Sunday bliss: feeding swans in Hyde Park on a winter day

Sometimes there is nothing better than to go to the park, forget about the city for a while and simply feed the swans… and the ducks and flying squeaky white birds.

Despite it being a grey and cold day, My Man (from now on MM) and I headed to London’s Hyde Park to feed the ducks and the squirrels. The weather was as magical as only a winter day in England can be: slightly cold, somewhat rainy, and very misty.

Because sometimes that’s just what you need.


Soy and garlic marinated salmon, broccoli and cauliflower bake

The other day I found myself standing looking aimlessly into my fridge, pondering of what to make for dinner. I had salmon, some cream that needed to be used… some cauliflower and broccoli and cheese. That does make a nice bake I thought to myself – and it sure did!

I placed the salmon in a marinade of soy sauce and garlic (lots of it!) cut into 1 cm thick slices for about an hour.

Then I boiled the cauliflower and broccoli while I lightly fried the salmon pieces.

Using  an oven proof dish, I placed the boiled cauliflower and broccoli in first and covered it with the salmon pieces. The cream was generously sprinkled over the mix, before I topped it all with cheese and put into the oven (200 degrees) for 15 mins.

The result – scrumptious Scandinavian style bake.

If you want to make this yourself you’ll need:

  • 2 pieces of salmon per person (Marinade: soy sauce and garlic)
  • 1 cauliflower
  • 1 broccoli
  • Single cream (use as little or as much as you like – or dare)
  • Cheese of your choice (I used mature Cheddar)

Pepper on top

Cook in a pre-heated oven – 200 degrees – for 15 minutes.

LOVE doodle by Google

I love Google’s Valentine’s Day doodle which pays tribute to the LOVE sculpture by America artist Robert Indiana, designed in 1964.

On an American stamp

The sculpture

I heart New York

While working I came across this image of the gorgeous cover of New York magazine. I have never been to New York myself – but I hear it is an amazing place and I can’t wait for the day when I finally make it there. It is on my top five list of places to visit. In the meantime,

I heart New York.

Image: magculture