Friday Favourites #103

Readers I am still deep in January blues. I don’t know what it is about 2018 but I just cannot shake them off. I seem to be constantly tired and all I want to do is sleep, eat and read books. Which is fine, I am letting myself do all of those things. However it would be nice of some of the new year excitement could return just for a little bit. I suppose a Friday Favourites post is the perfect thing to combat the January blues, as it’s an opportunity to highlight the good things in the week. So here goes.

lumiere-london

<> We had leftover rice from the weekend so we made egg fried rice with that and the rest of the leftovers. It was delicious, and so easy. Why has no one told me this before?

<> Next up this week is London Lumiere. A stunning light show that is happening all across London. There are art installations around the city, and it’s all free. Last night Fi and I wandered through The Southbank and Waterloo and Westminster and Victoria highlights and it was magical. I’ve missed it every other year so I wasn’t completely sure what to expect. Well, I was in awe. If you’re in London this week do try and check them out.

<> On another food related note I treated myself to a new cookbook in December, Smitten Kitchen Everyday, and this week I made the loaded potato skins from it. They were delicious, like the TGI Friday’s ones, but with less of the grease and more flavour. I’m already planning when to make them again.

<> My sisters and I have been talking about Sunday lunch at The Mere Scribbler for ages. The drinks menu is extensive and the food looks mouthwatering on Instagram. So it was only a matter of time before we got there to sample it all ourselves. We met for Sunday lunch this week and we weren’t disappointed. We caught up on things, with one eye on the football match and another on the numerous dogs dotted around the establishment. Ideal Sunday in my opinion!

language-of-thorns

<> So I’ve read two books so far this week, The Mitford Murders, which was fascinating and full of intrigue, and The Language of Thorns, which I loved. This is a beautiful book, it feels like a real keepsake. The stories inside it are full of folklore and mythology and it is a magical read. I also like the nod to well-known fairytales and stories. From The Little Mermaid to The Nutcracker and Hansel and Gretel. 

<> I’ve been reading a lot, so I’ve not really had time for podcasts, but when I do have time I will always always listen to the Cate in the Kitchen podcast. If anyone is looking for a foodie podcast then this one is for you. Her eating through the decades episode was fascinating and I have all the thoughts after the vegan episode. Be sure to check it out.

How have you found this week? I hope you had lots of lovely things things to help you through it. Have a fabulous weekend. Laura x