How great are these pumpkins? We eat a lot of pumpkin in Australia – especially with a lamb roast. There is something about the sweet flavour and soft texture when pumpkin is roasted that compliments the gamey taste of lamb. I don’t notice pumpkin on the menu in the UK too often but as it is almost Halloween we are seeing them everywhere, in all shapes and sizes, ready for carving.
Australians and British are somewhat suspicious of Halloween creeping into their culture. It is a holiday that is regarded as American and too commercial. I like it for its opportunity to dress my kids up in matching costumes and to acknowledge the traditional celebration of the harvest on All Hallows Eve.
In the spirit of the harvest, I loved reading the food posts in last week’s Faraway Files collection. I fell in love with the horse in the cap at the Caromb Fig Festival in France by Vaucluse Dreamer. Figs are a fruit I only started eating a few years ago and now I am obsessed with their juicy sweetness.
Since we moved to the UK I have missed the flavours of authentic Chinese food. Thanks to Ahila’s adventures with Lijiang cuisine I was inspired me to pull out the wok and whip up a stir fry. Delicious!
If you follow Cathy at Mummy Travels you will know she had an amazing adventure in Burma earlier this year. Her post Discovering Ngapali Beach was one of my favourites from last week. I am now dreaming of white sandy beaches and clear blue tropical seas.
My final favourites from last week were some trips down memory lane. Firstly to my 2nd birthday (ahem!) on Melbourne’s little steam train Puffing Billy thanks to Ali from What Ali Sees. And finally to Barcelona where my husband and I became engaged courtesy of Mandy from Emm in London.
This week I’m hosting Faraway Files and sharing my favourite things to do in London in winter. Visiting a city when it is cold and wet can be unpleasant but there are so many activities to do in London when the weather is bad. I hope you find some ideas and inspiration for visiting the UK’s capital.
About Faraway Files
Faraway Files is a weekly file of the best travel ideas on the web. We want to dream of faraway places, make new travel plans and share our travel secrets. Inspire us to travel to new places or revisit a place we thought we knew. We know that you can feel faraway even when you’re close to home so share your experiences of travels near and far wherever you are in the world.
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