Have you ever made something that was so incredibly good that you even surprised yourself? You think- how on earth could I have made that?
That was exactly my reaction on Saturday when I made this Shrimp Bisque for ‘C’ who was returning home after a week-long business trip. Although rather time consuming, and I had a few kitchen cock-ups, the end result was worth it. The flavours were so deep and rich that I could not stop myself from dipping my spoon into the pot every few minutes while I was making it, just to re-confirm that it really was that good.
This summer ‘C’ and I are going to the UK to attend my cousins wedding in York, and as we will be in the North of England I just could not pass on the opportunity to show ‘C’ Durham, the city I went to university. I did both my bachelors and my masters degree in Durham, and I loved it. I made some exceptionally good friends there, all of whom I still consider to be some of my closest today (despite not living in the same country as them for over 5 years) and I truly felt this is where I grew-up a lot and learnt a lot about myself. Keep Reading
I have recently discovered poached chicken..and what a discovery it is! It’s not only far healthier than any other way of preparing chicken but it is also incredibly simple and hassle free to make. Keep Reading
It has been weeks since I hit the gym and I have absolutely no excuse other than I just have lost all motivation and umph. It’s silly really – as I know how intrinsically my mood is dependent on my exercise levels, in fact my mood follows this very simple equation:
Alex + Food + Exercise = Happy and energetic
Alex + Food – Exercise = Moody, listless, feeling fat and horrible to be around (sorry ‘C’!)
It’s funny, when I was working full time in Singapore and had full busy days, I felt so motivated and organised and was always able to fit in a workout every evenings of the week. Now, when I am unemployed and have all the time in the world…I struggle to find time. Keep Reading
After the Pavlova I made yesterday, and the rather glutinous lifestyle that ‘C’ and I have been leading the last month. We decided (or rather I decided, and am forcing ‘C’ along on the ride) that today we are going to get back on track of our health kick again. This includes daily trips to the gym and of course healthy meals.
The basic recipe for this lentil stew is one that I found on a blog a couple of months ago, I copied and pasted it into my word documents and filed it under ‘recipe’. The only problem is, I didn’t record who’s blog it belongs to. So, if for some reason you stumble upon my blog and recognise this recipe as your own…please let me know and I will gladly give credit where credit is due! Keep Reading
Happy Easter Monday!
Yesterday, ‘C’ and I came back from a lovely weekend at our friend’s country house about a 2 hours drive from Mexico City, situated in a little quaint Mexican village called Malinalco. Although it was meant to be a relaxed weekend by the pool – there was far more drinking and eating than I had anticipated! This combined with an incredibly hectic 2 weeks in Peru (which I promise to write about soon) has left me broken.
I woke up this morning flu ridden and absolutely drained – and in desperate need of both vegetables and some comfort food. So for lunch I rustled up this tomato and spinach spaghetti, and it was exactly what the Dr. ordered. Keep Reading
One thing that you HAVE to love about flying within Latin America and with Latin American Airlines is their baggage allowance. If you are flying economy you are allowed to check in TWO bags of up to 23kg – that is 46kg per person and not including your hand luggage!! Why can this not be a universal airline law? I can’t begin to explain how many times I have flirted, fought and cried with the check-in clerks in Europe because I was 2kg overweight. Keep Reading