Lille + Capucine Tubéreuse Soup

During my last trip to Lille, after a walk around the city in the dead of winter, I made a capucine tubéreuse soup which was perfect to warm ourselves up. I say cold wintery walks call for warming winter soups. Since a few years ago, every winter I spend a few days in Lille, France, just after Christmas. Lille isn’t exactly known for lovely weather nor droughts. Sometimes there is proper rain but most of the time there is a permanent miserable drizzle within a dense mist. And boy is it cold! Because of that my camera usually doesn’t go out for walks with me as I have this terrible phobia of it getting damp inside and thus getting damaged forever. I took advantage of one afternoon when one ray of sun was trying to make an appearance and the rain had temporarily stopped, to bring my camera with me around the city….

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Pecan Granola with Bilberry Greek Yogurt

Despite the fact that January is just about to end, but as we’re still in January, we’re still allowed to another point to our lists of resolutions for the New Year, right? I have one more thing to add: have breakfast every day. I know breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day, and that I know that well because when I don’t have breakfast I get all light headed, dizzy and with a true sensation of batteries running out by mid morning. I shamefully admit I don’t have it every day, except for coffee. So this year I will try hard to have breakfast every single day. Hopefully after a few strict weeks it will become just another daily habit. What will be my foolproof strategy to ensure I have breakfast every day? Always have something delicious and ready to eat at hand. Always. For every…

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Hummus From Scratch (At Last!)

It seemed that everyone I knew was making homemade hummus except for me. I wasn’t buying store bought hummus either, I just seemed to be depriving myself of this delicacy at home for no reason. So of course, at some point, I had to make it. Before showing the hummus recipe, let’s check off points from my food bucket list. Last year I had completely forgotten about the existence of this list, because I was feeling a bit bleak, and as a side effect the food bucket list was far away from my thoughts. After a look at the list and with no photographic evidence for most things, I swear that I can tick off a few things: I made a crumble. It was a strawberry crumble. I made a beautiful marble cake. I made cakes and cupcakes with icing, like this carrot cake for example. I’m now comfortable making my own…

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Retrospection

“We pass through the present with our eyes blindfolded. We are permitted merely to sense and guess at what we are actually experiencing. Only later when the cloth is untied can we glance at the past and find out what we have experienced and what meaning it has.” – Milan Kundera, Laughable Laughs Hello 2017, hello to a new start! I know this is a bit late but I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and that the New Year has treated you well with positive thoughts for a fabulous year ahead. Again, I know I am now more than a week late in writing this, but my family and friends have truly made sure that I would be 100% present with them in the last few days. Being present with them was something I needed. I’ve ended the year and began the new one with big period of transition. For…

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A Surprisingly Stunning Evening in Ronda

“A man is not from where he was born, but where he choses to die.” – Orson Welles Ronda was the chosen place, he chose to be from Ronda for always. His ashes where placed here, in the garden of San Cayetano for eternity. We went to spend an evening in Ronda this summer. Indeed this is a very belated post. We drove to Ronda through grandiose Andalusian sceneries. Located in a rocky hilly area of Andalusia in Spain, Ronda is in the province of Malaga and borderline with the invisible delimitations of the province of Cadiz. We had heard that Ronda was a beautiful place, but just how stunning it really is took us by surprise. Ronda is a small enough town to walk around in. That day, something terrible was going on in my foot, as in I think I had some kind of fissure, so I hobbled…

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Steamed Clams with Garlic and Ginger

A note to my mum who will probably recognize a few items in these photos: I made these clams with garlic and ginger in your kitchen one of the days you were somewhere else. I added the ginger inspired by you because you sometimes add ginger to your clams too. The ginger goes really well to give a little je ne sais quoi tangy spicy flavour to the clams without going over the top. Before launching into the clams with ginger recipe lets chat. What did you get up to this week? I was in Madrid this week. Remember we had the supermoon this week? I was pretty excited about it. At the end of the day, I walked out, looked at the sky and saw: no moon. In fact I saw no moon and no stars. The buildings around me where too high, the streets were too narrow and the photopollution was…

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Five Travel Tips for Sightseeing {Lovely Weather Edition}

Time flies. I’ve been wanting to write about the travel tips I’ve learnt this summer after I’ve spent days on end sightseeing all day long. I’ve included the words Lovely Weather Edition in the name of this post because especially the last point would not be recommended for rainy, snowy or freezing weather. Nor would it be recommended for brutally scorching hot weather, as we accidentally learnt the hard way. 1. Wear sneakers This one goes especially for the ladies. If you plan on doing lots of walking all day long then don’t bother with cutesy shoes. Of course we’re not even going to consider high heals here, no thank you. Not even flat healed sandals. It doesn’t matter how chic or elegant your outfit is, you won’t feel so when you’re hobbling around in agony. Because of pinching straps. Because of blisters. Because of whatever. Just go in sneakers or supportive…

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A Note About my Absence

“Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry It is uncertain if I refer to my general absence of not being here much, or the immediacy of which I have not stepped foot in this blog in the last 3 weeks. What is certain is that autumn has definitely arrived, even though I’m so far behind in what I want to post that I’ll probably be continuing in summer in this digital world for a while. Until I catch up with myself. Because what is also certain is that I do want to continue writing here. Of course being busy got in the way, as it always does. A shock regarding work….

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Brantôme and Dinner at La Guinguette

After spending the first half of that perfect day in Saint-Jean-de-Côle, we moved our stuff to a farm where we would spend our next night. We then went off to spend the second half of the day in Brantôme and had dinner at La Guingette Restaurant. Brantôme is so gorgeous that being there felt like I was wandering around inside a fairy tale. Brantôme Brantôme is a town in the Dordogne department of France in the Perigord region. It is known as the “Venice of Dordogne” due to its medieval and renaissance architecture with the Dronne River that circles the town. However there is nowhere near as much water in and around Brantôme as there is in Venice. Gastronomically speaking, this area is traditionally known for ducks, truffles and walnuts. Ducks bring along a bad reputation to the area because of the making of foie gras, and I don’t want to go into that,…

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Reine Claude Plum Jam

I had already known for some time that Reine Claude plums are great for making jams. Reine Claude is how greengage plums are called in France, and that’s how I called them because it was Mr. H. who introduced me to them. They are called Reine Claude in honour of Claude, the Duchess of Brittany, queen escort to King Francis I of France. Sometimes, also in her honour, these plums are also called bonne reine, which means good queen. Back to jam and how adequate Reine Claude plums are for them. For no reason, or silly reasons, until yesterday I had resisted making jam with these plums. Never say never. Yesterday has marked a before and after in my life. Only with regards to making jam with Reine Claude plums that is, no need for me to get too melodramatic. I truly recommend you to try making it next time…

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Saint Jean de Côle, France

Nothing is perfect. Even perfect days are imperfect. Imperfections are what create charm and character, or at least I think so. That perfect day had began by being nibbled on by goats. After escaping the goats, we set off to spend the morning in a teeny village, with a population of 349 people, in the Dordogne called Saint-Jean-de-Côle. Coffee and No Croissant Coffee and a croissant was my first priority when we arrived at Saint-Jean-de-Côle. We found a café, where they only served coffee but no croissants nor any other breakfast food. Apparently in France it is acceptable manners to order a coffee in a café, while you eat something bought from someplace else, thus Mr. H. went off to find some croissants. He came with something to eat, I cannot recall what, I only recall that they weren’t croissants, because the only boulangerie in the village either didn’t make them…

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Dinner at a Manoir in Saint-Romain-et-Saint-Clément + The Start of a Perfect Day

Once again this summer we chose car over planes. We were all about doing a road trip. We went all the way from Barcelona to the North of France, then we stayed there for a while. From there we went all the way to the southern part of Spain, crossing the whole of France and Spain, then we stayed there for another while. Then we went all the way back to Barcelona. I love these road trips because you realise how the conditions of mother nature in each area, along with history, helps shape up each town; the architecture, the ways of the people and even their food. You see both the differences and similarities in nearby regions, and also the utter differences between the regions further away from each other. Saint-Romain-et-Saint-Clément During our journey southwards from France, we stayed one night at a manoir in Saint-Romain-et-Saint-Clément. It is located in…

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