Happy Friday!

August 24, 2012

Friday is here!

It’s been a whirlwind week… I have no idea where it’s gone.

Tonight I have a Pilates class and a bit of admin work for my wedding job to do but as it’s Friday night I need to make that okay so I am thinking Mexican food, wine and a movie I had seen a hundred times so I am not too distracted…

Maybe a recipe from Liberty London Girl who has a couple of Mexican type bowls on her blog I have been wanting to make for ever, and neither require much work, which is good as my kitchen is a building site!

Maybe this bowl or this dip and some tortillas.

Bring on 5pm.

I’ll be back next week with my LAST TWO honeymoon recommendations from San Francisco and then hopefully it won’t be long until the kitchen is finished and apart from painting and decorating I’ll be free to cook again.

So excited.

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Beerd, Bristol

August 6, 2012

I like Beerd. A lot.

I liked everything about it, the menu, the staff (so lovely), the bar, the furniture.

It’s so colourful in here…

I love Tolix chairs… took all my willpower not to try to leave with one. They are what I want for our garden one day.

And they have booths (kind of)… my favourite.

But anyway enough about the furniture… the pizza and beer are worth the trip too…

They have a changing selection of craft beers, more than just Bath Ales, so they should always be something  new.

In fact the bar snacks and drinks are worth the trip alone, if I had my way we have just ordered all of these…

We did have to order the onion rings after spotting them arrive at another table… they were so good, you have to promise to get them too okay?

And pizza, the reason we were here, it’s my husband’s favourite… he picked Salami and Roasted Chilli and I Buffalo Mozzarella and Basil.

They were proper. Mine was so rich and I wished I had given up earlier because our great waitress wrapped the last piece up for me to take home.

Cold pizza for breakfast rocks.

I highly recommend the Mozzarella pizza. It was delicious.

Goes without saying I think you should visit… and the staff really are great, friendly, attentive and knowledgable.

Beerd – St Michael’s Hill, Bristol

I have been wanting this salad for weeks, I finally spotted some figs at Waitrose last week and went for it…

Not a recipe more of a shopping list type post…

You need;
A slice of tasty bread, I used sourdough, drizzled with olive oil and baked for 10 minutes at a low heat
A good large slice of goats cheese, again backed at a low heat for 5 minutes
Figs, 1 per person, baked, you guessed it, on a low heat for 5-10 minutes
Salad leaves, I like baby leaves.

Plus great olive oil and honey, seat salt and black pepper. I also added some plus tomatoes.

That’s it… so great, the gooey cheese and warm figs with the sweet honey is just a classic combination I love.

It’s also great with blue cheese.

You all know I love Lahloo Tea… and it’s Pantry so I won’t go on too much in this post (but seriously have you been yet?)

But I do love them even more after they invited me to their new menu tasting evening…

 

Until recently I pretty much always had the same thing at the Pantry, sometimes wavering to try a new cake, but on my last trip for my God-daughters birthday we all had afternoon tea and it was great, of course. It’s quite different to the normal sandwiches and scones combo so is great if you’ve been there done that.

On this evening they had made cocktails with their tea… my Husband drank bloody mary’s made with their Smoky tea all night…

While I drank rum punch made with White Whisper tea (I think!), delicious. They also served a non-alcoholic cocktail made with Snow Jewel tea.

 

We sat and mingled and the lovely Lahloo lady’s brought round bits and pieces to try.

Our favourite; the rarebit with tomato jam. We ate quite a few of these.

 

A lovely courgette and Homewoods Cheese frittata.

Another one of my favourite, why I didn’t eat more of these I don’t know… homemade jammy dodgers. 100 times better than the ‘real’ thing.

 

Rose and pistachio marshmallows. You should all know how I feel about anything rose by now. (Love)

And so you can see how lovely the set afternoon tea is here is the spread from my Go-daughters birthday…

Artichoke Mousse, Herb Pancake filled with Homewood Cheese’s Ewe’s (such a great idea) and Old Spot Sausage Roll with the tomato jam again. These are the don dadda of sausage rolls. I ate lots of these on both occasions.

 And the sweet stuff! A mini Raspberry and Earl Grey Tart, Lemon Posset (a favourite of mine) with a Matcha biscuit and more of those perfectly soft marshmallows.

All little bites and perfectly formed, and all incorporating their amazing tea. You will leave satisfied not stuffed to the brim.

Their tea menu will be changing monthly, and I will be going back in August for their Matcha menu for sure, it my new obsession.

Lahloo Pantry – Clifton Village, Bristol

Once again thank you for the invitation, any time you need more menus tasted I’ll be there in a flash!

Something for the weekend…

This breakfast is so good I have had it the past two Saturdays, bit now I am out of brioche and I cannot buy more (man that stuff is good) so it’s up to you guys to give it a go now.

You need;
1 loaf of the best brioche you can get your hands on (for 2 slices per person)
1 egg per person (we used Burford Browns of course)
2 rashers of bacon per person
some mixed berries
maple syrup – this is essential!

It’s easy, I am sure you have made eggy bread before… that’s all it is.

1. First get your bacon grilling… then slice your bread, whisk the eggs in a large shallow bowl and heat a large non-stick frying pan. I didn’t use any oil and I don’t think the egg needs it but to be extra naughty use a little butter

2. Dip your bread in the egg and make sure each slice is well coated before frying for 2-3 minutes each side – don’t forget your bacon…

3. Pile the goodies up on your plate, bread, then bacon then berries then syrup and take it with you to the table you might need (you will want) more.

So lush, how will I top that this weekend? 

Happy Friday…

July 6, 2012

So I said I would cook more and I didn’t (well I made nothing new or particularly blog worthy) but that is because we are powering through the house work… one wall is down – Hello huge new dining room!

Today another wall comes down opening our kitchen into this big dining room… I have no idea what state it is going to be in any day when I head home at the moment.

We have been eating salads and stirs fries and the tried and tasted baked fish with steamed vegetables and I have to say it only takes a week of eating like this to feel great, even if it is hard to break away from the french fries.

I will be back with more form New Zealand next week… and hopefully some remnants of a kitchen so I can make french toast… I made some last weekend but forgot to take a photograph so unfortunately for me :) I have to make it again.

I am off to buy more Burford Browns and bacon… my must haves for the weekend.

Have a great one!

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Happy Friday!

June 29, 2012

Not many posts from me this week, but lots going on over at You Make Me Swoon as we breezed through Sydney.

Next stop New Zealand where I have many more recommendations for you, just in case you know. It’s kinda strange still blogging the trip when I have been home for so long but it’s so lovely looking back and it will be nice to have a kinda of diary of it so I am going to power through.

But I will try to cook more next week so I have some recipes for you… I have been out of the kitchen for a while and I am kinda aching to cook.

For now here some recipes I want to try this weekend…

French Toast
Oreo Marshmallows
Fruity Sandwiches

My husband is being a tyrant with the health though… so it may be more like this;

Poached Eggs
Roasted Strawberries
Mango and Cucumber Salad

Still good food though… either way I must get back in the kitchen, it’s not long until we rip it out so I need to make the most of it before we lose it for a while!

Have a great weekend

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