yesterday was cloudy and there was no stopping the rain. yesterday was also the first day in months that i didn’t HAVE to do something…i didn’t have any appointments, i didn’t have to go to work and the things i did need to get done for next week could wait until today. it was the perfect day to wear my pyjamas all day, stay in bed, read a book, watch a movie, daydream, anything i wanted to. and so i did; i stayed in bed longer than i usually do, took the time to really enjoy my breakfast and then headed back to bed to read a book. natalie holbrook’s book, to be exact. i’ve been obsessed with her blog (and her son (how cute is he?!)) for a few years now, i’ve basically had a huge girl crush on her ever since i started reading it. her writing either has me laughing loudly or sighing deeply and she even pops into my dreams once in a while (that’s normal, right?). towards the end of her book, natalie gives advice on “beating the blahs”. she says: “(…) three gulps of outside air and you’ll feel at least 300 percent better.” now, while this is by far not the most innovative piece of advice ever, for me – yesterday being yesterday – it was perfect. i put on my coat and ventured into the rain and almost immediately, i felt happier. three gulps of outside air + the sound of raindrops falling onto leaves + the beautiful city around me = absolute contentedness.
on returning home, i was ready for some food. i’ve been looking for a chance to make something from ottolenghi’s ‘jerusalem’ (a christmas gift from my sister and her boyfriend…they obviously know me well) and discovered there was a recipe for harissa, which fitted in perfectly with this week’s theme. after making the spicy paste, i cut up some carrots in half and slathered them with the harissa. after roasting them in the oven i served them on greek yogurt, sprinkled them with two or three pinches of za’atar and freshly cut mint leaves and finally drizzled some olive oil and lemon juice (you taking note, jamie?) on top. throw a flatbread in there and it’s the ideal light lunch for the next rainy day!