Sunday, 22 February 2015


This is a beautiful book, with wonderful photography and delicious recipes.
It has definitely inspired me and given me food for thought, however if I'm honest, I know that I would have difficulties getting to this level of amazing ness in my kitchen.  
I am surely capable but feel I wouldn't have time for much else.  
I know we all have busy lifestyles and as a casual teacher I may have more time on my hands than some.  
Even so, I tend to seek out recipes that have easy to find, simple ingredients, that are not too time consuming.
I love to take time in the kitchen occasionally experimenting and I sometimes feel guilty that our meals aren't always as wholesome as they could be, but many of these recipes require ingredients not available in my local area or lots of prep time, which isn't realistic during the week.
I realise it is a question of changing habits and getting into the swing of it, I've been vegetarian for over 20 years, so I understand the adaption process, but it seems so time consuming.
Nevertheless, we had fun testing out green juice, which my daughter actually liked and she is my fussy one!
There are a handful of recipes I will copy and try for sure.
Regardless of my umming and ahhing, the title is perfect, there is plenty of vibrancy in this book and I so admire anyone who can achieve such colourful, healthy eating daily.  I am quite envious!
My cooking enthusiasm has waned somewhat of late...

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

For the love of lists


Through creative writing I discovered The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon, a beautiful collection of intimate writings by a Japanese woman of honour from the 11th century, made into a film by Peter Greenaway.
I can't remember if this was the beginning of my list writing, though I can say that I have written many since and find they are a wonderful tool for anyone who writes.

Here is a list of some of my list titles!

Places where I've slept
In my bag
Things I like (looking at the moon, tickling my children, feeling tall, cafe et croissants, learning, walking, staring into space, lazy days, exploring, public transport, reading, writing, paper)
Things I dislike
Addresses I've lived at
Favourite words
Or words that sound nice or feel good in my mouth
Things that are slow
Things that make me melt (inside and out) (soft spoken honey like voices, gentlemen, people who have their own style, creativity, the sound of the violin, people who make me laugh, sincerity and honesty, nature, accents)
Things to do while watching a sunset
Things I remember
Things I can't forget
Things worth listening to
Things that give me goosebumps
Things I'd like to do
Things that make me feel warm and squishy inside

I also love books written in different formats.  These two are kind of list like;

Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers
Something Beginning Sarah Salway