Rocket, sautéed mushrooms and Parmesan salad

Happy New Year!

Since the holidays are over and we’re all armed with our new year resolutions (…yeah right!), I thought I’d share a healthier recipe* (and less dangerous to make) than the epic tartiflette I shared last month.

The proper (aka French) title to this dish would be “salade de roquette avec poilée de champignons et copeaux de parmesan“, but of course, once translated to English, the elegance goes down the drain.

Ahhh. It isn’t fair but c’est la vie. The French language is perfection.

(#Nananère)

But thankfully, whether your inner thought process is in French, English, or High Valyrian, it won’t change anything to the elegant simplicity of this easy and delicious dish.

So keep reading on for the recipe! Continue reading “Rocket, sautéed mushrooms and Parmesan salad”

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2018 Positivity Challenge

Earlier today, while thinking about what I wanted from 2018, I found myself looking at my Instagram posts from this tumultuous year, and remembering all the moments that made it beautiful: Continue reading “2018 Positivity Challenge”

Things we love #2

This brilliant video about the evolution of English music from the 16th century until today.

A guide to surviving Brexit, divorce-style. The article is from last year, but still current now that the big B is looming.

In French: things freelancers don’t want to hear any longer.

Pendant earrings to add that little touch of sparkle to your New Year’s Eve outfit

A couign-aman recipe from the hunky Bruno Albouze, because we still have two days until it’s time to pretend to apply our New Year’s Resolutions, so let’s just indulge in a homemade pastry filled with sugar and butter. We only live once, after all!

Detox green tea – see reason above.

Winter skincare favourites

Because this counts as self-care and self-care is important, let’s shamelessly plunge into the deliciously guilty pleasure of beauty products!

Winter is the time where I feel least glamorous. I’m often fighting a cold hence exhausted, and the lack of daylight doesn’t help. So I take a little more time to pamper myself and bring out my inner ice princess who sings “Let it go, let it go!” while running in the snow and looks glamorous and not slightly cold while doing so.

Okay, maybe not. To give a slightly more accurate image, my inner ice goddess* does that in her very own interior world while I carry myself with as much dignity as one can when walking on frozen sidewalks in near-arctic weather.

And to minimise the “sickly-zombie-à-la-Rasputin-from-Anastasia” look and look like an actual human being, I rely on a few favourite finds:

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2018 done right

I’ll never repeat enough how happy I am that 2017 is coming to an end in three days. I’m not usually a new-year-resolution kind of girl, as for me, ever since my school days, the fall always felt more like an actual new year. However this time, I’ve found myself putting a lot of energy and hope into this shift, both symbolic and calendar, into a new year. Continue reading “2018 done right”

The magic of Christmas

This holiday season, I had made my peace with the fact that it would be anything but the most wonderful time of the year for me.

Strangely enough, for the first eight months of 2017, I woke up every morning feeling like the happiest girl in the world. I was beyond fulfilled in my career. I was surrounded by great friends and family. I even felt like I could attract to me everything I wanted just by thinking positively, visualising, whatever you want to call it. Wish for it, and it would come.

And then in September, all hell broke loose.

It’s as if Mercury became stuck in retrograde, and everything suddenly decided to take a turn for the worst.

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DC Moment #3 – It’s snowing…

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… In other words, Julia is curled right next to me under the blanket and purring her heart away, while I’m sipping my Earl Grey and looking up apartments online in Virginia Beach (I’m going there soon to visit them in person and hopefully make a choice).

And in my opinion the best Sundays are all about that – unwinding. Stillness. Doing nothing.

Life is beautiful.

The Crown

I usually take series based on historical characters and events with a grain of salt, but even with plenty of inaccuracies and creative liberties, I just love a good historical drama, be it The Tudors or Magnificent Century (I haven’t gotten started on Reign, but will eventually), if only for the costumes and the reinterpretation of events we know the outcome of, but that somehow keep us hooked to the storyline. Continue reading “The Crown”