My Week In Pictures 25/16

Happy National Cream Tea Day

I was lucky enough to turn my hand to a little bit of bread making on Tuesday. Emma’s Bread welcomed me into the baking fold for a few hours so I could see and experience artisan bread making for myself. As a regular visitor at The Real Food Store in Exeter I purchase Emma’s Bread often. It was now my turn to have a go at making it! A full post on my morning will be ready for your eyes shortly but in the meantime here are a few sneaky pictures.

After my morning at the bakery I went to visit my chum Emma. Our meeting point was the wonderful Exploding Bakery. Tea and cake was ordered and a long overdue catch up took place.

As if one cup of tea wasn’t enough we popped along to the newly opened Chococco on Gandy Street. I had heard of them previously after my visits to Winchester so was happy to see that the store had made its way to Exeter. Lots of handmade chocolates, cakes and sweet treats are there to tempt you in a bright and cheerful surrounding. I love the decor.. It’s modern and bright but not sickly. Long wooden benches upstairs scattered with pots of the most wonderful smelling herbs such as rosemary, lavender and thyme give it a softer edge.

We ordered tea which came with a complimentary chocolate (obviously) and sat upstairs to continue with our chinwag. I noticed when filling my glass with water, a table with colouring crayons and paper. I thought it might be fun for us both to draw some little Tara’s Busy Kitchen posters! So I took a pot of crayons and paper back to the table so that Emma and I started creating. Emma is far more creative in that department (I normally stick to dancing) but I found it very therapeutic. Lots of swirls and squiggles later, our art work was finished!

Thursday was the EU referendum vote so I popped to my local polling station to cast my important vote.

After voting I hot footed it down to the farmers market to pick up some veggies from Shilingford Organics. I had a limited amount of time so needed to shop and run. I picked up a pointed cabbage to make a fruity slaw, some kale and eggs to make a frittata plus a few other bits and bobs like radishes and broccoli. On the way home I stopped at The Real Food Store to pick up a sourdough loaf from Emma’s Bread and a cauliflower from Riverford. I am totally obsessed with the recipe Cauliflower Polonaise. Click here for my version of the recipe. I just can’t get enough of it! So tasty.

After the farmers market it was time to go home where I met my old friend Lucy. We had arranged for a little tea party at the house. I had got some of my favourite clotted cream from Ashclyst Dairy to go with the scones I had made. Lucy was on jam duty and she came with two jars. Strawberry and a plum jam that were both made by a lady called Jill in the village where Lucy lives. Both were delicious but I think the plum jam had the slight edge flavour wise. 

I have more exciting plans for next week. A trip to Shillingford Organics Farm next Tuesday to see where my veggies are grown. I can’t wait to meet Martin, Bridget and all the guys over there. I am sure it will be a great day out. Let’s hope the weather stays fine for me.

I have my sister, Estella and her boyfriend staying on Wednesday night so will have to get my thinking cap on for dinner ideas. Any suggestions?

 On top of their visit I am entertaining a group of girlies on Thursday night for my friend Serena’s birthday. It’s a bring a dish and something to drink party so there should be an eclectic mix of foodie delights.

I have a little trip planned for Friday. I have been told by my friend Chloe that I need to get a train to Totnes and arrive by 10.30am. The rest is a surprise. It’s a south Devon foodie delight apparently! A belated birthday treat for me from my chum. I am really excited to find out what it is… I will fill you all in next week. Keep your eyes open for more coverage on Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram in the mean time.

Have a great week everyone!

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