Category Archives: Simple Living

Beetroot dip

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The beauty of having a fruit and vegetable box delivered each week is never knowing quite what we are going to be eating.

Even better is when your friend also has a box but doesn’t like something so willingly leaves you with a handful of fresh beetroot!

Shake isn’t the biggest beetroot fan and I didn’t really want to deal with the mess/stains with C so I selfishly ate them all myself :) Have to admit the colour also cheered me up on some miserable grey days this week.

Beetroot dip
serves 1 for lunch for 3 days (or one large bowl)

Beetroot, roasted (I had about 7 small)
3 tablespoons yoghurt (I used Greek)
2 tablespoons cream cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

Add all to blender and process until you achieve the consistency you like.

Mine wasn’t completely smooth, but I liked the occassional chunk of beetroot.

Serve with crudités to dip or on toasted (sourdough) bread for a simple lunch.

Enjoy!

Bake
xoxo

Our everyday life: week 16

Shake made a broccoli pesto which was delicious – doesn’t photograph so well though.

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Sunshine and blue sky, at last!

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Not at all sorry for throwing his lunch on the floor. Argh!!

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Carrot and ginger cake

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Someone enjoyed the icing ;)

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National Trust was free this weekend, so we took 2/3 of our nephews out for the afternoon

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Happy cows

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Friendly faces?

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Kiddie heaven. So nice to be outdoors all day for free :)

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We really made the most of the free weekend and came here the following day

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Contrasting floors – fancy tiles for the ladies of the house in their “kitchen”, stone floor for the cooks in the actual kitchen

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Not too shabby

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Bake

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Our everyday life: week 14

It has been so bitterly cold, but on Easter Monday we dragged ourselves out for a visit to The Sustainability Centre. We love it here.

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The beautiful Woodland Classroom designed and built by the amazing Ben Law

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This is where once upon a time Shake proposed :)

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Love the details around this place

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Much needed hot drink after a chilly walk

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The café has a lovely children’s area with wonderful toys. C was happily amused for quite a while

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You can’t really see it, but there was snow falling…

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C found his nanny’s stash of wool and dragged it all around. Oops – he knows Daddy is not amused!

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Falling asleep during lunch, poor thing!

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After visiting my Grandma we went out to this cute place – love the lightshades!

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My perfect kind of meal – lots of things to dip and pick at :) (and share with C too!)

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Ended the week with some yummy cookies

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Favourite posts this week

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:: I am a big fan of Louisa and was fascinated to read a little more about her cooking style and favourite cookbooks. Can’t wait for her latest book :)

:: Another book I am eager to read. It’ll be a long wait until 2015…

:: This open lasagne looks super and simple, perfect.

:: Drooling over these apples. What a yummy breakfast!

:: We’ve been enjoying our morning smoothies, but this one looks delicious too. Not many of your 5-a-day in here though!

Wishing you all a happy, healthy weekend.

Bake

xoxo

Favourite posts this week

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:: Even more inspired to make this salad now

:: Gorgeous beetroot burgers. So excited about Louisa’s new cookbook.

:: Love these “inspiration notes”. How lucky to have been there to take them.

:: 25 simple ways to eat better

:: Heartbreaking (sorry)

Wishing you a Happy Easter. Hope you are enjoying some time with loved ones, and maybe a little chocolate.

Bake

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Our everyday life: week 12

Baby Led Weaning = Constant Cleaning. Plus, turns out C is not a fan of mango.

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New routine of breakfast smoothies. Really enjoying it so far, Shake is coming up with some awesome combinations.

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Tastes much better than it looks, honest!

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If you know me you know I am a messy cook. It was about time I bought an apron.

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Baking Baharat - smelling delicious.

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Sweet potato fries, C’s new favourite food.

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Treated myself to something beautiful. So happy!

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Bake

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Favourite posts this week

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:: Creativity quotes, for a little inspiration

:: This mushroom pasta sounds delicious

:: Photos of children with their most prized possessions. Wow.

:: Simply gorgeous videoteeny tiny bit wishing we still lived in the french countryside…

:: Looking forward to testing out these fermented foods that kids love. This week our kid isn’t loving ANYTHING…

:: Really useful recipes and tips for healthy food when travelling

:: Delighted but also cringing that my jigsaw piece seems to be in so many of these photos (can you spot it?!). Did you get involved too?

Wishing you a happy weekend!

Bake

xoxo

Looking back, looking forwards

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When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us ~ Helen Keller

Things I will miss about being in France (in no particular order!)

  • My parents
  • Stepping outside the front door and into mountains
  • Incredible fresh air
  • Peace and quiet
  • Our cats
  • Spending so much quality time with my husband
  • French produce
  • Beautiful scenery
  • An amazing baby club with like-minded, kind, generous mamas and their sweet babies

Things I am looking forward to:

  • Access to more people, more activities, more choice
  • Being nearer to my brother
  • My dear friends being nearby
  • Understanding what people are saying to me
  • The NHS!
  • Realistic work opportunities
  • C seeing his cousins
  • Being walking distance from the park
  • Public transport`
  • Finding a pilates class
  • Abel and Cole

Thanks for humouring me. Sometimes I just need to write these things down.

Bake

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Our everyday life: week 11

I realised as I was tidying the other night that by my side of the bed is an empty glass of whiskey, red wine, coffee and (fortunately) some water…healthy!

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C loving his birthday cleaning set. He does a better job than his Mama ;)

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When he is quiet you know he is doing something pickly, like getting stuck under his cot.

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Luckily for us C slept for a fair bit of our journey back to the UK. Angel, right?

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Dinner! Surprisingly tasty sandwich (and maybe a mini-doughnut).

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Stupid hotel didn’t provide a cot. Stupid parents didn’t fit one in the car. C slept between two single beds on a mattress surrounded by luggage. Eventually, that is…

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Ah Paris! You are so beautiful. Hmm. Can you spot the Eiffel Tower?

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The charms of the périphérique

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Another service station meal – roast chicken, ratatouille, carrots and some of Shake’s aligot.  Not bad, not bad at all.

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Weird photo, but it was such a novelty to have a lovely, clean baby-changing room!

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Snow! Miserable weather! Must be nearer to England now!

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Waiting to board our train, admiring the turbines.

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Bake

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Favourite posts this week

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Love this baby club action shot!

:: Gutted that Google Reader is going to retire 1 July – what will you use instead?

:: I love everything about this cheesecake

:: C&Z’s series on Parents Who Cook has been fab, this post is no exception.

:: Muffins galore!

:: Beautiful post followed by beautiful soup. I’d quite like to move away to a little cabin also.

We are moving tonight, wish us luck…

Bake

xoxo