Here are some things I know:
- Great olive oil and good, flaky sea salt will make almost anything taste good;
- Love will change you;
- Emma Thompson is absolutely glorious;
- Pickled carrots are awesome;
- Pickled garlic is also awesome;
- Reading a book is an incredible gift to give yourself;
- Commuting in London will make even the most sane and well-balanced people want to punch random strangers in the throat;
- Everyday magic exists;
- Me and mussels will always have a tense relationship;
- Sometimes it can be hard to be kind, but it’s worth the effort;
- Sleep will solve almost anything;
- Nat King Cole’s voice and (most of) Thomas Newman’s music are like balm for the soul;
- A good laugh and a good cry are sometimes completely necessary and should be actively encouraged;
- Travel and food are two of the great joys of life;
- Often doing what requires effort is better than doing what is easy; and
- Leftover pizza makes a perfectly respectable breakfast.
While that’s not quite me bounded in a nutshell, I think it gives you a good idea. At least to begin with. I am a writer, traveller, lover of food. I have a wonderful family, great friends, and I’m lucky enough that my best friend is also my boyfriend of seven years. I love wine, and think a dry martini or a great scotch is brilliant when days get tough. Coffee from my much-loved bialetti is one of my favourite daily rituals. I think yoga is a fantastic way to find a little slice of calm in a busy week. And I love to cook – anything and everything.
Speaking of: the heart of this blog is about food. About the restorative powers of cooking. Of finding passion in the rise of a loaf of bread, the smell of gumbo, the colour of homemade marmalade. And cultivating a slower pace. It’s about me, by and large, and the weird and wonderful things in my particular life.
I think it’s going to be fun.
For now, have a read through some of the posts, get in touch, follow me on Twitter and keep reading!