My excuse for this late post (for which I beg your forgiveness & indulgence) is that it has been a whirlwind of a month, filled with hearty eating & congenial revelry in London. It has been a precious time with adventuresome Older & Younger Daughters, in part with Loving Husband: enjoying catch-up with family & old friends, delighting in the festivities of the season, and welcoming the Christ-child into our midst.
It has been a month of sublime discoveries as we reacquainted ourselves with this vibrant city, all the treasures we find on an almost daily basis, one of which was the Garden of Rest, a little corner of Marlebone High Street, near Marlebone Road (see above Feature Photo). This small garden contains various gravestones & memorials, one of which is to Charles Wesley (1707- 1788), one of the greatest hymn writers, credited with 8,989 hymns (Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing, Christ the Lord is Risen Today).
And of course, there is the food. Whenever we gathered, wherever we went, we sat at the table and broke bread together. Here are some of the December highlights:
Eggs Royale (Stuzzico)
Avocado Fruited Salad (work of our hands)
Orange Hot Chocolate with Chocolate Whip (Rabot, Borough Market)
One of many stir-fries: kalettes, savoy cabbage & carrots (work of our hands)
Turkish Gosleme (Old Spitalfields Market)
Thank you, Su, for hosting The Changing Seasons month after month; for giving us something special to look forward to!
It all started when the store ran out of my regular muesli. After several trips to check on availability of My Favourite Brand, I decided to take the matter into my own hands and research making my own muesli. To my surprise (and delight!), I discovered just how easy it is to throw together my personalised concoction. I don’t know if My Favourite Brand ever came back onto the shelves; I haven’t looked. Continue reading “Homemade Muesli”
I have a bag of granola which I tired of and has been sitting in my larder. When I came across this recipe in Anita Bean’s The Runner’s Cookbook, I just had to try it: after all, I love apples, cinnamon, and it was a chance to use up some of the granola!
Anita says this dessert is low in sugar and a good source of fibre, Vitamin C and quercetin (a plant compound with potent antioxidants which helps to reduce inflammation and promote muscle repair). If you have plenty of apples to use up, make a bigger batch – reheated leftovers taste wonderful, or just eat them cold! Continue reading “Granola Baked Apples: Simple Healthy Dessert”
I have never been a huge fan of dates – I find the crackly skin and the cloying sweetness just a little too much. So I hesitated trying Anita Bean’s bar recipes containing this dried fruit. In the spirit of trying new things and given that her first two recipes which I tried were scrumptious (see Nut Bar & Recovery Bar), I ventured to try Cocoa Energy Bars. Continue reading “Cocoa Energy Bars using Dates”
I occasionally find myself in need of a nutrition bar: when I am a little farther away from home for a workout, or when I have to run errands before I return to breakfast, or when I just simply have to eat something NOW! I find it difficult to eat early in the morning so I typically don’t before I workout; consequently, I find myself hungry fairly soon after I’m done.
I searched for commercial bars which offered a little higher protein (challenging) and tried quite a few (urghhh!). Then I found a recipe in Anita Bean’s The Vegetarian Athlete’s Cookbook, which looked simple & delicious, except that it took three attempts too get it right (1st time: too sticky, 2nd time: didn’t bind, 3rd time: success!). Moral of the story: don’t modify a recipe until you’ve tried it as is at least once as is! Continue reading “A Bar for the Road”
I am glad for this opportunity to revisit February as the month has whizzed by! My 30-Day Challenge was to encounter Beauty, whether it is as an Imaginative Creator or Awed Enthusiast. I feel like I didn’t mindfully do this as there was so much going on. So I am going to try again in March, to purposefully engage in Beauty, whether it is composing a photograph, or dreaming up new Blondie flavours, or jiggling to music, or being gobsmacked by a sculpture: Encounter with Beauty, Take 2.
On to the Highlights of February: we harvested our first tomato (Above photo) from our Balcony Garden: we were all thrilled to enjoy the fruits of Loving Husband & Older Daughter’s labours. There were a total of 5. We are awaiting 2 more which have since emerged.
It has also been a season of lights, as we enjoyed the Light to Night Festival in the Civic District, and the Lunar New Year.
Celebrating the Year of the Dog
Pineapple tarts are a must!
Lanterns to light up the trees!
Here are some of my Beauty-ful creations.
Whorls of Twirls: Quilled earrings
Canna lilies along the Rochor Canal
Fallen Frangipani in the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Twists & Turns: Quilled earrings
If you are inspired to join in, here are the guidelines for The Changing Seasons.
The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):
Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them
This Butterfly Pea Flower, basking in the warmth of morning sun, was a pleasant discovery as I walked through the charming neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru.
Lesson 1 of Developing Your Eye Part 2, invites us to think about light. The word photography means “drawing with light” in Greek. I must admit that I have not paused to think of what I do with the camera as drawing. As I mull on this, however, I am tickled by how apropos it is. For this assignment, we are challenged to consider the direction & quality of light as we look through our cameras. Continue reading “Warmth: Lesson 1 Quality of Light”
I have been having a lot of fun making my breakfasts higher in protein, lower in refined flours & sugars. As pancakes are one of my favourite foods (and not just at breakfast time), it seemed like a good candidate to spend some time on. Here are some of my experiments to make a healthier, higher protein, naturally sweet meal. Continue reading “Fun with Healthier Pancakes”