My Weekends of Late

May 28, 2011

Lately, with Ben deep in study for his final CFA exam, and with it being oh so chilly outside, I have found myself pottering around the house in my super high-waisted woolen tights, enjoying domestic delights.

I have developed a nice little routine, all rather nurturing and comforting. I’m sure I’ll like to mix things up soon, but for now I am very happy, blissfully spending my weekends…

* Waking early and walking up to the shops with Ben to buy fresh bread, the newspapers and lattes. It’s such a lovely start to our day. Walking briskly in the biting morning air, it only takes us 7 minutes to reach the shops. And we’ve found a great little coffee spot for a take-away cup of smooth deliciousness. I don’t buy coffee during the week, as I don’t like to become dependant on the caffeine, and it’s also a good way to save money. Instead I’ll have a black tea with my breakfast and then drink herbal tea throughout the day. Rooibos is a current favourite. But I do always look forward to the weekend, when I treat myself to a quality cup of coffee. I also like to pick up Autumn leaves from the ground as we walk.


* Spending time making a lovely Breakfast, such as…

Dark Rye French Toast. I used my regular French Toast recipe but omitted the blueberries, and served it with Greek Yoghurt.


Banana, Buttermilk, Dark Choc Chip Pancakes. I’m still perfecting this recipe…I shall blog it once I’m completely happy with it.


* Creating recipes

Banana, Raspberry Crumble Muffins – this recipe needs a little work before blogging.

Flaxmeal Crackers – I’m hoping to share the recipe soon!


* Watching movies curled up on the couch with umpteen blankets and cups of tea to stay warm. Although nothing warms me up like an Audrey Hepburn movie. Roman Holiday is possibly my favourite.


* Eating Soup with Fresh Bread – olive bread if I’m lucky…


* Meeting girlfriends for brunch, and falling in love

* Baking Granola. Most recently this recipe.


* Braving the cold for refreshing walks in the park or a Zumba class.


* Having girlfriends over for dinner, wine and lots of talking. Before dinner, we nibbled on some Heidi Swanson delights – Roasted Chickpeas (recipe link) The chickpeas were too soggy, I used canned chickpeas and it was a bit of a fail.

and Muscovado Sunflower Seeds (recipe link). These were amazing!

For dessert, my friend made delicious Chocolate Ganache Cakes. They’re a Janella Purcell recipe (link here) and they contain tofu! A fabulous, healthy recipe.


* Getting visits from mum and dad. They kindly dropped off my new vintage cabinet! My mum stumbled across this 1950’s gem and snapped it up for me – she knew exactly what I had been searching for, and it cost less than I was hoping to spend too. It is perfect and I am completely and utterly in love. Thanks mum, you’re amazing! It was also lovely to see my parent’s faces – they always make me smile. We haven’t been down in Red Hill much lately, as Ben has been chained to his desk.


* Eating goodies my parents bought! These beautiful Basil and Lime Macarons from Chez Dré were incredible. I am a macaron novice, and I guess mum was keen for me to expand my knowledge already. I am so thankful, as these were just heavenly.


* Snacking on Fresh Figs with Greek Yoghurt and Honey. Is this possible the most delicious snack ever?


* Making Tuna, Chilli and Lemon Pasta for dinner (recipe link).


and possibly my favourite recent habit of all…

* Researching San Francisco Eats whilst curled up on the couch eating a muffin and drinking tea (I leave in two months for a three week USA trip)… muffins and tea are always involved. It’s mandatory.

All in all, life has been pretty fabulous of late… this crisp Autumn weather is agreeing with me. Give me weekends like this for the rest of my life and I shall be very happy indeed.

Heidi xo

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  • Dylana Suarez May 28, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Super cute post!


  • Iron Chef Shellie May 28, 2011 at 9:07 am

    all deliciousness!!! I need to make granola…. must do it!

    I need to cut back on going out so much, need to do housework!! but so many free lunches… who can resist!

  • Hannah May 28, 2011 at 10:57 am

    This is such a delightful post!! I enjoyed reading everything about your weekends 🙂 That chocolate cake looks amazing…i've seen a few recipes of Janella's where she adds silken tofu to cakes, smoothies etc! I kind of want to try it, even thought it sounds weird, haha 🙂
    Hannah x

  • dani May 28, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Yum, reading this reminded me I need breakfast today in the most harsh of ways haha. I am the same regarding coffee, rarely drink it, but when I do, it's like a little piece of heaven. Enjoy your weekend x

  • Heidi May 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Dylana – thank you! 🙂

    Michele – I know, when it's free it's so tough! Yes get your granola on, girlie! 🙂

    Hannah – thank you! & yes it does sound weird but do it, you'll love it!

    Dani – thanks, you too, I hope you have some yummy breakfasts and nice coffee 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Weekend breakfasts are the best aren't they! There's nothing quite like them and I love putting in a bit more effort into them. Also you can eat them at noon which is always nice 😉

  • msihua May 28, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Love the weekends! Hope you get more from your research (only because I want to see the food you eat from your holiday!)

  • Hannah May 28, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    This is so incredible a perfect day in my opinion that I can barely bear that it's your day and not mine! 😉 I've been alternating Audrey Hepburn movies and Gene Kelly musicals lately 🙂

  • zoepitchi May 29, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Roasted chickpeas are one of my most favourite snacks! Sorry to hear yours didn't work out 🙁 I use canned chickpeas too so I don't think that's why they didn't work out. They can be mushy if you don't leave them in for long enough…next time I make them I will try and write down times/quantities to put on my blog 🙂 until then though I adapted from this recipe:
    I basically sprinkle on hot paprika, garlic and cumin powders (2 good shakes each) for 2 cans chickpeas. Lately I love adding Nandos sauce too 🙂 then pop them in the oven and check them every 10-15 minutes until crunchy!
    Lovely post, I will be making the healthy snack ball things from your last post soon!

  • changingmoods May 29, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Looking forward to the banana, buttermilk, dark chocolate chip pancake recipe when you do perfect it!

  • Julia May 29, 2011 at 10:46 am

    just made the muscovado sunflower seeds- so delicious and addictive!

  • Heidi May 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Lorraine – yes, they're superb. Although I fear if I ate mine at noon I would miss lunch too much! 😉

    Msihua – hehe, I shall blog it all in detail 🙂

    Hannah – oh! Gene Kelly! Must get back into those. I'm having a Jane Austen day today 🙂

    Zoe – yes perhaps I just needed to cook them for longer. Thanks for the tips and encouragement, Zoe! Yours sound scrumptious!

    changingmoods – thank you, me too 🙂

    Julia – oh so addictive! So happy you made them 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • wholesomecook May 29, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Oh my gosh Heidi, where do I start. I love weekends like this but don't get too many of them too often. Absolutely adore your 50s cabinet – it fits in that space perfectly!
    The muffins and pancakes look very good too – look forward to seeing the recipes!

  • Carly Findlay May 29, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I love this 🙂 Your weekends sound so relaxing and I adore how you take pleasure in the simple things.
    Figs are the best.

  • The InTolerant Chef May 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    How lovely and laid back. Breakfast on the weekend can be nice and slow, really enjoying the moment.
    Good job with the research,I hope you find some real gems!

  • Heidi May 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    wholesomecook – thank you 🙂 I love my cabinet and the beginnings of these recipes too!

    Carly – yes, figs are the best 🙂 I do love my weekends, especially lately…

    InTolerant Chef – I'm so very very excited with all this research!!

    Heidi xo

  • Anna Johnston May 29, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Wow Heidi, such fun weekends & your right too…., isn't it cold lately so all the extra curling up under blankets on the couch has been a bit of past time for me too lately. Love your San Fran research, I do that too…, write endless notes, set itinaries – lists, lists & more lists. Almost as fun as the trip 🙂

  • Lisa May 30, 2011 at 9:50 am

    What a lovely weekend! I can't really relate to the getting up early part, my weeks have been so busy recently it is the lie in that I've been craving on weekends.

    Our cooking experiment this weekend was a rocky road cheesecake. It turned out fine, very attractive but we agreed was not the perfection S and I are seeking in a cheesecake. Personally I didn't much like the texture combination of marshmallow and cheesecake, but S thought that was the best part.

    I LOVE your new cabinet! Gorgeous. And it sounds like we have lots of lovely recipes to look forward to. Very jealous of those figs. For some reason Mum and Dad's were quite tasteless this year, even the birds didn't want to eat them.

    Can't wait to hear all about the US when you travel there. You write such great travel posts – food and travel, my favourite things.

  • Heidi May 30, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Anna – hehe, I know it totally can be so much fun!!

    Lisa – yes I think i'd agree with you on the cheesecake preference, I do like a baked cheesecake though – not too sweet. I haven't ever tried to make one before though, so well done! Yes it wasn't a great fig season, fingers crossed for next year. I am so pleased you like my travel posts too 🙂 what a sweet comment!

    Heidi xo

  • Agnes May 31, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Aww, what lovely weekends you've been having! 😀

    Your new cabinet is fantastic – props to mum!

  • Heidi June 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I know, mum is amazing, seriously 🙂 xo