Impromptu Date Night and Breakfast Quinoa.

Last night Chris and I headed out to meet our friends Jessica and Dylan at their house, have a catch up and see their baby boy Mac who is now 11 weeks old! It’s crazy how time flies.  We spent a couple of hours chatting and catching up about the wedding etc over a couple of glasses of wine.

When we left their house, it was around 9pm and Chris and I suddenly discovered that we were starving! There is a very cute little french bistro called L’ardoise near their house that we first saw over a year ago when we walked past on our way to Pottery Barn to buy a coffee table for our engagement (talk about time flying!).  So we walked down there to see if they could squeeze us in.

We sat down in this incredibly cute, cozy and intimate bistro and had a truly delicious meal.  This was one of those places that’s dark and lit by old Parisienne style lamps and where the servers were actually French! Bonus!

I had the braised lamb shank served with mashed potato, spinach and a tomato jus (yum!) and Chris opted for the hangar steak (also yum!).

L’ardoise braised lamb shank goodness.

But the real star of the show was the dessert we shared.  We split the ‘Isles Flotant’ or Floating Island served with strawberries.  Ahhhhh this was awesome! It was light and fluffy and meringue deliciousness.

Isles Flotant

And that rounded off our fun impromptu date night.  Good times!


This morning started off with a little game of hide-and-seek with a certain white fluffy lady.  I actually couldn’t find her for a little while until I lifted up the comforter and…

Hide and Seek Annie!

Found you!



After lazing around for a little while, I decided it was time to hop to and make some breakfast.  Since I’ll be out getting my massage (yes!!!) over lunchtime, I wanted a breakfast with some staying power.  So, I opted for a quinoa breakfast bowl.  It really is amazing what this stuff can do.


Breakfast Quinoa

Yield 1 Serving.

What You Need; 

1C Skim milk plus extra for serving

1/2 C rinsed Quinoa

2 Tbs Wheat Germ (optional)

3 Tbs Brown Sugar plus extra for serving (optional)

1/4 tsp Cinnamon plus extra for serving (optional)

1 Handful of Blueberries plus extra for serving (optional)

What You Do;

In a small saucepan, bring the milk to a boil.

Add in the rinsed quinoa, bring back to a boil and then turn to low and simmer with the lid on until 3/4 of the milk has been absorbed (around 20 minutes).

Stir in the brown sugar and cinnamon, cover again and let simmer until almost all milk has been absorbed (7-10 minutes).

*This step is optional* Add 2 Tbs of wheat germ to the quinoa stirring quickly (this really adds to the thickening of the quinoa and also adds a nice nutty flavour).

Stir in the blueberries over the low heat for approximately 30 seconds and then remove from heat.

Serve with an extra splash of milk, sugar, blueberries or whatever takes your fancy, and ENJOY!

Breakfast Quinoa


This breakfast really hit the spot! Now I am off to get some things done around the apartment before heading off for my massage, hooray!









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