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Quick chickpea, kale & chorizo soup

What’s a better belly winter warmer than a steaming bowl of soup? 
I’ve been making this one for years – it’s just so quick, easy and super yummy!


  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can chickpeas – drained and rinsed
  • 100g cured unsliced chorizo sausage – chopped into cubes
  • Dried chilli flakes
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 150g kale or cabbage – shredded

Get cooking:

Empty the can of tomatoes into a pot, add a can of water and heat up.
Once hot and slightly bubbling, add the chorizo cubes, chickpeas and a sprinkling of chilli flakes.
Crumble the stock cube into the mixture, cover and let everything bubble away for around 8 min.
Add the kale/cabbage and take off the heat once wilted.

Voila! All done!
Serve with some crusty bread and enjoy. 

P.S. The tea towel in the photo is available in my online store 🙂

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Happy Japaniversary to me!

We arrived in Japan exactly 4 years ago and this was one of the first pictures I took.

I loved my first few weeks of exploring – I enjoyed the safety and walkability (yay to proper sidewalks!). Drinkable tap water! Very low possibility of food poisoning! Functioning public transport that gets you into every little corner of this vast city!

Moving from living in Southeast Asia to Japan was a total change of scenery.

What I didn’t like was the freezing cold. OMG – was I cold during those first few months! We didn’t have proper winter clothes and footwear, proper winter bedding, you name it. Plus I just wasn’t used to living in a country with proper seasons anymore. I’ve got to admit it: there were a few “What have I done?” moments. 🤓

Fast forward 4 years and we are still here. I’ve now lived in Japan longer than in in New Zealand and longer than in Malaysia and Thailand combined. The next benchmark to beat is my 10 years in the UK. Where has the time gone?!

Alex x

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Styling video: 1 sofa – 3 looks

If you are spending as much time on your sofa this winter I as do, then my latest styling video in collaboration with Cherie Jones Design might give you some inspiration to zhush up that very important part of your home.

Let me know which one of the three styles speaks to you most!
Alex x

Shop the video – Style 1

Shop the video – Style 2

Shop the video – Style 3

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This month I’m … January 2021

Schitt’s Creek

I know, I know – we are a bit late to the party. Schitt’s Creek has been out there for a loooong time. Hilariously funny and great escapism from the real world.

Comfort food

Is there anything better than yummy comfort food on a cold winter’s day? I’ll share some recipes later in the month.

A Burning” by Megha Majumdar 

This book has been on my list for a while now – can’t wait to get into it!

Cozy indoors

’cause lets face it: we are not going anywhere anytime soon…

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Back in the swing of things!

I hope you all arrived safely in 2021 and were able to enjoy some peace and quiet during the last couple of weeks.

Turquoise Port is open for business after a much-needed holiday break! My shipping schedule is back to normal and the Showroom can be visited by private appointment.

I’m planning two Open Days this month, however that might change if required by the government.

January Showroom Open Days
Thursday, 14 January 2021 … 11am – 5pm
Wednesday, 27 January 2021 … 11am – 5pm

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Happy New Year from Turquoise Port

An extraordinary year is coming to an end.

Who would have thought the world will be a totally different place when we cheered in the new year just those short 12 months ago?

So today as I’m reflecting on the past year I sincerely hope that the next 12 months will deliver more positive than negative circumstances.

Happy New Year to all of you. May 2021 be happier, healthier and steadier than the year we are about to leave behind.

Alex x

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

An extraordinary year is coming to an end. A year that started here and ended WAY over there. I can’t help but wonder what we will reflect upon in 12 months from now.

I’m hoping you’ll have the opportunity to reflect, relax and recharge this holiday season which is, for most of us, so different to what we are used to.

My sincere thanks to all of you for your support during this year. May it be through being loyal customers, lovely friends, new customers, being active on my social media channels or quite simply liking the content of my regular letters. I really appreciate it.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a great start into 2021,
Alex x

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Snuggly cotton blankets now available online

Just in time for those cold winter months ahead: I’ve uploaded the latest arrival of cotton blankets to the online store.

These versatile cotton blankets (220cm x 110cm) have so many uses –  add texture and colour to your space: protect items of furniture; decorate a bed, sofa or armchair; use them to snuggle up on colder evenings.

Stay warm!
Alex x