happy end of the week! i hope you've all had a good working week and you feel like you've accomplished some good things and had lots of fun with awesome people.
i'm looking forward to celebrating mother's day this weekend - i'm off to spend time with my mum, taking her out to a french restaurant that i know she'll love, and cooking roast for my grandparents on sunday at her apartment...
now to my latest eats:
♥ brown rice congee with raisins, banana and a little organic yogurt and ground flaxseed - i forgot how much i love this, so creamy and delicious made with Kara coconut milk.
♥ steamed organic kale from the nearest farm shop on top of fresh salad leave, topped with a beautiful red tomato chopped chunky and covered with a tahini lemon mustard dressing... a perfect light lunch when i wasn't feeling particularly hungry.
♥ i realise that i never showed you photos of the snow in Southampton (which is where i live now) - it's snowed more times than i can ever remember before, and has looked so beautiful falling onto our garden... we left it untouched, and so it was pristinely white and magical for about 3 days in january.
♥ frothy soy cappucinos are a little bit of an indulgence for me from time to time. and i had one at work the other day - it's a great treat, without being too extravagant. soy milk froths really well and i love taking spoonfuls of this delicious froth before i start drinking the actual drink.
♥ leftover brown rice stir fried with an egg, spinach, onion and an other leftovers is a yummy and quick hot dinner, and is perfection eaten with chopsticks. i love eating with chopsticks.
so that's my latest foodie treats - now i want to share with you a little bit about someone very special to me...
my mother is incredible. i've probably never truly voiced that here on this blog, but she is. i wrote a letter to her once on my diabetes blog to say thank you for her support, which was quite popular and produced a rather lovely lot of comments. and it also inspired us to write to each other when i was in australia in 2011 (these letters have since been published on kindle) - receiving her letters encouraged and inspired me to 'woman-up' - to feel strong, to be courageous and to find out how to take my next steps in my life.
she's an incredible woman, and i love her to pieces.
we see each other fairly often even now i'm married, and we're planning yearly long weekends abroad together - this year we'll be going off to Norway in june (so looking forward to the food there). we love travelling together and have been to all sorts of places just me and her, do you remember the hot chocolate in Printemps in Paris? or zucchini balls on the Greek island of Folegandros? all trips with the girls. very food centred, and very wonderful. she understands the meaning of good homecooked, traditional food, and she also enjoyed my cooking and encouraged my experimentation.
i adore every minute i get to spend with my marmee. she and i talk through our random ideas and debate deep life issues and theology most times we meet - it's amazing to be able to have such a strong bond with her, and i am so grateful for that.
so, thanks for reading and have a great weekend!
currently listening to: i knew you were trouble by taylor swift