May 1, 2012
We hit Bangkok! Our last stop in Thailand, we spent 5 days here and you can read about our time here
One of my stand out memories was going to the club that you must visit when in Bangkok, it’s the one all my friends play when they come here, the hot spot I guess. Unfortunately no-one I knew was playing when I was there, I missed Die by a week… so annoying!
So the music wasn’t for us, but the DJ did play a Rhianna track so I was happy for all of 3 minutes and we had fun getting drunk with our friend Jack who lives in the city.
So on our way home we had to stop for some late night snacks, Jack said this mexican was a late night favourite, and I am always happy to eat Mexican food.
The place is in a square of full on neon.
I love places with tick-box menus. SO organised.
Chip me up.
This is what we need at home, I know Bristol is a small city but there is no where good to eat after 11. NO where!
Correct me if I am wrong.
October 28, 2011
Today is my last day at work for 3 months.
3 months off!
I am going on a MEGAmoon with my Husband.
I haven’t seen him for a whole month.
This weekend I will be hanging out with my Bristol crew as much as possible, and packing.
At some point I definitely need to pack!
Forgive me for this boastful post. I am a little excited.
(Gif spotted here on Swiss Miss)
October 11, 2011
This is the sister restaurant/beach of the place I blogged yesterday, they are linked but are two separate places.
The beach venue is more of a casual party place I think.
It’s a great beach, very quiet.
Again there is a mix of tables, cabanas and sunloungers.
The menu is pretty much the same, but they also do more snacks and it is all a little more relaxed.
This was where we spent our last day in Portugal, and as I was driving to the airport there were no cocktails for me but I wasn’t left out as they made delicious smoothies here.
There so amazing.
We had to have another Caprese salad!
The chicken satay was amazing.
I loved it here too, burger and fries and smoothies. Delicious!
I had to try another flavour!
One again the club promoter in me so wanted to take it all up again and throw a party here, the dj booth was right in the middle of the tables with a small dance floor; what could me better than a party on the beach? Shall I do it?!
It was a great way to spend our last day, although because we were right on the beach with the sea breeze I fully got sunburnt, I was so careful all holiday and then on the last day fried my bottom!
September 5, 2011
So finally I am back, a married lady with a blog post all about our wedding food.
We really wanted our wedding to be all about us, our tastes and things we love to eat.
We started off by serving a rum punch for the after-ceremony drinks, so while the Husband (!) and I had some photographs taken our guests got quite drunk on the surprisingly strong punch.
This was served alongside some very pretty sushi, one of our favourite things to eat when we go out.
My flowers were like a mini meadow on each table…
I made everyone a little origami love note or a folding paper game like you would have made at school with little dares inside.
Then we sat down to an amazing menu of our perfect dinner.
Grilled peach and halloumi salad, you can see my various fruity salads here; https://pleincommeunoeuf.wordpress.com/tag/salad/
This is the kind of food we love to eat and I wanted to share this with everyone.
Then what else but steak and chips? This was a beautiful rib eye, it was seriously amazing. I fully tucked into mine before anyone else had theirs.
Very bad manners I know, I think I got away with it being the bride no one was too cross with me!
It was served with chips, french beans and a lovely herbed butter. Perfect.
Fer the vegetarians we wanted to serve something we make a lot but with a special recipe so we asked Riverstation to make a summery risotto, which they did it looked very fresh and light. Just what we were aiming for!
As we had a short wedding, starting at 5 I knew but dessert our evening guests would be arriving so I wanted to have a huge table of desserts for everyone to help themselves to.
Once again we thought about all our favourites and asked Riverstation to load up the table with chocolate brownie, blueberry cheesecake, cherry and almond frangipane tart and of course apple strudel for the Husband.
I also made 3 triple layer carrot cakes for our wedding cakes so that everyone could have a slice. This is again one of the Husbands favourites, I did try to keep this a secret but it got out!
I have made it lots… check out the recipe and how-to here;
That is a drunken Sally and Adam on top of the cake that my Mum made for us.
Later on we served fish (whitebait) and chips in cones, which is my most favourite thing to eat in the world after steak.
So there you go, I of course happen to think our food was great, chosen by us to reflect us and executed perfectly by Riverstation. I cannot recommend the venue more for a wedding or a visit to the restaurant.
You can see more about the wedding over on Swoon, with more blogs coming this week about my vendors and the actual wedding.
August 3, 2011
A recommendation today, from Bristol of course.
As usual I must remind you that I don’t pretend to be a restaurant critic so you won’t find amazing descriptions of food just the details I liked, what I ate, what I enjoyed and a nudge to visit the same place.
I had been to Masa once before and had a sashimi plate, which I remember being good but not good enough to visit again, when I prefer another Japanese restaurant in Bristol (we don’t have many granted!) but this time I loved it, we had the Teppanyaki chef which was so fun!
We had our own little private room with the chef cooking on the hot plate in the middle of our table, and we all ordered set Teppanyaki menus.
They all came with Miso soup, which when good I love.
I cannot go to a Japanese restaurant and not have edamame beans.
I love them so much! I eat them like sweets.
Then you get a sushi/sashimi plate, this was for 3 people. All great and very fresh .
And tempura vegetables or prawns.
And more sushi…
When our chef arrived he started the show by turning off the lights and making fire on the frying plate!
I had never watched this kind of thing before and it was really cool, he did loads of fun little tricks and was really showing off.
To make egg fried rice he fried the eggs, then mixed them up and rolled them like omelettes before flipping them with his knives into a massive ball of rice so that bits of omelette were flying through the air… none hit us though.
Then he made a heart… love that.
I nearly always order plain rice so this was amazing, I couldn’t tell you if it was great egg fried rice compared to others as I never eat it but I really enjoyed mine, I ate most of it before anything else was ready.
We also had teriyaki prawns… HUGE prawns!
And teriyaki beef… oh gosh that beef was gooooood.
Then some vegetables… at the point I was fit to burst! So much food.
Then they brought out a little fruit platter for us all, with a little scoop of ice cream with was the perfect thing after all that fried food.
Love Masa, love Teppanyaki… would definitely do that again.
Our set menus were £23-£25 and you get a huge amount of food plus entertainment from the chef, ours was lovely accommodating a vegetarian very well, and he was very funny joining in with banter on the table.
So yes, go visit the lovely people at Masa, I have to say as well the service was amazing. I haven’t had service that good for a while!
I also had to share a photograph of the Birthday cake, the lucky man’s girlfriend got him actual fireworks in the top, so cool!
January 10, 2011
Over the holiday season the Boy and I had our first party at our house, not the kind we would have had a few years ago, but a proper grown up open house party… it was amazing!
I wanted to share this recipe for sausage rolls because they were so very popular and everyone loves a good sausage roll, I will plan all future parties around having these on the table!
I got the recipe from the Guardian from their Word of Mouth blog… Link they handily did a taste test of a few recipes and then recommended their favourite, which is the one I followed…
Makes about 25 small rolls
For the pastry:
225g plain flour
Pinch of salt
2 tsp English mustard powder
175g very cold butter
1 egg, beaten with a little water and salt
For the filling:
300g pork belly, skin removed, minced or finely chopped
300g pork shoulder, minced (this can often be bought ready minced if you don’t have a good butcher)
200g smoked streaky bacon, rind removed, finely chopped
Zest of 1 lemon
Nutmeg, to grate
2 tbsp roughly chopped thyme leaves
8 sage leaves, roughly chopped
I have to say I couldn’t get any pork belly so we just used shoulder (much more widely available) and they were still great.
First make your pastry, you can do this in advance;
1. Sift the flour, salt and mustard powder into a mixing bowl, and grate in the butter.
Stir them together with a knife, so the butter is well-coated with flour, and resembles a rough crumble mixture.
Pour in enough ice-cold water to turn the mixture into a dough that comes away cleanly from the bowl – be cautious, it shouldn’t be sticky – and bring together into a ball.
Wrap in clingfilm and put in the fridge for half an hour.
2. Put the meats into a large bowl and mix well with your hands.
Tip in the rest of the ingredients and combine, seasoning well with black pepper and a little salt (remember the bacon will be salty, so don’t go overboard).
Pre-heat the oven to 220C.
I had to get the Boy to do this bit, I am still very squeamish with touching meat, not a great foodie attribute!
Here we did the little chef’s trick of frying off a little pattie of meat to taste the seasoning, is a great tip as we definitely needed a little something (more pepper) at this stage…
3. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface to about a thickness of about ½ cm, and cut into 3 lengthways.
Divide the meat into 3 sausages, as long as your pastry, and place one slightly off-centre on each strip.
4. Brush one edge of the pastry strip with beaten egg and then fold the other side over to enclose the sausage meat.
Press down to seal, and then go along the edge with the back of a fork if you like, to make a pattern. Brush with more eggwash, cut to the desired size, and prick each with a fork.
Repeat with the rest of the pastry and meat.
5. Put the rolls on a baking tray, and bake for 25 minutes, or until golden. Cool on a rack, and serve warm.
Then I added them to my otherwise simple buffet, I do love a buffet! The Boy and I made everything from scratch (mince pies, cheese biscuits, chutneys) but had lots of bits that didn’t need any prep, dips and crudities, a huge cheese board and lots of crisps!
The first two batches of rolls went so quickly, and I must have been stingy with the meat as I still had lots left, so I dug out a packet of ready made puff pastry (the horror!) and made some more, which went equally fast… my tip made double what you think you’ll need!
December 31, 2010
As I won’t be here at midnight…
I wanted to share some lovely blogs I follow and their new year updates… these are so good and really made me think about what I want from the coming year…
First from Poppytalk lots of lovely resolutions like be more positive (mine last year, carry it over every year, makes for a very happy life)
From Design for Mankind some non-goals, rather than making goals you can’t stick to, reflect on 2010 and think about what you have achieved, this is a great idea…
From Maquette, lots of great ideas from a few bloggers;
This is one I really like; I resolve to only purchase items that I truly love and that compliment my life, and not just products that fill the space or because they have a small price tag.
I also love Erin’s “Be a Mary Bailey sort of wife (from It’s A Wonderful Life)” my top movie of ALL TIME… an amazing resolution, I am not a wife but this is a nice thing to want to be.
Mine so far;
To stop worrying about what other people think (this is going to be tough)
To release those who treat me badly from my life
To continue being the most positive person I can be (going to try harder at this!)
To continue to cook lots, and develop my craft loving ways even further (that’s home-made gifts coming your way people!)
To read more books (Would love to be more specific but I promise to start in January!)
And to follow in Erin’s footsteps I am proud of…
How I have become a positive person
How I have really valued all my friends and family and worked hard at seeing as much of everyone as I can (though never as much as I would like)
How I have become an avid thank you letter writer
I have worked hard to give all my friends and family lovely gifts this year (I hope!)… I promise to continue to make this a priority, I love to give presents.
I hope everyone has a great night tonight, whether you’re staying in (I’m a little jealous I could do with a night in) or going out… D I S C O… like me!
I will also be celebrating two whole years with Adam tonight! My Big Love!
Wish I had these shoes for tonight, although not very Victorian horror, they are very New Year! Couldn’t resist sharing xx