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Friday, 27 June 2014

Food: Linguini alla Puttanesca

I love cooking and I love recipe books. This year, however, I've tried to be better about not buying too many new ones. My aim this year is to really get to know my current library of cookery books and discover at least one new recipe each week.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Travel: The Isles of Lewis and Harris

There are a few places I've been and sights I've seen, that have truly made my soul sing. I live for these moments and find that travel really helps me to live in the present.

A recent trip to the Isles of Lewis and Harris, two of Scotland's Western Isles, left me with so many wonderful memories and I wanted to share my thoughts on this wonderful part of the world.

First of all, getting there made it feel like I was going somewhere truly remote, and perhaps I was. A long drive to Ullapool and then nearly 3 hours on a car ferry, complete with the requisite sea-sickness, got us to Strornoway where we were based.

The landscape was so different to the rest of Scotland and so so beautiful. The Isles of Lewis in the north seemed very barren and flat. Here we visited the wonderful Callanish Standing stones, and on a very windy day, it certainly made one wonder how the crofters of yesteryear had survived during the harsh winters.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Running: Withdrawal symptoms

Over the past few years I've gradually gotten back into running. It's just so easy to squeeze in a quick 5k here and there in my busy lifestyle. I feel healthier, even though I'm one of those runners who gains weight when I train. The best bit, though, is that running gives me time to really think (or not think) and I really enjoy that.

However, I've recently suffered an injury which means that running is out of the question, no matter how tempting a quick jaunt might be. I feel envious when my husband heads out for a run, envious when other runners pass by, envious when friends and family sign up for another race. I'm desperately needing my fix and full recovery can not come fast enough.
I do the physiotherapist's exercises diligently in the hope that she'll discharge me at my next appointment but to no avail. She shakes her head and says that rest is the best thing, besides her exercises, of course.

My poor trainers look all forlorn, especially when lined up next to my husband's ones which have just come back from a hard trail run. I imagine that they feel as upset as I do.


Sunday, 15 June 2014

Food: Crunchy Vietnamese salad

I've had a good look at my diet and felt the need to include a few more meat-free days. Usually a sandwich suffices for lunch but after a quick rummage in the fridge, I pulled this together. A Vietnamese-inspired crunchy vegetable salad. Not the prettiest, but seriously yummy.

Vitenamese Vegetable Salad

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