30 September 2016

What I Eat in a Week #2


Anyone who knows me well will know that I love cooking. To me cooking isn't a chore, it's a pastime and I would go so far as saying it's a passion. Even with a busy job, I find the time to cook a meal on most evenings. Yes, sometimes I'm tired and don't feel like making something complicated but I've accumulated a good arsenal of quick recipes I can whip up in a flash (see images 7 & 9). A lot of these recipes are adaptions from the originals. I cook them on rotation and have memorised most of them at this stage as I hate going back and forth to the cooking book or my laptop.


  1. Banana pancakes topped with apple sauce
  2. Fish chowder (I use this recipe and add cod half way through the cooking)
  3. Asparagus Fettucini Alfredo and salmon (adapted from this Jamie Oliver recipe)
  4. Lentil and brown rice soup (with kale and mushrooms)
  5. Salmon fishcakes with roasted tomatoes and kale chips (adapted from this recipe - I substituted the panko for breadcrumbs and omitted the mayonnaise)
  6. Carrot cake cookies (adapted from this recipe)
  7. Spinach pasta with cherry tomatoes and parmesan cheese
  8. Courgetti and baked cod with tomatoes, olives and capers
  9. Red Lentil Curry with brown rice

26 September 2016

The Amalfi Coast


We didn't have many days in Italy, but we knew we wanted to see the Amalfi Coast. At my parents' suggestion, we booked a shared tour of the Amalfi Coast with Mondo Guide for Rick Steves. The tour departs from Sorrento at 9am and takes you to Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello before taking you back to Sorrento nine hours later. I have to admit, this tour is not for everyone. If you have motion sickness I'd opt out - the roads are very narrow with a lot of winding curves. Both C and I's stomachs were doing summersaults by the time we got back to Sorrento after a full day of exploring. The tour is very informative and great value, but at the end of the day, it is a tour group so you're piling in and out of  a bus with two hours in each town before making your way back to Sorrento. Having said all that, it's a great way to see the Amalfi Coast if you're limited by time like we were.

Positano


Photo taken by my mother when she got lost exploring the town.
The first stop on our tour was Positano which had all the charm one would expect from the Amalfi Coast. Getting off the bus we went straight to the beach so we could turn around and see the pastel coloured house built into the green cliffs. It's breathtaking when you turn around and face the village from below. We walked through the little streets stopping along the many art galleries, souvenir shops and for the all important lemon gelato before making it back to the bus in time to depart for our next stop - Amalfi.


Amalfi



Amalfi is the biggest town on the Amalfi Coast. It's bustling and full of activity with the streets packed with tourists and locals alike. We visited on a hot day and I found the noise and activity slightly overwhelming but the sights more than made up for it. We stopped for food - C had fried fish and I stuck to pizza and more gelato - before going down to the water to admire the impressive views from the pier while we sipped on the most delicious freshly pressed orange juice.


Ravello



Ravello was such a welcomed difference from the two previous towns we visited. It was quiet, small and nearly devoid of tourists. The town is impeccably kept and it was as if we had gone back in time. This was perhaps my favourite of the tour. 

 

Scala



As a special treat, our tour guide took us to Scala, a very small town across the valley from Ravello. It was untouched by tourism and offered a glimpse into everyday life on the Amalfi Coast - a perfect way to end our day trip. 

21 September 2016

Ischia, Italy


I often say that in my previous life I had to have been Italian. I love Italian food and cooking and gravitate towards anything Italian, whether it be the fine leathers or the wines. It goes without saying that I've always wanted to go to Italy but with so many places on my list of things to see in the Apennine Peninsula I didn't know where to start. Luckily for me, the decision was made easy when my parents said they would be going to Sorrento in September. It was the perfect opportunity to finally see Italy and to catch up with them.

On our first day, we woke early and took the ferry to the beautiful island of Ischia about an hour from Sorrento. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and the sights did not disappoint in the least. We walked through the quaint streets and headed towards the end of the island where we visited the Castello Aragonese d'Ischia which dates back to 474 B.C. From the Castello, we were able to see some impressive views of Ischia including the clear blue water. It was mesmerizing.

After a full day of exploring this charming island, and stopping several times to taste the local cuisine, we got back on the ferry and were left with a stunning view of the sun setting behind the Island of Capri as we sailed by on our way back to Sorrento.

Dress: Zara / Belt: Gap / Sandals: Primark / Sunglasses: Ray-Bans