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January Favourites


I can’t quite believe it is the end of January already. It doesn’t feel like Christmas was that long ago, with all the decorating, socialising, shopping, eating out and other festive activities! It is for this very reason that January always feels like a bit of a come down and is often labelled as being quite a ‘boring’ month.

During these quieter months you can still find things to celebrate, including birthdays, baby bumps and best friends!

After overindulging a little throughout December, I have been on a health kick which has meant a lot less delicious puddings and cakes being made, but an abundance of fresh soups! Unbelievably we still have a few more Christmas chocolates to get through so it hasn’t been all fruit and salads!

One thing that I plan on doing throughout the year is a kind of monthly round-up with a collection of the best books, films, products, food, drinks and photos from that month. So here are my January favourites:

My favourite…

…Book: Caitlin Moran’s How To Be A Woman, quite literally one of the best books I have ever read. She is feisty, witty and on a mission to reclaim the title of ‘feminist’. Recommended to me by my friend Cat, who like me cringes when she hears a friend utter the line “I’m not a feminist but…” and certainly a book I will be passing on to my daughter, Mum and all girlfriends.

…Film: True Grit. I LOVE Jeff Bridges, and this remake is a modern classic. I saw it with Ian at the cinema, and when I saw it was on Sky Movies I knew what we would be watching that evening! I grew up watching Rawhide and Billy The Kid with my Dad and you can see the nods towards the spaghetti Western in this film. I tend to enjoy anything by the Cohen brothers and this film is full of their trademark captivating dialogue, great soundtrack and excellent cast. If you haven’t seen it yet, then do so immediately!

…Album: I Am The Avalanche’s Avalanche United simply because I am off to see them live in February and they are awesome!

…Meal: Well January has been the month of soups and my favourite recipe that I posted was definitely the Sweet Potato and Cumin one (in fact, I am making it again for dinner tonight!) However, putting my own efforts in the kitchen aside, the anniversary meal Ian and I had in Menu Gordon Jones was fantastic and one of the best seasonal menus I have tasted.

…Drink: Horlicks. Yes, not the most rock ‘n’ roll answer but, after all the cocktails and socialising of December and New Year, this is my evening tipple of choice as I try to cut back on the vino!

…Night Out: Bristol Comedy Box. I had a long overdue catch-up this weekend with my uni friends and we headed out for a fabulous evening of comedy here to see Chris Martin (not of Coldplay fame!) who is a) hilarious and b) hot! There is something cathartic about going to a comedy club and just laughing out loud, and after seeing the upcoming shows at this venue, I plan to go more often.



About hannahhotcakes

My name is Hannah. I live near Bath in a lovely village in the Cotswolds with my husband Ian, the love of my life for the past 10 years, in our dream cottage. I have landed my dream job as a primary school teacher and I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. I am a self-confessed foodie and I love to cook, bake, and eat out as much as possible. Here are some things I love: My friends and family, travelling, fresh flowers, good books, having breakfast on my balcony, horror films, Christmas, tea, Las Vegas, lie-ins, red wine, Liverpool FC, music, sausage dogs, Spain, rare steak, fashion, cheese, American TV series and camping. And here are my pet hates: People dressed as animals, whistling, being rushed, being made to wait, girls who act stupid to impress a man, spiders, sunburn and rocket (it comes with EVERYTHING!)

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