My Local Diary, A Summary of 2015

So I know it has been a verrrrryyy long time since I have written anything on here and I have felt super bad and guilty about it. My domain even expired and I nearly thought of giving it up! Then I remembered all the work that had gone into this previously and I how much I enjoy it and I was like, no way!

So here I am…

Me at the edge of the UK- Lands End, Cornwall
Me at the edge of the UK- Lands End, Cornwall

I thought I would start trying to write more regularly, at least once a month, to share what I have been up to for the month been, what local places I have tried, where I have been, what I am planning etc and I can type up recipes and post reviews along the way to go with. As you know from my intro I also work for a local travel company and restaurant site so am pretty busy, but my blog has always been a passion of mine as I love sharing my local finds and delicious recipes!

I found my Sarawak Laksa in Kuching!
I found my Sarawak Laksa in Kuching!

So, what happened in the past year and not just January you ask? Well. In summary, I went to Malaysia in June with my parents and had an incredible time, I really do love that country. My parents loved it too, and we had some wonderful experiences that I will never forget. Highlights for me were the cycling trip we did in Penang, and the longhouse stay we did in Borneo – both of these I actually wrote a blog for at work and you can read them here and here!

Mum and Dad on Tioman at Sunset Beach
Mum and Dad on Tioman at Sunset Beach

I finally went to Rome in July and absolutely loved it!! We went to the collesuem, the Vatican, and stayed with a friend’s family so got a real local experience. I also found many places serving gluten free food which I thought was going to be difficult! I should hopefully be writing a post about this and these places sometime for your reference.

Me and Daz at the Colleseum
Me and Daz at the Colleseum

I kinda fell off the paleo and no drinking wagon, bad. Remember when I did the 30 day paleo challenge and wrote about it, then also said I would keep it up? I have been feeling pretty terrible until recently until I’ve picked myself up and started to sort it out. So you should start seeing some paleo inspired recipes again!

I found a gluten free pasty! At Madeleines Cafe in St Ives
I found a gluten free pasty! At Madeleines Cafe in St Ives

In December we went to Cornwall for the first time! It was absolutely beautiful too. We based ourselves in Penzance and then did day trips to the places we preferred. I aim to write a post about it soon so watch this space! Highlights were Mousehole, Tintagel, St Ives and Clovelly. Oh and the Minnack Theatre! Actually, that is everywhere we visited so I loved it all.

Merlin's cave at Tintagel for sunset. It was magical.
Merlin’s cave at Tintagel for sunset. It was magical.

Also in December (just before Christmas actually) I decided to stop eating meat. It has been something that I have wanted to do for awhile, I have never been able to afford all the good cuts and well reared meat that I would prefer to eat, and I also found that I snacked on meat products often instead of eating vegetables and I wasn’t getting enough nutrients or fibre. I am still eating fish at the moment, sustainably caught fish seems to have become a lot easier to get nowadays and I am eating a lot more vegetables and getting creative again with food! It has been a lot easier than I thought actually and I have been posting my exciting meals on Instagram regularly if you wanna have a look….

One of my favourite pescetarian breakfasts - smoked salmon and scrambled eggs with microherbs
One of my favourite pescetarian breakfasts – smoked salmon and scrambled eggs with microherbs

So usually for Christmas me and Daz get each other gifts we have requested so we don’t waste a lot of money and get a load of crap. This year I emailed him a link to a spiralizer as I have been wanting one for awhile and whaddya know, I got it! He also bought me about 3 different recipe books to go with which was really sweet. Oh and I got a voucher to go up to River Cottage too, hurrah!! The spiralizer is great by the way, it’s perfect for a quick evening ‘pasta’ meal, and it’s fun to try the more inventive dishes like spiralized sweet potato burgers… (drool)

Spiralized sweet potato bugers
Spiralized sweet potato burgers

Omg and we moved into an amazing house! Daz’s best mate has bought this property and we are living in it as well while he does it up before he rents it out to the university students. It’s a 2 story semi detached cottage with 4 bedrooms, large kitchen, conservatory, a HUGE garden and most importantly a white picket fence! It is located near Stanmer Park, opposite Wild Park so a little out of Brighton than we are used to but we really love it, it’s so nice having all this space. There is also a greenhouse in the garden and a fish pond and next weekend I am going to start setting up the greenhouse for planting!

A view from our conservatory and the neighbours cat that comes to visit!
A view from our conservatory and the neighbours cat that comes to visit!

With thanks to one of my best friends who is American, I hosted thanksgiving in our new big house and it was so much fun! I had around 30 people over, and nearly everyone bought along a side dish, while I supplied the roast chickens (as turkey was going to be too risky, new oven etc etc). We had a slow cooker going the whole time that kept getting topped up with mulled wine, and everyone bought so. much. booze. We had green bean casserole, spiced cabbage, mashed potato, cauliflower cheese, stuffing, sprouts and bacon and so much more! There was one point when we forgot about the salad, so we ended up having a salad dance party on the dance floor….

Everyone lining up for Thanksgiving dinner
Everyone lining up for Thanksgiving dinner

Well that was a ‘brief’ summary of most of 2015, quite a few changes towards the end of the year and I am excited to see what 2016 will bring! As I said each month will have my favourite recipe links, restaurants and general good things so I hope you enjoy reading!

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2 thoughts on “My Local Diary, A Summary of 2015

  1. So cool! Glad you are writing again!!!

    I have up meat too and feel really good about it. Jane has been a big influence on me.

    Lovely and can’t wait to hear more!!

    Love jacky!!!

    Sent from my iPhone

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