I love those long summer days when you spend the day whole day out in the sun and then stay out long after it sets. Saturday was one of those days – definitely my favourite so far this summer. In the evening we went down to Barry Island to see the return of Isle of Fire; the promenade was transformed with fire sculptures – including a giant, flaming cauldron (very sospan fawr) – lit torches, music and entertainment. :-)
There’s a saying I love this time of year; “The earth laughs with flowers.” Well, Penarth is currently giggling with the prettiest crop of wildflowers I’ve ever seen. There’s something lovely about dropping seeds in a patch of dirt and just letting them grow wild. Someone once told me that when their grandfather died he’d asked that his ashes be mixed with wildflower seeds and then fired out of a cannon into the field behind his house. Although they found it a bit bizarre and I think almost disrespectful at the time when summer eventually swung around and the field “laughed with flowers” it became a sweet reminder that reappeared every year after. I love that.
I’ve been drinking tea for a looooong time. I mean, I can’t remember the first cup, but my Mum was definitely serving me up a mug every morning before I went off to Primary School. One day however, and for whatever reason, my Dad was put in charge of making my morning of tea. That was the morning I first tried coffee. I didn’t like it then and I still don’t like now. But I wish I did, because I absolutely love the smell of proper coffee – there’s something really warming about it. These days Tiramisu is as close as I’ll ever get to ingesting coffee, and it’s really easy to make
I am absolutely LOVING having a dressing table. Back in the flat I made do with a tiny box shelf in the cupboard (cluttered, dark and dusty!) so upgrading to a table, with a mirror and space to hold all my junk feels very posh and ladylike. Honestly? It seems a little selfish and bit vain to devote a whole corner of our bedroom to my split ends and poor complexion – I’m over the moon Sunny actually agreed to it when truthfully we probably could have shared the space and used it for something else – but hey, I’ll take it
All our bedroom furniture (minus the bed) is the Brusali series from IKEA. My dressing table I think is actually supposed to be a desk – but it does the job and was a steal at £40. It’s a sort of frosty white/grey colour and has three shelves for storage where I hold all my makeup and hair accessories in plastic tubs.
This is one of those really simple pasta recipes that looks like you’ve made a big effort, when actually you’ve just boiled some water and thrown a hodge-podge of ingredients into a pan. All you need is some linguine, crayfish tails (I bought these pre-cooked ones from Lidl which worked a treat, though I’m sure there are better options out there), a handful of spinach and cherry tomatoes, some chilli flakes, garlic and ricotta.
Warm a large pan with some olive oil and butter and then gently heat the garlic. Throw in the tomatoes and chilli until soft and saucy. Next add a little Ricotta (too much and sauce will go a bit stodgy), then the crayfish tails and the spinach and keep it all on a low heat while you make up the pasta.
Once the pasta’s cooked, mix it in with the sauce and tada! Easy peasy.