I started my week with a bus journey to the village of Siverton. Its about a twenty minute drive by car but by bus it takes a little longer. Silverton were holding their annual street market where they close off the Main Street in the village and loads of stalls take the place of cars for the day. The bus dropped us in the market square which was right at the entrance. Steve and I paid our £2.50 entrance fee and started our initial swoop of the market to see what was on offer. Lots of stalls selling fudge, jams, chutneys, cakes, vintage homewares and crafts. Scattered in between all of this there were food stalls galore. Massive hotdogs, burgers, wood fired pizza and Thai food were on offer to get the foodie juices flowing with a real ale tent or a Pimms and Prosecco tent to wash it all down with. A Mr Whippy ice cream van if you fancied a spot of ice cream was nestled in the corner too. The food choices were very good and if nothing appealed to you you could always pop in to the very well stocked Spar for a sandwich or a pasty.
Steve got himself a giant hotdog and a pint of ale. I got myself a Mr Whippy and a small cider then settled down on a hay bale to watch some of the musical entertainment while we finished our lunch.
On Wednesday I popped along to the newly opened seafood restaurant The Rum And Crab Shack for lunch. Nestled between old ruins and the High Street right in the heart of the city. The food and service was top notch, with a special nod to our wonderful waitress Scarlett. She was very passionate about the food and the restaurant. It was a pleasure to talk to her about projects scheduled for the future. Live music is on the cards, so watch this space! Here are a few pictures to whet your appetite but a full review will follow very soon.
Thursday was a busy day. I had the privilege of visiting the Princesshay Bees. That’s right. There are bee hives situated on the roof of the Princesshay Shopping Centre in Exeter! They are well looked after by Jason Wallis high up above the city below. There is a full post to follow but here are a few pictures for you in the mean time.
I raced home from the honey bees to meet up with my friend Amber who was coming for lunch. I had a wonderful Shillingford Organics vegetable box delivered to me the evening before so I decided on making a salad Nicoise with some of the produce from that plus a few store cupboard essentials. I hadn’t seen Amber for a couple of weeks so it was a pleasure to see her. We were able to sit outside in the courtyard as it was pleasantly warm. Salad Nicoise made, bread warmed and a bottle of cider opened. We were in seventh heaven out in the sunshine.veg box and another couple of salads were made. My friend Serena popped over for a light supper so I made a mixed salad and a potato salad for us to enjoy. Serena made some wonderful little white chocolate and passion fruit pots from a recipe from Ruby Tandoh from her new book Flavour.
I have been flat out this week working and fitting in all the lovely treats around that. To be honest I wouldn’t have it any other way. I had some great news too.. My intermediate foundation students took their Royal Academy of Dance ballet exam last month and we had the most amazing results back. Three with distinction and 6 with merit. I was so pleased that all the hard work we put in had paid off. I look forward to teaching them the new work in September.
Have a lovely week everyone and enjoy the good weather we are having. I have a few exciting foodie things lined up for the week ahead so look out for more on that as the week progresses.