Gosh! Where do I start? This past week has been a whirlwind filled with food, filming and festivities. It’s been a blast, I can tell you. It all started on Saturday night when my two besties came over for a fish and chip chow down. Alongside our feast, we were privileged to sample the brand new wine from my local vineyard, Sharpham. The New Release, 2017 possesses a delightful spritz and is vibrant and fruity. A hint of residual sugar allows for early drinking with or without food, ideal for parties (or fish and chip chow downs!) One of just a handful of English nouveau alternatives, “New Release” captures the freshest of flavours from the latest Sharpham harvest. Blending my personal favourite grape variety, Madeleine Angevine with Bacchus and Pinot Gris a beautifully light and fresh wine is created. The interesting thing about this wine though is its age with the picking of the grapes to the bottle in 5 weeks. I never new that you could make wine that quickly. My wine education continues.
On a slightly different thread from English wine, I opened this marvellous garlic mayonnaise by Farrington’s Mellow Yellow. Completely British and that mellow yellow colour due to the fact it’s made with rapeseed oil. This mayo is highly recommended around Tara’s Busy Kitchens table as well as Nigella Lawson’s apparently. Now, if it’s good enough for her…
On Sunday I hosted a late lunch at the house with friends, Nick and Harry. I whipped up a red wine risotto with chargrilled chicory and plenty of Parmesan, roasted pumpkin with sage and chilli and made my new favourite kale salad. For the recipe, click here.
Tuesday was busy, busy. I spent the afternoon filming a short video with Hamilton Branding to promote the Princesshay gift card. We had so much fun galavanting around the great selection of shops, cafes and restaurants in Princesshay. Thank you to all the friendly folk who were patient enough with us whilst we filmed and photographed.
Straight from filming, I hopped on a train to Exmouth and Rockfish. Steve and I had dinner reservations. A full review is on its way but in the meantime here are a couple of photos to whet your appetite.
I have been doing a spot of recipe development recently resulting in some delicious and simple ideas. If you are looking for a yummy brunch idea than check out my recipe for Milkshake French Toast.
My absolute favourite winter salad at the moment is my “Happy Chia-mas Kale Salad”. It takes no time at all to prepare and is delicious to boot. Click here for the recipe.
On Friday, Steve and I were on the train again. This time heading up to Bath for our annual Christmas shopping trip. We met up with my friend Sus who writes a fabulous blog called Rough Measures very briefly for hot chocolate at Society Cafe before hitting the Christmas Market. Lunch was at Beyond The Kale. A personal favourite stop off of mine in Bath serving tasty vegan food and amazing juices in a cosy atmosphere.
I do love Bath as a city. It’s architecture and history make for a beautiful city made all the better with lots of glistening Christmas lights.
Next week I have a busy social calendar. I may not be teaching as I have finished for the Christmas break now but I do have my Christmas job to work around. I am hosting a pop-up Cabinet Jewellery party on Thursday with my dear friend Gemma and her exquisite jewels. I can’t wait for that as well as numerous dinners catching up with friends before the Christmas festivities kick in fully.
Additional images by Chantelle Bridgeman