Tuesday, 28 May 2013

My Block

Yesterday I took a walk around the block to get a coffee. I do this many times a week, but the light was so beautiful today I wanted to capture it. 

I have only lived in this area for a short time but have loved it the most of all the places I have lived in Bournemouth and Poole. I will defo live here again when if I return. There are so many huge trees and beautiful streets.

 The shopping area has great coffee places, grocery stores as well as many, many charity shops...which I frequent like a territorial animal *wink*

 The buildings are full of character and history.

 And this is the only place I have ever been to where the traffic stops for you EVERY time at a Zebra Crossing. I love the staff at my local Costa, they know me a bit too well :)

I have a spot I like to sit and drink my soya-sugar-free-syrup-latte and do some Art Journalling.

 Is it wrong that I fall in love with things like this? A manky drain and a cul-de-sac sign...Nicola seriously?

 I pass this sign on the way home, I love the fonts. My street is so pretty, I find a little walk really inspiring and often just what I need to kick start an idea or some creative project.

This shadow was spooky looking, but the light was so lovely through the trees, I wanted to take a billion photos.

 What is your local area like? Where do you go to get inspired or just to re-connect with you?
Love, me x

Ps - photos taken with the awful camera on my Blackberry for purposeful poor quality, then transformed into Polaroids using this FREE software which I heard about from another blog I love to read.

Monday, 27 May 2013

A Free(ish) Lunch

Ello me Mateys...
I haven't blogged in a while I know. I am not sure I am the sort of blogger that can do regular posts and stuff, keep to a schedule and all that...I wish I was, I would love to have a career blog...but alas poor reader you will have to make do with my intermittent and sporadic blogging regime!

Today I wanted to share with you my love of  'free food'...the kind you can find in the wild. I am a massive fan of foraging. This love of foraging went into OVERDRIVE when I watched a fabulous series on TV, hosted by a woman that I want to be actual friends with in this world - Alys Fowler. Teamed with my deep love of Ray Mears, these two are my foraging hero-gods and make me want to live in a hammock and grow carrots in the tree-tops.

So here, I offer my own recipe, in which the star ingredient is foraged for free.

Noodles with Wild Garlic and Wild Leeks - serves 1
Sharwoods fine egg noodles (2 layers per person)
handful Three-Cornered Leeks
handful Wild Garlic
1tsp Sesame Oil
1tsp Dark Soy Sauce

note :: wild garlic flower heads and stalks used. Wild leeks stalks, flowers and leaves used.

1 - bring home your awesome smelling free foods and wash them, chop them into smaller pieces.
2 - boil up the noodles as instructed (they take about 5 minutes), half way through, throw in the garlic and leeks.
3 - take off the heat once the noodles are cooked and drain, add 1tsp sesame oil and mix in evenly (I find tongs or chopsticks are easier for this - lifting the noodles to distribute the oil).
4 - plate up, drizzle the dark soy sauce over to taste (I use 1tsp as it is very strong but you can add more to taste).
5 - sprinkle with salt and pepper if you like.
6 - enjoy!

This is quite literally one of my favourite meals of ALL TIME. I eat this simple dish with broccoli when the free foods aren't in season. I have this at least once a week :)

Maybe when you are out you will also find some lovely lilac flowers, bring them home and put them around your house. Not only do they look so pretty but they will fill your home with beautiful perfume.

Do you ever eat wild food? I'd love to hear about it...
Love, me x
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