Sunday was freezing and I was feeling a little under the weather. However I had a date with my friend Carmen at West Town Farm. A predominantly cattle based farm using organic methods and situated just outside Exeter’s city boundaries in Ide. On this occasion the farm were putting on a bird watching walk where seasoned twitchers donned their binoculars and newbies like myself and Carmen could experience a walk around the farm whilst learnng about our native and not so native feathered friends.
On Monday I hosted a little breakfast soirée with the lovely Emma Jaulin. We’ve been social media friends for months and finally bumped into each other randomly last week so we felt we should make a date. What a joyful experience it was too. Plenty of chit chat and of course plenty of food. As usual I went a little overboard in my measurements!! I made my delicious Matcha Green Tea Porridge and tried out my friend Alex’s recipe for Golden Mylk.
Tuesday saw me take my first yoga class with my friend Emma at The Lotus Loft. I was a little apprehensive as I have never practiced yoga before but once I got into the full flow I enjoyed it. Obviously I was one of the weaker students in the class as it was my first effort but it was great fun to see where a little practice can take you.
After class Emma and I headed down to Cakeadoodledo for some well earnt cake! We shared a delicious piece of carrot cake and nattered for about an hour and a half. Time flies when you are having fun.
Serena visited on Thursday evening for supper. I made my latest recipe “Spiralized Shakshuka” for her with a side dish of seasonal purple sprouting broccoli from the farmers market, roasted with anchovies and garlic.
I met up with my friend Emma for a little road trip to Babbacombe and the Cary Arms. We walked along the beach to blow the cobwebs away before lunch at the pub. I just love spending time by the sea.
Friday night was the start of a full weekend off for me. It’s half term so I took advantage of that and invited my friend Johanna over for dinner. I made a savoury bread pudding that I discovered in an Italian cookbook. The dish originates from Sardinia but of course I made it using delicious local ingredients. Quicke’s cheese, Emma’s Bread and a new find by The Pure Stock Company. A simple recipe that is full of oozing cheese once baked. It’s pure comfort food and perfect for a freezing cold night. Here it is pre baking.
Johanna stayed the night because we were heading up to London together to watch my boyfriend and his band The Pineapple Thief play the final date of their European tour at the Islington Assembly Hall. Before the travel commenced I made us a delicious bowl of steaming porridge to set us up for the day. I will fill you in more on my London adventures next week. I have dinner booked at the first ever certified organic pub The Duke of Cambridge before the show and Sunday brunch plans at the MaE Deli. Watch this space.