Thank god that cold snap is over! It got suddenly frosty, didn't it. I tried not to leave the house / office whenever possible, and at night I snuggled up under layers of White Company bedding and Avoca Irish lambswool blankets (they're an investment, but oh so worth it). So, while it is not quite as warm as before, I don't feel like my face is about to freeze off walking along the seafront, so at least that is something! It's February on Monday, which means it is basically the first day of Spring / my birthday, right?
1. Getting ready for pancake day with single serving crepes in the morning before work, served with salted butter and sugar. | 2. Beautiful pink tulips for the kitchen table. | 3. Lemon Ricotta Cloud Pancakes for Sunday brunch from A Modern Way To Eat. | 4. Flipping through the new season Joules catalogue with a steaming (Joules Peggy) mug of sweet rhubarb tea and an early Valentines tin of chocolate hearts from the lovely team at Lindt. | 5. Avocado, Bacon and Lambs Lettuce Wraps with Skinny Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. | 6. The first of the seasons forced rhubarb for sale outside the greengrocers on Deal High Street.
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- Stoke Newington is a bit far out for me, but I really want to have brunch at The Good Egg.
- Hands up who wants to make these Healthy Apple Muffins?
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- I want to go on a Chinese / Japanese cooking kick with this Honey Garlic Beef.
- Carrie spent 24 hours in Florence, and I now have serious wanderlust.
- More travel wanderlust: Lucy goes to Betancuria.
- This Caramelized Teriyaki Salmon with Sesame Toasted Buckwheat only takes 30 minutes to make, and looks both oh so simple and oh so delicious.
- Jane went to the Serengeti, and now I feel we must all go on safari at least once.
- Okay, I now want to attend an Australia Day Barbecue in my life.
- Classic Potato & Leek Soup is upgraded here with Thai flavours and spices.
- Bloglovin' has put together a roundup of Iceland travel guides. Can I go back please?
- Kate has some great tips for beating the January blues.
- How to light a fireplace and keep it going strong. This is a lesson I certainly need.
More from my recent gig putting together fun recipe roundups for Foodie by Mode, I had a wonderful time on a stormy day putting together a round up of baking projects inspired by some of our favourite classic novels. See below for recipes inspired by Harry Potter, The Great Gatsby and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
Check out 7 Weekend Baking Projects Inspired by Classic Novels
by Rachel Phipps at Mode
What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I'm going to have a quiet one at home, cooking up a little something to star in Monday's blog post - February 1st also happens to be a pretty big blog birthday for me! I honestly can't believe that I've been at this blogging thing so long.