Food at Home


One of the best things about being back home in Austria is the food, the glorious, glorious food! Honestly we spent so much time eating in the few weeks we were in Austria, but then, if you can’t eat a ridiculous amount when you’re on holiday when can you?


So here is a little tribute to these culinary delights:

The regular barbecues we enjoyed in the garden as a family….

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Fraser, here eagerly awaiting his plate of grilled food.

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Sausages, vegetables, chicken… we felt as if we could have had this for every meal.

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The delicious (and in the heat much needed) ice creams.

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And ice coffees, eagerly scoffed down by my brother Dieter.

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Of course the other lovely drinks we enjoyed too, such as post-dinner chinese plum wine, and refreshing beverages.

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Great restaurant food.

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And last, but certainly not least, 60th birthday ice cream cake.

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So back in Edinburgh now it is definitely back to exercising and eating more healthily, but, my God, was it good while it lasted!



Short But Sweet

Some weekends are short but sweet. We’ve been doing so much recently and the weather wasn’t really that great, so we decided to just take it easy last weekend.

We went to see Despicable Me 2 which we loved! (See my review of the film here). On Sunday we went out for some delicious breakfast.

We had a lazy afternoon and baked a lemon cake.


It had home made lemon curd inside.

And was SO TASTY!!

The sweetness in our short but sweet weekend.

Some more from the weekend.

The final few pictures from our weekend. We just decided to relax on Sunday and catch up with little things we had put off during the week. But there was also:

another little sunny walk,

a nacho lunch,

some baking,

and, happily, some double chocolate chip biscuits (we are eating them a little too quickly)!

I hope you had a nice weekend too ūüôā

Hello Edinburgh!


So I’ve been back in Edinburgh for a week now, and despite really missing my family, it does feel good to be back. Mainly it was nice to be reunited with Fraser. I was lucky to be greeted with a truly glorious spring day the day after my return, and Fraser and I decided to make the most of it.


We went for a walk in the lovely sunshine and stopped off to buy some of our favourite coffee (Guatemalan Elephant, in case you were wondering).

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We took our time, catching up, chatting and enjoying the fact that spring had finally arrived after a long, cold winter.

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Eventually we felt hungry and so stopped off at Bibi’s Bakery for some of their amazing and delicious cupcakes. It’s a treat we don’t often allow ourselves but when we do, we are always reminded of just how great their little bakery is and just how fantastic their cupcakes are.

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As it was getting late and we still had plans for the evening we decided to head home to devour our cupcakes. It was a lovely late afternoon, still sunny and warm.

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Being home meant cupcake eating time, and oh, were they good!

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A chocolate-orange and a smarty cupcakes for me, and a lemon and a nutella cupcake for Fraser.

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By the evening it was time to head out again as the sun set over the city.


We rounded off the evening with some tapas in a restaurant we hadn’t been to before, (where we seemed to disappoint the waiter that the ‘Shearer’ reservation was not, in fact, for Alan Shearer). Followed by a trip to the cinema.


It’s good to be back, Edinburgh, please stay sunny for a little while so we can continue to enjoy you. Thank you!

Journeying Home

On Wednesday I left Edinburgh for a two week holiday back home with my parents. All is well, I have arrived safely and am being treated to, quite frankly, a five star experience.

My flight was in the afternoon so I made my way to Waverley Bridge late morning. It was actually a really nice and sunny day (which feels slightly absurd now as it is cold and drizzly here at the moment). After a pleasant bus journey I arrived at the airport.

Two flights and another airport later and I had landed in Graz. Once we got home I was greeted with perfectly delicious lemon cake. Since then I have been chatting and having fun with family, eating exceptional food and just relaxing. I think these two weeks will be great.


Sunday Lunch

This past Sunday happened to be Easter Sunday. I say ‘happened’ because Easter really doesn’t mean that much to us (not that it isn’t a great excuse to enjoy some chocolate). The far more important thing to us, was that it was the last Sunday before I leave for just over two weeks, and the last day before my departure on which Fraser wouldn’t be working. So we decided to go out for lunch and spend a nice day together.

Easter Sunday, it turns out is a great day to go out for lunch because most of the students have gone home and most families, I guess, are eating at home. So there weren’t that many people in the caf√©.

We had some excellent pizzas, meatball for Fraser and cajun chicken for me, and some kind of zesty lemonade thing which was excellent (we’re thinking probably crushed ice, lemonade and lemon ice cream)!


^^^^So much yummy pizza!

Then it was home to indulge in the aforementioned chocolate. Easter eggs, coffee and Sunday football. Good times, happy Easter!


A quiet week

It’s been a quiet week with Fraser now working at the science festival and me focusing on my writing. I am leaving next week to go home for a little while, something I am ridiculously excited about. But that has meant that I have been trying to get as much work done as possible this week, as I am likely to have less time while I’m at home.

The good news is that the weather seems to have ever so slightly picked up. By that I really just mean that it has been pretty sunny. It’s still very cold and¬†occasionally¬†snowy, we’ve been keeping warm with winter soups.

There have been some lovely treats this week, in the form of Easter eggs and Easter chocolate. But one of the best surprises was a present Fraser had actually ordered for me for Christmas, but they weren’t going to be made until after Christmas. And now it is finally here. I now have one of my favourite novels of all time¬†The Great Gatsby¬†printed on a t shirt in a really lovely design. I love love LOVE it! It is from this website and such a great idea I think.

So, yes, a quiet week, but productive and with a few nice little surprises along the way.

Cake Day

Ok, I’ve had enough of the snow. Truthfully, I had had enough of the snow several weeks ago, but apparently no one has told Edinburgh that it is supposed to be approaching spring. So Tuesday morning we woke up to this funny, flakey, white stuff tumbling from the skies. All night I had heard the wind whistling through the streets and rattling our windows and to put it simply, all day, it was freezing. It was one of those ‘definitely stay in doors and keep warm’ days. So I did.

Luckily this day of freeze coincided with something we, in this household, have been very much looking forward to. For the past month, as part of a healthy eating experiment,  Fraser and I have given up all forms of sweet food, this included biscuits, cakes, sweets, sugary drinks and, most painfully for me, all forms of chocolate. I love chocolate and have missed it greatly these past weeks. But, Tuesday, this self-imposed ban was finally over. And to celebrate, I decided to bake a cake. A delicious chocolate-orange cake.

The absolute¬†best¬†way to be reunited with sweet food, I can tell you! So the snow and rain continued throughout the day, but we didn’t mind, we had cake.