases from his collection with Teroforma create the perfect sized and shaped arrangements!

Singular Sensation: 

Yellow is back in style and we are loving it! Layering tones of yellow is an elegant, and interesting way to use this happy hue.  Lace napkins and creamy ceramics provide the perfect touch of vintage on this table.  This bouquet also speaks to our obsession with small slightly structured flowers such as the daffodils and button mums.

O. Magazine Feature

We recently collaborated with our friends at O. Magazine on a fun fashion story for the March 2014 issue – on stands now!  We created arrangements that show how real flowers inspired this year’s spring, floral trend. We loved matching flowers and containers with these fun graphic pieces, and working with the O. Magazine Team!

Flower Market February

Despite the cold and snowy weather we are experiencing in NYC, the Chelsea Flower Market is full of beautiful blooms!  February, March and April are some of the best months for weddings as the markets are packed with our favorite flowers in a wide variety of colors.

Teresa, our head of floral design, spends many mornings scouring the flower market for the most special, seasonal flowers.  We are excited to share some photos of Teresa’s favorite finds this week at the market.

So many gorgeous Anemones available!

Vibrant Anemones in blue, pink, and red tones.

Tulips! So many colors of tulips, it's impossible to choose a favorite.

Ranunculus. One of our favorites is fuller and more beautiful now than ever.

Stay tuned for more flower market finds each week from Teresa!

A New Year!

Happy 2014!  Our studio is thrilled to take part in a number of exciting projects for the new year. We have started the year by refreshing our studio floors and walls and ordering new furniture.  Matthew has committed to sharing daily inspired vignettes on Instagram (follow @mrobbinsdesign). Each post involves setting up beautiful objects and materials harmoniously to add a little beauty and design inspiration to your day! We will soon see the results of a very rewarding and inspired collaboration with Sweet Paul Magazine in a special weddings issue created with Matthew as Sweet Paul’s Wedding Editor. We are also excited about developing an online shop this year, where visitors can purchase Matthew’s first book, a number of really special, hand picked vintage pieces, his Teroforma vase collection, textiles from Guatemala and more. Some of our new press for the Spring will include Sweet Paul Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens and Martha Stewart Weddings!

Matthew Robbins Design will continue exploring the globe by designing destination events in places such as Guatemala, Mexico and Italy. Matthew is collaborating with friends and colleagues in Italy to host a wonderful adventure through Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany. Matthew’s “Inspired Italy” is an inspiring and luxurious ten-day excursion in early May filled with great workshops, gorgeous gardens and of course amazing food! For more information, please email at Don’t miss Matthew’s Downton Abbey Inspired Class with Flower School NY in February! Some of our new press for the Spring will include Sweet Paul Weddings, Better Homes & Gardens, Martha Stewart Weddings and more…stay tuned!! Matthew will be teaching a great workshop as part of the Sweet Paul Makerie in March!! We are planning to open our studio’s doors this year for intimate flower and design classes. On a final, exciting note, we are busy working on Matthew’s next book!! Stay tuned. Things are still in development but it will be a great one!!

Here are three of the vignettes from the Instragram #huntandgather #designdaily series!!

Wishing you all happiness, inspiration and beautiful clarity in 2014!!

One Year Anniversary!

Wow..time really does fly. I’m posting a gallery of my own gorgeous Hudson Valley Wedding today to celebrate our one year anniversary! I loved seeing the wedding details featured in the Fall 2013 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. It feels rather surreal to post a gallery of my own wedding but I’m thrilled to share many more images from our celebration!! Enjoy and check out the photos in the new gallery!