Pasta, steak and regular life

As weird as it felt during lockdown to write my weeklies about regular life before we locked down, I now feel stronger than ever that it’s important to chronicle different periods in our life. I still have a few weeks from before lockdown to post about, and thereafter I will recap the lockdown time on a per month basis, because, apart from cooking and eating we didn’t do an awful lot. And now as lockdown is easing I will go back to my weeklies to show you what I get up to.

So, lets rewind and go back to a more happy and carefree time pre-lockdown, back in February.

As you know by now, Mondays are not my favourite, and this one was no exception. I was tired, did my work and had a mini deep-dish pizza with bearnaise sauce for supper. No energy to cook.

I had a bad cold and didn’t feel great, so lived out of my bed. Worked in bed, ate in bed, and huddled up in my duvet and a blanket. On Tuesday I made one of my favourite pastas for supper and ate it in bed.

I felt a little bit better come Wednesday and had yoghurt with blood oranges and honey for breakfast…

…and another comfort food favourite for supper; Swedish sausages with mash and crispy onions.

As always when I’ve been feeling poorly I gave my skin some extra attention and did two masks after each other. First The Ordinary AHA + BHA peeling solution to exfoliate and brighten and then the No7 hydration mask afterwards to put lots of moisture back in. Love this combination!

On the Friday I was still tired but well enough to go out for dinner locally near where my boyfriend lives. We went to the cute Italian and it was bliss to eat lasagne and drink red wine in candlelight.

On the Saturday we had friends in town so met them for drinks and dinner in the evening. First drinks at The Blind Spot followed by a lovely dinner at Hawksmoor Seven Dials.

We had the most amazing steak there, it was almost a religious experience it was so good. And it was one of those nights where the conversation just flowed and you forgot about time to suddenly realise it’s late and you’re almost alone in the restaurant.

Sunday was nice and relaxing with a lie-in, cheese toasties for lunch and rugby on the telly.

In the evening I made carbonara and we finished season two of Jack Ryan. As much as we loved the first season we were so disappointed by this second series. Such a shame as John Krasinski was great, but the storyline was just ridiculous. But we also watched Homeland which felt much more down to earth and balanced in comparison. So sad it’s the last season but also nice it’s still going strong until the end.

Cinema and a lot of cooking (yes!)

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The first week in February was not too busy for me, and that was great since I had to battle a cold. But apart from resting a bit to get rid of said cold and working of course, I also managed to get back into the cooking groove.

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When I’m out a few nights a week I feel it tricky to figure out what to cook the nights I stay in. But when I stay in more I really get into it. I made a nice omelet one day, my go to poke bowl (same ingredients as in this recipe) and pulled pork in brioche buns with aioli.

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I also got a bunch of tulips that lasted surprisingly long and I just love the fact that spring is here and with it TULIP SEASON!

On the Wednesday we went to the cinema to see Can You Ever Forgive Me and although it wasn’t amazing I liked it. Interesting true story and great acting.

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I cooked even more at the weekend. We stayed in every night so I planned it all in advance and ordered everything from Ocado. Much more inspiring than just popping into the small neighbourhood supermarket only to find out that they’re out of stock of the chicken you wanted.

 

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If you want to follow my day to day life a bit more you can follow @scandelights on Instagram as well. As blogging takes a lot of time, I find my instagram account a great compliment of what I eat and do on a more daily basis. Hope to see you there too!