Travel Bug

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I don’t think I know a single person who doesn’t like travelling. I LOVE exploring new countries, their fashion, their history and most importantly their food!

We’re getting closer and closer to that point in our lives where we said we would take some time out to travel- like, PROPERLY travel- not a couple of days here or there like it’s been for the past 4 years! I mean weeks and weeks of jumping from one country to the next. We’re still a year away from doing it, but when I’ve been waiting 9 years already, this, to me is my light at the end of a very long tunnel!

I wanted to take a gap year before starting Uni, but, my mum being my typical Indian mum said ‘NO.’- she was afraid I’d fall out of the habit of studying which I think is actually quite fair. I then wanted to take a gap year after 2 years of working- this was purely to have a break and find my grounding again- this was not an ideal time as we had to concentrate on our wedding, changing jobs, moving down south and buying a house.

The time has never been ‘right’, which is why I threw a big ass tantrum and said if we don’t go travelling before we have kids then there will be no kids! HA! Yes, I have WOMB POWER! But seriously, I just want to have a good few months of QUALITY time with my favourite person experiencing the wonders of the world before our lives get taken over by children! I long for that feeling of feeling free and not worrying about the ironing, the packed lunches, the early nights before work. I want to be a beach bum before life gets REAL.

We haven’t planned exactly where we will go but just for today I’ve compiled a few of my bucketlist destinations for ya!

1) French Polynesia- I have been banging on about french polynesia, in particular Bora Bora for YEARS. Rav is sick of hearing about it. I’m convinced I must have been an island person who lived there in my previous life- I have such a hunger to learn about the their history and culture. I NEED TO GO HERE!

2) Bhutan – I cannot imagine how beautiful Paro, Thimpu and Bumthang (what an awesome name!) will be, I can’t wait to sit in a white kurta and meditate amongst the beautiful hills and inhale the clean mountain air. This resort just exudes COMPLETE. UTTER. TRANQUILITY. YES!

3) China- oh how I long to visit China! Especially after falling in love with Lisa See’s books, the history, the art, the traditions- love love love. I especially LOVE this place! OH, AND THE FOOD.

4) Galapagos Islands- isn’t this just on EVERYONE’S wishlist?!

5) Alaskan Cruise- we took a Caribbean cruise back in 2010. Everyone we met were seasoned cruisers and they all said the same thing- you must do an Alaskan Cruise! The thoughts of warm wooly jumpers, the cold breeze and a mug of hot chocolate whilst looking out at the glaciers just makes me so excited! And then you might have the opportunities to do a bit of whale watching, see some bears and puffins! It just looks amazing!

6) Mykonos- the sun reflecting of the white painted windmills with amazing views of the sea- yes please!

7) Norwegian Fjords- ideally by cruise to really get the best sights of nature’s beauty

8) Lake Louise, Canada- The views- that is all!

9) Ananda Spa, a spa and wellness retreat in India- how better to get grounded again and just exist in the moment

10) Eastern and Oriental Express train journey- what better way is there to explore Southeast Asia?

11) Switzerland- breathing in the fresh alpine air whilst sat in a hot tub with views of the snow topped mountains, or riding bikes in the mountains in the summer making time to stop off to stuff our faces with some swiss chocolate or cheese-yum!

12) Kaklauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland- how romantic is this place, especially if we’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

13) Bahamas- away from it all!

14) Safari- yes, one of my husband’s dreams. We will do this at some point- it might actually be fun when we’ve got our children. This definitely makes me want to book it now though!

15) The Maldives- we’ve gotta see some of it before it sinks!

This is just a tiny smidge of all of the places in the world I have bookmarked and saved in my travel folder! I’m pretty excited to be crossing off one of these destinations in the very near future!-and I’ve got Lisa See’s latest book to take with me! I love a bit of vacay reading!

Keep an eye out on my Instagram to see if you can guess where I will be!

We haven’t made a travel itinerary for our big trip yet- have you got any recommendations for me?

x

What’s Going On?!

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Hello there!

I’ve been very quiet on the blog recently- let’s just say life got in way- which I’m not complaining about!

Me and Rav changed jobs in August, so it’s been a bit hectic getting a routine sorted out- especially since we haven’t had a routine for 4 years! We’re really enjoying the change, and it’s so nice to eat dinner together every single night!

We’ve come to the end of the wedding season for this year. Since June, it’s been non stop weddings- which is super fun, but also very tiring. We’ve been to some BEAUTIFUL weddings this year and it’s so nice to see our friends and family finally getting hitched. That being said,  I’m glad to have a bit of break from weddings for now- hopefully two of my favourite girls will be getting married next year so I will definitely need to rest up so I’m ready for their wedding fun!

Recently my weeks have really been jam packed with catching up on home decor, ironing and fitness. We’ve started our office makeover- which is another reason why I haven’t blogged- it’s been quite nice just having my computer unplugged for nearly 3 weeks- and surprisingly I haven’t felt guilty about it for once!

As for fitness, I’ve just completed week 5 of 12 of Kayla Itsine’s workout programme. OH MY WORD. This is tough, but I’ve never felt so good! I decided to do Kayla’s workouts after realising that I needed to do more cardio, upper body, and core strength training to progress further in yoga. I’ll be doing a proper post on this soon! (I haven’t got the balls to do full on progress pics yet, so I think I’ll see how I feel about this when I complete week 12!).

So that’s all I’ve been up to really. It doesn’t sound like much when I’ve written it all up in front of me, but somehow all of the above has managed to consume all of my time since August!

I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things again so keep an eye out for some more posts soon!

I hope you all have had a lovely summer! Dark nights, bitterly cold winds, thick chunky cardigans and wellies here we come!

x

Mrs B’s Year of 26

So, I turned 27 yesterday! I have no idea where my 20s are going!! So last year I vowed to take more pictures and made more videos- so I’ve got a little something fun for the blog today which you’ll find at the bottom of the post!

I did write a super long post about my reflections over the past 12 months- but I think I’ll post it another time- once I feel ready!

I had a very glamorous birthday yesterday! I was woken up by Rav in the middle of the night who sleepily wished me a happy birthday! I had yoghurt and hot lemon for breakfast- soon followed by Rav’s attempt at a ‘gravity cake’!! I had no idea what one was until I googled it- have a look for yourself and you will see what it was meant to look like!

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Awww it made me laugh SO MUCH! One, because I LOVE Chocdips, but also because it looked hilarious, and I knew Rav had probably put a lot of effort into it! The base was carrot cake, and with the chocolate on top it tasted like one big fat Jaffa cake- DELICIOUS! Now a girl can’t complain when she gets to eat a big fat Jaffa cake for her birthday breakfast right?!

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I spent the day at work, treated myself to a big tub of Farrow & Ball paint (DIY makes me happy!), then returned home, opened my birthday cards, cleaned up the kitchen, and was greeted by biggest bunch of flowers which included one of my favourite flowers- hydrangeas! We then went to a local curry house which we were meaning to try out for ages, and it was delicious! I finished the evening speaking with various family members and blew out a few candles on my cake! It was a simple but really nice, non-stressful birthday! We’re off to Roka this weekend-so I will let you know how that is!

For now I leave you with a little fun mishmash of moments from my year of being 26 years old! I hope you enjoy! Here’s to a year of being 27!

 

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

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After we picked our fruit at Garsons, we rushed back home and had a fruit for dinner!

We had so much fruit left so I decided to prep it and stick most of it in the the freezer and made homemade ice-cream with the leftover strawberries! We’re big fans of homemade anything in the Beri household and especially homemade ice-cream.

Rav bought an ice-cream maker when we were on students. It’s the one where you stick the bowl in the freezer for 24 hours then churn your ingredients in the bowl. There are more sophisticated ice-cream machines out there which don’t require you to stick the special bowl in the freezer the day before, but quite frankly, we were on a student budget, and this one churns out damn good ice-cream!

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Here’s how to make Homemade Strawberry Icecream

**please note, this recipe is in NO WAY healthy (apart from the fruit), but a little bit of indulgence goes a long way for the soul!**

What you need:

1. 400g fresh strawberries

2. 100ml full fat cream

3. 100ml full fat milk

4. the juice of 1/2 lemon

5. 70g caster sugar

6. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

What you do:

1. Chop the strawberries to your desired size, I like mine chunky

2. Whisk all of the ingredients together in a bowl

3. Add to the ice-cream machine

4. Churn until your desired consistency is reached

5. Eat a whole load and stick the rest in the freezer!

 

Surrey Life: Fruit Picking in Esher

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Mid July Rav and I had a whole 5 days off in a row, at the same time! Getting this quality time together was a big deal to us, but we just didn’t want to pay the summer holiday premium prices for a quick holiday. With all of the glorious weather we’ve had, we decided to keep things simple by spending the week at home and opting to explore Surrey a bit more.

I had been meaning to go to one of those ‘Pick Your Own’ sites where you just wander the fields and pick your own fruit. On our week off I came across Garsons in Esher.Man, I was glad we went here. WE HAD SUCH A BLAST!

We spent the day just trawling through the fields, brambles, orchards and picked so much gorgeous fruit and veg!  You go around in your car, park up and then pay as you go along or pay at the end. We picked up strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, carrots and beetroot. It was such a gorgeous, sunny day which made it even better.

We were expecting to pay around £30 with all that we harvested but were shocked when it all came up to only £7!! After we paid we went to the lovely farm shop, garden centre and cafe.

It’s an awesome day out and I highly recommend it! I can’t wait to go back!

Here’s a little video showing what we got up to!

**This post is not sponsored, I just really loved our day at Garsons and thought I’d share the experience with you!

Saturday Eggs

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Whenever I have the same weekend off work as my husband we always make a point of having breakfast together because we often don’t get a chance otherwise!

If any of you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then you would have noticed a number of pictures of poached eggs popping up every now and again! We always opt for poached eggs on Saturday mornings, there’s just something about that ooze which makes the whole ritual of breakfast that bit more special!

I’ve had a number of people message me asking me how I make my poached eggs, so I thought I’d do a post on it! I am no chef, I may not even be doing it right, but my poached eggs taste lovely to me!

Here’s a video showing one Saturday breakfast I made a few weeks ago. I made grilled garlicky mushrooms with poached eggs, served with shop bought olive bread and avocado. I hope you enjoy! {Sorry some of the shots are blurred – I’ve never really filmed with the DSLR before so still getting to grips with it! Also, it may appear that I’m wearing a stripy dress with my nike workout leggings, I actually changed before I started cooking because I forgot my baggy tshirt which makes me look pregnant (which I’m not) would be in the shots!}

***thanks to my lovely husband for help film this, he was super patient!***

Here’s how you make poached eggs

1. Put the kettle on the boil

2. Pour the boiling water into a pan and put it on a low heat, you don’t want the water to be boiling vigorously, just a gentle simmer. you can add vinegar or salt to it like others do but I don’t add anything

3. Crack the egg into a small bowl

4. Using a wooden spoon swirl the water around the edge five times. In the video I sped the clip up because it was too slow and boring, so in real life you need to swirl the water about half the speed that the video shows!

5. Slowly pour the egg into the centre and leave it alone, put the timer on 4 minutes

6. At 2 minutes, just gently give the egg a nudge to make sure it’s not sticking to the bottom

7. At 4 minutes get the egg out with slotted spoon and lay it on some kitchen paper to dry off

8. serve with toast, avocado, ham, salmon, wilted spinach- whatever you fancy!

9. ENJOY THE OOZE!

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