I have such a love/hate relationship with Sunday. I love that it means leisurely brunches, relaxing with a newspaper and a variety of sports on TV. I hate that it is the day before Monday, which means the weekend is quickly coming to an end. Sunday really is a funny thing because while it is so enjoyable, for me there is always that underlying feeling of dread for the impending busy work week ahead. I used to waste my Sunday having a bit of a pity party for myself, with the phrase, “I don’t want to go to work tomorrow,” constantly being whimpered from my spot on the sofa. However, more recently I have tried to make better use of my weekend. I mean, those days are precious, I shouldn’t be worrying about Monday until, well, Monday right?
One of my favorite ways to begin my Sunday is with a really amazing breakfast. From pancakes to muffins or baked eggs, it doesn’t matter, as long as it’s utterly satisfying. Huevos Rancheros (Ranch-style eggs), are a newly found love. Not that I hadn’t heard of or seen them on a menu before, but when I was younger I had a bit of an egg phobia. As I’ve grown to appreciate the wonder of the incredible, edible egg (ha!), I have tried many more egg dishes and this is my new favorite.
How can it not be? A warm corn tortilla topped with spiced black beans, a fried egg, Roasted Tomato Salsa and a sprinkle of cheese and cilantro is a perfect Sunday morning pick-me-up (epecially if you’ve had a few cervezas the night before!). And don’t forget how simple and easy it is to throw together (very important on busy mornings). Just try and have a bad day after this breakfast, I’d say it’s impossible.
Moving can be really scary. I don’t even think that I felt this nervous when I moved from California to London. But when new doors open, you must walk through them. So after almost 5 years, it’s time to say goodbye to the sensational, ever-changing, enigmatic city I have grown to love: London, I will miss you.
At least Stanley was very helpful with the packing! Hopefully he will be as helpful with the unpacking!
We have moved to the lovely little market town of Newark. Here is the view from our new house! And that barge (the little boat) is actually a pub! Perfect, right?
And from the master bedroom… I will most definitely love waking up to this view! And a new chapter begins….
Ever since moving to the UK, people have asked me what I miss about living in California.
3. The weather (duh!)
2. My family/ friends (of course!)
1. Good avocados. Can you believe that there are whole nations of people that don’t know what an avocado that has been ripened to perfection tastes like? Unbelievable.
But I’ve done my best, scouring the shops and the produce sections for maybe, just maybe one great avocado that could make me complete. Luckily I found 4 last weekend! I had just hit the avocado lottery!
Mexican food reminds me of my college days. I went to school in San Diego, a beautiful beach city where 18-22 year old run wild and the sun shines almost every day of the year. One of the great things about San Diego is the amazing Mexican food. Being about 20 minutes from the Northern border of Mexico, San Diego is hugely influenced by the culture of their southern neighbors.
Living for about 5 years in this city made me somewhat of a salsa snob. It cannot be too sweet (a culinary sin!) or watery (just yuck!) or chunky (unless it’s Pico de gallo, duh) and it has to have the right balance of heat. This is so easy to achieve I have found when you roast your ingredients first. Keep it simple and in less than 30 minutes you have a beautiful, simple Roasted Tomato Salsa that is just as good as your fav Mexican restaurant and is even easier to make than dinner out.
I love seeing the charred, black flecks in the salsa. That’s pure flavor that can only be achieved by the all important first step: roasting the ingredients.
Last weekend I went to the biggest food market in London: Borough. It is a market unlike any other I have ever been to. Even quite early on a chilly Saturday morning, the crowds were heaving and the busy merchants buzzing about their market stalls, all selling beautiful goods to their eager customers. Sounds great, right? Well on paper it is great. I have been about 3 times before and after each visit I always say the same thing, “The food was great, but it was just so crowded!” And it’s true. But I guess there wouldn’t be so many people flocking to a place that was just okay, would they? So, here it is, Borough Market in an Instagram.