After a lovely time spent on the beach and in the city, I’m now catching a flight over to Tokyo, just in time to celebrate the New Year there in style.
Forget about wasting your time reading 50 Shades of Grey, as the truly salacious stories of illicit romances can be found in my latest and most intriguing read to date entitled Royal Romances by Leslie Carroll.
If you’re as curious as me when it comes to living life as a European monarch, this book spans through seven scandalous and seductive centuries telling “titillating tales of passion and power in the palaces of Europe”. There are chapters on Charles VII, Henri II, Louis XIV, Louis XV, Catherine The Great (Catherine II), Marie Antoinette, Napoleon Bonaparte and many more. The word notorious just doesn’t do some of these monarchs justice. Intrigued yet? I literally haven’t been able to stop reading!
Some call this paradise, I call it home. I guess having lived in Bangkok and traveling extensively has slightly acclimatized me to scenery such as this but the truth is, it never gets old.
Sun, water, and good food, all enjoyed in the great company of my nearest and dearest, what else could one possibly need? Pasta penne with fresh pesto sauce, cherry tomatoes, cashews, and basil topped off with parmesan cheese. It’s a terrific and super easy dish to make at home and enjoy yourselves!
I’m really having a blast and I hope you are all having a wonderful time as well, be it in sunshine, rain or snow!
If you’re craving a change from the classic fruity beach cocktails and mocktails then why not quench your thirst by trying out this refreshing lime soda? It’s one of my favorite alternates to be enjoyed on hot and sweaty days.
Ingredients: 1/3 cup (90 ml) fresh lime juice, 1/4 cup (60 ml) sugar syrup *more or less depending on your taste preference, pinch of salt (optional), ice, about 1/2 cup (125 ml) soda water
The Recipe makes about 1 1/4 (300 ml): * Salty-sweet combinations in drinks (and food) are especially relished in Thailand, hence the optional inclusion of salt. To Westerners, this may be an acquired taste. But if you’re feeling brave, why not give it a go?
In a small jug or stylish decanter, combine lime juice, sugar syrup to taste, and salt if using. Stir to blend. Pour into a glass packed with ice. Add soda water to top off (I really recommend it), plus additional sugar syrup if you like.
If you’re also curious to try the dangerously addictive sugar syrup, don’t say I didn’t warn you…
Ingredients: 1 cup (250 ml) granulated (white) sugar, 1 cup (250 ml) water
The Recipe makes about 1 1/4 cups (300 ml):
In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine sugar and water, stirring just until sugar dissolves. Once the sugar dissolves, stop stirring, increase heat, and bring the water to a boil. Continue boiling for 3 minutes without stirring. Do not let the syrup crystallize. Brush the pan side with a brush dipped in cold water. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Pour into a jar, cover, and refrigerate indefinitely.
The recipes can be found in the book Thai Home Cooking if you’re curious to try more. Enjoy!
Just like Rupert Holmes in his song Escape (The Piña Colada Song) I too “like piña coladas, and getting caught in the rain. I’m not much into health food, I am into champagne” and now I’ve even made my escape.
Add Bangkok to the long list of cities that never sleep. No matter how late the hour, the city streets here are always busy with people and traffic. I’m also thinking it’s a ♪ city of blinding lights ♪ . Fierce skyline right, I have a room with quite a view!
I’ve now temporarily relocated to กรุงเทพมหานคร (Bangkok, Thailand) where I’ll be enjoying an escape away from the cold winter temperatures. We all hibernate in different ways and this winter my hibernation will include sipping piña coladas and basking in the sun.