Gift Guide with La Jolie Muse

It feels like everyone has done a home renovation in the last two years. The Covid pandemic has meant so much more time spent indoors and so it feels more important than ever to surround yourself with beautiful, functional things.

La Jolie Muse is a brand I discovered recently, an online brand selling everything you need for an elegant and luxurious home. Conveniently they have bases in the UK, US and Europe so can ship items quickly and efficiently to clients in all those destinations. The company was founded in 2015, with the philosophy that the smallest details can turn a house into a home.

They work with artisans from all over the world to make timeless design pieces that are accessible to all. Each piece is created with meticulous care, and is made using only the highest quality materials that are carefully sourced.

I’ve browsed through the whole website, admiring the items and have selected these three products as my favourite gift purchases. Head to the website yourself to find the perfect presents for your family and friends, or just for yourself!

Pillar Scented Candle – Frasier Fir

La Jolie Muse

Uxo White & Desert Cotton Rope Laundry Basket

La Jolie Muse

Kulu Brown Paper Rope Storage Baskets Set of 3

La Jolie Muse

This is a paid collaboration with La Jolie Muse, find out about their full range here. You can use the code milly15% for 15% off.

Recipe – Indulgent Scrambled Eggs with Parma Ham & Chives

Scrambled eggs with Parma Ham and chives

Parma Ham

Ingredients

(For two people)

Four medium high quality eggs (extra yolk if you want to make it extra indulgent)

4 slices of Parma ham

A few sprigs of chives

25g Butter

S+P

Sliced sourdough of Farmhouse bread

Parma Ham

Method

Get everything ready before putting the eggs on the heat as they cook quickly and need to be eaten immediately.

Toast bread and lightly butter. Fry the slices of Parma Ham on a low head until they crisp (they won’t take long and don’t need oil in the pan). Leave in the pan until you are ready. Get some kitchen scissors and cut the chives into very small pieces.

Whisk the eggs in a bowl. Put the 25g of butter in a pan on a low heat, when the butter is completely melted pour in the egg mixture and stir with a wooden spoon, lifting and folding it over from the bottom of the pan.

Continue stirring until the eggs are softly set and slightly runny in places. Remove from the heat and leave for a moment to finish cooking.

Serve immediately on buttered toast and top with the crispy Palma ham, chopped chives and season to your taste with coarsely ground black pepper and sea salt.

Parma Ham

Recipe as part of paid collaboration with Parma Ham.

Fritton Lake, Norfolk

Fritton Lake is a totally unspoilt and wholesome place to visit, on the border of Norfolk and Suffolk. It is a privately-owned, luxury holiday resort with clubhouse rooms, cabins and cottages for rent… there is something for everyone, whether you are a couple wanting a minibreak, a family seeking a summer holiday getaway, or a group of friends looking to celebrate an occasion.

The woodland cabins are, perhaps, the most idyllic option, hidden away amongst trees “in the heart of a pioneering thousand-acre rewilding project”. For something a bit more traditional, opt for the clubhouse, eight spacious bedrooms housed in the characterful 16th century manor house.

The Clubhouse is very much the epicentre of the Fritton Lake offering, with the restaurant and pool facilities both here. You can also find other activities like tennis and watersports all within a few minutes walk from the house.

We spent a couple of very comfortable nights in the homely Herringfleet Boathouse room. Our room was fully equipped with everything we needed for a weekend away; king-sized bed, bathroom with large bath, and the added bonus of verdant views of the estate.

There aren’t many notable restaurants nearby Fritton Lake so we had all our meals at the Clubhouse, from breakfast to dinner. With a very new chef in the kitchen it was apparent that the menu and concept was undergoing some changes and the dishes we chose definitely varied in style and standard. Highlights included recipes that showcased the hyper local produce, a wonderful steak with triple cooked chips, a beautifully presented summery Strawberry gazpacho, and perfectly cooked asparagus with artichoke hollandaise.

Those that are staying here for more than a night or two may wish to consider eating elsewhere for a few meals, as the concise menu (mostly repeated at lunch and dinner) doesn’t offer enough variety to have different dishes for more than two or three meals.

We were blessed with unusually sunny weather for our whole weekend at Fritton Lake, and it showed off the best of the area. When the weather’s good, there is no shortage of activities to entertain you, and I imagine it is a particularly perfect holiday choice for active families. Lake swimming, cycling and trail running are all popular here, and for spa fans you can hire out the architectural floating sauna!

A highlight of our weekend was a foraging tour we did with Matthew, the onsite horticulturist. His passion and energy for all things nature was inspiring and infectious… we spent a few hours zooming round the expansive grounds on a golf buggy as he pointed out interesting plant and insect species, and informed us about the history of the lake. At the end of the tour we even had a special private trip out on the lake, a rare opportunity to spot unique wildlife and see the incredibly beautiful landscape.

Fritton Lake is a fairytale setting for keen adventurers and those seeking an off-grid escape.

I was a guest of Fritton Lake, find more information here.