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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.


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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pear and pineapple green smoothie

Kind of what my week has looked like but at least by having some vegetables for breakfast everyday I don’t feel so bad.


I find this hypnotising.

If you missed my post earlier this week I just wanted to highlight this 30 day yoga challenge I started and re-started. It really has a beautiful knock on effect for my whole day.

Some additional tips for travelling after another of my posts earlier this week.

Not the sort of thing I normally share but this wedding is breathtaking.


WARNING: I am on the green smoothie bandwagon and future food posts might steer dangerously close to annoying if you never ever want to eat a green smoothie!

So I was going to share this post with you a while back but never got around to taking a picture but I finally got around to getting on this week and now my weeks favourite green smoothie recipe is a little different and even better. Lucky you! This green wonder is mostly seasonal with a drop of tropical.

  • 1/4 cup ground almonds
  • 1 – 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • as much spinach as you can handle
  • 1 banana
  • 2 pears
  • a couple chunks of frozen pineapple
  • 2 cups water

Blend and dah dah! Makes 2 very generous portions. I take mine to work in a travel cup and sip it for a while.

I am amazed that the spinach flavour doesn’t even impact on the taste of smoothie but it does make things green which kind of makes me feel like Pop-eye. Also if you make a smoothie with kale you don’t put as much kale in as you would spinach. It has flavour!

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I could spend ages looking at this floral/fashion shoot. Well if I had hours to spare…

The delivery of our blender was delayed because we were sent a vacuum cleaner instead (I kid you not!) but when it arrives I will probably be visiting Simple Green Smoothies every day!

And some more food inspo via instagram.

Talking about healthy eating I love this tongue in cheek definitive guide on it.

This note on 9 years of marriage is perfection. Even though Tim and I have only been married 7 months we have been a couple for over 10 years and so I can really associate with some of these.


I’ve been ‘powering up’ my porridges this year. I add some milled flaxseed, tahini, nuts and fruit. Kiwis are packed with Vitamin C so I am hoping it will keep the colds away. Also hazelnut milk? It is like drinking dessert and is so good with some porridge (and hot chocolate).

Don’t you love how winter fruits are so colourful, oranges and persimmon and kiwi fruit. The ones here in Italy are so sweet.

How do you ‘power up’ your porridge?

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I swear by February I will have got on top of this here blog and will share a decent breakfast with you again. I did in fact make a really good breakfast this morning but we had invited friends around and I didn’t feel like it was polite for the host to hold things up while I took a photo. So will try that again. Stay tuned.

On a side note my house only ever seems to be tidy for about 5 minutes at a time. Does anyone else have this problem?

Anyway, here are a few links from around the web this week which seem to be rather foodie orientated (perhaps to make up for the lack of a breakfast)


This looks like a great way to get more of the veggies in while being delicious. Now if only I had a spiral thing to make zucchini noodles.

It is going to be a late one for me but I am looking forward to joining this Dean Street Society call to up my Instagram game.

Our friends showed us this video of John Joseph (frontman for the bad Cro-Mag) making a smoothie. Warning: he has written a book called “Meat is for Pussies” which might give you some indication of how the video goes. But I love how he breaks any stereotypes of what a vegan is.

I am about to go on a smoothie craze because we treated ourselves to a Vitamix with some wedding gift money. I am pinning recipes like crazy. Let me know if you have any favourite recipes. I am also interested in using some protein powders so if you have any recommendations let me know.

On the other end of the food spectrum I am liking the idea of this mac and cheese party. And just incase you think you would find Mac and Cheese on menus in Italy. You won’t.

Okay that is all I have for you this week. Have a good week folks!

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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 …


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!

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It has been a bit sparse on here this week and honestly I think it will continue that way until after the New Year has arrived. Just that time of year right.

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December is that beautiful time of reflection and consideration about what you want the next year to be and one of the best ways I have found to do that is with Susannah Conway’s Unravelling the Year.

For the ultimate DIYer 100 handmade gifts for Christmas.

A different approach to gift buying.

I love a monthly planner and this one looks great for the coming year.

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December is full on persimmon season (cachi in Italian) here and last year I kind of missed out so I need to try and make up for it here. The first lot I bought were so ripe they exploded in the shopping bag by the time I got home! Then I bought this single one which never seemed to get soft so I finally cut into it yesterday and it was absolutely perfect. Which leads me to think there are different varieties. I think I might like the hard ones more. It was absolutely delicious chopped up in my porridge.. Made up for the fact that I didn’t have any milk and had just used water to cook them (which I normally do though add a splash of milk at the end).

They aren’t as big in the UK and I had never heard of them in South Africa so if you have any tips let me know.

Also have you ever seen persimmon on the tree. It looks like a minimalist Christmas tree. This is a picture a couple of years ago from when we were visiting Assisi.