This week’s small pleasures #125

I’ve been doing these small pleasures posts for over two years now, and still find them quite fun to do. It’s a nice way to think about those little things in life that bring a smile to our faces.

First up, it is still summer, and that to me is a great pleasure. On Sunday, we drove over to Eastbourne, and took a walk along part of the way to Pencarrow Lighthouse. We really should do the walk properly one day. It is only 2 hours there and back, so there is no excuse really (except starting too close to lunch time….).

Sunday’s walk

There are still lots of stone fruits about, including these large, red plums I picked up to make a crumble with on Saturday. So good! Also in this week’s shopping basket, were these heirloom cherry tomatoes, of various hues and shapes.

Plums for a crumble
Mini heirloom tomatoes

Still on food…honestly there have been other small pleasures this week…we went out for dinner on Valentine’s Day to one of our excellent local places, Tinakori Bistro (we were last there on Hogmanay). I really enjoyed my duck rillettes, followed by blue warehou served with Puy lentils, pea shoots, smoked olives and roast tomatoes. Karl opted for the chicken liver parfait and ‘steak frites’. It was also lovely walking home seeing people enjoying Valentine picnics in the gardens.

Back in the kitchen, I made a mushroom and cheese quiche for Sunday dinner, and the avocado, cucumber and tomato salad from Mississippi Vegan’s book which I can highly recommend (both the book and recipe, though be aware there are no metric measurements for any of the recipes) to have as a lovely salad with Saturday’s dinner.

Salad idea

It was also a week where I carved out time to read, walked home through the Botanic Gardens and enjoyed the company of Charlie.

Sleeping beauty

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. Like the pics but love your Sleeping Beauty – hahahahaha Mine does the same thing and usually right in the middle of where I am working. Knit, she’s in my lap. Computer, she’s usually either on my papers or trying to sit on the keyboard (jerk – haha). Read, she is on the book. What is it with cats needing to be the center of everything?


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