Handmade Trousers

I've always wanted to learn how to make my own clothes. A few months ago, I got my first sewing machine and started doing some simple projects to get the hang of things including making these nice, but uneven placemats. Going from advice in Tilly Walnes' Make it Simple book I was going to start… Continue reading Handmade Trousers

DIY Indian Head Massage

I was never the type to go to spas or for massages regularly, but as soon as something's taken away it becomes all the more attractive. I long for a little bit of pampering at someone else's hands: a facial, massage or even just a trip to a sauna would see me right. Alas, I… Continue reading DIY Indian Head Massage

Paratha

Every now and again I make something new and I wonder how I've managed to get this far in my life without having them before. Paratha, specifically the Ottolenghi ones that I made for the first time, have filled a flatbread shaped hole in me I never knew I had. Ok, I make a lot… Continue reading Paratha

Molecular Mixology

Ok, now we're mixing things up! Dry January is behind us, another four weeks of lockdown (at least) are in front of us, it's definitely time to start experimenting with alcohol to create something new. I have to be honest, molecular gastronomy (think Heston Blumenthal) has never appealed to me. I can appreciate it from… Continue reading Molecular Mixology

Macarons

There comes a point on a Friday afternoon when I get a baking itch. Things have started to wind down, ready for the weekend and I crave a quick project to tinker away on in the kitchen that will give same-day results. I never want anything too labour intensive, but I love whipping up a… Continue reading Macarons

Jane Fonda Workout

We're experiencing a very cold snap here in Frankfurt at the moment. Whilst last week we had lovely 9C days, it's suddenly jumped to -10 with a windchill of -17. Just a little different! It does normally get cold in the winter, but in my nearly 9 years of living here, I've not experienced such… Continue reading Jane Fonda Workout

American Football

I looked through my list of new things last week and realised sadly that there's a lot of sports events still to tick off. Understandably, I've not been able to get to any for at least a year, but I've been diligently trying to tick them off by finding some live and online. During 2020… Continue reading American Football

Catan Dice Game

Up until last year, I was quite dismissive of board games. Like many, I grew up on a steady diet of Snakes and Ladders, Ludo and Monopoly until the siren's call of video games and The Sims lured me away. Sure, I flirted with the idea of playing more board games last year, and I… Continue reading Catan Dice Game

Tim Tams

I would definitely consider myself adventurous with food and love trying out the famous dishes and baked goods from countries all over the world. Last year I not only went to Japan, Korea, and the Middle-East with my kitchen adventures, but also Nigeria, Russia, and Finland. I like to think I'm culinary well-travelled, but one… Continue reading Tim Tams

Art History Course

Like most people, I'm getting a little weary about the endless lockdowns at the moment. I still miss the big picture things like family, friends, and travelling, but I'm really starting to miss the simpler things like spending the afternoon squirrelled away in a cinema or a museum too. Thankfully, a lot of museums have… Continue reading Art History Course