My week started with a catch up dinner date with my friend Johanna at the amazing Harrys on Longbrook Street in Exeter. We had organised the date what seemed like months ago and it finally came around. What better place to go than Harrys. The atmosphere is always buzzing and the staff are so nice and welcoming. I had reserved a table through their online booking facility and when we arrived we had a wonderful table by the window which was perfect.
Menus were handed to us but it must have taken three or four attempts by the waitress to take our order! We just couldn’t stop nattering! Finally we made our choices and I was pleased to see local wine choices on their wine menu. I obviously went for the local option and had a glass of Lyme Bay Winery’s Shoreline. I have had it before and find it very drinkable. My regular readers will know that I love supporting local producers and businesses. That is why I love Harrys so much as it’s an independent family run business.
The food came and it was delicious. Just what I needed after a long and busy day.
Steve’s mum, dad, brother Simon and his wife Joyce visited on Thursday. We popped along to the Firehouse. A pub that is a favourite with Steve’s family and only a five minute walk from our front door. I should have taken more pictures but I didn’t want to get in the way of everyone’s enjoyment but I did get this one of Steve’s burger. It was the special of the day and the tallest burger I have ever seen! It was stuffed with portobello mushrooms, goats cheese and onion rings! It was a beast of a burger.
We made wonderful cocktails with gin, prosecco, elderflower and mint. Drinking them in the courtyard garden. To nibble alongside we baked two camemberts and created these rather wonderful garlic butter chips to dip into the gooey cheese.
I made a freekah salad with roasted aubergine and a light, zingy tahini dressing with lemon and garlic. Liz made a delicious mozzarella and tomato salad. Tash made her signature cheese straws. I prepared a garlicky butterbean dip so we could dunk our cheese straws. It was a wonderfully cheesey evening. We managed to spend the whole evening out in the courtyard which made it extra special. Eating outside always makes things taste better doesn’t it!?
Have a wonderful week everybody. If you would like to see what I am getting up to whilst I am away check out my Snapchat account (tiara-tara). I am hoping to snap my foodie adventures throughout the week. It’s all very exciting..