Month: June, 2014

Good Things on Friday

Two exciting things happened on Friday. First of all our beautiful Nodi rug arrived from India. Our amazing and talented friend Livs designs her own rugs and has them hand knotted in India. The result is luxurious and original, the perfect addition to our new bedroom. It is sitting very happily at the base of our bed. Check out her website here.

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The second thing was we went out for dinner to Nopa, a restaurant around the corner that has a two month waiting list. We went in, had a cocktail at the bar, and the next thing you know we are being seated. It was really good food- think rabbit and mustard pappardelle, smoked trout with quinoa and cherries, pork hock terrine- accompanied by some seriously good wine from the region AND great company. Thank you Charlotte for organising this blind friend date, we can’t wait for the next one!

It was a pretty awesome Friday.

Orange and Almond Granola

Another breakfast recipe for you today. This granola is inspired by the beauty of Californian oranges, the zest adds a subtle but super tasty addition to your bowl.

Orange and Almond Granola

4 Tbsp honey
4 Tbsp oil (I used olive)
4 cups oats (I used whole grain as that is all they seem to sell in the organic place round the corner)
1tsp cinnamon
2 handfuls of almonds roughly chopped
1 handful pumpkin seeds
Zest of one orange
1/2 cup coconut shavings

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Melt the honey in a roasting dish in the oven as it warms up (to 180), then add the olive oil and combine. Next, stir in the oats  trying to cover them evenly with the liquid. Put them in the oven for 30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Then add the almonds, seeds, orange zest, cinnamon and coconut and bake for another ten minutes. Make sure the nuts and coconut don’t burn, if they are looking a bit toasty, just take it out early.

The smell of the orange, honey, coconut and almonds all toasting together is incredible. Also incredible, how cheap figs are here. Courtney M, you would be beside yourself. They top it all off so beautifully, making it a truly luxurious way to start the day.

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