After a members free preview of 45 Years at The Picture House cinema, a film about a couple approaching their 45th wedding anniversary and what happens when a blast from the past shakes their relationship, Steve and I decided on a walk along the quay. We stopped off to listen to a jazz band that was playing in front of the Prospect pub. It was at this point we decided that a little lunchtime trip to my favourite pub in Exeter was calling. The Hour Glass to my mind is THE best pub for food in Exeter.
I had the cuttlefish with gremolata toasts. It was supposed to be served with black pudding but as a non meat eater I asked if they could prepare it without.. Which they could! Yey! Steve plumped for the tagliatelle with rabbit, mustard and lentils. We both agreed that they were delicious ..
We had a Barley malt brownie with peanut butter icecream and a banana fritter to share. I was pretty stuffed from my main course but was intrigued by the peanut butter icecream.. It did not disappoint! The peanut butter taste was amazing and the icecream was so smooth and creamy! So blimmin’ good!
The pub cat even came out to say a quick “Hello” so of course that made it for me!
I thought I would try my hand at some homemade jam and homemade ginger curd tarts! Nanny and Tim were coming over for a late afternoon tea on Sunday to meet Sicily and to catch up with poorly Miss Marple. They didn’t turn out too badly.. I always try my best not to overfill the tarts before they go in the oven but without fail I always seem to.. Then you get the sticky spillage down the side.. Never mind! It makes them look more homemade!
We had toasted crumpets with lashings of butter (and marmite for me!! I’m a lover not a hater!) followed by lots and lots of tiny jam and ginger curd tarts. I think I made three pots of tea! We must have had a thirst on! What a lovely end to a Sunday.
Exeter City is really embracing the Rugby World Cup. Lots of local men and woman are knitting up a storm and adorning every tree in the city centre with knitted flags and the like to celebrate the fact that we are one of the host cities for the competition. I love the creativity! It makes me smile to myself as I wonder through town.. That’s got to be a good thing! I believe it’s the brainchild of a group called the Kitting Tent. Good on them! I think it’s great!
I popped to The Real Food Store in the week and got sucked in by these wonderful heritage tomatoes.. So beautiful. Nature is a wonderful thing!
Talking of tomatoes I had a (very) mini crop of my own this week!! Yes, all three of them! Giggle! Don’t they look like beauties though??!!
Date night this week saw Steve and I visit Al farid for some early evening mezze. More about that in its own seperate post…
After Al Farid we popped across to Project Vino. Steve tried two very different Malbec wines. One from chile and one more traditional from Argentina. I had two lovely white wines to taste.. An Italian Greco do tufo and a Viognier from France. (I think!) both were absolutely wonderful. I love the fact that when you go to Project Vino you get a little education in how the wines are produced.. It makes you savour the flavour more.
After Project Vino we mooched up to Artigiano on the High Street. They had advertised live music so we thought it would be a nice end to our evening. Char and Philly were the act on stage.. Both could sing and play very well but I couldn’t stand the little comedy routines.. To be honest I wasn’t sure if I was watching a comedy duo or a musical act. Stick to what you do well girls.. And that’s the music!
I should just mention that on Fridays Artigiano have an event on called Friday Fizz. All sparkling wines are on special offer. A glass of prosecco is £4.00 and a glass of champagne is £6.00. Both also are available by the bottle at a reduced price too.
I hope everyone enjoys the long weekend here in the UK.. Weather looking ok which is a novelty for a bank holiday!! I am off to visit my aunt for a few days. I look forward to telling you all about it when I return.
I think Miss Marple wants to come with me!