And the blog posts continue! Look at me go! 2013, the year of being organised.
This time it's all about my favourite subject. FOOD! I'm kind of combining it with travel cos much of the tastiness has come from our trips away. So let me start where we last left off... Back from the honeymoon. Back to work, back to winter, back to reality. Sigh!
But reality does have its perks. Like lovely Toulouse and Bordeaux in France. I was told by my new husband to stop being such a princess when it came to our accommodation in Toulouse. I'm sorry but when the last time you travelled, you stayed in height of luxury and were then faced with the most basic of basic hotel rooms which smelt like stale cigarettes and had a dismal view, I think you're allowed to be a little bit precious! But Toulouse was all about the food for me. Incredible steak, duck and quite possibly the BEST dauphinois potatoes (oh, that's 'potato bake' for those of you who like me, had to google it the first time you heard it) I've ever tasted in my life. I'm sure it contained my entire days worth of calories in just half a serve but it was totally worth it.
|Just some of the French wine, bread and |
cheeses we ate. Not all in one day though...
France - October 2012
|House wine - amazing! |
Toulouse, France - October 2012
|Best train ride ever - wine, bread and |
cheese. What more could you want?
Toulouse to Bordeaux - October 2012
|Bicky burger. Never EVER again|
Brussels, Belgium. December 2012
|Kwak Belgian beer in Brussels, Belgium|
|Two baked Christmas hams|
Christmas Eve 2012
|Christmas fruit and vege, 'Keith' the |
turkey, Christmas cheese and a London
Christmas tree - happy days!
Christmas Eve 2012
|Christmas morning champagne. Cos that's|
just how we roll
|Cream tea in Penzance, Cornwall|
|Giant cornish pasties, St. Albans, Cornwall|
My second food geek moment was in pretty Padstow at Rick Stein's The Seafood Restaurant. Crab and scallop saccotash; fish pie; grilled seabass with mushroom, swede and crispy kale; local cheeses. Just yum. For the rest of the trip, I'm not going to mention how many different ales and ciders we tried cos it would just be embarrassing.
|Entrees - The Seafood Restaurant|
|Mains - fish pie and deliciously crispy |
sea bass. Padstow, December 2012
|Dessert - cheese! Complete with personalised|
biscuits - how posh. The Seafood Restaurant
Padstow, December 2012
|Before and after|
Vienna, Austria - January 2012
|The ceiling and bar at Meat Mission|
MY BIRTHDAY! January 2013
|Burgers, fries, chicken wings, blue cheese |
dip, beer... it certainly was a very
happy birthday! January 2013
|Well thank goodness for that!|
Meat Mission - my birthday 2013
We visited a traditional Moroccan house with no electricity and 22 people living under the one roof. They welcomed us with open arms, serving us traditional mint tea, bread, butter, honey and oil. Everything they served was made by them and made with ingredients from their garden and animals. Incredible. Best butter of my life. Take that France.
|See, I do take photos of other stuff every|
once in a while! Atlas Mountains,
Morocco - January 2013
|Lamb, almond and prune tagine as well|
as the view over the lovely main
square - Marrakech, Morocco
|Beautiful skies in the Atlas Mountains|
Morocco, January 2013
In case you're interested, our Moroccan magnet featured a basket of bread and a mini tagine among other things. Nice one! Morocco was also probably our most sober EVER holiday because it is a Muslim country. The drinks we did have (when we were able to track some down) were ever so sweet! I have never drunk so much mint tea in all my life.
Next up was the highly anticipated trip to Gordon Ramsay' s Maze. Our thoughtful former housemates gave us a gift voucher to spend at the Gordon Ramsay restaurant of our choice as a wedding present. What an awesome present hey?! We dressed up all posh and were treated to some incredible food and the most over the top service I've ever received.
It all seemed very fake and almost a little uncomfortable. We had the seven course tasting menu which included celeriac, squid and apple soup; rare tuna on smoked salmon with horseradish; lobster and salmon dumplings; fois gras terrine with pear; venison with sweet potato; Spanish cheese with candied walnuts; and chocolate mousse fondant pudding with mango and star anise ice cream. I was told by a friend that I was NOT to take photos of every course and be that person everyone rolls their eyes at. And I obeyed... pretty much. They were super quick pics and we totally judged those who got out their cameras to take photos. I mean, as IF you would... how tacky ;-)
|Dessert course number one - Spanish|
cheese with candied walnuts
Maze, Mayfair - February 2013
|Dessert course two - chocolate mousse|
fondant pudding with mango and star
anise icecream. Maze, Mayfair
To quote Jeff Bingham from the tv show 'Rules of engagement' (and also the character B claims as his idol) "That's how they getcha."
Ok one last restaurant and I'll make it quick. I'm sure you're all wondering how I'm not the side of a house after all this eating and drinking and I often wonder if my body will ever just give up on me and shame me for being such a piggy! I prefer the word foodie to piggy, just so you know.
Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack! It was like a trip to the posh seaside right in the heart of London. Razor clams; potato pancakes with smoked trout, creme fraiche, horseradish and beetroot; beer battered haddock, homemade ketchup and chunky chips; cod with parsnip puree, quinoa and roasted cauliflower; dory with blood orange and pine nuts; Neil's Yard cheese board; rhubarb crumble; chocolate brownie... that was between four people in case you're wondering. Such a yum night!
|It was all definitely fresh and local|
Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack, London
|Entrees - Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack|
London, February 2013
|Lemon drizzle cake with lemon frosting. |
Made using my new mix master
|Dan Dan noodles from Gok Cooks Chinese|
|Just some of my London collection|
|Cupcakes with the best ever chocolate icing|