Yes! Result! For ages I’ve been trying to score a cast iron casserole pot on the cheap – basically I’m a miser (is this the right word? I hate spending money and try and get everything as cheap as possible haha). Anyway today I was in one of my all time favourite shops in London, TK Maxx and I spotted this beautiful Cuisinart chefs casserole. I’ve been hoping and hoping that after buying a hundred Le Crueset petit casseroles that a huge one would miraculously appear at 80% off but I think I was dreaming just a tad.
I’m stoked and can’t wait to deal to some lamb shanks haha.
I freaking LOVE TK Maxx. And no, they didn’t pay me to write this haha I just genuinely think it is a fab fab store. I picked up some delicious looking Easter chocolate for a gift for £1 and a Nine West polka dot dress for £25. Happy Easter everyone! We are off to visit some family in the south of France! Woohoo!!
We have had amazing weather in London recently but today hail, thunder and a hearty dose of being cooped up inside (except for a short stint at crèche/yoga) were on the agenda.
Admiring my new clock for the photo wall
A bit of DIY action to make a postcard holder
Beautiful tulips on their last legs brightening this dreary day
Brocolli and bacon go together so well.. especially when cooked in garlic butter…. mmmm…
The potty has seen a surprising amount of action today! Go Reuben
Cards from Nanna for chicken pox man
Pile of parcels to be sent to the best country ever
My naked kitchen helper
So thankful for my stay at home mummy life!! xx
hurry up body
or whatever the heck your problem is
just hurry up already I’m getting
it’s not supposed to be this hard!
Well done for sticking with your goal for this week. Mental note – it feels good to take care of yourself. Please try to do it all the time. I know those carbs look delicious but they make you feel like crap. And bloaty. And fat.
Note for this week: Yes, dates are a much better alternitive than white bread or refined sugar. However they are still sugar, and you are a date eating machine. One date leads to VERYMANYDATES. Especially in the form of chocolate covered date and pecan balls. Om nom nom. Nom nom.
Anyone else setting themselves goals for this week? x
Spring has finally arrived in London, and it’s so lovely to feel the warmth of the sun on my skin again! I’m so looking forward to long summer days in the sun… just as soon as we get rid of Reuben’s chicken pox!!!
I’ve been on a bit of a health kick recently, my sister in law stayed with us for a few weeks and her self discipline with food really motivated me to get my eating habits back into what I consider ‘healthy’. Obviously healthy means different things to different people, but what works for me is a variant of paleo or basically low carb with minimal processed foods.
Ever since Reuben was born breakfast has been a real struggle, but I’m happy to say it’s been a week and a half now and I feel like we are winning! Neither of us has had any cereal, instead opting for this delicious smoothie. I call it a green smoothie, Reuben calls it ‘cah coh’ (chocolate) or just makes his usual hamster noise.
What we blend:
Scoop or two of whey or hemp protein isolate
1/2 a frozen banana and maybe a handful of frozen blueberries
about 3 cups of spinach (we just fill the blender to the top)
Few spoonfuls of full fat greek yoghurt (how much gets in depends on how much is eaten by Reuben in the process)
That smoothie must not have had any cocoa powder in it as it turns it brown (duh).
It’s so easy, quick, and the only way I have ever found to get spinach or kale into Reuben. Don’t tell anyone but sometimes we have this for lunch or afternoon tea too……..
In other news, I’m a bit upset that my husband snapped away rare pics of me and little R snuggling and playing all day today and… the card was not in the camera. Damn you ‘shoot without CF card’ setting! Damn you to hell.
My must have jewellery is my wedding ring, it’s pretty much the only jewellery of mine that I wear everyday all day, and one of the few bits I have that I’m not allergic to!
Anyway this evening I got a mad burning sensation under my ring and it was so red, scaly and itchy (GROSS). I did some googling and it seems I’ve either got a fungus infection (niiiiiiiiiiiiice) or become allergic to something in the metal. The only way I’m finding out is by leaving it off to heal up and then seeing what happens. Bye bye wedding ring. Time for all the playground mummies to judge me for being unwed
1 Cup Almond Butter
3/4 Cup Pumpkin Puree (homemade or canned)
1/3 Cup Honey
1 tsp baking soda
50g of 90% cocoa dark chocolate
Beat Almond butter and eggs together. Add remaining ingredients and beat until everything is mixed in.
Bake in a 180 degree celcius oven for 10-15 minutes until puffed and a knife comes out clean.
Lick the bowl.
*Yeah, honey is disputably not paleo. And these certainly wont be paleo if you add cream cheese, more like delicious.
I don’t think this can rightfully be called a Clafoutis as Wikipedia tells me that a Clafoutis is a baked cherry dish.
I’ve no doubt this would be delicious with cherries. The best variant I’ve made has been lemon and blueberry. Personally I think any traditional fruit combo would work here. Rum and raisin anyone?
your fruit of choice, enough to scatter over your baking dish
1 c sugar
1/2 c milk
1/2 c cream
1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 T lemon zest
3/4 c all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Place the berries in the bottom of an oven proof dish. I used a 24cm flan dish but you can make it in anything, your baking time will differ though.
Whisk eggs and sugar together until pale. Add milk, cream, lemon zest and juice and whisk together.
Add the flour and salt and whisk together gently.
Pour over the berries/fruit. Place in the oven and bake until the middle is golden and just bounces back when pressed, about 25 minutes.
I like this warm and still enjoy it the next day.
You can see why we only have half a layer of berries in our clafoutis….
250g/2 cups plain flour
3tsp baking powder
90g grated cheddar
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 220 Celcius and line a tray with baking paper.
Add flour, baking powder and butter to food processor, pulse until a breadcrumb like texture forms.
Pulse in cheese and salt.
Add milk and pulse until a sticky dough just forms.
Turn out onto a floured board and flatten with your hands or a rolling pin. Cut into squares or be neat and use a circle cutter. Bake for 10-12 minutes until risen and golden.
EAT. Hot for maximum deliciousness.
I found this questionnaire through a post from One Sheepish Girl and thought I would give it a try! Get ready to maybe learn something new…..
A. Age: I turned 25 this month!
B. Bed size: King. I love it.
C. Chore that you hate: Pretty much all chores to be honest, although I try and make them fun now and Reuben gets involved which is a mixed blessing…
D. Dogs: I would love one. When we are settled in NZ, for sure.
E. Essential start to your day: Cuddles with my hubby and Reuben in our bed.
F. Favorite color: Generally Pink, although all my clothes are neutrals/shades of gray.
G. Gold or Silver: Gold
H. Height: I usually tell people one of the following: 5’9″ or 174cm
I. Instruments you play: (embarrassed silence)… none. Only embarrassing as my husband is one of 11 and they are all SO musical. I tried to get piano lessons from him once but that didn’t go too great.
J. Job title: Housewife
K. Kids: One gorgeous son, 3 miscarriages. I’m praying that this year we will be blessed with another baby.
L. Live: London, UK. Relocating home to NZ at the end of this year! Woohoo!
M. Mother’s name: Andrea
N. Nicknames: Lau, Laurasaur
O. Overnight hospital stays: None, although a very near miss yesterday when I passed out and knocked my front teeth back and through my lip.
P. Pet peeve: None really, although people who badmouth me aren’t my favorite. Or people who have an opinion on everything..
Q. Quote from a movie: I have the *worst* memory ever.. so I’m gonna leave this one blank. I’m normally multitasking during a movie so that’s my excuse..
R. Right or left handed: Right
S. Siblings: One younger brother
T. Time you wake up: It really varies, we are terrible at sticking to a routine .. 8 – 8.30 on weekdays and 9ish on weekends.
U. Underwear: Yes please.
V. Vegetable you hate: The only one I can think of is beetroot.
W. What makes you run late: A surprise poo right as we are leaving the house! (not by me!!)
X. X-Rays you’ve had: Far too many on my teeth. My arm when I broke it when I was younger. I’m sure another on my teeth in the next few days… see O above.
Y. Yummy food that you make: Not bad at making baked goods if I do say so myself!
Z. Zoo animal: Lions. So Bad Ass.
If you give this a try, please leave the link to your blog post in the comments so I can see!