About a month back Joel and I spend a short week in the Italian city of Siracusa, located right on the bottom right hand corner of Sicily, on line with southern Greece and Tunisia. More precisely, we spend most of our time on Ortygia, which is a small island that’s part of Siracusa. I’ve previously visited Palermo, and Siracusa had just as much character – perhaps even a bit more. Ortygia was without a doubt the soul of the city, and a beautiful old town with narrow streets, and a new discovery around every corner. Amazing restaurants too! The Island is surrounded by a beautiful, and at times very choppy, clear blue sea. Images speak louder than words – So here’s some impressions (All taken with iPhone 6 and edited with vsco, as my hand luggage didn’t allow for my DSLR unfortunately) All photos are mine. Do not use without permission. Thank you!
Blending vegetables is rather popular right now, and this weekend I’ve blended loads. With fruits and seeds. I have baked some leafs too, and pretended they were crisps.
But to be fair, it was actually pretty delicious (I’m still making up my mind about the baed kale crisps, but they weren’t bad), so I thought I’d share.
The first one I made contained one green apple, a handful of blueberries, a handful of raspberries, a handful of frozen spinach, a handful of left kale, the juice of half a lemon, a slice of fresh pineapple, and chia seeds. It didn’t come out quite a smooth as I was hoping, but the taste was still delicious.
The second one I made Saturday morning. I used one banana, a handful of blueberries and a handful of raspberries, mixed with a splash of soy milk and loads of ice. A nice smooth way to start a day. But definitely make sure it’s ice-cold, so it’s not too heavy.
The baked leafs. Also known as kale crisps. In my first attempt they became completely black, but the second attempt turned out alright. I used around a handful of leafy kale, washed them and put them in a bowl with about 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, a sprinkle of turmeric, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. I think you can pretty much use any spices that you wish. I baked them for around 10-15 minutes, until crispy but still green (There’s a fine line between ‘perfect’ and ‘black’). In hindsight, I would have used less cayenne pepper, as they were a tad spicy – On the other hand they did seem to clear my head of the cold I’ve been struggling to get rid of for ages.
Last weekend Joel and I packed our weekend bags and joined the Friday night commuters at London Victoria. Destination: Wittering – A smallish town on the English coast, about a 2 hour train journey from London.
I have said it before, but I’ll happily say it again: Is tree anything better than leaving busy London for the weekend? I don’t think so. So it was very welcome, that Joel’s lovely parents had invited us, and the rest of the family, for a second Christmas in honour of Joel’s big brother Tom who had returned from Istanbul.
It was a weekend of open fires, wine, talks, beach walks, and amazing food. It was rather reluctantly we made our way back to London on the Sunday afternoon, but with a few new ideas and dreams for the future.
A new year starts, and I immediate;y feel like I should do something. So therefore, hello again dear blog! Sitting on the couch with a cup of tea, next to a man who is concentrated watching Match of The Day, is perhaps not the most inspiring scene imaginable. But, it is life, and pretty damn lovely in its own way.
I spend my Christmas in Denmark as usual. There were not much snow this year, but thankfully a few very frosty days, clear skies, frozen puddles and ice crystals on windows. It doesn’t quite feel like real Christmas without those days where you can’t feel your nose after being outside for 5 minutes.
It was lovely seeing the family and spending some quality time with them all. And Buster the dog of course. I don’t see them near as often as I would like, and it’s silly, really. One of the things I want to change in 2015!
I spend New Years at home in our little loft with my Love, and it was perfect. Now, thinking about what 2015 might bring, I don’t actually have a clue. I feel like something significant might happen, but I’m not sure what. It does feel like some sort of change is in the air though.
Hope you all had a lovely break, and got a chance to see the ones you love. That’s what this season is all about really. Bring on 2015 adventures!
Christmas relaxation favourite: Wandering about the little farm with Buster and looking at the chickens.
Sadly, Christmas wasn’t pure joy. This little Sweetheart, Kamma, took her last breath. If only animals lived as long as we do!
My favourite sidekick <3
Spent a lot of time with this guy over Christmas. He is the sweetest little soul imaginable.
Amazing Christmas cookies made by my father – could eat these all year round easily.
Our little Christmas tree in our flat. It will be time for it to continue its journey soon.
All images are taken by me. Please do not use without permission.
I love a good view. There’s something calming about being above the city, looking out over the hectic life of the big smoke. So, when I first went to view our current flat on a hill in Walthamstow, it was really a no-brainer. There really is no better way to calm down after a busy day than to open our giant loft windows and take in the sunset over London, or watch the weather change, or hear the sound of rain on the windows. It’s a new view every day.
As this is being published I am most likely in IKEA, most likely in a single effort, or with a man with a ‘kill me now’ look on his face (which does not disappear until we get to the food section).
We’re only getting four organising boxes called Drona, for a new bookcase called Kallax that we bought secondhand last week. In theory, that is. Because as anyone who has ever set foot in an IKEA store knows, you will most likely get lost, buy everything that you don’t need, and end up at the checkouts with enough stuff to establish a completely new household. But how can you not get that clever little thing, that will most likely be useful at some point in your life, and is only £2? It would be stupid not to, really. Especially considering that it probably took you about half a day getting to it, while making your way through the IKEA maze and those thousand little perfect rooms (Which really are just walls set up inside a giant warehouse).
We’ve all been there (And no, it’s not easier for Scandinavians – apart from pronouncing the names, maybe).
I haven’t blogged in – forever? Life has been a whirlwind lately in every possible way.
We have moved flat (and therefore been without internet for about a month – Thanks BT). A move was never in the plans, but our previous landlady ‘conveniently’ decided that she no longer wanted to rent out her flat – So there was no choice really. We have however managed to find an amazing new flat, in the same area, with great London views and 2 floors. We’re not complaining (Apart from maybe the unexpected ginormous agency fees and of course the moving of the internet… Why is that always such a massive problem?).
And as if a move of your entire private life wasn’t enough, my professional life has been moved to. Our regular studio is being renovated, so we have all relocated for the summer. It’s all about the moving!
And to make things even more challenging, Joel and I had, prior to knowing of all this moving shenanigans, booked a two week holiday in Denmark, which resulted in us having to move flat one day, and go on holiday the next. Not ideal, but we have somehow managed. Safe to say we’re happy that there is no more packing to be done for a while though…
So the holiday in Denmark was a very welcome break. The weather was amazing, it was literally warm and sunny every day. Quite extraordinary considering how unpredictable a Danish summer normally is. There is nothing better than a Scandinavian summer night where it never truly gets dark.
We hung out with my folks, all the animals, ate a lot of food, had some bbq’s, went out on the town in Vejle where I grew up (With all the teenagers. When did I get so old?) and spend a couple of days in Copenhagen, where all my friends, conveniently, have settled down.
I know that I am the least reliable person to trust on this being Danish and all, but Copenhagen really is one of the loveliest capitals out there (and in my opinion definitely number one).
Will be back with some more meaningfull posts soon!
All images taken by me – Do not use without permission.