I know, I know. That is a photo of a book about detoxing from sugar and I am reading it, in a pub, while drinking wine and planning on eating a burger for dinner. What can you do? Don't worry though, this was last week and I was drinking wine to celebrate life and to prep for the upcoming detox. That's right, on Monday I started a semi-version of this detox, as a bit of a challenge and also because I am worried about the sugar that is sneaking itself into my daily life. It's all about eating cleaner, more protein and vegetables and nothing processed. You are supposed to start off basically eating chicken breast and broccoli for 3 days, but the idea of that brings me down, so I kinda started on week 3, when you can eat some dairy and oats in addition to the chicken breast and broccoli. I am not going to say that it is super easy and fun, I love cake and with this detox I can't eat cake, and the idea is that this is for life. FOR LIFE. But I am not 100% sure I am feeling that idea just yet, although the book states that you stop wanting anything sweet after a little while and then you would never want cake again. I am doubtful and therefore I plan on giving myself a cheat day every week, so I can go to a restaurant and eat my body weight in cake if that's what I want to do. Does it sound like I am really into this? Didn't think so.
A good birthday is one spent eating burrata, so that is what one must do. Saturday was the day I turned 28 and, like every year, I feel no different. It will be fun to see if I manage to remember not to write "27" next time I am required to enclose my age... But back to the day in question: I started my day with a little bit of breakfast and a cup of tea at home before heading to work, Saturdays are work days, where I found a basket full of goodies just for me and some beautiful flowers. Not bad! I decided that my birthday called for some serious cake, but then I just didn't want any, and thought maybe if I saved myself for dessert? When the workday came to an end both my brother and the fiance showed up at work and we went to Notting Hill. We had a table booked at Essenza which is one of my favorite Italian restaurants and they serve burrata, which is really why I go there. To be honest I like the whole menu and it is difficult to choose just one thing I like out of all the goodies available.
But choose you must, so I went with burrata (surprised?) to start, king prawn pasta as a main and I just had to have tiramisu for dessert and basically rolled all the way home. I haven't been that full in a very long time. Happy birthday to me indeed!
This week, this week that started with optimism and a clean slate turned into a little bit of a mental and physical challenge. And now I'm really tired. So tired that I am wholly unprepared for what is coming tomorrow. That would be my 28th birthday! I'm feeling very neutral towards the fact that I am soon a year older, nothing wrong with it and noting to celebrate in a big way either. So we are planning a dinner in the evening, the fiancé, myself and my brother, and the day will be spent at work. I know, I haven't even really tried to make the day special this year. I think I am prepping for that time I will turn 30 and plan on having a PARTY that will suit the occasion, but 28 just seems a bit of a disappointment and so it is not deserving of a huge celebration and should rather happen in almost silence. Tomorrow I am also allowing myself to eat sugar, and that is cause for celebration. Might not sound like much, but it's the little things!
New week, new start. I think my January "fresh start" starts today. I have been really good with food (no cakes, sugary foods, sweets) since the beginning of the month, but other than that January came as a surprise. Really. Right about now I feel like there is a little bit too much to do and too little time. So may things to plan, decisions to make, lives to change (mainly my own) it all becomes a tiny bit overwhelming.
At the end of last year I was planning to do a challenge for 2014 where I had to do something nice for someone every day. Then January 2nd came along and I thought I would just have to give it up, the motivation was just not there. At the same time I was planning a sugar free month, a wheat free month and to sign up to the gym again. Maybe starting the year thinking that I could do all these self improvement things at the same time was a bit stupid: be nice all the time, no sugar, no wheat, exercise all the time, no shopping. So I am sticking with the "no sugar" thing that I did last year as well, and I am also thinking of giving myself a February challenge of no shopping for the month. I must be able to do that. Giving up wheat...? Yeah, I'll think about it.
Hello Sunday evening, I'm glad you are here. I am really tired today as we got up suuuuper early to go to the local council, but more on that next week. And then the day was spent at work, with a busy schedule. The hours flew by, and suddenly it was closing time, and almost bed-time for me I think. Almost sleeping as I am typing this. Yep.
And as usual the photos from the week are almost all food related, what a surprise... I need to get out and go to a museum instead of always eating. But food is so good! I am actually contemplating a bit of a sugar detox and to start on Tuesday, we will see how I feel about it tomorrow afternoon and if I go through with it. But before then, bedtime.
Sunday evening we got all dressed up and headed out. To the fiance's staff party. Normally these things can get a bit...ehhh...boring? But a 3 course meal at The Dorchester is never really wrong, is it? It's all meeting tons of new people and forgetting names, but at least everyone was really nice and the food blew my mind. Cheese souffle and I were introduced for the first time and I believe we could become friends. Close friends. And chocolate fountain for dessert? Yes please.
We danced the night away, until midnight at least, and jumped in our carriage home, the night bus. Very glamorous, I know, but that's just how we roll.
Inspired by Pinterest, I have found a new breakfast favorite: the bread and egg "cup" that is incredibly easy to make. I actually read the recipe that I found through Pinterest, but I think the photo basically tells you all you need to know: put bread in muffin tin. Drizzle with some olive oil or melted butter. Crack egg into bread "cup". Add salt and pepper. Put in oven. Eat. I cooked mine on 180 degrees Celsius for about 15 minutes and that gave me a semi-soft middle. So easy I made them two days in a row.
As we are already way into 2014 (where, I am serious, where did 2013 go?) it's time to re-evaluate, re-structure and plan. A little late, maybe, as it's the 13th of January already, but better late than never. I love a good list or plan and New Years resolutions are perfect for me. I never follow them, but I always make some. Last year was all about learning French (didn't happen) and travelling (did a lot of that, just not Stonehenge which is the closest of all the places I wanted to go to, a little hour away by car) and I think this year it will be a bit different, I need a resolution or two but I am intending them more as suggestions and not rules, just for fun. So this time around I want some predictable ones:
Some not so predictable ones:
One I will definitely break:
A fun one:
One from last year:
And I think that's it for now, what about you, any (late) New Years resolutions for 2014?
Sometimes it's just not a blogging week. There isn't much to blog about when you only go from home to work and then back home, maybe stopping by the grocery store on the way. Blogs are better when life is a bit less work and a bit more play. But there are always SOME things that sneak in there, even in a busy work week: a full english breakfast, much needed time at the hairdresser and also a little photo of the amazing gingerbread house at The Dorchester hotel. Just because it is amazing. Anyways, next week I'm aiming to have a more fun life and then more to blog about. Promise.
So, 4 months left to the wedding... Getting nervous? Stressed? Not really, but there are some things that still needs to be decided and booked so there is stuff to be done and decisions to be made. Back when we got engaged we decided we loved coral (I decided, the fiance agreed) and I still love coral. It's all over my Pinterest board if you want to have a look, along with some amazing looking dresses and other ideas. Maybe it's time to get a second wedding dress? Maybe not.
I'm Christine and I currently live in London with my husband where I do my best to go to as many restaurants as possible, bake, DIY and occasionally let my hair down and go to a museum. x