September 26, 2014

On Tuesday I turned 29. Even though I’m nearing the collar pull-inducing age of thirty, I appreciate each birthday as it rolls around. I mean, it’s an excuse to live fancy. Your birthday is an extra cream kind of day. Cream and butter melt away any ageing worries you might have. And I’d know, I did a science-based degree at University.

I celebrated my birthday by sincerely and studiously indulging in all of my favourites. I went on two beach strolls, churned ice-cream and had two (count them, two) lattes. See? Fancy. Mum took time off work to be my cooking partner in crime and we spent the day together in the kitchen. She and I both have the same definition of “a good day”. Ben was home, too, popping his head out of the study when the rum butter bananas and cake were ready. And in the evening my brother and dad came over for a meal. I was spoilt with books and food and cards so sweet they made me cry.

For lunch we at roasted vegetable salads with hummus and toasted sourdough bread, followed by a slice of rhubarb cake. I baked the cake, introduced to me by my friend Robin, in the morning. Friends, it is a dream. I used wholegrain spelt flour and boy, it was the most perfect birthday cake. Especially with a hefty dose of creme fraiche.

29 feels like a rhubarb age. I like it.



cake 4

mum & I
Knowing I had the whole day to spend with my skilled mother in the kitchen, I enlisted her help to try out a beef cheek recipe (link) and these darling ricotta gnocchi (recipe link). Both were outrageously good and shall promptly top our special dinner list, overtaking chicken tagine like it’s no dig deal.



My brother joined us for a pre-dinner walk to the beach. I love this time of year and the warm air that promises summer, soon. I think it’s going to be a good one.




And then home to eat dinner…

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29. It’s rhubarb and creme fraiche, it’s family and books. It’s feeling confident with beef cheek and proud of gnocchi. It’s nice.


Heidi xo

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  • Terry Turtle September 26, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Happy birthday! That cake, that beef cheek, those dumplings – yummm!!!!

    • Heidi September 26, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Thanks, Terry! It was all soooo delicious x

  • Kelsey September 26, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Happy Birthday! Looks like a great one 🙂

    • Heidi September 26, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Thanks, Kelsey! It really was 🙂 x

  • Laura September 26, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Love how you enjoy life Heidi xxx

    • Heidi September 26, 2014 at 10:03 am

      Thank you, lovely 🙂 x

  • Lynn September 26, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Happy birthday, Heidi! 30’s are something to look forward to, I tell ya.

    • Heidi September 28, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks, lovely. You sure do it right. It seems like a super fun age x

  • Millie l Add A Little September 26, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Looks like such a lovely day Heidi! Seems like you had fun!

    • Heidi September 28, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks, Millie! x

  • Kate September 26, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Beautiful post Heidi. It truly looks and sounds like the perfect day! Happy Birthday lovely 🙂 Kate x

    • Heidi September 28, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Thank you, Kate 🙂 It was really ace x

  • Rachel Bale September 30, 2014 at 6:29 am

    Happy 29th Birthday Heidi! It looks like you had a beautiful day with all those that you love. That last photo of you and Ben is so special. xxx

  • laurasmess October 2, 2014 at 9:31 am

    This is such a balanced, sweet and thankful reflection on life. Happy Birthday, beautiful birthday twin! As for growing older, I feel the same as you. I know myself much more now than I did when I was younger. I’m a little bit wiser (just a little, not a lot… I have a lot of growing to do) and a tiny bit more forgiving of my biggest frustration – myself!! Gladly, I have a new appreciation for bitter greens, fermented cabbage, piquant rhubarb and other unattractive (but thoroughly beautiful) things. I’m thankful that I now know the difference. Yay for times with family. I’m glad you had time to both treasure and be treasured. Hugs xxx

  • Hannah October 4, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    How I adore you. How I just adore you. Happy birthday, sweet queen. Three sleeps xo

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    Hi Heidi 🙂

    Where do you get these salad bowls from-I am forever looking for salad bowls big enough to feed my salad hunger!And these look perfect.

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      Hi Kate! Hmmm I think these are Maxwell & Williams from way back. They were part of a dinner set…hope that helps! I know what you mean, giant salad bowls are so necessary!! x