I'm sitting in the garden (for the first time in 2016, yay!) and procrastinating. I've just poured a second cup of coffee so that I can take refuge out here a little longer and enjoy the gentle chirping of the birds and scent of cherry blossom wafting across the grass. I'm hiding out here because on … Continue reading Almost there
An ongoing list of small intentions I have for 2016. Taste more, drink less. I have a comfort zone. One I am very happy occupying, whether it's with a glass of Italian red wine, a well crafted Manhattan or a Spanish gin. This year as part of my ongoing education I want to try more things, confound … Continue reading Little things
Last Friday I ventured all the way across London for a play date with two of my favourite ladies. My honorary big sister, also known as my Sister-From-Another-Mister (SFAM), and her utterly gorgeous toddler Miss D. Now, I'm not the maternal type. In fact that's actually putting it lightly. Frankly children can smell fear and … Continue reading Aunty Cake and the Magic Icing.
I'm normally completely caught out by Easter. It's not a holiday that we celebrate as a household, except for revelling in the extra days off work, and so there are no eggs around, chocolate or otherwise (we'll talk about my egg issues another time). The most I tend to manage is to have a bouquet … Continue reading Boozy marzipan hot cross buns.
...ignore them and make Manhattans. That's my motto. At least it is now. The gift of the wonderful Death and Co. book for Christmas has definitely made the brutal onslaught of January easier to deal with. Well, okay, it may not have actually made it easier, but it's made it seem easier. This, coupled with the … Continue reading When life gives you lemons…
I haven't made resolutions. Like many people this year I am focusing on goals, objectives and progression. 2015 has already challenged me and we're only seven days in. I have no idea how this challenge will work out, but I do know that sometimes I need a little reminder that it's okay not to know. … Continue reading January Goals / Obiettivi gennaio
This time twelve months ago we had just gotten engaged. This time three and a half months ago we got married. 2014 has been quite the whirlwind, with new jobs for both of us, a new name for me, and all sorts of other things in between. I can only hope that 2015 brings as … Continue reading Twelve months / dodici mesi
A case of the Sunday blues was setting in here as the realisation set in that the wedding and honeymoon are over and it's back to work. Normal service shall be resumed. Except not quite, because I need to fill in forms, change my name and figure out a new signature. From now on I … Continue reading Back in the kitchen
Whimsical, full of potential and perfectly chosen. Thank you Mr L, you know me far too well.