Cooking · Lifestyle

One fine day

On Thursday evening, I made a boozy sausage spaghetti using this recipe. I substituted pappardelle with spaghetti because we had heaps of that at home, and I didn’t add any fennel seeds. Next time, I’ll probably add some tomato paste to give it a stronger flavour since it was dominated by the cup of wine this time. It was definitely a bit different but I don’t think that was supposed to be the focus of this dish. As the sauce was thickening on the stove, I decided to be cute and cut some strawberry heart slices to flavour the sauvignon blanc that was left over for us to drink.
11107364_1470014646626284_847573634271923449_n You can’t go wrong with home made baked potatoes coated with canola oil, rosemary, chilli, and finely chopped garlic. These were worth the 40 minute wait and were devoured by F and I in 10 minutes!
After eating something with so much “heat” (Chinese people will get this), I felt a little guilty and proceeded to make something on the cooler side to balance things out. Cue, smoothie bowl. Love it or hate it, it’s healthy and fun to make. I used to think girls were nuts (pun intended) for spending so much time on creating the most aesthetic bowl. However, when I get time to indulge my creative side, it’s worth spending the extra effort getting it right.
I visited the sleepy suburb of Pyrmont on Sunday and it was such a perfect day. It was wonderfully quiet, a real contrast to where I live on a main road. I started off with a chai latte from Pioik Bakery – the barista called me “madam” which was rather nice! I crossed the road and passed an old lady engrossed in a novel outside her apartment. That made me happy because I would love to feel comfortable enough to sit outside and read on a sunny day, without a care in the world what passers-by would think. Afterwards, I went into Simon Johnson for a browse of all the good food and left with a box of tea that was at half price. There, I met the lovely Marieke (@cooknomatterwhat) who is about to start her own food blog! We chatted for a good 15 minutes about health foods, the culture of Pyrmont, and cooking before I had to leave for the fish markets.

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First up, scallop and salmon rolls, and salmon sashimi!
Then M tried octopus for the first time – this one was barbecued with garlic.
We couldn’t leave without having some chocolate-dipped fruit – banana, fig, strawberry here – which were 3 for $10 but so delicious! There was also watermelon, shredded coconut covered bananas and white chocolate strawberries.

I hope you all have a great week ahead! I thought I’d leave you with a quote that I heard from yoga:

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

Helen Keller

XO Lauren


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