Today is IDAHOT day; International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia. A day that my workplace is 2000% behind. I am happy to work for such a large Bank in an industry that is very old-school in so many ways, but yet is completely inclusive and forward thinking. To mark IDAHOT day, the Bank are globally dressing in purple, having a bake sale of charity, hosting parent and family events, movie sessions, handing out purple candy floss, putting up posters for awareness, having external speakers share their stories and placing photo booths about the globe.
After a fantastic start to the year with my gym month of February, I very quickly slid down the slide of doom back into old habits. I used the excuse of moving house and subsequently cancelling my gym membership for just over six weeks.
Following the six week period of eating and drinking (all the alcohol – even tequila shots were not off limits) everything in sight, and admitting to my recent purchase of a maternity top, I decided it was time to get back on track. Plus, every time I log into ASOS now they show me maternity clothing and it’s goddamn depressing.
Obviously, most meatball recipes are carb-free – but these ones are so satisfying and filling you don’t even need the spaghetti! Phil brought me back this bowl from Barcelona when he went to visit (we weren’t dating), but he knew of my passion for collecting crockery from all over the world, as long as they contain the colour navy.
Last year Phil bought his dad tickets to watch the golf up north near his home town, leaving me with no plans for over a week in the middle of July. When this realisation hit me this year, I quite quickly decided, fuck this, and after discussions with my pals, Eileen and Toni, we booked the most amazing resort in Corfu, Greece.
On Sunday in honour of England’s national day: St George’s Day, I made Shepherd’s pie. It’s a dish I had not made for Phil before, so I searched for a trusty Jamie Oliver’s recipe.