Dinner Under the Old Fig Tree

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Yesterday morning I left rainy London with a suitcase full of bikinis and dresses and flew off to the South of France to visit my parents and sister for a week. They greeted me at the airport with Hector (our chocolate lab) who was very excited to see me, but now that I think about it, he was probably just happy to leave the aiport and stop waiting around (my flight was delayed..)

They whisked me off to the Lot region to visit our old family friends. I have so many memories at their house, horse riding in the surounding fields, playing in the stacks of hay in the barn below, playing in the pool until we turned into real prunes.. it's a magical place.

Everyone was so happy to see one another, chatting loudly and laughing so much my tummy hurts this morning. We sat down for a candle lit dinner under the old fig tree, chatting away into the night, catching up on each other's lives. We're here for another couple of days, I cannot wait to show you more! I'm off for a swim, it's so hot!

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Getting lost together

After Rosie & Jason's wedding we all spent the weekend in the countryside, we stayed at my grandparent's and Freya & Adam rented an AirBnb literally two fields across from the house without realising - which meant we could meet up for long walks on the Downs and drinks at the local pub with such ease it was rude not to go for a couple of pints post-dinner.

I will remember this weekend for a long time, it was all kinds of perfect. It was the first time Michael met my grandparent's which meant so much to me.. being able to show him around the house where I have so many childhood memories was very special but also one of the strangest experience, mixing two of my favourite worlds. My grandparents adored him of course. 

A couple of weeks ago Freya sent me these beautiful photos, she's just the best, you should see her photographs from Pakistan. She amazes me. We don't look like it here but at that point we were just a little lost, after a 2 hour walk with no phone reception (shock! horror! I know..) we just wondered around the wheat fields hoping to find our way back to the main road - which we did eventually.

Turns out getting lost with great friends is actually good fun, especially if you have a Lizzie around who cracks up jokes every 5 seconds. That girl. I will say it over and over again, she is the funniest person I know.. it was her birthday last week which I couldn't spend with her sadly. I am flying home next week with a bag full of presents to make up for it, but I digress..

To more adventures and getting lost together!

| Photographs by Freya from Nishaantishu |

Recipe | Banana, Chocolate & Pecan Bread

The perfect recipe for a rainy day, because surely warm toasted banana bread oozing butter is all you need in life. Am I right? I used this recipe, added pecans, added dark chocolate, took the bourbon out (not because I was against the idea, I'm just not the kind to stock the stuff) and used too much dark brown sugar - which was a mistake, so take it from me use the light one! 

I've been stuck with in bed with a cold all week, the flu-y kind that really takes it out of you but no one gives you any pity because.. it's JUST a cold, you know? Luckily I can work from home and stay snuggled in bed, feeding the germs buckets of honey and lemon tea and a lot of banana bread (not scientifically proven)

It was delicious and didn't last long (hence the lack of 'after shot') but trust me on this one, make it this weekend and have it for breakfast and possibly dessert after lunch and dinner - because it's only bananas after all.. ;)

ps : Don't forget to lick the bowl.