Currently…

Watching: Game of Thrones, Game of Thrones, Game of Thrones…. And Masterchef, for the days when there isn’t Game of Thrones.

Hearing: ‘West Coast’, Lana del Rey’s latest offering, as well as anything on BBC Radio 4.

Reading: many, many books/articles for my work; and in my free moments, Maria Elia’s ‘Smashing Plates’ and Niki Segnit’s ‘The Flavour Thesaurus’. (The latter is definitely one of my favourite books, it’s really reinvigorated my cooking!)

Making: cakes. Banana & date for a friend’s birthday last weekend, then my version of Sabrina Ghayour’s famous carrot, almond & pistachio cake.. I quite fancy something lemony next!

Wishing: for a holiday! Then again, Oxford in the spring is like being on holiday. If only it weren’t for all that pesky work that is clamouring to be done…

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Long time, no speak

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What with one thing and another, it’s been quite a while since I’ve been on here. Family issues coupled with the workload of a Master’s have resulted in a pretty stressful autumn, but things are on the mend. It’s the first time in about 10 years that we’ve had a Christmas in Greece, and it’s nice to rediscover the country at this time of year – the smell of bonfires is everywhere, and there’s such a lovely greenness to the landscape, compared with the harsh yellows of the summer. I’ve been regretting leaving my camera behind, but logistically I just didn’t have the space. So phone pictures it is! Luckily my phone seems to produce quite good quality photos… We’re meant to be making a traditional Vasilopita tomorrow (a Greek New Year’s cake), so will try & keep a note of the recipe – I have a few I’ve been meaning to upload, as well as other bits & pieces, so will do my best to find the time. But the little voice in my head keeps telling me that I should be working on my PhD application instead… *sigh* Never enough time. Happy 2013 🙂

 

Currently…

Listening to: Imagine Dragons – Night Visions

 

Reading: Vasilis Gourogiannis, Το ασημόχορτο ανθίζει, and my new favourite blog, Esme & the Laneway (http://esmeandthelaneway.blogspot.co.uk/)

Obsessing over: vintage dresses & accessories; my PhD project; Esme & the Laneway; women’s rights; oranges.

 

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Currently…

Watching: Phyllida Lloyd’s ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ at the small ancient theatre of Epidavros, performed beautifully by Fiona Shaw and Daniel Hay-Gordon

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Reading: A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin (I’ve devoted this summer to reading the series, and 6 weeks later I’m a quarter of the way through Book 5.)

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Hearing: Awolnation, ‘Megalithic Symphony’ (this album has everything I need musically.)

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Making: orange zest and yoghurt cake (recipe to follow)