New Years Eve at Home

January 3, 2014

Just a couple of crazy kids chilling out, drinking Campari and gin, throwing frisbee on the beach and dancing to 80s tunes whilst frying padrón peppers. We didn’t even make it to midnight. It was awesome.

Come morning we woke early for a jog along the beach. And then, as it began to rain, we dove in for a salty swim. It was magical. I could not think of a better way to bring in the new year.

Back home I made us a mango lassi before gathering with family for brunch and homemade raspberry ice-cream. I’m already in love with 2014…

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Fried Padrón Peppers (recipe link). Cooked whilst listening to this.

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Mango Lassi. Serves 2. 1 ripe mango, 1 & 3/4 cup milk, 2 heaped tablespoons vanilla yoghurt (I used Jalna), 1 handful ice. Blend until smooth. Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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Homemade Raspberry Ice Cream. It tastes the way pink should (recipe link).

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In the spirit of 2014 and all the promise a new year holds, here’s 14 random things I am grateful for. Because I am terribly grateful.

1. The fact that my niece and nephew (who have been visiting from Hong Kong) have been showing me so much love with very little if any bribery. Let’s hope this lasts. I suppose it will, as long as I can keep giving piggy back rides…oh, boy.

2. Spaghetti and Meatballs (recipe link) with a glass of wine and an episode of Mad Men. This was our new years day dinner and it was so fine.

3. The sound of 6am.

4. My growing love for Campari.

5. Fresh peas. Since getting our vegetables from Transition Farm, I have come to appreciate their delicate brilliance more than ever.

6. Our recent discovery of Parks & Recreation. Both Leslie Knope & Ron Swanson, in particular, make my days so much sweeter. Life role models, right there.

7. The new shampoo I’ve been buying. It’s cheap, organic and it makes my head smell like a coconut. So much good!

8. The fact that I’m off to Tasmania again on Sunday. With Ben. For a week! It’s a work and play trip. I cannot wait.

9. Boiled eggs in salads. Just plain good.

10. Being able to work at the same office as my mum and dad. I love seeing their pretty faces between clients and forcing them to sample the food I’ve made. I so respect their kitchen feedback.

11. Freshly ground coffee beans. Both the smell and taste, equally.

12. Watching Ben learn how to manage his growing hair. He asks me questions about conditioner, hair pins and brushes and I try to take it all very seriously and only reply in a slightly jesting tone.

13. Downton Abbey discussions with my nana. Bring on the next season and more scandal. Will Edith find love again? Time will tell…

14. Having a space to write 14 random thoughts of thanks. Yes, I’m truly thankful for this blog, for the greetings and inspiration, connections and creativity it’s encouraged…

I’m looking forward to making 2014 just as swell. Bye 2013, hello 2014.

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Heidi xo








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  • Carly Findlay January 3, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I love this post. I love the things you’re grateful for, your food, the love for your family and your gentle writing tone.
    I can’t wait to spend time with you in 2014. HNY.

    • Heidi January 13, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      Thanks, lovely. Cheers to a rad 2014! x

  • Iron Chef Shellie January 3, 2014 at 8:33 am

    <3 <3 <3 So awesome!
    Hello 2014 indeed! Can't wait, and have fun in Tassie! I'm there in April for a few days, CAN"T WAIT after seeing your last round of photos! x

    • Heidi January 13, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      We must chat Tasmania!! x

  • Yasmeen January 3, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Love this post. you’ve inspired me to do something similar in my looking back/looking forward post today.

    Your new year sounds just right and I’m so glad it brought you so much joy. What a way to kick off 2014!

    I use that same shampoo by the way and can we talk about how good it feels to ditch the $40 chemical laden salon stuff!?

    Lots of love x

    • Heidi January 13, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      So good, right? I would like to improve my use of chemicals & products, i.e. use less/better ones – need to learn about it! x

  • Julia @ Chic To Do January 3, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Love this post! I tried Parks & Rec a couple of years ago but didn’t make it past the first two episodes. Maybe I should give it another shot!

    • Heidi January 13, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      Yes stick with it! Season 1 isn’t the funniest, it gets so much better 🙂 x

  • InTolerant Chef January 3, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    A very Happy New Year to you and yours indeed Heidi! I hope 2014 is even bigger and better 🙂

    • Heidi January 13, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Thanks, lovely. & to you & your family x

  • Hannah January 4, 2014 at 4:52 am

    You. This. Always. Beyond words. Please let’s do. xo

    • Heidi January 13, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      🙂 xo

  • amanda January 7, 2014 at 2:47 am

    Found your website a few months ago and have been smitten ever since! You are a wonderful writer and the food you create is just gorgeous (I’m back on soaked oats thanks to your instagram feed, ha). Real, whole foods and thoughtful people? the best combination!

    Also, Ron Swanson: yes. Favorite quote of all time: “There’s only one thing I hate more than lying: skim milk. Which is water that’s lying about being milk.” I have to keep myself from saying that aloud to people at the grocery store 🙂

    • Heidi January 13, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      Thank you, what a beautiful message! & my goodness, that quote?!! Hilarious. I haven’t come across that episode yet, but oh man that is classic Ron! Love him so much x