This week was one filled with a couple of much bigger moments along with the little ones, the bigger of which will have their own separate posts appearing soon. All in all I have a lot to be thankful for and have ended this week with a big smile on my face!
Trip To Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
Visiting Le Manoir has been a dream of mine for years. Since I first started getting into cooking, appreciating good food and collecting cookbooks, particularly all those written by Monsieur Raymond. It’s one thing having a book filled with recipes from the early days at this now reknowned restaurant to cook at home yourself but to go there and have the whole experience is quite another. I find it is often the case that when you really want something, especially for a long time, in this instance a period of years, that you’re let down. You’ve built the dream up in your head so that the reality can’t possibly live up to expectation. This is one of the rare instances of a dream living up to reality. I’ll go into detail when I write up my day at Le Manoir but for now all I’ll say is that I was blown away by sheer perfection and couldn’t have asked for anything more.
A Wander Round Oxford
Whilst in Oxfordshire to visit Le Manoir, we got to have an afternoon wandering around Oxford. I’ve only visited this city once, years ago when I was about 15 with a dear friend from Saudi and remembered it being a beautiful place. Another 15 years on and my memories did not let me down. It is still a stunning city and was such an enjoyment to look at it through different eyes to my young self. Again, my day here will have it’s own post so I don’t want to say too much but it earned it’s place on my list this week. Especially the food market! The Greek stall was to die for.
First Proper Sleep Since Heidi
As much as I love the little pickle, it goes without saying that the territory of babies goes hand in hand with lack of sleep. I have been blessed with a child that has already, at 9 weeks old, developed a routine at night and wakes at every 2am and 5am giving me decent 3 hour stints in dream world. As nice as it is to know that I can fall back into a deep sleep and not be woken for a couple of hours, it still can’t compare to a night of uninterrupted slumber, of which I have not seen the like since before our gorgeous girl was born. And so, a night in a hotel after our perfect dinner at Le Manoir gave me the first proper nights sleep in over 9 weeks. It was absolute bliss!
Oh my goodness, I forgot how good this recipe was. On a Sunday we always have a family roast dinner, but last weekend my parents were away on holiday and not due to get back until just before our usual meal time, leaving me to prepare the dinner. Thinking we should indulge in something different for a change I remembered this Elizabeth David recipe and just had to make it. It was to die for. So rich and creamy and completely bad for the waist line but you need to have a bit of the bad stuff sometimes! If you want to indulge yourself then you can find the recipe here.
A Soak In The Tub
As much as I love a good bath, I’ve got to admit that I’m a shower girl. I can’t let a morning pass without one. It has easily been over a year since I last took a nice relaxing soak in the tub. To be honest, I haven’t really missed it. But when we checked in to our hotel in Oxfordshire and I saw the giant copper bath I just couldn’t resist. And it was lush. Just what a relaxing night away called for.
All in all, a bloody good week.