Treats from London

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Today could not have been more different, weather wise, to yesterday. We woke up to beautiful sunshine, so after music class we hit the park with the lovely Christine, Gracie and Mason and Jennifer and Saffron. After lunch I enjoyed a wonderful catch up with Mel in London and finally got hold of my little brother for a very long, over due exchange of news. Rory was a star, relaxing and busying himself in his teepee. We headed out in the afternoon to meet up with Lucy and Teddy who have just got home from a trip back to the UK. Not only was it a real treat to see them as Rory and I have really missed their company, but they came armed with generous gifts. I got my favourite giant chocolate buttons and a copy of River Cottage Veg Everyday (the recipe book Lucy had lent me and I loved) and Rory got some construction vehicles from Hamleys. Needless to say he was delighted with them. He literally hasn’t stopped playing with them since. We’re so lucky to have such thoughtful, generous friends in our life.

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Splishing and splashing and snuggling

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I thought the amazing weather we’ve been having would continue. O even prepared a yummy breakfast of freshly squeezed orange juice, lemon tea and strawberries and greek yoghurt drizzled with honey and shaved, raw almonds to start the week off right. Unfortunately it was grey and rainy. Rory and I didn’t let that dishearten us though. We put on our rain gear and headed to the park to meet Lora, Oliver and Maeve and Marji, Gray and Luke for some fun in the rain. The boys enjoyed splashing in puddles (including with their hands), climbing up the wet grass and running down the hill together. After all of that fun activity Rory was exhausted. He enjoyed snuggling up and reading before a mammoth nap. I enjoyed a mammoth nap too. Happy days.

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Brunch and Smorgasburg

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This morning O and I hosted a small brunch party for some of Grandma’s friends, who we also wanted to catch up with. We stuck with a trusty favorite – a strata, which is always a crowd pleaser and easy to prepare the day before so you can relax with guests whilst it cooks. We served it with a green salad and home fries and mimosa’s. In the afternoon Uncle Henry came around and the Egan’s hit Smorgasburg, which is fast becoming our Sunday treat. Since we’d had a large brunch we decided to go for dessert. We went for the most amazingly delicious cookie ice cream sandwich from The Good Batch. I’m literally dribbling thinking about them whilst I type this. So good.

Strata recipe from Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups day-old 1/2-inch whole-wheat bread cubes
  • 2 cups finely chopped baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves, chopped
  1. Brush a 9-inch square baking dish with olive oil. Sprinkle the baking dish with lemon zest and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the olive oil, mustard, salt, and pepper with a splash of the milk. Whisk in remaining milk and the eggs.
  3. Put the bread in the prepared baking dish and top with the spinach and half of the feta. Gently toss with your hands until combined. Drizzle the egg mixture over the bread and sprinkle with the remaining feta. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees with a rack in the top third of the oven.
  5. Bake the strata, uncovered, for 45 to 55 minutes, until the egg is set in the middle and the edges are browned. Brown the top under the broiler, if desired. Serve warm, drizzled with a bit of olive oil and sprinkled with the fresh oregano.

Eggling planting

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We enjoyed a quiet day with Grandma today. Firstly O and Rory nipped to Almondine to pick up some freshly cooked croissants and freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast. Then we went to Sandbox Village before hitting the Farmer’s Market to collect yummy seasonal goodies for lunch and supper. Rory and O enjoyed (finally) planting our lavender eggling plant. With it being such a warm day we took advantage of our roof terrace in the afternoon, before tucking into a delicious ratatouille and watching In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye which was fascinating.

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New bedding

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Luckily for us Grandma is in town giving a lecture at an RSA event so is staying with us for the weekend. Rory loved it and insisted that she hold his hand and follow him around the park all afternoon. Rory has pretty much outgrown his beloved sleep sack so we introduced some ‘big boy’ bedding to him today. I chose this sweet organic set from Ferm Living as he loves all forms of transport. He loved it but still insisted on wearing his sleep sack too… small steps.

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Pappa al pomodoro

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I realise that I haven’t blogged about cooking for a while, so here is what I cooked tonight. A yummy, very easy and very economical bread and tomato soup – Pappa al pomodoro. It’s a delicious Jamie Oliver recipe that I highly recommend. The sun continued to shine today so Rory and I met up with Marji, Gray and Luke and headed to Sandbox Village. I also finished Dark Places, another brilliant book by Gillian Flynn which is very much worth a read.

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Giant train tracks

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What a difference a day makes. Today the weather was beautiful, which was just as well as we headed off to Forest School. Not only did Rory make mud soup, but Jane asked him to help make a life size train track and tunnel out of twigs. He then got to pretend to be the train and go on them – sweet. Snack was yummy as usual and Rory spent a long time lingering to ensure he got several helpings. A beautiful day in the forest.

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Rain and chocolate lollipops

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We woke up to grey skies and rain. Luckily it was music so we managed to pass an hour singing happily with friends. Afterwards we decided to take a little stroll with friends to get some fresh air but soon felt cold and a bit miserable. To cheer up we popped into Jacques Torres where I ordered a yummy wicked hot chocolate and Rory was given a chocolate lollipop (again). We sipped and licked looking out of our apartment at the rain steadily falling on the river and park. After a long nap, we craved some fresh air so headed to the park where Rory enjoyed playing in the sandpit. In the evening O and I enjoyed date night at the brilliant and always delicious Vinegar Hill House – which is just what I needed.

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A gentle start to the week

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After a busy week Rory and I had a gentle start to the week. We caught up with Granny M on Skype who showed Rory some sweet T shirts with construction vehicles on that she’d got for him for our summer holiday, needless to say he loved them. Afterwards he played in his kitchen and made eggs for the whole family, including Granny M. We headed out to the park to meet Lora, Oliver and Maeve before a healthy lunch including yummy passion fruit for dessert. In the afternoon we went to parent and child where Rory enjoyed baking and eating bread and playing. Exhausted, Rory went to sleep as soon as his head hit the pillow whilst O and I enjoyed new season Mad Men.

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Long Island City

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It was another beautiful day so we headed out on the ferry to Long Island City, which we’d never been to. We didn’t have time to explore much more than the river front, but wow, what a view of the city. Rory loved the park and the sun loungers that lined the waterfront. On the way home we stopped off at Smorgasburg where we stocked up on yummy (and healthy) goodies and bumped into lots of lovely friends. The boys went off on a bike ride whilst I enjoyed some quiet reading time before snuggling in to watch Game of Thrones in the evening.

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