Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Exploring the Highline, New York

 They say a picture tells a thousand words.

In that case, brace yourselves for 2,400 words.

The High Line is one of the places in New York that Matthew and I knew we had to go when we visited the city. A truly unique park in the heart of Manhattan, we had such fun walking the length of the trail. The mixture of greenery, the urban areas it traversed, and the hints at the railroad which preceded it made the whole experience one to treasure. I could waffle on at length, but in this post I think I'll let the pictures do the talking...





Sunday, February 26, 2017

Super-simple Sweet Potato Hummus


Last Saturday I had a unique problem. Not an actual problem, you understand, but very much a food-blogger-hungry-girl problem.

As I cruised through Instagram stories (do please follow mine if you're a fan of cats, food, books, travel and lashings of silliness), it appeared a large chunk of my acquaintance were all out at brunch. This felt especially mean as I'd chained myself to the house for the morning and early afternoon to write and plan and clean, so could not be out at brunch myself. I jest of course, but as I had a five minute break and a play on insta, the hunger was real. What to do?

And then the lovely Charlie and Katy posted a beautiful dish of hummus, and I knew exactly what I had to make - my super-simple sweet potato hummus. I love it and it's unbelievably easy to throw together. I always keep a tin of chickpeas and a jar of tahini to hand just in case I feel like making hummus, and this sweet potato blend is delish. I didn't have any cumin in the house, but this still tasted lovely.

Thank you for the inspo, ladies!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I Love Your Blog: Jaye Rockett


I love when I get the chance to do this series. There are so many great bloggers out there, people sharing great ideas, great words, great images, and I love having the chance and the platform to share some of them here with you.

I actually cannot recall the first time I met Jaye, but I am oh-so-glad I did. Stylish, funny, and utterly addicted to stationery (qwe bonded hard over a mutual love of Kikki K, Paperchase, and Erin Condren, among others!), she's such a creative and kind member of the blogosphere, and I'm delighted that she agreed to take part in 'I Love Your Blog'.


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 1.      How long have you been blogging?

I’ve been blogging now for almost five years, but my blog has taken quite a few forms during that time. I originally started it as something to keep me occupied when I moved to London for Uni and knew nobody, and it’s kind of evolved into something of a digital diary!

2.      What do you blog about?  Do you have a specific goal with your blog, or is it more a record of your life?

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Pizza Club at Firebrand Pizza


One of the true delights of blogging has been the many wonderful people I've met. Inspiring people, clever people, funny people; amazing writers, photographers and wits; dear friends and kind souls. I'm always amazed at how fortunate I've been in the people I am lucky enough to call my blog-friends and the many joys they bring to my life.

Three such wonders are my Pizza Club buddies, Emma, Connie and Vicky. From a series of throwaway tweets in the middle of 2016, Pizza Club was spawned, and now every month or two we get together to eat pizza, try new flavours, and catch up on the goings on in our lives. On this occasion we were kindly invited by Firebrand Pizza, a sweet little pizzeria a hop, skip and jump from Marylebone station.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Life Goddess, Fitzrovia

I love finding little spots in town that are great for lunch. In this busy, bustling city, it's so great to find somewhere where you can pull up a chair and enjoy a delicious meal on a lunchbreak or of an evening. Imagine my delight, then, when I met up with the lovely Charlie and we headed to The Life Goddess in Fitzrovia for lunch a little while ago.

This little gem is a true delight, nestled away in the heart of the city. Part deli, part restaurant, it was the ideal place for a catch up over great, fresh food.


I settled upon the slow roasted pork belly with rosemary potatoes and salad...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Brunch at Boondocks

Whatever your personal feelings about Valentines, February 14th is all about the love.

How fitting, then, that my blogging calendar has me writing about something I truly love today (I love many things, but today's topic is definitely one of them!).

Brunch.

I love brunch. The options, the chat, the cocktails, the coffee. There's something so delicious and inviting about spending time over a meal with friends, family, loved ones, and a long brunch is a charming way to catch up and check in.


I've passed Boondocks, on City Road, a fair few times since it opened. With a fair few friends living and working in Old Street, Hoxton and Shoreditch, it's a part of town I see often. I also love a bit of southern-US comfort food, so it was very much on my radar to try. Imagine my delight, then, when the lovely Katy said she'd been invited along to sample their new brunch menu. And that she had a plus one. I love it when the universe conspires to bring me, breakfast food, and dear friends together.



Sunday, February 12, 2017

Exploring the Royal Museums, Greenwich


Last month, I was lucky enough to spend a day out having adventures with the lovely Emma. We brunched at Big Easy then we spent an enjoyable afternoon exploring some of the wonderful museums over in Greenwich.

Our first stop was the National Maritime Museum. I've been here several times on school trips, but on this occasion it was lovely to explore without having to pause every few moments to do a headcount (I'm such a triple-checker when I run school excursions!). The museum is light and inviting and full to bursting with the most fascinating pieces which chart the naval and sailing history of our island nation. 


Saturday, February 04, 2017

Big Easy, Canary Wharf


A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to get to hang out with the lovely Emma and do some exploring here in town. Once we settled on a date, we quickly formulated a plan - brunch at the Big Easy in Canary Wharf followed by exploring and culture at the museums in Greenwich.


As the picture demonstrates, I was super excited to try Big Easy - I've been meaning to do so for ages but this was actually my first visit. I love me some southern-US food so was excited to head on down and try. The Canary Wharf location is lovely, easy to get to, with bags of space and great light, so all in all it's a blogger's dream!

Hi, I'm Claire...

Hi, I'm Claire...

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I believe in 80s pop, 90s teen movies, and proper thank you notes. I just like smiling...smiling's my favourite.

I write here about London, food, books & travel, and a lot more besides. I'm never happier than when having adventures, cooking for friends, or lost in a good book.

If you'd like to work together, or if you'd just like to say hello, my email is: countrymouseclaire@gmail.com

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