Friday, 15 June 2012

broad bean omelette and homemade mezze

so, it's friday! i'm so looking forward to the weekend - going to see Blink182 in Birmingham with my incredible man, and then visiting my lovely dad for father's day. it should be epic.

it's been a long time since i was in Gozo, but i realised i hadn't shared any of the photos with you... and i figured you might appreciate seeing what the cute little island off Malta has to offer...

firstly, let me show you the most amazing and comfortable summer sandals i will ever own. i wore my saltwaters every day in Gozo.

the island is full of veg growing, and much of it's own produce is kept within the little island and sold to local stores or sold at markets. broad beans were in season when we arrived (all that good sunshine!) and courgettes were already available too. so what better thing to do than make a very tasty omelette for dinner?

i love visiting markets and food stores when i go on holiday. it's amazing to smell, taste and cook with local produce - and you really get a sense of the culture through what they grow and sell. that's why we almost always have a little self catering unit when we go abroad... i can't help but cook!

sometimes when you're on holiday you've just got to have a little icecream. and if you're going to have just one the whole holiday, then choose wisely. i went with extra black chocolate ice cream (minus the wafer). so good. a perfect holiday moment.

our villa had a beautiful pool, albeit a little cold in the spring, and i enjoyed a mezze platter of fresh chopped veggies with the most delicious hummus (they're all about the chunky hummus, which i adore) and cured parma ham. scrumdidlyumptious.

and also, when you're on holiday, you should always try something a little weird. step in marinated tiger prawns and giant squid. they pretty much just tasted like garlic. but that's ok, because i rather like garlic.

it's also important to indulge in a little local custom. coffee and cake in the church square is very traditional,  and given my new-found love of cappucino, i partook in this morning ritual on several occasions :)

so there's a few more to come in the next post, with fresh local Gozo cheese, delicious oranges, and maybe even another photo of my saltwater sandals (the most photogenic shoe in the world)!

anyways, how are you all? i hope you are getting more sun than us here in the south of england - wettest June for years i imagine.

currently listening to: feel the love by rudimental

Sunday, 10 June 2012

breakfast coleslaw and fresh raspberries

hi lovely people! how are you?

i have just got back from a trip to Guernsey - where i spent the Jubilee weekend with my mum, eating lots of French bistro food (highly garlicky - yum!) and searching through the island's charity shops for bargains (of which i got many).

for my first trip to the channel islands, i was pleasantly surprised by how quaint and untouched it was. i somehow expected something rather grand, overbuilt and pretentious, but it's not, despite the high price of the houses and the cost of living. it's well worth a visit if you want a good walking, hiking or biking holiday, as the coastal paths are tremendously beautiful.

so onto my recent eats and treats:

breakfast coleslaw - this is basically grated carrot and apple with sliced mandarin, raisins, cinnamon and yogurt. so so good, and lasts ages in the fridge. that's blatantly going in healthy breakfast recipes take #2.

especially good with a cup of hot rooibos.

prawn mayo salad on rye bread at Ikea, followed by a cup of peppermint tea. not too shabby at all.

the beautiful moody sky near the hospital where i went for my regular check-up. there was a very beautiful gypsy pony in the field too - bad weather can be rather stunning, don't you think?

puy lentil hot salad stir fry with tahini lemon dressing. highly rated, and so tasty! basically get anything from your fridge, chop it small and stir fry in coconut oil and a little cumin or mixed herbs. cook up some puy lentils, and then add them to the mix.

fresh raspberries = heaven. and a very good way to end any day.

how did you spend your Jubilee weekend? have you ever made sweet coleslaw?

currently listing to: only love by ben howard