Zara $ale…

No guys, there’s no link to Zara… lol. Neither is this a paid AD *straight face*. It’s just that time of year again when some of us go bonkers once we see… hear or taste those bold letters on our favourite shop window (or with the year we’ve had, I’d say black letters online or inbox if you’re subscribed hahaha)

Funny thing is, I hardly shop in Zara unless I’m abroad on holiday. Strange I know. The shops there seem to have more “taste” to me, even though most of the stuff is similar. Or maybe it’s because the clothes don’t look like a garage sale in piles everywhere lol. For whatever reason I’m yet to put my finger on, my hand luggage always has a Zara tag sticking out…hehe. I still have a pair of nice jeans I bought ages ago in Spain from the store there and it still “fits the peaches perfectly” lol. I never saw that in London, or maybe I never bothered because most times walk out empty-handed -nothing of interest (outgrown maybe?? Hmmm, might be time to move to HOBBS….*shriek*)

Anyways, on my way to work…in Uk, I saw the big black letters this time… And was tempted to go in. To be honest, I didn’t have much choice since we are kinda not allowed to roam the continent lol. We have to make do with what we have, right? So I went in, walked around… back and forth… saw the clothes hill… walked around a bit more and settled for perfume… Hahaha…

Seems it’s time for a holiday… What say ye? Zara Espanol see you soon.. xoxo

Canteen…

So… Boris finally let the “cat out of the bag”…or shall we say, the government finally “let us get back to mingling and tingling”? Haha…Yep, they opened the “flood gates” of “freedom” today taking off restrictions… Well, most *side-eye”. I for one am looking forward to my Saturday Cinema treats… Weird I know, another post another day lol. 

But before we lose our minds on all the things we planned to catch up on, let’s take a moment to think of lunchtime at work!!! Yep, when we all get back to being in one space (strange feeling haha). Grab your hot chocolate, cat, mimosa, as I recreate a canteen moment long forgotten lol.

Lunchtime at work and everyone’s taking out their ‘cuisines from around the world’… I remove my meal from the microwave silently praying it doesn’t stink up the office…*rolls eyes*. It’s funny in hindsight, but never funny when you’re in the middle of a packed canteen… Was I ‘ashamed’ of the food or the smell? Or maybe it was all in my head… Sure my food might smell different from everyone else’s, but doesn’t mean it tastes awful… (depends on how long I left it out of the fridge lol).

Normally, I don’t have the time for questions like ‘what’s that? It looks like spinach, can I taste it, is it spicy, how spicy is it, did you cook it?’ Nope, not having it! Just eat your food, and I’ll eat mine so we can get back to work or whatever we pretended to be doing before lunchtime…lol

With time I realized it’s an opportunity to share the many wonderful tastes and our cultures. A lot of people are curious… I mean I’m curious to have tried octopus, frog legs and other different dishes from other countries… So spark peoples interest with something as special as food It’s one thing that connects people the world over

I remember how some of my colleagues were always happy when talking about their local dishes. How their parents prepared the dishes growing up, the farm life and how they grew their fruits and vegetables. A couple of them still had farms… Awesome… How cool is that! I understood their joy… Talking about food they loved from memory… If only they knew it’s going to be cow’s foot for dinner at my place when next it’s safe to come around *insert evil grin*

What if all our work lunches looked as fabulous as this (and smelt like roses… lol)

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Do you have certain meals you’d probably think twice before eating at the office …? I do… lol

Sayonara Baby!!

After the PM’s announcement last night, I felt like moonwalking and break dancing around the apartment haha. Yes, folks, there’s light at the end of the tunnel… So get your swimsuits, bikinis, shorts, sun creams (probably expired as it feels like we’ve been in lockdownn for almost a century lol) and get packing… Well, not like it’s going to happen tomorrow… Just the thought of travelling again… And at the perfect time too…*beats a drum* summer…

I need to get the dust out of the suitcases lol… Do some laundry… That’s if I can find where I stashed my holiday clothes lol. Do you have a different wardrobe for different activities or it’s just me…*side eye* hahaha. Well, I have hot climate clothes(anything from shorts, vests, sunglasses.. You know, the whole shabang), then we have the winter ‘wonderland’ lol… No guessing what’s in there… Gloves, scarves, jumpers and quite possibly a burn fire too lol. Then the ‘office’ wears which in the past one year have began to smell a bit mouldy stashed up in the attic lol, I don’t know if I want to go there… Then the lounge wears… Yea, they have become the only clothes that feature most in the laundry basket these days lol… But now that things are gradually getting back to normal, I fear I might have lost my sense of style haha… Don’t blame me… That’s what happens when you mix two different outfits in a Team/Zoom meeting to look formal and yet comfortable…

Oh well, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there… For now, I’m all about check in, extra luggage, duty-free and holidays by the beach… Sayonara Baby!!!

See you soon!!

No alcohol..

Over the past couple of months, I’ve become a ‘Jane of all skills’ lol… I’ve got my little apprenticeship going on… Yes, apprentice hairdresser (doing my hair since we can’t have Nana breaking the law), apprentice pastry chef (I love my sausage rolls, scotch eggs, pies, cinnamon buns but, I can’t keep wandering the streets each time I get a craving so might as well make them myself), and finally… Apprentice Gordon Ramsey 👀 *crickets* hahaha… That’s the best way to describe the kind of cooking I intend to dive into next…

So… one lovely evening while counting sheep and waiting to zzzz, I happen to come upon a menu with ribs… I love ribs… The only thing ‘wrong’ with the recipe was it included wine… Loads of red wine. I’m sure you’re wondering why that’s a problem, right? *I don’t drink*… Would preparing this dish often make me an alcoholic? Can I substitute with grape juice instead…? Then it got me thinking of all the lovely meals I’ve had at fancy restaurants (and on dodgy holidays *rolls eyes*) which might as well be drowned in some sort of gin or alcohol lol…

I’m so confused… What do I do…? I guess I’ll just have to stick with good ol’ bangers and mash till I come up with a plan… Lol

But come to think of it… My kitchen will look nice with some fancy assortment of wine… Hopefully, I don’t reach for one when I’m all out of Ribena *straight face*

Missing ingredients…

Seems it’s going to be a ‘lockdown’ lovers weekend haha… No fancy restaurants, nice clothes and sweet-smelling cologne to accompany the cute heart-shaped chocolates… Hurrah! So we might as well get our Jamie Oliver 5 for 5 cookbooks (or whatever it’s called lol) out. To be honest, I’d rather sip some wine as I watch Rick Stein prance about someplace in Europe… Whetting my appetite as he cuts through thick portions of meat… But I don’t drink… *sips orange juice from wine glass*

I remember as a kid when I started watching cooking shows… The BBC came in handy back then… My earliest and fondest memories are of ‘Ready Steady Cook’… O M G… and Jamie Oliver… It was a means of escape from the predictable meals we had at home… Not that I wasn’t grateful… They just didn’t excite me as much as let’s say… Roast duck in jus…Watching these shows opened my mind to the many possibilities of the ‘other side’… 

I should mention, most of these ingredients on the shows were considered pricey in the sense that they were ‘luxury’ food items where I grew up… They weren’t regular items one could just pop into the store and pick up with a loaf of bread and a pint of milk… *rolls eyes*. They cost an arm, leg, two eyes and a human liver lol

A few years down the line and living abroad… Those items from the cooking shows don’t seem so luxurious anymore lol… Now the reverse is the case!! Buying ingredients from my hometown feels like a treasure hunt of some sort… I have to travel miles… Through dark alleys with suspicious characters tipping you on how to get the freshest and cheapest stuff… and the cutthroat bargaining…smh

Some days when I think of all the drama involved in getting these foodstuffs from back home, I just get out my phone and order numbers 23, 7 and 15 from my local Chinese takeaway… while sending a message to mama not to forget to pick up the “highly valuable food parcel” from Aunt B’s and daydreaming of when next I’ll get to have a meal like this…lol

Happy Valentine!