Friday, 24 April 2015

5 Things & 3 More

I'm just back from a hugely therapeutic week away: time with maman and papa, sleep and a little bit of sunshine are exactly what I needed. 5 happy moments:

1. Climbing volcanoes
2. Pretending to be on the moon (I think Lanzarote really is the moon)
3. Grilled fish
4. Sleep
5. Pimientos de Padrón

And 3 things that I've read and think you might like to read too:

1. All about Ragú. I think I need to spend more time on ragú.
2. Martha's vineyard looks like a heavenly place.
3. This piece on my favourite Towapath café sums this magical place up brilliantly.


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Pimientos de Padrón

Every night on this volcanic island that is Lanzarote, we have nibbled away at a plate of pimientos de padrón.

B's request from the daily supermarket shop has been 'More pimientos please', always fearing that we may forget and therefore have to go an evening without them.

While papa gets to work on the gin and tonics, we heat up the olive oil until it's searing hot, toss in the peppers and jump back out of the way while the oil spits and hisses. As the peppers blacken, soften and crackle, gradualy softening and losing their structure, we liberally cover them with our favourite Maldon Sea Salt (yes, even in Lanzarote), before tipping them onto the most rustic looking plate we can find.

We then watch the sun disappears behind the nearest crater, with a gin and tonic in one hand and a pimiento in the other.

Friday, 17 April 2015

5 Things & 3 More

I'm off abroad again. This time to find some sun. I promise I'll stay in the UK for more than 10 days after this little trip...

5 happy things from this short week

1. Turning our kitchen into a balcony
2. Bircher muesli
3. Mint
4. My walk to work
5. Bunny post-it notes

And 3 things I've enjoyed reading:

1. I finally got round to reading Angelina Jolie's bold and brave 'Diary of a Surgery' piece on the NY Times.
2. This dark chocolate cream-cheese frosting cake sounds magically decadent.
3. Maple pudding cake. Because I love maple and pudding and cake.

Love to you all!