A very slow weekend

My weekend started at Osteria Antica Bologna in Northcote Road, a nice family run Italian restaurant where I enjoyed delicious scallops with lentil, apple and parsley salad accompanied by good wine and fabulous company. I actually tried to recreate the lentil salad but it wasn’t as good, truth be told I used the wrong kind of apple. If you are ever in Clapham Junction area do go, it’s a fantastic place for lunch, dinner or drink. Beware of a slow service but the wait will be worth it!

Saturday was all about food shopping and a very early spring cleaning of the flat, we have thrown out a bagful of old papers and organised a lot of cupboards. We also visited the local charity shop to offload some stuff where I couldn’t resist buying F.Scott Fitzgerald collection of short stories for 50p.

After last two weeks of ebay madness I hardly have things to get rid of which feels so good.

Sunday was spent on cooking and playing with my little niece. I baked Allegra McEvedy’s Swedish apple cake which is more of a pudding than a cake, especially when served with good vanilla ice cream. Very easy recipe, it takes about 10-15 minutes to put everything together and 50 min to bake.

Got to read a little too, Vogue and ELLE arrived, The Sunday Times had a good article on Mad Men which btw won the best drama at Golden Globes for the 3rd year in a row, well deserved!

I am reading Chekhov’s stories and this weekend I enjoyed Ward no6. I also got D.V. by Diana Vreeland which I am very much looking forward to. Following the Norman Parkinson show at Somerset House I decided to re-read The Golden Age of Couture – the book accompaniment to one of my favorite exhibitions.

I watched the rather bad Breaking and Entering (a total waste of time) and the very graphic yet beautifully shot Antichrist.

Few things I am looking forward to:

a visual feast of A Single Man thanks to Dan Bishop

visiting V&A to see Quilts, Grace Kelly and Horace Walpole shows, and might even pop in to see a rather intriguing sounding The Metropolitan Police Service’s Investigation of Fakes and Forgeries

Foal and Tuffin at Fashion and Textile Museum should be fun, along with a stroll down Bermondsey Street

William Eggleston at Victoria Miro Gallery

Irving Penn Portraits at NPG

whole lot of good stuff at the Tate Galleries

buying some plants – I quite like the idea of mother-in-law’s tongue in nice mid-century pots, at the moment I own no plants whatsoever, even my basil died so this will be a challenge.

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5 Responses to “A very slow weekend”

  1. if jane 18 January, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

    so much to do…and i love that you have all the energy to do it..you are my inspiration for 2010! ;))

  2. Drop Stitches Not Bombs 18 January, 2010 at 3:56 pm #

    Wow – I didn’t know there was a cactus called mother in law’s tongue: that’s brilliant! There is an Italian biscuit called lingue di suocera which I think is based on the same idea.

  3. The Sneaky Magpie 19 January, 2010 at 2:35 am #

    if jane: thanks but you know it’s going to end up with me trying to catch everything a week before it ends ;)

    drop stitches not bombs: ha ha ha mothers-in-law get lots of unfair abuse

  4. stuffedmice 19 January, 2010 at 2:47 am #

    doesn’t sound like a slow weekend, at all! the exhibitions look inviting and the pie… hm, i guess i agree with if Jane here:)

  5. The Sneaky Magpie 19 January, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    I always feel like I did little if I don’t leave my area, I suppose a did something ;)

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