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Friday, 21 November 2014

Travel: Visiting Cambodia (on the Trail of Lara Croft)

Have you ever looked at the pictures you've taken of travels past and been amazed at the wonders your eyes have seen? I have and none more so than when I look at my photos of Cambodia. My trip to Cambodia was a brief one and centred on the magnificent temples surrounding Siem Reap. We hired a tuk-tuk with driver over 5 days and travelled between the temples, sometimes visiting the ones we loved more than once.

The most majestic of them all was of course Angkor Wat. We visited each day we were there, simply because the sun setting over Angkor Wat was an amazing experience, despite sharing said experience with countless others. During the day, however, it was quieter and it seemed as if nowhere was out of bounds. We were able to explore the compound in detail and even found quiet courtyards which seemed to be made for reflection. The fact that this was still a working monastery with the occasional waft of incense, swish of saffron robes or sound of chanting made the experience even more special.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Travel: A Boat up the Mekong Delta

When my days seem to be moving way to fast I sometimes revisit one of my calmer memories, a boat journey up the Mekong Delta.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Food: Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Soup

I've been on a bit of a pumpkin binge lately and as a result decided to enjoy some pumpkin soup and a particularly dreary day. Again I opted for some roasted pumpkin for sweetness, added some sweet potato for the same reason and then popped in a bit of red lentils to bulk it up a bit. We loved the results and ate it with some warmed naan bread.

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Soup

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Food: Pumpkin Fritters

Occasionally I'll get a hankering for something that really reminds me of my childhood. I'm also keen to introduce the littlies to some of the traditions from my childhood and one of these was pumpkin fritters in the autumn.

Halloween pumpkin doesn't seem to have a very strong pumpkinny flavour, so for my recipe, I decided to roast the pumpkin flesh from our jack o' lantern. This gave the pumpkin a lovely sweetness which really adds to the flavour of the fritter.

South African -Style Pumpkin Fritters

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