My word for this week is ‘Friendship’. I love being at that age in life where although you may not see your friends on a very regular basis, you know that it’s friendship for life and that every time you pick up seamlessly as though you last saw each other yesterday when it’s been months. Such a contented feeling.
There was a lovely surprise waiting for me on Monday when I got home from work, a delivery note saying there was a parcel behind the bin. My friend Anne-Marie sent me this beautiful colouring book – the nutritional therapist recommended colouring to me as a way of getting 5-10 minutes a day of head-clearing and from the little I’ve done so far it really helps.
Tuesday I worked from home to finally get my blood tests done. The nurse was very kind and actually apologised to me that the doctor hadn’t offered me them in the first place. So as well as blood tests to check for coeliac, they also gave me ones to check for thyroid, kidney and liver functions, such a relief.
On a super windy evening I headed into town to meet up with my childhood bestie and go for dinner, our favourite venue is Tibits just off Regent Street that do amazing buffet-style vegan and vegetarian food – curried quinoa and chickpeas is so tasty. Despite the storm, London was looking beautiful as it always does at night-time and it was the first time I’d seen the Christmas lights for this year.
On Wednesday I headed out for dinner again – lucky me! – this time to Zizzi on London’s Bankside, a short walk along the river from my office.
It was still windy but at least not cold and Michelle and I sat outside The Founders Arms (under a patio heater I hasten to add!) with champagne and a beautiful view of St Paul’s Cathedral before popping to Zizzi where we met our friend Dina. The three of us met way back in 2002 at journalism school bonding over hot chocolate and lots of time spent watching epic saga Thornbirds in my tiny studio flat in Earls Court 🙂
Zizzi were great and gave me their full allergy menu where I chose a butternut squash, goats cheese and caramelised onion pizza, delicious and great service to boot.
As the weather turned on Thursday it was back to Pilates after work before curling up in front of a roaring fire and munching on these tasty lentil bakes from M&S. I’ve been really disappointed with how much gluten-free food is filled with so much other junk, normally twice as much sugar as anything else just to start with. So finding something which is gluten free, yeast free and low sugar is a bonus.
Friday was a fun-filled day at work, it can often be quite quiet with people working from home or travelling and it’s always when there’s just a few of us in that we have the most laughs. A little bit of colouring and then made some salmon with caper and herb crust for dinner. I’m totally embracing all this extra time in the kitchen, it’s never too late to learn.
On Saturday after an early dog walk we set off in the sleet to check out HomeSense on a blogging assignment. We left home just after 8 as our nearest store is about 30 minutes away in Lakeside Retail Park (it’s one of the millions of reasons I love my husband, on bemoaning that our nearest store was 2 hours away he immediately corrected me, reminding me that my London geography is a bit pants really).
It’s the first time I’d ever been to HomeSense and we were both impressed with the wide variety of items available and *may* have done a little bit of shopping…
For dinner, a pea, prawn and lemon risotto without the wine and parmesan cheese which was beautifully fresh and so filling
Sunday was work morning for DaisychainBaby as I got a “reminder” from HMRC that I forgot to submit my VAT returns last quarter, oops! That’s the first time it’s ever happened and will definitely be the last. So I set up camp in our cosy home office and got to work. Once finished, I had a go at baking some soda bread – I’m missing bread so so much and not only do I not want to eat too much GF free food but most bread has yeast in. When I came across this recipe, it leapt out as an “even I can do it” recipe and you know what? It turned out pretty well as a first attempt at ever making bread.
Hope you’ve had a lovely week x
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