Monday, 25 July 2011

Holidays 3

Our time in Europe is reaching its end.  Time for a quick recap.

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  • A couple of Liberty’s coupon:  I am not sure what I am going to do with them yet.
  • The sky has been this colour almost since we arrived.  It is cold, but we are not complaining, we know it won’t last.
  • MP’s cardi: backs and front are done, knitted on a circular needle in one go.  A bit boring, but now I just have to do the sleeves.  A shame I did not bring enough yarn.
  • Impro 2: a red cardi for a 11-year old girl.  The idea is to work from top to bottom.  Inspiration comes from the Lady February and a Shirdar pattern.
  • Adelaide: my mum showed me this tuto from Dame Valiste.  I don’t know why, but this little turtle has to be named Adelaide.  And she is so cute.
  • A book: reading slowly.
  • A serie: I might be in love with Jason Isaacs as Jackson Brodie in Case Histories (BBC).
  • Being French and enjoying reading ELLE and ELLE à table.
  • New running shoes: or how to gain back my running mojo.  I have found every possible excuse not to run over the past few months, and now I am finding myself short of  breath even on the shortest distance :-(

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Holidays 2

Londoners

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Holidays

London

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Do I need to comment? Shaelyn #3

Number 3 fell off my needles a couple of weeks ago.  It took me a grand total of 12 hours to knit, stop and block. Not bad.

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Friday, 8 July 2011

A girl and her toys!

I will not spend a day without opening my laptop, I am an iPhone groupie, I love my iPad and all the cool Apps, so I need to share a few of these with you.

At the moment, my life would not be the same without:

  • delicious:  I save, store and go back to all the great blogs I find around, file them by tag, and enjoy some more browsing.
  • Pinterest: it is like a design board, but easier to organise and maintain.  Pin any thing you like (from the web, your pictures…), you’ll see who else has pinned it too, or what else has been pinned from the same source, repinned so stuff you have seen on others’ board.  And I love when people repinned what is on my board.  It is a bit like a dictionary, going from one entry to the next, finding new horizons.  I am getting addicted (I’m done with Facebook, not pretty enough!)
  • MakeTones (from the Apple Apps Store): take any music from my iPod and transform it into a ringtone.  This way I attribute a personalised ringtone for each of my contact.  My NSAH2’s is ‘Candyman’ from Christina Aguilera, which makes me laugh each time he rings, the Home’s is ‘It’s Oh so quiet’ (I wish!) from Bjork (which prove that I am cool and have some edgy taste in music).
  • WhatsApp (Apple again): just starting using this, sure it will be cool to send videos, just need to make sure my friends are all on it.
  • Storage and Glee: I just discovered this blog, I was starting to pin interesting ideas on Pinterest, when I realised I loved everything, EvErYtHiNgS! So it is now on my Delicious.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Cooking makes me happy

When I should probably think 'DIET' like everyBODY else (holiday = swimming costume! OK for us it is all year long), the only thing passing my mind is food.


Here are a few things I've been cooking/baking recently.

Clafoutis aux framboises (raspberry clafoutis). The recipe is from the latest Marie Claire idées with step by step photography instructions.
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Before and after pictures – no more comment needed
Then yesterday for NSAH2’s b’day, I did prepare a special salad and a Red Velvet cake.
The salad first: we’ve been lunching/dining out all week-end, so no more dining out for us.  This is my recipe (yes, mine!) inspired from a salad I had at PS Cafe some time ago.
Ingredients:
  • green beans, sugar snaps just blanched and then plunged in cold water to stop the cooking process and keep them bright green;
  • half a mango, a bit under ripe, cut into very thin strips (I used a knife peeler);
  • dow miow (what is that? and where are you going to find it?)
  • 2 chicken breasts cut in large filets;
  • a tin of coconut milk;
  • a cube of chicken stock;
  • some seeds: sunflower and pumpkin;
  • a lime juice;
  • 2 tablespoon of fish sauce;
  • 1 teaspoon of brown sugar;
  • some coriander; chilli (seeds removed); a piece of ginger; a chunk of lemon grass
  1. In a thick pan, grill the chicken until it is just golden.  Pour the coconut milk over, add the stock cube diluted in a bit of hot water with the lemon grass, the ginger and chilli.  Bring to a boil, then let simmer on low temperature for a long, long time – until the chicken is very very tender and the sauce has thickened (I am not using the sauce, but keep it – it is just so good!).
  2. in a small bowl mix the lime juice with the fish sauce and the sugar; reserve.
  3. in a serving bowl, mix all the greens, the mango, the chicken (shredded), the coriander, the seeds and the sauce.
Fast, easy and healthy!
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And for the dessert, I made a Red Velvet.  I had my eyes on this cake for some time now.  I’ve seen it in Pioneer Woman’s blog, in Donna Hay…  So yesterday night was the night!
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And No, NSAH2 is not 421, it is just that it was J.’s b’day a couple of days before so I put 2 sets of candles for them to blow.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Somebody is 11!

juliette is 11