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Just a light list this week. I want to go our and play with the sun!

We are never ready. If only I knew what I wasn’t ready for …

I love these paintings found via The Jealous Curator. I think it must be because they are so photographic.

These cookies look delicious and no making required.

Wisdom from Instagram.

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I made another winner of a smoothie this week. Actually two but I shared the other one (apples and hazelnut) on Instagram.

This one used just a few leaves of chard (it is chard right?) that I picked up because it had a pretty colour. I learnt a lesson last week that a smoothie can have too much green in it so I added just a wee bit to my smoothie. Light green is better than no green right?

Anyway the ingredients for 2 servings are:

  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 milled flaxseed
  • 2 frozen mango slices (I assume it is about 1/3 of a fresh mango)
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 blood orange
  • 3 or more leaves of chard
  • 1 tablespoon tahini (heaped)
  • 2 cups water

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I think Freya’s key to happiness is such a perfect insight.

Every few months I resolve to be better at staying in touch with my friends around the world. And mostly I fail but this is a beautiful idea to keep connected with your global community that I might steal.

Thanks to my friend Donald I discovered the five minute journal this week. You can buy the app, an actual journal or they share the whole journal (which has some research and explanations) as an Issuu so you can read it and then just go make your own journal with a notebook you have lying around. Admittedly I have just done the latter because I didn’t like the idea of doing it on my phone and I wanted to start straight away. It is definitely a really helpful tool in helping me to live my word for the year, Intentional. I have now done it for five days but have changed the ‘gratitude’ question slightly in line with advice from Marie Forleo about making gratitude more precise.

I made this beetroot soup the other day. I have to say I was a bit … scared … about what beetroot soup would taste like but it was really good. And it felt so healthy I was sure I lost weight just eating it! (Okay maybe not but it felt like I was getting all the good stuff). Plus with the little bit that was left-over I added it to an abundance bowl as a dressing. I love multitasking food.

I think I might take up Rosie’s call for learning/re-learning a skill. I have a few in mind, I just need to get some materials …

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I haven’t had too many exciting breakfasts since my return to Italy. This morning I met a friend for coffee though and this is the standard Italian breakfast out. Un brioche con cioccolato e un capo in b, per favore. Seriously I don’t know how they stay so slim! I don’t often have this for breakfast. In fact this is probably the first time in about 4 months, but sometimes you wake up late on a Sunday and are eager to catch up with a friend. A ‘capo in b‘ is short speak for a cappuccino in bicchiere (a glass). The cappuccino’s in Trieste are much smaller in size than the rest of Italy. Just an espresso glass size. Which is plenty big enough for me. Also Trieste is the only place (as far as I know) where you ask for a coffee like that. Even an espresso is called a ‘nero’ (black).

There you go a little lesson on coffee in Trieste. This year I plan to share a little more about the city which I hope you will enjoy. At some point I will also pull out my actual camera to start taking pictures again!

our traditional christmas dessert

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For at least the last five years (if not longer) my mother has been making a twist on bread and butter pudding for our Christmas dessert. As I won’t be with her this year I asked for the recipe so that I could make it in South Africa. I tried it out on the weekend to have with friends at a “friendly Christmas” (I think that is an appropriate name for a Christmas celebration with friends). I don’t have a recipe as such as my mom just makes it by magical mom skills but I thought I would share with you what we do.

Ingredients

  • a large panettone (I used a 750g one)
  • butter
  • apricot jam (although I am thinking fig jam or a cranberry jam would be pretty awesome too)
  • 1 pot double cream and  (you don’t actually get this in Italy so I used marscapone)
  • 1 pot single cream
  • milk as necessary (I used almond milk)
  • 4-5 eggs (depending on size, I used 5)
  • raisins (soaked in juice)
  • brown sugar

Method

Slice the panettone and make sandwiches with the jam and butter. I cut from the bottom so I have rounds which I think quarter to make little triangles. Place them in a dish with the little triangles pointing up.

Separately combine the single cream, double cream, milk, eggs and a bit of sugar (I just sprinkled it in) and beat until combined. Making this marscapone it kind of separated strangely but cooked to look fine.

Sprinkle the raisins over the sandwich ‘spread’ and the slowly coat with the liquid. It should  come as high as possible in your dish (although not cover the top of the sandwich peaks). Leave to sit for a while if you can. Then pop the pudding into the oven for 45 minutes to an hour at 180 degrees. Keep an eye on it to make sure the peaks don’t burn.

Serve with custard or ice-cream. It makes about 8 portions and is great for breakfast the next day!

Also check out my guest post on Leanne’s blog about what Christmas is to me.

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How do you think about productivity? Maybe you should reconsider those ‘other’ things you do as part of your productivity. (Check out the link to the productivity planner too which is pretty and useful).

I hate to say that I am busy because I do have a terrible habit of wasting my time with potentially award winning procrastination techniques. So this is a nice little reminder of “oh you do have time“.

I love this sort of ‘check-list’ around the art of un-doing.

How you should measure your life.

A new-to-me foodie blog full of health-full looking recipes. With the transition into winter and a few more things in my schedule I have gone even more crazy with my eating and really need to bring it back to this kind of thing.

Love these earthy looking clay bead necklaces. Would be great for a Christmas stocking or a friend present.

I am excited about this e-bravery course coming from Blog Society*. I discovered Jacyln’s enterprise while doing ‘Blog Boss’ and have already been inspired by her. I am a big fan of online learning (my degree was from the Open University) and it is such a great way to grow your community and connections with bloggers. The course starts at the end of January but sign-up starts 1 December with an early bird price.

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So I’ve mentioned already but my schedule has changed a lot since last ‘academic’ year. I am now working, taken on some extra tutoring and trying to fit in some creative stuff around that. That sometimes means that the flat is a disaster not as tidy as it should be, a blog post idea doesn’t get written and published and that I eat some sesame seed bars for breakfast. I can pretend they are healthy right?

* note this is an affiliate link, but I only promote things which I think are awesome and would promote anyway.

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Just a short one for you today as I run off to a photo ‘treasure hunt’ that has been organised in Trieste. Should be fun though not sure how far I will get with my Italian.

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I love how Dale Partridge shares his breakdown of monthly earnings on his blog along with great tips on what he learnt during the month.

Pretty bag spotted via Ederle.

Some great tips for not just mobile photography from the Artifact Uprising community.

In real life Tim brought me the latest issues of Cereal and Kinfolk from London. Which is very exciting. I love a good magazine but don’t have much access to English ones here. What are you favourite magazines?

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Going traditional here with eggs for breakfast (although I actually had them for lunch) with pan fried tomato. Still need to work on the low carb breakfast options but bread and other carbs are just so good, right?!

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Love this from Joy the Baker on fear of running out of ideas and where the inspiration comes from: “There is creativity and learning in simply trying to figure it out everyday”

I absolutely love these literally painted flowers from Georgie St Claire.

This post just made me smile.

Some interesting tips on product photography.

This is the reason I want these shoes in my life (cheetah and leopard are kind of the same right?).

How to tell a confident blogger

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We spent a night in Zagreb on Thursday. We ate probably one too many burek (a traditional pastry) but we really enjoyed these cherry ones for breakfast on Friday morning. They are perfect to grab from a bakery for about €1 and enjoy in a lovely square.

What is your favourite breakfast ‘street food’ (ie food you eat on the street as opposed to bought on the street)?