I’ve had such a fun week. It all kicked off with an incredibly early wake up call last Sunday at 5am! That’s right… 5am. I was car booting with my chum Sarah and we had to be there to set up for the 7am start. That meant a pick up of 6am.. it was pretty hard getting out of bed especially as it is so cold and dark but I thought if I just lay there the chances would be that I would nod back off again. I hopped out of bed, made some yummy warming porridge to set me up for the day and hit the shower.
Once dressed and ready all I had to do was wait for my ride. Sarah arrived and it was still pitch black outside. We both asked each other what on earth we were doing at 6am on a Sunday but agreed to make it as fun as possible.
Once we got to the site and set up our stall we began the challenge of selling our wares. To be honest I have to say I had a really fun time. Sarah and I laughed our way through about 5 hours of freezing temperatures whilst drinking many a cup of tea from the conveniently placed tea van opposite. I made a whopping £35 but Sarah trumped me with £80.
On Monday I had to sandwich in a spot of work around celebrating my friend Alex’s birthday. I made her my Devonshire Honey Cake as an afternoon birthday treat but added some autumnal spices to change up the recipe. They added a subtle warmth that only cinnamon, all spice and nutmeg can give. It was delicious. If you want to know how to make my honey cake click here. Served with a dollop of Greek yoghurt and an extra drizzle of local honey it really is a taste sensation. Plus its so easy to make.Cafe Catalan. A pretty authentic tapas restaurant on Magdalen Road. It was here that I had a delicious glass of Manzanilla Sherry to celebrate #internationalsherryweek . What a perfect start to a week that turned out to be pretty darn amazing!
On Tuesday I fulfilled a bit of a dream for me and made my way to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage HQ. There was a bloggers meet up organised by Foodies100 in conjunction with River Cottage. I hopped in the car alongside Steph from Exploring Exeter and Lauren from Eating Exeter. We went on a little road trip to the outskirts of Axminster where River Cottage is situated. A stunning farmhouse lit up with fairy lights perfectly placed amongst the rolling hills of the Devon countryside. I was in seventh heaven exploring the farm, the kitchen garden and the surrounding countryside. To top it all off we were treated to a fabulous three course, locally sourced, seasonal menu cooked by the wonderful team of chefs. A full post will follow but here are a few pictures from my day.
On Thursday I was back at Comptoir Libanais having lunch with my friend Amber. We shared a mezze platter and washed it all down with brightly coloured lemonades. Amber decided on dessert and opted for a deliciously pink pistachio and rose cake. Obviously I tried a little and I can safely say it was pretty darn delicious. If you would like to read a full review of my visit a week or so ago then click here.