No teaching for me on Saturday as we were unable to use the church hall. It was a welcome day off plus the weather was absolutely stunning which inspired Steve and myself to get on the train to Topsham. Unfortunately we missed our first train by about 30 seconds but this enabled us to pop up to the Exploding Bakery for a cuppa whilst we waited for the next one. We sat outside in the sunshine all bundled up in our coats and hugging our mugs but it just felt right to be outside.
We hopped on the next train and within about 15 minutes we were in Topsham and ready for lunch. We had decided on the Pig and Pallet. Not an obvious choice for a non meat eater like me but I wanted to see what the food was like and witness the burgers. I have heard really positive feedback from other people that I know that have visited, plus it seemed that Steve should get the opportunity to try out the burgers for himself. I will post a full blog post on the Pig and Pallet soon with lots more pictures.
After lunch we went for a little mooch around the town and along the estuary. It was a truely beautiful afternoon. The sun was shining and it put a spring in our step!
Saturday night Chloe and Sarah came over for supper. Sarah was on “nibble” duty, I was on main course and Chloe was in charge of the cheese course. I had some leftover aubergine stew from the previous night and thought it would make a fantastic bruschetta topping alongside some Quickes cheddar. I had purchased some delicious walnut sourdough from Emma’s Bread at The Real Food Store earlier on in the day so in my head the whole dish married together really well.. I was right. It was scrummy. I made a celariac, apple, parsley and walnut salad from my Riverford Autumn/Winter cookbook. Again, the flavours all worked so well together. I got out the Tipple Tails Ginger Tingle cake that my new Twitter friend Marianne had sent me earlier in the day and it went beautifully well with the Quickes Elderflower cheddar that Chloe had brought with her. So tasty.. I need to get ordering some more of the different Tipple Tails cakes so I can let you all know about the other flavours. If they are half as good as the Ginger Tingle I will be a happy lady!
On Sunday Steve and I went to the quay for a little walk and to take in the spring sunshine once again. We stumbled across a new restaurant called Pizza & Stein. The clues are in the title with regards to what they sell.. Pizzas based on the Napoli style and lots of beers served in German steins! I hope to visit before Easter to taste the wood fired pizzas and a beer or two! Watch this space for a review in the near future.
On Thursday my good chums Lucy and Emma popped over for morning tea. I made some nutty, banana flapjack and Lucy made some feta, spinach and spring onion scones. We set up the table with an Easter feel. I used my gorgeous teapot and mugs from the Beach Break range from The Caravan Trail. Perfect for a lovely sunny early spring morning. We have been so fortunate with the weather of late. It finally feels like spring is on its way.
It’s been a busy week as usual. Lots of cooking, spending time with friends and visiting new places. All of this around my work schedule. I have more planned for next week. I’ve a little trip to Winchester for a few days too which I am really looking forward to. I hope I stumble across some fabulous foodie venues, plus my aunt who I am staying with is a fabulous cook so I hope to try lots of yummy things at her house too. Easter is next weekend as you all know. I’m looking forward to having a few days off where I can cook and entertain. I hope you all manage to spend a little bit of time with your loved ones this Easter. In the mean time, have a great week!