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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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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)?
I really love soup! So now that it is getting colder I am pulling out all the soup inspiration. I like to experiment with new recipes and almost every week try some new combination or dish.
As it is pumpkin season around here (as you can tell by our visit to the festa della zucca) and I had bought the world’s butternut last weekend I thought a rich butternut soup would be good. I wanted something slightly different but also quick as I decided to make the soup in the morning before work (the crazy ideas I have at 6am) so I would have some warming soup for lunch. I stared into our fridge for a few minutes and then pulled out the jar of grilled peppers sitting in there. Perfect.
Honestly the 20 minutes doesn’t include the cutting up of the butternut which can be a bit time-consuming wrestling with the pumpkin seeds but that aside it really is a quick one. Obviously if you wanted to prepare the peppers from fresh it would be a bit longer too but sometimes you just want the easy option in life.
Plus pumpkin is really healthy for you apparently so you could have this a lot while it is around for the season!
Another bonus is that it is a pretty hearty soup so you don’t really need to have bread with it. Unless you really want to in which case don’t let me stop you!
- half a giant butternut or 1 medium sized butternut
- jar of grilled peppers (probably totalled 3 peppers)
- can of cannelini beans
- red onion, chopped
- stock cube or two
- seasoning: paprika, nutmeg, salt
- fry the onion gently for a few minutes
- add the cubed butternut and stir for a few times before adding stock
- lightly boil until butternut cooked
- add red peppers (chopped) and beans. allow to heat through and then blend with a handblender
Makes: 4+ big bowls
Have you ever tried to peel a pomegranate? Not too easy, right? A little while ago I read this handy trick which makes it much less laborious. So when I was making my breakfast on Sunday I asked Tim if he wanted to make a little video so I could share it with you.
What do you think? Does this make life easier for you? Or do you have an even better trick?
So you find yourself in Florence heading towards lunch time. You are getting hungry and you pass a gentlemen eating the most amazing looking sandwich made with creamy fluffy focaccia stuffed with quality looking fillings. You kindly ask him where he acquired this amazing sandwich and he points down to a road to a long queue and tells you it is worth it. It is worth it. You wait in the queue but it moves pretty quickly – only about 10 minutes. This gives you time to scout out whether there are some vegetarian options and a man from across the road walk over with a pile of fresh focaccia. You smile to yourself knowing you have made a good decision.
You get to the front and order a ‘vegateriana’ (with a question mark at the end). A friendly nod and a piece of fresh focaccia is grabbed, a sandwich size negotiated and fresh tomato, rocket, some vegetables and beautiful mozzarella piled on top. You hand over €5 for the biggest sandwich you have ever been given.
You walk happily down the street and find some free pavement to sit on and thoroughly enjoy what must surely be the best sandwich in Florence.
Maybe next time you will get a glass of wine from the help yourself counter.
If you haven’t eaten your whole sandwich (saving some for supper is a good idea) you might want to get some Gelato from Gelateria dei Neri
All’antico Vinaio, via dei Neri 74
Gelateria dei Neri, via dei Neri 22r