Good Friday

What a treat to wake up to a sunny morning on Good Friday. Happy 4 day weekend all.

Sunny morning

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Love you

Happy Birthday Dad. Watching those home videos yesterday reminded me of all the thrill-seeking adventure you brought to our childhoods. Thank you for all the times we played, climbed, slid, swam, jumped, ran, cycled, whistled and laughed. You and your 3 musketeers.

Dad

Nutella & Hazelnut Swirls

These are a must bake weekend breakfast treat. Easy and simple to make, they’re absolutely scrumptious and go perfectly with a morning cup of coffee. Taken from the French and Grace ‘Kitchen & Co’ cookbook, we opted to try the Nutella and Hazelnut swirls. The recipe also suggests other flavour combinations to play with…like cinnamon and raisin. Yes please! Bon appetit.

Kitchen & Co Sprinkled hazelnuts
Making pastries Before going in the oven
Baked

Another weekend

Although not quite the spring visit I’d anticipated when we first put the date in the diary, this weekend’s trip to Oxford was lovely nonetheless. We sheltered from the elements (wind, rain and snow) with coffee stops in The Missing Bean and a wonderful lunch in Quod. After a Saturday morning shopping and nattering, the afternoon was spent warming through with cups of tea and playing with the ever more adorable Ivy.

Come early evening and with the little one tucked in us oldies cosy’d down and enjoyed a delicious dinner of Lamb Koftes, melting hallomi, sliced tomatoes, cooling yoghurt and rocket wrapped up in warm flatbreads. Sunday morning brought with it a breakfast of sensational Nutella and hazelnut swirls (blog post to follow) enjoyed with strong cafetiere coffee. And to top it all off, lunch was a fresh and healthy green bean and smoked Mackerel salad. All these amazing meals were inspired by the Kitchen & Co cookbook and rustled up by my talented sis. Thank you!

The Missing Bean LatteOxfordOxford SisterSnowdrops Punting

Illustration

Stumbled upon this beautiful illustrator through the 52 project my sister is taking part in. After discovering she had an online shop I was there in a flash and had bought one of the wonderful prints for a gift in a matter of minutes. It came with this simple thank you postcard. Both the online shop and blog are worth checking out for a burst of inspiration.

Thank you card

Here’s to March

Wow, what a whirlwind the last month has been. Full of lots of stress and little fun it certainly felt like an all work and no play few weeks. The good times may have been few and far between but they were all the more special for it. My 3 favourite moments of February were:

  1. London
    Dinner at Harrison’s in Balham with great friends
  2. Auntie Lot Lot
    Teaching the beautiful little Ivy to say ‘Lot Lot’
  3. Smile
    Illustrating my new favourite card

So here’s to March and the first wonderful signs of spring. The sight of candy floss coloured blossom, the sound of chattering birds and the gentle touch of warm sunshine. Aside from eagerly anticipating my favourite season of the year, this March I’ll also be…

  • Taking it easy – making sure I spend more time enjoying the simple things
  • Food – my go to recipes are great but it’s time to add a few new dishes into the mix, starting tomorrow with a seasonal spring onion, pea and king prawn risotto

This afternoon was so sunny here in Bath and I’m hoping with crossed fingers for the same tomorrow. I’ll be starting my Sunday with a lazy lie in and a buttery chocolate treat from The Bertinet Bakery.

The Bertinet Bakery