Most women will tell you that they love visiting the hair salon or getting a manicure because it is just such a luxurious and rejuvinating “me-time.”
I, on the other hand, look forward to manicures mainly because I cannot wait to talk shop with Rozik, my beautician.
Daisy loves joining me, but is not in the least interested in the conversation which often involves the latest discoveries in Thai or Indian cuisine.
My little blue-eyed beauty is more focused on making room for her cute little feet in my soaking basin and splashing up a big mess.
During my last visit to see Rozik, we started our usual exchange of foodie ideas, but I was quite surprised when she told me her favourite food blog is one I had recommended. In my lucky stumbles online, I found a beautiful cooking blog called the Kitchen Lioness. Andrea hails from Germany with stunning photos and mouth-watering dishes.
Her charming posts are a sheer indulgence to read. Everyone I’ve referred to her blog has instantly become addicted to it. And soon, you will, too.
Recently, Andrea has established the Cottage Cooking Club following Veg: River Cottage Everyday by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. She hand-picks some favourites from innovative vegetable recipes and offers a list for members to try. This is the only cooking club I have actively joined and to be honest, we have a massive book shelf displaying beautiful cookbooks that serve more as eye candy, preserved in perfect condition in the living room. But, Andrea is the reason I wanted to participate in the cooking gig. She has presented so many lovely finds from Hugh’s books that I was convinced I would truly enjoy participating.
When my copy of the cookbook finally arrived, I had a quick flip through and looked at the beautiful photos, skimmed through a few recipes. The book is bursting with creative ideas for presenting vegetables on the dinner table.
As I scanned Andrea’s list of tempting recipes, my eyes stopped at one very cool idea: Pea + parsley soup.
There is actually very little cooking required for this one, which is a blessing these days with the mercury reaching for the stars here in SoCal. Hugh’s idea for what is really a vibrantly green take on gazpacho calls for a handful of ingredients, mostly fresh, coming together in minutes.
Simply elegant and refreshing, this soup is a lovely quick meal on a hot summer night. This is healthy you do not want to miss. Parsley is known to clean the palate and soothe digestion. Add a dollop of creamy yogurt on top, if you dare.
This is sexy spa food that actually tastes delicious. You will not want to put the spoon down and just might lick the bowl, if no one is looking.