Nights in, The Crown and a lot of cooking!

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The third week of November feels like forever ago, but it was a nice week (apart from one blip) and I cooked a lot!

The Monday was pretty blah though. I worked, had leftovers for dinner and went to bed early.

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The next day I went to The New Forest with work and had a Pret breakfast on the train. Sadly this brioche egg muffin seemed nicer than it was.

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After a full day away I came home and started watching the third season of The Crown

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… while eating chocolate chip cookies I made at the weekend.

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The next day I had grilled cheese for lunch because of a sudden melted cheese craving (love melted cheese!).

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And for dinner I had crisps and dip in front of The Crown. Please don’t judge. And love that series! It’s still great even with a whole new cast!

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Thursday I had a healthier lunch of burrata and avocado. Yum!

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And in the evening I met up with Laura at a cosy pub. We had dinner and wine and a proper catch up. So lovely!

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But I didn’t feel to well the next day. Not hungover, more like something I ate didn’t agree with me. So I was pretty miserable and tired and couldn’t eat the whole day.

But managed to cook in the evening (with some help). First I made puff pastry bites with browned butter, chopped red onions, herbs, creme fraiche and salmon roe (recipe to follow!).

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Next we had a lovely beef and ginger stir-fry with rice and sesame broccoli (recipe to follow!).

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After a lie-in the next morning I felt lots better and cooked us two courses for brunch. Both oeufs en cocotte with pancetta…

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…and American pancakes with blueberries, lightly whipped cream and maple syrup! So yummy!

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In the afternoon we went looking at motorcycle helmets and gear and stopped by Krispy Kreme on the way home, so we had doughnuts and tea in the afternoon.

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In the evening I made puff pastry nibbles yet again, but this time with cheese, speck, philadelphia and chives (recipe to follow!).

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I also made us Presa Iberico with crispy potatoes, aioli, romesco sauce and padron peppers. Sooo yum! (Recipe to follow!).

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The next morning my boyfriend had to get up early for work so I stayed in bed and had avocado toast for breakfast.

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I spent the day prepping dinner, reading and drinking hot chocolate.

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And in the evening we had whipped browned butter (recipe to follow) with baguette and fennel salami.

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And pork belly slices with potato purée, carrots, wilted spinach and a creamy sauce. We also tried a failed pudding attempt which I won’t post until it’s successful!

 

Lots of cooking, some baking and a “failed” date night…

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The second full week in November was quite chilled after a lovely weekend away – just what I needed!

On the Monday I did laundry (love it!), had Shake Shack for dinner and watched TV before going to bed early. A really good Monday routine – apart from the burger.

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Tuesday I started reading Northern Lights by Philip Pullman as I wanted to read it before we watch the series. I also watched some TV, catching up om The Morning Show and FBI. For dinner I had fish tacos!

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Wednesday I made a really lovely halloumi wrap for lunch and in the evening I had noodles with cucumber. (Will post both these recipes soon!) I also watched a film that I missed at the cinema; Colette with Keira Knightley and Dominic West based on a true story.

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The next day I did lots of work errands running around the city and taking some nice pictures as I went. Love being out and about on a dry day! For lunch I had leftover noodles topped with my new love crispy chilli flakes in oil. So so good! And for dinner I made tortilla pizzas.

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Friday night I made chicken satay and a lovely pudding with raspberries and browned butter (!), will post these soon too!

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Saturday I made cookies and chilled during the day and in the evening we went out for dinner but sadly didn’t have the best experience. Bad service and atmosphere. Luckily the company was amazing; we honestly have fun wherever we are so it didn’t ruin our date night, the food was good (but not amazing) and the wine really good.

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On Sunday we had a nice lie-in followed by our usual breakfast AND brioche French toast (will post this too, but so behind at the moment)…

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…and in the evening I cooked us a little homage dinner to Martin of Tours which we celebrate in my part of Sweden the week before. We had cream of mushroom soup to start and duck instead of goose as the main course.

Birthday dinner, Christmas event and a weekend in the country!

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The first whole week in November started nicely with Shake Shack and Younger (it’s finally available in the UK!) and an early night. I know it sounds decadent with a takeaway on a Monday, but isn’t that when we need it most?!

Tuesday I moved on to another show; The Morning Show on Apple TV +. Really good so far!

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On Wednesday I met up Gaby and Ro for dinner to celebrate Ro’s birthday! So lovely!

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Thursday I ate and shopped my way through Fortnum & Mason in the evening. Such a fun event!

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Friday we drove north for a weekend in the country and had a lovely TV supper in front of Pointless and Doc Martin in the evening.

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On Saturday we had baked potatoes for lunch and in the afternoon I baked a cake which we ate in front of the fire and in the evening we got dressed up for a fun dinner party!

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The next day was Remembrance Day so we went to the village church for a remembrance service and then had leftovers from the night before for lunch. Such a treat! We drove back to London in the evening but first had supper in front of the fire. So cosy!

 

 

Eating out, theatre and weekend cooking!

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This week at the end of October, beginning of November was quite busy both work wise and socially with two weeknights out, so at the weekend we stayed in and hibernated.

Monday was quite uneventful. I survived my least favourite day of the week, got my work done and had leftovers for dinner.

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The next day I took the train to The New Forest and worked there all day.

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When I got back in London I met up with a friend for dinner. We went to Temper Covent Garden and had a lovely evening!

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On the Wednesday I used up some leftover girolles from the weekend and made myself a girolle toast for lunch.

On Thursday straight after work three of us had a quick bite to eat at Chick ‘n Sours before going to the theatre to see Groan Ups.

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Now, I’m not a big comedy fan, so when everybody else were laughing hysterically I only smiled, but a good comedy should have other elements too that I definitely can (and do) appreciate. And this one had them all; clever writing, really good acting, clever ways to tell the story and a deeper meaning underneath all the jokes, so I really (!) enjoyed it. Go see it!

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On Friday I probably made the last caprese salad for the season (as I refuse to use imported flavourless tomatoes) and in the evening I updated this gnocchi recipe and took it to a whole other Friday night level. You’ll find the new version here! And for pudding we had an ice cream sundae with homemade chocolate sauce. Easy and delicious!

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On Saturday we had eggs for breakfast (like always) and in the evening I made us Jerusalem artichoke soup (also updated – will post this soon!) to start followed by perfectly cooked cod loin with beurre blanc, new potatoes and peas. For pudding I attempted chocolate soufflés from a random recipe I found on the recipe. Although edible (just) it had completely the wrong texture, and wasn’t at all what I would call a soufflé so will have to find a better recipe!

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Sunday my boyfriend played golf and I baked a brown butter sponge cake with brown butter frosting. The frosting was amazing but I thought the cake itself a bit too try so will need to perfect this too.

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For dinner I made us girolle toast followed by the most amazing slow-cooked short rib with caramelised garlic mashed potatoes. Yum! Oh, and we finally finished season three of The Handmaid’s Tale.

 

 

Theatre, Friends and Lots of Cooking!

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If I never had to visit a shop, especially a supermarket, ever again, I would be very happy! I love shopping online (especially groceries) and this week I tried a new service called Chop Chop where you can order up to 25 items from the supermarket and have them delivered within the hour. So good when it’s pouring down with rain or you don’t have time to go out.

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This was my first shop; cleaning products, kitchen roll and some fresh stuff for supper during the week. Such a great service! This is not sponsored – I’m just a very happy customer and wanted to spread the word. I first heard of Ocado Zoom but they don’t deliver in my area, only West London, but I discovered that both Sainsbury’s and Waitrose have equivalent services. I love Waitrose in general but Sainsbury’s had a better selection of products for my area so that’s how I ended up using it.

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Monday supper: chicken thigh fillet, potato wedges, tzatziki and Greek-ish salad. I eat this year round – so yummy!

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For pudding I tried the dark Geisha chocolate I brought home from Sweden and loved it!

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Tuesday after work I went to see my friend Laura and her baby and cooked a three course meal for her and her mother who was visiting. We had prosecco and chatted and it was such a lovely evening! The first course was my favourite mushroom toast (but with mixed wild mushrooms instead of just girolles) and they loved it too.

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Next I made pasta carbonara with tagliatelle (that’s how I prefer it!) as a new mother needs her carbs.

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For pudding I made the simplest one I know; Gino with banana, kiwi and raspberries with vanilla ice cream.

Wednesday I did some errands after work and just took it easy the rest.

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Thursday I had yoghurt with kiwi and honey for breakfast. Love kiwi fruit and they’re such a good source of vitamin C.

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For lunch I made a poke bowl, that I was supposed to make the night before but didn’t feel like it for some reason. I do love this though! So yummy!

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In the evening we had burgers and went to The National Theatre to see Hansard which was so so good. Amazing acting, great story and just wonderful all around. Highly recommend it!

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On Friday I had a feta wrap with tomatoes, avocado and spring onions (anything that needed to be used up basically). Love how literally ANYTHING in a wrap makes a meal. So useful!

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For dinner I made orecchiette with salsiccia, although I couldn’t actually find salsiccia so used sausage meat and added plenty of fennel seeds. It worked quite well but the real deal is definitely better.

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For pudding we had vanilla ice cream with wafers and homemade butterscotch sauce. So simple and so yummy!

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Saturday we had poached eggs and pancetta for breakfast followed by…

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… brioche French toast with berries. Love breakfast/brunch at the weekend!

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For dinner we had pan con tomate and a new burrata dish with girolles to start (will post the recipe soon!).

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And poussins with dauphinoise potatoes, jus and broccoli for our main course. So good, but no room left for pudding!

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I spent Sunday with friends in the countryside and made pork fillet with girolles when I came back and for pudding we had blackberry cake with lightly whipped cream.

Nights in, dinners out and a country weekend!

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The third week in October wasn’t my best, at least not the beginning of the week when I wasn’t feeling well. But I worked from home, rested as much as I could and looked after myself. I even managed to cook a few easy things, like this taco salad I had for dinner on the Monday night. I also started a new series; City on a Hill which I thought was really good.

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Tuesday was pretty much the same but I used the leftover taco mince to make enchiladas for dinner. But the best thing was that I got my new iPhone!

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I felt a little bit better on Wednesday and had dinner with my friend Gaby as planned. We went to The Stokehouse near Victoria and I had a really nice shor trib while Gaby had lamb belly. Really good!

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On Thursday my friend Anna and her daughter came to visit so I had dinner with the at The Orange. We both had a really lovely pizza with mortadella, fior de latte and pistachios. Lovely evening!

The next day I took the train north for a weekend in the country. We had some train problems and were delayed but I arrived just in time for dinner.

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It was gorgeous autumn weather the next day and after a lovely lunch of baked potatoes, cheese and ham (and butter of course!) we all put our wellies on and went for a walk across the fields.

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It was so lovely to see the sheep and the pretty autumnal colours of the trees.

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When we got back we had tea and cake (that I had made) outside by the fire pit which was just lovely.

In the evening we had drinks and jamon Iberico (my favourite!) by the fire place indoors followed by a lovely dinner.

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On Sunday, after the rugby, we had a lovely lunch of roast chicken, roast potatoes, gravy and vegetables followed by apple crumble with cream and ice cream. So lovely!

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I stayed until the evening and spent most of the day reading by the fire or playing with the children.

Rainy days, a facial and lots of yummy food!

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The second week of October was rather rainy, but I still had a (mostly) nice week with lots of nice food!

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On Monday I was craving toast with cheese and jam (a very Swedish thing!) so that’s what I had for breakfast.

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Apart from that I mainly had leftovers. Carrot cake left overs (yum!) and roast chicken and roast potatoes leftovers. Love not having to cook on a Monday. Getting up early(ier) and a full day of work is enough.

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On Tuesday I had my favourite mozzarella, tomatoes and avocado salad for lunch.

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And after an afternoon of work errands I treated myself to a poké bowl and watched a film I missed at the cinema; On the Basis of Sex about Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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The next day I whipped up a quick pasta with mozzarella for lunch…

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…and in the evening we had Franco Manca pizzas in front of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Thursday I made tortilla pizza for lunch, did more errands and had drinks and nibbles with friends in the evening.

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Friday I worked from The New Forest the whole day, and it was so rainy I got completely soaked walking a mere 500 meters with and umbrella. Crazy! But after a quick change of clothes I was happy again and had bruschetta bar with burrata, tomatoes, pesto and Hamon Iberico for dinner. The best!

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On Saturday I braved the rain again after a nice long lie-in, and had a facial in Liberty.

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Back home I made buffalo chicken wings for dinner and just took it easy.

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On Sunday I had breakfast in bed and read for most of the day.

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It was still raining so I made sure to stay indoors. I watched the last ever episode of Elementary (sob) and tried to watch The Pursuit if Happyness but had to give up halfway through and instead watched Footloose. It was definitely better but not as good as I had expected it to be. Isn’t it funny how some films were considered good when they were made and don’t really work years later?!