Last weekend there was a Christmas Market in West Hampstead and I was manning our cupcake stand for work. Right next to our stand was Achillea Flowers who have a store on Mill Lane and they had these amazing jars of water with a flower on top. I fell in love. Once the boyfriend showed up to feed me and with some money (I left all my things at work and had no money to spend, what a horror) I immediately bought one of the flower things that had me at hello. I think there is no turning back, this is possibly the coolest flower arrangement I have ever come across and I am slightly obsessed.
So it's December already and almost the end of the year. I can't believe how fast this year has gone but I have said that so many times already. I do love December though so I am a happy camper and the Christmas decorations are all in a pile on the living room floor. The only 2 things I made happen were the glittery reindeer and the mini fake Christmas tree. I have been told that we will get a proper tree for the living room as well, which I am all for, where we can hang all our decorations. One of my favourite things to do is to get one new Christmas decoration each year so our tree is a huge mix of quite random decorations and although I have much love for those trees with just one colour decorations on it I would not give mine up for anything.
On Sunday, after what can only be classified as a busy work weekend, I wrapped up in my coat and went in search for some hearty food. My dad was waiting at The Pig and Butcher pub in Islington. He is in London for a conference and had time for dinner with his favourite (and only) daughter and her husband to be. I was absolutely ravenous when I arrived, working really makes me hungry, and I dived in to the menu, chose both a starter and a main and then just waited, praying that the food would be arriving soon. I had a seat facing the kitchen pass which is the area where the food is passed from the kitchen to the waiters and I could not stop staring at the amazing plates of food being handed out. I was so hungry there was no time to take a photo of the starter, it was inhaled in minutes, but I am happy to let you know that it was delicious. The main event of any Sunday pub meal is of course the roast and I went for pork belly. Not the most traditional, but I find it is very difficult to pass up pork belly when it is on a restaurant menu. And I am so happy I went for it: The crackling was crispy, the meat tender and tasty, the vegetables crunchy with a side of apple sauce and some crazy good roast potatoes. It did not disappoint.
Then there was dessert. There is always that time in between finishing a main course and making the decision to have dessert where I think that maybe I should just let it be, not stuff myself and go home full, but comfortable. Then the dessert menu arrives and my willpower disappears and I order the heaviest thing on the menu. Typical. So I of course had a chocolate sundae and the other two went for a berry crumble with vanilla ice cream. This place does't do small portions. So of course we left feeling almost unwell, but very satisfied. I just with this pub would be a bit closer to home so we could go there a bit more often.
The internet is such a treasure trove of fun. Spend some time on there and you can find basically anything. This past week I have found some links that I wanted to share, so get clicking:
Who wouldn't want to be Karls cat?
I want one of these in the kitchen, NOW.
This is perfect if you have people over: The Puzzleboard
Please, please make this so I can buy it. Thanks.
Someone honestly came up with this, got it produced and now it’s available for sale. #thingsyoudidntknowyouneeded
Homes that are so far out of my league on Domaine Home
People are hilarious, please, PLEASE read the texts from Mittens, I promise it will put a smile on your face. If you are more of a dog person have a read here: Text from Dog
That's all I got for now, have a good evening!
Another Sunday! Honestly where does the time go? I am watching a cooking show on TV and trying to talk myself to get into the shower and go to work, but the couch is so comfortable. Last night we had dinner guests and it ended up being a late night and today was an early morning. When you get up fairly early every day of the week, your body just wakes up, even on days when you can afford to sleep in. So right now I am really looking forward to this evenings plans: a really long bath and going to bed early! Have a Happy Sunday!
Last night was one of those evenings that I would rather not repeat. After vomiting at work I had to leave early and spend the evening slowly feeling like I was dying at home. So yeah, life could be better yesterday. Waking up this morning wasn't much better, waking up with a banging head, so it ended up being a sick day spent in bed sleeping and with yesterdays version of breakfast TV on the iPad. Sometimes a sick day is the only way, and I feel so much better now, but the boredom of lying in bed a whole day can easily get to you so I am happy that tomorrow is back to normal and back to work. And now that I feel better we are ending the day with Him & Her: The Wedding which is a hilarious show about a wedding
There is a relaxing element to knitting that makes me appreciate life more. Or maybe it's just that I love creating stuff, even knitted cloths. Although I am a fan of knitting anything and I recently completed a huge blanket that took about forever to finish, there is a certain magic to a knitting project that takes an evening or two. Which means that we now have a small stack of wash cloths at home that aren't really used and I am contemplating my next knitting project, after I finish some stuff for the wedding that has taken a lot more evenings than it really should.
So, what did you do this weekend? I am knee deep in my new job and although I love it to bits, I am dead tired. Yes, tired. Today was the first day I woke up with bags under my eyes. Ever. So I need to get some eye cream pretty ASAP and start going to bed before midnight. This is possibly how getting older feels, and we need to be realistic as I am a lot closer to 30 than I am to 25. But sometimes, just sometimes I manage to dig deep and find the energy to leave the couch on a Saturday night. This past weekend we went to Flesh & Buns with some friends and ate, well, flesh (meat) and buns. Although the food was good I was happier with the dessert: S'mores! Those things are lethal and I might, just might have gotten diabetes from the one I ate, but oh man were they gooey and delicious! It was all crunchy cracker with chocolate, warm and gooey marshmallow and green chocolate together in a warm and friendly dessert hug. A little much? This week I am planning on making marshmallows at home, and my next hostess gift is undoubtedly a s'mores kit. So, who is inviting?!?
A couple of weeks back we went to see our wedding venue with the in-laws. They hadn't seen it and there was a wedding event going on so we thought it could be a good time to go. The event wasn't much to talk about, but we had lunch booked at The Hinds Head which is Heston Blumenthal's pub. That's Heston of the Fat Duck which is a fairly well known restaurant. The pub is almost next door to the restaurant, but the food is far from the molecular cuisine that made Heston famous.
I have always wanted to go to The Fat Duck and some day I will make that a reality, but with a menu price that isn't far from what it costs to feed 1 person for several weeks, right now is not the time. Next best is of course the Hinds Head, to get
The pub is what a pub should be, just a bit more fancy and with really great food. We went on a Sunday, and being in the UK, the Sunday roast was a heavy feature. I went for roast pork and I have to say that the potatoes were crispy, fluffy, delicious. The meat was tender and well flavoured, the gravy was good. No complaints basically. Instead of having starters we saved ourselves for dessert and I had a version of Eton Mess that had aniseeds in the cream. Very surprising, and very good.
Happy Sunday, although almost in the last hour of the day. Where did this week go? I am on the couch at home watching CSI and thanking God that tomorrow is a working from home day. The new job of mine is a lot of fun, but it also really tiring and takes up the whole weekend which means Mondays are the days I will be getting my rest on, at lest as much as possible. Luckily there was time for some really nice and fun activities like tea at the Corinthia with my friend Alex, where the amazing flowers above are from, and a really casual sushi dinner alone. And the week before I went to Oslo the fiancé and I took a drive to our wedding venue to look at the space again with the in-laws and have lunch at the Hinds Head, Heston's Pub in Bray. But I need to get back to CSI, my absolute favourite TV show, although I can also be talked into watching other crime dramas or anything on The Food Network.