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Home Beach Home

It’s been quite a journey, getting to South Carolina from London, over the past few months. But we finally found the perfect beach shack and we’re all snuggled in! I guess you could say I’ve even become a bit of a homebody.

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Station 19 Living Room Sofa

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Station 19 Kitchen Side Counter

Station 19 Kitchen Counter

Station 19 Guest bedroom Chest of Drawers Side

Station 19 Guest Bedroom Flowers

Station 19 Guest Bedroom Flowers Nightstand

Station 19 Bedroom Pillows

Station 19 Screened in Porch Beach Cottage

I’ve been getting down to work in the kitchen, testing out some classic Southern recipes… and a few of my own, like this Georgia peach gâteau.

Station 19 Pie Cloche

Station 19 Pie Cloche Cover

Southern life is treating us well. We’ve found the perfect compromise living 15 minutes outside of Charleston, but right on the beach in Sullivan’s Island. After all, we haven’t moved from the greatest city in the world to be downtown with all the tourists, college students and fixie bike hipsters. Life’s better on the water!

Sullivan's Island Beach Welcome Sign

Luckily, we’re 2 blocks from the sand – so we’ve been taking advantage of morning walks on the beach and late afternoon swims in the ocean.

Sullivan's Island Boardwalk Beach path

Sullivan's Island Boardwalk Beach path Landscape

Sullivan's Island Boardwalk Beach Waves Sand Landscape

Sullivan's Island Boardwalk Beach Houses Lighthouse Landscape

Sullivan's Island Boardwalk Beach Dunes Landscape

We didn’t waste any time finding our favourite restaurants on the island. On this particular occasion, we were off to brunch just up the road. We’re lucky we can walk everywhere, exploring our new neighbourhood on foot.

Sullivan's Island Sidewalk

Sullivan's Island Blue Doll House Victorian

Sullivan's Island Obstinate Daughter Steps

Obstinate Daughter is relatively new to the island – like us! But it’s already been making waves in the area for it’s coastal Italian influences and local ingredients. We heard about it practically before we even got unpacked, and now we’re working on making ourselves regulars.

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Sullivan's Island Obstinate Daughter Interior

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Their Blonde Bloody Mary is epic. And in case you’re wondering, that’s pickled okra speared on the garnish.

Sullivan's Island Obstinate Daughter Bloody Mary

Seasonal vegetable frittata with basil and mozzarella

Seasonal vegetable frittata with basil and mozzarella

House ham, farm egg, fontal cheese, garlic aioli

House ham, farm egg, fontal cheese, garlic aioli

Our brunch was slammin’ – I will keep coming back until I try everything on the menu.

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Life’s a beach – and I really can’t complain!

Gordo’s Spicy Mexican Eggs

Had a blinding night out at some friends’ dinner party on Friday.

That’s why I found myself on the couch in my nightgown watching Gordon Ramsay’s cooking show late Saturday morning.

No celebrity chef panders to hungry Americans quite like Gordo. And as he adroitly whipped up an eggy Mexican feast onscreen, I was hit with a bolt of inspiration. I launched myself off the sofa and into the kitchen, flinging open the cupboard doors for a quick inventory of supplies, before cracking on with a cheesy Ramsay-influenced breakfast.

Ingredients

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With all my ingredients assembled, I preheated my oven to 350°F (180°C), tied on my apron, and got to cookin’.

Step 1: Brush an oven-proof skillet (or in this case, a cast iron shallow casserole) and sprinkle with salt and pepper

Step 1: Brush an oven-proof skillet (or in this case, a cast iron shallow casserole) with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper

Step 2: Line the dish with corn tortillas, cutting them in half to cover the sides, letting them hang over the edge a little bit.

Step 2: Line the dish with corn tortillas, cutting them in half to cover the sides, letting them hang over the edge a little bit.

Step 3: Sautee 1 diced red onion, 1 sliced green pepper, and 2 sliced garlic cloves until golden, about 6 minutes.

Step 3: In a fry pan, sauté 1 diced red onion, 1 sliced chili, and 2 sliced garlic cloves until golden, about 6 minutes.

Step 4: Throw in a pinch of cumin seeds, let cook for 2 minutes. Then add 1 can of chopped tomatoes, and let simmer for 5 minutes.

Step 4: Throw in a pinch of cumin seeds, let cook for 2 minutes. Then add 1 can of chopped tomatoes, and let simmer for 5 minutes.

Step 6: Stir in one can of drained and rinsed black beans.

Step 5: Stir in one can of drained and rinsed black beans until the mixture is heated through, about 2 minutes.

Step 7: Pour the warm mixture over the tortillas.

Step 6: Pour the warm mixture over the tortillas.

Step 8: Make 4 little wells in the mixture, then crack 4 eggs into the wells.

Step 7: Make 4 little wells in the mixture, then crack 4 eggs into the wells.

Step 9: Sprinkle with cheese. Lots and lots of cheese. Make it rain with cheese!

Step 8: Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and cheddar cheese. Lots and lots of cheese. Make it rain with cheese!

Step 10: Pop in the oven for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is nice and bubbly.

Step 9: Pop in the oven for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is nice and bubbly.

While the eggs baked, I used the window of opportunity to whip up a jug of Bloody Marys. There’s only one vodka you’ll ever want to use, and that’s Bakon. It’s infused with the essence of crispy peppered bacon slices, and it adds a delicious smokey flavor to your Mary.

Bakon Bloody

Bloody Mary

A final stir before the oven timer goes off, and out comes this sexy beast…

Presentation

I’m talking about the baked eggs of course!

A sprinkle of cilantro (coriander to you Brits)… and ¡Ay, caramba!

It’s chow time.

Finished Product

Step 8 Scoop and Eat

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Plated

Plated Spicy Eggs

A couple scoops of these huevos picante brought me back from the brink, and gave me the strength to resume my post – on the couch, reading a freshly imported magazine from home.

Reading

If you want to give it a try, here’s your grocery list:

(Hindsight is 20/20: If I could do it again, I’d top with a scoop of sriracha guacamole).

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Lunch at The Wild Rabbit, Kingham

Britain suffered the coldest August bank holiday on record this year.

To many, a perfect excuse to ball up under a warm throw and indulge in a Netflix marathon…

But not I!

I couldn’t bear the thought of a squandering a day off doing nothing. So I threw on my slicker and hit the Cotswolds country roads!

Cotswolds Landscape Sheep

Cotwolds Cottage

Cotswolds Rainy Landscape

We had lunch in my most favorite village, Kingham, at the Daylesford pub venture “The Wild Rabbit.”

Wild Rabbit Pub Front

Wild Rabbit Rear

Wild Rabbit Pub Fireplace

Wild Rabbit Dining Room

Wild Rabbit Table Bread

Wild Rabbit Bloody Mary

Wild Rabbit Bloody Mary Sip

Once I had my bloody mary in hand, I was all smiles.

Though someone was less than impressed to have been dragged out in this weather…

Wild Rabbit Date

Not much choice on the menu, but everything we ordered was delightful.

Bruschetta; smashed broad beans, whipped goat's curd, ham

Bruschetta; smashed broad beans, whipped goat’s curd, ham

Lentil salad with gorgonzola and red onion

Lentil salad with gorgonzola and red onion

Wild Rabbit Lentil Salad

Wild Rabbit Chips Staub

After lunch, I literally had to tug my squire by the sleeve to accompany me on a little walk around the village. He hates wet weather. But I think England is romantic in the rain.

Wild Rabbit Pub Porch

Wild Rabbit Pub Porch Point

Kingham town

Scampering under the drizzle, we made our way to the village church and had a contemplative moment inside.

Kingham Church Path

Kingham Church Gatre

Kingham Church

Kingham Church Side

During the Middle Ages, the Cotswolds enjoyed a booming wool trade and the area became very prosperous. As a result, there are many handsome churches dotted around the countryside built of this yellow Jurassic limestone. I can’t get over how dignified and sumptuous it looks!

Kingham Church Doors

Kingham Church Coat

We hid out in the dusty old church, escaping the rain for a while.

When it reduced to a sprinkle, we dashed back to the car, and whizzed home to snuggle up with a hot cup of tea.

East London

East London might as well be Narnia. It seems so far off and inaccessible, yet I’m always hearing how very trendy it is and yearning to be transported to this magical land of hipsters where everything cool seems to happen.

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So this Saturday I donned my hipster uniform (rolled-up jorts and low top Jack Purcells) and journeyed east in search of off-beat Cockney fun. I arrived in Hackney somewhat dazed and daunted; so many strange characters swarmed around me – a woman in a bikini eating chicken out of a box as she hurried down the sidewalk, a stylish dude in a sassy full-length Grover shag fur coat, and strollers – lots of lots of strollers. Apparently, I’d been beamed into a hidden hipster breeding ground where young Londoners come to hatch their brood.

I squeezed past the buggies and highchairs in Lardo for brunch. Industrial chic Italian food in the urban hotspot Arthaus building. The baked egg skillet was scorched in a glittering dome oven and served hot enough to incinerate the roof of my mouth. The bloody marys were delicious but – holy, salt! – garnished with your yearly recommended sodium intake. To be fair, the cured meats and pizzas looked amazing and I certainly finished every bite of my breakfast; appetite sated, we headed off to lovely Dalston.

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Baked Eggs | cannellini beans, spinach & feta

Baked Eggs | cannellini beans, spinach & feta

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And by lovely, I mean a graffitied gravel lot – and site of the Barbican-commissioned “Dalston House” installation by Leandro Erlich. Exploring themes of architecture, urbanism, and perception, the interactive exhibition gives visitors a tactile experience and optical illusion using a specially designed Victorian terraced house facade. Have a look:

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Barb7Very cool.

As we retreated back west, we passed through Camden on a pilgrimage for a word-of-mouth Japanese restaurant recomendation. Asakusa in Mornington Crescent is a relatively underground favorite for authentic sushi – despite its dingy outer appearance, it was jam-packed with reservations inside. Faded Tokyo kitsch cheers the otherwise passe dining room, and a matronly bespectacled woman calls out orders and “Hai!” from behind a counter covered in little cat figurines and stacks of Japanese newspapers.

Asakusa

Meneki-neko (beckoning cats)

Meneki-neko (beckoning cats)

Accomplished - and very busy - sushi chef

Accomplished – and very busy – sushi chef

Japanese pickles

Japanese pickles

A fine bottle of junmai sake

A fine bottle of junmai sake

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It was a looooong wait for the sushi, but we had been warned. When it finally came, the delay was entirely forgiven because it was superb – fresh as could be, it dissolved on the tongue. The tempura and chicken katsu that followed were further triumphs. Dessert just put the whole meal into the top percentile of Japanese dining.

Yellowtail sashimi

Yellowtail sashimi

Katsu chicken

Katsu chicken

Mochi | Green tea ice cream

Mochi | Green tea ice cream

Red bean mochi

Red bean mochi

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This was a prolonged and drowsy dinner, which we waited for and lingered over for three hours – but with plenty of sake at hand, we hardly minded.

As I drifted down the underground tunnels, through the wardrobe so to speak, I was so gratified by my cross-city trip. I was a little woozy, but glad to be home – safe from the sad, traitorous Mr. Tumnus’ of London. Thankful as I was for the adventure, I had left him behind half-heartedly – knowing he was too weak and helpless from being sucked into the evil, frightening depths of Narnia. Life isn’t too far from a fairytale sometimes.