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#tbt to swimming on the edge of the world...โ €
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Is it just me or is suddenly really dark outside? I've got all the lights on in my kitchen doing some Christmas baking (๐Ÿ˜‹check out my stories for crappy phone photos of me making a mess ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป@_celiabb ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป) โ €
I felt in need of a bit of a summer throwback, so here we are with *this* view from my first ever wild water swim, high in the Lake District at Stickle Tarn. โ € โ €
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If you ignore the fact that it was fucking freezing, it looks like the MOST dramatic infinity pool.โ €
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Had such a lovely dip in the Serpentine this morning. Every single swim counts! โ €
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#tbt #throwback #adventureawaits #challengeyourself #doitforyou #mindfulness #mindfulnessmatters #freelancer #thefreelancerlife #wanderlust #travelgram #escape #escapethecity #countryliving #freshair #englishcountryside #screenfree #wildwater #openwaterswim #swimming #swimmingtime #lakedistrict #lakedistrictnationalpark #stickletarn  #thatauthenticfeeling #theartofslowliving #huffpostliving #feelfreefeed #thehomesteadlife
#tbt  to swimming on the edge of the world...โ € โ € Is it just me or is suddenly really dark outside? I've got all the lights on in my kitchen doing some Christmas baking (๐Ÿ˜‹check out my stories for crappy phone photos of me making a mess ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป@_celiabb ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป) โ € I felt in need of a bit of a summer throwback, so here we are with *this* view from my first ever wild water swim, high in the Lake District at Stickle Tarn. โ € โ € โ € If you ignore the fact that it was fucking freezing, it looks like the MOST dramatic infinity pool.โ € โ € Had such a lovely dip in the Serpentine this morning. Every single swim counts! โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #tbt  #throwback  #adventureawaits  #challengeyourself  #doitforyou  #mindfulness  #mindfulnessmatters  #freelancer  #thefreelancerlife  #wanderlust  #travelgram  #escape  #escapethecity  #countryliving  #freshair  #englishcountryside  #screenfree  #wildwater  #openwaterswim  #swimming  #swimmingtime  #lakedistrict  #lakedistrictnationalpark  #stickletarn  #thatauthenticfeeling  #theartofslowliving  #huffpostliving  #feelfreefeed  #thehomesteadlife 
Soup to slurp (and heavily buttered toast - obvs)โ €
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I've been using up the last of the homemade harrisa the OH's dad brought us. It was time for a replay of the super-simple squash, apple and harissa soup I made a couple of weeks ago. โ €
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In such weird weather it's the perfect balance of sweetness, spice and earthy flavours.โ €
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Obviously all soup has to come with a side of buttery homemade toast. Not gonna lie, there was a lot more toast on the plate when I first set up this shot.โ €
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Also - *that colour* ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป. Tell me what lunch beats this ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿปโ €
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#eattherainbow #foods4thought #thekitchn #realsimpe #lovefoodhatewaste #heresmyfood #foodstyling #onmyplate #foodstyle #foodjournal #foodislife #inseasonnow #alltheveggies #f52grams #feedfeed #food52 #forkyeah #foodspiration #tablesituation #farmtotable #eatlocal #huffposttaste #buzzfeast #cook_good #thefreelancelife #londonfoodie #ihavethisthingwithsoup
Soup to slurp (and heavily buttered toast - obvs)โ € โ € I've been using up the last of the homemade harrisa the OH's dad brought us. It was time for a replay of the super-simple squash, apple and harissa soup I made a couple of weeks ago. โ € โ € In such weird weather it's the perfect balance of sweetness, spice and earthy flavours.โ € โ € Obviously all soup has to come with a side of buttery homemade toast. Not gonna lie, there was a lot more toast on the plate when I first set up this shot.โ € โ € Also - *that colour* ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป. Tell me what lunch beats this ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿปโ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #eattherainbow  #foods4thought  #thekitchn  #realsimpe  #lovefoodhatewaste  #heresmyfood  #foodstyling  #onmyplate  #foodstyle  #foodjournal  #foodislife  #inseasonnow  #alltheveggies  #f52grams  #feedfeed  #food52  #forkyeah  #foodspiration  #tablesituation  #farmtotable  #eatlocal  #huffposttaste  #buzzfeast  #cook_good  #thefreelancelife  #londonfoodie  #ihavethisthingwithsoup 
Today on the blog I'm covering the train picnic to end all train picnics. {link in my bio ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป @_celiabb}โ €
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The OH and I ended our recent trip to Lyon with a visit to the famous Les Halles de Lyon food market. I've never had such smelly luggage, but our feast of stinky cheese, salami and divine wine was totally worth it.โ €
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We also picked up a number of store cupboard treats - cause nothing says 'foodie wanker' like a pantry full of lush ingredients with hard-to-decipher foreign labels. โ €
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Reference these AMAZEBALLS anchovies packed in saltโ €
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@leshallesdelyon #foodies #foodstagram #mykitchen #kitchenstories #freelancer #thefreelancelife #foodinspo #homemade #homemadefoods #fromscratch #kitchenporn #foodporn #foodblogger #foodforlife #foodinsta #foodography #londoner #londonlife #lyon #lyonfood #wanderlust #travelgram #escape #storyofthestreet #paulbocuse #thefrenchtable
Today on the blog I'm covering the train picnic to end all train picnics. {link in my bio ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป @_celiabb}โ € โ € The OH and I ended our recent trip to Lyon with a visit to the famous Les Halles de Lyon food market. I've never had such smelly luggage, but our feast of stinky cheese, salami and divine wine was totally worth it.โ € โ € We also picked up a number of store cupboard treats - cause nothing says 'foodie wanker' like a pantry full of lush ingredients with hard-to-decipher foreign labels. โ € โ € Reference these AMAZEBALLS anchovies packed in saltโ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € @leshallesdelyon #foodies  #foodstagram  #mykitchen  #kitchenstories  #freelancer  #thefreelancelife  #foodinspo  #homemade  #homemadefoods  #fromscratch  #kitchenporn  #foodporn  #foodblogger  #foodforlife  #foodinsta  #foodography  #londoner  #londonlife  #lyon  #lyonfood  #wanderlust  #travelgram  #escape  #storyofthestreet  #paulbocuse  #thefrenchtable 
Celia vs. stag...soaking up the autumn sun ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸฆŒโ €
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Yesterday we hit the 'wilds' of SW London and went to explore Richmond Park. โ €
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We walk here fairly often and it always strikes me how HUGE the resident deer are. Compared to the deer scattered across the Highlands...well, their Scottish cousins are a hulluva lot harder to spot, and a hulluva lot smaller too.โ €
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It's pretty extraordinary to be so immersed in nature just off the A3, stumbling across stags rutting just a few hundred meters away - and seeing bruisers like this one pop out of the long grass as suddenly as a jack-in-a-box.โ €
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All followed by a divine pub lunch @lassorichmondhill. Gotta love this time of year!โ €
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#adventureawaits #freelancer #thefreelancelife #wanderlust #travelgram #escape #escapethecity #hikingadventures #walking #hikingboots #countryliving #freshair #instadaily #picoftheday #screenfree  #weekend #richmondpark #richmondparkdeer #london #londoner #royalparks #autumn #fall #londonwildlife #naturephotography #natureporn #ruttingseason #thisislondon #followme #wildlife_seekers
Celia vs. stag...soaking up the autumn sun ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸฆŒโ € โ € Yesterday we hit the 'wilds' of SW London and went to explore Richmond Park. โ € โ € We walk here fairly often and it always strikes me how HUGE the resident deer are. Compared to the deer scattered across the Highlands...well, their Scottish cousins are a hulluva lot harder to spot, and a hulluva lot smaller too.โ € โ € It's pretty extraordinary to be so immersed in nature just off the A3, stumbling across stags rutting just a few hundred meters away - and seeing bruisers like this one pop out of the long grass as suddenly as a jack-in-a-box.โ € โ € All followed by a divine pub lunch @lassorichmondhill. Gotta love this time of year!โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #adventureawaits  #freelancer  #thefreelancelife  #wanderlust  #travelgram  #escape  #escapethecity  #hikingadventures  #walking  #hikingboots  #countryliving  #freshair  #instadaily  #picoftheday  #screenfree  #weekend  #richmondpark  #richmondparkdeer  #london  #londoner  #royalparks  #autumn  #fall  #londonwildlife  #naturephotography  #natureporn  #ruttingseason  #thisislondon  #followme  #wildlife_seekers 
Feeling very autumnal today...โ €
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We've got a serious case of steamy windows in our kitchen. I've been doing a little cooking today and, despite the unseasonable temperatures, I'm still in full bonfire-and-buttered-rum mode!โ €
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I've written a little piece about how much I love this time of year - most particularly which foods I love to eat (of course). Have a read {link in bioโ˜๐Ÿป} and let me know what what it is you love most about this time of year below๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿปโ €
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Happy Sunday!โ €
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#foodies #foodstagram #mykitchen #kitchenstories #freelancer #thefreelancelife #foodinspo #homemade #homemadefoods #fromscratch #kitchenporn #foodporn #foodblogger #foodforlife #foodinsta #foodography #londoner #londonlife #autumn #fall #october #leaves
Feeling very autumnal today...โ € โ € We've got a serious case of steamy windows in our kitchen. I've been doing a little cooking today and, despite the unseasonable temperatures, I'm still in full bonfire-and-buttered-rum mode!โ € โ € I've written a little piece about how much I love this time of year - most particularly which foods I love to eat (of course). Have a read {link in bioโ˜๐Ÿป} and let me know what what it is you love most about this time of year below๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿปโ € โ € Happy Sunday!โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #foodies  #foodstagram  #mykitchen  #kitchenstories  #freelancer  #thefreelancelife  #foodinspo  #homemade  #homemadefoods  #fromscratch  #kitchenporn  #foodporn  #foodblogger  #foodforlife  #foodinsta  #foodography  #londoner  #londonlife  #autumn  #fall  #october  #leaves 
*HOMEMADE BACON ALERT* โ €
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I was skeptical the first time we made it - but there truly is nothing like homemade bacon.โ €
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A massive slab of pork belly from #northendroadmarket butcher, Dickenson's; a salt rub packed with juniper and homegrown rosemary. Simple. Sorted.โ €
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This puppy is spending a couple of weeks in a giant Tupperware, with the occasional turn, before we whack it in the Egg-cum-smoker. โ €
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Frankly, I CANNOT WAIT.โ €
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Now to a sadly inferior breakfast ๐Ÿณ โ €
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#bacon #baconlover #baconporn #porkbelly #carne #prime #meat #carnivore #welovebacon #baconfest #baconisgoodforme  #homemadebacon #foodies #foodstagram #mykitchen #kitchenstories #freelancer #thefreelancelife #foodinspo #homemade #homemadefoods #fromscratch #kitchenporn #foodporn #foodblogger #foodforlife #foodinsta #foodography #londonlife
*HOMEMADE BACON ALERT* โ € โ € I was skeptical the first time we made it - but there truly is nothing like homemade bacon.โ € โ € A massive slab of pork belly from #northendroadmarket  butcher, Dickenson's; a salt rub packed with juniper and homegrown rosemary. Simple. Sorted.โ € โ € This puppy is spending a couple of weeks in a giant Tupperware, with the occasional turn, before we whack it in the Egg-cum-smoker. โ € โ € Frankly, I CANNOT WAIT.โ € โ € Now to a sadly inferior breakfast ๐Ÿณ โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #bacon  #baconlover  #baconporn  #porkbelly  #carne  #prime  #meat  #carnivore  #welovebacon  #baconfest  #baconisgoodforme  #homemadebacon  #foodies  #foodstagram  #mykitchen  #kitchenstories  #freelancer  #thefreelancelife  #foodinspo  #homemade  #homemadefoods  #fromscratch  #kitchenporn  #foodporn  #foodblogger  #foodforlife  #foodinsta  #foodography  #londonlife 
It's time to go bitter at the bar...โ €
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I credit my love of bitters to a trip I took to Dallas, of all places. I was out there visiting a friend, and her dad's idea of a pre-supper snifter was was Tito's Vodka over ice with a dash of grapefruit bitters. โ €
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I was converted, and have spent a fair amount of time since accumulating a little collection of bitters which I use to pep up everything from fizzy water (Peychaud's with Badoit - it just works weirdly amazingly well), to tonic with a twist and standard cocktails.โ €
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For more on my love affair with dropper bottles, check out the latest on the blog {link in bioโ˜๐Ÿป}
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#tgif #fridayfeeling #liquor #drinks #weekend #mykitchen #kitchenstories #foodies #foodstagram #londonlife #freelancer #itstheweekend #thefreelancelife #cocktails #cocktaill #cocktailgram #cocktailporn #drinkporn #drinkup #mixology #bitters #dallas #craftcocktail #instadrink @titosvodkauk #titosvodka #staybitter #BittersClub
It's time to go bitter at the bar...โ € โ € I credit my love of bitters to a trip I took to Dallas, of all places. I was out there visiting a friend, and her dad's idea of a pre-supper snifter was was Tito's Vodka over ice with a dash of grapefruit bitters. โ € โ € I was converted, and have spent a fair amount of time since accumulating a little collection of bitters which I use to pep up everything from fizzy water (Peychaud's with Badoit - it just works weirdly amazingly well), to tonic with a twist and standard cocktails.โ € โ € For more on my love affair with dropper bottles, check out the latest on the blog {link in bioโ˜๐Ÿป} .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #tgif  #fridayfeeling  #liquor  #drinks  #weekend  #mykitchen  #kitchenstories  #foodies  #foodstagram  #londonlife  #freelancer  #itstheweekend  #thefreelancelife  #cocktails  #cocktaill  #cocktailgram  #cocktailporn  #drinkporn  #drinkup  #mixology  #bitters  #dallas  #craftcocktail  #instadrink  @titosvodkauk #titosvodka  #staybitter  #BittersClub 
What have you been reading?โ €
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I'm a bit of a bookworm (hangover from a TOTALLY USELESS, though very pleasurable English Lit degree). Usually I'm happy so long as someone gets murdered - remember the Gender & Crime Fic module @anneelizabethan?? - but recently I've been delving into some cracking non-fiction.โ €
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Surprise, surprise, I tend to go for anything food/ wine related. This is a selection of my recent faves - including the most evocative wine book ever written @kermitlynchwine, brought for me by the OH after he saw it credited in the @noblerotbarโ €
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I'm also big into my food science/ ethics/ theory at the mo - hence @loubgray's meat-fest (surprisingly funny for a book so full of blood), and the #angrychef's blog-made-physical which I've been pushing on every poor sod I come across. And the chapters on the science of wine tasting in @bbosker's bookare definitely on my re-read list ๐Ÿ“šโ €
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#foodies #foodstagram #mykitchen #kitchenstories #freelancer #thefreelancelife #foodinspo #homemade #homemadefoods #fromscratch #kitchenporn #foodporn #foodblogger #foodforlife #foodinsta #foodography #londoner #londonlife #EthicalCarnivore #corkdorkbook #BeeWilson #firstbite #bookstagram #booksonbooksonbooks #booklife #booklover โ €
What have you been reading?โ € โ € I'm a bit of a bookworm (hangover from a TOTALLY USELESS, though very pleasurable English Lit degree). Usually I'm happy so long as someone gets murdered - remember the Gender & Crime Fic module @anneelizabethan?? - but recently I've been delving into some cracking non-fiction.โ € โ € Surprise, surprise, I tend to go for anything food/ wine related. This is a selection of my recent faves - including the most evocative wine book ever written @kermitlynchwine, brought for me by the OH after he saw it credited in the @noblerotbarโ € wine list. โ € โ € I'm also big into my food science/ ethics/ theory at the mo - hence @loubgray's meat-fest (surprisingly funny for a book so full of blood), and the #angrychef 's blog-made-physical which I've been pushing on every poor sod I come across. And the chapters on the science of wine tasting in @bbosker's bookare definitely on my re-read list ๐Ÿ“šโ € โ € If you have any other great foodie/ wino recommendations then do let me know below!โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #foodies  #foodstagram  #mykitchen  #kitchenstories  #freelancer  #thefreelancelife  #foodinspo  #homemade  #homemadefoods  #fromscratch  #kitchenporn  #foodporn  #foodblogger  #foodforlife  #foodinsta  #foodography  #londoner  #londonlife  #EthicalCarnivore  #corkdorkbook  #BeeWilson  #firstbite  #bookstagram  #booksonbooksonbooks  #booklife  #booklover  โ €
โ€œIt is, in my view, the duty of an apple to be crisp and crunchable, but a pear should have such a texture as leads to silent consumption.โ€ โ €
โ€“ Edward Bunyard, โ€˜The Anatomy of Dessertโ€™โ €
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For me, Autumn is truly signaled not by the falling of leaves - but by the arrival of pears in the supermarket. Sweet yellow Williams; aromatic, meltingly tender Comice; sweet Portuguese Rocha. โ €
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Check out my hymn to this much underrated fruit on the blog {link in bioโ˜๐Ÿป}โ €
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#foodies #foodstagram #mykitchen #kitchenstories #freelancer #thefreelancelife #foodinspo #homemade #homemadefoods #fromscratch #kitchenporn #foodporn #foodblogger #foodforlife #foodinsta #foodography #londoner #londonlife #fruits #pears #shopseasonal #seasonal
โ€œIt is, in my view, the duty of an apple to be crisp and crunchable, but a pear should have such a texture as leads to silent consumption.โ€ โ € โ€“ Edward Bunyard, โ€˜The Anatomy of Dessertโ€™โ € โ € For me, Autumn is truly signaled not by the falling of leaves - but by the arrival of pears in the supermarket. Sweet yellow Williams; aromatic, meltingly tender Comice; sweet Portuguese Rocha. โ € โ € Check out my hymn to this much underrated fruit on the blog {link in bioโ˜๐Ÿป}โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € โ € #foodies  #foodstagram  #mykitchen  #kitchenstories  #freelancer  #thefreelancelife  #foodinspo  #homemade  #homemadefoods  #fromscratch  #kitchenporn  #foodporn  #foodblogger  #foodforlife  #foodinsta  #foodography  #londoner  #londonlife  #fruits  #pears  #shopseasonal  #seasonal 
โ€œI can't control the wind but I can adjust the sail.โ€ โ €
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This #throwback to June marked my first ever 'non-bikini' sail. My mum's term, and totally apt.โ €
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I went with my OH to sail from Bodo, through the Lofoten Isles to Tromso on his uncle's boat. So safely within the bounds of what we can term arctic Norway - which makes it all the more ridiculous that my luggage consisted mainly of swimming costumes. โ €
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I may have lived in the same pair of leggings and thermal top for the week, but the whole experience was completely amazing, from the strange midnight sun, to the staggering fjords and remote wildlife...โ €
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#tbt #throwback #adventureawaits #challengeyourself #doitforyou #mindfulness #mindfulnessmatters #freelancer #thefreelancerlife #wanderlust #travelgram #escape #escapethecity #countryliving #freshair #instadaily #screenfree #sailing #sailingaway #boatlife #lofoten #midnightsun #norway #fjord #norwaynature #northernnorway #explorenorway #trollfjord #worldmentalhealthday #WMHD17
โ€œI can't control the wind but I can adjust the sail.โ€ โ € โ€• Ricky Skaggsโ € โ € This #throwback  to June marked my first ever 'non-bikini' sail. My mum's term, and totally apt.โ € โ € I went with my OH to sail from Bodo, through the Lofoten Isles to Tromso on his uncle's boat. So safely within the bounds of what we can term arctic Norway - which makes it all the more ridiculous that my luggage consisted mainly of swimming costumes. โ € โ € I may have lived in the same pair of leggings and thermal top for the week, but the whole experience was completely amazing, from the strange midnight sun, to the staggering fjords and remote wildlife...โ € โ € ...not least because there's no freedom like being on the water.โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #tbt  #throwback  #adventureawaits  #challengeyourself  #doitforyou  #mindfulness  #mindfulnessmatters  #freelancer  #thefreelancerlife  #wanderlust  #travelgram  #escape  #escapethecity  #countryliving  #freshair  #instadaily  #screenfree  #sailing  #sailingaway  #boatlife  #lofoten  #midnightsun  #norway  #fjord  #norwaynature  #northernnorway  #explorenorway  #trollfjord  #worldmentalhealthday  #WMHD17 
2 is always better than 1....right?โ €
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Musing on the benefits of bulk-buying booze {link in bioโ˜๐Ÿป} - yes, totally possible even in London flats the size of postage stamps. โ €
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SPOILER: I'm a die-hard advocate of buying by the case rather than the bottle - particularly when the wine's this good.โ €
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*Geek alert*: these two are from one of my favourites, @domainebegude. Lush Pinot Noir and the frankly outrageous Arcturus Chardonnay (we're talking single barrel production; we're talking serious yum).โ €
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#wine #winestagram #drinks #foodies #foodstagram #londonlife #freelancer #thefreelancelife #winelover #chardonnay #pinotnoir #limoux #frenchwine #bulkisbest #instawine #wineporn #enolovers #wineceller #winelife #treatyoself #treatyourself #linkinbio
2 is always better than 1....right?โ € โ € Musing on the benefits of bulk-buying booze {link in bioโ˜๐Ÿป} - yes, totally possible even in London flats the size of postage stamps. โ € โ € SPOILER: I'm a die-hard advocate of buying by the case rather than the bottle - particularly when the wine's this good.โ € โ € *Geek alert*: these two are from one of my favourites, @domainebegude. Lush Pinot Noir and the frankly outrageous Arcturus Chardonnay (we're talking single barrel production; we're talking serious yum).โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #wine  #winestagram  #drinks  #foodies  #foodstagram  #londonlife  #freelancer  #thefreelancelife  #winelover  #chardonnay  #pinotnoir  #limoux  #frenchwine  #bulkisbest  #instawine  #wineporn  #enolovers  #wineceller  #winelife  #treatyoself  #treatyourself  #linkinbio 
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When I visited Northend Road market recently I was a) hungry (foolish) and b) accompanied by a stuffed change purse. All that adds up to Celia splashing out on beautiful fruit and veggies I didn't actually have a plan for.โ €
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Soooo....we've had a lot of stuffed figs recently (the best vehicle for truffle honey and creamy blue cheese). But I needed a change - and am obsessed with @dianahenryfood's book Salt, Sugar, Smoke, so obviously jam was the way to go.โ €
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I slightly adjusted one of the recipes, pairing this with cardamon and a touch of elderflower cordial and am now the pantry-proud possessor of a little clutch of brimming jam jars.โ €
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#foodies #foodstagram #mykitchen #kitchenstories #freelancer #thefreelancelife #foodinspo #homemade #homemadefoods #fromscratch #kitchenporn #foodporn #foodblogger #foodforlife #foodinsta #foodography #londoner #londonlife #homemadejam #jam #figs
Overload fruitbowl = figgy jamโ € โ € When I visited Northend Road market recently I was a) hungry (foolish) and b) accompanied by a stuffed change purse. All that adds up to Celia splashing out on beautiful fruit and veggies I didn't actually have a plan for.โ € โ € Soooo....we've had a lot of stuffed figs recently (the best vehicle for truffle honey and creamy blue cheese). But I needed a change - and am obsessed with @dianahenryfood's book Salt, Sugar, Smoke, so obviously jam was the way to go.โ € โ € I slightly adjusted one of the recipes, pairing this with cardamon and a touch of elderflower cordial and am now the pantry-proud possessor of a little clutch of brimming jam jars.โ € โ € I'm looking forward to a taste of summer in the depths of a miserable, grey London winter โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #foodies  #foodstagram  #mykitchen  #kitchenstories  #freelancer  #thefreelancelife  #foodinspo  #homemade  #homemadefoods  #fromscratch  #kitchenporn  #foodporn  #foodblogger  #foodforlife  #foodinsta  #foodography  #londoner  #londonlife  #homemadejam  #jam  #figs 
(Not) BREAKING NEWS: I love wine. โ €
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Also not breaking news: most people my age aren't that fussed. โ €
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Yeah, I don't get it. As far as I'm concerned it's hypocrisy to care so deeply for the provenance of your vegetables, and the way your meat was raised and not to care equally about what's in your glass.โ €
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Hate me yet? It's ok...I'm going to do an about turn.โ €
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Because recently...I've kind of got it. These past few months, having moved in with the OH and assumed control of our little roof garden - I've been reading a lot of gardening books. I finally understand what someone who doesn't study, research, read about and drink wine CONSTANTLY might feel when confronted with the jargon and strange seeming-rules that surround wine. โ €
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All those Latin plant names? What the fuck. Terroir, crus, vintage differentiation? What the fuck?โ €
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So I thought I'd go back to basics and talk about the fundamental purpose of ALL wine: having a bloody good time with something delicious in your glass.โ €
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You in? Ok, now go and read my post on my top 5 ways to drink wine-wanker-central claret/Bordeaux/whatever NOW! โ €
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#wine #winestagram #drinks #foodies #foodstagram #londonlife #freelancer #thefreelancelife #winelover #bordeaux #instawine #wineporn #enolovers #frenchwine #francophile #redwine #bordeauxwine #wineceller #winelife #weekend #weekendvibes
(Not) BREAKING NEWS: I love wine. โ € โ € Also not breaking news: most people my age aren't that fussed. โ € โ € Yeah, I don't get it. As far as I'm concerned it's hypocrisy to care so deeply for the provenance of your vegetables, and the way your meat was raised and not to care equally about what's in your glass.โ € โ € Hate me yet? It's ok...I'm going to do an about turn.โ € โ € Because recently...I've kind of got it. These past few months, having moved in with the OH and assumed control of our little roof garden - I've been reading a lot of gardening books. I finally understand what someone who doesn't study, research, read about and drink wine CONSTANTLY might feel when confronted with the jargon and strange seeming-rules that surround wine. โ € โ € All those Latin plant names? What the fuck. Terroir, crus, vintage differentiation? What the fuck?โ € โ € So I thought I'd go back to basics and talk about the fundamental purpose of ALL wine: having a bloody good time with something delicious in your glass.โ € โ € You in? Ok, now go and read my post on my top 5 ways to drink wine-wanker-central claret/Bordeaux/whatever NOW! โ € โ € {link in bioโ˜๐Ÿป}โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #wine  #winestagram  #drinks  #foodies  #foodstagram  #londonlife  #freelancer  #thefreelancelife  #winelover  #bordeaux  #instawine  #wineporn  #enolovers  #frenchwine  #francophile  #redwine  #bordeauxwine  #wineceller  #winelife  #weekend  #weekendvibes 
Could climbing mountains* be good for more than your physical fitness? โ €
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*or just f**cking big hills - I contemplate them on the blog today {link in bio โ˜๐Ÿป}โ €
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My mum constantly teases me that if my younger self could see me donning hiking boots, jumping into freezing lakes, browsing North Face online....well that girl would piss herself laughing.โ €
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Over the past few years I've found myself more frequently placing myself IN the landscapes I love, rather than merely appreciating them. โ €
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I know now that there's nothing like the specific high that comes from scaling a craggy peak - and realising it's downhill all the way from here...โ €
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#linkinbio #tbt #throwbackthursdays #adventureawaits #challengeyourself #doitforyou #mindfulness #mindfulnessmatters #freelancer #thefreelancelife #wanderlust #travelgram #escape #escapethecity #hikingadventures #walking #hikingboots #countryliving #freshair #instadaily #picoftheday #hygge #screenfree #mountains #hill #peak
Could climbing mountains* be good for more than your physical fitness? โ € โ € *or just f**cking big hills - I contemplate them on the blog today {link in bio โ˜๐Ÿป}โ € โ € My mum constantly teases me that if my younger self could see me donning hiking boots, jumping into freezing lakes, browsing North Face online....well that girl would piss herself laughing.โ € โ € Over the past few years I've found myself more frequently placing myself IN the landscapes I love, rather than merely appreciating them. โ € โ € I know now that there's nothing like the specific high that comes from scaling a craggy peak - and realising it's downhill all the way from here...โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #linkinbio  #tbt  #throwbackthursdays  #adventureawaits  #challengeyourself  #doitforyou  #mindfulness  #mindfulnessmatters  #freelancer  #thefreelancelife  #wanderlust  #travelgram  #escape  #escapethecity  #hikingadventures  #walking  #hikingboots  #countryliving  #freshair  #instadaily  #picoftheday  #hygge  #screenfree  #mountains  #hill  #peak 
Market haul ๐Ÿ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ‚ shopping local has its perks! โ €
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One of my October resolutions was to get out into my neighbourhood and visit all the little local markets and food shops which seem to breed in this pocket of South West London.โ €
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First off, I hit an oldie but a goldie - North End Road Market (location pretty self-explanatory). I used to live just around the corner from this edible goldmine, but now I'm a little further away I still make the pilgrimage for fresh, local veggies and my fave butcher, Dickenson's.โ €
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I picked up a nice thick slab of pork belly for bacon making purposes - and these divinely fragrant persimmons. Now to decide how to use them... fancy fruit salad? A jelly? โ €
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Market haul ๐Ÿ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ‚ shopping local has its perks! โ € โ € One of my October resolutions was to get out into my neighbourhood and visit all the little local markets and food shops which seem to breed in this pocket of South West London.โ € โ € First off, I hit an oldie but a goldie - North End Road Market (location pretty self-explanatory). I used to live just around the corner from this edible goldmine, but now I'm a little further away I still make the pilgrimage for fresh, local veggies and my fave butcher, Dickenson's.โ € โ € I picked up a nice thick slab of pork belly for bacon making purposes - and these divinely fragrant persimmons. Now to decide how to use them... fancy fruit salad? A jelly? โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #foodies  #foodstagram  #mykitchen  #kitchenstories  #freelancer  #thefreelancelife  #foodinspo  #homemade  #homemadefoods  #fromscratch  #kitchenporn  #freelancer  #foodporn  #foodblogger  #foodforlife  #foodinsta  #foodography  #londoner  #londonlife  #northendroadmarket  #persimmon  #fruit  #fruitbowl 
Cocktail o'clock (it's cocktail hour somewhere...on the other side of the world maybe)โ €
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London Cocktail Week = an excuse to dust off the old cocktail shaker. I didn't really need one, but hey - I'll never shy away from an opportunity to hit the bar.โ €
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Some may say it's dull, others that it's been appropriated by a certain 00 - but I LOVE a martini. I would say in all it's forms but I'm a gin-and-not-too-dry sorta girl (I love ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ vermouth, sue me). I would certainly never order a vodka martini... UNTIL NOW.โ €
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Even though this isn't technically a martini - it's a Martinez. For once, this puppy is all about the vermouth - in this case red and sweet. Using a super-smooth vodka allows the botanicals to really shine.โ €
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Honestly, and never thought I'd love a drink with Luxardo in so much, but I must be developing a sweet tooth in my old age. โ €
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Straight up: vodka, red vermouth, couple drops angostura bitters, couple drops maraschino liqueur. Lemon oils misted over the surface. โ €
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Cocktail o'clock (it's cocktail hour somewhere...on the other side of the world maybe)โ € โ € London Cocktail Week = an excuse to dust off the old cocktail shaker. I didn't really need one, but hey - I'll never shy away from an opportunity to hit the bar.โ € โ € Some may say it's dull, others that it's been appropriated by a certain 00 - but I LOVE a martini. I would say in all it's forms but I'm a gin-and-not-too-dry sorta girl (I love ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ vermouth, sue me). I would certainly never order a vodka martini... UNTIL NOW.โ € โ € Even though this isn't technically a martini - it's a Martinez. For once, this puppy is all about the vermouth - in this case red and sweet. Using a super-smooth vodka allows the botanicals to really shine.โ € โ € Honestly, and never thought I'd love a drink with Luxardo in so much, but I must be developing a sweet tooth in my old age. โ € โ € Straight up: vodka, red vermouth, couple drops angostura bitters, couple drops maraschino liqueur. Lemon oils misted over the surface. โ € โ € Yum.โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #Vodka  #liquor  #drinks  #mykitchen  #kitchenstories  #foodies  #foodstagram  #londonlife  #freelancer  #thefreelancelife  #cocktails  #cocktail  #cocktailgram  #cocktailporn  #drinkporn  #drinkup  #londoncocktailweek  #mixology  @titosvodkauk #titosvodka 
Recipe testing in full flow ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿปโ €
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I've been having lots of fun in the kitchen playing with Autumnal soup recipes (and the odd #thanksgiving pie!) for a upcoming project. โ €
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Delicious squash and apple soup was wonderfully sweet and nutty - but lacking a little something. Luckily, the OH's dad brought us this jar of homemade harissa paste last weekend - perfect for pepping up my recipe!โ €
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 #foodies #foodstagram #mykitchen #kitchenstories #freelancer #thefreelancelife #foodinspo #homemade #homemadefoods #fromscratch #kitchenporn #recipetesting #madefromscratch #funfood #recipe #recipedevelopment #recipedeveloper #photofoodiegram_autumn
Recipe testing in full flow ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿปโ € โ € I've been having lots of fun in the kitchen playing with Autumnal soup recipes (and the odd #thanksgiving  pie!) for a upcoming project. โ € โ € Delicious squash and apple soup was wonderfully sweet and nutty - but lacking a little something. Luckily, the OH's dad brought us this jar of homemade harissa paste last weekend - perfect for pepping up my recipe!โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € โ € #foodies  #foodstagram  #mykitchen  #kitchenstories  #freelancer  #thefreelancelife  #foodinspo  #homemade  #homemadefoods  #fromscratch  #kitchenporn  #recipetesting  #madefromscratch  #funfood  #recipe  #recipedevelopment  #recipedeveloper  #photofoodiegram_autumn 
Time to reflect...โ €
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It's hard to find it, isn't it? It was definitely the right thing for me to head back to Kent for the long weekend. However much my family drive me nuts (truly), just knowing they're there while I sulk in my bedroom like a teenager is hugely comforting.โ €
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Besides, some things, like Grandma's kitchen ๐Ÿ˜Š, are so intensely reminiscent of childhood, so completely comforting that I can't help but think of ways I can be kinder to myself. โ €
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All that from model mackerel, you say? Hell yes!โ €
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Bearing that in mind, I've come up with an October 'bucket list' of sorts. Though given it doesn't include a single corn maze, scary movie marathon or apple-bobbing blowout I don't feel I can call it a 'bucket list' in the Pinstergram sense....โ €
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So I've rebranded. Check out my blog for the inagural edition of SOCIALISING CELIA.โ €
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#londonlife #londoner #adventureawaits #challengeyourself #doitforyou #freelancer #thefreelancelife #newbeginnings #adulting #womeninbiz #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #girlboss #womeninbusiness #girlpreneur #copywriter #copywriting #contentmarketing #bloglife #content #instawriting #writingofinstagram #writinglife #bucketlist #october #home
Time to reflect...โ € โ € It's hard to find it, isn't it? It was definitely the right thing for me to head back to Kent for the long weekend. However much my family drive me nuts (truly), just knowing they're there while I sulk in my bedroom like a teenager is hugely comforting.โ € โ € Besides, some things, like Grandma's kitchen ๐Ÿ˜Š, are so intensely reminiscent of childhood, so completely comforting that I can't help but think of ways I can be kinder to myself. โ € โ € All that from model mackerel, you say? Hell yes!โ € โ € Bearing that in mind, I've come up with an October 'bucket list' of sorts. Though given it doesn't include a single corn maze, scary movie marathon or apple-bobbing blowout I don't feel I can call it a 'bucket list' in the Pinstergram sense....โ € โ € So I've rebranded. Check out my blog for the inagural edition of SOCIALISING CELIA.โ € โ € {link in bio โ˜๐Ÿป}โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € โ € #londonlife  #londoner  #adventureawaits  #challengeyourself  #doitforyou  #freelancer  #thefreelancelife  #newbeginnings  #adulting  #womeninbiz  #writersofinstagram  #writerscommunity  #girlboss  #womeninbusiness  #girlpreneur  #copywriter  #copywriting  #contentmarketing  #bloglife  #content  #instawriting  #writingofinstagram  #writinglife  #bucketlist  #october  #home