This week’s small pleasures #122

It’s Monday, it’s time for this week’s small pleasures. It is a lovely hot summer evening, we are well fed with halloumi and mushroom burgers, so it is time to think about the small pleasures of life. It is also the sixth anniversary of us being in Wellington.

First up, these cornflowers in the Botanic Gardens meadow. They are such a beautiful colour, that I have to stop each day I walk past and have a look.


Almost no summer post can go by without featuring tomatoes, like these ones on the vine. So good, we had some sliced with the mushroom and halloumi burgers.


On Saturday evening, we headed out for dinner to one of our favourite Wellington restaurants, Field & Green. We both started with an absolute divine dish of a rye crepe with smoked salmon, chive cream cheese, dill, raisin and fennel butter. As I was eating, I almost didn’t want it to end. I followed this with pan-fried snapper served with fregola and a lovely citrus salad. Karl had the beef fillet, and we both finished with our favourite affogato with Amaretto.


My two new cookbooks arrived – Julia Turshen’s Now and Again and Timothy Pakron’s Mississippi Vegan (do check him out on Instagram @mississippivegan). Looking forward to trying out some things from both of them.

New cook books

Finally, we were visited by these kereru on Sunday afternoon, crashing through the branches before sitting for a while. Lovely to see these giant, native pigeons again in our garden.

And that’s it for this week. What were your small pleasures of the past week?

Thanks to Mani over at A New Life Wandering for the original idea.

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  1. Very beautiful and sensual surroundings. Love the fish meal too. Thank you for sharing and it must be tough being vegan in Mississippi, but the book yet was born 🙂


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