My daughter received an amazing surprise this week. She opened a parcel and found a tiny bottle with a wonderful little note inside. A very exciting little note too from a lovely friend and so creatively and beautifully presented.
Last night my youngest daughter and I celebrated the end of the working week together. Some people drink, we eat and these Asian dumplings certainly cured our assorted miseries. Perfect comfort food with lots of leftovers too. It would probably be better if it was not revealed that we also had salted caramel frozen yoghurt topped with halva but I could not keep that bit to myself as it was another higlight. Gym twice today though !!!!
We have a little family ritual going and all sit down to eat our body weight in pancakes on Sunday mornings. My son has become the short order cook using kefir, ricotta and banana. Kefir is a bit like buttermilk and makes the pancakes puffy and delicious. We had cups of brewed cardamon coffee today. The coffee comes from Israel and goes perfectly with food and family . I am onto my second cup !!
I am , as of yesterday, officially an empty nester. Final child moved bed and belongings to a shared house. It is something I don't mind but don't necessarily embrace. It happens to all of us at some point. Luckily the canine companions are staying put.
I am a porridge person and adore oats in any way, shape or form. Winter and oatmeal are synonymous for me, they go hand in hand or really spoon in hand ! I have tried this new multigrain porridge this week and found it to be a delicious variation on a theme.
It has lots of added goodies, small surprises in each spoonful. Probably it is best made on the stove top but as I am a corner cutting type of person, the microwave has worked well.
It would be relatively easy to create your own version of this porridge and to be honest this was quite an expensive product, even though I bought it on Ebay and it was delivered to the door, almost right into the bowl. But I can recommend it to all oat lovers as a perfect antidote to the winter chills.
This is not the place for you if you want serious fine dining but fun and calories are laid on here. And we all derserve that once in a while. The menu is enormous as are the serves. We had trouble choosing so decided to just eat dessert, make that plural !!!! Sharing is obligatory .
The room is colourful with pink and aqua upholstery and there is a mini juke box at every table full of golden oldies so take some dollar coins with you when you go. And enjoy this place for what it is. I will be going back for sure !!!
For a variety of reasons I am applying for a Britsh passport. As my Dad was English as were all my grandparents I seem to be eligible. The process is complex and the endless wordage on all the application forms is enough to deter anyone bar the staunchest anglophile. And at the end of all the deciphering, downloading and printing a hefty fee must be paid and then fear of fears I have to send it all off accompanied by my current passport. It may be an 8 week turnaround if not longer so no travel possible in that time. So I can only hope no spur of the moment tempting international travel offers come to me in that time frame !!!
This movie was a total escape and I spent a couple of hours laughing uproariously with tears running down my cheeks. Yes, the scenery was divine and the food looked exquisite but it was the dialogue , the hysterical banter, that I was swept up in. And wow what hotels !!! I would take a night in the Greta Garbo suite like a shot !! Who wouldn't ??
In February before I went to Agadir I pulled out the straggly end of summer contents of my vegie tubs so no one had to come and water them for me. Since then they have remained barren. Over autumn the olive tress overhead had become so expansive that little sun was coming through. Also my motivation to do any gardening or yard duties has been totally lacking due to ongoing personal angst. But looking at that bare earth had become pretty dismal so now I have herbs galore and even some ornamental artichokes. The olive trees have had a substantial prune so things on the botanical front are certainly looking up and even quite pretty.