I popped up to Taunton on the train with Steve on Sunday to visit the innaugral Brew Food Festival at the Brewhouse Theatre. A fantastic festival full of Somerset traders with a few Devonians crept in there too. As usual I went a little bit crazy with my purchases and stocked up the larder for the next week and a little further afield. I just love events like this because you get to sample their wares and actually talk to the people that make or grow their produce. I met some lovely folk with the guys from Common Loaf Bakery and Ray from Ray’s Veg being up there with the best. I made some wonderful new foodie discoveries too. Liberty’s cakes produce delicious raw and gluten free delicacies in the form of chocolate brownies and tarts. They also make nut butters that are free from all the nasties that other nut butters contain like sugar, salt and palm oil. What a great find and based just outside Yeovil in Stoke Sub Hamdon.
Monday was a bit of a chore filled day. I had been feeling the urge to clean all the skirting boards, Hoover, change the beds etc so as a reward for my labours I snuck into the new cafe at my local Waterstones for a very good hot chocolate. It has been #nationalchocolateweek after all! I felt it was well deserved as I had prepped lunch and dinner for that day as well as Tuesdays! I always need to be prepared on a Monday because it’s a ballet teaching day. I love my food too much to miss out so as long as I am prepped I can work and then return to a yummy supper!
On Thursday I took a train to Honiton. A market town about 25 minutes away from Exeter. I had a date with some girlfriends at Toast. Toast is a busy cafe situated at the bottom end of Honiton High Street. They have a wonderful garden for when the weather is better but we had to settle for a table inside. It was absolutely freezing out!
I met up with Jemma and her newborn, William, Cat with her daughter Florence and Rebecca with her two girls Mary-Bess and Billie. We managed to take up half the cafe with all the buggies and baby paraphernalia but they didn’t seem to mind! Various cakes, teas and coffees were ordered and devoured whilst plans for future diary dates were made. We decided that the next get together might have to be child free so I volunteered to host.
Friday night Steve and I braved the torrential rain and took ourselves along to The Exploding Bakery. They were hosting a flatbread and wine night along with the Rusty Pig. Such a great idea to do pop ups at the newly extended bakery.
We ordered our flatbreads and a bottle of Malbec. We both went for the spicy options. I had the Goan Seafood Vindaloo and Steve the Trotters on fire which was Jamaican jerk pork that was seriously HOT, HOT, HOT!!!!
Both flatbreads were delicious and loaded with toppings. The Goan seafood flatbread was topped with squid, whole prawns and mussels and a big dollop of cooling yoghurt which was a welcome relief from the initial heat of the flavours. Ollie the owner of The Exploding Bakery recommended raita with Steve’s choice. Thank goodness he did as it was so spicy and it definitely took the edge off.
I had a blast and can’t wait for the next “pop up” with talk of a chef from Riverford coming to cook up a storm. I really hope this becomes a regular occurrence.
Next week I am off to Dartmouth for the annual food festival and I can’t wait. It’s going to be a blast. Alongside that I have brunch booked at Harrys and coffee dates with friends too which I am sure will involve the odd slice of something delicious! I can’t wait to tell you all about it.