emma

Posts by this author:

Lisa’s Mediterranean Vegetable Bake

Lisa’s Mediterranean Vegetable Bake

This dinner is so simple it’s almost wrong to call it a recipe, but it’s so scrumptious that I’m going to share it anyway. Packed full of as many vegetables as you can slip in, it’s full of everything good in vegetables. I like my vege skins on; just scrubbing the skin off potatoes and butternut squash, peeling sweet potatoes, adding courgettes, peppers, cauliflower, carrots and any thing else you have languishing in the fridge.… View Post

London Living: Paralympic Blues

London Living: Paralympic Blues

  With the closing ceremony tonight, it’s hard to think of what we’ll be doing without the Paralympics & Olympics. When initially announced that London had won the Olympics, there was a great deal of  cringing in London, imagining all of the chaos caused transport and facilities-wise, but actually it’s been ok. It’s be more than ok really – after the main Security problems, and our Army boys stepped up, the trains have been busier (Ok,… View Post

One with ones self

One with ones self

Today I found myself an moment of peace amongst the noise, interaction, sights and smells of the Tourists in and around London. As a very happily married gal, it felt quite strange today to split off in town and wander our separate ways (hubby was off to do some secret shopping for my upcoming birthday) and I ended up wandering through Charing Cross and the Strand. Being on my own for the hour or so got me… View Post

Mort by Terry Pratchett – Book and Theatre Review […

Mort by Terry Pratchett – Book and Theatre Review [affiliate]

Mort by Terry Pratchett (his fourth book) is a witty, cynical parody romp through perils of a first job, but, this is a first job with a difference – Mort’s boss is Death himself. We’ve all experienced first days, but at least our first day’s couldn’t destroy the very fabric of reality. “As Death’s apprentice, he’ll have free board and lodging, use of the company horse, and he won’t need time off for family funerals. The position… View Post

Post Wembley Celebration Drinks

Post Wembley Celebration Drinks

Once we had completed our flights, we were at a lost for how to celebrate – luckily a new hotel opened a stones throw from the exit! No Riff Raff: We were kicked out of the exclusive lounge that we wandered into by accident. You know it’s living it up when everything is free, so Check.     Comfy Chairs: Check Cool Beverage Refreshment: Check   Tasty Snacks: Check (those far ones were amazing, Korean… View Post

Wembley Stadium, a (kiwi) birds eye view

Wembley Stadium, a (kiwi) birds eye view

How does flying through the air on a wire going 25mph whilst taking in the views of the home of English football sound? I’ve come to the realisation that we need to enjoy life to the max, and have to try and live up to my chosen blog name ‘Adventures of a London Kiwi’ and push the envelope a bit.. We were taken on a guided tour of Wembleys facilities; the plush changing rooms, players tunnels… View Post

Saturday Adventures

Saturday Adventures

We had a smashing Saturday yesterday – … catching up with friends in the craziest pub I’ve ever been in – Waxy O’Connors near Picadilly Circus (apparently it gets rammed in the evenings though)   …watched the Circus set up in Picadilly Circus for the Festival tomorrow; … meandered past Kiwi House  … caught a lift in a London Icon and watched a musical involving an 8-foot Grim Reaper, Flying horse and a Ferret. Review to follow… View Post

Letter to my future self – 10 years

Letter to my future self – 10 years

One of my more random 101 in 1001 goals (bar dancing in the rain and sleeping in the treetops) was to write a letter to myself, to be opened in 10 years time. It’s a really interesting thing to do – it really made me think about where I want my life to go. It’s aslo a trange feeling to contemplate where I am now – married, living on the other side of the globe and up… View Post

Crazy work people

Crazy work people

Most of the time Work sucks. But sometimes in the lottery of the workplace you end up spending 90% of your waking hours with some really lovely, and crazy people. Exhibit A: I swear to you one moment he was in a suit then 30 seconds later I saw a flash of neon pink. My stomach hurt we were laughing so much…  

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Reading Recommendation

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Reading Recommendation

There was such hype about this book, and I kept saying to myself “Shall I get it? Is it all just hype? Should I get a samurai sword?” And the answers are Yes, Somewhat but it is still awesome – mostly as it has ninjas and butt-kicking in it and probably No. It wasn’t until I was walking to work one day, and an American guy said to his mate “Pride and Prejudice with Zombies… View Post

Foodie-in-training: Macarons

Foodie-in-training: Macarons

In the last while, we’ve enjoyed some really interesting foods and tastes; Umami Homemade Curry Powder Coconut Milk, from a Coconut Raw Oysters Almond Butter But these babies are my favourite so far: I wish I could claim that I have painstakingly creamed, baked, piped and assembled them, but I would be lying (though I do make a mean Melting Moment biscuit – I used to make them for my Dad, and people would steal them out… View Post

London Living: Carnival

London Living: Carnival

One thing uniquely London, is the Notting Hill Carnival. A melting pot of food, music & dancing, but not for the faint hearted. With Jerk chicken that could burn through steel, cool crisp beer, and eye-watering crowds, we haven’t as yet braved the carnival. We were definately considering it this year, until we met the melee of the excited travellers on Central Line. Wow.   We definately piked this year (didn’t end up going), but next year,… View Post

August Bank Holiday Family time

August Bank Holiday Family time

I had planned great things for my blog posts today: a recipe and discourse to rival war and peace.   However, as things do, life kind of got in the way. We got some pretty boring chores completed, groceries done, gym out the way, and then a last minute decision to catch up with hubby’s family, taking my cuz with us. Such a lovely unplanned evening of laughter. We are lucky – it has been… View Post

Living London: Rainy Bank Holidays

Living London: Rainy Bank Holidays

Now, I love London with all my heart (except the part that will always be reserved for Aoteoroa) but the one downside to London – the weather (Oh, and commuting, but we’ll leave that for another day!) The quintessential image of London is rainswept, and it well deserves it. It’s not normally a torrential awful rain, but just an annoying drizzle that springs on you when you’ve nipped out without your umbrella. Before I came… View Post

Gym guilt

Gym guilt

I’ve not been to the Gym for nearly two weeks. There, I said it, I’ve come clean to the world. Instead we have been out and about, or simply doing nothing (though I think we clocked up a few points on our wander up Big Ben & around Buckingham Palace!) I have been trying to get more mini-excercise in my day though; running other peoples errands (genuinely – my boss loves me right now), walking… View Post

Emirates Cable Car, North Greenwich

Emirates Cable Car, North Greenwich

The last leg of our tourist day, was catching the cable car linking the southern bank of the Thames near the o2 Arena, with the Northbank to the Excel Centre – both Olympic Venues. I have to admit I’m not great with heights, so I was a bit wary of this one, but knew that if I didn’t gird my loins and get on it, I would miss some spectacular views. Once I opened my… View Post

… Sunshine on my window, makes me happy

… Sunshine on my window, makes me happy

A weekend round up in pictures. We had such a lovely lazy hazy weekend in the sunshine. 31-31 degrees celcius. Yum. I don’t care that the lawns have gone a wee bit brown, I don’t care that it’s so hot that we haven’t seen the cat as she’s found a shady spot. I love it – I’m not a sun worshipper by any means, but this summer has been terrible… and I don’t expect much… View Post

Rivers of London – Reading Recommendation

Rivers of London – Reading Recommendation

Peter Grant is your average Central London PC; street-wise, loves his curries, beer and football but not so great at concentrating on the finer detail. It just so happens that one day he takes a statement “from a man who was already dead but still disturbingly voluble.”   I really enjoyed the clever mix of life in London with a supernatural twist. The characters are flawed and funny – narrated by Peter Grant, it feels… View Post