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My Long Birthday Weekend

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Hi all!

My birthday week is now over, and must say it’s been a good one although I wasn’t too keen to celebrate it. As I still had a couple of holidays left at work I decided to take Friday off and finally book an appointment to the hairdressers. After a two-hour session I was very blond again and felt like a new person. Afterwards I did some Christmas shopping (for once I’m starting early) and got a few bits and pieces for the baby too. In the evening Matthew took me to a small Italian restaurant called Asti for my birthday dinner. I had really been looking forward to the tiramisu, but was told it wasn’t safe for pregnant women so had to go for the brownie instead – which wasn’t too bad after all…:)

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On Saturday I was treated to a lovely birthday lunch by a friend at the legendary Henderson’s Vegetarian Restaurant that’s been around since 1962. If you’re in Edinburgh and looking for a vegetarian place to eat, this is where you should go. There are two restaurants, both right in the city centre. They’ve got a buffet of salads, but also lots of warm options and delicious cakes. The restaurant is always packed, so it’s a very popular place although there’s no meat or fish on the menu!

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After the lunch and catching up with my friend I went home for a wee lie-down on the sofa before heading out for the evening. Our South African friends had invited us to their place for another exquisite vegetarian meal. There was aubergine with a yoghurt dressing and pomegranate, roasted sweet potato with figs and blue cheese and beetroot patties as well as a cake to finish the meal off. We were both very impressed with the dinner and will definitely be trying out the recipes! All in all a great evening of catching up with friends – we should do it more often!

On Sunday we did our usual gym routine, planned our meals for the week and then did a big shop. I also prepared a massive quinoa-bulgur-sweet potato-soya bean-beetroot-parsley-pine nut-dried cranberry-salad that we both will be having for lunch a few days this week. Turned out pretty well, but still have to work on the dressing to get more flavour into the whole thing…

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Yesterday we had some friends over for dinner, so we made a big batch of vegetarian risotto with a salad – I realise now that it’s been a very vegetarian few days and Matthew hasn’t even complained! My master plan of turning Matthew into a veggie is working…;)

Lately I’ve been a bit cautious about making too many plans as I’ve been afraid of getting too tired or uncomfortable, so I’m glad to see that I still have enough energy to socialise and do things. Hope I’ll get to hold on to this energy when I’m entering the third trimester next week…

x Nina x

PS. I’ve discovered that I can watch Finnish TV online! I couldn’t before when I was using Matthew’s old laptop, but it seems to be working now with my new laptop that was bought in Finland – happy days! Now I can stay up to date with what’s going on in the Finnish TV world and make sure the baby hears some Finnish through the belly too 🙂

Nina Äikäs

I’m a Swedish-speaking Finn who left Finland for the lovely and thrilling London town in 2011, but after meeting an equally lovely and thrilling Scotsman I somehow now find myself in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. In February 2015 our gorgeous little girl arrived and made us a happy family of three. Follow my blog and get to know us!

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