Weekly Love: Week 164

Welcome to the first Weekly Love of 2016! So I’m tapping this out on Thursday night curled up on my sofa in comfy pajamas, my White Company cashmere bed socks and a cashmere hoodie. Because it is suddenly cold, Winter is finally here. I think my face froze off on my way back from the post office this morning. I’ve got BBC Question Time on in the background, and I’m munching on Hotel Chocolat Rose & Violet Creams. What I’m really getting at, is my solution to the January blues is to surround yourself with everything pretty and every cosy. I promise you it will make you feel better. Now, let us just pray it does not snow!

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1. Starting off New Year Saturday brunching as I mean to go on, pancakes topped off with Blackberry Patch Blueberry Syrup (you can buy it in the World Food aisle in M&S, it is imported from America) and Sweet Rhubarb tea in my Joules Peggy Mug. | 2. Reading the latest issue of Waitrose Food while munching down a Hot Salmon, Avocado & Pumpkin Seed Salad with Creamy Lime Yogurt Dressing. | 3. Beautiful ruffled roses brighting up a January day in Canterbury. | 4. Yet more pancakes, this time of the spiced banana variety with toasted pecans and Canadian maple syrup. | 5. Pulling out a selection of my lighter cookbooks for January: Simply Nigella (my new cookbook obsession), Total’s Greek Yogurt Cookbook, My Vietnamese Kitchen by Uyen Luu, A Change of Appetite by Diana Henry, the first Hemsley + Hemsley book The Art Of Eating Well and Anna Jones’ A Modern Way To Eat. | 6. I’m starting to develop a serious Little Joe’s Deli habit. This time? Hotdogs and Spiced Apple Juice.

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7. I wrote about this Bulgar Wheat Salad with Kale and Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes this week. | 8. Also, I can’t stop wanting to make a big serving of Strapatsada to scoop right into my mouth straight from the pan. | 9. I’ve got a new bath time jam with Emma Bridgewater. I’ve been a massive fan of their Love & Flowers shower gel for years, so I was really excited to get the candle for Christmas. Also from my stocking, I’ve joined the rest of the family with my own personalised Emma Bridgewater mug. With stars on. | 10. Another thing I can’t stop scooping into my mouth, this Easy Black Bean & Sunflower Seed Dip. | 11. | 12.

What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I’m staying home to get some blog work done (I know), but no doubt I’ll be cooking up a storm. I’ve not planned what I’ll be eating for brunch yet, so keep an eye on my Instagram for my eating updates!