thanksgiving + pizza

2015, December, Family and Friends, Food, Inspiration

it’s been a week since thanksgiving and i have spent much of this past week remembering the many {many} reasons i have to be thankful. as much as i am always working towards something {aren’t we all}, taking time to be grateful for what i already have is as vital for my health as the air i breath.

a special shout out to my mother who has spent so much of herself {physically, emotionally, spiritually} investing in my brother and me. i couldn’t have asked for a better example of what it takes to be a mother.

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the housemates and i wanted to do something to celebrate the day of giving thanks, so my housemate jo came up with the genius idea of thanksgiving pizza.

i.e. putting thanksgiving ingredients on top of a pizza.

hello.

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turkey

bacon

stuffing

cranberry sauce

corn

gravy. GRAVY PEOPLE.

greens

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sides included macaroni cheese, our own take on sweet potato pie, mouth-watering garlic and mozzarella stuffed mushrooms <—— i would eat all day everyday.

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it was so simple and so good.

hope you all enjoyed your thanksgiving celebrations.

next up – CHRISTMAS!!

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life lately according to my iphone + canon 100d

2015, Family and Friends, Food, Inspiration, November

i think i spent much of october baking. from macarons to rainbow birthday cakes… i can’t tell you the amount of eggs/flour/butter i got through!

the bf’s brother and sister turned 18 and 30 {respectively}. with those being milestone birthdays i thought what better way to celebrate than with special birthday cakes?!

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for anna i found a yummy recipe for classic a victoria from the bbc good food gods {check it out here}. you can’t really go wrong with this classic sponge goodness but i needed to give it a bit of a **booom i just turned 30** look. so of course that only means buttercream icing with kit kats and maltesers!

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i strongly believe that this is how you go from “yum” to “get in my belly”.

now, turning 18 is a big deal. so for tobi i wanted to make something a bit more fun. something that screamed **freedom!!! now give me sugar**

if you’ve been following my blog for a while you know i made a rainbow cake for my bff ema back in 2014 here.

now i needed a rainbow cake with a 18 year old twist. hail skittles and more buttercream icing…

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another few months of baking and i just might be great british bake-off good.

ha let’s get real. i wish.

this past summer i invested in a good, what i would call ‘starter’, digital slr camera. after much, much, deliberation and discussions with fellow photography friends i opted for the canon 100d alongside a 50mm lens. i had fallen in love with portrait style photography about 5 years ago and only about 3 weeks ago did i manage to try it out for the first time {with my colleague from work too – she was a great sport!}.

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honestly. this experience made me so happy. i think i found a new favourite hobby.

back to cakes…

earlier in november at work,  our lovely marketing intern turned 21.

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so of course birthday cake.

 

because she has celiac disease i scoured the world wide web for a good gluten free victoria sponge recipe {i’m a bit obsessed} and i found this one. and while it was probably one of the most delicious recipes i’ve tried {seriously delicious}. it crumbled. to pieces. twice.

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**insert violins and tears**

in the end i opted for a gluten free rice krispie chocolate treat/rocky road concoction. thank goodness for friends, pinterest and 24hour shopping at tesco.

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IF YOU KNOW OF A GOOD CRUMBLE FREE GLUTEN FREE SPONGE RECIPE – HOLLA AT YA GIRL. like really. i needed caps to emphasise the seriousness. if you couldn’t already tell.

this quote had me feeling some type-a-way

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never be afraid to fail right? if you don’t ask/try, it will always be a no.

happy thursday. pssst it’s nearly christmas.

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3 courses, 3 days, 3 countries | part II

2015, Culture, Food, June, Travel

happy first day of june. the weeks literally fly by, and i feel especially when

so apparently i started writing this post on june 1st. and 10 days later i’m actually completing it…i promise i wanted to get this up a lot earlier than that but at the moment i seem to posses an inability to post regularly. as in, more than once a month.

and for that i apologise.

to finish my 3 courses, 3 days, 3 countries post i close with brussels.

brussels is beautiful and quaint. and a cobbled streets-kind of charming.

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^^that beautiful, coloured building right there is at grote markt or grand place. it lit up like that at night. i couldn’t believe my eyes. i had this overwhelming feeling that if i twirled i could be a princess.

that’s the only way i can describe what seeing that felt like.

we ate our dinner part of the trip at a sweet pub restaurant called skeivelat. caroline and i opted for the house ribs. and oh my.

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can someone say lip smacking? or finger licking… well there i said it. because that’s what happened.

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and you can’t leave brussles without sampling some kind of chocolate.

you just can’t.

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“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

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3 courses, 3 days, 3 countries | part I

2015, Culture, May, Travel

if you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know that one of the items i had on my 30 things before 30 list was to have 3 meals in 3 countries over 3 days.

it happened people. it actually happened.

i kept pinching myself…all the while thinking “is this real life..or just fantasy?”

ha. but yes. yes it was real life.

words can’t really express how i feel when i have the freedom to explore. explore cities that are beautiful to me. and to do that with food that is divine, decadent, delicious.

i was some kind of delirious.

{and apparently i get some kind of poetic when it comes to describing my travel and food experiences}.

london

london you sweet, sweet thing. we didn’t spend a lot of time here. {but that’s ok because i have plenty more london exploration trips planned this year}.

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we stayed near london victoria coach station and my friend caroline, who knew the area pretty well, chose this cute cafe just a 3 mins walk from the coach station entrance on elizabeth street.

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thumbs up from me baker & spice.

we decided to take the megabus. lawd. cheap travel…but goodness gracious i was reminded why i don’t like the general public.  hey ho, we survived.

paris

we arrived early friday evening and headed straight to our accommodation. airbnb of course.

i fell in love with paris after my first trip there last summer. and it didn’t disappoint, even in the rain.

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saturday morning we went on the wego walking tour. i can’t give the tour enough cred. it’s run by french couple paul and paulina. paul is the guide while paulina takes the pictures. firstly they’re a cute couple, second….paul is a fantastic tour guide. he is energetic but mostly incredibly passionate about paris. they both are. just go to trip advisor and look up their tour. you’ll see what i mean.

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actually i’m going to just give you the link. here. go check it out. i can absolutely promise you that you won’t be disappointed.

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^caroline enjoying a yummy crepe^^

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^this was right by the bridge where princess Di died. rather surreal^^

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the tour was 3.5 hours long, which flew by. and after a few eiffel tower photos we headed to le cafe du marche for lunch. le cafe du marche is a cute cafe right around the corner from the eiffel tower.

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we then headed over to another cafe for hot drinks and some kind of dessert. because. paris.

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la terrasse is in the same area as le cafe du marche and perhaps is my new favourite. great views, wonderful service and for me a great location. also their creme brulee is amazing.

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we weren’t leaving paris till sunday morning so it was a great opportunity to explore this beautiful city a little more. we wanted to get some touristy goodies to take back to the uk so we headed over to the sacre coeur in the montmartre area, north paris.

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in the evening we headed back to la terrasse for food.

la terrasse also has the best non-alcoholic cocktails. period.

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you know what i love about the parisian restaurant service? they don’t rush you. we spent at least 3 hours here. a glorious, indulgent 3 hours.

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paris , vous avez un petit morceau de mon coeur.

watch this space for part II.

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3 courses, 3 countries, 3 days | #comingsoon

2015, April, Blogging, Culture, Food, Travel

it’s 1.18am and i’m still awake. i don’t know whyyyyyy.

anyway.since i am awake…

roughly {and i mean really roughly} two years ago, i had an idea.

it was mostly around the time when i was living in america and was feeling incredibly europe-sick. i missed how easy AND quick it is to get to a different country on this side of the world. as in —> 2 hours and 30mins from london to paris #eurostar

so i thought… 

why not combine my love for food and passion for travelling into one?

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and so the 3 courses, 3 countries, 1 day trip was born.

however. when i moved back home to england last year and i started the planning the trip, i quickly realised that trying to do breakfast, lunch and dinner in 3 countries in one day was going to be a challenge. flights and train times were working against me. i also wanted to make sure i enjoyed and savoured each moment … i mean who wants to rush a meal in paris? #nah

so i decided it would be better to spread it across 3 days. 3 days of glorious food and sight seeing in 3 beautiful cities.

when #wonderlust comes to life.

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.”
Isabelle Eberhardt, The Nomad: The Diaries of Isabelle Eberhardt

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of course i will be blogging about it. so watch this space. and catch it real time on my twitter and instagram feeds.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”
Mark Twain

#lifeisforliving

i’m coining it #3xc

#comingsoon

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2014, Blogging, Food, May

 

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olive garden zuppa toscana soup

2014, February, February, Food

this soup really hits the spot on cold winter days. and i mean really hits the spot. i tried it at olive garden and probably had about 3 or 4 servings {it was all you could eat, what else am i supposed to do?}. then as per usual i was too full for the main course.

of course i just had to share. it’s fairly easy to make, but i warn you – open all your windows! well as least make sure the kitchen is well ventilated then you don’t end up with an onion smelling towel {all the way in the bathroom}.

my roommates and i enjoyed it with sourdough bread from kneaders. but you can of course try it with any bread!

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total time to make is about 1 hr 30mins. the original recipe is found here but i’ve also posted it below for your convenience {i know, i got you}:

  • 1 lb ground italian sausage
  • 1½ tsp crushed red peppers
  • 1 large diced white onion
  • 4 Tbsp bacon pieces
  • 2 tsp garlic puree
  • 10 cups water
  • 5 cubes of chicken bouillon
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 lb sliced russet potatoes, or about 3 large potatoes
  • ¼ of a bunch of kale
  1. sauté italian sausage and crushed red pepper in a large pot. drain excess fat, refrigerate while you prepare other ingredients.
  2. in the same pan, sauté bacon, onions and garlic over low-medium heat for approximately 15 mins. or until the onions are soft.
  3. add chicken bouillon and water to the pot and heat until it starts to boil.
  4. add the sliced potatoes and cook until soft, about half an hour.
  5. add the heavy cream and just cook until thoroughly heated.
  6. stir in the sausage and the kale, let all heat through and serve.

enjoy!

m.

life lately

2014, Family and Friends, February, Food

oh the woes of first world problems. i’m leaving utah in 5 weeks so naturally i want to eat all the goodness i’m not going to be able to enjoy once i’m back in england. yet…i’m trying to lose weight in time for the miss africa utah pageant.

yes. the woes of first world problems.

anyway a colleague at work {who spent some time in england} had told me about this little café in roy, utah, that served legitimate fish and chips. well as about legitimate as you can get for utah. i was a little skeptical because i’ve had “fish and chips” before {i guess going leatherby’s – a very american restaurant – should have given it away}.

well i was wrong, and it was delicious.

and just fyi we ended up going to the one in layton, and unfortunately the one in roy is closing down.

if you’re in utah and crave a good ole’ plate of fish and chips i highly recommend the little taste of britain.

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Fish and Chips!
***brad and korinne didn’t want a picture taken…i did it anyway and i’m not ashamed.

i really do love food.

m.