Farewell 7a

So yesterday Phil and I cleaned out and locked up the first flat we lived in together for the last time. The amount of dust that had accumulated in cupboards and presses was impressive.

Despite it being the smallest flat on the earth, I will miss the privacy and comfort of having our own place to live. A friend told me a few years ago “this is what you do in London, first, you live somewhere alone and then you live somewhere nicer, but you have to give something up; privacy, location, price… something has to go.”

So we have given up privacy but the new location is about the same, and the price is excellent. Also, our new place definitely has more room, but then that would not have been hard to achieve.


Once we had scrubbed, scoured, dusted, swept, mopped, packed and moved we spent a bit of time exploring our new local area. I have always for the last two years thought that this area was not that nice, however, so far we have located the local hipster bar, complete with craft beers, a gin menu, gourmet burgers and pizzas with unusual toppings.

Yesterday we found another local pub which brought on a wave of nostalgia for Sunday pub grub in McCarthy’s of Fethard, with tartan upholstery, worn pink carpet and shades of green that have never been viewed as particularly attractive. The food, however, was delicious, the service was friendly and the vibe was pleasantly local, the kind of place families take their kids when they also want to meet other adults.

I curled up with a pint and a book. All in all a well spent Sunday.

Here’s Phil, learning about beer.

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Summer’s here.

After a year of SATs related stress, the summer is finally here. I’ve embraced this by dying my hair lavender, buying a stack of new books and moving house.

My new house feels very London. Phil and I bring the total number of people in the house to nine, but luckily the house is enormous and we have our own living room attached to our very cute attic bedroom. We still have our own space which is considerably larger than in our previous microscopic flat in West Ealing.

Holidays back to Ireland are looming and I’m looking forward to a few weeks of Tipperary flavored chill and catching up with family and friends.

The next few days, however, are going to consist mainly of relaxing, reading and exploring while trying to find free things in London.

And yoga… once I have finished unpacking and have some actual floor space.

 

Today’s simple pleasure. Lemon and lavender cake is incredible.

Starting off my summer reading.

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Chocolate pots

This delicious treat is gluten and dairy free, paleo, and full of good fats and antioxidants.

Cacao has loads of benefits including having loads of iron, magnesium and calcium. It’s also a natural mood enhancer because it contains anandamide a compound nicknamed the bliss molecule. It delivers the feel-good kick of chocolate without all that extra processed and refined sugar. Cacao can take a bit of getting used to, while it has the same scent of dark chocolate it’s quite bitter and needs to be balanced in recipes.chocolate pot for blog

 

The overripe banana is key to this recipe as most of the sweetness to counterbalance the cacao comes from the sugars in the fruit. If you can’t get your hands on a banana that’s past its best you may need to adjust the honey to account for it.

Serves 2-3

Ingredients

1 medium ripe avocado

1 overripe banana

1 tbsp of raw organic cacao nibs

2 tbsps of raw organic cacao powder

2 tbsps of honey

1 tsp of maca powder (optional)

50 ml of hazelnut milk

1 tbsp of chia seeds

 

Method

Chuck all the ingredients into a blender and whizz until smooth. Taste and adjust: if it’s too bitter add honey, if too sweet or the banana flavour is too strong add a half a teaspoon of cacao whizz and repeat.

Once you’re happy with the flavour divide the mixture between 3 ramekin dishes and pop them into the fridge for a few hours.

 

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