23 November 2016
At this time of the year, when the leaves turn shades of ochre and there is a bite in the air, I crave comfort food. Perhaps it is something about wearing cosy, woollen jumpers, snuggled up on the couch that creates these cravings. I particularly enjoy cooking with Squash in any way I can. Squash is the hero vegetable of Autumn. A simple squash roast in the oven will suffice on some days like I did here. But for those days when I feel like something sweet for a slow brunch on the weekends, only pancakes will do. These roasted squash pancakes drizzled with rosemary infused maple syrup are not only delicious, healthy but a great way to get a vegetable intake in the mornings, particularly for kids.
14 November 2016
Over the summer, I spent a lot of time exploring Richmond. I have always loved this part of London for it's beauty, water views and proximity to the Thames, the wildlife in the park (you can spot deers) and so much green space. You don't have to venture very far to find a little green oasis to your very own. Petersham Nurseries has become another great reason why I love this neighbourhood. I came here quite frequently to wander around the nursery before having lunch. You have the choice of a fancy lunch in the restaurant or a basic menu is available in the Teahouse. I would often sit here for hours basking in the warmth and enjoyed being surrounded by plants.
7 November 2016
It's no denying that Autumn is upon us. The trees have nearly shed all their leaves, the days are much shorter, much colder. Halloween has come and gone, and before you know it, it will be Christmas. That's right, I said the C word.
I'm craving lots of comfort food, easy foods that can be left on their own in the oven with not much tending to. At this time of the year it's all about the squash and my favourite way to eat them is to simply roast them in the oven. Seasonal simplicity at it's best. And because time is something I don't have a lot of these days to spend in the kitchen.
Does anyone else feel like they wish they had more time in their day? I certainly do.
Here I give you just simple roasted pumpkins. No recipe needed, no words necessary. Just Photos.
25 October 2016
About a month ago I had my summer holiday in Portugal. It was one of those places that was on my bucket list for a long time and I finally made it there. We spent our first few nights in lovely Lisbon before travelling down the coast towards the Algarve.
What I will remember Lisbon mostly for is the light and shadows that fell on the crumbling facades of the buildings. Our days were spent meandering through the city in awe of it's imperfect beauty. Alfama, the old town, being our favourite part of the city with its rustic charm, tiled walls and pastel coloured buildings. We explored deserted alleyways, capturing locals going about their day. Lisbon is a hilly city and if you find the right location, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views across the city and Rio Tajo. If you find the hills too much for walking, you can always catch a tuk tuk or one of the many trams that criss cross the city.
16 October 2016
I have lived in London for over 5 years and I like to think I know this city quite well. Having a baby hasn't stopped me from wanting to explore this ever changing city. I still enjoy visiting the familiar and the favourite places, as well as discovering new ones. The beauty about London is that it is so big and vast, you are never short of ideas and places to visit. New restaurants and cafes are opening up all the time. Hence, I thought it was about time I started a new series called London Stories highlighting those special and beautiful places to visit.
7 October 2016
My baby boy, my Huckleberry Finn turned 6 months old today. Wiggle as I sometimes like to affectionately call him has reached a momentous milestone. An age worth celebrating because that's a big achievement for both baby and parents.
Life has been a whirlwind since Finn entered our lives 6 months ago. Life has changed irrevocably. Everything has been new & foreign from changing nappies, to bathing a tiny human, breastfeeding and burping (because babies get a lot of wind). But 6 months on and we are old hands at these tasks. Now that Finn is old enough for solids, it's a whole new phase we are going through again. There have been ups and downs. Plenty of emotional, mental and physical strains. Parenting is hard, you are sleep deprived everyday and feeling like a zombie starts to feel normal. But I couldn't imagine life without Finn and he has changed our life for the better.