Summer = strawberries, especially with Wimbledon coming up, and there's nothing quite like locally grown British strawberries. I don't remember ever going strawberry picking before, so after hearing that a couple of friends had been, and seeing photos on Instagram, I figured why not! It's a great way to get outdoors, engage in a local … Continue reading Strawberry Picking in Berkshire and Homemade Jam
We did it! We got to the end of the year and completed our challenge to eat a different main meal every day for 2015! I'm going to keep the blog going but with a more general focus on food so here's the final report! 28/12/2015: Turkey, ham and mushroom pie We drove up to … Continue reading Happy New Year! We did it!
23/12/2015: Beef lasagne We checked out of our hotel in Winchester this morning and were on our way to Peasemore for Christmas with Mark's mum. We were after a fairly quick, no-fuss dinner today and so we got a ready-made "Taste the Difference" lasagne from Sainsbury's which was really tasty and good for an easy … Continue reading Christmas dinners
14/12/2015 - Jamie's Italian, Kingston https://www.jamieoliver.com/italian/restaurants/kingston/ Lizi: Pumpkin ravioli By coincidence, I was at Jamie's in Angel last week for our Christmas party where the company hired our the whole restaurant. The food was great and just kept coming with lots of little taster plates so you could try a lot of different things. One … Continue reading 2 weeks to go!
07/12/2015: Thai green curry - Golden House, Wimbledon http://www.goldenhouse-uk.com/ Mark really loves a good Thai green curry and it's definitely one that he's been saving and looking forward to all year! I'm not as huge a fan because I sometimes find it the wrong kind of spicy for me, but I enjoyed this one from … Continue reading Getting Christmassy!
30/11/2015: Roast Jerusalem artichoke, hazelnut and goats cheese salad - River Cottage https://www.rivercottage.net/recipes/roast-jerusalem-artichoke-hazelnut-and-goats-cheese-salad This is a great, healthy dish that uses great seasonal ingredients: Jerusalem artichokes, hazelnuts, winter salad leaves, and tastes delicious! I was pretty excited about using some hard goat's cheese as it's something I haven't really used much. Having said that, I think … Continue reading 4 weeks to go…
23/11/2015: Coulommiers open sandwiches with cranberry sauce and chopped pistachios Can you believe we're still working our way through the mountain of cheese that we brought back with us from France? I recently discovered the combination of brie with cranberries and pistachios and I love it! Where has this been all my life? I prepared some … Continue reading Just one month to go!
Everyone knows that the holiday is only over when all the food you brought back is gone right? 31/10/2015: Steak Bearnaise We drove back from France today and got home just in time to catch the kick-off of the Rugby World Cup final with Australia against the ultimately victorious New Zealand. There wasn't time for it … Continue reading Halloween and bonfire night
19/10/2015: Bacon and date toast - Better on Toast, Jill Donenfeld http://www.harpercollins.co.uk/9780062329042/better-on-toast I had already bought ingredients before realising this is actually meant to be a breakfast toast - who cares right? Everyone loves a good breakfast for dinner! I was a bit unsure about the sweet maple-date ricotta mixture but as soon as I gave … Continue reading Claire’s 30th and only 10 weeks to go!
12/10/2015: Mushroom gnocchi with arugula and walnut pesto http://pinchofyum.com/mushroom-gnocchi-with-arugula-and-walnut-pesto We decided on gnocchi tonight as we haven't had it yet and I found this recipe via Pinterest. Pinch of Yum is a great blog! Remember the pomegranate, kale, and wild rice salad with walnuts and feta from the same blog? I've made that a bunch of … Continue reading Steph and Owen to stay again