My weekend in food

It occurred to me that I do my most interesting eating at the weekends, whether I’m out and about or attempting to create a little of my own kitchen magic. So I thought I’d start to report of my weekend nourishments, foodie moments and culinary catastrophes…and as it’s a Sunday, I’m starting now …

Friday’s used to be all about going out for me, but now I long for the opportunity to stay in and cook something lovely, possibly watch a film and wash it all down with a glass (or bottle!) of something equally lovely. So this Friday saw me and Tom creating that most indulgent of comfort meals, home-made burgers. The nearby shop stocks local minced beef, which I blended together with finely diced red onion and a few herbs and spices. Isle of Wight cherry tomatoes helped me make a salsa to spread on a lovely wholemeal bun, with salad and cheese…oh and a little extra indulgence, garlic mushrooms! I wish the film we watched had been as good as the burgers…

The Saturday was more of a wishful, food wanting day. As I wandered into Winchester, with the Christmas lights on the famous Christmas market now open, the city was absolutely crammed, with everyone of its eating establishments packed out with people – but I did manage to squeeze a quick visit to the newly opened Caracoli – an excellent coffee shop with amazing foods. I am big fan of it’s well-established Alresford branch, so popped into to the new Winchester to store to pick up one of their artisan scotch eggs as a treat for Tom.

Saturday night saw us catching up with a few friends in The Bridge at Shawford, where the boys enjoyed a rich winter special of pheasant with sweet potato mash and I had a rather nice piece of salmon. What was also great was the interesting selection of beverages behind the bar including Kopperberg fruit ciders and Liefmans fruit beer – just right for the walk between The Bridge and The Bugle Inn!

I’d like to say that night ended quietly there, and not that we ended walking home at 5.30am…but, we did, and that about brings me up to date on weekend food, aside from this morning’s bacon and mushroom sandwich (hangover heaven).

What’s next…well Tom’s pushing for a Rimjhim’s King Prawn Coconut Curry – we’ll see.

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-Update, he’s just brought me a cup of Earl Grey – love him.

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After Work Snack

Few can resist the lure of a bit of post work, but pre-dinner snacking…and here’s my top choice….


Locally sourced cheese and pickle, amazing. The cheese pictured is somewhere between a cheddar and a parmesan and is perfect with soups – but right now I’m simply going to enjoy it with some lovely really ale chutney (no bread or biscuits to keep it carb free!)

What are you snacking on…?

Winter Warmers…Hello Hot Drinks

I definitely felt the turn of the seasons today, the chill in the air went right through me and I heard a proper Christmas song on the radio…so there’s absolutely nothing for it but a soothing hot drink in front of the fire (or radiator in my case!) – but what to choose? Here are a few of my favourites…

Pimms Winter

Well lets start things off with a bit of a kick…it is the festive season after all. I absolutely adore a Winter Pimms, it totally captures the essence of Christmas in a warming cupful that’s less heavy and hangover-inducing that mulled wine. Of course you need the finishing touches – don’t forget some citrus fruits for the full-on festive, fireside experience.

Twinings Signature Blend Earl Grey

Now for something a little calmer, Twinings Signature Blend Earl Grey is just delightful, aromatic, pure loveliness in cup. The signature blend is like Earl Grey and then some…with lavender and full of flavours that just taste fancy! In fact it is so fancy that the little silken pouches the tea comes in are called ‘tea pillows’ – how wonderful. I take mine with a dash of skimmed milk…perfection!

Ahmad Prime Time Tea

For those of you who prefer your tea little a more conventional, but still want something special, checkout my favourite everyday cuppa – Ahmad Prime Time Tea. I’m lucky it’s a local based company – so I find it in quite a few places, but I’m pretty sure it’s available online too. It’s refreshing, perhaps a little lighter than some strong teas, but with a full tea flavour.

Tetley Green Tea Lemon

I’ll always have a soft spot for Tetley, but their Lemon Green Tea really is better than any other out there. It’s perfect for when you feel like a bit of detox, but it’s far more exciting and flavourful than a plain old hot water. It’s genuinely enjoyable (unlike some green teas!), really zesty and thoroughly drinkable – definitely ideal after an overdose of the festivities that this of year always brings.

Ovaltine Malt Chocolate

Mmmm…ultimate evening fireside beverage! I like mine on Sunday nights to help me sleep, it works wonders (too well sometimes, often end up fighting my eyes on the sofa). It’s a wonderfully nostalgic taste that never fails to soothe and relax me, it also so much lighter than a traditional hot chocolate – which I often find too rich. Give this one a try – it’ll take you back to childhood!

Baileys Latte

What a delicious note to finish on…if you haven’t tried this –  you must! You can make it at home, but I find it best in a restaurant as a warming alternative to a dessert. The combination of coffee, frothed milk and a luxurious helping of Baileys is simply fabulous. Just imagine it at the end of a meal, in a cosy pub, warming the soul..aaahhhh.

…So have I got you reaching for the kettle? What will you be putting on? Whatever your favourite hot beverage, take the time to sit down and really enjoy it…savour those comforting moments.

Bite Size Brilliance…The Joys of Little Food…

Last night saw me making an appearance at the launch party for PA Life Magazine, a brand new glossy magazine for PAs and Executive Assistants – as you might expect it was extraordinarily well organised (probably by an amazing PA!)…but being slightly food-obsessed I want to comment on the canapé offering – mini burgers were the main feature. I know they now make a fairly regular appearance at events of all sorts these days, but I had yet to encounter these delightful little miniatures and they didn’t disappoint – even down to itsy bitsy piece of melted cheese – just scrumptious! And with free cocktails and champagne on offer I could have really done with more than one, never mind I did at least manage to consume some miniature fishcakes and a gazpacho shot!

Hello Heaven...

Isn’t little food just lovely? Allowing you to have full on flavourful taste of a larger dish in one perfect mouthful. It just like in the classic Cher film Mermaids where the whole family only ever eats finger foods – sounds like heaven to me as an indecisive foodie!

Right now I’m craving classic canapés like smoked salmon blinis and retro party time treats like cheese and pineapple on a cocktail stick. Why can you only have these little treats at parties and gatherings? What’s so unacceptable about preparing them for a TV dinner? There should really be a restaurant specialising in little foods, sharing pieces, platters and bite-size delicious things – I’ve often shared this idea with other women and it’s a real hit – someone needs to put it into action! You heard it here first people.

Retro party food cravings...


I guess ultimately little food leaves you hungry, as my visit to Waterloo station’s WH Smiths to purchase a pack of salt and vinegar crisps at the end of the evening sort of confirms! …if I only could haveconsumed a couple more of those baby burgers!