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After four months of patiently waiting, last weekend we moved into our home. We didn’t waste a second, moving in all of our worldly belongings while the last of the building work was being finished. The carpets were being laid as we navigated our boxes through to their allocated rooms.

I went straight for the kitchen, our new kitchen, and my first. When I say my first kitchen I mean the first kitchen that is really mine. There is space for all of my things, even the Kitchen Aid that Mr Swiss bought me a couple of Christmases ago. That my friends is what I call luxury, and one that I am so happy to have. HASHTAGBLESSED.

As you can imagine I’ve been home a fair bit, sorting things out and awaiting deliveries, which means that I’ve subsequently gotten to spend some time in my new favourite place, and cook little lunches for one. This griddled corn salsa has got everything I need in a meal. It’s delicious, simple, quick to throw together and healthy. Team this with a slice of toast and some green leaves and you’ve got yourself something real special.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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A couple of weeks ago this blog turned 2, I can hardly believe it! I originally created this space in order to keep a record of my kitchen happenings and as an online recipe book of sorts, but I had never really thought that 2 years on there would be anyone reading it let alone cooking my recipes and being just generally wonderful (I’m looking at all of you guys who take the time to comment nice things). The beginning was painfully slow, but in the past 8 months I’ve been Freshly Pressed twice, reached 3,000 followers and found my voice and style. I love this blog even though it’s a constant work in progress, and I hope you do too.

Despite my occasional rants about commuting, the weather and buying a house, I haven’t given much away about who I am aside from what you can read in the about section. So what better excuse than a birthday is there to tell you a few random things about myself (and give you a killer recipe for a delightful olive oil cake scented with orange and smothered with full-fat cream cheese frosting)?

1. Always mayonnaise over ketchup.

2. Seven years ago I broke my left elbow and now have 2 metal rods and some wiring holding it in place. Sadly I don’t beep through security.

3. I listen to classical music when I drive and jazz when I commute.

4. I hate fresh ginger. There, I said it.

5. I can be a bit of a know it all.

6. Ice cream is my vice.

7. I am a movie fanatic, but I don’t like blockbusters.

8. I have two brothers who are so different yet equally wonderful, and I can’t live without them.

9. My favourite feeling is nostalgia.

10. I love everything about the Nordic countries, especially their appreciation of personal space.

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Linguine with Kale Pesto | Thyme & Honey

Linguine with Kale Pesto | Thyme & Honey

I’ve been making a mental list of things that I want to start doing when we move into our first home. On this list there are projects and purchases, little gestures that I truly believe will make our lives that bit more beautiful. I imagine us becoming less reliant on supermarkets for our fruit and vegetables, instead taking the time each week to visit our local farmer’s market, butcher and fish monger. I see myself hand-selecting flowers and having an array of pretty vases to showcase them in. I picture us making our own nut butters, almond milk and ice cream. There are other small things that I’d like to have too, like fresh orange juice daily, artisan bread (made by myself if I’m feeling particularly adventurous), interesting magazines and beautiful books for our coffee table and of course, pasta Sundays.

The latter is highest up on that list and probably the most likely to happen, no matter how much I fancy myself as a cross between Heidi Swanson and Rachel Ball.

I’m sure that traditionally pasta on a Sunday should be had with a slow-cooked meat sauce like ragù, but being a pasta fiend and predominately herbivorous a simple pesto is my go-to sauce for any celebration of carbohydrates. The kale adds an element of richness (and health benefit), but I couldn’t give up the basil altogether, and neither could my not particularly kale loving beau, however you can easily sub the basil and go all kale if that’s how you like to roll.

Oh! Before I forget, this blog turned 2 on Friday so I baked a great little cake to celebrate with, which will be on here in the not too distant future. I also wanted to say a massive thank you as coinciding with that, there’s now more than 3,000 of you following this weird and wonderful little thing I’ve got going on. AWESOME!

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I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t been giving this online space of mine much love in the last few weeks. The truth is I’ve been totally put off cooking anything that takes longer than 15 minutes due to huge amounts of our new home/building work stress. We haven’t been able to move in, building work has overrun and has gone way over-budget, and I had no idea how much stuff I’d need to buy (who even thinks about stuff like hangers and laundry hampers?). All in all, I’m feeling pretty meh, and I can’t cook when I’m meh. Ya dig?

I’ve also been working (ever so slowly) on a new project. I’m currently looking into self-hosting this blog, dipping my toes in the water if you will, which would allow me to have more creative control over how it looks and just take general ownership over my space. It’s a really cool thought, but the process of doing so is terrifically intimidating and I’m yet to get my head around it and figure the whole thing out thankfully my brother is kindly helping me out. More on that soon, I hope!

Despite my current woes I have been getting really into one thing: making nut butter. I never really realised just how easy it is, and it’s amazing that you can make the most delicious nut butter without even adding a grain of salt! Just have a look at the back of a jar of Skippy and you’ll wonder just what are all of those E numbers for, and why is there so much sugar when natural nuts taste so damn epic all on their own?

While I’m somewhat absent from this space, you can always see what I’m up to on Twitter or Instagram where I post pictures of food and talk sh*t about most things. Be back soon, promise!

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It’s taken me some time to get this post up, largely due to laziness but truthfully I’ve been putting it off because by posting this I’ll have conceded that my holiday is well and truly over. SAD FACE.

I was in Cyprus (on what I consider my annual pilgrimage) sun-seeking, road-tripping and visiting friends and family. But most importantly I make this trip each year to visit my bapou, pictured below. He’s 93 going on 94 and as of today he is one of two left of his generation, which must be incredibly difficult for him. He’s the definition of a pessimist and longs for the good old days, specifically 1945 Nicosia when he was a 25 year old rum-drinking, cigarette-smoking vagabond. His nickname was ‘Nick the killer’, the reason behind this he avoids disclosing when I probe him for an explanation.

However these days he’s more concerned with when and not if I’ll be getting married.

During my stay I took a trip to visit friends near the North West peninsula, around 2.5 hours from the capital. When I got there I was greeted with the familiar smell of pine trees and sea air – something that makes this part of the island particularly special for me. We spent every summer here growing up, and going back there makes me fantastically nostalgic. I remember all of the old roads, the beaches with the made up names we’d use to identify them, the waves, the clarity of the water. That deep blue.

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As a self-confessed lover/obsessor of food it’s no surprise that I get most excited about the amazing food and produce that I’ll eat during my stay. The sweetest, juiciest watermelon, fresh octopus grilled to perfection, fluffy pitta stuffed with succulent souvlaki, a simple village salad – it’s all incredible. But what I find is my first taste stop each time I arrive on the island is my beloved halloumi. And not the stuff you buy in the supermarkets here; real Cyprus halloumi made with sheep and goat’s milk. Try it once and you’ll never forget how incredible it is. Continue Reading

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