This week’s blog comes to you all the way from Bergerac in France. Elliot, his youngest son Errol and I are all spending some time with my mum and step-dad, soon to be joined by my oldest brother Brodie and his family. Although we see each other individually throughout the year, we don’t often get to spend time all together, so this is great.
It’s very beautiful over here, and in many ways has a familiar feel. It looks quite like Somerset with its rolling hills and rows of trees breaking up the farmland. Wildlife roams happily and freely around the fields. We have spotted wild fauns in the garden, and all around the surrounding area horses and cows can be found sharing shade in the heat. It has been quite hot so far, which is lovely, if a little challenging at my later stages of pregnancy, (more bump updates later in this blog!) One of the biggest differences is the pace of life compared to London. Life here moves at a much steadier speed, and I find myself in less of a rush, which is actually very nice right now.
Each night we have eaten outside as it’s warm all evening. My mum is a great cook, and as I love being in the kitchen so much we have made most of the meals together. In this picture, we had just eaten one of my signature dishes, a prawn Thai red curry with rice. Years ago, my mum taught me one of her favourite rice recipes that I now use – and I shall now share with you too!
I have adapted a few bits, such as the coconut oil. Heat uncooked rice in hot coconut oil for one minute then add water, salt and three cardamom and clove pods and immediately cover with a sealed lid. Bring to boil and then simmer for approximately 10 minutes. It’s really important that the lid stays tight and no steam seeps out. When its looks ready turn off the heat and try. If the rice is ready, then fluff it up with a fork and add a good drizzle of coconut oil and stir in. Serve with curry. It is sooo tasty and even tastes good cold the next day.
During the days we have found all sorts of fun things to do such as visiting local markets. We picked up delicious local cheese, fruit and vegetables. This region of France is famous for its garlic and prunes – not mixed together! I am not a fan of garlic at all as it makes me feel nauseous, but I do like the sweetness of fresh prunes. Especially mixed with banana, honey, yoghurt and milk blended into a smoothie. We also found this gentleman playing Beatles classics on the saxophone.
In this heat we have made sure we are never without our Ultrasun. I have converted the whole family. This year we took our SPF 50 Sports Gel and supersize Glimmer SPF 20. I find that my skin is so much more sensitive in the heat the later into pregnancy I get. I now have only 5 weeks to go!! The time has seems to have gone very quickly. It seems that not so long ago that I was announcing the news and now we are nearly there. I have tried to keep my skin in the best condition I can with all the changes. In my next, and possibly last, blog before I go on maternity leave, I will share photos of the new little nursery and what fantastic QVC beauty essentials will be taking in my hospital bag.
This is what I’ve packed for holiday bag:
For now I’m going to leave you with these two photos from a fantastic vintage shop that myself and Elliot found. Here is a mannequin looking tres vogue, and we also bought all these letters in the photo behind us that spell out “To dream, to love”.
And on that note, have a wonderful week and I’ll see you on my next morning show on August 9th.