Here's what I've been up to recently.
My lovely sister booked us tickets to go to Craft Beer Rising, a real ale festival based in East London. We had a wonderful (if somewhat tiddly time) supping sticky toffee stout and elderflower cider. Fun was had all round...
Frank and I managed to blag free tickets to see my favourite opera, La Boheme, at the Royal Albert Hall. We went to the the Sunday matinee and walked the 7 miles to the venue on a blissful spring afternoon. The show itself was in Italian (I've seen it before in English), so it was wonderful to hear it in the original language.
A big chunk of a recent weekend was spent photographing oodles of clothes for my blog sale. There are plenty of dresses, tops, accessories and a few vintage bits too, so do take a look and nab anything you like!
I've been relishing the longer evenings, but also enjoying dark walks over the river to my flat, where I can admire the glistening lights of the city.
Since seeing a physio for my back pain (which I've prattled on far too much about) I'm trying to be proactive by running to work a few times a week (around 4k), and joining a swimming pool. Lured by the prospect of swimming under the stars (my pool is a lido) and reducing the stress factor on my knees, shins and back, I've surprised myself how much I've enjoyed it. The swimming costume below was a gift from George at Asda (their selection is gorgeous this year), but I've also picked up a couple of stunning sports bikinis in the Sweaty Betty sale (which ends at midnight today incidentally!) as bikinis a lot better for my pear-shaped figure.
I've also been battling with the process of buying a new pair of running trainers. I knew I wanted to try some Nikes, and got a little over excited about the customisable option on the website. Having tried at least 12,000 colour combinations, I simply couldn't make up my mind, so I gave up and went for one of the premade versions from Sports Direct instead (which incidentally were 1/3 of the price!)
Sports gear has made up a large part of my wardrobe recently. Last week I Instagrammed this pic of my #AccessAllASOS socks, which seemed like the perfect footwear for my run to work.
Having thrown out all my old, battered (and frankly a bit skanky) trainers, I picked up a pair of navy and mustard New Balance kicks, which I can't wait to don around the city. When they arrived I was a little surprised about the shiny anorak-like fabric. Has anyone else found this with New Balance website? I'm in two minds as it didn't show up on the website, although it probably makes them a little more waterproof. I have my eye on a few other pairs of trainers too, and can't help thinking these will be my spring staple.
Since moving in together, Frank and I have been making a concerted effort to cook everything from scratch. Frank is a bit of a novice in the kitchen, but what he lacks in confidence he makes up for with enthusiasm, and his latest creation was this fish, coriander and coconut milk creation from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's latest cook book. The hunks of fresh fish and dreamy coconut-coriander concoction make this a perfect quick supper. I've written out the recipe below.
Fish, coriander and coconut milk
250g skinless white fish fillet
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
½ thumb-zed piece of ginger, peeled and grated
1 tbsp olive oil
20g unsalted butter
165ml coconut milk
Bunch coriander, leaves picked
Fresh lime juice
Steamed rice to serve
Cut the fish into finger-sized pieces, carefully removing any bones. Place fish in a bowl with the garlic, ginger, olive oil and some salt and pepper. Marinate for 15-20 minutes.
Place a small fry-pan over medium-high heat. Add the butter and, when foaming, add the fish to the pan with the marinade. Cook for barely 1 minute, turning the fish pieces a few times, then pour in the coconut milk. Bring to a simmer and cooked for a further 1-2 minutes or until the fish is cooked through.
Throw in the coriander and squeeze over some lime juice. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed, then bring to the table. Serve over steamed rice.
I can't finish up a food round-up without mentioning the duffin recipe I posted the other day (that's doughnut-muffin in long-speak). If you skimmed past it the first time, make them now. If you bookmarked the page, make them now. If you've already rustled some up, make them again. They are just too perfect to avoid.
Much of my spare time has been spent settling in these two. They started out a little nervy and unsure, but are now right at home and busy rolling around the carpet. I'm remembering how adorable, quirky and downright weird they can be. Too cute for words.
I hope you're all having a wonderful week!