Monthly Archives: February 2013

Make, Do, Mend: Alternative pesto pasta

Nettle pesto

I’ve got spring on the brain. I’m so ready for the sun to start warming these cold bones, however, the weather hasn’t quite co-operated with me yet – C O M E  O N  S P R I N G!

So while we’re waiting I thought I’d share an alternative for the easy weeknight favourite that is pesto pasta. It’s not possible to make this yet in the northern hemisphere, but it’s worth a wait. You see, this pesto is not made with basil, but with nettles. Yes, those stingy little devils that everyone hates.

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But try them in a pesto and you might just change your mind about them! Added bonus is that nettles are packed with all sorts of goodness and taste brilliant in a pesto.

I got the recipe from this website.


So when the sun starts to warm us up and you see those little buggers raising their stingy heads – pick them up (the younger the better apparently), boil and smash into a tasty dinner! (oh, maybe just avoid the ones near sidewalks… other wise you might have dog wee as an added flavour…)

Just remember your gloves, oh and don’t go picking wearing flip flops (proving once again that  i’m never practical with footwear).

– Hanna 

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Found Things: Songs for the middle of the week…

Wednesday, it’s that time of the week that the fun and relaxation of last weekend feels like a distant memory and this coming weekend feels an age away. Also, I have been reliably informed from someone at BBC radio Berkshire that, apparently, you feel your ugliest at 3.20pm on a Wednesday? 

But here are some sweet songs and pretty videos for the last hump/ugly day in March!

Julia Holter – In the Same Room

Lord Huron – She Lit A Fire (From the album Lonesome Dreams)

Samuel Lane‘s new album ‘The Fire’ 

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Fleet Foxes – The Shrine/Argument

Featuring beautiful illustrations from Stacey Rozich.

Happy hump/ugly day and it’s nearly Thursday which means it’s nearly the weekend! Hot Dang!

xx Celeste

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Weekend in Pictures…

We’re still willing Spring to come!

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And perhaps it’s working?

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One of our favourites was celebrated in the lovely ‘Speakeasy‘ coffee shop just off Carnaby street.

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Some American coffee beans to be ground.

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Perfect for trying out the aeropress.

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A lovely Sunday roast in St Albans ‘the Boot’.

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Smashed it right in my face

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followed by Punk IPA Brew Dog and a Rock n Roll band.

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A little bit of making

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We’re serious about making our food H-O-T!

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Just hanging out with my first aid bag hoping not to be mistaken for a doctor in the event of a medical emergency!

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Happy Monday!

– Hanna, Sarah and Celeste

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Weekend in pictures…





Here comes the sun … doo doo doo doo.


Coffee and banana muffins, starting the weekend as you mean to go on.


Farmer Jo, doing chores and looking the part.

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 You can never go wrong reading ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’.photo 3

Coconut, cinnamon and banana pancakes. That’s 2 of your 5 a day right?

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Raspberry and banana muffins inspired by Hanna’s Saturday breakfast ones.


Ask us about our special dishwashing dance.

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A flat white with an extra shot and a heart. A latte with an apple… or bum?

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Here’s hoping that this week is full of blue skies and fun times.

Tracks of Foxes

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Make, Do, Mend: Will you be my pair?


Though me and my husband are not huge fans of Valentines day we still tend to give each other a little card or a present, but don’t really make a fuss out of it. I don’t know about you, but the idea of sitting in a restaurant full of couples makes me want to run for the hills!

So in the name of keeping things simple I made a little card for him.


I turned to our fruit bowl for help and took a picture of a pair of pears. I found some good free fonts through this brilliant blog and put them to use.  The line I ended up with was “Will you be my pair?” (it reminded me of primary school when we had to choose a pair to walk to the swimming baths with). The result is a super simple but sweet card with not much hassle at all.

We’ve said it before (Remember our Blue Valentine?) but I’ll say it again – in Finland Valentine’s day is called a ‘friends day’ so let’s share the love with all those special peeps in our lives!


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Field Trips: Bristol’s Beerd

Life is showing no signs of slowing down at the moment but I’m adamant to ram in a few treats too!

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When Celeste came down to visit us in the sunny (ahem!) west few weeks ago, we decided that it was the perfect opportunity to pay a visit to a fine establishment called Beerd. The name says it all – there’s a good selection of craft beers and tasty pizza to accompany it!


Celeste started a trend with “three sets of three”, meaning 3 sets of 1/3 pints that allowed us to have our fair share of what was available. Needless to say we managed to make our way through the drinks menu pretty swiftly.

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We’d most definitely recommend giving Beerd a go if you’re in or around Bristol and fancy a good dinner (or lunch)… Just a word of advice – don’t agree to be the designated driver!


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Dreaming of sun …

Today, longing for warmer, brighter, greener days, I am willing the sun to come with the sunny sounds of Little Joy

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and a little guilty pleasure, more pleasure than guilt if I’m honest, Keith Urban.

This short film is a part of Four Stories, a short film series and competition with Roman Coppola and The Directors Bureau, is also a little day brightener. I am a sucker for a Luchadore!

Come on now Spring, it is surely time for you to come and say ‘Hi’?


p.s. Merry Shrove Tuesday! I plan on making my old faithful’s, Coconut, Cinnamon and Banana Pancakes tonight. Yummmmm!

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