Wednesday, 28 August 2013


Do you remember when we made gnocchi? It's right over here. Last time we made it, we had it with a simple tomato sauce, but this time we decided to eat it with roasted butternut squash.
The ingredients for gnocchi are really simple, but it's just all a bit of a faff. Halfway through making it I swore I'd never make it again... but then it was so delicious, I'm sure once I've recovered it will be back on the menu.
Here's the gnocchi before it's cooked. Doesn't it look cute?
I piled them all up on this plate and while I was doing it I thought that it was a mistake and I was right. They all stuck together. Really you need to lay them out not touching each other for a little while.
here it is with the squash. 
The squash was roasted and then added to some cooked shallots, chilli, garlic, rosemary and shitake mushrooms. Plus lots of olive oil. 
It was really good, but I think next time I would stick to a simpler accompaniment - prob tomatoes. 

(oh, and to make the gnocchi itself.... all you need to do is bake some potatoes, then mash with some olive oil, salt and pepper. Add flour until you get a dough that's not too sticky. Roll  out into sausages and cut in to little shapes. Cook the gnocchi in batches in boiling water. It hardly takes any time at all to cook, just a few minutes and the gnocchi will rise to the top.  Overcooking makes them squidgy, so don't do it!)

I'm linking up with the kitchen series over at poppy fox at home

Tuesday, 27 August 2013


Today I've been doing a little cross stitch. I have a craftivism stitch meet up on saturday. we will be stitching mini protest banners about loving fashion but hating sweatshops. I read some pretty grim stuff today while researching the subject. 
I'll show you the finished piece tomorrow.

When I got home this little guy was hanging out outside my front door.
oh gosh! how adorable!
Plus you can see my new plants! (perhaps ignore the dead looking one at the back)

When I got home I cooked pasta for dinner with tomatoes, olives, basil and capers. Bert loves pasta so he was happy. He had also bought me a gift!

Fairyland by Alysia Abbott, a memoir about growing up with her gay dad in 70s and 80s San Francisco.
I have started it already as I was so excited.
Thanks lovely bert!

Monday, 26 August 2013

art with children

Some pictures from work art activities.
This summer we've been doing lots of different art activities, this means it's more work for me! (as well as trying out different locations, so lots of moving tables and chairs and crayons etc), but it's also been fun too.
we've made dragonflies out of pegs, sketched birds, drawn lilypads, sewn flower badges, made paper daisy chains... and much more.
There's a week left.... 
I may need a holiday.

Sunday, 25 August 2013


ah, there's a picture of my borscht! bottom left! so pink....
Also been eating couscous and roasted veg, tomato salads, tofu pies....
we've been trying new recipes too - it's always exciting at our house.

recent things....

august is always busy for me. mainly with work, but also there's a few other things we've been up to like going away for the weekend and hot yoga (that's just me).
So the above are pictures of recent things... the big picture is my anniversary gift from bert - a sonny angel, lovechock (our new fave vegan, raw, sugar free chocolate!), new lauren graham novel (loved it), marina and the diamonds cd (been listening to it in the car), waitress dvd (love that film...) and some cute little things too. I bought bert a Napolean dynamite badge... and made him one of those photo albums all about our wedding and honeymoon. It's the cutest.
Sadie-cat has been grumpy, but I love this picture of her with her tongue stuck out! 
I've started crocheting a new blanket....
and yesterday I had an afternoon off and watched the movie Ramona and Beezus which I adored.
Bert is in work today so am catching up with blogs and books.
later we have datenight...
yep. dinner and a movie.
(the movie is a nora roberts one...)
how are you guys?

Tuesday, 20 August 2013


any beetroot thoughts?
Mom and Pops gave us a vegetable box the other day and it had beetroots in it. I didn't really know what to do with them, although I am quite partial to a beetroot salad.
Anyways, I decided to go for borscht, inspired in part by reading the following poem by Heather Christle. 

 'Soup is One Form of Salt Water' 
I am making borscht      please do not laugh at me      I seem to have ruined my soul      the quality of television programming grows stronger all the time      soon we will live in the ocean      we will all return to the ocean      my hands are bright pink      like I have been applauding you for hours      my love for you is louder than I know      I saw a show last night      there were four thousand brides left in Iceland      I was laughing      but it was not funny      the brides looked embarrassed      and cold      I must not wash anywhere but a tide pool      I must use starfish      to scrub at my hands      I am writing this to say      I am not leaving you forever      I am going to get better      and then I’ll come home

I made the borscht with some onions, potatoes, carrots and beetroots, fried together first and then simmered with water. I also added caraway seeds, agave, red wine vinegar and salt and pepper.
when it was all done I blended it.
It was super delish and bright red (I'm thinking it would be a good halloween dish).
It was too dark to take a photo though.... maybe tomorrow.
how do you cook beetroots?
(the poem is a bit sad isn't it? although my love for all of you lot  is louder than I know)

Thursday, 15 August 2013

our first wedding anniversary!

we made it! we did a year!
here is a picture from our wedding day last year....
and here we are a year on!

Monday, 12 August 2013


we went away for the weekend to the national botanical gardens of Wales and to Aberglasney
we went with my mum and dad. here they are!
(thank you!)
we  went to a mushroom exhibition
we went walking in the rain in the dark...
we looked at flowers. there's a bee there in the one in the right!
we bought some plants. here's bert snuggling one of the plants we bought.
we are going to grow them mainly with love and without any plant knowledge.
we saw ghost bunnies
I like large glass structures....
we hid under mushrooms.
we are home now!
sadie had coughed up furballs everywhere because she was so mad we'd left her alone.

Friday, 9 August 2013

a few things i may have put on here before but maybe i didn't

these pictures were from beltane. they are such pretty pictures I think.

sadie popping her head over a chair! 

an outfit picture detail from a few months ago.

this one's from a little while ago too. Bertie's hair is much longer than this at the moment. 
Love and Haight by Susan Carlton - I really enjoyed it.

and a couple of pictures from the sewing project I'm working on with a friend.
we may have some interesting news about this project soon....
in other news I just washed my new red yoga mat with bertie's white and brown striped top. It's now pink and brown. I feel a bit bad.

we have a long weekend and have some lovely plans.
I'll see you on the other side.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

things that i like on tumblr

I like how much amazing stuff you can find on tumblr.... like crystals....

john currin paintings

adorable hobbit houses

images from the wonder boys, one of my favourite films

cute cat cartoons...
(these four frames are just the beginning!)

and an adorable 70s (?) poster.
(all pictures from here)

Friday, 2 August 2013

water pictures inspired by monet...

more summer art activities pictures!
I've set up my art supplies by a pond so we are making pictures inspired by monet....

really lovely water and lilypads here!

this is a pirate ship. it's been bombed.
this guy was not following the monet instructions.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

what i read in july...

...not much.

My favourite book this month was The Trip to Echo spring by Olivia Laing. It's a book about why writers drink but it's also a memoir and a travel book of sorts too. It's really beautifully written and I really loved it.
I was really excited to read Michelle Tea's new young adult book. I enjoyed that too, though didn't love it as much as I've loved her previous books.
That just leaves me with Wolf Hall, which at over 650 pages is quite a big book. We read it for reading group and everyone really liked it, but although I could see how good it was and how there was much to admire in it (I loved the period details and the atmosphere) it just didn't really work for me.
have you read anything good this month?


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