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

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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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.

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I love this way of getting ready for a day.

It can be really interesting to hear about how other people got to where they are so I found this interview with Nicole Franzen (photographer extrordinaire) interesting.

Siobhan’s blogging tips board on pinterest is full of some great articles.

I always think of making an advent calendar. And then I don’t. But if I was going to make one this is a pretty cool advent (because it has copper which I love).

I’d love your thoughts on this idea I’ve had (involving Venice and you).

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This is a balanced breakfast right? Tim brought some mince pies back from London last week. I can’t believe we had the patience to wait a whole week before opening the second box.

Christmas is definitely on its way now!

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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?!