Window Love....

I seem to be a little obsessed with windows at the moment....
all sizes and shapes.
Above are some a lot of my favourites....which would you choose?

For more,  see my Pinterest here....

Sushi Anyone?

Sushi anyone?

I found my zeal for sushi a couple years ago thanks to my Vietnamese friend who insisted we go for dim sum or sushi every chance she got, bless her! It initially started with chicken and shrimp tempura sushi for me because I did not like the way the nigiri sushi tasted; which included rice with raw seafood on. However, I have now moved on to bigger and braver things…smoked salmon and cream cheese sushi also known as Philadelphia roll. As you can tell it isn’t completely raw and it makes me feel like I may be ready to take the plunge again and have some sushi with completely raw seafood in the near future…

Here is a recipe I came across courtesy of Red Hot World Buffet:

Step 1: The Rice

* 8 ounces Sushi rice
* 2 fluid ounces Rice vinegar [alternatively rice wine]
* 1 pint water

Wash the rice until the water runs clean. Add your water and the rinsed rice to the pot and cover it with lid. Let it cook lightly over medium-low heat for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes then reduce the heat again and cook for another 10 minutes or until all the water has evaporated. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool for ten minutes. Proceed to add the rice to a bowl and add the vinegar. Carefully fold the vinegar into the sushi rice to help it cool down to room temperature.

Step 2: The Fillings

* Cooked sushi rice
* 2 Oz Norwegian Smoked salmon
* Philadelphia cream cheese
* 1 toasted Nori seaweed sheets
* (6-8 pieces)

Lay your seaweed sheet on some cling film or on a bamboo rolling mat, leaving the shiny side down. Spread the cooked sushi rice evenly onto the seaweed sheet, leaving ¼ of the sheet bare at the top. Your layer of rice should not exceed ½ cm in thickness. Place the salmon on top of the rice at the opposing end of the section you have left bare. You should essentially only have covered ¼ of the area of the seaweed sheet. Smear a layer of Philadelphia cream cheese directly onto the layer of salmon. Start rolling the sushi from the end with the fillings towards the bare side, pressing lightly to make it as firm as possible. Let it stand for 15 minutes. Slice up your roll and enjoy it with soy sauce.

Equestrian Clearance....

Put your best foot forward!

Some of us may still be enjoying what’s left if the summer, but it’s never a bad idea to start planning ahead for the fall gust and chills. And for those of us who live by the saying “there is no bad weather, only bad clothing” it is definitely key to get pieces that are not only fashionable but also warm and comfortable! This year’s fashion has dictated a sort of “anything goes” trend, which gives you a lot more liberty to mix and match than before. I came across these black Equi Theme leather boots on the equestrian clearance website, which I thought were really nice even if you’re not into horse riding.

And if that doesn’t quite tickle your fancy, then these Ariat long leather boots might do the trick....

Who says you’ve got to sacrifice comfort for fashion…?
Image source : Equestrian Clearance

Guest Post : My London

Ever since I was a little girl, London has always been a dream destination of mine.  It took many years to get there, but two years ago Alex and I made our first trip over.  For the past two summers for one week in August, we have called London our home. We stay in a lovely hotel in the Bloomsbury section of London, very near the West End, Covent Garden and right down the street from the British Museum.  What I like to do when I am visiting any new city, is to get up early and explore on my own, while Alex is sleeping.  I like to pretend that I am living there, so I can get the lay of the land before we go out together.  Spending mornings in a small cafe in Russell Square watching the world go by and gazing at the lovely water fountain in the square made for a peaceful morning and to this day the memory puts a smile on my face.

Our days were spent wandering with truly no plans.  We like to see where our feet and the Tube would take us.  Sometimes we would just hop on the Tube and decide at the last minute what stop we would take to explore new areas. One day we ended up at Wimbledon and on another occasion with were walking along the Thames River in Fulham on the path to Craven Cottage to watch a soccer match. Both areas were an absolute delight!  My favorite thing to do in a big city is to get lost - those are the best adventures.  We’d stop in at a few pubs along the way throughout the day, to quench our thirst and always would meet such lovely people. The first summer we were in London, we met a really nice young man from France that was going to school in London and bartending.  We were excitedly talking to him about our day trip to Paris on the Eurostar.  We never saw him again, but he and Alex had exchanged emails, so a few weeks later we received an email from him asking how we liked France and what we did in Paris, and an email relationship began for Alex.

I remember the first morning I was wandering around looking at the buildings, I felt like I was on a movie set, it seemed like I was walking thru a dream.  The gorgeous architecture, the colorful doors, double decker buses, cute cabs and the fabulous flowers that decorated the pubs were a feast for my eyes.  

Of all the beautiful places in London, my favorite places are the parks - Hyde Park, St. James Park, Regents Park, Kensington Gardens and all the small squares like Russell Square.  I have to say the best part of our trips are being able to spend quality time together - wandering, talking, laughing along the way.  The people that we meet from all walks of life are the icing on a very wonderful cake!

I’d like to thank Simone for giving me this opportunity to share my love of London (we haven’t even scratched the surface of it yet - we will be back!) and wish her a lovely time on her holiday in the South of France.

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”

Cathi lives in California and writes the blog 

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