TWENTY-SEVENTEEN

Oh hi! Welcome. Let’s get cozy, let’s get to know each other a little bit better, let’s be friends. I’m so happy you’re here, 2017. Let’s talk about the next 365 days, shall we? Please be kind to me and those around me. Please let some moments pass quickly (swiftly, swiftly), and let others linger (you’ll know which ones). I promise I won’t have my face glued to my phone when you put on a beautiful sunset, or when I’m having a cat-cuddle that’s just so. I’ll try to be kinder to myself—to give myself ... Read More





        

REFLECTING ON 2016

This year hasn’t been my favorite (has it been anyone’s?) so I’m extra excited about 2017. I don’t believe in making New Years’ resolutions (you can choose to do or not do something any day of the year), but I like to spend the last week of December thinking about how my year went, what worked, and what didn’t. I learned a LOT this year: I learned that friendship isn’t dependent on how long you’ve known someone for; that the best people are those who show up (and bring wine), that it’s ok to be devastatin ... Read More





        

ON FINDING MY IDENTITY AS A BLOGGER

{me: a self portrait – taken in Galle, Sri Lanka, April 2016} It’s easy to look at someone’s presence on social media and assume you know what their life is like. I know this is probably starting to read a bit like one of those it’s-not-all-perfect-rainbows-and-smoothie-bowls-and-flowers-and-beach-vacation posts, but what I want to do is tell you about my experience, why I’m falling a little bit out of love with social media, and how I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. I started this blog in ... Read More





        

HOW I PREP FOR THE FARMER’S MARKET

farmer's market prep I am happiest in the kitchen when the farmer’s market is up and running from mid-November to mid-April. I love waking up early on the weekends and going to the market to pick out fresh, organic produce directly from the farmers. I love grabbing a coffee and a sandwich (or pastry) and sitting in the warm Dubai-winter sun. What I love the most is having delicious, fresh produce to cook with—it’s a welcome change from a lot of the limp supermarket offerings during the summer. Here’s what I do to get ready so that I ca ... Read More





        

BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH HAZELNUTS

brussel sprouts w hazelnuts When I was younger, I was one of those weird kids who loved eating their greens. The greener, the better. I would devour things like broccoli and spinach, and I really liked brussels sprouts too—something my family didn’t totally understand. I’ve come to appreciate them more as an adult; the complexity of their flavor, how their little green leaves can be crunchy or soft, how they change color and become more vibrant when cooked. I almost always make them as a side during the holidays, but I enjoy them more in Janu ... Read More





        
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