Inspirational Friends

I am very lucky to know some incredible people. I am even luckier to count a large number of those people among my friends, and very many of them are close friends at that. I was recently inspired on my trip to France. I was going to visit someone who has not only had to get used to living in a different place over the last year, and in a different language nevertheless, but has also been carrying out a long distance relationship and sticking to her vegetarianism – when France is known as a country it is very difficult to be a vegetarian in! This girl, as well as being a great friend, is pretty inspiring.

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A day out in Amiens

Last week I was lucky enough to visit the wonderful country of France. If anyone follows my Instagram feed you’ll be able to tell that I was particularly taken by the pastries and sweet treats on offer. However, my love of France goes further than the food. I also love the language, and although I’m still not particularly confident speaking French, it was a huge delight and surprise to discover how much I could understand. I also quite like the way of life. The experiences I have had at least have proven it to be family-orientated, traditional and fairy easy-going. Certainly the town of Abbeville where I was staying felt very french and unused to foreign tourists, which made it all the more impressive that my friend has made it her home for the past year. Anyway, whilst Abbeville was lovely (and we were certainly blessed by the weather!), one of…

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Welcome to the land of patisserie

Last week I was lucky enough to travel to France for a short break. The main purpose of the trip was to visit a very good friend who is currently working as an assistant de langue, however somehow the trip became very food orientated. Visiting France was just what I needed and provided me with a chance to have a proper break and fully relax. But I think the food definitely helped!

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Recipe: Turkey and Sweet Potato Pie

When the weather outside is cold and wintery, there’s often nothing quite so comforting as a Shepherd’s Pie. However, winter is long and dark and there are so many shepherd’s pies that one can eat… so sometimes it calls for a little variation! In an attempt to create something a little different, I developed the following recipe.

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World Book Day

When I was younger (and I’m talking primary school age here), World Book Day was a huge deal. You used to get to dress up, and as a different character each year! You were given book tokens for free, and the Scholastic book fair often used to come and visit at the same time. What wasn’t to love? However, as you get older, it’s no longer a big deal. This disappoints me.

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