Feb 28 2013

Buonanotte Papa Benedetto #happy365

Via Flickr:
This is a happy365 where I am happy for someone else.

Tonight, we lit the candles we got in our Year of Faith packs in Rome and we have them burning below our papal blessing. When Pope Benedict announced his retirement, we decided we would use these candles for him on his last day.

So this happy365 is because I am happy for him. He will have some peace and solitude at this time of his life. The stage he described today as "His Final Journey". I will miss him so much.

Feb 27 2013


Via Flickr:
I was walking to the subway after work and chatting to mum on my phone. I looked up and saw someone familiar and it took me two seconds to realize… GREG KELLY!

I just started saying "Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh" on the phone to mum until I said "Greg Kelly is right in front of me… I’ll CALL YOU BACK!!" I turned around in time to catch a snap of him walking away.

That is him carrying the parcel.

*happy dance*

Feb 23 2013

Carrot and Ginger Soup #happy365

Via Flickr:
This is one of my favourite recipes and just perfect to make when you have loads of carrots! Other bonuses, it freezes really well and is a great lunch soup. I could put ginger in everything – the fragrance of this soup is just beautiful! Perfect for this time of year.

Here is the original recipe from Real Simple. I always do without the cream and dill – as you can see from the thickness, it is a really satisfying soup. YUM!

Feb 22 2013

A great meal for Lent #happy365

Via Flickr:
This is a bit of an adapted meal of a fabulous dish that I have been making for years.

I remember looking for different for salmon recipes when I moved over here and stumbled on Giada’s Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Lemon, Basil, and Salmon.

I used it as an ‘impress Bill’ meal and I think it worked a treat! 😉 For our dinner on Friday night, I was just going to bake the salmon and have some veggies… but I also wanted pasta so made do with what we have. In this I used campanelle instead of long spaghetti, didn’t have fresh basil available, I sautéed the spinach instead of putting the pasta over it and had to skip the capers. It didn’t feel nearly as decadent as usual, but being a Friday in Lent, that isn’t a bad thing. This meal is a winner and is SO easy I could do it with my eyes closed. Between the spinach, lemon, garlic and beautiful salmon, this is one of my favorite ways to eat it. If you like salmon, you’ve got to give this a whirl!