Chickpea, green lentil and spinach

IMG_1479.JPGThis is a simple dish of chickpeas, lentils and spinach served with grilled salmon and tenderstem broccoli.  A big thumbs up from Hubby and the Bear.

I used tinned tinned chickpeas (400g, drained), tinned green lentils (400g, drained), both warmed up in a pan with 1/2 cup of water, 1 cube of vegetable stock and a handful of frozen spinach.  Left to cook for 10!minutes until the spinach was blended in and finished off with 1tbsp of white wine vinegar.  Delicious and simple.


Mixed seafood with zoodles and cauliflower rice


What an opulent meal. Lobster tails, scallops and prawns, served with zoodles and cauliflower rice.

The lobster tails were cooked in a hot pan with butter for around 5 minutes followed by shelled tiger prawns for a minute and scallops for 30 seconds. Seasoned with salt and pepper.

The zoodles were sautéed in coconut oil for a minute and seasoned with Tamari.

Tasty cauliflower rice sautéed in coconut oil and seasoned with salt and ground white pepper.

Quick, simple but decadent.

Our local Waitrose offers 20% off seafood from the fish counter with a MyWaitrose card on Fridays.

What I read in 2017

Here is a list of non-fiction books I read in 2017.


These few nuggets resonated with me:

  • I am wired to be connected with people. I can’t thrive when I’m in the company of those who don’t seek similar levels of connectivity.
  • The 3 P’s – Personalisation, Pervasiveness, Permanence.  Bad things happen but don’t let it be defined by the 3 P’s. It’s not all one’s fault, it’s not going to spread to all aspects of one’s life and finally it isn’t always going to be this way.  This too shall pass.
  • My Asian-ness at work (too polite, don’t want bosses/colleagues to lose face so I go around in circles trying to point out errors) isn’t necessarily a good thing!
  • I am lucky and blessed, but can do better at showing gratitude and be thankful for what I have

As for fiction, I read the last two books of Jeffrey Archer’s The Clifton Chronicles.

Hubby and the Bear gifted me Nigella’s At My Table.  Some love recipes to try out in 2018.

I would love to hear your thoughts if you’ve read any of the above books or can recommend some good reads for 2018.



Scrambled silken tofu with kale and mushrooms


This is a simple, tasty recipe for a quick breakfast.  I rarely use silken tofu but this it works well in this dish. A dash of turmeric for spice and anti-inflammatory properties. It was raining hence the use of dried herbes de provence as I couldn’t face stepping outside for the herb box.  This dish also works well with eggs rather than tofu.


  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 200g silken tofu, drained and mashed in a bowl
  • a handful of kale
  • 2 – 3 chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp herbes de provence
  • salt and pepper to taste


1. Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan

2. Sauté the onions for 30 seconds, then add in the tofu. Stir well before mixing in the kale and mushrooms

3. Add the turmeric and herbes de provence,  stir and leave to cook for 2 minutes until the mushrooms are done

4. Season with salt and pepper

5. Serve with grilled tomatoes or other dishes of your choice



New Year’s Good Luck stew


Happy New Year! In keeping with tradition, I made a black eyed peas stew, packed with carrots, parsnips and Savoy cabbage for our lunch today.  It isn’t a family tradition but one picked up from years of blogging.  One meant to bring good luck for the new year.  So we hit the shops yesterday and stocked up on ingredients.

  • 1tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 200g cooked black eyed peas
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 parsnip, peeled and diced
  • 4 leaves of Savoy cabbage, shredded
  • 300g water
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • salt and pepper
  • 2tsp white wine vinegar


1. Heat oil in a pan and sauté the onions for a minute followed by the garlic for 30 seconds

2. Add the peas, carrots and parsnips, stir for a minute

3. Pour in the water and crumble in the stock. Leave to cook for 20 minutes until the vegetables are soft

4. Add in the cabbage, mix well and leave to cook for 5-8 minuted

5. Season with salt and pepper, and finish off with 2tsp of white wine vinegar

6. Serve with crusty bread

A recap of 2017

Here we are again at the end of another year.  It’s been largely a ‘meh’ year, surviving rather than thriving, where work took up a disproportionate amount of time away from, well, life.

We continued our love affair with France with two trips to Paris, two trips to Le Touquet and a trip to Antibes/Juan Les Pin.


We visited Malaysia and Ireland, and I separately went to Ireland and Luxembourg for work.

The garden didn’t really take off over the summer.   You sow what you reap, I suppose!IMG_1294.JPG

The Bear started school in September.  She’s adjusted well but we do miss her nursery teachers who pretty much raised her..

Christmas was a pleasantly quiet affair, just the three of us enjoying the day, lots of treats and tv.

We were blessed with a surprise sunset today after a heavy downpour, symbolic and timely as if to bid farewell to 2017.

We wish you and yours a happy 2018.

As for this blog, I continue to seek inspiration and here’s hoping for a miraculous revival in 2018.




Anniversary trip to Paris – Day 1

We recently celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in Paris.  It’s a city that we both love and have visited not nearly enough given its proximity to London.  With granny minding the Bear, we made our way to St Pancras to catch the Eurostar.  We didn’t have much time to kill at the station but spent it well sipping Bloody Mary at Searcy’s.  I’m not a big champagne drinker and so wanted to leave bubblies for later that day.


A quick stop at M&S for lunch and snacks, we boarded our train to Paris.

Three and a half hours later, we were checked into our hotel, Le Villa Maillot, for the second time this year.  Hubby surprised me with some champagne and chocolates! IMG_1197.JPG

After a quick rest, we headed back to the Gare du Nord area in search of two Thierry Breton eateries. Alas Chez Michel was closed for their summer holidays but thankfully La Pointe du Grouin was buzzing with happy hour revellers.


It is a lovely little spot, which serves bite sized food, tapas-style if you will.  You buy ‘Grouin’ tokens from a machine ( I think Eur1 = 1 Grouin), and the place your order at the bar for food and drinks. We propped ourselves at the bar and shared a few dishes washed down with a couple of glasses of beer.  Girolle mushrooms, cod with butter, broccoli and cauliflower, razor clams and plenty of bread to mop up some seriously tasty butter-based sauces.



After dinner, we went for a long walk and found ourselves near Opera.  All the shops were closed but there was a buzz in the air.  Paris is a city best seen at night, so we jumped into a cab and off to Trocadero we went to pay homage to:


I will never tire of seeing the Eiffel Tower, day or night..