It was my birthday on Friday and I'm now forty-four years old. Eeek! My super lovely boyfriend not only got me a fab new pair of walking shoes (I recycled a disintegrating pair of espadrilles so still only five pairs of shoes in my wardrobe!) but he also arranged a surprise lunch at The Secret Garden in Melle. We've visited this cafe-restaurant before and I think it's my favourite of all the ones we've tried locally. I tried a new-to-me dish, a Flammekueche, which is like a rectangular pizza with a very thin base. It was piled with roasted pepper strips and julienne carrot, crumbled tofu and rocket leaves (arugula). Delicious, but I forgot to take a pic until I'd eaten most of it so you'll need to imagine! Dave enjoyed his beef burger too.
I received generous Etsy and Amazon vouchers as well so am looking forward to future Shopping Opportunities!
This week's book blogger celebrations:— Nicole Hewitt (@NicoleMHewitt) May 3, 2019
Happy blogoversary to @MissCarrieLA and @gracedwbooks!! 🎉🎉
And happy birthday to @Cat_book_tea, @carmelamartino and @Stephanie_Jne!! 🥳🎂
Hope you're all having a fantastic week filled with celebrations and books!!
My vegan cooking adventures contined with baking Quick Biscuits and Fruit Scones, neither of which were actually particularly adventurous because it was simply a question of swapping the butter for vegetable oil spread and dairy milk for soya! However I also had a stab at Vegan Mayonnaise and this was a revelation. So much easier than the egg version and a far nicer taste than the commercial products. I'd recommend this Minimalist Baker recipe here to everyone.
|Spice-fried chips with salad, vegan mayo and chutney|
In bookish news, I'm delighted to be this month's Bookish Bingo winner over at Chapter Break. I matched 22 squares. If you don't already play their Bookish Bingo, why not download May's grid and give it a try? It's fun!
Giveaways closing soon
7th May: Win 1 of 3 signed copies of The High Court by Chris Ledbetter. 1 winner also gets a $50 Amazon.com gift card.
9th May: Win a $30 Amazon gift card and signed copies of Forgiven Are The Starry Eyed by Christine Doré Miller
9th May: Win a $15 Amazon gift card to celebrate the publication of Of Shadow And Light by Ebony Olson
9th May: Win a $25 Amazon gift card to celebrate the I Spy The Boy Next Door by Samantha Armstrong blog tour
11th May: (post on the 8th) Win copies of The Suspects or The Silence by Katharine Johnson
(All current giveaways here)
On my blogs this week were:
State Of The ARC - April 2019
A Month In Books - April 2019
Book Blogger Hop - Which book do you wish you'd written?
April Reading Challenges and Bookish Bingo
#WorldReads - Five Books From Wales
Forgiven Are the Starry-Eyed by Christine Doré Miller Spotlight + #Giveaway
The Red Badge Of Courage by Stephen Crane review
Of Shadow and Light by Ebony Olson Spotlight + #Giveaway
How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee review
Salads That Satisfy by Aysegul Sanford review + #FreeBook
I Spy the Boy Next Door by Samantha Armstrong Spotlight + #Giveaway + Excerpt
The Devil's Gorge by Dora Ilieva review
Seven Adorable Ducklings #GiftIdeas
Have a great week!