What I like about dropping around my parents' place is my mum always comes up with awesome meals to fill my stomach in a hurry. It doesn't matter if it's 3pm - she'll ask if I'm peckish and I'll get something that could really qualify as lunch or dinner.
Like the other day, when she made her own version of the Turkish pastry, gozleme, above (the kind you'd buy at a food truck at a fashion market). The 'snack' was served up to me in mere minutes.
She grabbed shop-bought pita bread, threw inside the pockets some cooked spinach, diced fresh onion, grated cheese, and salt and pepper, Then she buttered the outside of the pockets and dry-fried them in an electric frypan (as in, she didn't used any cooking oil). Once the cheese melted and the 'sandwiches' felt firm, she took them off the heat.
Accompaniments were lemon (of course) and some of her pickled chilli topping. (Cut up any sort of chilli from the garden and cook in the microwave. Once heated, add in a teaspoon of sugar and a little bit of vinegar, and whack it in a jar. The stuff will keep for 1-2 weeks, and can be used on sandwiches, in soups etc... so long as you can stand the heat!)
Mum, you've got to dial it down a notch if you don't want me continually turning up on your doorstep...
I lasted as a fish-eating vegetarian (or pescatarian) for about three months. My book club pal, Jennifer Benisz, above, clearly has more willpower. She's been vegan for two years. I chatted to the popular Instagrammer about going vegan for gorgeous site The Carousel. Check out the interview here! It's made me think about trying the vegan thing for a few weeks just to see if it boosts my energy. No better time to try than spring, eh?
The boys - Alessio and Sebastian - turned TWO on July 27 and we celebrated the day before with a little family party at home. Being winter and them still having big day naps, we haven't done the massive soiree thing yet, but it's always a noisy affair anyway!
We went with a 'double' theme seeing as they're twins and turned two and because, hey, us parents still get to choose the theme at this age. We'll have to wait 'til they're 22 to attempt it again ;) We had a bit of a seeing-double theme for the food (lots of chocolate with vanilla), a B1 & B2 cake thanks to my friend, Larissa Parker, from Yum Yum Custom Cakes, a twin quiz, double pass-the-parcel, and a matchy-matchy dress theme for the guests if they so chose! It really was double the fun, though Lessi missed out on cake because he was ready for his nap... :):)
Pics: James Elsby, naturally. (His rellies somehow avoided getting in the photos.)
Finding my inner peasant...