Pretty Positano

Wednesday, June 26















Talk about a room with a view!








Feeling rather "tired" after the fabulous Wedding the night before, myself, Pete, Jen and Adrian caught the train from Bologna to Naples, and then got a transfer to the gorgeous town of Positano, where we stayed for two nights.

I think the pictures speak for themselves.

What isn't portrayed above is how we looked after climbing all the steep stairs back to our lovely hotel, Casa Teresa.

The beautiful town on the cliff side, has a great (stoney) beach but hundreds of stairs to negotiate to get there from where we were staying.

Good thing we were carbo loading on Pizza and Pasta whilst we were there.

You need to visit Positano if you haven't before.  

You can't not love it!

Italy - The most Wonderful Wedding

Monday, June 24

On Friday, we got back from a fabulous week in Italy.

We went for my friends Sam and Fab's Wedding last weekend in Tuscany, and then went down to the Amalfi Coast afterwards for a few days with Jen and her boyfriend, Adrian.

I LOVE Weddings.  And it depresses me to think about how many of my dear friends Weddings I have missed in South Africa as a result of living a 12 hour plane ride away.

Being invited to a Wedding a short flight away was a treat, and were SO excited for their Wedding.

And WHAT a Wedding it was!










I didn't think that it was my place to share too many pictures of the beautiful couple, but as you can see, the setting was exquisite, the weather amazing, the food and drink glorious and nobody wanted to leave the dance floor at the end of the night!

It was perfect.

Thank you Sam and Fab for inviting us to share your special day with you!

And as you can guess, more Italy photo's are sure to follow.

Especially because whilst we were in Amalfi. something VERY cool happened.

Happy Friday

Friday, June 14


Wow this Friday has come around quickly!

This week really has flown and I have had so so much to do...

But now it is Italy time!

We are in Tuscany for the weekend for my dear friend Sam and Fab's Wedding on Saturday, and then on Sunday we get the train down to the Amalfi coast with Jen and Barks for the rest of the week.

I've been to the Amalfi Coast before, when myself, Jubes, Bean and Aditi did our 2 month backpacking trip through Europe, and I LOVED it.

Seriously, how amazing is that picture above?

Whilst I'm gone, how about you go and have a little stalk of these lovely South African blogger ladies blogs?

Bailey at Vanilla Blonde

Have a happy weekend and week friends!

See you when I'm back,

Yoga Retreat

Wednesday, June 12


Firstly, if you are in the other half of my Yoga teacher training group, maybe don't read this before you go on the retreat yourself this weekend...

As you know, I was super excited to head off to Cornwall for our Yoga retreat last Friday.

I had very naively lead myself to believe that were going on a little holiday to the Cornish seaside, and that we were going to do a few Yoga classes whilst we were there.

One glance at the schedule that we were given upon arrival, quickly shattered the holiday dream.

"Nik, when are we even going to have time to shower?"

"Seriously we are being woken up at 5:30 am for meditation, and we are nonstop until we leave on Sunday..."


















The house we stayed in was gorgeous as you can see above.

And the British weather was for once really showing off.

We ate every meal outside which was wonderful.

We also meditated three times a day, did an hour and a half long Yoga class early each morning, practiced postures for two hours, did deep relaxation sessions and listened to the most amazing "gong-ing" sessions.

We also did a meditation session overlooking the sun setting over the sea, and one on the beach before lunch on Sunday.

Sounds pretty chilled hey?

No, not so much.

You spend that much time in meditation alone with your own thoughts and see how how your deepest fears and regrets can begin to raise their heads.

Yes I know you not meant to think about anything when you are meditating, but not all of us have quite mastered that yet.

Pretty intense.

If I had done this retreat a year ago, I think I would have had a little, a rather large meltdown.

I was soo terrified of further melanoma cancer drama's, I think that this may have topped me over the edge.

No wonder you hear of peoples leaving Ashram's in ambulances.

Or maybe it would have have helped me to face my fears and anxieties sooner?

We also had to be silent from 9:30 pm until after breakfast the following day, around 10:30 am.

This may not sound that long, but when you've been up since 5:30am, and you are sharing a room and a bed with one of your best friends...it is a looong time. 

The maintaining silence was an interesting experience.  I struggled hugely with it, and I think that the the thoughts in my head were most rampant during these hours.  

I need to become more comfortable with this silence.

Friends have asked me this week if it the retreat was Amazing.

And I would have to say that it was great. 
But soo intense.

It is something that everyone should try at least once.

But perhaps a little more of a relaxing one than ours was.

In saying that though, I have felt Amazing this week.

Must be all that meditation and yoga...

Cornwall, Fish and Chips for Lunch in Padstow

Monday, June 10














On Friday, Nikki and I drove for 5 hours down to Cornwall for our Yoga retreat as a part of our Yoga teacher training program.

Neither of us had ever been to Cornwall and I was dying to go to one of Rick Stein's restaurants for Fish and Chips.  

Padstow, on the coast, as you can see above, is gorgeous.

The Fish and Chips were as delicious as every recommendation I'd ever heard promised,  and the sorbet from his delicatessen was quite simply life changing.

I know, not the healthiest meal that you've ever seen mentioned here. And that makes two in the last week...

These were taken before I realised that I was in for one of the most intense weekends of my life.

But more about that tomorrow...

I hope that you all had a good weekend:)

Happy Friday

Friday, June 7


And Yay for the weekend!

I am off to fetch Nikki and then we are driving down to Cornwall for our Yoga retreat this weekend as a part of our Yoga teacher training.

And it's meant to be sunny all weekend...Maybe even as sunny as when this was taken at Style Ambition's styling day on Sunday where I was doing my best to keep my eyes open in the bright light!

I am SO excited for our little yogi getaway.

I hope the butternut, spinach and ricotta lasagne that I've made as my contribution to the food this weekend survives the trip ok, and that it's edible when we arrive... 

Talking of Yoga, this is such a great video.

You should watch it.

Have a wonderful weekend my friends.

Blueberry and Vanilla Cheesecake

Wednesday, June 5

When I first began my mission to live more healthily last year after my melanoma cancer drama's, I think that I initially went a little over the top with all of it.  In hindsight, being pedantic about what I ate was the only thing that I felt I had control over whilst awaiting further investigations.

I think we all know that being too extreme about anything is usually not sustainable!

I would say that these days I'm really good for about 80% of the time.  


This Blueberry and Cheesecake recipe would 100% fall in the other 20% of that time, but wow oh wow was it absolutely delicious!







You quite simply have to make this.


Ingredients

300g blueberries
100g golden caster sugar
200g digestive biscuits
100g butter, melted
2tsp vanilla extract
600g soft cheese
100g icing sugar
300ml pot double cream 

Method

To make the blueberries, put the sugar and 3 tbsp water in a pan. Cook until dissolved then boil until syrupy. Add the blueberries, cook for a minute or two. You want them to soften but not burst. Tip the blueberries into a sieve over a bowl and cool.
Butter the base and sides of a 22cm spring form cake tin then line with baking parchment. To make the base, whizz the biscuits in a processor to crumbs. Mix with the butter then tip them into the prepared tin and press firmly into the base to create an even layer. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Mix the soft cheese, icing sugar and vanilla in a bowl until smooth then tip in the cream and mix until combined (it's better to use a wooden spoon for this as electric beaters will overwhip the cream). Stir through half the blueberries then spoon onto the base. Smooth the top of the cheesecake. Leave to set in the fridge overnight. Stir the remaining blueberries back into the syrup and chill.
Take the cheesecake from the fridge about 30 minutes before serving. Release the tin and remove the paper from the sides. Slide the cake onto a plate leaving the base paper behind. Spoon over the blueberries and syrup before serving.

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So it definitely isn't going to win the low sugar or low fat dish of the year,  but at least it's not laden with preservatives and other funky chemicals like a store bought one may be!

What is your favourite type of cheesecake?

Enjoy,

Touristing in London

Monday, June 3

So whilst poor Pete endured two 3 hour exam papers on Saturday, I had a fabulous time being a tourist in London with Lauren and Tine who are here from South Africa, and Jubes and Beany.

Borough Market was our first stop.


Where we bought some picnic essentials.


And then went and sat in the garden next to Southwark Cathedral, eating fresh bread, mushroom pate and cheese, followed by amazing chocolate brownies.


Next stop was coffee and cupcakes at Peggy Porschen. 




Followed by a stroll around Camden Market, and some Pimms in the afternoon sunshine.


Such a super happy day.

Catching up with friends, eating and drinking loads and being an absolute tourist in my home city.

Pretty much perfect really.

And best of all, my husband is finally exam free and all mine again:)

Hope that you had a happy weekend too?

 
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