#whatthefizz – blissful nostalgia

Someone, somewhere, once told me that in times of uncertainty, nostalgia is much more frequent. We look to the past for things that are comforting, things that we are sure of. Whether it’s uncertainty, or just being reminded of things I love, this #whatthefizz is full of old favourites…

What I’ve been doing

  • Last month we escaped to rural Perthshire and I was reminded of the importance of switching off, and how well I sleep after a good dose of fresh air.
  • We also spent a blissful week at the Rou Estate in Corfu, with my parents. We visited lots of the little bays and pebble beaches they used to holiday at, and fell in love with the island. I didn’t take any over-sized cardigans or mary-janes this time.
  • Meanwhile, Edinburgh has been taken over by festival fever, and I’ve given it my best shot. Highlights include Denim in George Square Gardens and my chicken burger from Buffalo. I’m now ready for my city to return to normality, please.

What I’ve been listening to

  • I haven’t laughed out loud so much on public transport, thanks to Dear Joan & Jericha. A spoof Agony Aunt duo, the characters of Joan & Jericha have me in stitches every, single, episode. Hysterically offensive and funny – not for the faint hearted.
  • Trying to get away from my the podcast pop-culture rabbit hole, I’m giving The Gossip and Beyond Reasonable Doubt a try.

What I’ve been eating

  • After listening to an interview with Bart van Olphen, tuna cannelloni made it back onto my mid-week menu – it’d only been a near ten year break. Mix 3 tins of good quality tuna with one jar of passata and a bag of spinach, season as needed. Stuff into dried cannelloni shells, cover with béchamel sauce (homemade or otherwise), top with cheese and bake for 30mins at 200’C.
  • I’ve also been attempting to re-create these festival eats at home, and found a short cut to success with M&S Morroccan spiced lamb shoulder. I added it to a tried and tested favourite – Jamie Oliver 3 ingredient yogurt flatbreads – and topped with salad and some mango & lime dressing. Not long until we dig the slow-cooker out and make this dish from scratch.

What I’ve been watching

  • This month McDreamy is back on our screens in The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair on Sky Witness. After his epic reign on Grey’s Anatomy… what happens if it’s not any good? I guess the world keeps on turning.
  • After a special trip to Buckingham Palace in May, I’m have re-watched series 1 & 2 of The Crown on Netflix, in preparation for series 3. It’s every bit as good second time around. Again, I wondered what’s true and what’s not. As did everyone else apparently.
  • Finally, for something new, tonight you’ll find me huddled in front of BBC at 9pm tonight for Keeley Hawes debut in The Bodyguard.

That’s all from me, and the early 90s. Until next time!

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