• Food

    Banana Fritters (Beignets á la Banane)

    Every time I prepare these banana fritters (beignets á la banane) they get devoured in an instant as they melt on the tongue. Easy to make, yummy to eat, go down well. The ingredients that you will need to create this simple, yet very delicious recipe are: 3 ripe bananas, mashed, 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of water, Vanilla extract, 1 pinch of nutmeg, 1 pinch of cinnamon, Zest of 1 lime, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1/2 lime, juiced For the deep-frying: Vegetable oil Mix all the above ingredients (apart from the baking soda, lime juice and  lime zest), until you obtain a smooth cream-like paste. If the batter is too thick, add a bit of water. If…

  • Decor,  Lifestyle

    Sparkly Christmas Decorations

    Christmas is the perfect time when one can endlessly decorate their house with a myriad of fairy lights and sparkly decorations. This year, our Christmas colour scheme is clear, blue, pink, white, silver and grey. The white Christmas tree, which is covered with blue fairy lights, is adorned with fluffy white, clear, dark pink and blue baubles. To compliment the Christmas tree, I created and positioned some fake brown soil covered in artificial snow and  some silvery snow flake confetti at its base. The sitting room, hall and kitchen are also decorated with clear fairy lights and vintage style snowflakes throughout. The sofas in the sitting room are covered with cosy warm white throws and lots of large white and  grey faux-fur cushions.…

  • A bit of Culture

    A Book and a Cup of Tea

    My perfect trio when it’s cold outside: a book, a cup of green tea and a hot-water bottle. I love reading and have a particular interest in books about Black history or novels set in in the past and present French Caribbean, my parents’ home. When I was 14, my father bought my first book, written by a novelist from Martinique, Joseph Zobel. It was ‘La Rue Cases Nègres’, a real revelation that made me want to know more about my ancestors’ history, my parents’ homeland, my roots, my Martinique. Below is a non-exhaustive list of books with story lines set in the French Caribbean that I truly enjoyed and suggest you to discover/re-discover.   La Rue Cases Nègres, Moi Tituba,…

  • Lifestyle

    A Pampering Day at Whittlebury Hall

    On 21st December I was officially off work for the Christmas holiday season, and my break started with a bang when I finally went to Whittlebury Hall for a Spa day… on my own!! Last Christmas, so nearly a year ago,  one of my daughters gave me a spa day gift voucher. As she rightly said, I deserved a bit of pampering. Having some ME time has become a must in my life in order to be physically and mentally fit. There was a time when I found it egotistical to look after myself and to do things just for me, but since my health had been put under a lot of strains that year, I no longer feel bad about taking time…