Bits, bobs, and a hodgepodge

This is a bit of a new thing for me but with the way things are at the moment, it’s nice to look for little rays of sunshine, isn’t it? It may only be something like a good cocktail recipe, or a podcast to make you laugh while you are trying to juggle working from home and homeschooling, but hey, it’s the little things, right?

Welcome to bits, bobs, and a hodgepodge. A mixed bag of five things that I’m loving and have brought a little bit of joy this past month.

Hope you like it x

I’m reading, watching and listening to…

Finally got around to reading A love for Food – On our last trip overseas before covid, we visited Daylesford organic farm in the Cotswolds. This, part cookbook, part story, is written by its founder, Carole Bamford. And celebrates everything I love about good, seasonal food. Also obsessed with Studio McGee on Insta. I’ve just ordered their new book and can’t wait for it to arrive.

I binge-watched Starstruck on ABC iview last week and loved it. Can’t wait for season 2!!!

Sentimental in the City with Dolly Alderton & Caroline O’Donoghue is a cracking podcast. A friend recommended it, and I kinda am a bit shocked that I didn’t come across it sooner. Dolly Alderton is always hysterical and it’s kinda like listening to your two besties talk through their SATC obsession over a bottle of wine.

Exterior of Daylesford farm shop, uk. Bench and bike rack in front of shepherds hut
Interior of Daylesford Farm Shop, uk
Daylesford Farm Shop

I’m cooking…

I made this chocolate cake for O’s birthday a few weeks ago. A classic midnight, the night before his birthday effort, it was a sterling recipe I’ll definitely be cooking again. Oh-so-easy too!

three layer chocolate cake with chocolate frosting on a marble cake stand with three gold candles on top

Citrus season is here – YAY! I came home one day to a box of lemons on my doorstep, so the dehydrator has been on overdrive, full of sliced lemons, limes, and blood oranges. I’ve also made countless jars of lemon and passionfruit curd. It’s great for topping a pavlova, as a tart filling, spread over scones, or drizzled over a cake. Recipe coming later in the week!

It’s not cooking, but I treated myself to one (or two?!) of my favourite cocktails over the weekend. I became a bit stuck on lychee martinis a few years ago on a trip to Bali. The best thing is they take a whole 60 seconds to make and are only three ingredients. Here’s what I do… In a cocktail shaker with a few ice cubes, combine 60ml vodka, 25ml vermouth, and 60ml lychee juice ( from canned lychees from the supermarket). Shake for 30 seconds and strain into a glass. Add a lychee or two. Extra points if you freeze the lychee in a little juice beforehand. Cheers!

lemon and passionfruit curd in a glass jar with a tasting spoon in it
Lemon & Passionfruit Curd

I’m obsessed with…

There needs to be a help group for us serial organizers. And I think I’ve passed it onto O, who asked a few weeks ago if he could take the label maker to school! I’m currently organizing our house, one room at a time. For my tiny pantry, I have visions of hooks of dried herbs, labels upon labels, minimal clutter, these black baskets, and perfectly styled shelving. Basically, everything that my tiny pantry isn’t currently. I’ve started, but it will take me a week or two to get it perfect. I’ll keep you posted!

I’m dreaming about…

One of my favourite people messaged me last week to ask how to spend 11 days in Ireland – jealous much! As someone who for the last fifteen years has always had an Ireland trip plan on the desktop, it was really lovely to take myself on a bit of a dream getaway. As we won’t be going anytime soon, I’m just going to live vicariously through her. In the meantime, here’s my favourite view in Ireland. I’ll just leave it here for us all to dream…

Views over Ballyheigue Bay

I have my eye on…

These flats. Because Spring is coming people, and as much as I love the cooler months, I’m excited! Let’s get ready to show some ankle! While we’re at it, this coat as well.

Kimberly Espinel’s food photography book, Creative Food Photography. If you don’t follow Kimberly on Insta, at The Little Plantation, you really should. Her images are truly stunning.

These linen napkins – I’m a sucker for a french grain sack stripe

Stay safe and have a great week!

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