Back to life, back to reality

Normal services have now resumed. Well, sort of normal.

Normal in that I am now two weeks back into the swing of London life.  Normal in that I am not waking up and attending morning wine tasting sessions and eating 3-courses-plus-a-cheese-plate for lunch. Normal in that I am back in a double bed.

Being back here in London feels very familiar. Familiar faces, familiar smells, familiar tastes of London water… After 10 (I know, can you believe it!) years of living here, I think I can say that London is my city, my home. And with Spring most definitely in the air, I am happy to admit it’s been a lovely homecoming. So many blossoming trees. So many lovely light evenings. The anticipation of Summer is a strong one, waking up the city. There’s so much going on. So many different buzzings and murmurings. New places to visit. New food to eat and drink. Festivals, gigs and exhibitions to see.

London from Primrose Hill

It’s so wonderful being back and seeing friends and family. All of whom are very happy to be eaters and tasters. New mouths to feed! A perfect audience.

But as the same time as all this familiarity, it’s feeling very NOT normal too. I feel quite different. While London as I know it might not have changed much in 12 weeks, I feel like I definitely have. My perspectives, my habits, my interests and my thoughts are tending in a different direction to where they were when I was last here. I’m baking bread. I’m cooking every day and loving it and missing it when I’m not in the kitchen.

While I am not getting back to Service Design work immediately, I am keeping myself very busy. For me, April is another month of cooking school but this time my education is in the form of real work experience in kitchens. I figure I’ve gained some momentum and started down a pathway and so if I don’t do this now, I’ll never do it! And there’s nothing like putting all the skills and learning into practise. In fact, many would say this is the best way to improve, to learn and to figure out in what shape and form I want cooking in my life. And I’m lucky enough to have secured two places in two of the most amazing kitchens ever! First up is Violet Bakery in Hackney and second is Ottolenghi’s.

I could not be more excited. My experiences of each will be documented in blog posts all of their own. But the idea that I will be getting up every day to be a chef??!! Check me!

Rolling chocolate truffles

In other news; my sourdough starter is still alive and well and getting to grips with the wild yeasts of London and the even wilder London water. (I’m now making it with boiled water, not just straight from the tap which I think is an improvement on taste and texture)

Sourdough loaf numero 2

I’m staying above ground as much as possible; minimal tube rides is a sure fire way to have a happier London life.

Enjoying coffee and cake with Chuck on our afternoon excursion of eating around Hackney

It’s great seeing friends and family and I’ve also been lucky enough to have Kate and Chuck from Ballymaloe over here doing their two weeks work experience at Ottolenghis and Nopi. With them we’ve explored some great London foodie places; Maltby Street Market, Nopi and St John’s Bread and Wine. It’s been so great to have them around and debrief after our days in the kitchen and readjustment to life  in the real world.

Our starters at Nopi

So arguably I’m still in the honeymoon period of being back to London life, but it’s a honeymoon I’ll happily stay in.


6 thoughts on “Back to life, back to reality

  1. Susan Turner April 14, 2016 / 4:33 pm

    It is lovely to hear ‘what happens next’ so will anticipate your future blogs with pleasure ☘


  2. Jenny Bell April 14, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    Aw so excited for you Fi! I’m really looking forward to seeing you soon and hearing more about your culinary adventures around beautiful (sunny) London Town! x

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  3. Audrey April 14, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    Sounds all very exciting Fi! Indeed 10 years in London…time flies! Seems like it was just yesterday that you moved in our crazy Wembley shared home! I miss you my friend! I’m very happy for you and wishing you the best in your new beginnings. Enjoy the journey and see where it will take you!


    • fi_says April 16, 2016 / 2:05 pm

      Thanks Audrey! I know, Marloes Close! A long time ago now 🙂 Hope you and Phil are all good. I will make it to you in Canada sometime soon x


  4. larsmarshandlebars April 16, 2016 / 11:07 am

    Very cool, I look forward to some taste testing next weekend if you are around!


    • fi_says April 16, 2016 / 2:03 pm

      Indeed. Will get a sourdough ready for your arrival and breakfast on Sat morning!


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