October 2015 – Saw/Ate/Read


And in the final afternoon of the month, the All Blacks won the Rugby World Cup. Not something I usually talk about, Rugby is a religion in New Zealand so if you aren’t interested you keep your mouth shut. Once every four years between the quarter final and the final of the Rugby World Cup though, I become very interested in the sport and watch with fervor.

My pride to come from this small island nation worn with a wide smile and yesterday was by far the loudest I have ever screamed in supporting any sport. That last try though was worth it and there will surely be a lot of weary Kiwis around the world still feeling the after affects of celebrating that win.

October was spent watching a few rugby games, spending a day in Salzburg, and mostly looking for work with my contract having come to an end and a couple of movies at the BFI London Film Festival thrown in for good measure. Somehow I also managed to have my three hundredth recipe and my four hundredth post coming this week, this blog is continuing to grow with my new Sunday video series called Tête-à-Tête, feel free to join the conversation, I’d love to hear your views on these topics. Anyway, here is my October. I hope yours was good?:


The greens of Hampstead Heath/Mirabelle Gardens, Slazburg/Carpet of leaves, Regent’s Park



Croydon jungle/The army of ducks, Salzburg/Cable Cars, Wolfgangsee, Austria



Kensington Gardens Lake on a sunny Tuesday/Marked red, Parson’s Green/The hues of Fall, Salzburg



Another film premiere/My first roast chicken/Hally’s Brunch

I didn’t try many new places this month, it was more a matter of going back to old favorites I’ve mentioned here before, though I met lovely Pip from Cherries and Chisme over brunch in Parsons Green at a little place called Hally’s. I would go for the Matcha Latte alone and stay for the food, it’s a great little spot.

My favorite recipe this month goes to Chocolate Peppermint Slice which I am already thinking of when next to make again.

Blog love this month goes to Pastry Affair and her romantic description of fall accompanied by this beautiful Pear and Almond Tart.

Huffington Post had a great article with a healthy twist on those comfort foods.

If you need some inspiration on small ways to eat healthier, then here is a list from Buzzfeed with 7 easy ways to eat healthier.

A sweet story of how a little idea to help others through travel can inspire anyone to try and do more for other humans we share this planet with.

One of the best foods on the globe is burgers and this welcoming burger illustration is just the thing for the kitchen wall or the entrance.

A beautifully detailed illustration of the Paris skyline is worth investing in, whether for yourself or as a gift.

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