Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Blueberry lemonade

This pretty lemonade is very easy to make and even more fun to make with a cute little helper. We also made a couple of cystallized flowers by dipping in egg yolk and sugar and drying overnight and adding them for a fun garnish. I think this would be cool for a cocktail too. Lemonade is so much fun on a hot day and the combinations are endless we also made a watermelon one recently. 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Swedish Style Prawn Sandwich

We often ate this sandwich in Scandinavia it was found in many cafes in Sweden and you may have even had it in Ikea :-), its very simple to make and makes a boring sandwich into one with pizazz. Do you like the little Swedish flag? I brought it all the way back from the cafe in Särdal, Sweden. We drove up some lovely country roads off the highway and stumbled on this beautiful old windmill cafe and had to stop for lunch. This was on the menu, it was here I saved a little flag from our meal as I knew it would come in handy later. If your ever on the West Coast of Sweden look this place up you will be in for a treat, friendly staff and it has a delightful gift shop next door. The region is famous for natural soda, apple, strawberry and more. It even has a little cake named after it, I think all towns need one of those. 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Motherhood by Rebecca Subbiah

By Rebecca Subbiah

From the moment you find out your expecting,  life will never be the same, the miracle of life will transform you into the person you were destined to become. 

Through the early sleepless nights when you just wish for rest to feel your best, you smile as your wee one is snoozing on your chest and know this is the best.

Or the anxiety you feel when they start school and take baby steps of independence know that your the person that makes their world make sense.

There are days when you want them to nap as your about to snap but if they do and sleep a little bit longer you start to miss their laughter and chatter.

First words, first steps, the first time they say mummy and write their name you know things will never be the same,  only better. 

You are entrusted with this previous gift to uplift and guide its never going to be easy but believe me it's the best job in life even with the strive :-)

Then one day they will fly from the nest be brave you have taught them well and your special motherly spell will forever give them that something something to make them believe, that just maybe mummy's baby can conquer the world. 

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

South Indian Filter Coffee

When I meet my mother in law in England I asked her to bring me some South Indian filter coffee to make at home. The week we came back one morning me and the kids had fun making it. I had mentioned how much I like this drink, last time we were in India I enjoyed it and even had a guy make it for us in a hotel click here for the clip. I also wanted the traditional brass cups to serve it in. I remember stopping along the road on the way back from the coast and drinking it in these. 

Another reason I loved making this is to involve the kids and share Indian culture with them. We all cook and make foods from other countries its tasty and fun but more than that it connects you with another land and people and ancient traditions. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Gardens at Tanglewood

I have visited Tanglewood park in Clemmons North Carolina a million times in fact when the wee guy wakes in the morning I often get told that we need to visit the duck duck park. Recently someone tweeted me that I must visit the gardens behind the manor house so last week I did just that. I am a huge fan of the gardens at Reynolda in fact its a special place to me as they are modeled on an English garden. I walked to the back of the house and to my delight discovered a beautiful garden complete with native flowers, fountains, places to sit and trails and a fragrance garden. My favorite part was the children's garden though with brightly colored paths and little benches for wee ones to sit. 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Orzo, Barley and Spinach salad

This is a delightfully simple and tasty dish can be a main meal or a great light lunch, would also be great packed. I loved the combination of barley and orzo. Barley is a super nutritious whole grain rich in protein, I made a salad with roasted butternut squash once so good. 


  • 1/2 cup of orzo and 1/2 a cup of barley cooked according to instructions, typically you boil each for about 10 minutes 
  • a good handful of spinach
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 of a red onion chopped
  • a handful of crumbled feta 
  • a tablespoon of white balsamic vinegar 
  1. cook the barley and orzo and keep to one side 
  2. mean while saute the onions and garlic in olive oil until fragrant about 4 minutes
  3. add the spinach little by little and let it cook down
  4. remove from heat mix in the orzo and barley, white balsamic and feta cheese, a little salt and pepper to taste and serve 

We visited a local Blueberry farm yesterday.
Reich's on Ebert Road in Winston Salem, it was so much fun the kids liked it and love how excited they are as they eat these nutritious gems rich in antioxidants saying that they picked them.

Have a great start to the week everyone 


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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Lomma Sweden

On the first day of our wee Scandinavian road trip as we crossed the big bridge from Copenhagen into Sweden. We decided to make a stop and by chance found a gem of a town. Despite the expense of the car hire its the times like this we are thrilled we had one. We parked next to a modern block of flats the kids were asleep and I spotted a deli. So nipped inside to find some food. The owner was lovely I love deli's as its often a great way to ask about regional foods. I find folks who work in these places often more to happy to share foods they are proud of with excited tourists like me. 

The owner mostly sold Italian food but kindly made sandwiches for us and I sampled traditional Swedish cookies. As I was about to leave she said you must walk to the beach its only 10 minutes walk in that direction. 


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