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THAT Butternut Squash Lasagne

I don’t think I ever had that many comments on any of my Instagram stories as when I posted a picture of the butternut squash lasagne I had just made. 😅

I’ve been promising to write up the recipe and share it with you ever since so here you go!



  • Olive oil
  • 4 sausages – remove skins
  • 1 small onion – chop finely
  • 1 tsp hot smoked paprika
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • Fresh basil – large handful roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp cream or sour cream
  • Large butternut squash – peel, scoop seeds out and slice thinly
  • Lasagne sheets
  • 1 ball of mozzarella – slice
  • 25g parmesan – grate finely

Make sauce:

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a non-stick pan
  2. Break sausage meat into pieces and brown them all over, breaking up while it cooks
  3. Add onion and cook until the onion starts to soften
  4. Add paprika, season with salt and pepper and cook for a minute
  5. Add the tomatoes, cover and simmer for 15 minutes
  6. Add basil and let it wilt into the sauce
  7. Stir in cream/sour cream and remove from the heat

Make lasagne:

  1. Heat the oven to 180C
  2. Add a couple of spoonfuls of the sauce into a baking dish, top with a layer of lasagne sheets, followed by a layer of butternut squash slices, followed by sauce and mozzarella. Repeat and make sure you end with sauce.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes then sprinkle with grated parmesan and put back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes until the the sauce is bubbling and the cheese is nicely browned.

Vegetarian option:
You can easily omit the sausage for a yummy vegetarian version.

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This month I’m … October 2020

Can you believe it’s already October?!
Christmas is officially on the way and I can’t wait for those the beautiful Japanese autumn colours to start coming out 🍂

Happy weekend!
Alex x

Long Way Up
I’m not a biker, but I’m a traveller and I loved the first two TV series with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman in 2004 and 2007 when they rode their bikes from London to NYC and from Scotland to South Africa respectively. This time they are travelling on prototype electric Harley Davidsons from the southern tip of South America all the way to LA. So good! 

for Christmas 🎄 
Yes, it’s only early October, but I’ll be extra organised getting my gifts sorted his year – the international postal systems are all messed up and things just take so much longer to arrive. 
Bonus point: no more last minute rush to the shops a couple of days prior to Christmas!

Florence Adler Swims Forever
by Rachel Beanland
Set in Atlantic City in the summer of 1934 three generations of the Adler family grapple with heartbreak, romance and the weight of family secrets. 

to autumn!
Autumn is my most favourite season in Japan – those colours are just breathtaking! 🍁

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Some of my favourite links … September 2020

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New cushion covers!

If you are on my mailing list you will have received an email a couple of days ago announcing my new cushion covers!

They were supposed to be part of my 2020 collection that never came about because of the current situation out there. I hope you love them as much as I did when I first laid my eyes on them 🤩

Happy weekend!
Alex x

Want to find out when new products are released?

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This month I’m … September 2020

Ladies, we need to talk” – a great podcast for women, by women, that isn’t afraid to dive head first into the tricky topics we often avoid talking about.

my cooking mojo back 😅
I love cooking and baking, but it’s been a bit much during the last few months. Fingers crossed! 

The Mountains Sing
by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

creating the next home styling video with Cherie Jones of Cherie Jones Design. Stay tuned!

Wishing you all a great month!

Alex x