About six years ago, in June of 2012, I watched "Forks over Knives," a documentary that advocates a whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle, with a friend. The next day, I gave everything in my apartment that wasn't vegan to my parents, and that was that. Danny was in Bangladesh for six weeks at the time, and each week when we Skyped, he asked if I was still eating vegan. I always said yes, and years later, it was still the case.
Hello from Worthing, England! We left Spain two and a half weeks ago and are really excited to be spending this month in southern England, dog sitting, visiting friends, and seeing more of this sometimes-sunny country! We've focused all of our previous visits on London, so it's been great to see some other towns and areas (although we have already snuck in a quick weekend to the capital...it's the greatest city in the world, how could we not?!).
As I'm sure you've deduced from the title of the post, this is it! Our "what's next" and "adios to Spain" post that was bound to eventually make it's way to the pages of this blog. Two weeks from today we'll lock our apartment door for the last time, take the bus to the airport, and this (mostly) sunny chapter of our lives will come to an end. I honestly can hardly believe I'm typing this all up (and I'm getting a little choked up right now doing so), but for so many reasons, the time is right for us to start something new.
Last summer I did two posts on recipes that we'd tried out and had especially liked over the past school year. I broke it into two parts, breakfast and dinner and dessert, and shared photos, reviews, and links to the recipes. This year we've continued eating those recipes I talked about last summer (in fact, all of the dinner recipes from last July are still in our current rotation!), but I haven't stopped adding new ones to the mix either. Here's a roundup of our latest and greatest (we've tried at least 15+ others that I'm not listing here, although you can find them and a short review I wrote about them on this Pinterest board - it's where I collect every recipe we've tried out - at least if it has an internet home!), grouped by breakfast, dinner, and dessert. Sorry the dessert category is extra light this time - I guess we've really taken it easy in that area, or else we've just been repeating old favorites (probably the latter!).
Maybe not too unlike yourself, I find myself on the internet for one reason or another...basically all the time. Maybe I'm getting on for one thing, say searching for a particular recipe, but before I know it, I find that I'm reading about North Korea. Or I could be opening up a new tab to start working out in the morning, and remember that I 'need' to check on this, that, or the other, and before you know it, I'm reading about the royals. So here I am to share the latest and greatest I've stumbled upon in the past few weeks - some funny, some interesting, and no politics (although no promises for future posts). ;)
I'm not sure if I've mentioned this habit that Danny and I have developed over the past year or so here, but if you've eaten out with us recently, you've probably noticed that we...consult...one another more than most couples might when out to eat. There's a reason for that. 9.5 times out of 10, Danny and I decide which two dishes on the menu we are the most interested in, and then order those two, with the full intention that each of us is going to get half of both. After sharing in this manner for a while now, and realizing that we may never go back to eating out "the old way," we made a list of the reasons we just can't stop, plus our ground rules that make the method work.
Typically winters in Madrid are pretty mild. One decent jacket is usually enough to get you through, and we've found anything else is hardly necessary aside for the occasional cold snap here and there. We've never had snow during our three winters here, save for a few flurries one day last year, but this week that all changed.