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Foodie-In-Training: Figs

Foodie-In-Training: Figs

It’s funny. For the last six months, we’ve been really focussed on changing the way that we eat and live our lives. We’ve lost a fair amount of weight on a calorie-counting programme, and it’s interesting because the relationship we have with food has totally changed. Whilst still enjoying all of the treats available, it’s no longer imperative to over indulge. Understanding the calorie values that everything is worth really changes the way you view treats. I… View Post

Before I Go To Sleep – Reading Recommendation

Before I Go To Sleep – Reading Recommendation

“As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me. . . .”   I couldn’t put this book down. It literally went everywhere with me. When younger I was a Koontz fan and this reminded me of him – without the Sci-Fi. I enjoyed the almost disembodied-ness… View Post

Kiwi Care Package

Kiwi Care Package

It’s funny the things that you take for granted when you live in your home country, that become more sought after once they aren’t within a 10-minute walk to the nearest supermarket. I have quite a sweet tooth anyway, but sometimes there is a longing in my eye for the tastes of home that are a struggle to get, or are eye-wateringly expensive. Take for instance the humble Squiggle. One of my childhood favourites, there… View Post

Sunday Brunch at Kopapa

Sunday Brunch at Kopapa

To round off the weekend, brunch was arranged with a new friend at Kopapa. I have to confess, we definately were keen to check it out, not only as the reviews are great and chef is Kiwi Peter Gordon; but also as afghans, good coffee, date scones and spirulina were calling – a varieties of good Kiwi fare. We really enjoyed it; great food, good company and all out of the pouring rain. Hearing so much about them,… View Post

Posh Afternoon Tea

Posh Afternoon Tea

Saturday was lovely. Champagne, tea, dainty treats and a lot of laughter (excuse the blurry photos, I didn’t want to get my camera out as I felt enough of a berk with my phone on the table…) Afternoon tea was a last minute decision, and as they go, sometimes they can be the very best. My mum and I have been saying for a long time that we should treat indulge ourselves. Through a series of tough… View Post

Musicals

Musicals

One of the things I love the most about London-town is the sheer opportunities that present themselves to you – growing up, as a family we have always loved musicals. I grew up on a diet of Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, South Pacific… which has fed my love and obsession with Musicals in the West End – we’ve been to Phantom, Les Miserables, Jersey boys (an amazing jem) dreamboats and petticoats (a bit meh)… View Post

This week has been preeetty boring

This week has been preeetty boring

I’ve got to say Day Time TV is the best medicine for being ill. It’s the pits. You want to get better just to get back to work. As I’ve been stuck at home for most of the week with a throat bug, this week has been fairly lame, but very cosy with the Cat loving a warm lap that’s keeping her company. Lovely store-made Chicken Soup, heated with lots of love by my lovely hubby.… View Post

American Dreaming: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

American Dreaming: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

I love Pumpkin Pie Smoothies, and have gone to many lengths in the past to track down Libby’s Pumpkin Puree, last year making a Pumpkin Pie (which I adored and hubby liked). I don’t what it is that first attracted me to Pumpkin; we’ve always loved at home in New Zealand, it’s a particular childhood favourite, and when I heard that you can make a dessert out of it, I had to try it and… View Post

London living: M&M World

London living: M&M World

After date night recently with the hubby, we stumbled across M&M world in Leicester Square. I have sampled the delights a couple of times, but it still amazes me that they have built a 4 floor temple to all things M&M-y. And it’s a beautiful E-number coloured and popular world. It is an excercise in PR amazingness – as my hubby exclaimed “They are only sweets, this place is crazy.” They have everything from a… View Post

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – …

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Reading Recommendation

This tells the story of a Chinese family coming to grips with each other, and their place in American society during the Second World War and the impact it has still on their lives decades later. Narrated by Henry Lee, based around an old Seattle hotel which has been boarded up for decades, the narration slips between 1986 and 1942 and draws parallels between his relationship with his father, and his slowly slipping away relationship with… View Post

Random Wanderings

Random Wanderings

A pretty relaxed day (see exhibit A – I was pinned down by her) after our shopping marathon yesterday, we did the usual commuter chores then met up with a friend for an hours power walk near where she lives. Living in London does have it’s unglamourous side too! Sadly, the alarm bell still goes off even in peoples 14th Century Manor homes – not mine sadly – yet! It’s great to feel the changes… View Post

Adventures of the benign

Adventures of the benign

This week has been full of fun & frivolity; catching up with friends, learning copying Russian, arranging to meet & making new friends, being one of the boys, drinking a wee bit too much, surviving the ensuing hangover, watching work colleagues wrestle, the cat messing with us and shopping. Now, I don’t enjoy shopping. I know girls are meant to LOVE the chase of a new pretty skirt, the whisper of a new blouse. Me,… View Post

Banana Fruit Cake

Banana Fruit Cake

I have to fess up. I had cake for dinner. But, I made myself feel better about the fact that it has loads of fruit in it – in amongst the scaled down butter, sugar & flour. It’s a basic Banana cake with a few tweaks here and there, to vaguely heathify it up – removing some of the Butter, Sugar and all of the Oil, and to suit the ingredients I had in the cupboard. I love a contrast in textures, and… View Post

London Living: Oranges and Lemons, say the bells …

London Living: Oranges and Lemons, say the bells of St Clements…

Guess what I accidentally stumbled upon? St Clement’s just as the bells were ringing. The original church was badly damaged in 1948 by enemy fire & was rebuilt in 1958 and was dedicated to the RAF. “For over 1,000 years a church has stood on this spot. Tradition holds that it was originally built by Danes expelled from the City of London by King Alfred in the ninth century.  It is mentioned in William the… View Post

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